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Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 152

Or, Apple's laid-off US assembly line workers could have taken one of the tens of thousands of new jobs the company has created in the US.

I'm not sure why Toyota is relevant to a story about Apple. But sure, let's use a Toyota scenario. If Toyota were to close a factory that employed 2000 workers; but then opened a design, engineering, and research campus that employed 6000, that's a net GAIN of 4000 jobs.

And in both cases, the reality with Apple and the hypothetical with Toyota, the jobs gained are better and more desirable.

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 2) 152

More to the point, Apple have created far more jobs than they moved overseas. In 1997, when Steve Jobs returned, Apple employed about 8500 people worldwide. That includes their in-house manufacturing, done at the time in the US and Cork, Ireland. In 2015, they employed 110000 people, NOT including the outsourced manufacturing done in China. Even if fully half of their 1997 employees were manufacturing, the jobs added outnumber the jobs lost my more than an order of magnitude. Have you driven through Cupertino recently? You can hardly go a block without driving past an Apple building. The town is bursting at the seams with people who have much more fulfilling and stimulating Apple jobs than manufacturing. And that new spaceship HQ... which, by the way, has more capacity than their entire 1997 global workforce... is only going to supplement the facilities they use. They're continuing to hire and expect to go on filling up the town.

Frankly, the thought of sitting on an assembly line mindlessly inserting tab A into slot B all day is horrifyingly dreary. And I really just don't get the obsession people have over the tedium of assembly being done elsewhere; when the design, engineering, software, management, and operations are done here. And more than a small part of the retail, distribution, and support is done here as well.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

I'd counter that by pointing out that my phone is the single most-used piece of technology. Setting aside its communication functions the sheer number of devices it has replaced makes it a with: camera, videocamera, PDA, iPod, alarm clock, car GPS. It's also my notebook, address book, and calendar. It controls my lighting and my TV. It tracks the quality of my sleep and replaces the white noise generator that I used to use to get there. It's the hub where that sleep data goes, along with the data from my scale, blood-pressure cuff, and watch (heartbeat, exercise) go, along with the calories and nutrient data from my food tracking app. I have a widget in my car's OBD2 port that logs my performance and trip data to the phone; and I get automatic reminders to move my car before the meter runs out or the space becomes a street cleaning zone. And when I'm taking MUNI or BART, the 3rd-party apps are more accurate wrt/ arrival times than the transit agencies' own displays. It replaces the Nintendo DS and Kindle I used to use to keep occupied when riding transit or airlines. I can also use it, and the watch, to pay my bill at many stores and restaurants. And none of these even touch upon its usefulness for work. I could knock out another whole paragraph for that.

Given the amount of utility I get out out of it, if there's any piece of technology which really does justify having the top of the line, the iPhone really is the one. That said, I do stick to the the 2-year cadence and get the s-models. Though if the 5s hadn't been able to store credit cards for use with the watch, I'd have early-upgraded to the 6 to get ApplePay. Happily, the 5s plus watch did that job, so I'm still on the s cadence.

Comment The big problem (Score 1) 110

Unless Amazon also changes their culture of overwork, those "30-hour" weeks are rapidly going to become 50 hour weeks, the same way "40-hour" weeks became 60-hour weeks. Rather than gimmicks, I'd rather just have an employer that was honest and upfront about what is expected, with competent enough project management to meet that expectation, from both sides.

Comment For example: (Score 1) 148

For giggles I just tried the top two hits in Google for "password strength meter".


I typed in "NCC-1701".

The first said it's a strong password with a score of 69%. The second said it was a medium password that would take 30 hours to crack. Making it "NCC-1701-d" upgraded it to very strong and 100% on the first and very strong at 112 years to crack on the second.

So yeah. Those meters are garbage. Don't trust them. Much better to generate random strings with the maximum length and character set the site will allow; and use a password manager locally.

Comment What drives me insane: (Score 5, Insightful) 148

It's not the password strength meters that bother me. I generally just ignore those. What drives me utterly insane are the restrictions on my password. And these are far too common. The two biggies are:

1) Restricting what characters I may use in my password (no / or % or & or whatever) == Oh hai, We're not bothering to sanitize my inputs. We are a bunch of morons and you shouldn't use our site or service.

2) Restrictions on the maximum length of my password. == Oh hai, we're not bothering to hash your password but are, instead, just storing it in a fixed-length field somewhere. We're a bunch of morons and you shouldn't use our site or service.

What really Really REALLY drives me up the wall is that these sorts of restrictions seem to most often be present in places where security is most important and where I don't have the *choice* not to use their service. (My current employer's medical and 401k providers, for example.)

Comment Re:What about Poor People (Score 1) 194

Your "article" is nothing more than a pair of links and two lines of bitching. It doesn't deserve to be published.

What would have been useful and potentially worth publishing would have been a writeup with an analysis of *WHY* T-Mobile doesn't offer lifeline credit in California. This is critical, as one of your own links points to a list of states in which T-Mobile DOES offer that credit. So why, exactly, offer it there and not here. Is it actual malfeasance on the part of T-Mobile? Some way in which T-Mobile doesn't meet California's requirements? Simple bureaucratic delays and screws?

See, I did just a little more checking, and put my own (California) zip code into the lifeline program's search page:


NONE of the big four national carriers are available; just a bunch of MVNOs. Since you neglected to mention this fact, my guess is that you just have some axe to grind against T-Mobile ands are grasping onto any reason to do s.

Comment Re:Huh?!? (Score 1) 85

Tesla's autopilot exceeds the capabilities of many, perhaps even most, autopilots in use in aviation. The fact that it's not completely hands-off and capable of engaging in witty banter in the voice of William Daniels does not change that fact.

And Hollywood movies? Really? The Hollywood movie I saw the other night claimed that flying DeLoreans and hoverboards are available right now and that the Cubs won the World Series last year. Just because I saw it on TV doesn't make it so.

Comment Re:Generalization is appropriate in this case (Score 3, Insightful) 399

The really hilarious thing is the way they practically worship at the altar of Ronald Reagan. This, despite the fact that the modern republican party has lurched to far to the extreme right that when you actually review Reagan's implemented policies, he'd be viewed as too liberal to be welcome in the GOP. About the only thing Saint Reagan and the modern republicans have in common is the cold-war militarist mentality and their hatred of the GLBT community. Hell, even Nixon would be a stark-raving liberal by modern GOP standards, what with the creation of that pesky interfering-with-industry EPA, and the policy of rapprochement with China vs. sanctions and trade wars.

Comment Re:I'm a consumer whore! And how!! (Score 1) 191

> Manufacturers only seem interested in releasing new
> models, not in making models that will last a long
> time.

Really? A buddy of mine didn't upgrade from his 4S until earlier this year when Apple released the SE (Basically the body of the 5s, but with much of the guts of the 6s inside.) That comes out to a lifetime of about 4.5 years. And while that's not as long as those old-school Nokia candybars; it's not bad for something that gets the use and abuse of a phone. How long do you *expect* a phone to last? It's not as though even Nokia makes the tough-as-a-tank phones like they used to.

> Changing phones is a pain in the ass

Eh? Backup the old one & restore to the new one. If you have a lot of data to shovel around, it can take a while but it's basically effortless. If you use an encrypted local backup, it'll even preserve the login credentials to all your email accounts and such.

Comment Re:They disrupeed our plans! We want blood! (Score 1) 131

If you are a subscriber to Apple Music, Spotify, or one of the also-ran services; the RIAA gets its 30 pieces of silver regardless of whether you have the DRM-free mp3 or not. Also, legitimization of peoples' "pirated" music was part of the deal the RIAA made years before when iTunes Match was released.

Comment Re:They disrupeed our plans! We want blood! (Score 1) 131

To be fair, people who've been here since the days of goatse.cx and tubgirl tend to be fairly hesitant to click on outside links from slashdot; for very good reason, especially if they're on a work machine.

And yes, it has been the case that links in the summary had redirects to goatse.cx. The editors aren't exactly careful or competent themselves.

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