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Comment: Re:Only geeks... (Score 1) 125

by JakeBurn (#47609583) Attached to: Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

Whoever modded you up as Insightful has never done any real manual labor. I worked at Home Depot for a few years and had to fill in as a loader a few times. That's hundreds of bags of concrete on to carts for people every day,(or 10 skids, 42 bags per pallet in a six hour shift). That's 80lbs, (36-37 kg), over and over, all day long. And reading TFA really didn't give any kind of impression that they were being used as often as that. While the idea of the exoskeleton has been awesome since Ripley first jumped into one, we are years away from anything that will even come close to replacing your average construction worker for strength and ability. That prototype suit has trouble dealing with slopes of any kind, slippery surfaces or can't assist with turning. The key point there being that turning while carrying a heavy load is the quickest way to a bad back. Even at 20kg you're asking for trouble if you turn the wrong way or repeatedly. Add to that the fact that using this prototype suit actually keeps your core from getting use it seems like it will make those types of injuries even more common for the wearer. Until they fix that its a pipe dream for long term use. Sadly, at best, that article is a few years too soon.

Comment: Re:Tag, you're it! (Score 1) 184

Wait, so just because Israel has modern guided missiles they should just stand by while Palestinians get their killstreak up? So its ok that the Jews have had their schoolkids and babies killed by hundreds of suicide bombs because they have better weaponry? Palestine's mission statement was officially, and still is unofficially, that every single man, woman and child Jew must die. Their suicide bombs, that were officially sanctioned by their government, were not targeting military installations. They targeted malls and public places, during the day when women and children were the most likely targets. Bummer for them that they are too stupid to not fire 50's era unguided rockets at a nation with a modern arsenal.

Comment: Re:Tag, you're it! (Score 1) 184

Except the SA farmers weren't sending thousands of rockets into Britain and aiming them at civilian population centers instead of military or government targets.
That's just so far this year. I am in no way absolving Israel for their part in this mess but they didn't just one day decide to lock everything down in Palestine on a whim. Until Palestinians want to live more than they want to hate they will continue to allow their neighbors to fire rockets blindly into Israel.

Comment: Re:Time Shifting? (Score 1) 317

by JakeBurn (#47578793) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

I thought it used the cd player that was designed to play cds to do this? Or is there a completely separate drive that I missed in TFA? It seems exactly the same to me. A drive meant to read disc based media in order to translate that data into sound can also take that data and store it on a local drive.

Comment: Re:Damn I used to like southwest (Score 1) 928

I think these kinds of stories are awesome. Fuck people. Seriously. Fuck them. Working for years in a customer service position made me sick of most assholes and their entitled bullshit. If he had a legit complaint, great. Voice it then sue the shit out of them for taking you off the plane. Once I was promoted a few times it didn't take long for me to give up 65k a year to do something else because of guys like that.

Comment: Re:666 (Score 1) 753

by JakeBurn (#47450479) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Its more likely to be a hard sell to the millions of poor people who don't have bank accounts at all. Or try convincing banks to start allowing people to have checking accounts with less $1500 in them without no fees. Where I live there are a lot of people living paycheck to paycheck that can't even begin to think about opening a bank account because all of the banks around here demand a minimum amount in the account in order to keep it open without charging you out the ass in fees. Because of that we have tons of places that charge even less to cash checks and most people stick with cash and money orders.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by JakeBurn (#47274001) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

And even if someone took that as being fact, it should still be irrelevant to a publicly traded company. I just left a large company with its head up its ass when it comes to hiring. I was told, as a manger, to try and hire more women and blacks, then was threatened when the best of those bunches were unable to perform at the same level as the white men they replaced. I couldn't care less about the supposed 'plight' of either group. I went to a high school that had around a 30% percent graduation rate. I went to college and didn't get a race or sex based scholarship. My tuition was paid by working during high school and all through college. To want better for myself and having been forced to work for everything I've ever had makes care nothing for people that claim they could be the best if only some benefactor would step in and pay their way. The math I look at is what are the percentages in the QUALIFIED pool? How they get there is of no concern to the company.
You say that a company hiring whites is mathematically denying itself the 'best and brightest' but put forth bullshit math to back it up. I would counter with parents that choose a criminal lifestyle, walk out on their children and do absolutely nothing to nurture them are not capable of producing the best and brightest children as their offspring are almost guaranteed to have the same traits as the parents. If they were the best and the brightest they would look around themselves and use all of those bad examples as what not to be. Some of the people I went to HS with did just that but most of them decided fuck it, I'd rather have a $150 pair of shoes than pay my phone bill. How many people riding around poorer neighborhoods in cars with $3000 sets of rims and tires have a college fund set up for their kids? How many of those kids will grow up living the same selfish lifestyle?

Comment: Re:It happens every day in my job. (Score 4, Insightful) 593

I was a manager at Home Depot for years and can tell you they do the same thing. When I got hired we had a man as a regional manager who didn't give a shit what race or sex you were. He hired the best people he could and our team became the envy of the entire company. We literally wrote the book on how to do our jobs better and most things considered 'best practices' came from our regional team at some level. Then his boss was changed to a woman who decided their were too many white men in our region things got really bad. When hiring the last three lower level managers under me I wasn't told if candidates were nearly the same, I was told I HAD to hire more females and minorities. After giving interviews for three months, and finding zero decent female or minority candidates, my new regional manager pulled me aside and basically accused me of being a racist and a sexist. I was told I had two weeks to fill the position or someone would be found to do it for me. The best of the bunch was a black woman who had been an HR department head. I had to fire her six months later for theft and was then blamed for hiring her in the first place. I ended up leaving HD because I got tired of the stupidity. At every level of the company they have gone off the rails. Management at the upper levels of the company have decided that anyone but a white male should be hired and most of the time that means not hiring the best candidate. Men are more physically capable of doing the bottom end jobs so more men are hired for those jobs. When it comes time to hire for their boss should I hire one of them who knows every aspect of his own job plus most aspects of his boss' job or a female who knows nothing about either position as an outside hire? In nearly every case it was better to hire from within but that meant I was a racist and a sexist for thinking people most capable of doing the job were the ones I should hire.

Comment: Re:Lock-in? (Score 1) 589

by JakeBurn (#46943879) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

This is why I have little regard for 'free' or open source software. If somehow ego could be removed, these programs might have a chance of one day being usable. The issue I see is that too many of these developers start out with 'fuck ms' I can easily make a free version of this. What their arrogance always misses is that MS didn't become MS by releasing half-assed programs. They put more time and money into help systems than most of these open source programs put into their entire projects. And its always the small things that they decide aren't a priority in their quest to change the software landscape that ends up making nearly everyone but fanboys run from their products. Its funny that people are actually trying to argue with you about this. The cornerstone of every successful program is whether or not enough people who want to use your product actually can use it. Without a basic help system you can throw that software into the garbage. If the help system is junk AND there isn't a single person in that entire organization working to fix it, the entire organization is garbage. People saying its widely known that the help is junk is even more reason to stay away from anything coming from that group of developers.

Comment: Re:Cellular is the business model (Score 1) 424

by JakeBurn (#46270317) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

I take it you've never been doing really well in a game on console or ever had spam email? My nephew is very good at COD and I get calls from his mom about once a week because some douche bag is flooding their ip with data in order to ruin the kid's game. If they had to pay for all of that data I could see them having a case for a lawsuit against the ISP for allowing all the data in. Spam email is usually small if you turn off images, but if you didn't a 1 meg image in 500 plus emails a week could end up really hurting an end user.

Comment: Re:Not the point (Score 1) 338

by JakeBurn (#46062297) Attached to: Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

I'm not sure that^^, or anything posters here are trying to imply can reliably be used to determine the fate of FB. We don't have anything like it to relate to. You could try to say 'well myspace blah blah blah' but myspace didn't have everyone's grandmothers posting recipes to each other. Myspace was only relevant because most of the people online had heard of it. At the time that wasn't a huge chunk of the general population and the people there were becoming internet connoisseurs who demanded more. Think of how quickly most people here expanded their horizons on the internet; exploring, checking out new things, etc. How many of the millions of internet-illiterate people on FB are doing those things? As far as MANY of them are concerned, FB is the internet. Most of the family members I have on FB are only just barely even checking out things like Youtube and probably half got a nasty virus the first time they googled something other than FB. Those people are likely scared into not doing anything but what they feel is safe. While many of us here on /. might move on to some other networking site, the chances we could get the millions of other people on there to go with us will fail. Until they make it too hard for the mindless drones to share and experience others' inane posts they will likely stay on top for a long time.

Comment: Re:Not neccesairly (Score 1) 324

by JakeBurn (#46018111) Attached to: In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

Many of those people express those positive views based on pride that their fore-fathers were actually fighting on the right side constitutionally at the time and were willing to die for their beliefs. The Southern governments wanted slavery because the cotton gin forced agriculture there into a nearly one crop industry and it only worked with slavery. Slavery was, to them, a constitutional right not because it was in the constitution but because they had every opportunity to ban it when the document was written and chose not to. The facts of life for them was that Northern states had more people and therefore more political votes to bolster their own industries with legally gray laws and handouts then once they were secure in that, only then did they try to abolish slavery. Legally the federal government was obliged to back slave holding states in disputes of property but they turned a blind eye to people coming into Southern states and burning farmers to death, even those that didn't hold slaves. At the time, the states still looked at themselves as independent entities that were part of an alliance to a weak federal government. The people in the North didn't want to ban slavery because they wanted slaves to be free they wanted to control their monopoly of power. Why do you think Northern states still tolerated hatred, pain and suffering on Africans long after the war ended? There's a reason why some black people in the South still fly the Confederate flag and it has nothing to do with slavery.

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.