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Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 278

What does Fahrenheit relate to? Who knows?

0F is the temperature of a particular ice/brine mixture, and it was approximately the lowest temperature typically experienced in Fahrenheit's area. I suppose that one advantage of that is not having to use negative values very often.

100F is approximately human body temperature. That's pretty easy to relate to.

One nice property of the system is that 0F is often dangerously cold, and 100F is often dangerously hot.

Nice, didn't know that (having grown in a Celsius-driven country.)

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 278

AT 76C I'd have no idea what to put on....

Don't worry, at 76C you will soon be dead. It won't matter what you are wearing.

That kinda shows how little we in the US know about the Celsius system. Honestly, I've been living here for close to three decades, and I still have to convert to Celsius from time to time to truly understand cold weather reports in the Fahrenheit scale. Something to do with Celsius zero being the freezing point of water (a good reference point). Heat descriptions in F scale are easier for me to interpret, but still, I'm always like "what's water boiling point in F?" (100C is so much easier to reason.)

Comment Re: That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 2) 278

The site is owned and operated by Americans, that makes it an American site, dipshit. Also, most people in the world speak more than one language, so language has SFA to do with country of origin except to rubes.

I'm sure the Americans how operate the site never had the intention to see their site considered as such. But hey, beat your chest in jingoistic bravado if it gets you into an e-raged filled patriotgasm.

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 143

The general thrust is: You can't help people commit crimes.

In many countries (and I will probably now be disappointed to find that the US isn't one of them) you don't get to just roll up with $5 million of bank notes in a truck and buy something expensive like land or a company. If you do that, and later somebody asks the lawyers "So, what's with the $5M in cash?" and they shrug and say "I didn't ask" they lose their licenses and their offices are crawling with investigators. Even if it turns out you got that $5M through some unlikely but entirely legal means, their failure to ask reasonable questions makes them guilty.

In my country if you ask the "bank of mum and dad" to help pay for your first house, they need to write a letter explaining who they are, and why this big sum of unexpected money appeared with no strings attached, because otherwise your lender, or your lawyers, or both will freak out and everything stalls while this mysterious money is explained. If instead of "mum and dad" the money comes from "Uncle Albert" who like, isn't actually an uncle but he knew you from when you were a baby, expect that to get crawled over even more. Who is this "Uncle Albert" dude? Does he end up with control over the property in practice despite you owning it on paper? Where did _he_ get the money from?

Right now in the press you might see fuss about a company called British Home Stores or BHS. The guy who owned it sold it to someone they knew was a fly-by-night terrible business person, so that he could walk away saying it was fine when he left. It collapsed, as he will have known it probably would. Did the politicians say "Oh, well, you sold it, so not your problem" ? No, they're demanding he pay off its pension fund and they're tearing into the other directors, the auditors, and so on. Because all those people had a DUTY not to just say "Oh, whatever, if the owner wants to sell it to some scumbag let him".

It's not just country (I assume you are not in the US.) My wife and I live in Florida, and when we bought our first home, we had to write letters to the bank (BoA) explaining all our sources of income or wealth, including a generous cash gift we got from our in-laws. And before we got a loan with BoA we were trying to get one via NACA, and that organization had us write regular letters explaining our cash flows (which got annoying at times since we traveled abroad every year to see my in-laws, which incurred in money transfers between US and Japan's accounts.)

If someone gets away with paying a property with cash without even writing a notarized letter explaining the source, I suspect a crooked hand (and the seller can be in for a world of pain.)

But that's for us plebeians. For those on top, they can get away with that kind of shit and more. Land of the free and home of the brave I guess....

Comment Re:One of the oldest sites on the internet (Score 2) 204

Maybe you young'ns can't remember, but I remember when you had to access Yahoo by an IP address (since DNS wasn't a thing then), and then all it really was, was a directory of links to other sites that existed. No such thing as a search engine back then.

The founders capitalized on that, and at one point, Yahoo was the biggest, best thing on the world wide web. Then they decided that the "portal" thing was the way to go, and after that, it was kinda downhill from there.

And then Google came and ate their lunch, and after that were a series of terrible CEOs that didn't understand the company at all (probably because there was no cohesive strategy to understand -- they grew too rapidly at the start for that).

Bye Bye Yahoo. You were great for a little while in the early days, and I appreciated what you did for the web. But I don't think you were ever meant to be a commercial venture, and essentially that was your downfall.

I remember everything you said except the "access Yahoo by an IP address" (or that "DNS wasn't a thing then").

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

These always struck me as a fad waiting to die, but I'm not trying to be the usual Slashdot curmudgeon, so I'll ask: what are the killer features of a smart watch?

The best my buddy could come up with who bought an Android one was some mumbling about how its more socially acceptable to glance at texts on your wrist, than to take your phone out.

Killer features would differ from people to people, but this is what I'd love to see assuming the technology were to exist at an affordable price (affordable price, subjective, I know):

e-mail/sms/jabber/slack/infrastructure-devops notifications (be them sound or vibration) - if I need to reply I pull my phone or go to a computer, but at least I'd like to be notified without me having to pull my phone to read (yes, affordable laziness is bliss.)

fitbit-like capabilities to monitor my physical activity and sleep patterns.

pre-programmed purchasing buttons (think Amazon Dash) for common/recurrent items.

pre-programmed ordering buttons in some type of logistics/supply chains

baby/toddler tracking within a given radius.

discrete weather monitor showing chances of rain or heat or whatever.

traffic alerts.

job search alerts (or any type of alert feed that you might be interested.)

product scanners at a warehouse or store.

Killer features, I think, will revolve around very specific, repetitive, utilitarian tasks. I do not see smart watches taking off as general media consumption devises (not even for music), but as devices that provide convenient and inconspicuous notification of events as well as means to trigger recurring processes.

And that is the key, I think. I don't see smartwatches taking off as media consumption devises, but as programmable notifiers/triggers.

Obviously we can do the later now with smartphones, but a smartwatch is more convenient. It would not work in isolation, but in tandem with a smartphone on a personal level (or as part of a much larger system.)

Comment Re:Fishy case (Score 1) 115

OK, I know this business, and I can tell you that the contractors supporting the system are doing so with minimum personnel, so that can't be it. Maximum of 500 people involved in dev and support, and probably less. The system itself is not useful to a general purpose user. Let's assume 50,000 people ever touch it, that's probably a generous estimate. I imagine if we saw their usage data, it would be in the four figures, not six.

LOL, no. The minimum personnel is only used when the money begins to dry. Contractors will attempt to put as many bodies as possible and rake the hours. I've been in this business, too, and I've seen this unfold (with predictable results, mind you.)

Comment Re:The British government looks like Duck Soup (Score 1) 227

The City doesn't sell cars... many banks and other financial institutions will get up and leave London, or at least heavily downgrade their presence.

And Davis doesn't really seem to care, contrary to what you wrote (and hoped), maybe because he suspects that the vast majority of the British people would probably be happy if investment bankers lost their jobs. Sorry (not).

It is not just bankers (whatever you think that name stands for) that will lose their jobs. There will be plenty of white-collar flight, you know, the middle class spenders that make the economy going. The folks who don't care are either going for a Pyrrhic victory or don't quite grasp basic economics.

Either way, countries reap what they sow.

Comment Re:xkcd (Score 1) 180

I guess it surprises someone that "software development" includes a whole lot of people all over the country.

It actually surprises me that a full 10 percent of software jobs are actually in Silicon Valley. Every major city I've ever lived in across the US has been teeming with job openings in the tech sector. Just seems kind of weird that the headline of the article is going on about 90 percent of software developers working outside the valley. Is this news to anyone?

For the mobile app/unicorn hipsters in the valley, yep.

Comment Re:It's Simple Economics (Score 2) 180

[...] sounds like you're getting ripped off considering the area.

Unless like most people, I was born and raised here. I'm not yet ready to let the hipsters run me out of town.

But you are certainly bleeding money. Money is not everything, but by God, do the math. You could be losing between $300K to $500K in wages in 10 years if you stay where you are. That's not chump change.

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