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Comment Re:Help Me (Score 1) 290

To give you a clue, this memory chip only has the code C630-5150-T001 on it. Find me a spec sheet. A manufacturer. Tell me what it does or how to interface with it.

It's pretty, but it's completely dead technology without spending literally tens of thousands to analyse how it works and destroying it in the process.

I have a Realistic Clarinette 119 from 1986 that still works, better yet, it includes a manual that has a full schematic printed in the back. I have a GE record player from the mid-1960s, complete with tube amplifier, also still works and includes the schematic printed inside the electronics access panel.

Now to your memory device--We're building more and more into single package ICs (both single and multiple chips inside)... it's just impractical to even consider providing functional data with the devices those parts are used in, let alone the parts themselves, and in many cases the data isn't even publicly published for competitive reasons. The semiconductor company I used to work for produced audio components, we had cryptic markings on the chip and produced an absolutely minimal data sheet (for public consumption) because the part wasn't available for low volumes and where the volumes made sense for us to sell, we hand-held companies on the designs. These products are all disposable, not only because it's impractical to repair or reuse, but because no manufacturer would want it due to reducing future sales. So of course durability is hardly a factor for most products.

Now consider just how little is being printed today? It's always fun (for me anyway) to find or read old newspapers--what was going on that day 50 years ago? In 50 years no one will have a clue what was posted to a news website on a particular day. You'll have to hope someone added it to Wiki or that whatever news conglomerate is running the news has a search history that goes back that far.

What about old pictures? We used to cherish them, buy special enclosures for them. Now we take a picture, upload it, and hope it stays somewhere. Maybe we print it, but the paper and inks are less durable. If you keep it digital after a few years you've moved on to the next storage as a service provider and your stuff may stick around, but it's effectively in a digital landfill unless you take care of it. Moving your digital stuff ought to be easier than your physical stuff, but if you put a photo album on a shelf for 20 years it will still be there as long as you don't move. What digital medium can you say the same about? Even CD/DVD degrades relatively quickly--and that's assuming you still have a reader... My Mac laptop hasn't had a CD drive in years.

Everything has become disposable, even our information.

I predict that in 100 years we'll have more persistent informational "artifacts" from 1950 then 2050 because we'll continue down our path of disposable information, people will give less and less concern to the gigabytes and terabytes of information they generate year after year.

/ end grandpa rant

Comment Re:Record License Plate Number? (Score 1) 328

You sound like a victim blamer, that kind of moron that runs over a dog in the road and explains to the owner of the dog "he shouldn't have been in the road" instead of "i should have applied the brakes instead of speeding up to hit him". Well, no shite sherlocke, hooo boy we got ourselves a reeeeeel smert one heer, eh boys?

You're assuming that the dog was simply standing idle in the road, or otherwise moving within a small area on the road, and that the driver had ample time to see and react to this.

You've failed to consider the (arguably) equally likely case that a dog is in motion, but out of view of the driver, and on a trajectory that intercepts the path of vehicle not giving the driver sufficient time to react.

Relating this back to the article, until we see video footage of the incident, or an impartial eye witness accounting, I think it's just as likely that an overzealous security guard decided to step into the path of a vehicle assuming that the operator would a) notice this, and b) have sufficient time to react, then it is likely that the operator of the vehicle knowingly collided the vehicle with the guard.

khallow was pointing out that being within the path of a vehicle, particularly a fleeing vehicle, is not a smart thing. When you wait for the pedestrian walk symbol, is it safer to stand a foot or two out into the street toward moving traffic, or back on the sidewalk? In the same line of thinking when they saw that the vehicle was started and moving they should have simply backed away and let the vehicle leave--they are not cops stopping a murderer, they are private security guards.

Comment The information actually stolen is far worse... (Score 1) 161

The Washington Post reports that T-Mobile's Credit Partner, Experian, has been breached revealing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver's license and passport numbers


Both parties were quick to point out that no no credit card or banking data was stolen as part of the attack

Great, so the banking and credit card data--which would only lead to fraud for which the individual would not be held accountable--wasn't stolen. But all the most valuable data for applying for fake credit and identity theft was! Much harder to fight off fake accounts then fake charges on a valid account.

This should go beyond just two years of free monitoring... what do I do when someone is out there impersonating me? Hope I have an alibi when they come looking for mr, but that's sort of tough to do when you're a basement dwelling hermit...

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 1) 608

Snowden has not been charged (yet) under the espionage act because the possibility of the death penalty would block his extradition from most European countries where he might seek asylum.

I also wonder if they've been withholding potential charges while the window to do so is still open because in that way should the political climate change to the point where it might actually receive a pardon (from an outgoing president) it would never be done because they'd simply charge with new things.

This is disgraceful.

It's terrifying to realize just how little it will matter that so many people in the US think it is disgraceful.

Comment Re:I foresee a sudden demand for raises (Score 1) 430

but if the principle is that I have to pay you what other people are making, then perhaps I just can't hire you to begin with. Some people would say that maybe I should not hire you if I can't pay you the same as someone else. I don't know if I agree, but I can see that argument. Still, I'm out a worker that I could really use to unburden everyone else on the team.

If you are willing to work for 80K, I am happy to give you bigger merit raises than your peers if you worked extra hard, but if you walk in the door unhappy with your base salary, should I cut into the bonus pool of others just so you can get a massive raise to make your salary equal to theirs? Didn't they deserve their raise too? Or do they deserve less simply because their base number is higher than yours?

If you know that a certain role and experience level in the company is being paid $X then you know out of the gate that if you are going to try to find someone for that same role for $X-20% that the person you find is being underpaid by your own company's standard. If your existing employees at $X are making close to market rate then you know that this new employee is being underpaid by the market's standard.

I agree with you that just because you can't pay them that $X rate doesn't mean you don't hire them--If you have someone who is willing to accept the position and is a good fit then of course go for it! However you need to recognize that this person is being under compensated by your own standard, there is a possibility that due to job market they may in fact not be happy out of the gate with that salary and may have accepted it under the expectation of faster salary increases in the coming years.

As the employer you need to recognize that you're receiving an extraordinary value from an employee who is/was willing to work for less compensation than other similar employees. One of the things you have to deal with is that the employee may easily recognize they are under compensated; If that employee wants more compensation you need to make a choice: Either you improve their compensation until they are satisfied or you may have either an unhappy worker or possibly a new vacancy that you have to fill with a budget that represents under compensation.

Now consider this: Were your existing employees being better compensated because they were previously overworked which is now resolved with the new hire? What situation will you be in if this under compensated employee leaves because they find better compensation elsewhere? You'll have a team that is down a person, probably now feeling even more overworked than before because they've just taken on parts of someone else's role, but most likely with no compensation adjustment.

So to answer your question of whether well compensated employees should receive less in order to bring up a poorly compensated employee the answer in my opinion is YES, if you want to keep a healthy eco system in your office.

I'm a proponent of giving raises based on dollars vs. percentage. It provides a path to better equitability of pay while staying "fair" in a "what did you get?" style measurement contest. In that regard you've just given two people an equal raise, so the person with higher compensation and the person with lower compensation are receiving the same thing. If the person with higher compensation wants to complain they have to be prepared for their base pay to stand up to the light of comparison to the person with lower base pay. If they are truly even employees then the comparison will fall in favor of the person with the lower base pay.

What I don't think is that you should consider what someone else makes to be a reflection on what the company thinks of *you*. If you're capable, you may start lower, but I'd probably be happy to see you become a manager or advanced individual contributor where that other guy will never get higher than he is today. You'll start at 80K, but you'll someday get to 150K whereas the other guy will never see the other side of 110. Alternately, you could be selected for more training opportunities or given more interesting work. All of that turns into more money too, either at that work place or at another place you move to later.

What a company pays you represents your value to them (what htey think of you) in the most obvious way. If you and someone else are doing the same job you should be relatively evenly compensated for the job unless you're working somewhere that increases pay based on seniority. So in that regard it's very difficult to tell someone that the guy who does the same job you do, but is paid 30% more, doesn't reflect on what the company thinks of you.

In my opinion that company thinks you're a chump and they're going to continue to pay you less until you force the situation, which is only going to create animosity. It's much better for the work place eco system if, over time, employees of the same role are paid relatively equal salaries which are tied to market values for those roles.

To be honest I almost thought you were being satirical with this last part when you say that as a "capable" employee (does that infer to the other is not capable?) I'll have more opportunities than the other employee who may be making more than me today. What a bunch of textbook HR/manager horseshit :) "Just keep working hard, paying your dues and it'll pay off! You'll see!"... to re-use your earlier arguments regarding otherwise equal workers: Doesn't that other worker deserve the advancements and more interesting work too? Is it really fair that I receive more advancement and interesting work than another person simply because my base is lower than theirs? So even if I am a "capable" employee, what if the others are too? Aren't we back to the same problem?

I also won't go down the rat hole of how certain types of managers will specifically NOT spontaneously advance employees who excel within a certain role because it means they are losing an excellent employee in a position they know they will have a hard time replacing. Either you end up with an employee who advocates for themselves or one who is too meek and potentially winds up feeling under appreciated toiling in anonymity.

Comment Re:His defense will fail... (Score 1) 1431

He went out to his car and retrieved his firearm. The question will be asked, if you were concerned for your safety....why did you return to the theater?

This isn't insightful, it's conjecture.

We don't know that he left the theater to retrieve his firearm, he may have had the firearm on him the whole time and had gone to get the manager... I find it far more likely that he was already carrying his concealed firearm vs. that he was leaving it in a vehicle and went to get it. The whole point of carrying concealed is to defend yourself, the firearm does you no good out in your car and it only becomes a liability if your car is stolen or broken into...

We also don't know that he felt threatened before he left, or when he returned.

From the story so far it doesn't sound like he walked back in and simply shot the younger guy, it sounds like he came back in, sat down, an argument or fight started, and THEN he shot the guy. If the guy was concerned for his life/safety it will be what happened after he returned that caused the concern.

Surveillance footage and testimony from witnesses will start to put this together. We'll know where the older guy went when he left the theater, and we'll start to get a better idea of what happened after he returned and potentially some insight into what could possibly have escalated this from an argument over texting to a fatal shooting.

Comment Re:actual advice (Score 1) 222

That 100A is probably when the engine is turning somewhere near 1800-2200RPM or greater as well. At "idle" speeds, 600-700rpm, you might only receive 20-25A.

Prior to the insert of a "high idle" mode into the computers, police cruisers used to end up with dead batteries WHILE RUNNING because the power needed to run the on board lights, computer, radio, etc would be more than the alternator produced at standard idle.

My 3500W continuous generator, with a Honda small engine clone, was $275 on sale. It takes up less space than my gas lawn mower.

Comment Re:It seems that (Score 1) 112

Let's not forget that in many cities the dispatcher is also getting kick backs from the drivers to get the choice calls. It's rampant in Boston to the point that several exposés have been written about it in recent history--don't pay the dispatcher at the start of the shift, you either don't get calls at all, or you get lousy ones...

If the (dispatch) system were far more automated the potential for human intervention and exploitation starts to dwindle.

Comment Boston Globe vs. Boston Herald (Score 1) 178

I see a lot of people talking about local investigative journalism--or at least reporting.

To be fair many of you may not know the local Boston market, there are two papers: Boston Globe, and Boston Herald. Globe is the corporate-faced paper (up 'til now) owned by national media conglomerates. Herald is considered more local these days. Generally the Herald is the paper you read when you want to hear about all the dirty BS the local government is dishing, although they can be too conservative and preachy at times for my taste.

Comment Re:Anyone know who operates airport subways? (Score 1) 91

Those trams and subways amount to not much more than sideways elevators. I'm guessing that someone monitors these things at large airports/etc just like someone monitors that the elevators are going. But otherwise they are easily automated because they are on rails, their paths are exclusive, secure and well controlled. There are generally double doors so no one can get in/out when they shouldn't, etc...

Comment Re:Trucking? (Score 1) 91

I'm sure they'll hire experienced drivers, remote Teamsters?

This will end up being a lowest bidder situation and just like call centers, you'll have "simulators" over in China, India, wherever filled with remote drivers.

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