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Comment Re:I'm sure they mean well (Score 1) 46

Interesting document, but highly flawed. From a quick reading:

- Many undefined terms like "reasonable" that are inviting abuse.

- The "strong weight" against avoiding offence and expected thick skin will be interpreted as everything must be as offensive as possible.

- There are many, many loopholes. It's not harassment if you just wait for an excuse to be uncomfortably close to someone, or make hazing jokes about them within earshot but not specifically to them.

- The jokes exclusion is a get out of jail free card. You can simply claim anything was a joke after the fact.

- The doxing stuff seems to not even understand what doxing is.

- It treats gender as binary.

Overall it seems like something written to make a point, rather than being based on experience or pragmatism.

Comment Re:Summary is a troll (Score 1) 46

So your argument is an appeal to absurdity. You concoct a ridiculous example that clearly would never happen in real life, unrelated to TFA (an web form) and cite it as evidence to support your position.

TFA mentions that they will probably just ask you to stop if you do something antisocial. It doesn't say, but I think it reasonable to assume they would use judgement and discretion, considering the care with which the CoC was written.

If you like I'll make a joke about your mother, and we can put your claim to the test.

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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed' 82

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy should not be understated. Vardi, a professor at Rice University and Guggenheim fellow, said that technology presents a more subtle threat than the masterless drones that some activists fear. He suggested AI could drive global unemployment to 50%, wiping out middle-class jobs and exacerbating inequality. "Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of 'in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread'," he said. "We need to rise to the occasion and meet this challenge."

Comment Re:stop making him a martyr. (Score 1) 100

I don't know about the US, but in Europe if someone with a history of depression and suicidal thoughts is prosecuted then the prosecutors have a responsibility to consider that when dealing with them. People are innocent until proven guilty, and even after conviction their healthcare needs must be attended to.


Brown CS Department Hiring Student Diversity, Inclusion Advocates 46

theodp writes: Brown University's Department of Computer Science is seeking to hire student advocates for diversity and inclusion as part of its new action plan to increase diversity. The new hires, who will also serve as members of the CS Diversity Committee, will support students, plan inclusion activities, and educate TAs on issues of diversity. Also on the diversity front, Brown touted last weekend's Hack@Brown, the school's annual student hackathon, as being "unlike any other hackathon" -- welcoming, inclusive, and inviting to students of all experience levels." A cynic might point out that Hack@Brown's tech giant sponsors boast track records that are quite the opposite. By the way, Brown@Hackathon certainly upped the ante on conference Codes of Conduct, warning that those anonymously-charged with making others feel uncomfortable on the basis of "gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof)" will be "expelled from the event without travel reimbursement at the discretion of the event organizers." Brown explained that travel reimbursements were provided to promote "economic diversity", ensuring that students who couldn't otherwise afford to get to and from Providence could attend the Ivy League event. Hey, what "economically diverse" kid wouldn't want to go to a conference where rubbing someone the wrong way could leave them stranded in Rhode Island!

Comment Re:Can someone clarify this? (Score 1) 243

The rationale here is that they don't need these IT workers because they are outsourcing their work IT to IBM India. So the jobs are disappearing--Hertz will no longer have a position "IT Support Technician," for example. The job will not exist at Hertz.

That said, IBM India will have a position for "IT Support Technician" and it will be filled by someone in India who will be moved over here to perform the same task that the former Hertz-employed IT Technician would have done.

Comment Re:Free and Fair Trade = More Jobs (Score 1) 243

To me there's a difference between outsourcing and what we see here.

I don't have a problem with outsourcing. Sending work to India, China, Cleveland, or places with a lower cost of living where you don't have to pay people quite so much to get a job done is perfectly legitimate. Heck, IBM used to have lots of R&D-type offices in inexpensive places. This way they didn't have to pay people a lot of money but those employees could buy a nice house in that inexpensive area. There are advantages to doing your work in Silicon Valley (huge talent pool) and there are disadvantages to doing your work in Silicon Valley (very expensive place to live means you have to pay those people more money).

I have no problem with Apple building all of it's hardware in China. Heck, I have no problem with Apple designing all of it's hardware in China. I have no problem with Apple moving the whole kit and kaboodle of their product development to China, if they see fit to do so.

This is different. This is more like Apple moving it's hardware assembly over here but bringing all the workers from China over and paying them what they're paid in China.

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