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Comment Re:Goverment already does cost-of-living adjustmen (Score 2) 246

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) 246

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) 128

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.

Comment Re:No, they "saved" corp profits by Union busting (Score 2, Informative) 474

Do the math first. 400MM twinkies, 22,000 people. That is an output of about 9 twinkies per hour per employee. Even if back in the day they produced twice as many, the efficiency is abysmal and there is no way that a Twinkie has sufficient value to sustain all those people on a liveable wage. The automated factory is about 380 per hour per employee.

The unions were part of the blame, and tried to be part of the solution, at least to some extent. Management also clearly had some blame... as did changing market forces (health food), and I am sure a few profiteers to boot. But the only way to fix the equation was to reduce the workforce by at least an order of magnitude, which is never pretty.

Comment Re:Court motions are not news (Score 1) 122

Sorry, but your argument is flawed in a number of ways. It doesn't matter if Oracle or Sun originally did the work; it is Oracle's property that they paid for. They also didn't open source it in a "public domain" or even BSD perspective; they retained ownership to their property and continued to license it for commercial gain.

That doesn't make Oracle right in this case though.

The bottom line is that APIs are necessary for interoperability. They are not patentable; they are not trademarkable; and, as the judge decided, we're not copyrigtable based on the premise of fair use. This is very much in line with the traditional interpretation of fair use, and it is disengenuous for Oracle to suggest otherwise.

Comment Re:What else is new? (Score 1) 170

You are missing the step where compact laptops became cost competitive and powerful enough that they weren't a burden to travel with. This made them an extra device for many people.

Personally, I have a smartphone, tablet, lightweight laptop, and giant desktop. Each does things that the others struggle with. For me, the smartphone would be the first device to go, but I don't see that happening for a while. I do have a compact desktop as well, but that was more of an emergency/contingency purchase.

There needs to be a level of evolution in tablets for the market to grow; not sure what that will be yet. (I thought that the Corel NetWinder was going to be huge though...)

Comment Re:Saturation (Score 2) 170

What makes you feel that a laptop is better? While admittedly a pain to carry places, a tablet gives a personal device that is less focused than a laptop. Using a laptop in a restaurant as an example (say eating alone) seems more anti social than a tablet...

Comment Re:Antivirus is Last-gen Tech (Score 1) 212

After watching a server and network upgrade for my company, I am convinced that user actions are likely much less of a problem than technicians not understanding security, remote management tools, full Linux stack in access points, routers, cameras, and copiers, and the giant attack surface that is the IoT.

It used to be that my emergency contingency plan was to pull the incoming network cable... but once you add site-to-site resource dependencies that quickly becomes suicide. This could easily be much worse than all the Windows problems back in the day.

Comment Re:Happens all the time in the private sector (Score 1) 1010

Pretty much. The email situation was what most people in the real world would have been doing up to about 2010, so giving government an extra 2-3 years is about right. Reality is that classified information is mishandled regularly. It is still gross negligence, stupid, and not a great indicator of leadership... but not really a surprise.

But, how can the same government prosecute Snowden...

Comment Re:AC is not the reason for bad design (Score 2) 117

Technically, you want small windows upwind and large windows downwind to create a pressure gradient; large glass surfaces on the south with long overhangs to catch the winter sun, (ideally with passive thermal storage) and two-story buildings with living spaces upstairs in cold climates.

For hot climates, good design is often driven by the mean nighttime temperature and humidity. Hot, humid nights are pretty hard to deal with barring air conditioning; best design is usually small mini-split systems for the bedrooms, and maybe a basement living room with a dehumidifier.

Comment Re:The Romans had air conditioning (Score 1) 117

There are plenty of examples of indirect evaporative cooling throughout history as well. Persian wind catchers inducinging a draft to a wet well below, cooling the stone floor above.

There are inherent benefits to mechanical air conditioning and ventilation, but they do lead to some sloppy solutions such as air conditioning uninsulated buildings because electricity is cheap.

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