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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

sethstorm Faulty comparison. (812 comments)

Concerts don't generally pack people into sealed areas with no provisions for leaving the venue(which in the case of the airline, is the plane at 35,000). As for cars, the same generally applies - as you can pull over to a safe area and exit in a speedier manner. Air travel has no such advantages, so a certain degree of comfort is expected at minimum - enough that people have no thought to warrant a diverted flight.

If you're going to be packed in a crammed space, cannot leave it, and it is not punitive in nature, it is a generally bad idea to do extra charges. That, and bad customer service might work for the bean counters that end up having enough status to escape their design, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have it.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

sethstorm Perhaps packing people in was a bad idea. (812 comments)

After the bean-counters were allowed to design airplane layouts, they forgot about the people that had to sit in them.

Then people wonder why consumers want regulation in air travel to smack these practices down.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

sethstorm Or you can disclose economic development early. (246 comments)

Now what would happen if nobody could hide economic development decisions, such as the relocation of companies between states? That is, that any decision to move, no matter how small or early, had to be publicly disclosed - and that all existing records had to be made public? That would anger thieving states like Georgia, who have no qualms about removing history from Northern states, while providing a chance for states to make an agreement.

Or, you can have the status quo, which encourages blood-feud between states.

On some level this sounds like playing dirty pool but it's really not... it's the exact same thing you would do if you had your employer behind the eight ball in salary negotiations: "Other companies are willing to pay me X for my skills, so why don't you match it or I will leave?"

Statistically speaking, that's a rare enough position that it is an exception. Besides, employers can do more damage with the same position over multiple people and jurisdictions - as they are favored by government over workers.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

sethstorm Avoidance == Evasion in sheep's clothing. (246 comments)

You can rationalize it all you want, but tax "avoidance" really is the same concept as tax evasion.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

sethstorm I didn't know truth was trollish. (1134 comments)

Moderation -1 100% Troll

Some people just need to take this person's advice before modding down truthful information.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

sethstorm C. Van Valkenburg & friends are having problem (1134 comments)

If they have to throw everything and the kitchen sink to shut up critics, it doesn't look good for them.

Consider the deeds of professional victim-manipulators like:
Anita Sarkeesian, who can make a convincing, but fake, death threat on herself.
Chelsea Van Valkenburg, aka Zoe Quinn, who reached out many forums to clean out dissent - when she was called out on corruption.
Maya Felix Kramer, an individual that aided/abetted Ms. Van Valkenburg.

In addition, consider that various unrelated sites carried essentially the same message, "Gaming is dead", at about the same time. They won't allow anyone to say the truth or present evidence that journalistic integrity in gaming has died. All they permit is the party line - which supports these professional victims.

Crying "misogyny" won't help when people are calling them out on the real issue - their lack of integrity when it comes to developers and game journalism. Trying to shut critics up on multiple forums won't help to control the message - since nothing has stopped it.

Of course, this might not appeal to some, but modbombing this won't make the issue go away.

about two weeks ago
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

sethstorm Re: Broadcom... (165 comments)

If you don't mind spending a bit more, there is the hummingboard which has a better USB implementation and options for gigabit ethernet/wifi/bluetooth. In addition, it runs more conventional distributions of Linux (iirc, Debian armhf).

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

sethstorm Re:Fully loaded 2U POWER8 for $2,000 USD, yes or n (36 comments)

Also, if you want to cheap out on compilers, GCC is a perfectly valid option on AIX.

The folks at Mozilla would beg to differ unless they're stopped NOTFIXing gcc on it.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

sethstorm Nice, but lowered support for POWER3 != good. (36 comments)

Wouldn't mind if they would done their part to keep the slightly older, but still-viable CHRP systems in the loop. AIX is one thing, but dropping it from Linux just seems odd.

AFAIK, it seems like the only way you can still build for POWER3 is if you build the toolchain not to be crippled or go with a fully 32-bit system.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

sethstorm Only valid for POWER4/+ for the most part. (113 comments)

If you've not followed things, they've tried to drop anything below POWER4 for support. Perfectly fine POWER3-II's get arbitrary cuts.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

sethstorm IBM's back to no-mortal-can-afford-it platforms. (113 comments)

Now that IBM's let Lenovo bastardize their x86 platforms, that only leaves the stuff that no normal person could hope to afford - POWER.

Perhaps they could come up with some entry point that doesn't have EOL written all over it.

about three weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

sethstorm Thank Chelsea Van Valkenburg, aka Zoe Quinn. (748 comments)

Thank her and someone related to Kassie Washington for the dhimmitude:

A link
Another

Thankfully Slashdot isn't getting the SJW treatment. But if this gets downmodded, you can probably tell who modbombed me.

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

sethstorm That only makes it easier to justify. (316 comments)

Congratulations, you just proved that it won't fail the test of targeting one party.

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

sethstorm Welcome to the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th.... (316 comments)

If they're willing to go far enough to pass that law, I wouldn't put it past them to pre-emptively shut down some tax domiciles.

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

sethstorm You operate in the US, you pay for the protection. (316 comments)

If you want to sell in the United States we get to tax your global profits?"

More like "If you want to operate in the US and want its protection, forget about using jurisdictional shell games"

about three weeks ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

sethstorm Likely deployment (76 comments)

Apple: Cars that few can afford

Android Auto: Everyone else.

about three weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

sethstorm For very limited (South) values of United States (233 comments)

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

They're only interested in Southern or Southernized states, which is not representative of the US. That is, they're only interested in places with a well-defended "know thy place" mentality where labor is rendered servile.

Any deviance from said philosophy is severely punished, whether it be by individuals or corporations. In the case of individuals, it is measured in legally-friendly terminations, designed to break support. In the case of corporations, especially the precedent-setting Volkswagen, interest groups will threaten to take out tax incentives or otherwise hobble the company.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

sethstorm Thank the de-prioritization of the First World. (544 comments)

I personally do not expect thing to get better.

That's what you get when you let a Third World hellhole be the target of design and that First World nations get shoddy translations.

about a month and a half ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

sethstorm Works in the M7 as well. (544 comments)

If you make a few cuts in the side plastic, an HTC One M7 will fit in there as well. Cut out the camera section a bit more and you get to use that as well.

about a month and a half ago

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