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  • 4th July

    I don't doubt the author has his heart in the right place, but the idea is completely bonkers.

    Among the various indicators of fairness, the simplest one is to observe the mean and the median income of the population: in a fair society those numbers must not be very far apart (this is necessary but obviously not sufficient).

    Let's look at the 2010 report of the Census Bureau, and specifically at table A-2 at page 34. All numbers are conveniently expressed in inflation adjusted 2010 dollars. This is a rough summary:

    Back in 1967, the mean income was $45,599 and the median was $40,770. That's pretty fair. The upper part of the curve contained:

    100-150K: 4.6%, 150K-200K: 0.9%, >200K: 0.8%

    Over the years (regardless of who was in charge), those numbers changed steadily to (in 2010) a mean income of $67,530 and a median of $49,445 and the upper part of the curve became:

    100-150K: 12.1%, 150-200K: 4.5%, >200K: 3.9%

    That's the real challenge: there's a significant portion of the population (some 20%) making more than twice the median income. It's not a bad thing that the country is getting richer, but when a part is getting richer faster than everybody else, then there's a problem.

    Now, hoisting the minimum wage significantly would paradoxically obtain the opposite effect of what is needed: the mean would increase even further, but the median wouldn't move by one dollar. Of course, it would eliminate the poorest percentiles, and that's a good thing, but that wouldn't make much of a difference in the big picture and inflation would kill any good effect in a few years. Yes, because there's no escaping inflation... if Bob makes $10/h and his boss Alice makes $15/h, you cannot expect to raise Bob's wage to $15 by decree and leave Alice's untouched. Lest you want to see how she handles a pitchfork.


    On a lighter note... if you think inequality is bad for us commoners, look at what happens upstairs...

    so, 1% controls 20% of the wealth. Boo.

    But then, the 400 richest Americans (there are 92 more billionaires not making that cut), control about 2% of the total wealth. So, in the context of the top 1%, 0.013% control 10%!

    Quite the United States of Extremistan. :)


  • Inspiring stuff from Google I/O

    , cbae wrote

    @fanbaby: It's Google's ploy to make Glass look less douchey.

    That isn't working. Well, in hindsight (which Glass isn't equipped for), they should have handed  them out to charming people with excellent PR skills instead of a bunch of overzealous nerds (and making them pay 1500 bucks for the privilege just helped raising the bar of their nerditude). What's sad is that this botched attempt caused an immune reaction to the whole concept and it will take a long time before we recover.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote

    You yourself brought up Z-order. It is actually an important UI concept. I don't think it is a stretch then to give buttons a slight 3D look just to make it appear that they are slightly above other UI elements and therefore makes it more obvious that one can interact with them. But it can be subtle and professional looking.

    Just curious... people use the web all the time and seem to infer what they can or cannot click based more on context and position than from visual clues (even the rollover effect is lost with tablets and touch).

    What makes a desktop application different?

  • Which Version of Visual Studio should I choose? Build Apps for Wp 8.0 or 8.1?

    @Montypower: I would stick with WP8.1.

    WP8 should be on its way out by early 2015 worldwide; you might lose some potential download in the meanwhile, but it's never worthwhile to study an obsolete platform.

  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    If you can't say what or when, you don't have a story, period.

  • All your domains are belong to MS:  No-IP.com

    , JohnAskew wrote


    Microsoft sued and now controls No-IP.com until they corner the malificent code that's infecting it.

    "No! No-IP is peaceful! We have no malware, you can't possibly..."

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote


    Once again I'd like to point out that flat is not the opposite of skeuomorphism. Was Windows 3.1 skeuomorphic? Windows 7 is barely skeuomorphic but only if you equate transparent with glass.

    I agree with you, the "not enough resources" is a bogus argument when you consider that the chrome is just a small percentage of what needs to be drawn to the screen.

    It amazes me that MS actually paid someone to rip out all of the desktop chrome for no apparent reason whatsoever. But, mistakes were made and fortunately they realized that now.

    It's obviously a matter of taste and fashion. We went through a decade of battleship gray, we can survive through this decade.

    Look at the bright side: drawing UIs has gotten harder on one hand, due to the scarcity of good examples to take inspiration from, but has gotten a lot easier on the graphic front. I don't know what you think, but I had enough emergency meetings about the drop shadow on some custom control not being just right.

  • Not that there is anything wrong with that...

    @evildictaitor: the sex life of public figures has been at the (nonexistent) mercy of journalists and paparazzi for ages. I'm not sure I understand why the sexual orientation of a powerful CEO should be exempted.

  • Did you watch the dotNetConf?

    @Duncanma: Wow, that was fast.


  • rename this place ....

    , MasterPi wrote


    I wasn't referring to thread count specifically - people could be around C9 and just never post anything for a long time. While your account age is definitely a good indicator of whether you could be trusted or not, I don't think it should be weighted so highly.

    I'd use account age as an indicator that allows mods to bulk delete the posts of a user. That alone would mean that our good mods don't have to spend the afternoon cleaning up.