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Comment Re:Alarming Battery Costs (Score 2, Interesting) 173

Personally the extreme cost of the batteries (much higher than say a replacement engine) leaves me with big questions about how viable electric cars will be from a maintenance perspective.

They said the same thing about Prius batteries 15 years ago. Battery prices came down, and the batteries are very reliable. I still see some first generation Prii running around.

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 4, Insightful) 503

You do realize that you can install any desktop environment that you want onto Ubuntu, right? (or onto any linux distro)

1. The default environment is the one most people use.
2. The default environment is the one that receives the most testing.
3. The default environment is the one that receives the most support.
4. The default environment has had the most attention into it's functionality and user experience.

I've recently tested what you propose on Mint and Debian. The default user experience is superior. When I tried installing Cinnamon on Debian, I was left with a lackluster desktop. On Mint it's fantastic.

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 3, Insightful) 503

Linux WAS actually well on its way to becoming a meaningful alternative, until Ubuntu (who was responsible for most of that popularity) succumbed to Tablet Fever and, like Microsoft, proceeded to slaughter its golden egg-laying goose.

That's only half the story. GNOME did the same thing. An entire generation of operating systems were lost to "tablet fever". At least Microsoft was smart enough to realize it was a mistake.

Comment Re:TrackMeNot (Score 3, Insightful) 195

Everyone should be installing TrackMeNot to pollute the search engine result tracking pool: TrackMeNot By issuing randomized queries to common search-engines, TrackMeNot obfuscates your search profile(s) and registers your discontent with surreptitious tracking.

I'm concerned this plugin might trigger Google's bot detection algorithm. Furthermore, wouldn't it be simpler to use DuckDuckGo?

Comment Re:It's Heartbreaking you're not in Jail (Score 1) 482

How about if instead of setting it at $100k, we instead link it to the 95th percentile of wages, currently, this works out to $95k, but it will fluctuate with inflation, whereas $100k will not.

Absolutely! I was thinking 90th percentile ($82k). But the important thing is that it's a high wage. Tying it to a percentile makes the law withstand the test of time. I would also make the law state that it must be 95th percentile of wages for the region (I haven't figured out how to specify region in detail yet). That way the Silicon Valley area would require even higher wages than the rest of the country.

I would also remove all quotas and limits based on education or area of focus. If you can find a job making more than 90% of US residents (not just citizens, the law should be recursive), come on over!

Comment Re:It's Heartbreaking you're not in Jail (Score 1) 482

The fix is rather simple really. Minimum salary for H1-B visas is $100k/yr.

If you have a magic wand, what are you doing wasting your time posting on Slashdot? Why aren't you out there reshaping the world the way you'd like it to be?

I'm too smart for politics. :)

What you think would happen by passing a law like this is probably quite different than what would really happen. Think of the $15 minimum wage and things like fast food kiosks, mom & pop corner stores shutting down while Walmart grows bigger, etc.

The purpose of the H1-B program is to allow workers to immigrate if the demand is high for their skills, but the supply is low. Basic economics says those jobs should pay a high wage (supply and demand). Therefore, my proposal will do exactly as it is intended. Any other type of law will have unintended consequences. These jobs will not be automated, because by definition, they can't be.

I suspect the H1-B laws are written the way they are because it protects one type of high paid worker from being replaced by talent from overseas. That high paid worker is called the CEO.

Comment Re:It's Heartbreaking you're not in Jail (Score 3, Interesting) 482

It's heartbreaking that this is news. I also don't like it, and I also don't have a plan to fix it, but you don't see me quoted in the news.

The fix is rather simple really. Minimum salary for H1-B visas is $100k/yr. The way it is now, companies have to pay a "prevailing wage" that is very easy to manipulate. Just using a blanket, but high wage simplifies the process and makes it harder to cheat.

I admit, the $100k number I chose is rather arbitrary. I suppose a more precise statistical method could be used (e.g. poverty threshold x4, or greater than 90% of individual income). Additionally, there should be adjustment factors based on location (California and New York must pay more).

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

Your conclusion is invalid - "radiation workers" don't receive a very low threshold dose, they receive a massive one in a very short time.

Sorry, but that's simply not true. Please read the article I linked.

Typically, passengers flying from London to Chicago could expect to be exposed to around 4.8mrem, and those travelling from Washington DC to Los Angeles would be exposed to close to 2mrem. This compares to an airport body scanner which delivers around 0.1mrem and a chest X-ray that can vary between 2mrem and 10mrem.

Keep in mind, X-ray technicians leave the room when a person gets an X-ray. I suspect a common "massive dose" would be a CT scan, which is many X-rays taken at once. According to the article I linked, that's good for ~800mrem.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

More blatant ignorance from the Beeb. The author cites melanoma, which is overwhelmingly caused by sun exposure and is not tied to ionizing radiation. Then there is the 'possible' increase in prostate cancer in pilots....didn't even consider the lifestyle of pilots. I sometimes wonder if these authors even stop to think about what they are spewing. There are studies that link prolonged sitting of truck drivers to prostate cancer, but instead lets assume a cancer that has historically no tie to ionizing radiation might be due to the small amount of exposure from air travel. SMFH.

The author notes that specifically in TFA.

However the charity Cancer Research UK says this may be related to other lifestyle factors such as the pilots spending more time sunbathing than the average person.

I would like to see a comparison between airline pilots and truck drivers though. Both have to meet similar physical health requirements (yes, truck drivers are required to get physicals.), have similar duties, but one is exposed to more radiation.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

In which case, "radiation workers" should have a lower incidence of cancer than the rest of the population.

It should, perhaps, be noted that "radiation workers" have legal limits to their exposure that are extremely low. Lower, in some cases, than what some "normal" workers are exposed to. For example, coal miners are exposed to more occupational radiation than a nuclear power plant worker would be legally allowed to get.

Please read the article I linked. It addresses that issue specifically.

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