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Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 212

Yeah, no thanks. I'll compete with anything any other programmer can muster. If they provide a better value proposition, then I should reconsider my competitive advantages and lower my requisite salary. I do not need the government dictating my wage to me. I didn't vote communist, ever.

I'm a US Citizen

You are a US idiot.

Indian workers do not work for less because they are kind and generous. They work less because they don't have a nanny-state government that steals a lot of their income and uses it to build electrical grids, water treatment systems, inspect chemical plants in Bhopal or pay police officials salaries that discourage them from being for sale to the highest bidder. They don't have an incorruptible system of inspectors to ensure the safety of the food, water, electrical systems or whatever. They're not QUITE the Libertarian paradise where the only thing you have to pay for are the things you buy directly - including protection from your neighbors - but they pay cardboard prices for cardboard infrastructure. And, unlike China, if you poison a batch of food and neglect to pay your bribes, they won't execute you in India.

They also don't generally have private automobiles, air conditiong or often even refrigerators. Detached housing is for the wealthy - for ordinary workers you jam into a tenement and ride a crowded bus over a jammed-up road that's more pothole than pavement. Or, if you are lucky, your employer sends a shuttle because drivers are cheap and they'd prefer you make it to work without the risks of self-transportation.

The cost of a single lunch at Burger King would feed you for a week in Bangalore, but I hope you like a steady diet of mostly beans and rice.

The upshot of this is that in the year 2000, an Indian worker could live decently on ONE TENTH the income of a US worker (about 1 lakh per year of experience, and generally 5 years or less experience). Just try lowering your requisite salary to compete with that.

Indian workers are not stupid, however and since then, they've been aggressively raising their own requisite salaries to the point that you might have to pay as much as a full eighth as much of a US salary these days.

Of course, H1-Bs are expected to be paid US competitive wages, so many of them are compensated as much as 75% of what the US worker they replaced would be making. And, since they're used to a more frugal standard of living, they send a lot of what they don't need to live on back home to go into the tax coffers of India, rather than the USA. So that someday India may enjoy universal electricity on a reliable basis, refrigerators in every home and perhaps even air conditioning.

Comment Re:Not by insults (Score 1) 483

Rumsfeld is an intellectual.

That's what made him so dangerous. He developed intellectual theories (e. g., "Shock and Awe") and some fool was idiot enough to allow him to run experiments on them. And that's a large part of why Iraq is the mess it is today and why it has been fertile ground for ISIS.

And, if I'm not mistaken, he retired to become a university professor.

Comment Re: What about at night? (Score 1) 504

When you burn coal or gas, it doesn't turn magically directly into electricity. The heat of combustion is applied to an intermediary medium (such as steam) that then runs the generators.

Why is it that everybody thinks that the only way to use solar energy is direct from collector to powerlines??????

Comment "On mobile"? (Score 1) 26

I hope not literally mobile.

The last thing we need when driving is to have Google pop up a bunch of recipes. Restaurants, yes, cooking info, not very likely.

Save the recipe suggestions for when the mobile isn't mobile. In fact, pretty much anywhere that isn't home. Unless explicitly asked for, anyway.

Comment Re:Can't be worse than FL human drivers (Score 1) 131

At first I was shaking my head at how reckless the idea of allowing completely uncertified automation systems on a 3-ton slab of metal hurtling down the road at highway speeds was. Then I remembered this is Florida we're talking about—it certainly can't be any worse than things already are...

Hey now! We're not THAT bad! We have a speed limit of 50MPH in all strip-mall sized parking lots, no more than 75 MPH in school zones, All occupants of handicapped parking spaces are definitely and irrefutably handicapped - either physically, mentally, or morally,

When experiencing road rage, fire at pickup trucks displaying rebel flags in the back window at your own risk. Likewise any vehicle displaying UF or FSU logos or paint jobs, prominent religious messages or "Hillary for Prison" bumper stickers.

It's considered impolite to pass someone on the right when they're passing someone on the median unless you're driving a BMW, Acceleration on yellow is limited to 10Gs and absolutely no more than 5 cards are allowed to go through after the light turns red. And, of course, the ever-popular cut in front of someone in the right lane in order to get off on the exit in front of them even if they're not exiting.

Well, except for Miami and Orlando, where they're not such sticklers for rules. You're on your own there.

Comment Re:Insurmountable problems, indeed (Score 1) 277

Lots of things are consumable and judging by the fact that they're made, sold, and used despite that, apparently common fucking sense must be in very, very short supply.

Or - just maybe - one might look to achieve a cost/benefit point where the fact that something is consumed is outweighed by the benefits.

Or is it that you have a corporate-style mentality that says that anything that anything that isn't instantly and sinfully profitable within 3 months is simply not worth trying?

Get a brain, Pinky.

Comment Re:What benefit are we missing? (Score 4, Insightful) 277

You said it yourself. The road is already there. Probably 97% of the time any given square inch of it is open to the sky to absorb whatever radiation might be coming in, assuming reasonable traffic loads, speeds, and spacing.

This is real estate that would otherwise be wasted, whereas open fields might be used for other purposes and just maybe the owners of the roofs might have their own ideas on how to employ that incoming energy.

Crying pork is no excuse. Pork drives lots of things, including fossil fuels. It has no special bearing on a project like this versus any other way the government steals from the taxed and gives to businesses.

Crying futility is just pathetic. Some people will object to alternative energy no matter how it's handled, and I figure that they likely either have a vested interest in fossil fuels or are genetic throwbacks to the cave people who sat outside in the cold because that new-fangled fire stuff was obviously inferior and would never amount to anything. I mean really - what will you do when the wood burns up? What then, eh?

Comment Re:Insurmountable problems, indeed (Score 1, Troll) 277

There is absolutely no way that anyone would ever use that sludgy black stuff that oozes out of the ground as the basis for a modern transportation system, I mean, to just get it to burn with any appreciable energy you have to subject it to all sorts of expensive and complicated refining processes that with today's modern 1800's technology simply don't make financial common sense.

I mean you've have to spend years developing proper means of doing the necessary refinement and you'd have to build plants on a massive scale. To say nothing of extraction and transportation of the raw material.

No, my friends, this isn't how a sensible government would spend your tax money - not on something that's so expensive that private concerns would hardly dare touch and with no realistic expectation of ever becoming viable. No, the future is now and always with the cheap economical reliable horse. Personally, I recommend a diverse investment portfolio. Things like buggy whip manufacturers.

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Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveller

Comment Re:A little late. (Score 3, Insightful) 52

I already deleted my account and uninstalled the apps.

I refused to install it in the first place.

Yes, it's convenient. Yes, it's popular.

But it keeps my data in places where I cannot control it. And no matter how innocuous my data might be, someone, somewhere, can probably find at least one way to use it for purposes I don't like.

Comment Re:Population close to shore (Score 1) 196

A huge percentage of the population of the US lives within two hundred miles of the ocean. This includes the entire populations of ... Miami, Jacksonville, ... and plenty more.

Don't kid yourself. Tampa, too. There's not a single point anywhere in Florida that's more than about 150 miles from the ocean, whether it's Atlantic or Gulf.

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