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Comment Re:Energy Drinks (Score 3, Informative) 568

Yes, this. energy drink and Starbucks. People aren't drinking fewer caffeinated beverages, they're generally drinking stronger ones. Whether it's carbonated or not doesn't really matter.

My favorite commercial of course, is 5-hour energy. "Get five hours of energy with only 4 calories!" I got a news flash for those guys... calories == energy. No calories means it's a drug, not energy. I wonder if I could sue them for blatantly false advertisements?

Comment Re:Every public venue is amateur hour ... (Score 2) 37

Every public distribution channel is amateur hour, open source or commercial.

This. If the download is compromised, it doesn't matter how secure the source is. Maybe what you thought was XCode is actually a CIA rootkit.

Why is there no gpg signature on downloads? Why are the jars in the eclipse executable even signed if the signatures are not verified by default in Eclipse? Why does the Oracle Java 8 ppa:webupd8team for Ubuntu download and install from http sources just after I typed in sudo?

Comment Re:Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 82

Client-side end-to-end encryption using perfect forward secrecy is the only thing we can "trust" now, sadly.

I believe that's only as secure as your PRNG. So I would go one step further and say that statement only applies on systems built from free open source software. Microsoft, Apple, and Google could remotely install/remove whatever they want on your hardware, behind your back, without you knowing it. All three are known "friends of NSA" and the OP makes a very good point. Most of what is being discussed is theater, and it is theater designed to rebuild trust in these traitors.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

Funny. This is how Google plays the tax laws. They're perfectly okay with all the different national tax codes when it allows them to avoid paying taxes. Eric Schmidt has been very clear that Google is just obeying the law! Well Eric, this is the law in France. You should just obey it, yes?

Oh, I'm so sorry America. I just paid my legally required taxes in Ireland, so I don't owe you anything despite having made most of my revenue from your nation and hiring most of your programmers to do it for me. --Google

Comment Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 233

I'm just curious, why do you think their machine learning algorithms are "shoddy"?

You type in gorillas and you get pictures of things that definitely aren't gorillas. The fact that it's highly offensive is just icing on the cake.

Likewise, job ads, ideally, would be shown to the best candidates, not necessarily the users most likely to click them... as you have speculated. HR is drowning in bullshit resumes as it is. Ads that produce more bullshit resumes from unqualified candidates who click/submit on everything will not be worth much to any company.

Without your pure speculation that the click through is what is driving the difference, all you're left with is an insinuation by the output of Google's algorithm that men are six times more likely than women to be good candidates for highly paid jobs... Which, again, simply isn't true and again, highly offensive.

Comment Re:What kind of phone does Cameron use? (Score 3, Insightful) 174

That's what I would ask him. "No secret messages? Then how do you feel about Manning leaking your secret messages then? And Snowden? You must be in favor of a full pardon for those guys, yes? How do you plan to explain the shutdown and/or hacking of every Internet web server in your entire country, because you've outlawed SSH? Also, were you born with brain damage or did you acquire that at some later point in life?" :)

Comment Re:For 100 points... (Score 4, Informative) 101

"Google has a gun pointed at my head. They haven't promised not to pull the trigger, but they haven't pull the trigger yet. So I've got that going for me." -- AI software developer

Request for prior art on Google patent application. Don't let Google point a gun at our heads. Get their patent applications rejected with prior art.

Comment Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 233

Well at least you explained why you thought those things were relevant.

False cause: I didn't speculate on cause. I noted effect. Fact: Google software called black people gorillas. Fact: Google software discriminated against women.

Appeal to emotion: I'm not asking anyone to act. In fact, I'm questioning why YOU are acting, by making excuses for Google. I did not speculate about that, since it would be ad hominem.

Slippery slope: I never implied Google will cause skynet. I asked where your personal limit to tolerate Google's shoddy machine learning algorithms is located. The extreme end of which, would be skynet.

Comment Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 233

However it happened, the end effect is the same. First Google called black people gorillas, now they discriminate against women.

What is it going to take before you no longer feel compelled to make excuses for them? Do they have to go skynet on everyone before you think that *maybe* they should be a little more careful with their AI algorithms? Or is it simpler than that? Maybe they just have to negatively impact a few white male programmers for you to get upset about it.

Comment Re:role most affected? (Score 1) 135

While this is true in many cases, the angel investor of today has generally got priority on returns from any sale of a startup today. It's very different from the publicly traded dot com bust according to articles I've read on the subject. If "the bubble" pops this time, some investors will be hurt if they can't sell the startup. However, if the startup is sold for what was invested, the people left holding the bag will be the employees working for little more that stock options and a dream of a big exit. Those people will have worked months/years and will get no return. Their shares will be effectively worthless.

Join a startup when times are good expecting times to stay good seems like a good way to get burned. (buy high, sell low) Joining a startup accepting that there is inherent risk in what you are doing is, as always, a gamble. (penny stocks) Joining a mid to large size company with a legacy code base that has to be maintained by some old master in a particular language/framework/architecture seems the safest route to steady income, but you'll never become really wealthy. (Bonds) Catching the hype wave and riding it into newer, higher paid positions has great returns until your wave turns out to be a dud. (Stocks) In 2005 it was web apps, in 2010 it was mobile apps, in 2015 it looks like machine learning. If you bet on HTML5 apps in 2010*, you struggled. Many did.

*Flame away HTML5 people. HTML5 didn't make $40000 a day on flappy birds and iFarts. I know those are exceptions, but employers eat that stuff up. Salary studies that I saw reflected this.

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