top States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
Raising the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs any more than inflation creates jobs.
It's a never-ending cat-and-mouse in a freemarket. Wherever they happen to be at this moment in the game, it reqiures the same people to play it.
Govt raises minimum wage. Consumer prices go up. Rinse, repeat, forever. Consumer prices are going to go up due to greed (as well as increases in minimum wage) so raising the minimum wage occasionally to offset it is necessary, even though it contributes to its own need.
Since the only way to offset inflation in a free market is to raise the minimum wage, it cannot be considered as a method to slow it. It's all just a shell game, aimed at trying to food the greedy into being less greedy, by doing things like lowering federal interest rates etc. They'll never stop it, all you can do is hope to keep its pace slow so you don't have runaway inflation. But it's a difficult act to balance, because retarding inflation tends to slow the economy.
top Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet
Lower prices "leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet" according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany's biggest power producer
Sounds to me like "our production costs are so close to our competition's retail price, we're having trouble staying in business, pity us!"
No, this is not something for me to pity, and it most certainly isn't
my problem to help you solve. You need to innovate and improve efficiency of your business, or close your doors. We don't do the "buggy whip" thing anymore. And your existence isn't critical enough to justufy subsdies/handouts. Innovate or die. (quietly if possible)
top Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3
I don't think it's so much the "style" aspect as it is the "comfort zone". Particularly with less-adept users, once they fight their way through the frustration of learning a technology, they feel a lot more comfortable with it "now that I have it figured out". These people aren't going to be able to make anywhere near as fluid of a transition to any different interface, on or off their platform. Even if the interface is "better", it won't look that way to
them unless they're forced to use it for awhile.
It's very frustrating for them to go from having some (hard-fought) understanding of tech to getting reset back to "I don't know how to
do anything". Can't really blame them for their apprehension.
That's how I try to explain it to prospective switchers. "For the first two weeks, you're going to
hate it". It just can't be avoided no matter what you're going from/to.
top Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3
"While supplies last." That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.
Aren't the Zunes still waving that flag?
top Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3
Note that they didn't even try to offer a trade-in of ipads for the surface, which would be a more reasonable comparison if the surface was successful as a tablet
if they tried to pull
THAT, they would have a crapton of people with older ipads trading them in. They'd be buried alive. A lot of iPad2's are out of warranty, and that's about the time schools and others consider an upgrade.
They're MS... they're
big, and could take the hit, but it definitely would sting.
The surface though is more of a laptop trying to also be a tablet, than a tablet trying to also be a laptop. (sort of the iPad's territory) So I don't agree that it'd be a trade within the same market. It makes more "sense" to go against the air, but not many are going to bite, because the air isn't trying to be a tablet, that's what the iPad is for. As someone else has said, Macintoshes have an amazing ability to retain their value for resale, and MS isn't offering as much as the machines could get you on craigslist. Trade-ins for the competition's gear are a "try to pull people off the fence onto your side" maneuver, but the problem is it's only going to attract people that have already decided they didn't like their new mac, so it won't really serve its intended purpose.
Looked at another way, they're trying to enter two different markets with one product, and neither is going to do a really good job as a result. The surface isnt' really a tablet, it's more of a laptop that has some of the features of one. They were wise to see they'd lost the straight-up tablet market before they'd started. Targeting the MBA is probably the smartest thing to do right now. (I just don't think this is a very smart approach they're taking)
They could have had a lot more fun with this, and generated an
enormous amount of publicity by just taking it all the way. Don't "trade" it in. Bring in a WORKING air to their store, and you get to go into a box and smash it with a sledgehammer. And then collect your discount. That would be money well-spent on marketing, for less than the cost of a few commercial spots.
top Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order
And we think that people should have that right. When other companies use the Ikea name
for economic gain, it creates confusion and rights are lost.'
If they hadn't said "for economic gain", I'd consider their sincerity. But when you add that, it changes the last part to "it creates concern and money is lost". This is more a case of "someone's making money off our name and we didn't get a cut". It has
nothing to do with the consumer.
top Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock
there are no additional addresses available, Microsoft said in a blog post earlier this week. This requires the company to use the IPv4 address space available to it globally for new services,
OR they could migrate those services to IPv6??
Considering how much bashing MS gets for not being a leader, this would have made a really good opportunity for them.
(I hate it when people say they're doing something because they were "forced" or "had no choice", when in reality, they had aa choice, they
made a choice, and now don't want to take ownership of the outcome)
top EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"
Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller.
Sorry, I have no pity for that. I've had it before, but it's no fault but my own, and I certainly don't expect anyone to make a law to help save me from myself. (on this, or anything else really, I'm adult, why can't the world treat me like one and let me hold responsibility for my actions?)
A buyer should have no more rights to reverse a sale than a seller. What if I have "seller's remorse", I really should have charged more for that, I want it back! yea, great idea! Make a law to voilate others' rights just to save me from my foolishness!
top One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
I see bad RAM cause two problems. First, when you are copying a file or editing it, and it gets saved, if the data was corrupted while it was in memory, it can become damaged when writing it. It doesn't have to affect the part of the file you were working with. If you were adding to the end of a long text document, page 2 could get damaged when you hit Save.
Second problem, more common in my experience, is directory corruption due to bad ram. When a machine would come in with a trashed directory, we used to just fix it and return it. But sometimes they'd come back again in a similar state. I'd run a memory test and find/replace a bad stick before repairing it again. Later I just got in the habit of running a short ram test anytime there was unusual directory damage. I found it in about 1 in 10 of the cases I checked. Those checks were only run in cases of severe or unusual damage though. Directory damage takes out files wholesale, and can affect data that never entered the computer, and not due to any hardware failure in the storage.
For the record, I manage over 20tb of data here, and to date I've lost two files. One was a blonde moment with RM on a file that wasn't backed up. (I had NO idea that RM followed symlinks!) The other was a failed slice in a mirror that cost me a singe document. That's over a span of over 20 years. If you've lost over 20 files in the last 10 years, you're doing something (or more probably several somethings)
top California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
Why is it not safe for them to drive to the airports,
safe, ya sees, because Luigi here will have to come over and accidentally adjust your kneecaps if you interfere with this bizness opportunities in the Yellow Cab.
top New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally
aww you beat me to it. *pouts*
about a month and a half ago
top The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained
Don't assume just because something is open source that it doesn't have backdoors. That is terrible logic.
I never spoke in such absolutes. It's been shown with great regularity however that open source products have far fewer security holes in them. The common phrase used is "many eyes make for shallow bugs". This is of course NOT always the case. The recent heartbleed bug is a good example of how a bug can remain hiding in plain sight for a long time. In instances like that, it's not a case of the code not getting audited, it's a case of the code being so old that it's expected to be bug-free simply due to the number of years it's been auditable.
But I'll take open-source security over closed-source
any day. Back doors are very hard to disguise in open source. The best you can do is what the NSA did recently with getting those weak crypto methods put into a standard. And look how fast that got noticed. Or put in an exploitable bug (like heartbleed) that wasn't obvious, that didn't necessarily just give access away, but that made breaking it much easier to do. The real beauty of heartbleed is that attacks didn't get logged. Someone could beat on your server for weeks if necessary to get lucky and fish out something useful, and all the while nothing would show up on the logs. And if you found youd been hacked, you'd have nothing useful (from the initial compromise anyway) to help you. about a month and a half ago
top The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained
I don't understand the confidence in bitlocker. If you assume TC got NSL'd, how would MS react in the same situation? Do you
honestly believe that MS hasn't already been handed several NSL's over the years? And it's not open source, anything could be in there, including a back door. If you're paranoid about security, a closed-source product run by a big company based in the USA is the last place you'd be looking for a security product.
I don't think an NSL can (legally) require you to actively DO anything besides turn over property or information. (in addition to the obligitory gag) If MS put a back door in bitlocker, the NSL could demand the keys. I don't think they'd be legally able to either demand such a back door be put in, or be
left in though. But then again, this is MS and they'd have good reason to think twice about trying to drag an NSL through the legal mud. An NSL with "it would be nice if you woud..." followed by vague suggestions of consequences could be enough to get more out of them than is legally required.
This isn't just to bash MS. Mac OS X is no different. Most of it is closed-source, and there's no chance of them releasing the source to their security API. There are already know back doors. if you have a fat wallet and a badge you can buy software to read the entire contents of an unlocked keychain on a mac, without knowing the user's password. Same for getting around a password-locked or disabled iphone. This is just the
stuff we know about. You have to assume there's more with any company that has to comply with the insane national security laws of late.
What it ALL boils down to is that you simply
cannot trust any company (or group, or individual) that operates in the jurristiction of a government that has "secret laws". If I could add one ammendment to our constitution, that'd be it. Three words. No Secret Laws.
top Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election
It is a fallacy of thought that you have to have an extensive operating system with virtual memory and other elaborate support systems to accomplish a simple task.
My work with the Arduino can produce surprisingly complex operations in under 32kb. (for the program, the runtime, AND the variable ram)
top Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed
That makes LESS sense than giving away money to people that would otherise go out and rob someone. At least money isn't chemically addictive.
But this guy wasn't likely a user, he was more likely a
dealer or a supplier. Users are from your average slice of society, which typically don't rob or point a gun at a cop. This one was in it for the money.
If we just gave away drugs to the addicts, this guy would have to find another way to get money, he'd be out robbing some other local store instead. Giving away drugs just enables addicts and costs ME money in the process. nothankyou. It's like sending food to starving children. So more of them survive. And breed. And now you have a BIGGER hunger problem. You have to address the
cause. Help them build farms or something. If they're already in a hole, don't hand them a bigger shovel !
For probably the
best perspective on drug addition, do a google search for " chief enabler". That's who you want the government to be. Notice how this person is not part of the solution, they are an important part of perpectuating the problem.
top Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
I fancy myself a "knows a LOT of languages and knows how to adapt". So I can sit down in front of a machine running a completely in-house language, and be proficient in it in less than a day, very skilled in under a week. I think this is more important than already being proficient with any given language. Having a very broad background of languages is very useful, because there comes a point where a new language won't really have any surprises you're not used to managing.
Things change so fast with computers, how fast you can adapt is usually more useful than how much you already know. Experience goes stale so quickly, only adaptation remains valuable any distance out into the future.
So this makes it a little tricky to judge "programming competence". If you simply sit them down and see how well they can code in what you use right now, you're not necessarily getting a good measurement on how "competent" they'll be at it in a week. I'd say "throw something at them you know they have ZERO experience with, and see how they react". A competent programmer should be able to have 80%+ comprehension on any code you set in front of them. They should also be capable of very simple edits, and maybe even a little debugging. Have an experienced dev sit down beside them and then give them a simple challenge, with the dev as their assistant. The questions they ask the dev will tell you
a lot about their level of competence. Get the dev's input on this later too.
top The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
that link was an interesting read. it's got some bias problems in the other directon though, and should be read with the same critical thinking as any article with opposing views.
The most obvious "sweeping generalization" I ran into there was:
"all prices on a free market are competitive." Only government intervention can generate monopolistic prices.
Whoever came up with that needs to read up on Anti-trust Laws.
top It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
Anything important should be changed more frequently. And anything less important... why do we have a special day for it? Waste of time. *shrug*
top Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions
They do not, however, have carte blanche to ignore laws and safety regulations.
I believe the "regulation" aspect right now is simply about the numbers. When you have a handful of amateurs flying quads around their local park or around their back yard or neighborhood, the risks of collision are minimal and the scope of the damage limited. Once it becomes profitable, you can get a sudden, substantial increase in risks to the public.
Right now there are already quite a few people using quadrocopters etc for commercial purposes. Probably the biggest group at this time are the realtors, that hire professional photographers to get pictures of properties for sale. Many of these photographers use quads to get good aereal shots of the house and surrounding property. I think these are being overlooked by the FAA because they don't tend to concentrate and raise the risk of a collision. The photographers are also flying expensive cameras, and don't want to crater their $2,500 camera let alon their $350 quad. Also they're used casually, with no time pressure, so they can concentrate on their flying. Odds are also very good that anyone below hears them and is stopping to watch, and would be much better prepared to take cover should there be a loss of control.
On the other hand, there's a very plausible risk of collisions and damage/injury when you have a papparazzi-ish fervered group of reporters trying to get coverage on a public event. I could see a dozen or more quads zipping around trying to get fleeting unique video, while flying above crowds of people that are NOT paying any attention to any potential danger above. High concentration of aircraft, operators with priorities over safety, concentrated public, and public not paying attention to them. I suspect
that is the sort of thing the FAA wants to keep a close eye on, not the "random quad flying solo through the city with a camera onboard." The current regulations simply don't make the necessary distinctin between the different types of commercial use at this point, so they're "selectively enforcing", as is to be expected. If anything, I think the press should have specific additional regulation in certain circumstances, where it's not a case of "protecting the fredom of the press" but is more a case of "protecting the public from reckless reporters".
top The Million-Dollar Business of Video Game Cheating
at $3 per ID when they're having a sale, (which is quite surprising, I wasn't aware it could be so cheap!) the cheapers are quite profitable. If they were quick to ban, say within a few hours reliably, it wouldn't be worth it for most of the cheaters, and they'd quit doing it.
As it is now, you load up your hacks, buy a few accounts, and "rent" some haxor time on the servers for a few weeks, and then they go ahead and ban you, more-or-less right on schedule. That's all it is, they're just working a different business model.
As a game dev, you have your bean counters run the numbers. The number of cheaters "C" subtracts from your legit sales, but adds to your cheat-burn-account sales. There's a point where C maximizes your profit. And I'd be quite amazed if they were off from their proper C by any amount. There's someone in the building who has the job of keeping an eye on non-cheat and cheat sales, making sure that the VAC ban rate is keeping their C at the most profitable point.
The devs and the hack-writers are doing it for the money, the cheaters have various reasons. A few can't shoot straight and legitimately need the help, most just want to pwn the noobs, and a few are just plain dicks.