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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

beelsebob Re:let me correct that for you. (594 comments)

Yep, that's the one. I would give you internet points, but I've commented.

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

beelsebob Re:let me correct that for you. (594 comments)

The point he was making wasn't that communism would create a post scarcity society. It was that communism as designed is only possible in a post scarcity society.

2 days ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

beelsebob Re:This is news? (208 comments)

No one should ever be keeping your credit card number without your explicit permission.

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

beelsebob Re:Short-Lived? (772 comments)

Which is actually a good thing for the state in question. People's incomes are divided up proportionally typically between shelter, living costs, and savings. That is, a low income family will generally spend 50% of their income of shelter, and 50% on living. A middle income will typically spend 33% of their income on shelter, 33% on living, and 33% will be saved etc. This is independent of the actual absolute wage they get, as you rightly say.

The key though is that that 33% saved by the middle income family will be a larger absolute amount, which will give them more opportunity to move to lower average income areas in later life, and have a higher quality of life.

It is in a state's interest to have high inflation, as long as it's not extreme. Inflation is what makes that state's citizens better off than the neighbouring one.

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

beelsebob Re:Short-Lived? (772 comments)

No, it's simple - by raising the minimum wage, they also raised the spending power of the people in the state, increasing the profitability of the local companies, and driving growth. Most of the companies that will have had to raise their wages significantly are the very large out of state companies like McDonalds, who will remain there whatever. Thus, no jobs really are lost due to the fast food chains moving out, but jobs are created by the increased spending power of the people who work at McDonalds.

Long story short, the increased minimum wage took money from McDonalds' off shore tax avoidance fund, and put it into the state.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

beelsebob Re:Finally! (472 comments)

The problem with smoking is not that it harms your health, it's that it harms other people's health, and makes other people's environment less pleasant to be in. That's why smoking is (typically) banned in public places, or near public buildings, but not banned in the comfort of your own home (that said, even there, it can have severe impacts on children/other members of your family).

4 days ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

beelsebob Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

that's a poor argument. After all, physics is just applied maths

Notably though, you won't see anyone trying to claim that you don't need to be good at maths to be good at physics though ;). Mostly because physics is a more mature field, and they all recognise by now that it is applied maths, and requires you to get the maths right.

4 days ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

beelsebob Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

The problem is, you've actually used maths every day in your career, you just haven't realised it. When you are programming, you are by definition doing maths - programming is a branch of discrete applied maths.

Actually knowing the theory of discrete applied maths obviously makes you better at doing discrete applied maths.

5 days ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

beelsebob Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (382 comments)

Bullshit, the forms you need to fill in when you submit your H1-B application require you to provide listings of similar jobs, and how much you pay them. I'm from the UK, but I live in the US, under an H1-B, hence knowing what you have to fill in on the forms ;).

about a week ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

beelsebob Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (382 comments)

And when you had to present evidence of how much a US citizen earned doing the same job, and why the salary you were paying these guys was at least as high, how did you prove that?

about a week ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

beelsebob Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (382 comments)

As a foreign worker in the US, I have no idea where you got that $15 an hour from. I can assure you, I'm paid substantially more than that.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

beelsebob Re:and what would i do with it? (126 comments)

Hmm, My immediate thought actually is that there's a fucking huge overlap. Print your own cornicing for your house... Print your own bath plugs... Print your own custom pipes for the awkward places that are unique to your house... Print your own parts to customise fixtures and fittings. The list is basically endless in the DIY landscape. The only worry home depot might have is that there might be too much overlap, and their sales of other things might drop!

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

beelsebob Re:Wow. (203 comments)

What about this link says the design is better?

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

beelsebob Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

But notably, the 3% that actually pay worth a damn ;)

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

beelsebob Re:crymeariver.sid (608 comments)

On the contrary, it means almost exactly the same thing. It means the centre of the OS, which manages the hardware. The fact that it was relatively naïve doesn't change the fact that it was a kernel.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

beelsebob Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Right, they announced a product that no one had done any work on at all... That sounds likely.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

beelsebob Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

They make them out of carbon fibre, layed up in interesting ways usually involving a honeycomb sandwich between two layers of flat carbon fibre.

about two weeks ago

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Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."
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Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."
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Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."
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beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."

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