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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

curmudgeon99 CostCO (130 comments)

Take them to CostCo. They digitized some movies I had taken in Russia in 1997 and they looked great.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

My experience is they never think creatively. They can come up with one solution and if that does not fly for some reason, they are toast.
I have worked with a few who were okay but with so many who were just not that bright.

Finally, you need to watch your correct use of the English language, guy. When I saw "rote" instead of the correct "wrote", it was hard to take your ideas seriously. Just sayin'...

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Punitive Damages? (200 comments)

Damn well said.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

I have yet to meet a unionized engineer.
When I worked for Bloomberg in New York City, they were constantly firing international employees for theft of intellectual property. Not sure where that charge came from.
Sounds to me that your whole point is that some VC told you how to think. H-1B visa holders are only popular with people like CEOs and VC who really have no experience in the field. Working engineers know that they are wildly overrated. That's why so many companies have abandoned the use of H-1B visa holders. It is a practice valued by people who really don't have any experience in the field. They think it's a good value but in fact it's a myth. Tata produces terrible engineers. They pretend they're going to send experienced engineers here but the people that companies actually get are unexperienced and come here expecting to be trained by US engineers. Then, they produce terrible work and US engineers have to silently rewrite it. I say "silently" because management doesn't want to hear that fact because they want to push the fiction that they're saving money. So, then, the cycle continues where management believes it's saving money while domestic engineers have to actually rewrite the crappy code produced by Tata. I have seen this play out in several companies, especially ones located in NYC.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:there is nothing 'fair' about this (200 comments)

Obviously someone does not know that we in America have a law called the Sherman Anti-Trust Act that has been on the books for over 100 years. Please take your Ayn Rand fantasies into some right wing hothouse where you belong, "Lucky One". Or better yet: Pah-shole na hooey.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Who cares if they pay $0 (200 comments)

Clearly a lie motivated by your politics. The entire case would not exist without the attorneys working on it for contigency fees. Then, at worst, the attorneys get 1/3. That means the class-action defendents will get 2/3rds of whatever is recovered. Then, going forward, every engineer in the United States will benefit in perpetuity by the increased salaries that are an absolute result of this.
If any companies had wanted to expatriate, they would have already done so. They stay in an expensive place such as Silicon Valley precisely because of the quality of the talent there.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

Many US companies have tried moving overseas, only to see that it's ineffective. Offshoring is not new. If it were the panacea that you're implying, every single company would have already done it--but that hasn't happened. For the same reason, most startups occur in the United States. You are just pushing a political opinion that is not based on any facts or reality.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

It's a false name in either case--what does it matter?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

I will leave it to the jury whether or not you're a crackpot based on your other comments, Lonnie. But you fail here to note that a company like Swiss RE bases its entire business on measuring and appraising risk. Second, they do indeed have data they use to assess the change in risk they face--and that is the history of claims they have been paying. Swiss RE and other re-insurance companies such a Lloyds of London now require insurance companies they back to take into account the impact of climate change. The point of this is not to construe their interest as some scientific absolute on the existence of antropogenic climate change--it is merely to combat the notion that is put forward by the non-scientific climate change deniers like you who want to act like nothing strange at all is happening to the climate. The reality that these large corporations whose lifeblood is assessing risks on pain of going out of business, do indeed take the risk of a worldwide calamity driven by climate change serious as a heart attack. Nothing further can be inferred from their interest other than their serious and factual opinions that climate change remains a true and actual risk that our planet faces.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

But American Express and Discover do not.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

"Jane"--Lonnie--you're a crackpot.
None of your canards explain why Swiss RE, a non-American company and huge re-insurer, also has concluded that Greenhouse Warming is a significant recognised risk that they are not ignoring. To wit, from the MIT article: "Swiss Re identified climate change as an emerging risk more than 20 years ago, long before most financial and insurance companies -- or most businesses in general. A vocal advocate of mitigation strategies, climate change is now a significant component of the company’s long-term risk management strategy."
Swiss RE.
Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:What will it take? (302 comments)

Despite the shorter longevity of methane in the atmosphere, the danger it poses for runaway greenhouse warming well overwelms any benefit from its short lifespan, as is well recognised, such as its triggering of ground-level ozone, yet another potent greenhouse gas. As you note, fracking is yet another voluminous source of methane, so its short lifespan in the atmosphere is no comfort. In short, it's a runaway effect because CO2 releases lead to Methane releases, which lead to more and more Methane release, which dominoes to other potent greenhouse gases. Textbook runaway warming. So, what was your objection?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re: unfair policy (302 comments)

You're referring to Blue Cross, which is a health insurer. Health insurance is regulated differently than property and casualty insurance, which is the insurance that is most affected by global warming. (I have professional experience with both types). However, through their investment portfolios, both types of insurance company are affected primarily by the damage to coastal real estate that these companies--and the re-insurers--own as investment vehicles. And, as I'm sure you know, most of the premium income taken in by these companies is used for investments.
Finally, you call global warming a "convenient excuse" while the insurance companies, their underwriters and the actuaries for the big re-insurers call it a "recognised risk". There is a difference as, your appelation implies the risk is ficticious while these insurance companies do not consider it a fictional risk--which was my original point.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Good!
[I guess the I misunderstood it when you wrote: "You have no clue about anything you are talking about." :) ]

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

You are correct. I reversed them.'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists

It was found from the average drops in elevation that were detected by CryoSat that Greenland alone is losing about 90 cubic miles a year, while in Antarctica the annual volume loss is about 30 cubic miles. These rates of loss – described as "incredible" by one researcher – are the highest observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago, and they mean that the ice sheets' annual contribution to sea-level rise has doubled since 2009, say the researchers whose work was published in the journal Cryosphere last week.
"We have found that, since 2009, the volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three," said glaciologist Angelika Humbert, one of the study's authors. "Both the West Antarctic ice sheet and the Antarctic peninsula, in the far west, are rapidly losing volume. By contrast, East Antarctica is gaining volume, though at a moderate rate that doesn't compensate for the losses on the other side of the continent."

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

You should read earlier comments. We've covered this ground already. I have deep experience in this subject. The re-insurance companies take risk from insurance companies world wide.

The point is this: "No climate-change deniers to be found in the reinsurance business". This conversation is not about the nature of re-insurance but about their view of the risk inherant in global climate change. They view it as a serious risk and so do insurance companies.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re: unfair policy (302 comments)

The concern of insurance commissioners in each of those states is that the insurers in their state remain solvent. You seem to imply that some artifical bias is pushing insurance companies to see risk where none exists. It's the direct opposite. The insurance commisioners are making sure that the companies do account for all valid risks, so they don't go out of business. The regulation is to prevent insolvency, not some do gooder desire to back global warming.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Jane, I will agree that the insurance industry is heavily regulated. They are regulated on the subject of capital reserves and what they must cover. But given my personal experience in this precise industry, I must say that you traffic in myths. On the subject of risk tolerance and premium rates they are not regulated and since this directly equates to their ability to survive, they do indeed enjoy a free hand in setting their premium rates and their tolerance for risk.

But since this is now a question of your beliefs versus my professional experience in this precise industry....

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:What will it take? (302 comments)

You're not accounting for all the methane that gets released from the frozen tundra in Siberia. Once that goes, it's runaway greenhouse warming. Methane is much more climate warming than CO2.

about two weeks ago

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It's Official: Silverlight is Dead

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  about 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Windows 8 makes Silverlight Microsoft's uneaten dog food: moldy crap that will be kept around only until somebody in Redmond gets around to throwing it out. Silverlight is dead and gone. Microsoft won't support it anymore"
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MacBookAir{ :brick = '2 drops water'}

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 (1040054) writes "MacBook Air, 11", 3 weeks old. Two drops coffee on the keyboard => catastrophic system failure and total loss including entire "hard" drive, which consists of flash chips naked on the motherboard, which is located at the bottom of an aluminum bathtub where liquid will naturally collect.

2 drops => MacBook Air brick.

The motherboard with the entire hard drive sits naked at the bottom of the aluminum bathtub that is the case. They cannot put a proper shield between the keyboard and the innards because they need it open for cooling, another consequence of the design choice of an aluminum bucket. The MacBook Air is a beautifully designed curiosity that is not fit for real-world use, in my opinion."
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Radio Frequency Allows Salt Water To Burn!

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  about 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "A researcher has found a way to use a radio-frequency generator to allow salt water to burn. Apparently, the radio waves weaken the bond that hold the hydrogen atom in the water molecule. As long as the radio waves are maintained, the effect persists. [Recall that this bond is normally broken using Electrolysis, which takes a lot of energy to achieve]."
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H1-B Visa Day Of Reckoning Nigh

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Tech bigwigs fail to convince Congress to open the floodgates on H1-B visas.

Although people like Balmer, Gates and the Googleboys tried to convince Congress to allow a lot more H1-B visas, the Democratically-controlled Congress had none of it. It appears that they are going clamp down on the abuse of the H1-B system.

Hearing the bigwigs whine about how this is worse than the status quo is a sign that the American high-tech worker just won one."

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curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "I taught Java around the country for several years while working as a developer. I had so many people bug me about getting copies of my lectures that I put them all up on a free googlepages website: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ If you want to learn Java or know someone who does, these are two semesters of University-Level detailed Lectures that will teach you Java from the basics up through Struts. All 100% free and to use at your hearts content. Check it out: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ I'm working on some new ones including Hibernate. If you have any question, there's a link for my email or just write to: curmudgeon99@gmail.com Thank you kindly, Tom"

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