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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

MondoGordo Re:Two Steps (110 comments)

Truly awesome sig ..

2 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

MondoGordo Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

nice straw-man you built there ... a single shared property does not the same thing make ... a platypus and a duck are not the same species just because they have "duck bills"

The refractive index profile is what makes it "optical" ..agreed. The part that makes it a "fiber" is it's nature of being a long fine continuous thread or filament..(which gives it the ability ti bend around corners. )

I never said it wasn't an optical channel ... I said calling it an optical fiber made of air was silly ... they should have said something like "optical fiber effect replicated in thin air" ...

about a week ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

MondoGordo What a silly title ... (115 comments)

One of the chief benefit of optical fiber is that it doesn't require LOS. All they've done here is demonstrate the capability to mimic the loss-less advantages of optical fiber without actually having a fiber ... once they can do this around corners... then maybe they've "created optical fiber out of thin air" until then not so much.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

MondoGordo Re:Old news... (78 comments)

Your level of surety is irrelevant and your estimate is inaccurate... Using an 8 point font it's possible to fit 7727 characters on a sheet of paper 8.5" x 11" printing edge to edge with 0 line spacing... that falls significantly short of 1 MByte or even 1Mbit.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

MondoGordo Re:Transistors was there but memory was not? WTF (78 comments)

a transistor by itself is not memory ... just as a gear by itself is not a clock. They have to be connected in specific ways to function as memory ... all the article is saying this is the first time that configuration has been done with print tech ... not that it couldn't have been done before, just that no-one had.

about a week ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

MondoGordo Could it be ... (95 comments)

Aliens ...sending us messages a million years ago ... ?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

MondoGordo Re:This is why you need.. (265 comments)

In my experience, if your load-balancing solution requires all your nodes to be available, and you can't remove one or more nodes without affecting the remainder, it's a piss-poor load balancing solution. Good load balancing solutions are fault tolerant up to, and including, absent or non-responsive nodes and any load balanced system that suffers an outage due to removing a single node is seriously under-resourced.

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

MondoGordo Re:B.S. (302 comments)

Nobody is saying that ... what they're saying is that if you want the advantages of a corporation, you have to accept the limitations of the corporate legal entity. read this article ...http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2014/07/how-hobby-lobby-ruling-transforms-and-weakens-american-corporation?utm_source=MinnPost-RSS&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+minnpost+(MinnPost.com+-+Minnesota+News+and+Analysis) from the article

Corporation characteristics Ask any student in law school to describe the characteristics of a corporation and one answer will be limits on personal liability. The second is that corporations have a legal identity distinct from its owners. Individuals incorporating enjoy limits on their personal liability for acts of the corporation. A legal wall is created, distinguishing owners from their corporations. Corporate law is premised upon this separation of the personal identity of individuals from their corporations. Corporations, distinct from their shareholders or officers, can be taxed, charged with crimes, or held culpable for their acts. The corporate/individual distinction served American business well for nearly two centuries. It facilitated the creation of great wealth for many, encouraged risk-taking and innovation, and allowed for people to act collectively. The corporate form also helped to politically neutralize businesses. The 1907 Tillman Act, barring corporations from making direct political contributions to federal candidates, along with the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which barred them from making any political expenditures to affect federal campaigns, went a long way toward removing corporations from politics. Effectively, the laws said that the purpose of business is business, not politics, echoing the sentiment of economist Milton Friedman, who said in his famous 1970 article “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” that if business executives wish to be socially responsible and ethical they should spend their own money and not that of their shareholders. Businesses cannot be ethical; people can be. The Supreme Court has forgotten this point. First in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision the court declared that laws restricting the political spending of corporations violated their free speech rights. Now in Hobby Lobby it is saying that laws that require some corporations to pay for contraceptives coverage in their health insurance plans violate their religious rights. In both cases the court refused to distinguish the individuals from the corporations they own.

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

MondoGordo Re:yes but (302 comments)

So they want the advantages of being a corporate entity without the limitations? That's reprehensible and indefensible.

about three weeks ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

While i see your point it's a hard one to sell... people at that level in their chosen profession are going to be so well established that emigrating to the US just isn't going to be that attractive resulting in very small numbers of H1B's ... so you lose the benefits of having the program (i.e. having a worker pool where you need a lot of people that you haven't got) . . This article http://www.motherjones.com/pol... illustrates the real abuses of the H1B system. Using it to bring offshore workers onshore to train them!!

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

And have you reported these abuses to ICE/BCIS ? Because that's illegal ... and if you don't report abuses of the system then you're part of the problem.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

and the prevailing wage has nothing to do with economic collapse ... or is that the fault of H!B workers too ?

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

you make a good point and I agree with your solution ... I will point out that in a severely depressed economy (such as we've "enjoyed" in recent years) that sort of indenture isn't materially different from the economic indenture that every worker is stuck with.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

Minimal is not free ... and please provide a cite supporting your statement that "H-1B workers routinely get paid less than their American counterparts" In my (personal) experience I can truthfully say that I started at a salary comparable to my American peers, got regular raises and talked back a fair bit. (full disclosure ... I came down from the frozen north, not India or Mexico, so my cultural baggage was not typical and it may have influenced the way I was treated, but I never saw my Indian counterparts treated any differently.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

Those of you who believe that an H-1B worker is paid less than a domestic worker don't know anything about the requirements of the program. In order to be H-1B eligible a position has to pay at least the prevailing wage for the job title in the region that the job is located. .

add to that the filing costs, legal fees, and costs associated with other compliance requirements and it's MORE expensive to hire H1B workers.

The real difference is that corporations can treat them like crap and and most of them will take it because it's better than what's back home.. Being an H1B worker is a kind of indentured servitude ... quit your job and go home(or get deported) ... get let go and go home (or get deported)

about a month ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MondoGordo Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

Honestly... I don't believe there is a really good choice ... but the NDP has never thrown historical documents in the dumpster (to the best of my knowledge) and (at least in theory) they are the working man's party ... so if I were voting in a Canadian election and the candidate wasn't obviously a tool I'd vote that way ... otherwise it would be a No Vote ballot..

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MondoGordo Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

how about if everyone put a big black X in the No Vote box ?

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MondoGordo Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

sorry ... meant to type "Liberal led" ...

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MondoGordo Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

what scenario ? that the government will ignore the SCoC and continue to do whatever it wants ?

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MondoGordo Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

I grew up there, ... 31 years in Canada ... only 17 south of the 49th. still have family and friends there, so yeah I've got skin in the game ... I see the stupid bastards in Ontario elected themselves another Liberal government ... when will they learn ?

about a month and a half ago

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