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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

clay_buster A rare attention to detail. (109 comments)

This is another example of Apple's attention to the small details of how they do things. Little things add up to create the overall brand image. Apple's attention to detail in the packaging of their products is a good example. People only "unpack" their products once but apple considers that part of the experience of owning their products.

about a month and a half ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

clay_buster Does anyone RTFM? (478 comments)

They guy doesn't say he'd end it at 75. He didn't say that was a hard date or any other such nonsense.

"Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life."

He was talking about how much health care/pain he'd be willing to put up with

"I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75"

Please read the article before posting all kinds of protestations how stupid the guy is.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

clay_buster There are (174 comments)

125,000 miles would be considered a serious quality defect with a traditional auto. If memory serves me right, most recent example was BMW nikasil engine block issue.

Owners of early 2000s Dodge Caravans and Ford Windstars might disagree. Plenty got less than 100,000 before developing issues that cost more to repair than the value of the vehicle.

about 4 months ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

clay_buster Driven by revenue split? (216 comments)

The team/league/player revenue split is different between televised games and game tickets. I'd guess the team owners want to push to fill the stadium because of the revenue. They get game broadcast revenues either way since their game will probably broadcast outside the local area even if it isn't a sellout

about 4 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

clay_buster Union states vs "right to work". (268 comments)

The grandparent's post was correct and in line with your comments about Australia. One thing that might be different is there are union states and "right to work" states. Union states require that workers be in unions for certain types of contracts. They also generally mandate that every worker in a "union shop" be a union member. This means you can't work there if you are not a member. Quit paying your dues and you can no longer be employed. "Right to work" states are the other end of the spectrum. Union membership is optional and enrollment tends to be low.

We recently had an issue where a union state and a right to work state built a bridge across a river to each other. The union state mandated that all contractors be union shops. The "right to work" state demanded that non union shops be allowed because of the cost difference. (There is also a slight cost of living difference between the two states aligned with the wage differences) I don't remember how it got worked out but construction was delayed for months.

about 4 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

clay_buster Sounds like a union at the other end of the scales (268 comments)

A better comparison would be a secret union of all tech workers that required that none of its employees take work with Apple until they raised their entry level salaries for engineers to 500k per year out of desperation.

Ignoring the secret part... Isn't that the definition of a strike? People refusing work until the hiring company caves to work policies or salaries?

about 4 months ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

clay_buster Re:Check out Detroit (100 comments)

Maybe not Detroit, but definitely not in Northern California - it's way too expensive to do business there. For an R&D/Skunkworks style office, perhaps drawing on the local talent is worth the cost, but putting general office workers and blue collar labor there is silly when you have nice states like Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Michigan which have friendly labor laws and cheaper labor pools, along with some top minds in places like Austin, Huntsville, Raleigh, and Ann Arbor.

Those states are good for both high tech talent and manufacturing skills. They have a lower cost of living, other than Michigan. Plenty of companies are being successful in those locations. Northern California is great if you like a lot of workforce turnover.

about 4 months ago
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Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

clay_buster Efficient use of company's money (73 comments)

Now we have expensive resources handle all kinds of mundane tasks and tasks they aren't suited for. Setting up a meeting that requires ordering food, handling the facilities and communicating with other groups? We now pay $100k/yr+ burden cost instead of someone at half the burdened cost.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

clay_buster Re:Dupe (415 comments)

I remembered this other thread as well but couldn't find it with a Slashdot search of "imessage" or "Imessage android". Maybe better slashdot search would help?

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

clay_buster group messaging (415 comments)

I message gives you "Reply All" and group messaging. Great for group activities.

about 7 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster At least 20% never made it to the schools (335 comments)

TFA says at least $20 million went into studies. How much money ended up actually making it into the schools, facilities, teachers, transportation, etc?

about 7 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster Re:Dear Mark (335 comments)

Parent was correct. Overall spending is up. Some of the worst systems spend the most money per pupil. The nation's capital was the poster child for this in years past.

about 7 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster Re:Dear Mark (335 comments)

Teachers are not the primary problems with the schools but they sure do contribute in a lot of situations.

The second half, also very common hard right wing propaganda, is an issue on which there can be reasonable disagreement but is not in any form a "given truth" and even at best ignores the history of teacher unionization from 1920. So, not very good marks to your (presumably private school?) history and political science teachers.

I don't really care if teacher unionization has great historical roots and we have a parade for it every year. None of those folks are still around either in the union or outside of it. The teacher's union is now like other government unions that contribute to their bosses campaigns while negotiating for raises and better working rules with those some bosses.

There are plenty of examples of school problems that can be traced back to teachers and administrators. Look at the Camden article where there staff to teacher ratio is twice that of the rest of the state. That just bleeds funds out of the classrooms.

about 7 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

clay_buster Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

This is probably the best recycled feed the dairy farmers get. The government is going to regulate something with no history of problems while letting cows continuous antibiotics and while letting the grain companies coat seed in known biological disrupt-ers. I'd said they are focused on the easy problem while letting the bug companies skate.

The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers, possibly forcing them to dry and package the material before distribution.

It's not targeted on breweries specifically. It is targeted at diary farms. It is about accountability what the cows are fed with. Breweries inserted themselves into the market and, as suppliers, are subject to regulations.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

clay_buster HP Test gear (702 comments)

HP 16500A mainframe with scope and logic analyzer plugin boards. The thing is over 20 years old. Finding pods, probes and adapter boards can be a bit of a challenge though.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

clay_buster Re:Kinesis Advantage Keyboard (702 comments)

They last a long time. I finally killed one of the AT connector versions of that thing. Now my oldest is a yellowed PS/2 version that is at least 10 years old.

about 8 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

clay_buster Re:The problem is MUCH, much wider ... (473 comments)

I can't help but suggest that maybe the younger crowd isn't buying into these things because of the development of new technologies. Motorcycles and aviation catered to a certain demographic of people looking to get out there and do something interesting, something crazy. Perhaps they were the adrenaline junkies of their time.

Younger folks have been raised / controlled to take less risk. Computers mean they do less with their hands. I have a motorcycle license. Two of my kids have motorcycle licenses. Some of our "friends" ask my wife why she let me do that because its two dangerous.

I'm no adrenaline junkie but I do feel sorry for folks whose risks and activities are all in a video game.

about 10 months ago

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

clay_buster clay_buster writes  |  about 8 months ago

clay_buster (521703) writes "Engineering and science companies, government agencies, universities and primary education institutions all understand that we need to excite more people about the science and engineering disciplines. Some of these groups worked together to create the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC and associated events in other places. This was a big (big big) trade show like event with hundreds of companies probably 50-100 universities and dozens of government agencies. The event filled two floors of the Washington DC convention center. Six stages ran presentations and talks continuously during the event. The kids and older folks who are still kids at heart had a great time.

The main web site is http://www.usasciencefestival.... I have some pictures and thoughts at http://joe.blog.freemansoft.co..."

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