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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Maxo-Texas Hardware ages too (266 comments)

My samsung epic 2 gps antennae is much weaker than it used to be.

I suspect the other hardware is also designed to be "good enough to last a few years but not a decade" to save a few pennies.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

Well, we can say that we should not tolerate it and then make legal changes to prevent it.

For example, we could fix the abuse of exempt status and require pay for hours over 50 per week for people who are not actively managing at least a few other people or who are owners of more than 10% of the business or whose income is at least triple the average income (currently about $150,000).

The united states is somewhat unique among the top 25 countries with high hours, low protections, low services but yet only 14th in per capita income. And that per capita income is skewed because our gini index is so far out of whack compared to other non-3rd world countries.

The average wasn't 80 hours a week (that's goldmen sachs.. who recently officially cut back from 110 hours a week to 90 hours a week). The average was 72 hours a week for about 6 months (including a 27 and a 28 day "week" where we worked sundays and saturdays. It was about 68 hours for the rest of the 18 months. The insane hours were for releases where we were both on call overnight and had to work the next day (I slept in the car in the office parking lot- showered in the gym and went back to work after 4 hours sleep).

We can fight these trends by sharing the information that if you have indian contracting company workers, and you are changing your software in a huge project- the repeated occurrence is to lay off 90-95% of the american staff when the project is done. So LOOK FOR A JOB as soon as those conditions start.
Be aware that if the company suddenly starts working you 60-80 hours a week- they have no respect for you and you have no security. So don't wait til they dump several hundred of you on the market at the same time.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

It's getting increasingly fucked up for healthy people in the bottom 80% as well.

Essentially the top 20% has taken almost every bit of wealth and income produced by increased productivity since 1980. And a lot of that is focused in the top 1.67%.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

Woo hoo! Mr. Libertarian! You are so right.

Folks had a "choice" of quitting into the highest unemployment in a decade, losing their houses, forcing their kids out of college, and giving up any shot at retirement.

Free choice! America! Fuck yea!

Unlike so many other countries in the world, many of which have higher living standards and higher per capita income than the united states and where labor laws protect the ordinary citizens from such abuse.

In my case, I did exercise my "choice" as soon as I made my "number" and retired at 51.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

CIA world factbook:

  Exports:

$113.6 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 35
$119.3 billion (2012 est.)
Exports - commodities:

machinery and equipment, computers, chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals; food products, animal products

It's 25th in the world for per capita income.
The united states is 14th.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:Can't fix limited functionality in MS. $1M / ye (275 comments)

Don't get me wrong- I've been primarily on Libreoffice and then Openoffice for several years now.

But I see no reason that you couldn't have automated the data transfer in the microsoft environment too. I've written programs both in VBA and in Openoffice Basic which implement that kind of functionality.

The significant challenge to the openoffice side is better integration with email an the calendar. It provides microsoft with a lot of lockin.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

In ireland, you get 20 days vacation and 9 paid holidays a year.

The average Irish working week is 39 hours and the legal maximum 48.

I was forced to work 83 hours at my last employers. On salary.

Then a year later, they laid all of us off and replaced us with indians.

Then we found out through leaks they had been PLANNING to lay us off when they ordered us to work those hours.

People had heart attacks, divorces.

It's evil and society shouldn't tolerate it.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

1 Luxembourg $4,089
2 Norway $3,678
3 Austria $3,437
4 United States $3,263
5 United Kingdom $3,065
6 Belgium $3,035
7 Sweden $3,023
8 Ireland $2,997
9 Finland $2,925
10 South Korea $2,903
11 France $2,886

So basically, you get better, less expensive, more effective* mostly free national health care, better social security, better standards of living, shorter working days (8-4/9-5 vs 8-5/9-6), and 6 weeks vacation.

For that you surrender $387 a month. In france.

It costs you less in Sweden, Belgium, and UK. I think working conditions in Ireland are currently worse than in the U.S.

It costs you nothing in Luxembourg (atypical), Norway, and Austria.

*While exceptions exist in the U.S., they are usually for very expensive treatments. In general, the mortality rate, child and infant mortality rate, and lifespan are better in the listed countries. U.S. health care outcomes for the bottom 80% are worse than 28 or 29 other 1st world countries.

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More generally (not in response to your post), you can't negotiate vacation in the U.S. It's a benefit- it's hard coded in the software. I did it once- getting a week without pay- after five years my new manager just arbitrarily cancelled it when I got my paid 3rd week. There was no one to appeal to if I wanted to remain employed.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:sure, works for France (275 comments)

You are really quite mistaken. The attitude you are displaying is actually quite recent- it developed after 1980. "Business" is purely a social construct. If you look into the history of corporations, the legal constructs were explicitly created for the benefit of society in general in mind.

If all businesses had no employees- then no one could buy any products.

Money is just how we agree to swap things around in society to prevent violence.

Whenever things get too unbalanced, the violence is waiting around just under the surface. It's happened over and over throughout history. Even the wealthy are starting to be openly concerned about the imbalance of the distribution of income and wealth in society.

If we reach a point where business practices benefit well under 50% of the population, I assure you that things will change.

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

Maxo-Texas Re: name and location tweeted... (872 comments)

And yet we always here how it's women's genitalia that has the power.

I think men's power were in their arms, backs, and their greater aggression.

Dicks really had little to do with it.

Cultures which didn't procreate quickly got wiped out for most of history. If you had 3 baby boys and they had 1 baby boy, then in 20 years, your culture took over (either peacefully or violently).

Any kind of culture that supported a low birth rate wasn't really practical until the invention of guns and machines.

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

Maxo-Texas Re:name and location tweeted... (872 comments)

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com...

College gender gap remains stable: 57% women

Just how much longer are we going to keep our foot on the back of young men's necks?

Free money, education, assistance to females even tho they are closing on 60% of the degrees.

Yes- from the beginning of time until about 50 years ago, men were in control of most societies. But things have changed rapidly.

At my last job, the supervisors and managers were 70% female. And they did things which would have resulted in lawsuits if a male did the same thing.

Are you shooting for fairness or retribution?

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Maxo-Texas Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (535 comments)

It depends on how bad your vision is.

If it is 20/400 as mine was, after 18 years my vision is still clear tho I'm probably down to 20/40 from 20/20. I don't wear glasses or contacts and haven't since the operation.

I was unable to scuba dive, down hill ski, play racquet ball, and playing ultimate frisbee was impossible when the humidity was high.

When I went to the ocean- I had to leave my glasses on the beach so everything was a blur.

I experimented with disposable contacts and they were fair.

Lasik cost me $500 ($250 per eye) and it took 32 seconds and 39 seconds for my left and right eyes.

If it is dry and I don't drink enough water my eyes will turn fuzzy until I rehydrate. Eyedrops usually fix it instantly but sometimes not.

The surgery gave me a tremendous amount of freedom.

3 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Maxo-Texas Re:2 year degree ya right. (223 comments)

And about 1 in 1000 actors succeed and become movie stars.

It takes hard work, connections- and a lot of luck.

Unless you have all three, you lose.

Your story is atypical.

5 days ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Maxo-Texas Re:ads (175 comments)

Because they hadn't thought of advertising when computers were invented.

By the time phones came around- ads were in the revenue model for web apps.

By parallel, you can't use many web sites without turning on the advertising.

At least for now, there are no ads when I'm using my phone simply as a phone.

I don't see this lawsuit having any last effects. Most users will install an app after being informed the app needs "Advertising" and "User data transmission" permissions.

5 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Maxo-Texas Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

That's not true.

This is how congress used to work.

2000's
https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
370 to 20 (192D, 177R, 1 I voted yes)
10 republicans and 10 democrats voted no.

1990's
https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
370-37
Mixture of both parties for.

1980's
https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
313-70 (47 abs)
Mixture of both parties for, against, and abstaining.

https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
269-62 (83 not voting- members of both parties)
173D, 96R voting for. Some D and R both voting against.

This is how it has worked since Cantor and the republican party decided to vote no to everything.
https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
214-218- not a single yes vote by republicans.
All R and a small number of D voting against.

Defense appropriations..
https://www.govtrack.us/congre...
235 to 193- not a single yes vote by republicans.
All R and a small number of D (17) voting against.

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As I quote above- the republicans we already quoted as intending to vote no to everything. To be against everything the president was for.

The republicans are not negotiating.

In the budget fight, the republicans asked for 85% spending cuts, 15% tax increases. The democrats offered 87% spending cuts, 17% tax increases. The republicans then counter proposed 100% spending cuts and 0% tax increases, rejecting their OWN budget proposals for christ's sake.

It's insane. It is not the way the country was run from 1978 to 2008.

If you sincerely believe this- then it's going to be very difficult to change your mind since you will weight the facts supporting your belief heavily while discounting facts contrary to your beliefs.

So I'm done. You asked- and I gave you details. Direct quotes from the leader of the house and senate republicans stating they were going to vote no to everything.

Then you listed the congressional site and I responded with additional support showing bi partisan voting prior to 2008. It's your choice to process them or ignore them.

Cheers.

about a week ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Maxo-Texas Re:i'm glad to work for free (394 comments)

Aye. I use the product. What I'm saying is that on some sites, I've started getting messages... "You are using adblock. Please disable it to see the content".

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

Maxo-Texas Re:Where do you see A.I. in 5,10,20, and 30 years? (69 comments)

I think our best target would be very smart machines which do not have consciousness. You can't "enslave" a vacuum cleaner.

Once they have conciousness then you are enslaving them.

I get the philosophical point- especially after reading a lot about brain injuries.

But pragmatically- we are conscious and creative. I think we'll get machines that are as capable as (more capable than) humans.

about a week ago

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How Cohen & Grisby helps avoid American Worker

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "http://youtu.be/TCbFEgFajGU
As it says "Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.""

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High Radiation Levels 35 kilometers from reactor.

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "Video showing very high radiation levels in Japan was posted on Youtube yesterday. The video is not dated. It appears to show the ground is at over 2000 microseverts at multiple locations.
The alarms on the geiger counters are eerie. At 3 minutes, they state that at some areas people are getting a years radiation every 4 days and that these areas should be evacuated.
If this is like the chernobyl site, the random vagaries of the wind will have created some intense areas while leaving others relatively untouched."

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Wikileaks: Shell Corporation runs Nigeria

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "The Guardian's analysis of wikileaks documents has revealed that Shell Corporation has inserted employees into every aspect of the Nigerian government and basically runs the company. In what is a view into our corporate controlled future, while the country has billions of dollars in oil income, 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

"The company's top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries". She boasted that the Nigerian government had "forgotten" about the extent of Shell's infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.""

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