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Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 41

Not only do things like this take batteries, but the human body is a surprisingly well evolved "machine". If you got one of these merely as a preventative measure the odds are likely great that the device would break before the heart it was supposed to assist did.

Granted, for people already having trouble I'm sure it'll be great, but I don't see it as being some routine precautionary thing.

Comment Re: Mod parent up (Score 4, Insightful) 539

These are solid middle class jobs that are not super specialized anymore.

If they're not super specialized it shouldn't be an issue to find someone locally to do it for less than $100k. The H1B program was supposed to be for filling those really difficult to fill jobs.

And if you truly can't find anyone to do it locally, then it should be worth $100k to you.

Comment Re: Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

It kinda reminded me of a funny scene I saw once. There was a healthy restaurant (it was a non-chain place - can't remember the name but they served a lot of vegetarian dishes and almost nothing fried). Next to it was a Captain D's.

Despite the fact that one was supposed to be good for you and one was supposed to kill you, everyone at the Captain D's was 65+ and it seemed like it was almost all 20-somethings going into the health food place.

I'm not saying it's not bad for you, but those old people still got up there eating that unhealthy stuff. Heck my grandfather made it to his late 70's and I don't think he knew you could cook meat any way other than frying it.

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

access to above high school education isn't a given in a rural area

Poverty aside, the most people who attend a traditional college live on campus anyways. I grew up in a VERY rural area (the nearest gas station was 15 miles away - don't drive home if you're close to empty) and was actually from a poor family but when it came time for college I took out loans and lived on campus.

When I was done I ended up moving back to the general area (I live in a small town of about 8,000 people now, but it's within 20 miles of where I grew up). Having had a taste of more urban life in college I decided that I wanted to live somewhere a little more developed (ie, there's still stores and restaurants and such here), but still in the same general location. I've got broadband and the cost of living is low (my house payment is right at $700/month). There's hunting land close and within 15 minutes I can have my boat on salt or fresh water so the fishing is great.

I don't fault anyone for wanting to live in a bigger city, but I'm perfectly happy where I'm at.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 285

There's nothing wrong with cutting costs and reducing pollution.

No, but I have a STRONG suspicion that these bullets will not "cut costs" and will be significantly more expensive than their old versions.

I have no issues going green when there's a financial incentive to do so (ie, LED bulbs over their lifespan are now far more cost effective than incandescent - I'd use them even if energy saver bulbs weren't mandated).

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

In over 50 years I have not heard of anyone's fridge being the source of a fire.
Or are they installing lithium batteries now to backup power for its wifi connection that we don't need to begin with?
A fridge needs only 2 things - power and a thermometer - to keep me safe.

I think you need to have your sarcasm meter replaced. Make sure it's not one of those cheap Chinese ones off of eBay . . .

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

The cooling coils don't work unless they can phone home to LG.

Well how else would you expect a customer to know that he has authentic LG cooling coils and not a third party replacement that could potentially damage your device, start a fire, or sacrifice your pets while you're not looking?

They only have your best interests in mind.

Comment Re:enjoying the job, why leave (Score 2) 261

This I agree with. My advice when my younger sister went to college: whatever you do for a living you'll eventually learn to hate, because nothing is fun when you HAVE to do it all day every day. All you do when you pick something you love for a career is make a perfectly good hobby not fun anymore.

In the end - pick something that you're good at and that pays well. That money will allow you to enjoy life outside of your job, which is where the better parts of your life happen anyways.

And lean towards government sector jobs if you can accept a little less pay - the risk of outsourcing is significantly less (not zero, but less).

Comment Subject cuz it's required (Score 4, Insightful) 42

Dang I'm getting sick of marketing speak:

"Qualcomm has detailed the Snapdragon 835 processor, which will power most of the leading Android smartphones this year. It's designed to grab information from the air at gigabit speeds and turn it into rich virtual and augmented reality experiences, ".

It's a processor. I certainly welcome advancement but it's a piece of silicon that does math problems. This one does them a little faster than the last one on a little less power. It ain't magic.

Comment Re: Needs a UPS... (Score 1) 127

and it is just not viable to plug a smartphone into a computer KVM and have it turn into a full featured desktop.

Don't think of how things behave today - think of how things CAN behave.

With sufficient advances in mobile computing power, there's no reason why you CAN'T do this. There's no reason why when you plug your phone in the smartphone apps couldn't become windows with a desktop UI. There's no reason why the monitor couldn't be touchscreen to facilitate applications that need multi-touch support. Some applications might be for sale in a Google or Apple "app" store but still be essentially for use only in "docked" mode, or it may feature two completely different UI's depending on the state of the device.

You seem to be thinking too much in the mindset that if it doesn't work now, then it can't possibly ever work. A smartphone is a computer. It'll run anything compiled for it and the peripheral and and software issues are EASY. It's just a matter of the hardware getting fast enough and someone packaging everything up correctly.

Comment Re:Needs a UPS... (Score 2) 127

I don't know. Personally, I'm going to maintain my skepticism, but I've noticed that my smartphone has slowly been replacing a lot of things that I didn't think I'd give up.

I never thought I'd really use the camera on a phone nevermind how common they were. I have a nice DSLR at home afterall. But then it got to where whenever I want to take pictures my phone is in my pocket and my DSLR is . . . at home.

Like most people it's replaced my watch and alarm clock, and actually as a person who does a decent amount of hunting I've even taken to using the flashlight feature rather than carrying a separate flashlight.

I used to have a standalone GPS and never thought I'd use my phone, but with it having essentially free map updates I always use the phone navigation now. My car audio system has basically just become a bluetooth output device for the phone.

One thing that does seem strange to note is that my smartphone has completely replaced . . . my tablet. My smartphone (a Galaxy S7) feels as fast as or faster than just about any tablet, and the screen size on smartphones has crept up to the point where a tablet use is pointless for me.

Now, admittedly I still keep a laptop and a desktop separate. I do most of my home computing on my desktop and only use the laptop for travel. I would say that I'd never replace them, but the simple reality is that it's VERY convenient to always have your primary device in your pocket. It probably won't be the Galaxy S8, but I can very well envision an EVENTUAL future in 5-7 years where my main "computer" is just my smartphone plugged into a docking station so that I use it with a large monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The only thing I'd be leery of is gaming but Nintendo is already basing it's next console on mobile tech. Depending on how much technology progresses if they just have a bluetooth gamepad to go with that large monitor that might do just fine for my gaming needs too.

Comment Re:Keep it original... (Score 1) 304

Yep - my main complaint was CHANGING things. I have no issue with them replacing a special effect with a better version. IE, redoing the lightsabers, or even the spaceship scenes with CGI. I just am not a fan of adding in extra creatures that weren't there before, awkwardly working in deleted footage, and changing complete sequences like having Greedo shoot first.

Particularly aggravating for me was replacing the original Anakin actor in ROTJ with Hayden Christensen. That might wouldn't be as bad if the prequels or his performance had been better received, but forcing in an actor who most of the fans really didn't like really didn't feel good.

Comment Re: not loyalty (Score 1) 191

That's not bad though. Updates cost money - the lack thereof is part of what makes those phones sub-$100 or even sub-$50 devices. If you want to live with that in exchange for a cheap phone, you have that option with Android. If you want a more expensive device that DOES get regular updates, you have that option too.

Sometimes the ability to cut a corner is a GOOD thing if it's something you feel you can live without.

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