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Comment: Re:Bingo (Score 1) 736

by 9jack9 (#44720393) Attached to: Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

You have stated two options:

1) Most people relax all day, the most intelligent get luxury in exchange for work

2) Technology is destroyed and we regress

I'll throw out some more:

3) The few enslave the many.

4) We blow ourselves back to the stone age

Of course, any of these could happen to societies rather than the whole species.

Comment: Re:But it was (Score 1) 395

by 9jack9 (#43841813) Attached to: Chinese Hackers Steal Top US Weapons Designs

These plans are littered all over the world. Every supplier of even a single part has lots of specifications and details of parts they have to interact with on their systems. If you hack just a few of those, you essentially get all the plans you need to build your own, or to find the weak spots in the design and adapt your own weapons on that. DOD may not have these plans on computers that are connected to the internet, but most suppliers do. It's a public secret these are the companies that get hacked and that is the way the plans get leaked or stolen.

Citation needed. Contractors to classified projects keep their materials classified. If ABC Corp. supplies, say, a classified navigation system to a classified weapons project, it is certainly a requirement that ABC Corp treats everything related to the nav system as classified.

Sure. Procedures are occasionally broken, within and without govt. But you make it sound like suppliers don't have, and are not required to have, safeguards.

Comment: Re:rather have money (Score 2) 524

by 9jack9 (#43786801) Attached to: Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

On top of that why does your employer owe you health insurance in the first place? That also used to be something that was a fringe benefit that people then started to expect and demand like it was owed to them.

Your employer owes you nothing. And it will give you nothing unless you metaphorically put a gun to its head. It will take everything you've got, your time, yours skills, the best hours of your days, and the best days of your life, and give you *nothing* for it, if you let it. Oh, it's possible that an employer here or there has some notion of mutually assured advantage, that together all stakeholders can work together to everyone's mutual advantage, but even if such a philosophy isn't a smoke screen with which to take everything you've got, unless you have your finger on the big red button, it's just talk.

If your owners had their way, you'd be working 20 hours a day for a breadcrust, and be happy for it. The only reason they give you *anything* -- vacation, health care, a window, weekends, "free" soda, is because it is economically advantageous to them to do so.

Comment: Re:Don't hate the player. (Score 1) 716

by 9jack9 (#43782971) Attached to: Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds
So, is a "company" legally and ethically responsible to consider only the well-being ("maximize the return") of their owners at the cost of every other stakeholder?

What about legal and ethical responsibilities to employees, customers, community, and environment?

In maximizing the well-being of the owners, does that mean they should minimize the well being of everyone else?

If your statements are true, then a "company" has a legal and ethical obligation to do everything it can to decrease its legal obligation to anyone but the owners. Why stop at "legal"? The very idea of "legal" implies that there is some interest at play besides that of the owners. If the well-being of the owners is all that matters, then any action, whether legal or not, that benefits the owners is not only permissible, but ethically required.

Comment: It's only a matter of time (Score 1) 533

by 9jack9 (#43623933) Attached to: Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

The OP (and the author of TFA) need to think longer-term.

Whether GG succeeds or not in its first incarnation is a completely different issue than whether it will succeed in the end.

The future is here, boys and girls. Humans have been steadily integrating more and more technology into our bodies ever since . . . well, ever since we've had bodies and technology.

Glasses, hearing aids, artificial limbs, portable writing implements, carriable cameras, backpacks . . . the amount of wearable technology is staggering. So we know people will wear technology, and will integrate it into their bodies.

Do people want to take pictures? Yes. They want to take pictures. All the time. Everywhere. Every form factor that you can use to capture an image, people use. People carry around big DSLRs. Compact cameras. Cell phones. And when Google Glass gets to be easy-enough, and cheap-enough, and common-enough, they'll do that, too.

Face it. We are well on our way to recording every freaking minute of our lives, from every possible angle. And Google will store it and search it for us. The only real question left is, will we be the subject or the object of our future? Will the govt and the corps be the only ones who record and use the moments of our lives, or will we as well?

Take back the future. The ability for people to be able to invisibly record anything and everything will also let us watch the cops and the crooks. That's a good thing.

And earpieces and Segway? Actually, more people don't use earpieces because it doesn't work well enough. Yet. When I can stick something in my ear that's near invisible, picks up my whisper, blocks out the ambient noise, and doesn't need recharging all the time, why would I ever take it off?

And look how long it took for bikes to become ubiquitous. Give Segway a chance. Pretty soon you'll see SegShare along BikeShare.

Comment: Re:What word is translated "Pornography"? (Score 1) 853

by 9jack9 (#43110247) Attached to: EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

The internet wasn't built for children.

It was built for the military and the universities. But at some point they let you on it. And at the same time they let you on it, they let all other civilians on it, including children.

Don't let your kids lose here unsupervised. It's not that hard

As I predicted, the old pass the buck to the parents nonsense. Yes, it is that hard. Technically, logistically, and time wise.

I would no more leave a kid on an unfiltered net connection

As I also pointed out, a net nanny on a PC isn't enough. Even if the kids can't find their way around it, they have consoles, smartphones, their friends houses, free wifi all over the place.

I would be curious as to what GP's policy is regarding his kids' usage of the internet from the ages of 2 and up. On multiple devices. Sure, easy enough to monitor a 2-year-old. 10-year-old, mebbe so. It gets much harder to monitor much older kids' internet usage, especially when there are multiple devices. There are lots of kids who can handle the unlimited games/videos/porn of the internet, and some who can't. The GP has one thing right, though, it's the parents' problem.

Back in the day there was some sort of limit to what kids had access to. Now it is unlimited and it is everywhere. It is definitely a challenge for the modern parent.

Comment: Re:my whole class was taught to program in high sc (Score 1) 265

by 9jack9 (#43018685) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

That's pretty much true of any skill -- or, for that matter, any school subject. Some people will be better than others. Some won't get it at all. And some will truly excel.

But a worthwhile question is, *why* do some excel at one skill, some at another? To what extent is it nature vs. nurture? Lots of slashdotians are willing to come down on one side or the other, but, far as I know, we don't really understand everything about how people develop skills and interests.

Perhaps a reasonable hypothesis is that nature and nurture both play a role, with the assumption that at this point, we don't really understand the interrelationship between the two. Isn't it therefore worthwhile to do our best to give every child the opportunity to realize what unrealized skills and abilities they may have?

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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