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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 988

You need some sort of hybrid approach, where you convince easiest 99% of people to be peaceful, but retain enough military capability to dissuade the remaining stubborn 1% from doing anything nuts. Which is more or less what we're doing today.

Rather less, I should think. What we're doing today is radicalizing 1% with bombings, drone strikes, interference with democratic elections, etc etc so that we can have excuses for endless war.

Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 225

The cost of production in the US is the environmental cost, not the labor cost. Making "dirty" electronics is cheap. Cleaning the pollution at the plant is not. The amout of labor used to make a device isn't that much.

Even so, I still expect people to go for the slave labour Macbook at $1699 instead of the $1899 "proudly manufactured in the USA" model, when given a choice. Especially when no one is looking.

That's why the US version would have a special red/white/blue color scheme.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 307

It takes a lot of power to melt snow off a roof. Off elevated panels that have snow building up on them? Almost none. LED stoplights have small heaters (5W or so), with a re-designed shroud to stay snow-free. Though vertical, on a slant, there wouldn't need to be much power at all to melt the first 1/10th mm for the rest to slide off.

Comment Re:Abandonware and right to repair need to fixed a (Score 1) 111

Abandonware and right to repair need to fixed as well.

Right to repair needs to be fixed so that we can preserve our precious resources, I'm with you there. Abandonware can be fixed by just saying no to closed source software, and the cultural impact of losing some games is pretty minimal.

Comment Re:This is why you can't use a good keyboard any m (Score 1) 263

You seriously use a keyboard like that in an open office? Speaking of prima donna ... I heard there's someone upset by the type of keyboard they're using now.

On a squishy keyboard I type about 80-90 WPM at about 99% accuracy, a little less. On a hard clicky keyboard I type 90-100 WPM at a little more than 99%. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the difference is larger for some other people — I have big, fat, strong hands because I occasionally do shit more strenuous than typing or wanking, and because I'm a super mutant.

Comment Re:The popularity of open offices has exacerbated (Score 2) 263

Cubes aren't inherently bad. I have been in offices which use cubes which have been lovely and I have been in offices which use cubes which have been shitty and the difference is very simple: did they choose cubes for flexible plan seating, or did they choose cubes because they couldn't afford walls? If the latter, they use short, cheap cube walls that do little to nothing to block noise and which everyone can trivially "groundhog" over. If the former, then they have 8' tall, sound-deadening cube walls. They can actually make your cube quieter than an office, if the ceiling is also sufficiently sound-deadening. I used to work at Silicon Engineering and I knew someone who worked for Parallel Computing. We had the cheap short shit cubes. They had the big tall plush cubes. Not only are they better for workers, but they actually look more professional.

Comment Re:Problem solved (Score 1) 263

No where I've worked was that a normal practice. I imagine because you were told to go home if you were sick, regardless of your sick days, and you would have to use vacation days. If it became a recurring problem, well, there's always the falling performance review to encourage you to move on.

Yes, such policies are the very reason why people come in to work sick. They can't afford to call in sick, so they don't. They show up and make you sick because your policies demand it.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 307

Nope. The "infrastructure" was paid for by the state. The oil companies refused to drill until the State of Alaska built the pipeline. Of course, The State of Alaska paid the cost of building it, but sold it to a private company (Alyeska). Your lies are lies.

And yes, the "Eskimos" [sic] did. The natives did mine oil, using it for heat, before the white man showed them how to pump it out in large amounts. That's how the white man found the oil. They saw the natives using it, then looked around where they were getting it from.

If you are curious, the "AK" in my username is the state abbreviation for Alaska. No, that wasn't a coincidence. But feel free to lecture me on Alaska. It's like when my 5 year old sees me playing a video game and proceeds to describe the plot and controls. Though it's cuter when it's a 5 year old being condescending to someone who knows more than they do.

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