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Comment Re:"Former" engineer - tells you all you need to k (Score 1) 804

No it does not. All it tells us is that some women left the company. It doesn't tell us how many people were in her unit, and it doesn't give their personal accounts.

I know Slashdot loves a controversy, but it would be nice to have some facts for a change.

Comment Re:I Looked at System76 (Score 1) 119

Their "niche" market is basically covered by any number of other vendors, so it's not really niche. Buy a laptop from somewhere else, install Linux. What you pay extra for is hardware that is guaranteed to run properly under Linux. Of course, you could just research this yourself and save your money. Why bother with their overpriced solution at all.

Comment Re:Square of the distance... (Score 1) 79

A few? Try well over a century. Inductive power transfer was invented in the 1800s and was used in transformers. Later in the 1973 it was used in the first iterations of RFID cards, where an electromagnetic field was used to power a passive circuit. By 1990 it was creeping in to consumer electronics devices like electric toothbrushes. In 2009 the QI standard was drafted which allowed for more efficient transfer of power to devices with under 5 watts of draw. While it is a better way of doing that specific job, the core technology is still ancient by our standards.

Comment Re:Wastefulness (Score 1) 79

You don't necessarily rip the jack out, but constant plugging and unplugging may eventually cause stress fractures in the solder. It hasn't happened to me personally on any of my USB devices, but it did happen to a friend of mine with his Nexus 7. I also remember it being a problem with an old Casio keyboard I had when I was a kid, although that was an AC power jack.

Even discounting that, not having to deal with yet another loose cable is nice.

Comment Re:Shoe on the other foot (Score 1) 134

You might be shocked how many TV shows and movies are shot in Canada. In Vancouver and Vancouver Island you get a lot of crews coming to shoot. I remember going out to watch the shooting of Godzilla several years back, a bunch of us made a day of it, and it was a lot of fun to BS with some of the actors and extras. They even had the train with the impressively large nuke prop on it parked on the CN railway tracks, and a strategically placed smoldering helicopter wreck.

Toronto also gets a lot of crews coming through. Why is this? Canada charges less than the US for outdoor scenes that can't be shot in a studio, making their overall production costs cheaper.

It's sort of a weird position the industry takes with Canadians given how much money Canada saves them.

Comment It's their fault (Score 1) 134

They make it impossible, difficult, or prohibitively expensive to get the content, and then wonder why people just pirate it. Just look at Netflix. It took years for the libraries to get even close to equitable, but now that they are 5.2 of the 30 million Canadians now subscribe. Hulu, Pandora, HBO Go, and others refuse to offer service to Canadians because greedy American corporations refuse to license the content. Quality services that do find their way to Canada and are reasonably priced get snapped up. Google Music is a great example of a service which was quickly adopted by many.

Content creators need to stop worrying about the pirates, start worrying about the people who want to be legitimate users. You could be making a lot more money if you did.

Comment Re:The Bullshit is Strong with This One. (Score 1) 251

Potentially you're even better off. As it turns out, it's much easier to update an article on the internet than it is to update the contents of a static book.

I know what you're thinking. "Did 'The Fundamentals of Physics' undergo ten revisions, or only nine?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is first year physics, the most powerful physics in the world, and would blow your layman head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

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