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Comment Re:Enclosed offices cost more (Score 3, Informative) 264

Correct. However, management loves hearing the accountant (who did the simple calculation of savings per employee * number of employees) who says "hey, we can save $xK/month". But no one listens to that same accountant when he says "hey, we might be losing some money because we have everyone packed in like pigs heading for slaughter."

Comment Re: Not enough affordable housing? (Score 1) 271

I can't comment on Seattle or San Francisco, but here I Toronto it seems like every second older building in the downtown core is being razed and replaced with a high rise condo. Yet prices and rents continue to soar at double digits year over year. Some of it is driven by immigration and speculators but even the suburban communities around the city are experiencing unprecedented price increases on properties. Demand is simply outstripping supply.

Comment Ford "Stynk" is more like it (Score 2) 292

I tried connecting my 32GB Apple iPod to it in my 2012 Ford Fusion. It attempted to index every song and crashed in the process, and became stuck on disc 2 of Pink Floyd's The Wall. It would not play anything else until I did a hard reset of the system. The only way I connect to it now is through the Aux jack in the centre console.

Comment Re: If You're not rich, have a bright future! (Score 1) 367

The problem will correct itself. When enough people are out of work and unable to afford cars, then the carmakers will lose money and some will go bankrupt. And the economy will end up in the shitter, the unemployed will riot, the government will call out the national guard/armed forces to shoot a few hundred thousand people, and there will be fewer people looking for a work. Problem solved.

Submission + - Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2B (businessinsider.sg)

WhatHump writes: Business Insider announced this morning that Microsoft is buying LinkedIn, a social networking service for business, for $26.2 billion. "Microsoft will pay $196 per share for the company. LinkedIn CEO will remain CEO of the professional social network, and will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Under the terms of the acquisition, LinkedIn will maintain its “distinct brand, culture, and independence.”
Suddenly I feel very smug for being too lazy to sign up for LinkedIn.

Comment Waste of Money (Score 1) 46

I don`t see a company spending money on an expensive robot receptionist that will wear out and break down, when they can simply install a large LED display, connected to a web cam, that shows an animated image instead.

Comment Re:Asking to avoid it is the reason to require it (Score 1) 278

Seconded. I have a benign tumour in the left side of my head (acoustic neuroma) that was detected many years ago. It has not changed in size in over a decade (verified by regular MRI's) and so far has not caused me any grief. If it did start growing, one method to stop it would be to zap it with gamma radiation; however, that carries the risk that the tumour then turns malignant. So if I'm ever forced to go through one of those "death ray boxes" I'll tell the TSA agent my cancer-risk story and see where that leads.

Comment Re:True enough (Score 3, Interesting) 519

There are many reasons for targetting Paris. It's a world-class city, it's streets are alive with locals and tourists, giving gunmen lots of easy targets. The French are very proud of their history as standard-bearers of liberty and freedom, ideals detested by fanatics that treat women like dirt and anyone that does agree with them as candidates for death. And France itself does not have clean hands. Its colonialist past, most recently in Algeria, resulted in a lot of carnage back home.

Comment Cage Match: Cable vs Streaming (Score 2) 153

We have one cable drop with a PVR in our family room, and our service is for the most basic cable package you can get. It's connected to a Samsung TV with some streaming capability (Netflix and a couple other services). This month I'm putting a second TV in our basement rec room and hooking up an Apple TV to deliver content. In six month's time I will ask everyone in the family (four of us) to give me a good reason why we need to keep the cable service. I'm predicting I'll be cutting the coax next summer.

Comment Re:"More Guns" is flawed (Score 1) 1165

As a Canadian, who has never touched a gun let alone owned or fired one, I disagree. I feel that every citizen of the United States should be issued a handgun, regardless of age, criminal background or mental capacity. After all, if you are not fit to defend yourself against someone armed with a Glock, even though you have a Glock of your own, then perhaps the US isn't the country for you and you should move somewhere else. Then the controversy over Second Amendment rights would disappear. As an added bonus, you would save lots of money on prisons and police forces - local vigilantes would maintain law and order - and unemployment rates would improve as there would be fewer people competing for jobs. I could also see children marking their kills on the sides of their lunch buckets, and future presidential candidates boasting about how many times they successfully defended themselves against would-be assassins. I'm sure the gun manufacturers and NRA would be fully on-board with this idea. How about it, America? Here's your chance to be that "shining beacon of light" to the rest of the world that I'm always hearing about!

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 1291

I'm already contributing my own money. My taxes go toward funding social assistance programs and universal health care (I'm Canadian), and my federal pension contributions help fund the program that ensure an income for seniors. While I haven't collected welfare or unemployment insurance in my lifetime (53 years) I will likely collect a government pension (and have part of it clawed back because I earn more from my private pensions). What will happen under a basic income system is that some of my tax and payroll contributions will be diverted away from funding a court system that spends an inordinate amount of time and effort going after petty crimes committed by the poor. I'm not naive enough to believe it will all work like magic, but to think that it needs an entirely "net new" source of funding is not fair. What will kill the idea is our shitty attitude toward our fellow human being, that inner reptile part of us that marks its territory and hisses at anyone who dare to get too close. It's that "us versus them" or "you're with us or you're against us" bullshit that divides mankind and pits the tribes against each other.

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