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Comment What experiences? (Score 1) 140

The car is the result of "extensive" surveys with the younger generation that came to the conclusion that, according to Nissan, young people "feel that time spent in a car should be time for connecting and sharing experiences with friends."

When all you're doing is sharing and connecting, when do you have time for experiencing?

Comment Re:Endlessly Increasing Budgets (Score 1) 203

It really is amazing that you even have to explain that.

I could associate that sort of ignorance to a certain demographic, a certain political mind-set...
The ignorance and "black and white" worldview that clouds any sort of nuanced discussion about things like the Federal Budget process.

Comment Re:Who is going to use it? (Score 1) 94

There really isn't a market for IT Pros as much any more... everybody is turning more and more into a developer, and that's what will be needed to manage this type of stuff; DevOps and Developers. IT Admins are now a commodity.

I think it depends on the type of business. I'm a SysAdmin and I've been involved in a very specific, "niche" industry for over ten years, which in hindsight was a GodSend... I would completely agree regarding IT in traditional Enterprise Operations where it's an AD/Exchange environment with all the usual departments doing the traditional tasks. I would assume that is about 80% of the market.

In reality, managing O365 is much more of a PITA and time consuming, from a "hand holding" perspective than local Exchange ever was. And don't get me started on the migration...

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 577

I think the mistake many who "poo-poo" this situation make is not recognizing the magnitude of the situation. The numbers of refugees are astounding, and will indeed be a unprecedented managerial and logistical challenge for the governments tasked with absorbing the refugees.

The real question is how much of this can Europe, and the EU handle?

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 2, Interesting) 577

You make some good points, and I'm very surprised your post hasn't been modded down.

In my opinion this migration will be a massive drain on the EU and especially on the countries that support the immigrants. Perhaps countries like Germany and Sweden can afford to house, feed and support these(almost) millions, all while maintaining their current expenditures for citizens and pensioners already there. Time will tell.

However, I can imagine one thing is for sure, the internal security services tasked with maintaining watch over "islamic terrorists", etc; are going to be over burdened with all the new "persons of interest". They already know there are many who have piggy backed onto the mainly Syrian population trying to get into Europe. It really is quite a mess.

Yes, I would imagine the vast majority of immigrants didn't want to leave their homeland and only want a normal life for their families. But at the same time, it would be quite naive to not acknowledge, especially in light of where the migrants originated, that there wouldn't be those whose goal is to cause harm to "The West" or "The Great Satan".

The really interesting thing watching this debacle unfold is how the EU is straining to keep their solidarity in line. Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Austria, etc; have all gone about managing this differently, which is really to be expected. Europe had no gameplan in place for something of this magnitude and is really unprecedented.

Also, a bit of disclosure, I live in the US, in a neighborhood with a very high percentage of immigrants, from all over the world. I am around lots of people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America on a daily basis, because I use Public Transit a lot. I actually enjoy the sort of cosmopolitan environment. The US is actually setup fairly well to absorb immigrants from refugee status countries, as opposed to economic refugees(yes, this is a sensitive topic I know).

Comment Immigrants losing jobs... (Score 5, Insightful) 231

FTFA it states that the irony is that many who are losing jobs to outsourcing to India via H1B are in fact immigrants to the US themselves. People from all over the world who moved to the US to go to school then found jobs here.

To look at this from a macro perspective, it is the continuing "flattening" of the Earths wealth, whereby the oft used phrase "redistribution" actually means wealth flowing from the First World middle class to a sprinkling(crumbs off the table...) onto the lower classes of the Second World countries, and the meat of the wealth going to the "non-aligned" (for lack of a better phrase) 1%.

The non-aligned would be those who have no loyalty to country, race or religion. Their loyalty lays only to the brutal Social Darwinism, whereby profit isn't enough, where rendering our planets environment a wreck isn't enough, where forcing homeowners onto the street isn't enough, while they themselves get cushy bailouts, tax breaks and special treatment at every turn.

Comment Re:Unchecked power will ALWAYS be abused (Score 1) 86

Years ago I worked tech support for one of the pre-web internet subscription communities.

While working there I ended up in a flame war in one of their forums with a user, while logged in with my personal account.
The war continued for about a week, escalating, as I didn't back down on my opinion and the other user continued to escalate the rhetoric, ending up with his threats of physical violence.

I then looked up his account at work and discovered that he was around 14 yrs old, and that his father paid for the account.
I messaged his father the threats he made in the forum. He replied a thank you and I never heard back from either of them.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 177

We are approaching a point where we no longer need all the people we have to do all the things that need to be done. This will be an interesting challenge for the 21st century, what do we do with all the people who are no longer required to make stuff?

Interesting challenge?
This challenge will overwhelm the American governments capacity to deliver social services, healthcare, policing, etc
Unemployment and underemployment will only continue to rise as automation and robotics take jobs away, not just from unskilled, but also from highly skilled occupations. The numbers will grow every year. No amount of election year politicking about job creation will change any of this.

What will be used to maintain control, deliver services, etc to a growing population of unemployed?
The same thing that put them in that predicament:
Automation and Robotics

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau