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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

YesIAmAScript they couldn't have just read Dilbert? (151 comments)

'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'

You don't need to commission an expensive report to find out stuff like this. It's so universal it's seen everywhere.

Heck, Scott Adams who writes Dilbert was employed by Pacific Bell, which is not so completely different than Southern California Edison.

10 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

YesIAmAScript I'm using an MX518 right now (551 comments)

And my Model M is in a box because my boss doesn't like the noise.

I have an assortment of HP calculators. The HP-49G was a disaster, but the 48s were amazing and the 50 has been good enough.

There was a range of really well done clock radios from Sony and others right before people refused to pay good money for clock radios any more. After that clock radios then emphasized cheapness at the expense of quality and durability. It's no wonder shortly thereafter people stopped buying them. Once the devices no longer offered any alternative over using your phone, no price is low enough to make it worth purchasing.

11 hours ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

YesIAmAScript I didn't say otherwise. (385 comments)

If Obama were questioned on live TV about surveillance practices I would assume his responses were lies too.

But this is not relevant to question of the Putin/Snowden interview.

2 days ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

YesIAmAScript wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (385 comments)

Putin is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

2 days ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

YesIAmAScript Re:Why still male-female ends? (208 comments)

Because extender cables are not allowed under the USB spec anyway.

So making a cable which can be extended easily is counterproductive.

The reason for this is signal integrity.

about two weeks ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

YesIAmAScript it's not a case (653 comments)

Well, it's not a case over the case. It's just the back and outside of the case is yellow.

This is what Fluke switched to in about 2000 and what this is emulating.

The case is supposed to look like a black case in a yellow case because that's what older Flukes did, they had a black plastic case in a yellow rubber case.

But that just made meters more bulky and made it harder to access the battery compartments. So Fluke dropped that a long time ago and the clones did too.

Also, the destruction is mandatory in this case, it's part of the punishment for the transgression.

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

YesIAmAScript small business? (653 comments)

If your small business can't keep track of enough stuff to keep from infringing IP, then buy from suppliers who will indemnify you for IP infringement. Or just buy from reputable retailers.

You decided to get some sketchy Chinese meters from a company skirting the law to try to save some money or raise margins. And now it bit you. It seems like this is how the system is supposed to work.

about a month ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

YesIAmAScript not telling anyone where you're going? (250 comments)

Don't worry, everyone isn't in the Bay Area because you're here, you egotistical asshole. They're not going to follow you just because you leave.

I think your 18 months timeframe is too long. Why torture yourself with asbestos and mold any longer? Get out now.

about a month ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

YesIAmAScript correlation doesn't equal causation (229 comments)

Give me a break, Coda would have failed under any circumstances.

Musk, if you want to keep credibility, don't say incredible things.

about a month ago

Weak Apple PRNG Threatens iOS Exploit Mitigations

YesIAmAScript all PRNGs are deterministic (143 comments)

So "this one is deterministic" seems like a weak complaint.

This is essentially what makes them PRNGs instead of RNGs.

about a month ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

YesIAmAScript Boeing, RR and Malaysia Airlines denied it (382 comments)

Completely and categorically.

And they did so before this post was even approved.

about a month ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

YesIAmAScript you have to use thin glass (769 comments)

Thick glass will fracture when you pour boiling water in. The inside of the glass heats up and expands while the outside is still cool and that creates internal stresses and breaks it.

By making the glass/ceramic thin the whole thing expands with the heat which causes no significant stresses.

You could double-wall it or insulate it as others mentioned.

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

YesIAmAScript they don't care (769 comments)

DRM doesn't have to be undefeatable. The point is simply that the number of people who have hacked machines which bypass the DRM is much smaller than the total installed base of machines.

So this makes it hard to make a viable business model by selling 3rd party cups. Even if you and everyone you know can run un-DRMed cups, companies still can't viably make generic cups.

about a month and a half ago

Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

YesIAmAScript Re:is the USB 'bug' fixed, at this point? (77 comments)

Your friend ported 64-bit Ubuntu to the 32-bit BBB?

He's quite the wizard.

about 2 months ago

Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

YesIAmAScript Re:is the USB 'bug' fixed, at this point? (77 comments)

I gave up on BBB and went to rpi because BBB couldn't come up with a distro that worked.

Got tired of dd'ing my SD storage space back to stock and starting over when the unit ceased to boot after installing another stock apt.

And that's assuming it even worked when clean which it didn't, at least not at first (I got one of the first batch).

about 2 months ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

YesIAmAScript how many productions moved overseas? (131 comments)

The VFX workers may eventually have to come to grips with the idea that if you can't do it better you can't charge more for it. And thus they will probably have to cut their rates to compete.

This is basically the end game of the guild system Hollywood uses. You can keep people from undercutting you within the country by requiring guild membership and declaring union shops (or productions), but then the production just moves overseas. How many films are produced overseas nowadays to mitigate labor costs?

about 2 months ago

Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

YesIAmAScript 2012 Lincoln MKS, 2013 Cadillac CTS (155 comments)

Musk says AWD has never been put on a car with no loss of efficiency before.

2012 Lincoln MKS:
FWD version: 17/25 mpg.
AWD version: 17/25 mpg. And the AWD version is more powerful.

2013 Cadillac CTS:
RWD version: 18/27 mpg.
AWD version: 18/27 mpg. AWD version has same power (same engine) as RWD version.

So yes, AWD has been added without a loss of efficiency before.

Elon, it would be fantastic if you would bother to check to see if what you say is true before you say it.

about 2 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

YesIAmAScript Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (158 comments)

The issue isn't acceptance. The receiving devices are accepting the interference. The issue is the radiation:


b and c indicate what's going wrong here.

The system isn't emitting on 700MHz intentionally. It's just that the equipment is out of spec. Either it was designed wrong and the proper testing not done or else it was designed correctly and not built properly so the particular units that were installed in this building are out of spec.

about 2 months ago


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