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Comment Re:Windows is Bloated (Score 1) 16

To be fair, your average Linux distro is pretty fat too. A basic installation of, say Linux Mint, can still run several GB. Granted the default installs of most Linux distros include a fair amount of utility programs and full-blown applications, such as LibreOffice, that Windows does not include.

It is pretty embarrassing for MS to have 40% of an EXE consist of this unnecessary XML code.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 2) 75

I share your cynicism about the idea that the true cause was an "aggressive work culture" but the same time this was a human being. You, the person hiding behind the screen and the AC title. Don't be an a-hole. Joseph probably had depression, you have a-hole disease.

Also, although job culture could not really have been the root cause, it definitely could be a contributing factor. Someone prone to depression can easily enter a downward spiral when placed under immense stress, to a degree that they're too depressed to take the obvious actions to get out of the stressful environment. If this guy came from LinkedIn and turned down a job at Apple, he obviously had excellent prospects for getting another job, and that would have been the obvious response to excessive job stress. But depressed people don't think that clearly. A good manager and good co-workers should have recognized the situation and encouraged him to seek help.

Note that I'm assuming here that the wife is right, and that it really was a toxic work environment. It's also possible that the work environment is fine and that it was just severe clinical depression. Given the rest of what we hear about Uber, though, it wouldn't shock me to learn that the work environment contributed a great deal.

Comment Re:Bricked or not? (Score 1) 78

I don't think you can ever permanently "brick" something. In this case they probably reflashed the firmware through the JTAG port or something similar. Bricked to the consumer but not the supplier.

You can permanently brick a device, even without hardware damage. Phones, for example, should have JTAG completely disabled for security (though many OEMs fail to do this), and depending on various bits of low-level config devices can get into a completely unflashable state. If the onboard firmware that accepts flashed images does something like sign the images with a key embedded in the SoC, and the ROM refuses to run unsigned firmware, and you can't flash normally any more, then even removing the flash memory and writing to it directly may not revive the device.

Plus, software can sometimes do hardware damage, which can perma-brick.

But, yeah, in the vast majority of cases where a device is "bricked", it can actually be revived by the manufacturer or their RMA centers. Even if JTAG isn't available and the system is tightly locked down, they typically have some keys they can use to sign messages to disable portions of the security infrastructure, specifically so that they can revive (and resell) bricked devices.

I do low-level Android development and end up bricking a few devices every year. It's pretty rare that they can't be revived by the manufacturer, but it does happen.

Comment Re:That's the big problem... (Score 2) 43

The problem is the presumption that the data doesn't have a physical location when you are dealing with a cloud. You may not directly know where a given hunk of data is physically stored at, but such storage is still a requirement for current computing practices. It can be destroyed, confiscated, lost, or even simply scrambled where you have no control over what happens. It can also be copied and distributed to places which may not be in a place you want it at (like a competitor or somebody who intends to do you harm).

Keeping data in a cloud is fine for temporary stuff or for data that is of a transitory nature that might be discarded a day or two later. Also if the data is of a nature that if it is published on the front page of a newspaper or on Wikipedia, nobody would care.... you generally don't have a problem. If you really want to keep the data for any length of time... due to legal requirements or even something that is vital to the mission success of your company or organization, it is really idiotic to rely upon 3rd parties who don't have a vested interested in your success to be keeping that data.

Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 1) 314

I think that depends a lot on how the money is being saved. If it's stashed under a mattress or buried in the rose bed inside mason jars, then I agree it doesn't add to the economy. However any money saved in a bank account or similar isn't just sitting there. The bank makes loans to other people and entities using the cash it receives as deposits to savings accounts. So that money is making its way into the economy just not directly at a consumer level.

Whether or not it is of immediate use to the economy or not is kind of irrelevant because currently a huge portion of the US population doesn't have any kind of cash reserve and so what should be a minor unexpected hiccups turn into crisis. For instance say you or a dependent parks somewhere that annoys someone else and they get your vehicle towed. Happened to a roommate of mine, he parked in front of someones house on a public street, they reported his car as abandoned and had it towed off within 20 minutes of him parking it. It cost him about $200 to reclaim his car from the tow yard the same day as they towed it off. If he hadn't had the cash to do that he would have started racking up extra charges for each day he failed to retrieve it, and very rapidly it could be no longer worth reclaiming. Without a car he could have lost his job and started racking up bills very rapidly. So maybe we don't want people keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings accounts, but everyone should strive to keep a paycheck or two in the bank just in case.

Comment Re:Truth (Score 1) 166

Perhaps I am weird but I don't understand why anyone would want to type complete sentences into a search engine. Natural language is bad at being precise and machines aren't exactly good at interpreting it.

Try it. It's what people naturally tend to do, so it's what Google optimizes for. It really does work very well, regardless of what you might expect.

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 1) 504

Yes, medical professionals need to be board certified. But don't confuse that with doctors.

No, they don't. Board certification is an additional step that physicians can take, and many better ones do, but it is not required to practice medicine.

Wrong. :-p

I could go on, but that's enough.

Comment Re:we no longer need to use common sense (Score 1) 171

I'll trust Jimmy's politics over my own common sense.

Common sense is neither common nor sense.

Personally, I'll take substantiated, fact-checked information over my own "common sense", which is really nothing more than the aggregate of my own biases.

WikiTribune might actually be able to write stories that evolve towards correctness through review, source-checking and debate, as Wikipedia does. I'm not sure that will actually help the "news" situation, though, because it takes too long, and by the time the facts have been found and clarified, everyone has moved on.

Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 3, Insightful) 314

I know I've seen the idea of taxing wealth commonly derided in the past seemingly with mountains of evidence of why it's worse than taxing income. That said I'm not an economist and can't remember much about why so I'll just point out what I can think of off the cuff.

1. Taxing wealth directly makes it much harder for people to actually build wealth over time as eventually significant portions of your income will be eaten up by it if you're trying to build enough wealth for retirement.

2. Such a policy might encourage people to save even less than they do now and instead fritter away income on intangibles resulting in more rapid accumulation of wealth in the pockets of fewer individuals who can afford to buy their way around the wealth taxes and or have the income to support just paying it.

We do actually already have some wealth taxes implemented, property and estate taxes come to mind. I'd rather see the tax code simplified by just eliminating the special treatment for edge cases, and treat all income as income regardless of its source. Rebalance the tax brackets accordingly and move on. The income tax code that most people actually deal with isn't that bad. I file an itemized return every year and it only takes about two hours to sort out when I actually sit down to do it. I'd prefer a system that just presents me with the pre-filled forms and asks for me to file an objection or sign off on it, but what we've got is tolerable for individuals.

Comment Re:Slightly overhyped (Score 1) 168

I want my cake and to eat it as well, that's all really. It's great that they are investing in the super charger network. But it's going to take a long while for the network to become ubiquitous enough that you don't have to plan your routes around them. The advantage of having a generator, built in or on a trailer, is that you could still take those rest breaks to eat and stretch and have the car charging the whole time, but you wouldn't be tied to the super charger station's immediate vicinity.

Comment Re:Truth (Score 2) 166

Google hasn't been a functional search engine in about a decade.

Perhaps by your very narrow definition. But it's vastly better than it was at finding what people are looking for, which is what they always wanted, regardless of terminology.

However, it's *not* as good at "keyword regexp bingo" as it used to be. But if you're still trying to use those old-style queries, you're doing it wrong. Try typing complete natural language questions for what you want to find. I find this works amazingly well, even on obscure technical topics which include lots of "keywords" which are heavily overloaded in other contexts.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 493

I get the distinct feeling that you don't understand how the mod system works here on Slashdot. Your post was likely down modded such that you can't see it anymore with whatever filter settings you have. If you had posted as a registered user you could go back and actually examine your posting history to find it. It is also possible that the site crapped the bed when you hit post and lost it in the shuffle.

With that out of the way, I would agree that UBI and Minimum Wage are related. Mainly they are related in that they would likely be distributed using the same currency. Additionally as UBI approaches whatever the actual minimum living salary would be then minimum wage could and should be proportionately reduced until such time as it is eliminated. The whole point of UBI is to provide for the minimum requirements of living, which was the point of minimum wage from the beginning. The aims of both systems is the same, but minimum wage is likely to fall by the wayside because we are approaching the point at which there may not be enough jobs for those willing to work in our society. If and when we hit that point potentially very large numbers of people could become disenfranchised by the current system and left with the decision to let their family die quietly of starvation and exposure, or attempt to seize the means to survive possibly through violence.

Historically there has always been the possibility of emigrating elsewhere. Finding a place where you can settle to provide a subsistence level of survival for yourself or a family is a thing of the past. The Earth has been measured and claimed for a long time now, anywhere that you might think to go is going to have an owner already who is unlikely to just give it away.

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