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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Jaime2 Re:What?!? (872 comments)

Yes, it's legal. But, Southwest's Contract of Carriage lists 13 reasons that boarding can be denied. "We disagree with you" isn't on the list. So, they violated their own contract and they owe the passenger between 200 and 400 percent of the fare, depending on how late he gets to his destination.

9 hours ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Jaime2 Re:The lesson here isn't to be quiet, but... (872 comments)

Tweet after you land and your family and friends read it. Tweet before you take off and it gets on the front page of Slashdot. I'd say he played it exactly the right way to both get to where he was going and to make as much bad Southwest publicity as possible.

3 days ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Jaime2 Re:Stephen Elop (383 comments)

KMart was run into bankruptcy 13 years ago by it's CEO and COO. I don't mean they happened to be there while something bad happened, I mean that business strategy that was chosen directly caused the bankruptcy. The COO was the one making most of the calls and his previous two jobs got rid of him when they went bankrupt (Hechinger, Big V Supermarkets). Yes, he bankrupted three companies in a row. He's still an executive. Also, when he left KMart, he wasn't really fired - he "left voluntarily" and on the way out he was given a 3 million dollar loan and a document that said he would never have to pay back that loan. They did that because they weren't allowed to give him a bonus due the whole Chapter 11 thing and they felt so bad that he was going to be out of a job and needing to live on his meager eight figure investment portfolio.

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Jaime2 Re:It'll come down to an opinion (255 comments)

Isn't this just another form of the "illegal to be black" line of thinking? Just because you have a certain skin color or live in a certain neighborhood doesn't automatically mean you should be treated like a criminal. Sure it's expedient for cops to make these generalizations, but it's wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Jaime2 Re:Uh no (255 comments)

I would like to have seen the original example as "The city government that maintains the roads and traffic control devices would be liable for allowing the suspect to get away fast enough to evade capture".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Jaime2 Re:You Already Know It (254 comments)

Visual Basic went to .Net five versions ago. It was acceptable to take VB to mean classic VB in 2003, but in 2014, you have to say so if you mean the old stuff. The VB6 development environment doesn't even run on any supported operating system. VBA is still around, but it's always been incorrect to refer to VBA as VB.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Jaime2 You Already Know It (254 comments)

I think it's interesting that you know Visual Basic, but want to get into C#. My first question would be "Why?". Both run on the same framework and both are equally capable. All you're doing is learning new syntax to do things you already know how to do. After that question is the comment "You pretty much already know C#". Sure, it's a different language from VB, but that's the easy part. It uses the same tools and libraries, so you know 95% of it already.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Jaime2 Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (262 comments)

You are absolutely 100 percent technically correct. But whoever gets their power at hydro rates is the consumer of hydro power. If Robert Moses was shut down, the customers paying the lower rate would either have to pay more or stop receiving power (or the person who wrote the contract would lose money). The people paying coal rates would be easy to serve by bringing power from coal plant at other points on the grid. So, for all intents and purposes, they are getting the power from Robert Moses.

We could extend this process to things like carbon credits and any future non-renewable tax. The providers would only be able to sell a certain quantity of "penalty-exempt" power. That would drive the market for that power, even thought the customer may not receive exactly the electron they paid for. So, there is some value to speaking about power as if the whole grid concept didn't exist.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Jaime2 Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (262 comments)

The factory will be 30 miles from one of the largest hydroelectric power plants on the planet. Unfortunately, it's more "economically advantageous" to transport that power to the New York City area and backfill Western New York with local power. Most of the local power comes from the Huntley Generating Station, which is a gas turbine plant that has been converted to coal. To add to the CO2 concerns, the way to use coal in a gas turbine plant is to crush the coal up so fine that it can be injected into the turbines using nozzles that were designed for methane. That makes Huntley one of the dirtiest places on earth.

As for nuclear, it will be more than 100 miles from the nearest nuclear power plant and that's only a small 600MW plant - the smallest in New York.

So, the biggest solar panel factory in the world is almost certain to be powered entirely by coal.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Jaime2 Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (262 comments)

They didn't have enough cash. The reason they are building the plant in Buffalo is because New York State as paying for most of the up front capital. Before Musk, they had to find creative ways to grow the company and were likely to get trampled in the market by a competitor with the money to make market moves that Silevo couldn't afford to do. With Musk behind them, they can grow at whatever pace they can convince Musk they can be profitable at.

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Jaime2 Re:Average SD article containing TM unclear ABR in (293 comments)

He's mostly right in practice. If you take an entire semester worth of AP credits and graduate early, then you save money. However, most schools have a full-time rate that applies for any amount of credit hours over twelve. Going from 21 hours down to 13 your freshman year isn't going to save you anything. Going from 21 to 5 will save money by allowing you to register as a part-time student, but that my effect room and board arrangements. Trying to graduate a semester early is a possibility, but some classes are very difficult to take in the other semester from the one their "supposed" to be taken in, plus you'll have to make up the remained of the credits that you didn't AP out of to add up to an entire semester. If you only took one AP, that's almost the same work as just doing a four year degree in three and a half, so the savings is mostly attributed to your hard work, not the AP.

I took AP calc when I was in high school and I got a four an the exam. I just took it again in college for the easy A, that was a bigger benefit for me than skipping it since it wouldn't have saved any money. An A thrown into my GPA was worth more to me than a few hours of down time in the middle of the day.

about a month and a half ago
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Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

Jaime2 Selection (116 comments)

More than half of all movies currently can't be streamed. How can a delivery format go away if content providers won't move most of the content to alternate media?

about a month and a half ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

Jaime2 Article/Summary (186 comments)

Article: The car won't so much be hovering in free space as "a little bit away" from the road. This is more likely to mean microns than inches...

Summary: We aren't talking Jetson's flying car, more like a car that merely hovers "a little bit away" from the road. Probably a few inches...

To me hovering a few microns sounds like hydroplaning on purpose. Sounds like a great idea if you never want to turn or stop.

about a month and a half ago
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ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

Jaime2 Re:hard-wired can be a computer (56 comments)

It doesn't really matter. I was responding to a statement that said that if something receives signals and fires thrusters, then it must be a computer. Any definition that broad would be indistinguishable from "circuit" and would make the word "computer" redundant. I hate it when language evolves to a point where it's hard to express thoughts accurately.

This is the same problem I have with people accepting the phrase "I could care less" as meaning "I don't care". It makes language much harder to use. Imagine trying to explain the meaning of that phrase to someone learning English, they would come away thinking that each collection of words has some fungible meaning that is totally separate from the meanings of the individual word and the rules or grammar.

about 2 months ago
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ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

Jaime2 Re:hard-wired can be a computer (56 comments)

Right. It has no integrated circuits. There's no way it doesn't have a computer. It couldn't receive signals and fire its thrusters otherwise.

A collection of discreet electronic components hardly qualifies as a computer. Receiving radio signals was something done long before the first computer was invented.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

Jaime2 Re:You Have To Enforce It (294 comments)

Which leads to the summary's statement of "They have to install dependencies, compile code, start servers and open ports. At each step the errors are difficult to diagnose and time-consuming to fix." Visual Studio runs the servers and opens ports for you based on what type of program the project says it is.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

Jaime2 You Have To Enforce It (294 comments)

One of my rules at work is: "If I check it out in Visual Studio and press 'Start', it better compile and run". It's not acceptable to make the next guy figure out how to run a program. Everyone I work with thinks I'm overreacting at first, but when they go to fix an issue in four-year-old code they've never seen before, they suddenly get it. Bonus points for starting the test suite by default instead of the actual program.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Jaime2 Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

On my former Dodge, you popped the button off and stuck the key in the recess. The key is inductively powered by the car in this mode. On my current Mazda, you walk.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Jaime2 Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

What if you want to switch it to position 2 and push-start a manual transmission car?

... then you push the button twice without your foot on the brake. It goes to run mode just like the second detent of a traditional key. Pressing once goes to accessory mode. More presses simply cycles between accessory...run...off.

about 3 months ago
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AMD Designing All-New CPU Cores For ARMv8, X86

Jaime2 Re:Been a long time since I cared (181 comments)

But that's only because Intel let the marketing department make engineering decisions and kept making chips with higher and higher clock frequency. As soon as they regained their sanity, they once again dominated the benchmarks.

I do love how AMD brilliantly capitalized on the blunder. By labeling their chips according to the clock speed of the performance equivalent Intel chip - every time Intel put insane engineering effort into ratcheting the clock up 10% and only getting 1% better performance, AMD simply made their chips a tiny bit faster and labelled theirs the same as Intel's.

about 3 months ago

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