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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

MerlynEmrys67 Who wants to bet (280 comments)

There will be about 40,000 dollars in unpaid overtime being worked in India over the next few months to make this all back. At this point the workers are back in India where the US Department of Labor can't do anything about it...
Outsourcing companies are almost the definition of evil.

2 days ago

Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

MerlynEmrys67 You have slashdotted an inbox (172 comments)

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 dy7si138331wib.0 - gsmtp

And at google's scale - impressive

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

MerlynEmrys67 I thought this was the advantage of open source (285 comments)

You have the source Luke,
Use it and just make it do what you want... Why are you bitching to us. If you want the system to just work - install Windows.
+1 Informative, -1 Flamebait... Take your pick

about a week ago

Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

MerlynEmrys67 Re:We already have a tax on consumption (838 comments)

I am not aware of any sales tax at the national level. Several states have them, but that is quite different.

about two weeks ago

World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

MerlynEmrys67 Smallest area??? (118 comments)

Quick Google search for 3G shows Intel has a chip that is 300 mm^2 which is about 17.33 sq mm which is a lot smaller than this chip which measures over 400 mm^2.
I guess it all depends on how you define a 3G modem (maybe Intel's doesn't have a feature), or how you define area (maybe it matters how small the one dimension is). Who knows - either way this appears to be some unsubstantiated marketing fluff that was republished on Slashdot as normal.

about a month ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

MerlynEmrys67 2/3 of the power based on counting turbines (260 comments)

So 1800 of the 2900 MWh of power is based on the ability to count the number of wind turbines shown in the marking picture of the factory? And we are taking this as truth of the number that are deploy-able in the area. This based on the fact that they are building the building Magnetic north aligned to help with GPS? Wow - lets grab Tesla's marketing materials and just swallow what comes out.

about a month and a half ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Illegal (182 comments)

I do not believe that "bork" is a legal term with any validity.

I guess you missed the legal origin of the term "To Bork" Bork as a Verb
If it happened to a Judge - it is a legal term.
(Not properly used here though)

about 2 months ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Tax them anyway (316 comments)

Please have congress pass a law that says they have to pay taxes on money kept overseas. Then have the president sign it. The second that you do that - the company will comply with the law as it is written as opposed to complying with the law as you wish it had been written.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Is this all necessary? (98 comments)

This is hilarious. So was in College several decades ago. Large computer labs and lots of SSH/X forwarding to do work. The only time I remember getting in "trouble" was when we were on a LISP module as a freshman. Their resource management only allowed a few LISP interpreters on the machine - otherwise it would deny them for resource reasons. I quickly got sick of typing $lisp and waiting for my session to actually start - so I created a shell script that ran an infinite loop asking for a lisp interpreter...
15 minutes later, someone tapped on my shoulder and asked me what I was doing - I had taken the full processing capabilities for a while. I showed my script - gasp horror, and a 1 second pause was added to the script and I was good to go. Learned a lesson too.
The year before I got there - enough people were learning how to hack the system to crash it that they were having trouble keeping the system up. Their solution - install a button next to each keyboard that when pushed would crash the system. No work was accomplished for a week - then it didn't go down again. We were told about the button, it was rough for a couple days - and then the systems were rock solid.
Kids will be kids - good kids will create a nightmare for you - work to focus that energy in a positive way and good things will result.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Fire all the marketing, and reduce to 4 levels (272 comments)

You understand that for a balanced organization EVERY manager would need 18-19 direct reports. That is crazy. I don't want the CEO having 18 direct reports, and I certainly don't want my boss having 18 direct reports. Doesn't work
Frankly, if you think 3 is a good idea - I would have you fired as most engineering departments NEED outside input - otherwise you end up with Linux/OSS in general where they think the best idea for a leading editor is either VI or EMACS. I don't even know why that is a debate.

about 3 months ago

MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

MerlynEmrys67 Some back of the envelope calculations (83 comments)

2.2TBit/sec is just under 40 ports which is just over 2 switches...
It will only take one extra management processor (8 cores) to manage two switches... Get back to me when you can drive 100TBit/sec with one core
PS - is there extra compute needed on the management plane of the edge switches here? I don't think so but it is hard to tell

about 3 months ago

After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Because IRS has never heard of exchange servers (372 comments)

Just like you can say that there has never been a oil pipeline that has been rejected either. By not quickly approving simple applications and letting them linger for years - you effectively reject the application, without the political backlash of having to actually do it. I would assume it was a simple progressive organization that didn't qualify for the tax break - it was quickly rejected so they can fix their problem, or get back to doing what they should be doing.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Over 30 && U.S. citizen = no (466 comments)

Why is that? There are lots of jobs for the over 40 crowd... and I am a proud owner of a US passport.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

MerlynEmrys67 Assume the unemployment rate for programmers is 5% (466 comments)

Only slightly under the 6.3% average for the whole US. Given that - there are 1/2 of all of the 1/10 programmers getting jobs somewhere.
I am going for a fairly static distribution, in reality - I am betting there are very VERY few 9-10/10 programmers (well under the 10% that they represent) and a lot more 3-7 programmers and then a tailing edge of people that just haven't gotten down the path.

about 5 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

MerlynEmrys67 Re:The simpler the better (1374 comments)

Kids should be taught how to safely use tools. In my grandfathers day it wasn't unusual for the boys to bring their 22 rifles to school to put into the back wall of the classroom so they could shoot squirrel/rabbit/??? on the way home from school.
Contrast that with my daughter where if I accidentally pack a butter knife into her school lunchbox, she would get expelled from school. Frankly there were a lot fewer school shootings in my grandfather's day. Go figure.

about 6 months ago

How the Code War Has Replaced the Cold War

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Joke of a comparison (79 comments)

He may know what he is talking about, or maybe he just doesn't understand how good Kissinger was at his job. A master of a profession makes it look so easy that even someone with mediocre grades at Yale (He was outscored by W. after all - and see what people think of him) can do it. Turns out there are a lot of subtleties that I don't think our current batch of diplomats understand.

about 6 months ago

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

MerlynEmrys67 Re:$2 Billion (271 comments)

I don't believe the 2Billion dollar amount for a second. 2 Billion seems like a very VERY large number. Now lets do some simple math. Divide that by 50 and that is 40million available for each state. You might be able to protect Wyoming for 40 Million, but I doubt you could protect Alaska (construction costs are too high) and I doubt you could even begin to protect a city like San Jose, New York, Dallas, or Chicago for 40 Million (not even to mention the rest of those states).
The other interesting thing to think is protect against what... Yes, you could probably protect against a low yield EMP produced by a solar flare - however, there will be no protecting against a high yield nuke detonated over an area (where the EMP is the least of your worries). EMP is only one of the things that would need to be protected against - there is blast damage, fallout, fuel supplies... Yeah - if a high yield bomb goes off over the US we are all screwed, whether we spend 0 dollars, or 100Billion.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Doing CTOs job for him (119 comments)

Were you asked to do something or were you asked if doing something is a good idea?

If you were asked to do something then fucking do it. Any sticker shock is the CTOs problem to explain.


Time to bring Goodwin's law out.
Just because you are a guard at a prison, doesn't mean that saying "I was just following orders" is a good defense. It is YOUR job to know details and question things that come out of people's mouths to determine if they are good for YOUR company. Many times the answer is, yes it is a good idea - you don 't have to pay for upgrades, maintenance, or other things people always seem to forget about... Other times, keeping things in house is where you want to be. You should be able to find out what is correct for your organization and make sure that is what happens.

about 7 months ago

Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

MerlynEmrys67 I knew they weren't scientists (87 comments)

heavy objects sink in water

I will say an aircraft carrier is very heavy - but floats on water, what the authors meant to say was Dense objects sink in water, as even light grains of sand sink to the bottom.
You can thank the college of Phycology for the misunderstanding - when you read something like that in the first paragraph of the paper, makes me doubt anything else they have to say.

about 7 months ago


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