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Comment: Re:Reminds me of (Score 1) 49

Well to be fair, according to TFS, this company has done nothing but talk since 2001, almost 15 years now. Now it's finally got something ready for production.

How long has HP been talking about memristors? I don't think it's been this long.

I wonder how this (now proven) technology stacks up against (not yet proven) memristors in terms of density and speed.

Comment: Re:Pay them market value (Score 1) 225

I admit I haven't actually read TFA, but were these "CS professors" who left for Uber, or were they "researchers" as the summary says? Yes, tenured professors do indeed get good pay and extremely good job security, but "researchers" at universities usually are not tenured professors, they're postdocs, or maybe untenured professors. Postdocs aren't paid shit, by most accounts, and it's extremely hard to get one of these coveted tenured CS professor jobs. So if these people were a bunch of PhD students, it doesn't sound like they necessarily made a bad choice.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49806489) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The best option, obviously. I pointed out alternatives which some places have tried (or are currently trying), and they're so much worse that I don't consider them realistic alternatives. Why would you want to try a system which others have tried and were complete disasters?

It's very simple: in modern societies, the only economic system which has worked decently at all is capitalism. It isn't perfect by any means, has a lot of problems, and in my opinion needs a very strong dose of government regulation to keep things running smoothly and to keep corporations from gaining too much power and influence. If someone can point to something better, let's see it. All I see is people bitching about capitalism, without any realistic alternatives at all.

I'm a rather pragmatic person usually, so that means I normally judge things based on results rather than speculation. So far, the places in the world which have achieved the highest standards of living have been nations with capitalism economic systems. The ones at the very top are European nations, particularly in Scandinavia, where they have capitalist systems combined with strong government regulation and social services. So to me, that seems to be the best model to emulate. Now, I'm not completely against trying new things, but I've never even heard of any realistic ideas for alternative economic systems besides capitalism and soviet-style command economies. When people complain about capitalism, all I ever hear is bitching and complaing and bashing, but never any kind of constructive commentary or suggestion.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805871) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The problem is that everyone works from the assumption that capitalism is mandatory.

Um, it *is* necessary. Or do you have a better idea for an economic system, which actually has been proven to work somewhere in the real world outside of some primitive tribal culture? The Russians tried something different for a while, but that was a disaster, and the North Koreans are still trying something like that, and it's a complete disaster.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805841) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Not that much. One big factor is that in the US, you have to bring a lawsuit. This means you need to pony up $10,000 to pay a lawyer's retainer fee. How are you going to afford that when you're unemployed? Now, if the case is especially blatant and ridiculous, you can probably find a lawyer to take it on "contingency", meaning you pay nothing but he gets 1/3 of the proceeds, if any. It's a big gamble for the lawyer, so they only do this for "slam-dunk" cases, which usually result in a quick settlement without going to trial.

So, if your case is not a "slam dunk", because you probably were fired for good reason, or the company really was doing poorly and needed to eliminate people, then you're not going to get anywhere.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805807) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Sorry, I'd rather live in a world where people around me are not in a constant state of fear and stress.

Me too. However I do wonder how much a lot of this is exacerbated by all the open-borders immigration we've had lately. Why should employers bother giving nice benefits to employees when there's a limitless pool of dirt-poor people who'll happily take these jobs for any pay at all?

Comment: Re: So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805795) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Are you sure about that? The US unemployment numbers are well-known to be completely bogus, because they only track people who are recently unemployed. The *real* number to look at is the "labor force participation" rate. The current rate is the lowest in 35 years. And even this doesn't track underemployment. There's a lot of well-educated people doing shitty retail jobs these days.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805775) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

I think when people make statements like this, they're consciously or subconsciously confining their commentary to industrialized, mostly western nations. Everyone knows there's a bunch of shitholes in Africa with little more than warlords for government, such as Somalia, so I think people just omit these places when they're comparing countries like this.

So while I think it is useful to put things into perspective by comparing France with its EU neighbors like Italy and Greece and Portugal, trying to minimize how bad the US is for workers by saying "The US isn't bad! Somalia is much worse!" isn't really helping things.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422

by Grishnakh (#49805729) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

I mostly agree, but it does seem like France is a little too extreme. I wonder if Germany is a better middle ground? They don't seem to be as extreme as France, their industry seems to be doing really well (they're the world's biggest exporter), plus their language is cooler and probably easier to learn for English speakers. And from what I've seen, the cost of living there isn't bad.

Comment: Re:Money class, breeder class (Score 1) 685

by Grishnakh (#49800021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

That's just plain ridiculous. Countries with the highest quality of life still have people reproducing, just not in huge numbers. So instead of 3-8 kids per couple average, we have 0-2 kids, and end up with a bit less than replacement rate. The only reason populations are expanding is because of immigration.

Eliminate immigration for the most part, and greatly extend lifespans, and you'll still see a stable population.

Comment: Re:Money class, breeder class (Score 1) 685

by Grishnakh (#49799989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

If everybody gets to live a very long time, then we run out of resources

That entirely depends on the birth and death rates. Eliminating aging won't keep you from dying when a bus hits you. And we've found over and over that when people live comfortable, middle-class lifestyles with a proper education, they generally don't want to have a ton of kids any more. Every western country (plus Japan) is experiencing ZPG right now except for immigration.

If we figure out how to curb over-population and only the really old live, then we run out of viable sperm and eggs in a few generations

You're assuming we won't figure out how to reproduce artificially. That's a really bad assumption. If we can figure out how to stop or reverse aging, you don't think we can figure out how to continue to reproduce with artificial means (or even how to rejuvenate the gonads)?

unless we figure out how to dodge the who reproduction via sperm and eggs thing

Lots of people are already doing that: IVF, frozen sperm and eggs, etc. If for some weird reason we can figure out how to reverse aging in every part of the body *except* the testes/ovaries, you don't think we'd just automatically freeze people's sperm and eggs when they're young?

One thing that could potentially change this entire equation would be extending the range in which humans can live, whether it be orbital habitats, terraformed planets or cozy lintel asteroids.

I don't see why those things couldn't be built. We're just too lazy to make them right now, since we'd rather fight wars with each other over religious idiocy and the like.

But even before any of that is doable, the population thing is a red-herring. Most likely, anti-aging treatments will be expensive, so will be confined to wealthier people, which mainly means westerners, and richer Asians. These people are *already* not having many kids. All the western nations would have to do is stop all immigration, which would immediately give them negative population growth (with current conditions), and then with much greater lifespans, they'll have zero population growth, or maybe slightly positive.

It's not like anti-aging treatments are going to make everyone suddenly want to emulate the Duggars.

Comment: Re: Exodus (Score 2) 685

by Grishnakh (#49799895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

You obviously aren't understanding the science behind anti-aging. The whole idea is that your body stays youthful; all the mechanisms in it which repair things work optimally, all the time, instead of falling apart with age like they do now (go find some small kid and a middle aged person, cut them both the same way, and then see how they heal differently). Though teeth might need to be replaced with implants, but most westerners these days have artificial parts in their teeth starting at rather young ages, either fillings or crowns. I challenge you to find me a 40-year-old without some dental work. Anyway, there's no need for artificial hips when you've figured out how to make the body repair itself properly. This might require periodic application of some kind of drug, or permanently-installed nanites, who knows? But no, most likely the future does not involve a bunch of old people with mostly-artificial bodies.

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