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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

vovin Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

The simple answer is yes. Most farmers are as easily misled by advertising as most of us. MOST are making bad choices. In fact most of the Ag extensions in the land grant university system (U of MN, MI, etc) all have freely available hybrids that are selected for the areas growing conditions.
Some farmers are smart and successfully take advantage of the land grant schools. Most do not, and most farmers have failed or are underwater financially specifically because the only buy pioneer/du pont/etc.

The more you know ... the better you grow.

about 2 months ago

The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

vovin Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

And they do not even pay that well.

This is not what recent hires have told me. Do you have any (suitably anonymized) examples in mind to back up your assertion?

I would also be interested in the numbers *you* seem to have. Survey's put them at ~120-140 + benefits, which is the same as the other large companies in the general area, and only 10k more than areas where the cost of housing is less by 30k (renting) or 60k (buying).

about 3 months ago

Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

vovin Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

Cashiers check. It's like cash in any amount. Not anonymous though.

about 3 months ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

vovin Elon Musk (315 comments)

The Uber engineer and philantropist Elon Musk is needed to solve this problem.

about 4 months ago

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

vovin W8 - Wait - W9 - Whine - W10 - Won or When (399 comments)

Windows NT -> WNT
Windows 2000 -> W2K
Windows XP -> WXP
Windows 8 -> W8 -> Sounds like Wait to me.
Windows 9 -> Whine
Windows 10 -> W10 -> Won0, or When
Windows X -> WX -> thats awfully close to WXP the best selling version ever.
Windows X Ultimate/Pro/Home ... etc -> WXu WXp WXh

Looks like marketing shortcuts to me.

about 4 months ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

vovin Re:Idiots and their "BSP"s (141 comments)

And you can't just migrate the patches to latest kernel ... because some the key peripheral parts (video controllers and audio/video encode / decode engines) are binary blobs. Grrrr like TI, NVidia, Qualcomm, Exynos(Samsung), RockChip, AllWinner, MTK, and Freescale. If you *can* forgo those parts then you can migrate to a recent kernel.
This is in part because a modern SOC is just a collection of assembled IP and the upstream video [OpenGL ES] and h264 encoder/decoder hardware vendors in particular won't allow the programming information to flow downstream w/o NDA.

about 5 months ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

vovin Re:So! The game is rigged! (570 comments)

It is a *credit* score, for how well you handle *credit*.
It is not a *financial IQ* score. That is what a *net worth* evaluation is.
Note that you may score highly in both.
It is up to the individual to determine which is more valuable and when.
It sounds like you have do a fine job with your net worth but that does not directly translate into credit (how you handle debt).
You may find may people who have very fine credit scores and yet never manage a positive net worth.

about 6 months ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

vovin Misdirection and slight of hand (Wiki Style) (165 comments)

You should probably look at *all the other edits* to articles made around and during the vandalism spree.

about 6 months ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

vovin Valet (131 comments)

What a major pain when you valet your car. Ewww.

about 7 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

vovin Re:This is why I straight talk on AT&T (321 comments)

WIND is the T-Mobile provider there.
Prepaid w/Pentaband phone works great.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

vovin The Programmers Stone (352 comments)

If you don't read it, you don't get it.

about 8 months ago

Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

vovin Re:There are Three Things I Know (192 comments)

I agree. Except the term should be 1 week. No extensions.

about 10 months ago

Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

vovin Slide to unlock (232 comments)

I recall slide to unlock on the Medtronic N'Vision 8840 circa 2002.
Maybe you can get *that* bogus patent thrown out?

about 10 months ago

Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

vovin Re:Sparkfun $14.95 DMMs for sale (250 comments)

Generally have good luck there.
Decent place and they honor the on-line prices which often are lower than the in store prices.

about 10 months ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

vovin Re:Silicon Valley is the Place to be (285 comments)

No college grad is getting a 130k in SV. Maybe half that if they know the right people.
Wages in the valley are very low and pulled down by both collusion and a huge influx of cheap labor form outside N. America.
Perhaps you are trying to qualify your statement with 'top notch engineer' and the ratio of top notch engineers in the valley is far worse that most places I have been. Something like 1 to 5000 in the valley where you may find 1 to 500 or even 1 to 100 where the wage to cost of living and quality of life ratios are better.
Most of what is in the valley is the modern day equivalent of factory workers being bused to work and back.

about a year ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

vovin Re:Future? (745 comments)

Your concept of time is that of the simulation?

Absolutely nothing implies that the simulation time is correlated with now, or that the simulation runs in anything approximating 'real' time.

about a year ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

vovin Re:But Kansas! (430 comments)

In Hong Kong that will cost you $168 HKD /month on a 6mo contract.
That is just under $22 USD / month.
Also includes phone service (not that useful as everyone has cell phone).

about a year ago


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