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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

rundgong The build quality (345 comments)

My father always said you had to be a mechanic if you wanted to own one of the old Harleys.
Well I guess things change. In the future you have to be an electrician... :-)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

rundgong More people need to work less hours (343 comments)

If 12 people spend 40 hours each doing the work of only 10 people, there are two ways of eliminating the wasted time.
They think two people have jobs that don't need to exist. A better solutions appears to be that all 12 people spend less hours at work.
How would society benefit from having two more unemployed people instead of having 12 people that can spend more time with their kids (or doing whatever they want to do instead)?

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

rundgong Maybe Netflix is too big for peering agreements (520 comments)

The no cost peering agreements between the major ISPs is based on the premise that traffic flows both ways in approximately equal amounts.
Netflix is something like 30% of internet traffic and it's mostly one way. They are so big they produce more traffic than many entire ISPs.

They may be so big that no ISP can peer with Netflix's ISP without disturbing this balance.
Is it possible that the solution is that Netflix basically are forced to have multiple ISPs and connect directly to many networks?

I can see that this could lead to problems as has been mentioned elsewhere in this and many other threads, but maybe there have to be exceptions to the general rule.

about 5 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

rundgong Re:Burning Chrome (125 comments)

Damn, if you had not started the sentence with "successful company", that would have have been a great opportunity for a joke about Beta...

about 5 months ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

rundgong Not only Europa (140 comments)

I assume Europe is also hard to land on. That would explain why the aliens in Hollywood movies always land in New York or on the front lawn of the White House

about 9 months ago
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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

rundgong Re:What is really going on? (247 comments)

But isn't this mostly further embarrassment for the NSA and CIA?
They had all the warning signals about a possible future problem, but did not manage to stop him anyway.

about 10 months ago
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Software Development Employment Rises 45% In 10 Years

rundgong Re:"recovered to full employment" (118 comments)

If you're expecting it to mean 100% employment for all software developers then no that's not the case, because in every industry there'll be a few percent of incompetents who are just always unemployable no matter how desperate that industry gets.

There will also be competent people working for companies that go bankrupt or the local office gets closed or are for other reasons looking for a new job.

I read somewhere that 1.5-2% unemployment basically means "everyone" is working.
As an example, 1% unemployment means on average people are unemployed approximately 1 month every 10 years

1 year,8 days
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Researcher Unlocks Galaxy S4 Bootloader For AT&T, Verizon Phones

rundgong Requires root access beforehand? (75 comments)

I find this sentence from the article interesting:
"I flash this image by leveraging root access in the Android operating system to write to the boot block device"

Isn't it usually rooting you want to achieve when you unlock the bootloader?
Or is there already a root exploit available, and this will allow you to not only root a stock image, but instead load custom images?

about a year ago
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Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

rundgong Re:Wrong question (307 comments)

When you see wind farm tax breaks, do you get upset about wind power generation companies taking advantage of tax laws?

No, because that is the intention of the law.

When companies make deductions for expenses in foreign countries, the intention is not that they create fake expenses in tax heavens that exactly match the profits they make elsewhere.
The intention is this: If they actually produce value in other countries, the profits from that value should be taxed there.

Example:
1: An American company deducts a million dollars for having a subsidiary with 10 programmers in Germany = OK
2: Same company deducts 100 million dollars for having a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands that does nothing but send invoices for 100 million dollars = NOT OK

about a year and a half ago
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Why You'll Pay For Netflix — Even If You Don't Subscribe To Netflix

rundgong After hearing ISPs argue against net neutrality (292 comments)

After hearing ISPs argue against net neutrality for years, my feelings are best described by a few words from the famous Nelson Muntz:

"HA HA"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Devices For Luggage?

rundgong Keep it simple - steel mesh, wire and padlock (293 comments)

If you really want to prevent your bags from getting stolen you should attach it to something fixed.
Lock it to the storage compartment with a steel wire. If you also want to prevent it from being opened you can cover it with a steel mesh.
Things like that seem to be popular among some backpackers.

It does not say what kind of luggage you plan to bring, but something like this should cover most scenarios.

about a year and a half ago
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KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7

rundgong Re:on an android tablet... (55 comments)

on an android tablet... ... all I want to run is Android.

Why?
Isn't that like saying "On a Windows PC all I want to run is Windows"? By that logic there would be almost no Linux PCs since most of them come with Windows pre-installed.

Dual booting Android and a full Linux dist seems like a pretty nice feature on a tablet.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement

rundgong Your facts are wrong (150 comments)

As usual when someone "understands" this they have the facts all wrong.

Not so important error: It's the Ecuadorian embassy.

Important error: He is in solitary so he will not disrupt an ongoing investigation for other crimes. Not for anything related to the pirate bay sentence.

I'm not saying it's justified to keep him in solitary for these suspected crimes, but at least get your facts straight.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

rundgong Re:But desk phone usage *is* declining (445 comments)

I know your joking, but I doubt you would want software written by someone who spent most of his day talking on the phone. For that we have project managers... :-)

I still had my mobile connected to the PBX, just no *desk* phone, because that was what suited my usage pattern best.
Also, it always made more sense to have them connected to my dev system than the office system.

It could have been a good geeky exercise to have one of every kind of phone connected to the same number though. (Analog, ISDN, h323, SIP, DECT, mobile and a soft phone on the PC). But i'm not sure my neighbor would like that when all of them starts ringing at once :-)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

rundgong But desk phone usage *is* declining (445 comments)

Less and less people get desk phones. In my last three jobs I have not had a desk phone.*
All I have been given is a mobile phone. However this does not mean PBXs (office phone systems) are not being used.
The mobile phone is still connected to a PBX so I can make free internal calls, call co-workers with shorter 4 digit numbers and have all the other PBX services mentioned in the summary .

Of course people who make a lot of calls still need and use hard phones. But where I have worked this has been a minority

This is fairly typical for tech companies in Sweden, i think. It may not be representative for other companies in Sweden or tech companies in other countries though.

There are also two different questions in the summary.
Are office phones coming to an end? No, but usage is declining.
Are office phone systems coming to an end? No, but usage patterns have changed to include mobile phones and IM

* Except when I worked as a developer on a PBX. Then I had around 8 phones on my desk. I still didn't bother to configure any of them for usage as my office phone...

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Disease Found In NFL Players

rundgong Why is this modded funny? (271 comments)

This guy was the definition of team player.

This is insightful. And a very sad insight as well.
He intentionally sacrificed his life so maybe other current and future players would not have to suffer from the same things he has suffered from.

about a year and a half ago
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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

rundgong Re:Great (303 comments)

Yeah, thats a great future that is easy to envision.

Can you also see a path from the society we have today that will take us to that future?
That part is not so easy for me to see.

Bonus points if that path does not contain lots of people getting killed along the way

about a year and a half ago
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Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

rundgong Re:Hiring a 50-year old... (317 comments)

It's only a crap shoot if you suck at hiring people.

But then obviously it is going to be a crap shoot no matter what age they are...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

rundgong Re:Regarding price "gouging"... (303 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. If you pay for it upfront they will include the odds of you never needing the service. In other words exactly as buying insurance.

To illustrate with an example:
The equipment costs $6000 but they know that statistically only one in five customers will need it. Then selling it to 5 customers upfront for $1500 will give you a profit of $1500.
Selling the $6000 equipment for $1500 to you while you need it will incur a loss of $4500

about a year and a half ago
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Fragmentation Comes To iOS

rundgong Re:It's pretty clear.... (244 comments)

I still think your view of fragmentation is too narrow.

Features in successive models do not always "stay the same or improve".
Making a screen taller or wider or adding and removing hardware buttons is not strictly backwards compatible improvements.
See for example the new Iphone screen. You can work around it with black borders, but if you want to have a native look and feel you need to do some work for each model.
Same with the Ipad screen. Even though it doubled in size so scaling was trivial, that just means it is backwards compatible with the old apps. If you want to create a new app that looks good on both versions you got to do extra work.

It's perfectly ordinary backward and forward compatibility work

By that logic all fragmentation is "perfectly ordinary sideways compatibility work".

To me Iphone 5 and Iphone 4s are products in parallel, since they are used at the same time.

Of course, after a while the old models become obscure and the user base so small that you can ignore them, but even though they were on sale in serial, they will be used in parallel for quite a while.

I guess it all depends on what you mean by "fragmentation". Two models sold in serial, but in use at the same time is the simplest case of fragmentation to me. 20 models sold in parallel is another much worse case of fragmentation.
But probably some people think "Two models is not fragmentation, because that is easy to handle. Its not fragmentation until it becomes a real burden". I just don't agree to that view. Just because it is worse on android does not mean it does not exist on the iProducts

about 2 years ago

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