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Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 1) 292

Agreed... This is a pretty idiotic line of thought. I live in the only state where every single county voted red in the last two presidential elections and have more than one carrier where I can get 48+mbps. The D or R next to the politicians name isn't why he has no high speed access, it is his local government and ISP.

Comment Re:it seems a bit premature. (Score 1) 706

Pure speculation, but I would assume part of this would lend to having traffic go to a webpage where the predominately heterosexual traffic in a country with such archaic punishment for homosexuality would be to NOT having traffic destined for grindr or whatever other dating site. The nature of the confidentiality AM purported to have would be desirable. Again, speculation... But seems logical.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

The marking of classification level, doesn't impact the classification level. Yes, whoever sent it inappropriately marked has made an error, and should be held accountable. But the difference between classification level is based on TS = poses "grave danger" to US if publicly released / Secret = "serious damage". With Secret information there is some pretty innocuous stuff that can be inadvertently perceived to be unclassified. That isn't the case with TS.

Comment Re:What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1) 86

Can we please keep things on topic and not have every article turn into a gay marriage debate? No? Ok, Let's just get this exo-whatever thing built so we can have more time for our military to attend sensitivity training.

RE sensitivity training: People who are actually IN the military don't complain so much about who they are fighting next to, it's the people that are out or were never in, trust me.

This is extremely true. I was in the Marine Corps during DADT and the repeal. I heard maybe a couple of people complain at the repeal of DADT, and in execution I noticed a grand total of 0 changes, including no decrease in the rampant number of dick and gay jokes.

Submission + - Apple DID conspire to inflate ebook prices, must pay $450 million->

Mark Wilson writes: On the same day that Apple Music launched, Apple received some bad news from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2 to 1 vote, judges ruled that the company did conspire with publishers to inflate the prices of ebooks sold through iBookstore, agreeing with a 2013 ruling.

The judges found that Apple had violated federal antitrust law in coming to arrangements with five publishers, resulting in book prices jumping from $9.99 to between $12.99 and $14.99. Two years ago US District Judge Denise Cote said that Apple was "central" to a price-fixing conspiracy. The ruling having been upheld today, Apple will now have to pay $450 million.

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Comment Re:Bars thrive (Score 1) 389

Not sure where you're coming from on this; how? Do you think the automated cars are going to be free/cheaper than existing taxi cabs and public transit? Or are you basing this claim on some rationale I have yet to consider?

"To those who say that self-driving cars have nothing to do with Google's core business selling ads, listen up: Google was just awarded a patent for an ad-powered taxi service. The patent, which was first spotted by TechCrunch, would allow advertisers to offer potential customers a free ride to their place of business. This would solve one of the biggest problems for brick-and-mortar retailers: getting customers to their location. The system would offer free or discounted transportation based on an algorithm-powered decision-making process involving the user's current location, the cost of transportation, and the potential profit from a completed sale. The concept is basically a "free ride coupon" and mentioned transportation modes like taxis, trains, buses, or even autonomous vehicles."

Submission + - US Department of Defense outsourcing IT->

KapUSMC writes: The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act was released in late May without much fanfare. It appears to the standard fare, but down in section 591 there is a revision to network services for all military installations:

(a) Establishment Of Policy.—It is the policy of the United States that the Secretary of Defense shall minimize and reduce, to the maximum extent practicable, the number of uniformed military personnel providing network services to military installations within the United States.
(b) Prohibition.—Except as provided in subsection (c), each military service shall be prohibited from using uniform military personnel to provide network services to military installations within the United States 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

In 2013, the Bureau Labor Statistics list 163,097 in Engineering, Science, and Technical occupations. The majority of those are in Information Technology. How will this impact the labor market, and how much will it cost?

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Comment For those interested (Score 1) 385

I don't know how many read this (probably not many, came from a link, from a link in the automated semi article last month). Its a study from Oxford where they went through the various industries, and the results were pretty scary. From the summary, since I know 98% won't RTFA: "We distinguish between high, medium and low risk occupations, depending on their probability of computerisation. We make no attempt to estimate the number of jobs that will actually be automated, and focus on potential job automatability over some unspecified number of years. According to our estimates around 47 percent of total US employment is in the high risk category. We refer to these as jobs at risk – i.e. jobs we expect could be automated relatively soon, perhaps over the next decade or two."

Comment Not a terrible idea (Score 1) 227

First off.... Wow, most of this thread is useless (not that I'm shocked). He doesn't state specifics on finances. I would say I can't "afford" to be out of work for more than 3 months too. In reality I put a ton of money away for retirement and kids college, and could probably make it a few years without working, but with my current retirement plans, I couldn't "afford" more time that either. It really doesn't give specifics on the financials and everyone is just speculating wildly. For the real question he asked... I switched from software to network engineering about a decade ago, because my then employer (the USMC) told me to, so there really wasn't an option. I found it interesting, and after transitioning to the private sector stayed on the networking side. While you can make that amount of money, you are starting in a new field lacking relevant experience. The 150k+ jobs are almost exclusively working in sales engineering, ISP, or a senior engineer at a very large enterprise. Even with a CCIE (which isn't exactly a small undertaking) the only position that you would likely get hired into is the sales side, the other two will likely require a large amount of work experience as well. The sales side is easier, because to be a Cisco requires certified personnel to receive "gold" and "silver" partner levels. A couple of side notes... Outsourcing and H1-B's are every bit as prevalent for network engineers as software engineers. They may not be bringing a ton of people in for 45k cable monkey jobs, but for the gusy in the 6 figure range... You betcha.. They are all over the place. And the potential for other onshore outsourcing is possible to. Verizon, AT&T, and BT take on huge clients every day that are outsourcing their networking. I think the best way ahead.... If networking interests you... You could stick with software and migrate toward one of the SDN platforms... Cisco ACI or VNX and hope its VHS and not Betamax... Or even worse, laserdisc and never gets adoption.

Comment Re:None of that will matter (Score 1) 429

A "computer company" is one which makes something computer related for sale (hardware or software) as it's primary business.

Software is Uber's primary business. Opentable isn't a restaurant, they are a software as a service operating in the restaurant industry. Golfnow isn't a golf company, they are software company in the golf industry. Uber is the same thing. They may be targeting a certain industry, but ultimately they are a software company servicing that industry.

Comment Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 2) 360

While Liam Neeson was an established actor with some memorable roles (Schindler's List / Les Mis / Excalibur) his career was completely transformed by Star Wars. He went to leading roles in action movies and franchises. Before Star Wars, he had never been in a movie that grossed 100 mil, and afterwards was in the Batman, Narnia, and Taken, Titan's franchises and is #16 on the boxofficemojo gross list. To dismiss SW having an impact by just saying he was already established is a pretty poor statement.