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Comment: Re:Welders make 150k??? (Score 1) 297

by Karl Cocknozzle (#46827703) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Where the hell are welders making 150k??? Probably like 5% of welders make that much. Most of the manual labor jobs (electrician, plumber, HVAC) make like 60k with 10 years of experience. New people start around 30k.

North Dakota and Texas, primarily, due to the shale oil and oil-to-gasoline-refinery booms, respectively, a lot of jobs that don't seem like they'd pay $150k are paying tons of money due to the laws of supply and demand in order to entice people to move there.

I actually know a guy that sells fairly expensive cars down in Texas and he says it would blow my mind how often people come in, missing teeth, looking really fucked up and generally like they can't afford a $100,000+ automobile and plop down cash on the barrelhead for their new M5. Where do they work? Oil refinery. Oil field. Oil drilling. Oil services...

Comment: No (Score -1) 178

by The Cat (#46826421) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Bandwidth is not scarce.

DRM is there because if it wasn't, anyone who makes their living writing, composing, programming, making videos or anything else viewable on a screen would be destroyed financially while everything they make is pirated from hell to breakfast.

You know why Steam makes millions? DRM
Why World of Warcraft makes billions? DRM
Why Amazon sells a shitload of ebooks? DRM
Why Netflix works at all? DRM
Why Adobe can make $6000 worth of software available for $50 a month? DRM

The industry would be happy to remove DRM, but the Internet culture will never abandon piracy.

So there you have it. Don't want it? Don't buy it.

Comment: Re:About time! (Score 0) 233

by Karl Cocknozzle (#46825523) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

Once home / small business switch over the content providers are going to be virtualized . Which means that service will stop working, geolocation being the first to go.

"That word... I don't think it means what you think it means..."

Most consumer content will switch with a few years of the carriers being ready.

Carriers have been "ready" for years--nothing whatsoever is stopping Comcast, AT&T and everybody else from flipping 100% of their users to IPv6 tomorrow, in fact. ...But there's no content to access via IPv6... So what's the rush?

Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 1) 533

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46825359) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Gut bacteria and virus have both been implicated in "mental" illness. Look up "Toxoplasmosis".

There's a reductionist orthodoxy, which views man as a brain on a stick - or a monkey driving a robot. Transplant the monkey in a new robot, and you have the same being. Only it's just not true.

Your entire nervous system is an extended "brain", in some regards. The entire "Me" that we have is a hive, and a colony of interdependence. Without getting all speculative or "holistic" examine mitochondria, for Pete's sake!

For the geek set: Luke is as much a manifestation of his midichloreans as he is a history of brain impulses. Put his brain in C3PO and you don't get Luke+Life Extension. You get a limited Luke simulacrum, able to replay Luke memory without new Luke experience or interaction. Plop his brain into Han Solo's body, and he will not be Luke anymore - He may be surprisingly like Han, with amnesia.

Comment: Re:About time! (Score 1) 233

by Karl Cocknozzle (#46824311) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

Should hold of IPv6 for another 10 years or so.

The odds of us ever actually "transitioning" to IPv6 are somewhere between slim and none for the foreseeable future. The most likely way it will work out is mobile applications (where it doesn't matter what you're using because it's a mobile phone that mates only to the provider's network) will be mostly IPv6 before too long, if they aren't already. Some consumer ISPs may move customers to IPv6, but that will be somewhat delayed by the incredibly slow pace that content providers are switching to IPv6--that is to say, as Akamai has illustrated for us here by getting themselves a /10 (FUCK ME, that's a shitload of IPs for a company that already controls multiple other swaths of space this big) the content providers just aren't bothering to move to IPv6.

And yeah, the ISPs can choose maintain a bridge between the universes, but the more traffic you pour through that bridge the more resources it requires to operate... Eventually, if the ISP can't force the issue it stops making sense to transition any more users to IPv6 until more content providers get on-board.

I fully anticipate retiring in another 25 years or so and still having IPv4 be the vast majority of IP networks in operation because in the end, even if your ISP switches, what's the point of changing your internal network over? Any company of decent size will have a security team that says "No fucking way will outsiders directly connect to your IPv6 address" and block it with some kind of firewall/NAT arrangement which almost instantly negates the biggest "advantage" of IPv6. And once that "advantage" is off the table there is zero business reason to incur the expense involved in such a change-over.

Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 4, Interesting) 533

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46819419) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Doubt "Big Bang"?

Well you should.

It can be said that: Under the conditions for which we need a working model, this 'Big Bang' hypothesis behaves in a way that consistently explains our extrapolations from observable phenomena. It also introduces some inconsistencies when take as a factual occurrence, when we introduce additional extrapolations from different phenomenal observations at quantum level. For those, notions such as "time" or "location" seem to be irrelevant, if not non-existent. This demolishes the very concept of actual measurement in any possible way - so let us posit additional models that require among other things, the hypothesizing of multiple, non-observed dimensions that nonetheless allow our maths to be validated and not face the ontological consequences of nothing being real.

Zeno had similar preoccupations, with time and position.

Comment: Re:Government is a tool (Score 1) 240

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46811319) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Who creates money?

Government does. Notice that every major currency in the world is backed by a government or in the case of the Euro, a group of governments. You have to go pretty far down in scale before you find currencies that aren't government-backed, such as BitCoin or currencies in MMOs.


Look into Federal Reserve system. It is not Federal. It does not maintain a reserve. It is a consortium of privately owned and undisclosed banks.

In modern, neo-Liberal economic societies Government borrows money from private, central banks. This money is called into creation as debt. The creation of the money is an act of the bank - an accounting phantom - entering new assets as black ink on their ledgers.

Government no more "creates money" under this scenario, that you do, by using a credit card.

If "governments" backed the money, they wouldn't declare "austerity" programs on their own constituency - but instead issue jubilee forgiveness, with full restoration of productive capacity, etc. Instead, the EU and US BOTH "bail out" creditor institutions, ceding all right to their own resources and productive capacity to ownership by the bank.


Comment: Dumb (Score -1) 350

by The Cat (#46808263) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

'You need to be very adaptable, so that you have a baseline skill set that allows you to be a call center operator today and tomorrow be able to interpret MRI scans.'

That's the stupidest fucking thing anyone has ever said.

At least he admitted their bullshit interview questions were designed to make the interviewer feel important and were a complete waste of time.

Sounds like Google is getting a head start on making everything else at their company a waste of time. Maybe they'll hire some grownups someday who have some respect for other people's educations.

Hey Laszlo. There are indie romance novelists who make more than in a month than you make in a year. English degrees produce billionaires. The only people who become billionaires in computers are dropouts.

Now go back to your meeting.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk