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Comment Re:They could always work elsewhere. (Score 1) 181

Heh. I worked at a place that made specialized data processing equipment. We had a shower so people could ride to work, say, or work out during lunch.

One of the engineers was living in his car in the parking lot, and at the time this guy had to have been making more than the average household income. I asked him why he didn't get an apartment and he shrugged and said he didn't see any reason to.

Comment Really badly written article (Score 4, Insightful) 181

The summary says "he stuff was stolen". But the article itself is much less clear:

He added that he had opted to stay in a tent as it was easier and cheaper than commuting from his home in Perth, although his camping equipment had disappeared by Friday afternoon.

Did he say it had vanished? Or did the article writer find it had vanished on Friday? Not at all clear.

Also no aspect of the interview really asking the guy if he "had to" camp as the Willie bloke claimed, they just want you to assume that is the case. The actual guy who was camping just said it was cheaper and easier - if you are just going to be there a few week or two for seasonal work why wouldn't you prefer this to any kind of commute? Back when I used to work insane hours programming I slept under my desk for a week. It wasn't because I had to, it was just way easier at the time.

Also low 30's (assuming F) is not "battery cold", it's just mildly chilly and most sleeping bags would handle that temperature easily. I've camped before in sub-zero (again F) temperatures before and that's not at all uncomfortable with the right equipment.

Basically the whole thing seems written with a pre-determined viewpoint in mind and hardly any real research or interviewing done.

Comment Re:Possible explanation (Score 1) 63

Heck, the FBI was involved in the one big conspiracy-coverup we know was true from the 20th century - and the UFO investigations were key to it.

When game-changing new airplane designs from stealth technology to the SR-71 were being invented, during the height of the cold war, it was all about secrecy - but what do you do about eye-witnesses to these odd-looking planes, including people like pilots that it's hard to write off as kooks? You investigate each reported sighting as a "UFO sighting", and then loudly deny that you're investigating UFO sightings.

The plan seems to have worked pretty well - eye witness reports and even some photographs of experimental aircraft were dismissed as fakes by the public - and as far as we know, by the Russians. The more interesting the reports - triangular aircraft with no tails, aircraft moving faster and higher than anything known - the more easily it was dismissed as "UFO nuts". Brilliant plan, really, and the only modern conspiracy I know of that actually kept a secret long enough to matter.

Comment Re:Reads Like An Ad (Score 2) 344

Energy storage is making progress, though. It doesn't really matter the form it takes: chemical, thermal, kinetic, hydrogen, whatever: as long as progress keeps being made in energy storage, "renewables" (i.e., easy ways to tap fusion power) will eventually be practical for base load. Eventually.

Today, however, solar + natural gas is quite practical, efficient, and clean, but it's exactly the wrong politics, just like modern fission. You can tell people don't really care about global warming, as ideological purity wins over practicality.

Comment Whoosh (Score 1) 101

Passive monitoring isn't 'getting involved'.

That is the "understanding your community part", second section.

The first part is using Twitter to reach out to people, which IS getting involved. That is true of my own local police department.

Where do you guys even come from with this logic?

It's called "reading comprehension", you should try it sometime. Maybe if someone diagrammed out the single sentence for you?

Comment That's the best reason to buy bitcoin (Score 0) 74

I don't know who wants this stuff other than the criminals

But that's exactly the point; buying BitCoin is a lot like being able to buy into a mutual fund solely dedicated to criminal profits!

It's the ultimate hedge, the worse off society gets the more rewarding crime (and therefore your Bitcoin) becomes!

Comment I agree and what does this mean for next year? (Score 3, Insightful) 380

An unlike what gavron thinks, this is not a god damn "gift". This is a "reward".

To me that is exactly right. Going forward will Google donate different amounts of money to charity at the end of each year depending on employee performance? That would seem to be the case if they really are taking bonuses and giving them away.

No matter what I can't see how this is good for morale, or retention in a pretty hot hiring environment.

Comment Better up your office supply budget Alphabet (Score 1) 380

The first stage of anger from employees is the traditional "stealing of the pens and post-it notes". Be prepared for massive re-stocking come the current year!

Also on a side note what would be really funny is for an employee of Alphabet to go work for a non-profit for six months, demanding his original salary because he was donating his time on behalf of Alphabet...

Comment Hello, liability... (Score 1) 189

We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season.

Isn't that kind of exactly when you'd want to reduce the risk to others from potentially hazardous devices traveling in larger numbers?

I guess it will not matter as much if a few cars burn out, since the Note7 is already banned from air travel...

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