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Comment Re:Money! (Score 1) 232

Joel Spolsky had this to say about the chairs, and I agree with him:

Let me, for a moment, talk about the famous Aeron chair, made by Herman Miller. They cost about $900. This is about $800 more than a cheap office chair from OfficeDepot or Staples.

They are much more comfortable than cheap chairs. If you get the right size and adjust it properly, most people can sit in them all day long without feeling uncomfortable. The back and seat are made out of a kind of mesh that lets air flow so you don’t get sweaty. The ergonomics, especially of the newer models with lumbar support, are excellent.

They last longer than cheap chairs. We’ve been in business for six years and every Aeron is literally in mint condition: I challenge anyone to see the difference between the chairs we bought in 2000 and the chairs we bought three months ago. They easily last for ten years. The cheap chairs literally start falling apart after a matter of months. You’ll need at least four $100 chairs to last as long as an Aeron.

So the bottom line is that an Aeron only really costs $500 more over ten years, or $50 a year. One dollar per week per programmer.

A nice roll of toilet paper runs about a buck. Your programmers are probably using about one roll a week, each.

So upgrading them to an Aeron chair literally costs the same amount as you’re spending on their toilet paper, and I assure you that if you tried to bring up toilet paper in the budget committee you would be sternly told not to mess around, there were important things to discuss.

Comment Re:He's got a point. (Score 2) 224

Huh? I use the latest LibreOffice regularly on a late 2008 MacBook Pro with a 128GB Crucial SSD, on El Capitan. Works great, and that's a Core 2 Duo CPU with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It'd be considered obsolete by pretty much anyone these days - yet it performs admirably.

OS X versions past 10.7 suck donkey balls on mechanical hard drives for some reason. The CPU on your Mac Mini has nothing much to do with its sluggishness. Replace the drive with an SSD and you'll fell like you've got a completely different, new machine. Just do it, you'll thank me later.

Comment Re: Owning vs Renting (Score 1) 353

Google's tools are silly with regards to repeatability of text layout, and most definitely are not WYSIWYG. There's many documents with very vanilla styling I have that lay out differently on screen than in a PDF, and require lots of tweaks to get an alignment that prints right (but is broken on screen). I'm not sure how good the online versions of Word and Excel are in that respect.

Comment Re: Great strides (Score 1) 129

The cost of additional fuel is so far down the list of various costs that it's essentially measurement noise. The recovery and refurb costs are already less than having to manufacture a whole new stage. That's all you need to make reuse economically viable. Even 10% savings is all it'd take to make it viable. As it stands, their recovery flow cost is much better than that. Think a couple times better than 10% saving. Alas, since nobody has ever done booster recovery, they are of course working on streamlining their reuse operations flow. It has literally never been done before by anyone else, you can't just hire someone with direct experience. SpaceX are the trailblazers here in the true sense of the word. And your arguments are just pathetic. I'm a tax payer too, and I'd gladly have my money go to SpX over ULA.

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