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Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 443

The US implementation doesn't use the PIN, so they are doing something different on the back end than the rest of the world. Apparently ROW queues transactions of relatively small value (offline transactions?) where in the US, there seem to be a few round-trips with the processing company for each transaction over something like $5.

With the mag stripe, there would just be one round-trip to authenticate, and it would take about 5-10 seconds. At one store (Trader Joe's), it takes about 30-35 seconds, but there is also an "accept" button that needs to be pressed within a fairly short time-out, or the transaction must be re-done. If you are bagging your own groceries it is a pain for sure. I just use my watch to pay now, which is considerably faster.

Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 127

Ok, let's talk about the purpose and practical capability of a plane's autopilot:

  • Is it there so the pilot (in charge) can sleep?
  • Does it eliminate the need for a second pilot?
  • Does it allow the pilot to prop a DVD player on the yoke and watch Harry Potter?
  • Do pilots fear for their jobs because of autopilots?
  • Do airlines plan on eliminating the copilot role?
  • And ultimately, What does the autopilot do if faced with input data it cannot reconcile?

Autopilot is there to reduce pilot workload, it is not there to automate the whole process. It does not take a plane gate-to-gate. Safety organizations worry that autopilot makes pilots loose skill and reaction time. Autopilot in the Tesla behaved much like several other crashes attributed to pilots mis-using or over-relying on the autopilot.

The thing that is different with Tesla's system is that they do have ambitions of it taking you door to door eventually.

Comment Re:LibreOffice (Score 1) 98

My Office 2008 has a couple incompatibility "features" with the version the rest of my office is using... So I decided to try Libre Office again. It has gotten pretty good, although there are a few things I find mildly annoying. Just might switch the office over to it, no real reason at this point not to, at least from what I see today.

Comment Re:So... (Score 0) 127

Seems like a one-sided take. I would say there is a nearly equal chance that Tesla is dissatisfied at their capabilities and realizes they need to bring it in-house to better serve themselves. There is also that potential for litigation and being able to point fingers at another party.

As for the term autopilot, in its aviation context it is pretty reasonable. It isn't like they are calling it Chauffer...

Comment Re:Also, hustle? (Score 1) 346

Anti moonlighting clauses are generally unenforceable unless you are salaried and there is a reasonable probability of conflict of interest.

Side jobs come in waves. I had engineering co-workers that were waiters and bartenders in the early 90's recession, but it became uncommon until ~2008 and the downturn.

Generally everyone should have a side job of some scope-- it is how you become a "1%er", but more importantly it is how you diversify mentally and financially. It doesn't have to be much; I have some friends who spend an hour or two a month on things and it works well for them.

Comment Re:Goverment already does cost-of-living adjustmen (Score 2) 248

architectural Engineering. A starting electrical engineer with a Masters is around $60-65k in Los Angeles, more in Bay Area. Junior staff cannot be effective remotely; they do not work independently for a few years, and when they hit that mark they need to be helping to mentor the next generation.

Senior engineers can be remotely with only limited loss in productivity, and mid-level can safely be remote a day or two per week. We do have a remote office, as well as one full-time remote employee. It works very well for some things, but going for a job survey on a day's notice is a little hard when you are a thousand miles away.

We can find plenty of people, at salaries we are quite comfortable with. It is important to understand the cost of bringing one employee on board through the first few months of work though. It is rarely less than $50k, and often double or triple that for senior staff.

As for flyover country, grew up there, went to school there, always happy to hire from there. Not especially interested in hiring people living there that can only be productive for 65% of tasks though, even if it is at a 50% salary discount. Too many additional costs that direct salary don't reflect.

Comment Re:Goverment already does cost-of-living adjustmen (Score 1) 248

Agree completely, but then they location-shop before body-shopping.

Problem I have is small companies and other fields. I am in architectural empngineering, and there really are limited grads. We were willing to sponsor one person over the past decade, but the salary would destroy it. (He had one year of "internship" and would be starting around $65k in Los Angeles.). Worth it in the greater good, but a challenge none the less.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

Not just socially acceptable, but easier to actually multitask. Also more readily accessible, and often better single-armed use.

For me, killer app is airline boarding passes. Going through security, my phone can be packed away already, and the watch goes through the metal detector. Payments are great too, often being faster than chip-and-pin. Fitness apps are nice too, along with stock ticker and temperature on watch face.

It is an expense most people can easily do without, but I love mine and look forward to the next generation... Especially if I can swim/surf with it.

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