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Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 1) 661

I think it's pretty clear that high minimum wages are a forcing function for this transition, and I don't think it's something we really want to force. Ideally, it would be better to slow it down, at least in terms of the human cost, though the most obvious mechanisms for slowing it (labor subsidies) may also dangerously distort the economy.

Try looking at it from a different angle.

I think it's pretty clear that high business profits are a forcing function for this transition, and I don't think it's something we really want to force. Ideally, it would be better to slow it down, at least in terms of the human cost, though the most obvious mechanisms for slowing it (better wages) may also improve the economy.

Chasing profits might be the goal of most businesses, but there's no compelling reason it should also be the goal of a Government for the people and by the people.

P.S. Minimum wages are both (1) low relative to decades of inflation and (2) historically low relative to worker productivity. You can look it up.

Comment: Re:Scary Stuff (Score 1) 146

by TubeSteak (#48222395) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Within days it was widely reported in both US and Russian media that the aerosol used was Fentanyl or some related/derivative agent.

No, Russia has never said specifically what it was that they used, but I wouldn't expect any country to disclose the tools they use for anti-terror operations.

Comment: Re:Computer vision... (Score 0) 145

by TubeSteak (#48212803) Attached to: Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Have a good look at the limitations section on Wikipedia:
"...that the lidar technology cannot spot potholes or humans, such as a police officer, signaling the car to stop."

We already have technology that can handle potholes to some extent: Semi-active suspension management.
It has been slowly trickling down from high end and commercial automobiles.

There's two basic ways the systems work.
1. Magnetic shock fluid whose viscosity can be changed with a magnetic field
2. Actively adjusted shock valving

With the right accelerometers, both systems allow for detection of potholes (actually the detection of rapid drops) and can almost instantly increase the shock dampening to prevent your wheel from dropping deep into the pothole.

There's also active suspension management, which either involves actively generating hydraulic pressure for a piston or using a linear motor. These are far less common because of the extra weight and complexity required, but they can literally pull a wheel up and out of a pothole.

Comment: Healthcare? (Score 3, Informative) 290

by TubeSteak (#48209831) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it.

I think this point requires further explaining.
Why exactly do I need Gbit service to bring healthcare into my home?

Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.


DOCSIS 3.0 does not have a maximum limit on the number of channels that can be bonded.
The initial hardware would only bond up to 8 channels (~304 Mbit/s), but 16 channel (608 Mbit/s) hardware is already being rolled out by Comcast in the form of rebadged Cisco DPC3939 Gateways.

2015/2016 we might see 24 channel (912 Mbit/s) and 32 channel (1.2 Gbit/s) hardware.
2016/2017 is most likely, in the form of DOCSIS 3.1 modems, which use completely different modulation, but will have 24/32 channel DOCSIS 3.0 baked into them so that the ISPs can seamlessly upgrade from DOCSIS 3.0 to 3.1.

Cable's game plan is to use DOCSIS 3.1 to put off pulling fiber to the home, which keeps their costs low and will allow them to offer (multi)gigabit speeds using a hybrid fiber/co-ax infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Why do I still read these comments (Score 1) 172

by TubeSteak (#48207923) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

The level of naysayers, resistance to change in Slashdot is the most I have seen in forever and I have been reading Slashdot for quite a while now.

Bundles: stay organized automatically
It's like Folders! With keyword filtering!
But we do it automatically for you!

Highlights: the important info at a glance
They're like Subject lines! But with more information!

Reminders, Assists, and Snooze: your to-doâ(TM)s on your own terms

Calendar and Alarm integration! In your e-mail!

Because we were already reading your e-mail, we used some Google Search magic to pre-fetch information you might want. Gmailâ(TM)s still there for you, but Inbox is something new. Itâ(TM)s a better way to get back to what matters, and we canâ(TM)t wait to share it with you.

/This sounds like really cool stuff, too bad I don't have an Android phone.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1) 522

by TubeSteak (#48207621) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

The problem must be solved within the leadership of Islam.

The problem cannot be solved within the leadership of Islam, because there is no monolithic Islam.

This is the equivalent of saying that the Roman Catholic Church should involve itself in the affairs of the Southern Baptist Convention, because they're both Christian. Actually, one of them is Protestant. And not only Protestant, but a separatist group from a separatist group. That's three schisms for anyone trying to keep track.

The Islamic sects which attract/breed extremists have leadership who support extremism.

The honest leaders of the religion need to become more vigorous about this - expel those inciting violence, denounce them as heretics, cause a schism, all the same shit that the Catholic church had to go through in centuries past.

Islam suffered a defining schism shortly after the death of Mohammed.
The Sunnis supported the choosing of Mohammed's father-in-law, Abu Bakr, as the first Caliph.
The Shia believed Mohammed chose his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, as successor and have been pissed off ever since that he wasn't elected as the first Caliph.

Then these two groups spent the better part of a millennium fighting each other over who should be in charge, creating splinter factions the entire way.

National leaders who are not religious leaders need to do what they can to support that.

There are more than a few Persian Gulf states who are widely known to tacitly or actively support the funding of extremists. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Kuwait, Iran, and Syria are the first ones that come to mind. Some of them publicly condemn terrorism, but everyone knows that they do almost nothing to stop their very rich citizens from funneling money into the hands of extremist groups.

There's much more to be said on the topic, but I'll close by pointing out that your comments belie either ignorance or a deep misunderstanding about Islam and the Middle East.

Comment: Re:Basic Medical Technology 101. (Score 1) 79

by TubeSteak (#48206417) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Only liability insurance industry can force the change. Otherwise it will be impossible to put a monetary value on this effort.

Only the insurance industry can force change without getting buried in lobbying and politics.

But even then, the insurance industry will still end up negotiating the industry standards with device manufacturers.

Comment: Re:I, for one, will be happy... (Score 1) 79

by TubeSteak (#48206215) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

It's the buzzword of the year. Give it 3-4 years to die out.

Please let me know when all the companies with "-ly" names are expected to die off.

Embedly, Nextly, Locately, Drizly,, Delightfully, Crowdly, Bitly,, etc
I cannot wait to bid you goodbye.

/I also hold a special hatred for and their link shortening interstitial ad-pages.

Comment: Re:Easily done: (Score 1) 329

by TubeSteak (#48196465) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

then go lose a world war and dismantle most of your armament producing capability under scrutiny by an occupying force.

The USA (under Bush Jr. and Obama) has been encouraging Japan to become increasingly militaristic over the years.
They're trying to create a stronger military partner to help counterbalance China's burgeoning military spending.

And the current Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, is essentially the Japanese equivalent of a Holocaust denier,
in that he's repeatedly gone on the record to deny or downplay Japanese war crimes.

His brand of nationalism is also pissing off South Korea, which certainly doesn't promote regional stability.

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 488

by TubeSteak (#48183497) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Despite it's flaws, the near absolute interpretation of the constitutional right to the freedom of speech by the US Supreme Court is a godsend and makes me proud to be an American.

Your response demonstrates that you failed to read and understand my points. There will always be limits to freedom of speech, but those limits are much more restrained in the US than the UK, just to go down the list:

I'm not going to even bother than the rest, because you clearly missed the point. No right is absolute, but the US Supreme Court guards the freedom of expression in the US much more fiercely than European Courts do.

It sounds a lot like you're walking back from "near absolute"

And just for the sake of pedantry, it's worth mentioning that no one has a Constitutional right to free of speech.
Our right to free speech is natural and the Constitution limits how the Government can infringe on it.

/I'd also be interested in seeing your citations on the fighting words doctrine being overturned, the Supreme Court doesn't really agree with you.

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