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Comment Children and bathwaters (Score 1) 19

Advertisers were successfully bullshitted into believing that their brands would be tarnished by appearing next to "offensive" videos. The problem is that YouTube went overboard and now considers everything "offensive" that's not basically cute kittens playing with yarn, not just extremists videos demanding the execution of everything who follows the wrong delusion.

The problem here is that the reason people went from traditional media and to YouTube is exactly that they're fed up with having "family friendly" bullshit shoved down their throats. If that's all that remains on YouTube, people will simply move on.

And then nobody sees your pretty ads either.

Comment Re:It's not called office hours for nothing (Score 3, Interesting) 386

I'm paid largely to put out fires. When there are no fires, I work on process and documentation to ensure that there are less fires in the future. But there are definite times when I'm juggling several issues, and I'm waiting for more information or a decision from leadership on those issues. At that point, I don't have much to do. There's really not time to pick up the process and documentation work, as that's time-consuming, and it's 100% guaranteed to be interrupted by the evolution of the ongoing issues.
So during those lulls, I dick around on the internet, work on my own projects, go for a walk, or wander off early to grab a beer somewhere.
I don't get paid for what I produce. I get paid for fire prevention services. If there is no emergency I need to respond to, that means I'm being successful at my job. If there are less emergencies as time goes on, I'm doing an awesome job. And if all of the current issues are at a point where someone else needs to do something, it's thumb-twiddling time.
As a salaried employee who's job it is to do something other than produce, I don't feel the need to be doing something every minute I'm at work. If I pick up anything, it needs to be droppable at a minute's notice, when I have to go back to putting out fires. That's not conducive to most of the stuff that needs to get done around here, and it's far worse for people who need that done if there's no way for me to guarantee when I can get to it. If it's on my plate, it's not on somebody else's plate, and they're much more likely to get to it in a timely fashion than I am.
My value is in being responsive. Idle time is part and parcel of being able to be responsive.

Comment Re:Idiocy (Score 1) 137

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: questionable (Score 1) 303

Or maybe this is admitting they can't train their own graduates well enough to work for them?

But HCL hires Americans in the US. The university is just not doing its own infrastructure work. It's hiring an outside company to do it. If HCL (as it seems to often do) hires US residents to work in its US operations, then it might hire this university's grads. The university also doesn't run it's own electric power station to generate all of its power. It doesn't mean that it can't train electrical engineers. I am not too familiar with the HCL internal operations, but from what I"ve seen and heard they are not a backdoor way of replacing US workers with foreign counterparts. They just operate globally. And like I said, it will all depend on who the laid off workers will be training. If they are forced to train non-resident (those without Green Cards or US citizenship), then there might be a case. But if they are training US-based employees of HCL, then it's just restructuring of HCL's business.

Didn't PG&E which is also in California just do the same thing?

That's entirely possible. I don't know. It's also entirely possible that HCL learned their lesson and started hiring americans for its american operations after a public scandal. I am not saying that they are above board in their operations, but I am saying that they seem to have all the infrastructure in place to be above board on this. Whether or not they are doing what you'd want them to do with that infrastructure is the proverbial devil in the details. I don't know.

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