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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

james_pb Re:Takes two to tango (120 comments)

So if deal between Apple and Ireland was illegal, shouldn't Ireland be fined as well?

Why? Not fining Ireland serves a very useful purpose: it means any country can easily agree to these schemes, and then back out painlessly. Apple pays all the costs of crony capitalism (presumably they have to spend time and money placating politicians), and receives none of the benefits. Attempting to fine the Irish government would just make it harder to punish Apple, since presumably the Irish would also fight any penalties directed at them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

james_pb Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

And don't take this as a condemnation of Fusion 360 - it's a really useful tool, and it's improving quickly.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

james_pb Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

Setting up a resource like that doesn't mean that it's filled out in a useful way, and it's not.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

james_pb Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

This is silly. I've been trying to use Autodesk Fusion 360 - it's most definitely a proprietary bit of software from a large developer.

The documentation is worse than awful; you'd be better off just reading the source.

And iOS vs Android? iOS is pain layered on suffering. Reading the source would be _so_ much better than depending on Apple.

Commercial != good doc.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

james_pb Re:Job Hopping (282 comments)

Consulting and contracting are completely different - when people talk about job-hopping, they're almost certainly talking about full-time salaried employees.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

james_pb Re:prepare (146 comments)

There are a bunch of companies selling SIM cards online (e.g. Telestial), both for the US and for global roaming; just search on Google.

When I looked at these, they had crazy pricing for data. It only made sense if you were going through a different country every other day and couldn't be bothered with local sims.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

james_pb Re: Straight Talk GSM or Ting CDMA (146 comments)

Should be straightalk customer service is awful, as I said the phone service is great.

Awful is relative. I'm a happy straighttalk customer; at various times I've been an unhappy customer with Sprint, TMobile, and ATT contracts. You'd have a hard time convincing me straighttalk is worse than any of those - but they're all variations on bad. Absolute worst case, you wave goodbye to straighttalk early in a month, and you're out something like $45. No early termination fees makes it much easier to deal with bad service.

about 3 months ago
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Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

james_pb Re:P4 (79 comments)

He didn't say P4, he said "older". And yes, there are servers that sell, new, for many thousands that will sell, used, for a fraction of that - still in the thousands, just many fewer thousands. This isn't mysterious, happens many times a day on eBay.

What is mysterious is that the original poster thinks that a new company in the used-equipment space is interesting on slashdot. It's not.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

james_pb Re:Get a local phone number (506 comments)

And the counterpoint to this is that, since it's _so_ hard to hire in the Bay Area, many companies from down there have opened engineering offices up here in Seattle.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

james_pb Re:Get a local phone number (506 comments)

I've lived in Seattle since 1994, and getting interviews and jobs here has always been easy. Today, it's really easy. Just show up at any sort of networking event and announce that you can write code, and you'll be swarmed by people who are hiring. Really. It's not quite the Bay Area (or at least it's not what I think the Bay Area is like now), but it's still booming. I haven't sent out a resume for a long time and I'm constantly getting email from recruiters.

about 10 months ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

james_pb Re:Computer vs human drivers (449 comments)

Another 64% said computers were not capable of the same quality of decision-making as human drivers.

That's right. Based on my observations of human drivers (not to mention traffic fatality statistics and the nightly "single vehicle accident" reports), the quality would consistently be better. Don't mod me funny, please. I'm not joking.

I suspect the number of slashdotters who assume that robots will quickly be better than humans is close to 100%.

about a year ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

james_pb Re:people better than computers... (449 comments)

True, but we know that human drivers slaughter vast numbers of humans every year.

about a year ago
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Vastly Improved Raspberry Pi Performance With Wayland

james_pb Re:Yes, let's bring that back (259 comments)

The age of low level fast optimization is all but dead.

In the embedded systems world, you can turn more optimization into cheaper hardware into (lower prices/higher profits). It's not dead.

about a year ago
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$30,000 For a Developer Referral?

james_pb Re:Recruiter Commision (189 comments)

Knowing something about _houses_ is almost irrelevant. Knowing something about _land_ is useful.

The sticks you pile on your investment are not the investment. The land is.

Whether or not it's a _good_ investment is a different question.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

james_pb Re:Visas are going to be an issue (273 comments)

"As long as you do not get paid from the EU you do not need a work Visa."

Sure about that? When I was looking at the situation in Ireland, the answer seemed to be "it depends - you need to talk to us." The laws just aren't set up for remote international working.

You do not want to assume that you're going to fly under the radar. As a working professional, you do NOT want to be in a situation where it's hard for you to travel to country X because of visa violations when you were younger.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

james_pb Re:depends where you are. (273 comments)

The link you posted only compares a part of Europe with the United States; Europe is much larger than that. Western Europe != Europe.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

james_pb Visas are going to be an issue (273 comments)

There are time limits on how long you can stay on a tourist visa everywhere (something like 6 months for Americans in the EU, and you can't just leave and come back to reset the clock). Plus, it's not really clear that you can legally do what you're talking about; countries haven't adjusted to the new reality of working from anywhere. You may find that you need a work visa to do this, even if you're not making money in the country.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Typing With Limited Electricity, Computers?

james_pb Re:they once had these things..... (325 comments)

Why would you need ribbons? Manual typewriters will make a physical impression on the page - it's good enough for teaching.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Protection Plan For Your Phone?

james_pb Re:Save your money (225 comments)

The insurance is roughly 1/3 the cost of a replacement. Do you really think the odds of loss are so high that you need to pay that premium?

The original post was pretty clear about this: yes, they intend to destroy the phone multiple times. Remember that part about the OP submitting multiple claims previously?

"Insurance" is a great buy if you're paying less than 100% of the value of the item - if you _know_ you're going to use it. You're just buying n phones for something like $(1.3n).

about 2 years ago
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A Tale of Two Countries

james_pb Re:Sure (518 comments)

And (heavily socialist, although strangely often claiming to be conservative) farmers own lots of Republican politicans, so there's no chance they'll have to play in a free market any time soon.

more than 3 years ago

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