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Comment Re:Anti-Trust (Score 1) 205

How does that analogy make me "incorrect for the most part"?

True or false:

(1) Google/Chrome have pushed new protocols as replacements for established standards (e.g., SPDY to replace HTTP).

(2) Google/Chrome frequently implement bleeding edge "standards" in ways that don't work in many/any other browsers/engines (e.g., numerous posts on sites like Codrops illustrating new effects that actually only work in Chrome because they rely on non-standard features).

(3) Google/Chrome have dropped support for older functionality, only to replace it with new tools to do the same things (e.g., basically any popular plugin now).

(4) Google/Chrome produce a browser that in principle supports lots of new CSS features but in practice has numerous rendering bugs if you deviate from the most basic use cases (e.g., radial gradients that are mostly unusable due to banding/pixellation issues).

  1. SPDY was implemented in firefox as well and became the basis of HTTP2, which most web browsers support. True, but they pushed a new open standard that didn't lock you in
  2. -ie-, -o-, -webkit-, and -moz- are all not supposed to be used, but because they are there, and because we have css preprocessors, many of them are used. The problem is that not only do people use -webkit- css extensions they sometimes don't bother with anything but the -webkit- extension. (which will be a problem when google drops support of the -webkit- extension they were using because it is officially unsupported beta functionality.True, but it is currently the standard practice of all browsers, and there is a movement to kill this off
  3. Flash and java applets were/are .... Well, let's just say I'm happy that they are dying.True, thankfully
  4. That's more or less true for all modern browsers. It's one of the reasons frontend developers make so much, and are so hard to find.True, But, that is the same for all browsers.

Comment Re:Backported to 2.6? (Score 1) 90

Compiling your own more modern kernel is an option for almost every system. (You might need to install a more recent gcc, depending on the age of the distro)

For many distros, once you find the documentation of their prefered way to package and install the kernel, it is almost trivial to build a new kernel.

Comment Re: Pro Bono? (Score 2) 90

That sounds about right. Contesting a mortgage in court one would expect to cost about $100,000 or so, if it is a fairly straightforward breach of truth in lending laws. That's why there are so many self represented litigants. Laws are only for people who can afford a six figure unexpected expense. Most Americans can't even afford a $600 unexpected expense

Comment Re:Sexy job (Score 1) 205

While that works to have some developers like that, you at some point need developers that can look at the program as a whole and figure out that with a minor refactoring you can delete 40% of your code, because it is essentially redundant.

High end developers are not needed for a lot of things, but having a couple on staff can make the other developers a lot more productive.

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 1) 372

In an interesting twist, coop owners of profitable coops in California frequently make $16.50 plus "share". Share meaning the owners share of the profits, minus retained profit. This is because "share" currently seems to be allowed by the IRS to be declared as long term capital gains and not earned income.

There are dev shops in California where the junior employees make $39.90/hr and the senior employees make $16.50/hr. (of course the Senior employees generally have a higher total compensation.)

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 2) 372

California has some, shall we say interesting, minimum wage laws.

  • Minimum Wage $8.25/hr.
  • Minimum Wage for Management (people that spend > 50% of there time supervising people), if you don't want to pay overtime, but instead offer paid time off. $16.50.
  • Minimum Wage for Computer Professionals if they are not management and you want to treat them like management $39.90/hr and $83,132.93/year
  • Minimum Wage for Physicians that you want to treat like management even though they spend less than 50% of their time managing other employees: $72.70/hr.

The back story of these laws was that there were some companies that were hiring HB-1 visa holders at far sub market rate and using their immigration status to keep them in essentially indentured servitude. One of the results of this has been that desirable locations in California have become heavily populated by computer professionals.

Comment Re:Next thing you know... (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Except that it is more profitable to produce housing that is 25% occupied that is priced at > two million a unit than lower priced units that are actually occupied by residents of the city.

The 25% occupancy rate was a fairly recent number from One Rincon Hill With units going for between $700,000 and $30,000,000. That is some of the densest housing in San Francisco.

One of the effects of Prop 13 is that in California when your property goes up in value, your taxes go up no more than 2% annually, and when your property goes down in value you get a new lower cost basis for which to limit your annual increase from. This means that housing shortages that predominantly effect the young and entrepreneurs minimally effect the large voting block of older voters allowing rather unique real estate economic systems to form. Many of them encouraging a concentration of wealth.

Comment Re:1st post. (Score 2, Interesting) 303

It was mostly due to microsoft cutting a check to godaddy to not show apache traffic server in the headers.

Godaddy runs IIS on linux. Well, they run IIS behind apache traffic server so which webserver to count as the webserver is a bit of an academic question. The moral here is that godaddy hosts a lot (hundreds of thousands, if not millions) of inactive sites that they collect 9.95 or so a year for hosting.

Comment Re:So sue 'em. (Score 1) 569

Um, Zimmerman was found not guilty. So, what harm was done to Zimmerman by withholding the evidence?

He might have been found not guilty after a shorter deliberation? The Judge is probably going to rule that any misbehavior by the prosecutors office is moot because they lost. Sort of like one of my chemistry professors in college couldn't be bothered to do more than inform the class that he knew that some people cheated on a test when the high score of the cheaters was a failing grade.

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