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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

cthulhu11 Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

Unions once played an important role, and maybe somewhere today they still do, but what I see more often is that unions are used for extortion -- every time there's a strike at Boeing because laborers aren't making >100k this is crystal clear.

2 days ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

cthulhu11 Re:And government has a responsibility too. (390 comments)

An NSP can only control bandwidth between themselves and their customers. Bandwidth on other people's networks and from other people's servers are not under their control. The problem there is widespread ignorance of how the net works. As for TFA, Verizon doesn't want to do L3's and Netflix's work for free, how is that outrageous? If L3 wants VZN to carry substantially asymmetrical traffic, they need only enter into a transit agreement. A couple of XE cards are beans compared to that.

2 days ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

cthulhu11 Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

Forget France. Come to Greece. We're nicer.

about a week ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

cthulhu11 Re:Paint for a room (238 comments)

Obligatory fuligin / Gene Wolfe reference

about a week ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

cthulhu11 Re: Really now (145 comments)

Back around 1987 I set up MX's et al for the company where I worked to be able to send/receive email from the outside. A certain exec there asked me what use it was other than "coolness". He's now Dean of CS at the local prominent university. And why I hate people who drive Saabs. But re TFA -- please let's stop mistaking clusters of blades for supercomputers.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

cthulhu11 Re:Simple (507 comments)

Homemaking is hardly limited to women. But really the only future-proof jobs are: 1) Prostitution 2) Drugs, including legalized MJ Neither is limited to XX or XY chromos.

about a week ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

cthulhu11 Re:user error (708 comments)

But I'll bet you still eat meat, right? If so TFS is about *you*.

about a week ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

cthulhu11 Re:better than what we have now (249 comments)

The ones who starved him are in jail.

I had not heard of this case before today, but sheesh, the GP's really shouldn't be jail. They should be in the ground. Buried alive.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cthulhu11 Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

During my recent job search, the length I'd been with my employer was often a detriment. Through acquisitions I was there for ~18 years, and more often than not the recruiters or tech people made a big annoying fuss about it. It got to the point that I was cringing when they asked about it. The irony is that I was pushed out by a job-hopper.

about two weeks ago

Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

cthulhu11 Re:Were Denisovans really a DIFFERENT SPECIES? (133 comments)

Heck, in snakes hybrids across *genera* are known. What's really the difference between a population, a subspecies, a species, sometimes even a genus? I suspect that taxons are often enough more about someone publishing a paper than science.

about three weeks ago

How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

cthulhu11 Re:i'd be happy if... (196 comments)

You're not the only one. The new style won't stay in for either me or my wife. The old style was slightly better, but I stick with my Sennheiser headphones when I can.

about three weeks ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

cthulhu11 Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

... or when a tornado touches down *inside*?

about a month ago
top, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

cthulhu11 Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments) is cheap and easy to join, so among women one sees mostly a) window shoppers and b) pros I predict that almost none will set the Mensa flag, and that when they look at men's profiles, it will at best be ignored and at worst will count against a guy. The primary gating factor is always going to be height.

about a month ago

Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

cthulhu11 Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Gasoline and tobacco?

about a month ago

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

cthulhu11 Re:Of course they have no concerns, they don't tes (132 comments)

AIUI there's a little-known "check-off tax" of $1/cattle used by the government to promote beef consumption. It's also been extensively documented that 1) Slaughterhouse practices are very uneven and that increasing line speeds force cutting corners and sloppy work 2) AMR / "mechanically separated" meat often includes CNS material

about a month ago

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

cthulhu11 Re:TX Law (132 comments)

Agreed, I've seen the footage with Howard Lyman, and she said nothing legitimately actionable.

about a month ago

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

cthulhu11 Re:TX Law (132 comments)

Slaughtering is actually legal in at least two states in India, Rajastan IIRC and another of the Pak-adjacents. Many cattle are transported there for slaughter, and there are thousands of illegal slaughterhouses.

about a month ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

cthulhu11 Re:All the improvements could want except... (136 comments)

but starting a car company from the ground up isn't easy, especially when you're taking over a century of auto industry tradition and standing it on its head.

I'm sure Preston Tucker would agree with that thought.

about a month and a half ago


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