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Comment: Hairdresser (Score 1) 509

by JavaLord (#47459947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Tell her to go to beauty school and become a hairdresser.

1. It's not outsourceable.
2. It's unlikely to be automated due to the precision required involving sharp objects around the skull.
3. It's more an art than a science.
4. You get to meet people in your local community.
5. The hours are reasonable.
6. In general it's a respectable profession.

Comment: Re:He cant or wont? (Score 3, Insightful) 382

by JavaLord (#47459415) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

... why can't he waive state laws?

The last time the president did that, hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives in the resulting conflict.

Presidents (and federal officials) can browbeat states into changing state law pretty easily by threatening to revoke federal funds.

Comment: Criteria (Score 1) 285

by JavaLord (#47408287) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers
The submission sort of gets at this, but what should be some criteria for judging "the best" programmers?

Having discovered an algorithm? (Bonus points if it's named after you).
Created a programming language?
Written a book (on programming)?
Created a program that was somehow valuable or meaningful?
Educated other programmers?

Comment: Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (Score 1) 561

by JavaLord (#47324725) Attached to: Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

Most studies have found an IQ to income correlation of 0.4 to 0.5. That is not particularly strong, but it isn't zero. The correlation is weaker for people with very high IQs. Someone with an IQ of 100 (normal) will earn much more than someone at 60 (mildly retarded). Someone with an IQ of 120 will do significantly better than someone at 100. But someone with an IQ of 160 (genius) will do little better than someone at 120, on average.

Higher IQ's likely get diverted into research and education which may not pay as well as something like investment banking. We should really start tracking sociopath scores and seeing if they have any correlation with income.

Comment: Re:Before you start complaining... (Score 1) 548

by JavaLord (#47283127) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

according to our social contract

Show me this "social contract". I think a big part of the problem here is delusional reasoning based on imaginary things that don't actually exist. I grant that there is cooperation in a society, it is an inherent and necessary component. But to claim that is a "contract", requires that the thing be voluntary and agreed to.

In any type of reasonable court the "social contract" concept would be thrown out due to Unconscionability. One side has grossly unequal bargaining power. Social Contract is a nicer way of saying "Ultima Ratio".

Comment: Re:Before you start complaining... (Score 1) 548

by JavaLord (#47283077) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative
The flip side of that is that NO western job is worth the prevailing wage, except in ultra competitive fields with international mobility like movie or basketball stars. For all other jobs, cooks, engineers, doctors, street vendors, architects and bankers etc., you will always find some equally qualified individual in some developing country ready to work for (significantly) less.

If skilled workers were paid what their production was actually worth, employers wouldn't profit from the transaction and hiring them would be counterproductive for employers. Employment is an arbitrage game, where employers offer employees some stability in return for being paid less than the actual goods they produce are worth.

The fact that globalization, technology and the liberalization of gender roles has expanded the workforce and thus pushed wages down is predictable. It's somewhat interesting that the fields that still have a large gender gap (Nurses, Computer Programmers) have some of the highest wages...likely because of a lack of supply of workers. Nice to see Google is trying to "fix" that....

Comment: They're scared they won't be able to. (Score 1) 878

by JavaLord (#46506619) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"
If the US gets missile defense systems into the Ukraine they could theoretically win a nuclear war with a first strike. This is what has Putin's panties in a bunch. This is also why Russia was so upset with the US considering putting their missile defense systems in Poland.

It would still be a crazy gambit, as Russia still has nuclear subs, and who the heck would want to take the risk? Is Putin just paranoid, or would the US really try to win a nuclear war? There are some crazy motherfuckers in positions of power in the US.

Comment: Re:Well then (Score 1) 294

by JavaLord (#46358981) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

This doesn't make any sense to me either. Current pills containing hydrocodone are a mixture with other drugs, mostly other drugs that have a higher toxicity, and part of the reason for that is to keep people from taking too many of them. If you OD on Vicodin, it's not the 5mg of hydrocodone that kills you, it's the 500mg of acetaminophen. For a 50kg person, you can get to a reasonably toxic quantity of acetaminophen (200 mg/kg) with 20 vicodin, which gives you a dose of 100mg of hydrocodone, or 2 mg/kg. Quick googling found this: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-... that gives animal toxicity studies showing an LD50 for hydrocodone in the range of 86 mg/kg (mice) to 375 mg/kg (rats). Granted, you certainly don't want to take anything *near* to the LD50 of any drug, but the highest dosage for a Zohydro pill is 50 mg. For a 50kg person to get a dose of 1/4 the mouse LD50 would be over 20 pills. As noted, if those 20 pills were vicodin, then they would also be toxic, but only because of the acetaminophen. And really, if you're downing 20 of *any* prescription painkiller, you almost certainly have a different goal in mind than temporary pain relief. I just really don't see this as causing much harm, and potentially helping a fairly specific set of people who need it.

People who are intent on abusing pills can get around the acetaminophen simply by breaking the pills up, putting them in cold water, and running them through a coffee filter. This is known as cold water extraction.

Part of the reason for the acetaminophen in painkillers is because of a loophole in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act that classified pure Hydrocodone as a strictly controlled Schedule II drug (Which Zohydro will fall under). However, Hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin, which contains Hydrocodone and acetaminophen, into the less strict Schedule III classification. As a Schedule III drug, combination drugs such as Vicodin can be refilled as many as five times, while Schedule II drugs can be filled only once.

So why is there so much pushback against Zohydro, when it clearly fits a need and will be more difficult to obtain and abuse than Vicodin? I think it might have to do with the fact that it's put out by a tiny company (Zogenix) rather than one of the big players. Teva Pharmaceuticals who literally spent millions on lobbying last year has a competing product "TD Hydrocodone" which they're trying to get to market, but Zogenix beat them to it. If Zohydro were delayed for a little while, perhaps they could get to market with their competing drug and given their vastly larger resources they'd likely win market share. Another large company Purdue Pharma (the makers of OxyContin) also have something in the works

Comment: Masters Of the Carrot and the Stick (Score 1) 253

by JavaLord (#46345949) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60
They're doing a great job of maximizing revenue from a declining game. Instead of just coming out and offering everything on the store, they just offered pets and mounts at first. The implication was in game purchases would be limited to "Cosmetic items", and of course those willing to buy just cosmetic items did, since there were no functional items competing for their money.

Now they've crossed the Rubicon and will allow you to buy levels, as long as you buy the expansion. It's a good way to increase profits when you have a declining playerbase.

Comment: Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (Score 1) 1038

by JavaLord (#45998827) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

The phrasing in the 8th amendment is "cruel and unusual" FYI, and I'm pretty sure a court will find a stay of executions necessary until a new method is devised.

What is considered Cruel and Unusual changes over time.

A firing squad, beheading or hanging were considered just fine for a long time. Same goes for the Electric Chair, it was all the rage for decades. Now we're trying to put people to "sleep" with a comfy pillow and a bedtime story.

Personally, I'd like to see hanging make a comeback.

I'd probably take the firing squad (or the Chinese bullet to the back of the head) before relying on some buffoon of a doctor in Ohio to try to get a sedative dose right.

Comment: As opposed to (Score 5, Insightful) 223

A government-approved mobile operating system, especially in China of all places, reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying."

As opposed to an operating system created by an American corporation, which reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying.

Comment: Re:tl;dr no change except more outsourcing (Score 2) 359

by JavaLord (#45988713) Attached to: Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

And the intertwining of corporation and state increases.

Remember, libertarians: power will always find a vacuum. So there will always be strong government - the only thing we can influence is who controls the strings.

Really, this is just strong government period. The government is telling corporations they must store data for surveillance purposes. This is a tax, as business must pay for the storage. Big business might not mind it that much, because it increases barriers to entry for small guys and creates and incentive for the government to keep them in business.

I'd agree that totally removing a government creates a power vacuum. However, if Obama had made strict rules regarding a citizens privacy in regards to government and business that wouldn't create a power vacuum it would just mean the citizens are the empowered entity in the equation.

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