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Comment Re:Trains (Score 1) 13

Ok, so you get in a train that drops you off in the middle of LA. Now, how do you get to where you're going from there? LA is hundreds of square miles of urban area, all spread out so there's no way any train will take you to all parts of it. You'll need a car to drive yourself to your destination. Now you're looking at spending a bunch of time and money dealing with a rental car agency, instead of just using your own car to get you there.

Trains are just like planes, only a lot slower. Planes are great for getting a medium number of people between two points all at once, in a short amount of time (except for TSA groping). But they don't help you much in getting from the airport to your final destination. Trains are worse because they're so slow, it ends up not being sensible to use them too much because if the distance is short, you might as well drive, and if it's longer, you're better off flying. If you happen to live in an urban downtown and want to travel to another urban downtown not too far away, trains make a lot of sense. That's about it though.

What would make a lot more sense is if they'd build SkyTran, but no one believes that'll possibly work so we can't have it.

Comment Re:Company's Fault (Score 1) 138

What kind of "mistreatment"?

Personally, I feel mistreated at my current job, and at many of my previous ones too. But the "mistreatment" wasn't (and still isn't) people saying mean things to me, but rather the horrible office environment, which I consider a form of mistreatment. It's within the employer's power to provide a comfortable, quiet office environment that is conducive to knowledge work. So when an employer refuses to do that (citing whatever bullshit excuses), that is tantamount to mistreatment. It's little different from having poor safety standards for factory workers, except the consequences aren't as short-term or severe, but the mentality is the same.

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 138

Booth? I've never seen a company, big or small, bother with this. They're already too cheap to provide a proper amount of regular bathroom space for everyone, or any kind of decent break room space.

I can certainly see why any woman who can afford it would want to just stay at home. I'd rather stay at home too! I absolutely *hate* going to work. It's not the work, or even the coworkers, it's the environment: the shitty, smelly, and overcrowded bathrooms (probably not so much of a problem for women since there's so few women in tech); the horrible, inhumane, noisy, distracting open-plan office setups; the shitty HVAC units that are noisy and always have the temperature wrong no matter the time of year; the lousy parking; etc.

I don't have any of these problems at home, and even with today's inflated residential real estate values it's not hard to have a decent work setup at home, with 1) a reasonably clean, private bathroom (and if it gets smelly you can either turn on a bathroom fan or open the window, since bathrooms in houses frequently have windows), 2) a private office space without people walking by and talking loudly, 3) a fully-stocked kitchen nearby in case you want to make a snack or meal, 4) an internet connection that has good speed and doesn't have random failures as often (even if you're using something shitty like Comcast, it's not nearly as bad as a corporate IT department), 5) a computer that isn't hobbled by all kinds of bullshit security software, and can be running Linux too instead of shitty Windows 8/10, 6) the company of your pets.

The only thing that sucks about working at home is the lack of socialization can get to you after a while, but that's so much better than being forced into a noisy open-office environment where you eventually grow to absolutely hate all of humanity.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 267

If I kill you to lower costs, I still killed you.

If I hit you to lower costs, I still hit you.

If I reaccomodate you to lower costs, I still reaccomodated you.

If I hire people of only one race and age group to replace another group to lower costs, I still committed age and race discrimination.

It's quite simple really.

Motive and intent matters in some cases but in many cases it does not.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 538

I'm not intending to move the goal posts only to clarify.

When you say "nice" car, I hear something more expensive than a honda accord or honda element. I hear $36k to $42k instead of $22k. If you meant buy a nice car from a company with a good maintenance record then we are in agreement.

I could have pushed harder and gone with 2 year old used cars and saved more and still not been in junkers like you describe but i did not.

It's not about penny pinching- now you are moving the goal posts.

You are painting a picture of being an extreme spendthrift when that's not necessary. If you want to retire even earlier or if you want to retire at my age like those janitors with a million bucks- then sure. But my goal wasn't that extreme.

While I don't "hate" my job- but when I was 30, I realized I got no status or enjoyment out of working like other people do. I've been retired 6 years now and I'm falling behind on doing the things I want to do. There are shows to watch, drawings to draw, songs to play, gardens to tend, walks to take, and places to see.

I realized young that unlike many people I actually enjoyed my life outside of work and if I could just have the money, I felt no need to work. I recognize that some people need to work to feel happy. I'm not wired that way.

Years of luxury DOES trump a few extra years of hard work. That's my entire point. From 20 to 30, I did that. The result was few good memories of the luxuries and a lot less money. It's trivial to waste $20,000 a year eating out, going to bars, etc. It costs money to work. You only get to save some of your income. A huge chunk goes to taxes as well. You save along the way or you work til you die or you commit suicide (as an increasing number of mid 60 year old people are doing).

Comment Re:prediction... more good comments... not (Score 1) 473

The latest version on this I heard today was "the jobs are lost, but you don't see them because the cause/effect pattern is sort of backwards. The business owners hear all this talk of increasing minimum wage so they don't hire more people in case their wages will soon go up so the effect is already there under way when the minimum wage comes in - and then you don't see it in the data".

My response was: assuming your weird hypotheses is true - then we may as well do the increase since whatever job harming effects it may have we're ALREADY HAVING and will have ANYWAY.
Notice how his described mechanism includes no other option. If we don't raise it, workers will keep demanding we do - so employers keep not hiring if they can avoid it - so the problem happens anyway and becomes permanent.

So yeah, may as well raise it- whatever job losses it could cause will happen regardless - so we may as well have those with jobs paid decently.

Comment Re:'sock puppet' in scare quotes? (Score 1) 92

Another use of normal quotation marks is to indicate that you are using a common or slang term in a more formal piece of writing (like a legal filing) where that word or phrase does not have a ready dictionary definition - the indication makes it clear that the slang meaning is intended rather than the literal meaning.
So that's not scare quotes either - it's just indicating that the term 'sock puppet' in this context does not refer to the puppets made from socks that we all remember from our childhoods.

Comment Steered beam: yes. (Score 1) 130

EVEN with beam steering, where the whole half-watt of power from the router is aimed directly at your phone,

There's a frenquency range above the 400 THz mark, that can be efficiently steered, and could be collected on the back of your phone :
it's called SUN LIGHT (Yeah I know we /.ers are not very familiar with this strange energy beem, being basement dwellers ourselves).

I think that's what the above poster jokingly referred to when saying to go to higher freqency.

(And for the record, a solar cell the size of a modern huge smartphone could probably collect ~2-3W of power.
There are actual power banks produced with 12x12cm sollar cells that selfcharge them in the 3~5W range when exposed to the sun)

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