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Comment: Re:Red Queen (Score 1) 115

by serbanp (#48464669) Attached to: How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

Silly, the overhead administering it is very, very low. Much lower than the private retirement funds.

Are you really arguing against a system that helped old people live a little more decently? There is no denying that SS provided (and probably still does) a great social service.

If you're lucky, you will get old too and it's very likely you'll see it differently from now.

+ - Carly Fiorina considering run for US President (Seriously!)->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "Fired HP CEO ( and failed Republican Senate candidate (( Carly Fiorina "is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run. Fiorina has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week." ("
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+ - Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons for Your Search Engines

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn’t give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we’re betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to."

+ - How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that."
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+ - Is Ruby on Rails Losing Steam?->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a post last week, Quartz ranked the most valuable programming skills, based on job listing data from Burning Glass and the Brookings Institution. Ruby on Rails came out on top, with an average salary of $109,460. And that may have been true in the first quarter of 2013 when the data was collected, but 'before you run out and buy Ruby on Rails for Dummies, you might want to consider some other data which indicate that Rails (and Ruby) usage is not trending upwards,' writes ITworld's Phil Johnson. Johnson looked at recent trends in the usage of Ruby (as a proxy for Rails usage) across MS Gooroo, the TIOBE index, the PYPL index, Redmonk's language rankings, and GitHut and found that 'demand by U.S. employers for engineers with Rails skills has been on the decline, at least for the last year.'"
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Comment: Bogus Nuclear Summary (Score 1) 620

by whistlingtony (#48459207) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

The two google engineers in question found that if we cut off carbon emission TODAY (like, say, going nuclear) it would already be too late. They were advocating climate engineering, which is to say we need NOT ONLY a cuttoff of carbon emission, but also massive carbon CAPTURE.

The submitter apparently didn't even read the article this time. How Sad.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 1) 1082

by whistlingtony (#48457415) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Racism in America is over people. We got a black president, everything's equal now. See? The comment above proves it. No More Racism. Phew... Well, glad we fixed that, on to global warming.

I'm very curious why so many people NEED to have this not be racism. They seem awfully defensive about it. I think it's because they don't want to admit the problem is still real, because that might mean they were part of the problem. Even the most racist of my Elders swears they're not racist, while making giant racist statements in public. "Now, I'm not a racist, but...."

America has a problem. Well, the whole world has a problem, but I live here damnit... And I've started to notice that little sneer people say when they talk about "liberals" and "progressives", as if wanting an equal playing field and a little justice and accountability is a bad thing.... What's wrong with you people?

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 1) 1082

by whistlingtony (#48457329) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I haven't seen those statistics... Where might I find them? Somewhere other than your ass please? :D

Remember kids, we don't have the death penalty for robbery. If we did, a JUDGE hands it out, not the cops. Brown MAY have been an asshole, but we don't shoot people for that. I don't want to live in a country where the cops can shoot people and there are no consequences.

I'd cry about the morality of the age, but I think we've always been like this. I don't believe in "the good ole days" when people had more empathy for their fellow human beings.

What's wrong with you people? Why are you broken?

+ - Researchers Find The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist->

Submitted by Beeftopia
Beeftopia (1846720) writes "From the article: "For a real-life example of an actual worker shortage, Salzman points to the case of petroleum engineers, where the supply of workers has failed to keep up with the growth in oil exploration. The result, says Salzman, was just what economists would have predicted: Employers started offering more money, more people started becoming petroleum engineers, and the shortage was solved. In contrast, Salzman concluded in a paper released last year by the liberal Economic Policy Institute, real IT wages are about the same as they were in 1999. Further, he and his co-authors found, only half of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) college graduates each year get hired into STEM jobs. “We don’t dispute the fact at all that Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) would like to have more, cheaper workers,” says Salzman’s co-author Daniel Kuehn, now a research associate at the Urban Institute. “But that doesn’t constitute a shortage.”"
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Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1082

by whistlingtony (#48456699) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

angry people shouting makes for better ratings than sad people marching peacefully. You should know by know that the media in America is after ratings, not truth. As to the video of Brown in the store? We don't give death penalties for being an asshole.

Cops have tasers for a reason.

Cops should have cameras on them at all times. It keeps the cops and the citizens more civil and more honest.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 0) 1082

by whistlingtony (#48456661) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Hey Hairy Feet? Why is it bad to have empathy for people? Why are you making fun of people for caring about other people? What's wrong with you?

And why does your song automatically assume that non whites kill or steal? Why are you so scornful to women?

Why is it a bad thing to want justice in the world? Why is that a bad thing?

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 0) 1082

by whistlingtony (#48456653) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

blah blah blah blah.....

The problem isn't that Brown was black and Wilson was white. The problem is that cops keep killing black people. This isn't an isolated incident, and the people of Ferguson aren't marching because of one victim. This has been building for a LONG time. America still has a race problem. Anyone who thinks otherwise simply doesn't know what they're talking about.

I used to be one of the folks that said racism was dead. I used to be one of the folks who said the system was equal. Then I had experiences that showed me otherwise.

All this arguing serves for nothing. Those people that think racism is ended and all of this is just black people whining cannot be convinced. No one ever had an arguement and then stopped and said "Gosh, you're right, I've been wrong this whole time!". They (just like me back then) need to see this in themselves, in others, in the world.... Experience is the great teacher.

A boy is dead. He didn't have to die. Whatever he did or didn't do, he should not be dead. It keeps happening. Hell, it happens almost every week... and that's NOT an exaggeration. What happened in the last week? Oh yeah, that (completely innocent) dude shot in the stairwell by a rookie cop in NYC.

All this arguing back and forth is sad. A boy is dead. A human being died. Have some f'in respect people.....

+ - Sony Comes To A Screeching Halt Targeted By Massive Ransomware Hack->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "It appears that Sony has become the victim of a massive ransomware hack which has resulted in the company basically shutting down. An unnamed source has noted this, claiming that the company shut down after its computers in New York and around the nation were infiltrated. The source is an ex-employee of Sony Pictures who has a friend that still works for the company. According to the source's friend, allegedly, every computer in Sony's New York Office, and every Sony Pictures office across the nation, bears an image from the hacker with the headline "Hacked By #GOP" which is then followed by a warning. The hacker, or group, claims to have obtained corporate secrets and has threatened to reveal those secrets at 11:00 PM GMT tonight if Sony doesn't meet their demands. What those demands are and what is #GOP has yet to be determined."
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