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Sony and Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into the Game World

sethstorm Toyota: Going forward, even if you don't want to. (42 comments)

Given Sony's record with electronics and Toyota's record with runaway automobiles, I'm not sure that's the best combination.

It'll look good, but it won't be very functional.

about two weeks ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

sethstorm Re:Bring back MagnaVolt from RoboCop (371 comments)

No thanks, but I'd rather take an updated 6000SUX. It wouldn't be targeted for tipping anytime soon ;)

about two weeks ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

sethstorm Get a conventional job and arrangement. (257 comments)

As Ricardo's comparative advantage would say: Not everyone is fit to handle a start-up, nor should they be pushed to it by policies making every other condition second-class.

Of course, that may not fly well with some.

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

sethstorm Highlights a problem with such vehicles. (544 comments)

Given that the Tesla is just a very large & powerful golfcart by performance, it's not going to make the sounds typically made by cars.

That's something that will have to be addressed some time down the road when it's possible to get an American-sized (read: something Chrysler-sized) alternative fuel car that costs the same as its conventionally-fueled brethren. Faking it only works if you remove every other option (see Ford and Eco-Boost).

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

sethstorm Re:Not only for Tesla or videos (544 comments)

Still wouldn't excuse it on cars that replace displacement/cylinders with air.

If the engine can't do it, faking it with air or noise won't help.

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

sethstorm That makes some big assumptions (353 comments)

1: That any SSD's available for the platform aren't bottlenecked
2: That the machine in question has the room to hold both drives
3: That SSD's have no issues with write times, space allocation, or the like.

Physical drives are here to stay given that they don't rely on those three assumptions to exist.

about two weeks ago

Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

sethstorm Staffing Agencies == Business Unions (132 comments)

Apparently you've not heard of the world of contract labor. Staffing agencies, and all other equivalent forms of contingent labor are the employer's version of the union.

This is due to:
* Employer pays dues to agency for a set pool of workers
* Agency organizes workers
* Businesses gain labor-union style of protections from workers

If anything, this is a case where Right to Work should be applied, so that workers are not bound by conditions of employment to go with some form of contingent/temporary/etc. employment.

about three weeks ago

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

sethstorm Complete Bullshit. (168 comments)

Nice, but it relies on unreliable sources to make these assumptions. When they can do it without handling improperly disclosed material, perhaps they might have a point.

The silver lining of it is that these individuals won't be getting clearances anytime soon.

about three weeks ago

How Ford's Virtual Reality Lab Helps Engineers

sethstorm Ford's no longer an American car company. (49 comments)

Ford stopped being an American car company about when Mulally decided to eviscerate every single American car platform from the lineup, replace them with Eurotrash, and then put the abomination of Eco-Boost on every engine (including the Mustang).

General Motors is less so, but can still be considered American for what has been left alone. However, that isn't much given the amount of captive imports(Cruze, Sonic) and entirely converted divisions(e.g. the Opel^W Buick division).

About the only car company left that has mainly stayed American in the face of international pressure is Chrysler. Fiat has wisely kept them American without falling to environmentalist pressure to go Eurotrash.

If you're wondering, I've driven/owned mostly from those three. Not interested in something that sounds and operates like an oversized lawn mower.

about three weeks ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

sethstorm Re:PISA == Flawed test used only to bash US. (70 comments)

Well, technically the admission standards in the US are not more permissive, just different. Brains don't matter, just money does.

Some of the features of the US system that make it more permissive:
  Highly permeable education tracks - moving between each is performance based(and sometimes not even that), not specifically test-based.
  Three named tracks exist(Honors/AP,Regular,Remedial), but all provide the same opportunity to access post-secondary education.
  Post-secondary options provide the same opportunity to all participants - a 4 year degree.

In short, one test score at one point in your life won't determine the rest of your life, unlike about every other nation in the world.

about three weeks ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

sethstorm Nice, but useless until available for all. (70 comments)

When Glass is available in a full and free form for the Rest of Us, then maybe some of this might be of good use. It seems like about every interesting use is being removed from it until it is turned into something that pales in comparison to the developer units.

Of course, some Glasshole (or a few of them) would take that as a personal offense instead of responding to the top shortcoming of Glass - lack of general availability.

about three weeks ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

sethstorm PISA == Flawed test used only to bash US. (70 comments)

The only way that PISA results can ever make sense is if you understand their primary flaw: they do not control for admissions standards and thus penalize more open admission systems (like the US), versus more closed admissions systems (about everywhere else, namely Europe and Asia).

As for assembling a computer from the parts up, it would require a lot more than one might think.

about three weeks ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

sethstorm Corrected title - that's Ukraine's land. (551 comments)

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base

The only entities recognizing it are with Russia. The rest of the world sees it for what it is, Russian-occupied Ukraine.

about a month ago

Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

sethstorm What irony. (68 comments)

"Researchers at Penn State ... Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."

Such a case seems ironic given that this is the same university that was (recently) involved in a scandal related to such crime.

about a month ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

sethstorm Not even close to being of any help. (323 comments)

Not everyone is more suited to running a business than working for one. Taking your advice would be worse than taking Corley's.

about a month ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

sethstorm Captivity, not strictly price. (323 comments)

The real reason is that the employers can keep them from moving from one employer to the next - without any thought to morale beyond threats of pulling their visa.

about a month ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

sethstorm So you support Employer Entitlement Mentality. (323 comments)

If you're treating someone that badly that money would not prevent departure, not training them only makes things worse.

You think that the employer is entitled to perfection while the people working for them have to do all the heavy lifting. That is, the employer gets a pass to make arbitrary decisions on requirements while you expect the workers to forgo economies of scale that could be attained through employer-sponsored training.

You are part of the problem and deserve whatever comes your way.

about a month ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

sethstorm Temp workers == a case for RTW's no closed shop. (323 comments)

I've worked at companies where they used temp workers like Kleenex; blow your nose in it once and throw away.

It's one more reason that temporary work (or any similar third party) should not be a condition of accepting/continuing a job.

That is, if you want to be temporary, the company has to make it a competitive advantage (and by virtue of that, greater expense) to go the third party/contractor route.

about a month ago


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