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Comment: Re:Cash is king! (Score 1) 753

by Wansu (#47445635) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Cash is accepted at more locations than Visa and Mastercard and always will. If government issued notes are eliminated, another form of anonymous exchange will arise. As previously mentioned, it may be gold or silver, it might be something else. People will find a way.

You beat me to it. Cash is king. Whether it's our present currency, gold or silver coins, nothing beats cold hard cash.

Comment: Re:Detroit calls Google arrogant? (Score 1) 236

by Wansu (#47350981) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

This is the Detroit that didn't take Japanese brands seriously until it almost killed them.
And then they blamed the unions.

The Detroit that needed 30+ years to bring a small, efficient, powerful engine to the US.because they knew best what American wanted (big V8s for drag racing).
And in the meanwhile, put whimpy, underpowered straight 6s into full size "body by Fisher" cars and trucks and wondered why their sales fell off a cliff.

The Detroit that hides the fact that Mitsubishi (Chrysler), Toyota (GM) and Mazda (Ford) built their small cars for 20-some years.
The '89 Ford Fiesta was one of the best Mazdas on the road.

I wouldn't trust Detroit to build an autonomous car.

Comment: Re:they get hot too (Score 3, Insightful) 394

by Wansu (#47253735) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Amen. The Scientific Atlanta cable TV boxes dissipate an unreasonable amount of heat, enough to significantly warm the room. The Scientific Atlanta DVR boxes dissipate more heat than their cable TV boxes. They take an excessively long time to boot and channel surfing is nearly impossible. Little wonder so many people cut the cord.

Comment: Re:The proper channels... (Score 1) 273

by Wansu (#46443899) Attached to: Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

...are those connected directly to /dev/null.

Bernie Maddoff's competitors tried going through proper channels for a decade. They complained bitterly that his results were mathematically impossible, that it must be a ponzi scheme. Nobody listened. And now it has come to light that JP Morgan Chase laundered money for Maddoff for decades.

Comment: Re:False advertising. (Score 2) 273

by Wansu (#46443867) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

The problem of ripoffs and poor service always seems to crop up wherever competition is lacking, and telecomms companies in the US certainly do not have enough competition. Ma Bell was an evil monopolist until their forced breakup in 1984, which it turned out, didn't help much. Today, telecomms in the US are still uncompetitive, price gouging, regulatory capturing, sluggish, backwards scum.

I don't know how old you are but Ma Bell was nowhere near as evil as today's AT&T and Verizon. Ma Bell was a regulated monopoly with many constraints on what it could do.

The Bell System was broken up in 1982 by a lawsuit brought by Northern Telecom because they wanted to sell the DMS-100 in the US. As a result of that court ruling, the Bell System was broken up into "baby bells". Since then, the new AT&T has absorbed them one by one.

So now we have a few big companies running the show with very few constraints on what they can do. Competition will not happen. Instead, they merge into bigger companies that are too big to fail. Essentially the same thing has happened in the electric power industry. And it gets sold to the public as free market competition.

Comment: Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (Score 2) 491

by Wansu (#46349347) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

No. We do not have a shortage. The US has been shedding STEM jobs, not gaining unfilled ones. For almost 3 decades at this point.

We do not have a shortage and really never have had a shortage. But this is never going to be "settled" because it's all about cheap labor and always has been.

Comment: Re:Worker shortage in 2014 (Score 1) 321

by Wansu (#46140737) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

And trust the free market for once. If there's a worker shortage, then wages will rise until demand and supply equalize and there is no more shortage.

The powers that be don't trust the invisible hand of the free market. In this case, they want to tamper with it by providing incentives. In the US, they flood the labor market with H1Bs and ship whatever jobs they can to low wage countries. They are all for the free market so long as it works in their favor. When it doesn't they whine for bailouts of some sort to fix it.

Comment: EE long in decline (Score 4, Interesting) 397

by Wansu (#45983411) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

Thirty five years ago, there were at least 50,000 workers employed in electronics manufacturing in the RTP area of NC. I was one of them. I started as an assembler, then as a technician and later as a design engineer. During the 90s, most of these jobs quickly disappeared. Today, there a few small niche players left employing perhaps a few hundred workers. That's it.

I retrained as a software developer and successfully changed careers. It was difficult.

I'm not surprised to see reality check stories like this, particularly after being treated to incessant propaganda about shortages of STEM students over the past couple years. This shortage talk has been going on for decades. Yet, no actual shortages of engineers have materialized.

Comment: Re:I'm Sorry, China (Score 1) 634

by Wansu (#45141969) Attached to: China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

"That's simply false. Most of the products manufactured in China were (and still are) designed in the U.S. or Europe. "

No. Most electronics manufacturing moved to China by the mid 90s and it wasn't long before the design jobs went there too. I spent 20 years as a circuit designer. By the late 90s, most of those jobs were disappearing. I switched to software.

"America has NO shortage of graduates in the sciences or tech workers."

Now that I agree with.

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