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Comment Even worse than that (Score 2) 159

Of course they care if net neutrality will kill off 800 startups. The government loves to kill off small corporations, small business, etc. Big corporations lobby for laws which benefit them and harm new players. These 800 startups would have better stayed quiet, because all they've done is just give just one more reason to kill net neutrality.

Only a total cuck dumbfuck could believe that our government supports free trade.

Comment Re:Age? Nationality? Race? and.... ? (Score 1) 168

Basically, yes your maths is wrong because you haven't done any. Compare how much the cost of university has risen compared to the increases in wages over the same time, say 10 or 20 years. Do that and you'll see that the cost of university has risen far, far faster.

Comment Re:Idiocy (Score 1) 59

Remember that your router is limited to 1W output (FCC limits in the US for all 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz devices), fired in every direction. At a mere 1 meter away from the router, even if your cell is placed facing the router (to have maximim surface area), and assuming 100% efficiency... your cell would harvest about 0.0004 watts of charging power.

But it will not be 100% efficient. Your cell will not be within 1 meter of the router most of the time. This entire idea is ludicrous, and anyone thinking that it's a great idea does not know much about physics.

Time for a round of choose the hypothesis:

#1 - Out of the 10,000+ engineers working for Apple, not even one of them knows about physics.

#2 - At least one of them knows not only about physics, but also some other type of technology that would actually validate the patent filed (somehow).

#3 - Patents for patents sake. Even fake news is still a (click) revenue generator. Oh, and is there an app for patents yet? 'Cause we need some patenty app goodness!

Ironic how "dumb" phones have removable batteries that last for a week, and "smart" phones have non-removable batteries that struggle to last a day.

You spelled month wrong ;) My last feature phone lasted 4 weeks on a charge when it was new, and was contemporary with the iPhone 1, but the feature phone had 3G.

Comment Re:Common (Score 1) 48

Letters masquerading as subscription renewals for things you haven't actually subscribed to. They're hoping someone in accounting doesn't know you haven't actually subscribed to it, assume it's a renewal so they won't investigate it to see if it's legit, and just pay it. /quote Back in the day "International Fax Directories" were always a popular one. If the scammer had enough chutzpah, they would almost immediately follow up with a "legal letter" demanding payment, on the basis that they hadn't received a cancellation notice. This can be surprisingly effective if you direct it at law-abiding businesses who are paranoid about getting on some sort of credit blacklist.

Comment Re:Not any more (Score 1) 143

Who exactly has Trump imprisoned wrongfully? Or are you saying it is wrong to imprison people who set cars on fire and loot shops? I know many on the left bellive this to be true but I had hoped that rot had not spread to the more rational denizens of Slashdot

The U.S.has the highest prison population per capita than any other country in the world, by quite a margin. Either Americans are uniquely awful people, or your justice system is fucked. Which is it, it do you have done other rationalizations as to why the status is the best status quo. Very elegant.

Comment Re:Favorable? (Score 1) 159

Good idea, instead of preventing a massive problem which we can see coming because it happened the same way before with older technology, let's wait until disaster strikes before implementing a hastily cobbled together solution which only fixes 90% of the problem.

Planning is for suckers. Besides we're got to ensure that those who do know history are thoroughly doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.

Comment Re:COBOL isn't hard to learn (Score 1) 294

Indeed. If there is a market for COBOL programmers (and it's clear there is), then the obvious solution is for unis and colleges to spit out more COBOL-literate CS graduates. Honestly, if I was ten years younger, I'd probably delve into it myself. It is, after all, just a programming language, and hardly on the same level of trying to learn Sanskrit.

A thousand nopes to that! If businesses want cobol programmers, they ought to pay for them. The salaries aren't especially high, and they're asking people to come into a potentially dead end career working on dull stuff in a boring language. For cheap.

The obvious solution is to pay well and train people up, not expect everything they need to be handed to them on a platter. Other companies get this. I'm switching jobs soon: I've been recruited be a company who wants the skills I learned in academia training up people in my area of expertise. They realise there's a skills shortage, so instead of pearl clutching like so many whiny mega corps, they're knuckling down and doing and paying what they need to get what they need.

Being a smaller, much younger company, I guess they're not of the mindset that everything should be handed to them on a plate.

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Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.