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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Ngarrang 9 States automatically increased (778 comments)

Um, yeah, talk about misleading.

"Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states - Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island - approved legislation mandating the increase"

Correlation really does not indicate causality when you read the entire article. North Dakota has an oil boom, which is spiking employment. Ohio still grew, despite a MW of $7.95. The whole complaint by the CBO was that jobs would be lost if MW was increased to $10.10 across the ENTIRE COUNTRY. In these 13 states, most are no where close to $10.10/hr.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

Ngarrang Recycle The Spam (338 comments)

Note to junk mailers: I use your mailings to start my evening fire-circle fire. They never get read. Ever.

Apparently someone is opening and reading the junk, and replying, or the junk mailers would not continue paying for it. But who are these people? Do you honestly think that the mostly-unmarked mail from an address you don't know, with URGENT being the only identifier...is anything but junk mail?

about 6 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Ngarrang Creative Counting (723 comments)

Sure, you can believe them that 7.5 million have enrolled. It comes down to how you define 'enrolled', which the government defines as "someone put an insurance choice in their electronic kart." That would be like CDW saying they sold 100,000 LaserJet printers, just because someone placed one into their basket. The reality is that that majority of the insurance plans placed into the insurance basket was never completed. And of those that did complete the process, many never paid their first premium, which ultimately gives us a much smaller number of ACTUALLY INSURED people via ObamaCare.

And how many are actually paying and thus covered? Less than 1 million.

about 6 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Ngarrang On behalf of an Ohio resident... (387 comments)

...my apologies for the stupidity and protectionism being displayed by the auto dealers in my state. Ohio has enough problem without something this stupid.

about 8 months ago
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Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit

Ngarrang Re:The pitchfork or the codefork (99 comments)

At first, it as purely anti-beta. But Dice's response to censor posts and ignore community opinion has made the problem anti-Dice. They seem to have no clue about PR, or nerds, or even effective web page design. Taking queues from healthcare.gov for how to design your own web site a Bad Thing (tm).

Dice seems determined to go forward with new UI, regardless of community opinion, so the time has come for the codefork.

about 8 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Ngarrang Re:Slashdot death rattle (250 comments)

Are you proposing that tampon ads inappropriate? The Ladies of Slashdot might find themselves wanting a new brand, you insensitive clod.

about 9 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

Ngarrang Necessary evil of doing business (287 comments)

I feel sorry for the 15,000 workers about lose their job, Dell is walking a thin line and Michael wants to make sure that the company that bears his name stays around. Dell has become a bloated pig and unfocused. They are also not responding to customers demands where they should and expanding into markets that support their core strengths.

about 9 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Ngarrang Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

Windows 7 does this...without the metro UI, no less. Press the window key, start typing. Very efficient.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Ngarrang No one is forcing them to work there (606 comments)

Unless Amazon has injected their workers against their will, no one is forcing these people to work there. They knew what they were signing up for, agreed to the contract and now begin to complain that "its just not fair, we want more money."

Tough noogies. You signed a contract, you accepted the wage. Quit and work somewhere else if you are so ungrateful to have a paying job.

about 10 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

Ngarrang The Not-So-Green Generation (331 comments)

I expected more from this age group. With all of the awareness of shrinking natural resources, why anyone would choose printed books and their inherent danger to the environment. But, who cares that trees are cut down, thus adding to global warming, as long as I can have the feel and smell in my hands.

I expected more of this new generation.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

Ngarrang Jacob's Ladder (215 comments)

I have a Jacob's Ladder on my workbench. My friends call me crazy or mad -- no, I am not angry -- but it is highly effective in disabling flash memory and such. And it makes this Bzzzt! sound that I love to hear.

about a year ago
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Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament

Ngarrang Re:What it will be used for... (178 comments)

Electric Cars are to blame for Tax-By-Distance. Electric Cars don't pay petrol taxes. As more electric cars hit the road, taxes collected from petrol will keep going down, as the number of cars total continues to rise. Electric car drivers think they are getting a free pass, but they are about to get a rude awakening once the governments figure out a tax them equally. Roads are not free. They cost a lot of money to build and maintain, and those fat pigs called Electric Cars weighing as much as an SUV do as much damage to the roads SUVs.

about a year ago
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MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

Ngarrang Re:Gotta ask ! (372 comments)

Why not? We have Windows Notepad, so why the need for anything other text editor? We have Microsoft Word, so why code ABIword? Why not create an entirely new OS in assembly? Because it can be done. We climb mountains for no better reason that because it is there.

about a year ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

Ngarrang The Only Secure Java... (362 comments)

...is the one not installed. Otherwise, don't make it a pain the ass to run when one is presented with, say...an enterprise app like ADP which requires it. This is sure to push Admins to move away from Firefox and give IE and Chrome more users.

about a year ago
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Valencia Region Government Completes Switch To LibreOffice

Ngarrang Re:The migration will save the government some 1.5 (93 comments)

They will now be teaching LibreOffice in all of those schools, not MS Office. Thus, in Valencia, no future Valencian employees in the government will require any new training.

about a year ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

Ngarrang Re:Nobody cares (210 comments)

Indeed. I have even come across old Lotus Approach databases. FileMaker is still used by some companies, as well. Microsoft will be able to capture the non-expert enthusiast to try something. Those that really like it will step up to the full SDK and get more advance.

about a year ago
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Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

Ngarrang Keyboard = Productivity (186 comments)

A keyboardless tablet can work fine for...
- watching netflix
- playing games
- reading your favorite star's latest tweets
- reading e-mail

Yeah, that whole aforementioned 'consumption'. But these devices have long since moved beyond the toy status. The lines of definition for what people thought a computer is now blurred. And now people expect even an Android phone to be a productivity device. And for that, a keyboard is just so essential. Ye olde QWERTY keyboard may be purposely inefficient, but it is faster and more accurate than any on-screen keyboard or voice system. In my own experiments with trying to be productive with an iPad 2, Droid 4 and Acer Iconia W700...I absolutely needed a physical keyboard to type anything out without error.

As for Windows RT, Microsoft has spent too much money to let it natural fail. We will see RT languish on for years and years why Microsoft's profits prop it up. They will offer enough money to bribe devs to write apps for it to keep it going. With Outlook coming to RT 8.1, that will address the business side issues.

about a year ago
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Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss

Ngarrang Re:Let the Polar Cap Melt (412 comments)

I grant you that in the current state of Russia. But, even the Kremlin, faced with the potential of billions of dollars of investment potential, might even jump at the chance to develop the north coast. At the moment, Russia is in essentially no position to be a manufacturing powerhouse. But with that silly ice cap in the way...

about 2 years ago
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Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss

Ngarrang Let the Polar Cap Melt (412 comments)

With the Arctic Polar Cap melted, entirely new lines for shipping will be opened. Shipping goods from China and Japan to Europe and New York will become significantly faster, cheaper and safer. The shipping industry will be able to cut their CO2 emissions to a tenth of their current amount.

Additionally, Russia could see an industrial boom along its north shore. Factories could be placed up along that coast with easy access to Canadian, American and European markets and put a lot of Russians to work.

One can look at the loss of the Arctic cap as a disaster, or a boon. It all depends on your goals for humanity.

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Ngarrang Ngarrang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ngarrang (1023425) writes "Samsung has issued a press release regarding their new 16Gb NAND Flash "for Solid State Disk and Other High-density Applications."

The Link: http://www.samsung.com/PressCenter/PressRelease/Pr essRelease.asp?seq=20070103_0000309157#

From the press release:

The first samples of this high density NAND flash memory have a multi-level cell (MLC) design with a 4Kbyte (KB) page size to enhance both its read and write features. The new 4KB page function improves the conventional 2KB paging system for MLC NAND flash to double the read speed, while increasing write performance 150%.
This might just be large enough to boot Vista."

Journals

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Continued support of extant software?

Ngarrang Ngarrang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

To what extent should software companies be made to be responsible for older versions of their software? Should only certain software products be held accountable? I believe that operating systems should that special case.

I believe that Micro$oft has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to security problems we see across the Internet. Micro$oft has accomplished this stroke of genius with but one move...not releasing security fixes for their old OSes.

As much as Micro$oft and PC makers might wish, the entire base of computer users cannot all upgrade to the latest OS at once, leaving no sign of the old systems and software. The reality of the computing world is that old OSes continue to find homes and be used. Why? Because that old computer in your uncle's attic is only a 386, but heck if it doesn't run DOS and old educational games for your kid niece.

Worse still, there are installs of Win3.1, 95 and 98 in production environments, connected to a network, open for attacks by hackers to be turned into zombies. Am I advocating that Micro$oft spend their "hard-earned" dollars on old software? YES! They certainly have the resources.

I would be curious to find out how many of the reported zombie PCs are running these older unpatched OSes. Why attack new installs of Vista when you have so many other unprotected systems?

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The Super Desktop PC

Ngarrang Ngarrang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Here is my vision for the future perfect super desktop computer. Instead of the user having to worry about which architecture to buy, this super desktop will emulate all of them.

Virtualization software has come a long way and is proven to work. This technology is providing value NOW to companies with powerful servers running numerous OSes in their own virtual machine. So, just extend the concept to EVERYONE.

The super desktop will need a good processor, one that is effectively designed. The IBM Cell processor is currently the top of the heap. It is a top-to-bottom redesign of CPU design and really is the bomb. This computer would then run the OS Supervisor that provides the virtual environments.

Windows XP could have its own virtual PC. Ubuntu Linux could have its own virtual PC. OS X could have its own! Though, I sincerely doubt Jobs would support this. His ego won't allow OS X to run on something not made by Apple.

Don't like the x86 or PowerPC architectures? Make your own. Create your own virtual hardware for the OS Supervisor and then run your own custom OS on it. The IBM Cell has plenty of horsepower.

Technologies like SATA and SAS will give these numerous OSes enough disk bandwidth to keep them happy. Add in 4Gb to 16Gb of memory, as well. Every OS that exists seems to be so bloated as to needed 1Gb just to boot, anywho.

Hmm, with this idea, I could still have my DOS computer. Its virtual hardware would emulate a 3Com Etherlink III and SoundBlaster 16 card so my library of DOS games would still run.

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Going interactive

Ngarrang Ngarrang writes  |  more than 7 years ago I made the decision to begin interacting with the /. folks. I have been reading the site for a couple of years, but finally decided to take the plunge. I still have my flame-retardant suit from the early 90's, so I am ready for it.

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