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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

erice Re:Bullshit Stats. (482 comments)

Because person by person is how you hire people. I would think that the last thing we would want would be "take it or leave it" job offers. Look what it has done to cell phone contracts, EULAs, utility contracts, heck just about anything.

"take it or leave it" works just fine for shoes, hotels, electronic equipment and most everything else we exchange money for. The key is you need enough competition that "leave it" becomes a real, practical choice.

3 days ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

erice Not a jet pack (53 comments)

Despite appearances, there is no "jet" or "rocket" engine. It is a pair of ducted fans driven by a four cylinder gasoline engine.

It isn't a pack either. The weight of the machine is borne by a large frame that the pilot steps onto.

It is really an odd sort of helicopter. It looks really cool and it is much more compact than a normal helicopter but it is not a jet-pack.

4 days ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

erice Last generation to die (187 comments)

I expect to live just long enough to be told "we can not extend life and health substantially, possibly indefinitely, but not for anyone already as old as you"

Or maybe not. Given that I expect it will take 20 years from the big breakthrough to a practical treatment and I'm already 46, I should be seeing signs already that the research is getting close.

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

erice Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (40 comments)

Aereo was an attempt to make local TV be receivable on cell phones and computers, but the copyright license wasn't negotiated properly. Why can't the iPhone have a ATSC chip inside it?

What would be the point? You need a rather large, well aimed antenna to reliably receive broadcast TV as anyone who has tried to use "rabbit ears" can tell you. Even the largest phablet is not large enough for such an antenna and no one will want to aim it at the tower.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

erice Re:Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

No, that only works for those who speak or read the same language.

Vs "thought language" which is likely to be unique to each individual. At least with spoken languages there are strong incentives to iron out the differences so that a different people in a group can communicate. And still there is continuous drift. In the history of human kind, there has been no incentive or even influence to make internal thoughts compatible.

about three weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

erice Re:Orbital (443 comments)

And it's not the first time they've blown up rockets rather than shooting them into space.

Well, yes, but that happens to everyone in the launch business, including SpaceX. Doing it on production launch is not good for business though.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

erice Re:Meh (201 comments)

The Z3 Compact is no exception. It has a 4.6" screen, making it much closer in size to to the 4.95" Nexus 5 than the 3.5" Iphone 4 that is the usual benchmark for a small phone. It also has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. That's not bad but it is definitely cut down from the 1080 x 1920 pixels of the full size Z3.

The other mini's are worse, of course, but the Z3 Compact is the not the savior of small phone aficionados.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

erice Re:Meh (201 comments)

The page that the Nexus 6 is presented on still has a link to the Nexus 5. My personal theory at this time (unproven) is that they're keeping the Nexus 5 around as their lower-end model, since they don't have anything to replace its price point with. Hell, the Nexus 5 page now shows the device running Android L (Lollipop.)

While the Nexus 5 is not as enormous as the Nexus 6, it is anything but small.

Which is the chief problem with the various "mini" models available today. Not a one is actually a small, well featured phone. They are simply old and/or reduced spec phones every bit as big as the first wave of large phones.

about a month ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

erice Re:This one is easy. (399 comments)

You will observe Microsoft has been talking up Windows 9 for some time, but now all talk (and apparently all memory) of it has ceased. Newspapers suffering amnesia is amost acceptable. Slashdotters??? WTF??? I'm sorry, but there is no-one in or around IT that has a single, solitary excuse.

You are expecting Slashdotters to be tuned into the Microsoft rumor mill? Why? Windows is something other people use and care about. I think the last time I (indirectly) gave Microsoft a dime was 2010 when I bought a net book bundled with XP.

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

erice Exponential versioning (399 comments)

It's actually in hex, you see, and Microsoft is going to win the versioning war by going exponential. It will become obvious in the version after that when 0x10 (16) is followed by 0x20 (32) but by then it will be too late for the competition to catch up!

They were considering using 2^x -1 to get past the "never trust an even number" rule but a summer intern pointed out that "Microsoft Windows F" might be tough sell.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

erice Fine, as long as I can delete them (427 comments)

And, as long as Google is forcing the OEM's to pre-load Google apps, why don't they force all apps to be deletable?

When space gets tight (and this time will always come), I should be able to delete any app I am not using.

about 2 months ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

erice Re:Red dwarfs form from so little matter (31 comments)

I'm not surprised that there are no planets. Red dwarfs form from very small amounts of matter, and don't have the luminosity or stellar wind to stop the in-fall of matter into the central star. I don't doubt they can form, the same way double stars form, but the odds are lower. Just a lot less initial material to start with.

What a strange statement.

1) The star in question was a pulsar, not a red dwarf.
2) Red dwarfs while small for stars are still much bigger than planets.
3) Exoplanets have been found around red dwarfs
4) Pulsars are the remains of large stars.

about 2 months ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

erice Re:Improving on the lethality of nature (68 comments)

The statement "it’s extremely difficult to ‘improve’ on the lethality of nature" dodges the fact that one does not need to 'improve' it, one needs only 'combine' existing forms of lethality:

You don't even have to combine different forms of lethality, just combine lethality with ease of propagation. Airborne ebola, anyone?

about 2 months ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

erice Re:Intellectual Vultures? (75 comments)

Seriously, why don't they just change their name to Intellectual Vultures? I'd at least respect them for their honesty.

If they were honest, would they operate this kind of business?

about 3 months ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

erice If IV make products, where are these products? (75 comments)

The article mentioned a handful of startups but there is no mention of any of these startups actually producing a product that people can buy. If you actually could buy a product or service from an Intellectual Ventures backed company this would be a powerful affirmation that IV is a real contributor and not just a troll.

That this PR piece makes no mention of such a product, making it very clear this has not happened. I expect this will never happened. IV startups are not meant to produce and sell product. They are meant to be bought out and bought out for a much larger sum than IV could get from just licensing the IP.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a startup selling out before it can bring it's product to market but it is a little bit dishonest to plan it that way.

Which, I suppose is an improvement over IV's normal policy of simply sitting on technology until a practicing entity re-invents it and then suing them. Still, it is a long way from showing that the world is better with Intellectual Ventures than without them.

about 3 months ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

erice Re:if systemd forces it's way into gentoo (613 comments)

I'll just say fuck it and switch to windows 100%

It is already in gentoo if you run Gnome3, which is most people. It is pretty messy too since the documentation has not caught up.

about 3 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

erice Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

The whole point of studies such as this is to find out exactly what is the crap that you need to avoid, really. That part certainly isn't common knowledge.

IMHO, your point is the wrong way around and likely the real cause of why people are eating so badly as well as getting fat.

The question is not: "What should I not eat?". The question is "What should I eat?" Eat for nutrition. Eat for the benefits to your body that come from eating a food. If a food does not offer anything you need, don't eat it.

It is not necessary to micro manage the ingredients in your food to ensure that it doesn't contain anything on the current "bad" list. If you pursue food that is helpful, you are not going to get so much of the "bad" stuff anyway and, for the most, what you do get isn't going to matter anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

erice Re:Talking to "different" people is bad for you (76 comments)

This is a new result, and needs confirmation. Are homogeneous societies happier ones? Should that be replicated on line?
Should efforts be made in Facebook to keep people from having "different" friends?

That is probably not workable. One of my real life friends has discovered that some of their extended *family* express rather "unfortunate" opinions on Facebook. When they get together in real life, these opinions are muffled but on Facebook the filters come off.

I've seen a little of this from people I have known for my many years (long before Facebook) but have been out of frequent contact with for a decade or more. They post things that make me cringe a little.

about 3 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

erice Re:Not putting up with jerks (257 comments)

You don't have to put up with jerks.

  • Internet provider - Sonic.net DSL. No packet filtering, good support, no nonsense.

For almost every crap business, there's a competitor that isn't crap. Find them.

I like Sonic. But 6Mbps is not fast anymore and that is all that Sonic will likely be able to offer you. (Yes, the service is technically "up to 20Mbps" but unless you share a parking lot with CO, you are not going to get that)

Comcast starts at 6Mbps and goes up to 105Mbps. AT&T is running VDSL up to 45Mbps. Unlike at the ADSL generation, they are not required to share and so they don't.

Any ISP that doesn't run their own wires is doomed to offer increasingly uncompetitive speeds. Sonic has run fiber in a couple of areas but it doesn't seem likely that they will be able to fiber everyone who has service with them now. Or even close.

about 3 months ago

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Robot rat beats up on live rats to make them depressed

erice erice writes  |  about 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Scientists researching anti-depression treatments have a problem: they can't tell if the treatment works or not unless their lab rats are depressed. Their solution is a malevolent mechanical rat that ensures that all their real rats lose the rat race."
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Woman wants to replace her non-functioning hand with a bionic prosthesis.

erice erice writes  |  more than 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reach the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her arm but doctors have given up hope of restoring use of her hand. So she wants doctors to amputate the hand and replace it with a bionic version that does work."
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World's largest optical telescope created

erice erice writes  |  more than 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Astronomers in Chile linked four telescopes together to form a single virtual mirror 130 meters in diameter. Previous efforts had linked two telescopes but this is the first time that all four had been linked."
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Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

erice erice writes  |  about 3 years ago

erice (13380) writes "A US Doctor proposes to change healthy pigmented eyes to blue by destroying the pigment with a laser. The procedure has already been tested on cadavers and then on live patients in Mexico. He is seeking funding to continue clinical trials."
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