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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ksheff Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

I'm curious how this is going to work with the chip and pin card requirements that are supposed to be in place by Oct 2015.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

ksheff Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

They wouldn't have to go through all the effort of setting up shell corporations in various countries and could bring money earned outside of the US back to the US to find projects, pay dividends to stock holders, etc.

about a week ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

They can sell more than one brand, but what's stopping someone from setting up a dealership that sells only electric cars and installs & services the home charging systems?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:state still dealing with Tesla (157 comments)

Tesla gets heaps of cash from selling zero emission credits to other auto manufacturers, so it isn't shy about getting "help" via governments to become profitable.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

ksheff Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

So is that why businesses are needing to run their own apprentice programs due a lack of skilled labor and vocational colleges are boasting near 100% placement rates of their graduates?

about two weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

That's true with or without climate change.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

Exactly. Lots of people tune things out when others start talking about "doing X for the environment". They are tired of the Chicken Little warnings and the "holier than thou" attitude that often accompanies the message. They do tend to pay attention to "doing X will save you money/make your life more comfortable/whatever".

about three weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and even if $Z-Y =0, the person still has to file a tax return with the IRS. For some that can be a significant expense and/or stress that they wouldn't have needed to endure if they were a citizen of some other nation.

about three weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and yet the number of people who are renouncing the US citizenship because of tax and other financial reasons is on the increase due to idiotic laws.

about three weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

The problem is not the lack of a VAT, it is the US corporate tax rates are much higher than the rest of the industrialized world. That is why there is so many news stories about US companies buying other companies that are headquartered in countries with a lower tax rate, and then using that location for tax purposes. It's why Burger King is buying Tim Hortons. I don't see how a VAT is going to put any more pressure on offshore companies than "on-shore" companies. Or are you thinking that since the tax is included in the advertised price that they'll somehow be more competitive than they already are when it comes to pricing their products?

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

ksheff Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

To be blunt, the USA views STEM as low class.

... Really? Since when? What fucked up part of the world do you live in that believes such a silly statement? Who are the 'upper class' then? Blue collar workers perhaps?

Low class is probably not the correct term. However, if one looks at most of the stuff churned out by the entertainment industry over the last 30-40+ years, the perception is that people who are interested in STEM subjects are the "unpopular or weird kids". The underlying tone is that these people are not normal and should be avoided or mocked.

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

ksheff Re:SO WHAT? (329 comments)

If CS does become a core subject for US high schools, I'm sure that most of the schools will do just as good of a job as they are doing with other STEM subjects. I'm sure university CS educators are just going to love that!

about three weeks ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

ksheff Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

Linux is certainly a hell of a lot better than using Windows and a terminal emulator to sign into some server. At the next job, everyone used Windows 3.1 with Procomm to sign into an overloaded SCO Unix machine. That was certainly a change from having an SGI Indy on my desk. But they paid better.

about three weeks ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

ksheff Re:not true at all (133 comments)

and more people are leaving the US for México than the other way around since the economy in that nation has been improving and is more diversified than before.

about a month ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

ksheff Re:not true at all (133 comments)

No, it's mechanization. If you were referring to just meat packing plants, you would have a point.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

ksheff Re:Or don't be... (561 comments)

That's easy. Start recruiting at the engineering colleges in México and offer them TN visas for open positions.

about a month ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

ksheff Re:Need to cut down on contractors and subcontract (166 comments)

Well, in many cases if you got rid of contractors, all that would be left would be managers and interns. Depending on the location, the pay may not be great as a contractor, but it's probably a little better than the equivalent position if you were a govt employee. On the other hand, it's easier for the contract company/govt managers to fire you than it would if the person was a govt employee.

about a month ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

ksheff Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

and in some cases it's the salary. I had a .gov job during and after college. The pay was much lower than private sector jobs available at the time. However, they had interesting problems, I got to use real Unix workstations at a time when Linux hadn't reached a 1.0 release yet, and it was close to home.

Also, it is worth noting that the bulk of the employees at this and other civilian govt installations are contractors. The actual government employees were usually managers or interns. When the contracts for the facility were awarded to a different company, the workers were let go by the old contractor and then hired by the new contractor. Same job, usually the same pay, just a different company name on the check and different benefits package. Usually only the main contractor management changed. It wasn't hard to find someone who had worked at the place 15+ years who also had been employed by 3-4 different contractors over that time span.

The attitude towards work can be different too. Ever hear the phrase "it's good enough for Government work"? A good friend and mentor at the facility had once mentioned to me: "We both grew up on farms, so we know that this is a slack job....any office job with A/C is when you think about it...but we work our asses off compared to those in Reston". I would not be out of the ordinary for me to work late into the night or on weekends to find bugs, experiment with new things, wrap of projects, etc.....the sort of things that most software developers do, especially if they're not married. I would have gotten in trouble if I did that at the offices in VA.

The dress code wasn't too bad really. It was just the "business casual" standard that lots of places. The only times I remember having to wear a tie was when the bigwigs and/or some Congress-critters from DC was going to visit or when on travel. However, that was a stark difference between what passed as "ok" in Silicon Valley. In 1990 or so, another guy and I had to visit Pixar's offices in San Rafael to discuss some software of theirs that we were using. The lead engineer was to meet us at the office and we stood around in the parking lot for a while waiting for him (the building lobby wasn't open yet). We saw what appeared to be a homeless guy walking around in the parking lot in a daze. He stopped, looked at us, and asked who we were waiting for. We said the engineer's name and he replied..."oh, that's me...come on inside". There was only one or two developers per office and they had beaded curtains for doorways. Very different than our 70's era govt office decor. :D

about a month ago

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