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Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 191

If Apple was truly concerned they would issue a spec for free.

Why bother releasing a spec for what is essentially a glorified rectifier? Fuck sakes, any *competent* EE student can make a clone-off charger from a working genuine one.

The problem arises when you get cheap fly-by-night little Chinese "shops" that pop up on Alibaba selling untested and shoddily-produced (and barely 'designed') crap for like $1/lb. Sure, occasionally someone shuts one down, but three more will await you the next morning. Buy a big box of the ones that look passably genuine, sell them on Amazon for $20/ea... profit!

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 631

Allow me to introduce you to the concept of professional liability. When you, as a trained professional in a field, give false or misleading information - you're employer can be held liable for any harm that results.

Then it is up to the employer (and/or jury if it gets that far) to make that determination and set liability... and not government edict.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1, Insightful) 631

They can do. Just not while they're pretending to be health care professionals.

So you think there is to be only one government-approved guide to all healthcare decisions, right?

Mind, I'm not an "anti-vaxxer", but I am pro-speech. The vaccination controversy, no matter how well/poorly-founded, does exist, and trying to end it by government force is not only a stupid tactic, but sets a very, very, VERY bad precedent.

(also, Nurses *are* health care professionals, for fuck sakes... you don't get to disqualify them as such just because you don't like what they say.)

Comment Re:because everyone carries a bag of 100 gift card (Score 1) 204

What sibling said.

It is not up to you to prove your innocence, it is up to the police to prove (or at least show reasonable evidence of) your guilt.

Now in this case,yes a dude with an outstanding warrant is going to raise suspicion, but honestly, it wouldn't have taken too much effort to, oh I dunno, hold the cards for 72 hours and then get a fucking court order. The cards can be returned after 72 hours if no order comes forth.

Comment Re: "Always remain unemployed" (Score 1) 272

Huh? I went through Chapter 13 awhile back, in tech, and still managed during that 5-year period to move up through 4 different employers (one of which was a 6-month contract-to-hire that I eventually declined), and raised my salary (and skillset) by ~175% along the way. of those employers worked in the banking industry.

Mind, Chapter 13 is way different than Chapter 7 (because in Ch. 13, you're paying back part of the debt - yay hospital bills!), but bankruptcy is bankruptcy... and few tech companies seemed to give a damn.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 3, Interesting) 272

Getting charged roughly $50/month/VM is a massive waste of money...

*Only* $50/month? Heh. Welcome to the wonderful world of being charged per GB/hour for storage, charged for every 1,000 PUTs, every 10,000 GETs, every CPU/hr, etc etc etc...

I saw an AWS rig with four servers - that a previous employer wound up paying $20k/mo for until I cleaned it the hell up for them (and even then got it down to $4k/mo before I started asking them why the hell we don't just drag the VMs into our existing datacenter)...

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 2) 272

A tenth as many architects, since it's all in one place, on one platform, and managed using repeatable and low-effort techniques.

Yes and No.

That's fine and dandy if all you do is use AWS, or all you do is use Azure, or all you do is...

Now, if you want to actually have some vendor redundancy (and what CxO with a brain doesn't?), that's where it gets a bit hinkey.

(cue someone shouting "but teh Docker! Docker will save us all!!!111!!")

Comment Re:Of course he would (Score 2) 116

Why would he start supporting VR now, they are late to the bus.

...because VR is still in its (relative) infancy.

When VR gets good enough for on-the-fly 4k photorealistic resolution, and on-the-fly surround sound (forget taste/touch/smell for now), then we'll talk about who is late to the bus. ;)

(seriously - you can't even get HD-quality on-the-fly video on a pro user's desktop right now without using a frig-ton of I/O/CPU/RAM and pre-digested animations... and it'll still look canned. A typical photorealistic render viz. LuxRender, iRay or similar will easily eat 30 minutes *per frame* in a high-spec render-farm server.)

Comment Re:Reality in VR (Score 1) 116

VR (currently) can only emulate/connect with two of the five senses. There's more to the human-world interface than just sight and sound, you know. ;)

(You would basically have to wear a fully self-contained suit loaded with a ton of sensors, chemicals, and other gear to get taste, smell, and touch involved - at least, until they work out a device-brain interface spec that works and doesn't involve risk-heavy surgery...)

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