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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

dodobh Re:This is huge (308 comments)

Or inherited it.

The problem with extreme economic inequality is that it leads to a feudal system.

5 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

dodobh Re:They already "gave back" (268 comments)

Then you move out of such businesses? Or only tax humans?

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

dodobh Re:They already "gave back" (268 comments)

They could just tax net worth/capital instead. Not capital gains, capital.

about 6 months ago
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Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

dodobh Re:Boo Fu*king Hoo (124 comments)

That's why you have more than one of those. And outsource to the telecom company.

about 7 months ago
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Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

dodobh Re:Request for Feedback from actual Indians (124 comments)

(I haven't migrated to the US, but I am working outside India.)

What drives someone in India to come to the US, rather than improving their situation at home?

Money. Indian salaries are still very low as compared to US salaries, especially in Silicon Valley. Improving your situation at home means that you do the same job for a third of the money (at best), or less (usually about a 5th to a 10th).

Keep in mind that the wage gap in India is huge, unlike the US. This means that someone with 15 to 20 years of experience will have a roughly comparable salary, but for a fresher, the salary gap is 10x or more. (Rule of thumb, a job change gets you a 30% salary increase, you change jobs every two or three years. Not true for everyone, but often the case).

A few years ago, it was possible to move to the US for three years, live cheap, return to India and buy an apartment cash down. That's not possible now, it takes 6 years. If you are living in India, you might save up enough for the down-payment in 15 or 20 years, if you give up on most fun parts of life.

about 7 months ago
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Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

dodobh Re:Boo Fu*king Hoo (124 comments)

A hardware technician. You don't need that many of those.

Or you virtualise as much as possible, and then you need even fewer hands on site.

about 7 months ago
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Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

dodobh Re:326 euros? (118 comments)

326000

about 8 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

dodobh Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

Isn't that just income tax though? There are other taxes, and CEOs aren't always paid in cash terms.

about 10 months ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

dodobh Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

So a historically poor and oppressed group of people shows more violence than their richer counterparts?

about a year ago
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Rethinking the Wetsuit

dodobh Re:Minimal danger (153 comments)

Yay! Another Freefall fan!

about a year ago
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Northern Hemisphere Pollution a Cause of '80s Africa Drought

dodobh Re:The real question.. (158 comments)

Pollution is tied to quality of life, which is tied to energy consumption per capita.

GDP is really not a relevant measure, except in terms of being able to purchase that energy.

about a year ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

dodobh Re:at least they're trying... (326 comments)

s/sales/capital gains/, defined as net worth now - net worth at the same time last year.

That drives the taxes to the people who can afford to pay them.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

dodobh Re:Too good? I think not (397 comments)

Yeah. Which is why I would rather the western world get some culture :P

about a year ago
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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

dodobh Re:Remind me,,, (327 comments)

Having access to the Internet isn't sufficient if you have no encouragement to actually use it. If you don't know that you can apply to a good school and get grants, you never will.

Poverty drives a number of behaviours (and lack of information), whiich lead to a cycle of being poor again. Education is one of those things where you really don't want local taxes funding schools, just fund them all equally well on the educational side of things.

about a year ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

dodobh Re:Yawn (367 comments)

This needs paper and pencil, but it's an easy explanation (even if imperfect).

If you draw a graph of temperature vs time, you will see a wave pattern emerge over a few years. Global warming implies that there is more energy in the atmosphere, so the amplitude of the wave will increase. This means summers get hotter and winters get colder.

The scientific debate is about how much of an amplitude change will result, and what the consequences of that will be (we don't know this yet).

about a year ago
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OpenBSD 5.3 Released

dodobh Re:Mail recall capabilities (109 comments)

No. They default to the assumption that they may append to mailboxes or send mail to the world, but never delete from it. Deletion is a function of the POP/IMAP server.

about a year ago
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Popular Wordpress Plug-in Caught Spamming Is Put On Probation

dodobh Re:For the individual programmer.. no laws.. (76 comments)

Programming is the job of writing precise specifications.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but there's a good reason we have books of only words, and not merely picture books.

about a year and a half ago
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Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares

dodobh Re:More person, more cost. Fine. (587 comments)

So shop every day? Make cars expensive, followed by making mass transit convenient, and you'll change your lifestyle to suit. Or move :)

about a year and a half ago

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