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Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 327

You must be one of the lucky ones -- I certainly do not have that option. Geography is a factor. Chip design is rather specialized field, and just the license cost to get into this businesses can run into seven figures. There are not a lot of companies doing what I do in my city, so my choices are limited. If those four or five companies don't need anybody, I am out of luck unless I am willing to relocate.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 2, Insightful) 216

It is called "supply and demand." If you open up a lemonade shop on the street corner, nobody is obligated to buy your lemonade if you charge $20 for one cup! That is how a free-market works. If you want to buy a computer, you and the seller reach an agreement on what it is worth. If you don't want to pay as much, you just don't buy the damn thing, and have the choice to go shopping elsewhere.

Same thing for labor. If your time isn't worth what Uber wants to pay, don't work there! Fined somebody who thinks that your labor is worth more. If enough people stop working for Uber and they can't find anybody willing to work for what they pay, they will be forced to pay more or go out of business. That is how it works.

If you really want to give rides and make more, you can always drive a taxi.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 327

Yeah, that sucks. Sorry, but that is called being a contractor. No job security at all. The pay is great until bad the economy shifts, and then contractors are the first out the door. You can bask in the glory of your former fat paycheck while you hunt for more work.

I guess if you are really good and you live in an area with a lot of opportunity (or you don't mind relocating), you can make this work. However, I prefer a bit more job security.

Comment Re:Pay attention. (Score 2, Interesting) 153

This allows the government to hack AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF COMPUTERS if they have a rubber stampped warrant from a judge who has no understanding of what they are signing.

I would assume that a judge would have some common sense. A warrant might say "All computers own by XXX person" or "all computers at XXX location." I doubt that a judge will sign a warrant for "all computers in Utah."

What is the alternative? "Whoops, we got a warrant to search five computers, but all of the illegal stuff is on computer #6, so we have to let this criminal go?"

Judges had to go through law school -- they are generally not stupid. I bet that most of them even own a computer or two.

Comment Re:Horizontal glass (Score 0) 428

Reading comprehension much? I was not talking about interior surfaces, I was talking about exterior. I will assume that you are genuinely stupid instead of being a troll...

If you have a glass table, you pretty much know not to drop things from a high distance, and if you do, you get what you deserve. For a fridge, unless your fridge is very tall, it is impossible to drop something from higher than about a foot.

Shingles, on the other hand, could have hail dropped from a very high distance indeed -- enough to reach terminal velocity. Where I live we had a severe hail storm a couple of months ago. A friend of mine is getting insurance to replace his entire roof.

Comment Re:Glass (Score 3, Informative) 428

You mean except for almost every window on every house and car made? [sarcasm] Yeah barely any glass out there. Who would use glass? [/sarcasm]

Uhhhh, how much glass is used for horizontal (or horizontal-ish) surfaces? On my house, at least, all exterior glass is completely vertical. When hail arrives, the glass only has to absorb the horizontal component of the force, which is significantly less than the vertical component. Roofing surfaces, however, are much more horizontal than they are vertical, so they will have to absorb more force.

Comment Re:should or could? (Score 2) 1081

One of the reasons for the electoral college is so that more populous states can't just overwhelm rural areas. Otherwise, anybody who doesn't live near a big city should not even bother to vote.

That was also the reason for a separate senate and congress. The congress is based on population. The senate is two per state, no matter how big or small.

Comment Re:Going by this logic (Score 1) 436

and a good deal of evidence that about a third of Republicans are living in a self-constructed la la land.

The way I see things, the GOP can be split into the sane and the crazies. The crazies voted for Trump in the primary. The sane ones, though the majority, were split among the other candidates, so Trump got the largest single block despite not having an actual majority.

If the GOP primary has been via approval voting then one of the more sane candidates would have won and also would have beat Hillary easily. Instead the GOP nominates the only candidate that could loose to Clinton.

Comment Re:Who even remotely wants a TV package anymore? (Score 2) 45

Netflix has the advantage of watching any of their programs at any time. With OTA, cable, and satellite, you also have the option of recording it to watch later.

With this thing, it appears that there is no such thing as recording? I noticed a "72-hour catch-up windows" for "many" networks. Cute, but in my house a show can sit for a week or two before we get a chance to watch it, and that is just with OTA as a source. Thanks, but no thanks.

Comment Re:We aren't paid well (Score 2) 587

Seems to me that in a competitive environment it would be. After all, if hiring you is so profitable, their competitors should be bidding very high for your services. And if there's a large supply of very profitable employees compared to employers, it would be very profitable to start a new business or expand an existing one.

It isn't just the skills, it is also the environment. Take Facebook as an example. Suppose that you code for Facebook and they are making record profits. Could you leave Facebook and go to MySpace and generate the same profit for them? Not likely. Facebook could replace you with somebody equally skilled and still generate the same profits while your skills could completely fail to produce results elsewhere. The value is not in YOUR skills, but in the name brand that Facebook commands. A mid-level employee at Google could not go to AOL and have them turn the same profits per person either.

Similarly, I design chips for a living. I have worked on some projects that generated a nice sum of money. However, I could not take my skills and guarantee that same profit for another company. My current employer has big-name brand recognition and a reputation. Those things account for a lot.

I am also crippled in that I cannot even easily start my own business. Even though I could likely design an entire chip from start to finish with my skill set, it would take me several years to do so without help, and the license costs for the tools would be in the seven-figure range each year.

This reminds me of the old Communist theory. Yeah, the proletariat actually MAKES the products, but the proletariat can't do a damn thing without the engineering, plans, factory, tools, and distributors of the bourgeois.

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