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Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 444

Don't you hate the moment you click the "Submit" button only to figure out what a stupid comment you just posted?

Despite having a few traits in common (they're both men, born on their respective birthday, and had been involved with disclosing secret stuff), Assange and Snowden are two different persons. If anything, Assange should be dependent upon maintaining President Correa's goodwill.

Comment Re: Have to give it to Apple..... (Score 1) 771

USB-C sucks from the mechanical p.o.v. when compared to a standard jack connector. More difficult to insert, tiny contacts that wear out much faster.

ANYTHING replacing the round pronged headphone jack has more downsides than real benefits, be it crappy connectors like USB and thunderbolt or BT-enabled (whose battery life sucks).

Comment Re:The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! (Score 1) 203

The overall improvements in the past do not guarantee the same in the future and I'm sure that you're aware of the fact that the golden era of productivity increase is over. To expect that, no matter which challenge, there will always be a technology around the corner to obliterate it is, imho, wishful thinking.

Given that there are fewer and fewer jobs in farming and manufacturing (due to big technology advances) and that the service economy is not working for the large majority of our co-nationals (exactly because there is no intrinsic technology innovation solving their issues), I agree 100% with your sig.

Comment Re:The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! (Score 1) 203

Apparently you too haven't played with Legos in a long time. How much is the buying power of the newly laid-off people? The race to the bottom has short-term benefits (cheaper products means more consumers can afford them) and long-term downsides (lower profits, smaller real-money wages, fewer employed, fewer having the income to spend on things); it's a vicious positive-feedback loop that plays out in decades, that's why the frogs don't jump out of the pot - the thermal gradient is too small.

Regarding the first point, layoffs are happening even at companies posting profits, it's just that these profits are smaller than what they could be (short-term at least) and the investors could sue...

Comment Re:The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! (Score 1) 203

There is no correlation between the four events you're listing.

Oftentimes layoffs are done to prop up the stock value or to move more money towards the top.

A price reduction has no positive influence on the development of new products. Maybe the last one (if you swap it) may make any sense.

The truth is that in the vast majority of situations where a company does deep layoffs the outcome is even worse in the longer term. Low morale and extra stress, productive time lost due to re-arranging the company's structure, reduced capacity to react to new opportunities, they all add up but don't show in a simplistic spreadsheet.

Comment Re:Solar power has its limits (Score 1) 300

Apparently you seem to know very little about how the grid works. Except hydro power, of which California has little, none of the baseload-producing methods can be throttled fast enough to compensate for peaks and troughs of the solar power.

Everything is easy when you don't have the understanding.

Comment Re:Very Cool... (Score 1) 300

Solar panels more than pay for themselves during their lifetimes, usually several times over with today's technology

That's a truckload of BS. Remove the subsidies and you'll be lucky if they break even. Remove the unfair rates the PU has to pay for the energy these panels push into the grid and you're always ending with a net loss.

This law, as applied to San Francisco, serves exactly two purposes: window dressing to make the city look even more "progressive" and enriching a few solar companies, who happen to have their headquarters in the Bay Area. It makes no sense financially because the total available solar radiance for this location is too low; given its weather, San Francisco has relatively few sunny days during the year.

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