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Comment Re:Update: Testing EnergyStar by GAO resulted in: (Score 1) 268

Same as FDA certification, incidentally. And I say that as someone who just recently got a product all the way through.

You're basically saying you have stuck to the rules and traceability, documentation and safety requirements, as well as proof of efficacy if applicable. If you say that, and pay the registering fee, you are certified. It's quite a lot of work even for a simple device. It also means you're saying your manufacturing facility independent of the device and your meta systems (I.e. The quality management systems you have in place per device are also subject to a global one) are up to snuff too.

By registering, you subject yourself to random audits. If the FDA don't like what they see, the penalties are anything from minor corrections (common when it's an honest mistake with no bad consequences), a product recall, loss of certification, and a few more above that.

You may or may get audited. We got audited during nearly the first week after registering, but we had no product and had shut down our registered manufacturing site before opening another (we weren't actually manufacturing yet) so they went away and haven't yet come back.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 267

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Remains to be seen (Score 1) 182

. Then they aggressively tried to force the vaccine on all middle school girls despite the fact that the viruses they protect against aren't generally considered communicable unless you're doing the nasty

Um yeah? It's common and spread by sex. You're therefore much off vaccinating before people start having sex, rather than after they've already caught the virus.

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Ontario Launches Universal Basic Income Pilot (www.cbc.ca) 513

Reader epiphani writes: The Ontario Government will pilot universal basic income in a $50M program supporting 4,000 households over a 3 year period. While Slashdot has vigorously debated universal basic income in the past, and even Elon Musk has predicted it's necessity, experts continue to debate and gather data on the approach in the face of increasing automation. Ontario's plan will study three communities over three years, with participants receiving up to $17,000 annually if single, and $24,000 for families.

Comment Re:X also has stuff! (Score 1) 227

And yet you've still failed to provide any arguments! I can find stuff from maintainers, including some extremely fuddy stuff from people who ought to know better. Your argument is that I should believe you because if I go and operate Google and then sort out the FUD and bullshit from the truth, then I'll come to the same conclusion.

Given that you lack the basic comprehension to even understand my original post, it seems unlikely.

Now put up or shut up. Actually put forth an argument of your own or admit you have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment Re:yeah (Score 1) 312

You've managed to misunderstand Christ, Christians and people.

Jesus was all about not being a dick to your fellow man especially due to cultural differences, not hanging with individuals you don't like. Compare want he has to say about Samaritans versus trees that bear no fruit.

Comment Re:Cases, not electronics (Score 1) 102

Frankly, computer cases are far less important than the electronics that reside inside them.

I disagree. If that were the case (har har) then a perfectly viable laptop would be a cardboard box with a bunch of great parts haphazardly fixed to the inside. The case and packaging is super important. Many laptops are just shonky heaps of garbage where the case falls apart fast.

With portable electronics, it's ALL about tradeoffs. It needs to be fast enough. It needs to have enough ram. The batterylife has to be long enough. The screen has to be big enough but not too big. It can't be too heavy etc etc etc.

Oh and it had to fit in my budget.

I'd love a laptop in principle with the same grunt as one of those maxed out 1U machines, but not enough that the immense weight and terrible battery life would be worth it.

And I'm too old to put up with a laptop in a crap case.

Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

If you look in the FEMA site, they say that they provide gramts to perform repairs not covered by insurance. And no, they don't do a needs test. Now, the typical rich person does not let their insurance lapse just so that they can get a FEMA grant. Because such a grant is no sure thing. They also point out that SBA loans are the main source of assistance following a disaster. You get a break on interest, but you have to pay them back.

Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

I understand your point about view land being desirable even though it's a flood risk. I live a mile or so from the Hayward fault. But I have California's risk pool earthquake insurance. The government wouldn't be paying me except from a fund that I've already paid into. I imagine that the government does pay some rich people in similar situations, but as far as I'm aware disaster funds go to the States from the federal government and should not in general become a form of rich people's welfare. Maybe you can find some direct evidence to show me that would make the situation more clear.

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

What you are observing is economics. As a city or town population grows, the best land becomes unavailable and those who arrive later or have less funds available must settle for less desirable land. Thus many cities have been extended using landfill which liquifies as the San Francisco Marina District did in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, or floods. Risks may not be disclosed by developers, or may be discounted by authorities as the risks of global warming are today.

Efforts to protect people who might otherwise buy such land or to mitigate the risks are often labeled as government over-reach or nanny state.

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