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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

Hodr Re:Full WSJ article NoRegReq (100 comments)

"Google has been considering satellite-based Internet service for more than a year. In late 2013, it hired satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who at one point last year had more than 10 African-Americans working for him."

This statement seems completely out of place in the context of the article, was it posted on a site promoting African American's involvement with STEM career fields or similar?

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Hodr Re:What diversity issue? (479 comments)

You know that as a profession, HR is overwhelmingly dominated by women.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Hodr Re:Entitled much? (479 comments)

At my work we have an equal number of men's and women's restrooms, and those restrooms are sized to allow the same number of people (so if the men's room has 2 stalls and 2 urinals, the women's room has 4 stalls). This is despite the fact that we have 4x as many men as women working in our facility (it's not a hiring issue, we just don't get the applicants).

The end result is that on average men can expect to wait 15-20 minutes before getting an open stall to use, while the women generally will not even see another person in the restroom unless they came in together.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Hodr Re:They do it for us! (482 comments)

Job: Network Engineer
Experience: 10+ years
Education: BS Comp. Sci
Age: Early 30s
Salary: 115k (but also excellent benefits including six weeks vacation and 14 sick days per year)
Location: The sticks, MD

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

Hodr Re:I've stayed there (179 comments)

I once setup a hotspot using my phone for a co-worker to browse on his computer while we waited at the Airport for a flight (I had a no shit real unlimited plan at the time). When he turned his computer on in the hotel room that night he synced right up, assumed I must be in a room close to him, and went ahead and used that connection.

The next day at the job site I told him that not only was I not in an adjacent room, but that I was in a different hotel a block or two away (I am never quite sure what counts as a block, it was several hundred feet). Turns out we had a direct line of sight through the window above all of the other buildings as he was on the 10th floor and I was on the 12th.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Hodr Re:Internet as a public utility = higher cost? (255 comments)

No, it won't. That was a result of decoupling the service provider from the physical medium. That isn't included in this discussion and won't be a part of the upcoming proposed changes.

about three weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Hodr Re:Well duh (420 comments)

When my office was "re-aligned" under another division we were also moved to another building and went from 10x12 cubes with windows to a basement bullpen. The first thing I did was get a screen filter for my computer monitor, the second thing I did was start taking all of my phone calls on speaker. I also encouraged others in my area to do similar.

2 Months later we had brand new office furniture including cubicles. Only 8x8 this time, but still much better than the open room format.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Hodr Re:Encouraging quality (250 comments)

I imagine if I were a "popular" author I would put my older, lesser producing works into a service like this. Let someone who recognizes your name but has never read your books read something that represents your style, but isn't your current top moneymaker. Then if they decide "hey, this Stephen King fella is actually pretty good" they can buy your other works individually.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Hodr Re:Encouraging quality (250 comments)

Was it mentioned if an author has to put ALL of their books into this service? I can't tell you how many times a friend loaned me the first book in a series and I bought the rest. If you put 1/3rd of your catalog into a service like this and people are exposed to your work, then they may buy the stuff that isn't in this service. It's just another form of advertising, only this one pays you instead of the other way around.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Hodr Re:Rubbish (250 comments)

I think you are glossing over a not insignificant group that reads books, but doesn't pay. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Spotify have proven that if it is cheap enough and convenient enough, many people who previously chose illicit methods can be converted to paying customers.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Hodr Re:Share per item to author, to seller... (250 comments)

Wasn't there some kind of study that when people were presented with a positive choice that favors someone else, and a negative choice that is "fair" they choose the negative (e.g. I will give you a dollar, but I give all of your friends two dollars, or I give no-one any money).?

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Hodr Re:Rubbish (250 comments)

Someone should tell Brandon Sanderson before he finishes the Stormlight Archive. At his current trajectory, the last book in the series may be 10k pages.

about a month ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Hodr Re:Fine (293 comments)

Perhaps they should also be allowed to block cell phones so that you will have to make use of your hotel phone. And of course ban outside food and drink so you will need to eat from their restaurant or vending machines. Make sure you also don't bring your own towel to the pool or your own sunscreen, that would be stealing from the hotel.

about a month ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

Hodr Re:Cuban girls gone wild? (115 comments)

Since it would be brand new infrastructure, I'm waiting for the whining posts about how Cubans in shacks made from discarded garage doors have gigabit internet access for $1/mo when Americans in Key West (50 miles away) have to make due with 5mbit DSL for $60/mo.

about a month ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Hodr Re:You'd think they'd have learned (91 comments)

The Frankfurt airport already tries their best to make travel unpleasant. This is the only airport I have seen that pats everyone down after going through the scanners. Both times that I went through this airport with my wife they took her to a private room to disrobe because her "bra wire" was setting off the alarm. Funny how that never happens anywhere else.

Despite the fact that I am coming from another country in the EU, they always force us to de-plane on the tarmac in front of the gate, then shuttle us to the international terminal where we get to go through customs and security again. This has caused me to miss more than one connection despite having only an hour layover (again coming from and going to EEA countries).

We always complain about the TSA and American security theatre. Well Frankfurt has them beat by a mile.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Hodr Re:Does the job still get done? (688 comments)

And those great paying jobs that are necessary, but distasteful or difficult... they can be performed by multiple people.

I wouldn't mind being a garbage man or sanitation worker if I only had to do it 1 day per week and had the best gear and support equipment money can buy.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Hodr Re:Does the job still get done? (688 comments)

Even in utopia, where everything is provided for, there will still be an elite. Someone has to be first in line (unless all products are instantly available in any quantity). Someone will need to possess the one of a kind artworks or antiques. Property will always be a necessity.

Perhaps in utopia having a job allows you to have more children and live in a bigger home.

There are lots of ways this could play out.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Hodr Re: This is not the problem (688 comments)

Most of these people are house poor. That is, I can make $100k a year and if my house payment, property tax, garbage, sewer, water, yard care, etc. is $4500/mo (normal in my area for a 2500 sqft house) then I have the same disposable income as someone who makes $55K and only pays $750/mo in rent (with the mentioned utilities included).

So the difference between being Rich and being middle class would solely come down to the house. Not what gadgets you can buy, car you can afford, school you can send your kids to, or how often you can eat out.

Sure, a big house near the city is nicer than an apartment. But does it make you "rich"? I'm not so sure.

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Hodr Re:Don’t really get it (474 comments)

A reasonable position to take, and I usually take it a step further and wait for the "Game of the Year" edition (or its like) to get the updates and DLC included.

But, the main issue now is that so many perks are bundled with "pre-orders" (which count as day-1 sales) that if you don't participate in this process you often are at a distinct disadvantage.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

Hodr Re:Intel isn't going to win this one (91 comments)

Unlike in the desktop world, the mobile device operating systems rely on common middleware to allow different processor architectures to function.

Anyone that moves to Intel would first have to show that Intel can be as effective or more so that ARM based architectures at executing the SAME bytecode. Therefore there is no lock-in as you could at any time switch to another processor and not lose any compatibility with existing software.

In short, the same thing that lets Intel enter the existing mobile space is the same thing that will prevent them from locking others out.

about 2 months ago

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