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Comment Re:What, this is idiotic! (Score 1) 280

If true, this would prevent all photography that could potentially include an image of all or part of a product, on the grounds that it could help someone duplicate the product. It's true that a photograph might help, but we don't accept that argument for any other class of objects [cars, buildings, the RonCo Inside-The-Eggshell-Egg-Scrambler, GMO wheat], and there's no reason to think that cooking is somehow special.

Also, I believe that once you begin talking about imitating manufacturing process, you're no longer talking about copyright, but about patents.

Comment The breakup speech (Score 3, Insightful) 242

This is tough, but you need to hear it... It's not the industry. It's you.

You didn't lose an IT career, because you never had one. By your own description, you don't have control over the technologies that you've tried to use. I also notice that you didn't mention any business domain knowledge.

I could sugar-coat this and tell you that it isn't fair, but this really how economies have always worked. If you want a job, you have to bring something of value to the relationship. It is not up to potential employers to train you so that you can take their money. Face the fact that with less than 3 years of experience, no evident business focus, and weak technical skills, you rate as entry level at best.

Figure out what you want to do, learn how to do it, and find opportunities to use your actual skills. You may need to make tradeoffs and compromises along the way, so think about your choices carefully.Getting started is tough--I've done it more than once--but putting it off just makes it harder.

Last, if I was interviewing you, and you blamed your lack of success on the ethnicity of your co-workers, I would end the interview and not call you back.

I know it is hard to hear criticism, but I hope it helps. All the best in your search.

Comment Re:Court should refuse to rule (Score 5, Insightful) 193

This is a false analogy for two reasons:

First, in the candlemakers' appeal, the requst is to kill the competition. In the Uber case, the question is which body of law to apply. These are not parallel questions.

Second, Bastiat's appeal is fictional and based on satire and oversimplification to make a point; the Spanish judge's request is based in actual events and law, which are much more complicated.

Comment Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 90

2. Score reaches threshold, shopper is first denied any coupons (this takes a slight change in rules).

How is this going to increase revenue and profits? You're essentially telling customers that you don't want to do business with them. That will probably cause greater damage to profits than coupon fraud. For most vendors, it would be better to detect fraudulent coupons and reject them on a one-by-one basis, even if some percentage of fake coupons get through.

Comment Terrible AND inadequate (Score 0) 114

I'm not sure how to connect "virtually every adult driver in the U.S.," with "Its database grows by 2.7 million records a day."

That would amount only a handful of observations of each driver per year, average. Still a privacy violation, but not very useful if the interest is in building a model of an individual's behavior or knowing the individual's current whereabouts.

One of the risks here is that the system will seriously jeopardize individual privacy at the same time that no useful benefit will be created. This has the potential to void even the morally bankrupt "the end justifies the means" argument for the system.

Comment We had this when I was in school.... (Score 4, Insightful) 213

It was called vocational education, and it prepared people for skilled blue collar work. The purpose-driven approach wasn't really geared toward a liberal education or to prepare students for self-determined careers, but it did prepare people to work in auto repair shops, to fix HVAC systems, and so forth. It is not clear to me how the Helsinki system will prepare students for university work in liberal arts, sciences without immediate/clear applications, philosophy and mathematics, and so on. I assume they've thought about it, but I don't get it.

It should be a concern.

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