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Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 390

Even many stoners back their way into the workforce. It starts with constructing ever more entertaining and artistic ways to smoke and eventually ends up in a small informal business doing the same for others. From there it's a slippery slope down to general woodworking and non smoking related decorations.

It's not just Carlin, I've seen it happen.

Comment Re:Users provide equipment for their own survellan (Score 1) 85

Perhaps you didn't realize that most people don't even want speakers to emit sound 24x7 in their electronics.

But if you do want to do both, the basic process isn't THAT amazingly complex. The ambient sound will be the difference between the signal from the preamp and the signal on speaker wire +/- some amplifier noise and gain adjustments.

Op-amps aren't all that exotic.

If you have the digital output available, you can skip all of that and just send the results of an AtoD converter with the speaker wire as an input and sort it all out in post-processing.

Your lack of imagination isn't a failure of understanding on my part.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (computerworld.com)

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 106

None of the municipal ISPs I am aware of are in any way mandated monopolies. Others are welcome to come in and compete, no guns involved. Many were set up at arm's length, expected to pay back their startup costs. In many cases they happened after the area ISPs already stated flatly that they would NOT service the area. So it's not like they were clamoring to compete. If there was a gun, it was wielded by the invisible hand.

Interestingly, they sued after having refused to service an area, presumably because they wanted fallow ground they could expand into one day at their leisure.

I have lived in places where there was an electric co-op. There was no competition there. I have no idea if it was illegal to compete or if they couldn't beat the price and service provided by the co-op, but either way, they weren't there.

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