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Comment: Re:"could help explain the origins of human confli (Score 1) 217

by breeze95 (#47943199) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

I would like to hear somebody explain logically why they think the behavior of other modern non-human species provides more insight into human behavior, than simply studying human behavior directly.

Because it gives insight about early human behavior. If violence is an innate part of chimps behavior that means violence was part of our direct ancestors behavior as well and can help to explain conflicts between racial groups, religious groups, ethnic groups, etc. Basically, it helps us understand the roots of our "we vs. they" mentality.

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by breeze95 (#47579057) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

Since when is a license to read an eBook revocable?

In 2009, Amazon Amazon erased Orwell books From Kindle devices. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html?_r=0). If you ever used Amazon Kindle app for iOS or Android you will noticed how easy it is for Amazon to remove books from the devices.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by breeze95 (#47402495) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

The US is awash in certain kinds of skilled tech workers: Java programmers, web programmers, iOS app programmers, and more. It's not hard to find them, nor is there any kind of shortage.

But for more complex work, the best qualified workers are from overseas. Go look in any US comp-sci graduate program, and try to find the Americans. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Back? How many did you find? 10%? 20% And from my experience interviewing them, they are often not the cream of the crop. Don't get me wrong, there are some really top notch American students coming out of graduate programs, but that's the exception, not the rule. If you want a deep understanding of theory, rather than another Java coder, it's hard to find that in the US. Not impossible. Just hard.

What does a "deep understanding of theory" have to do with lack of skilled tech workers? Your statement is too broad to the point that it makes you sound like a troll. Are you saying that all JAVA programmers, Web programmers, iOS developers or Android developers don't have a deep understanding of the theory underlining their tools? You sound like an older tech workers that looks down on new software tools, or you are not an American and is justifying H-1B's by disparaging Americans and their education. Either way, you are a troll.

Comment: Re:Don't understand it. (Score 1) 198

by breeze95 (#46963295) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

I don't understand this deal yet, but my problem isn't with Beats headphones being a "rip off". That's not the issue for me. The larger issue for me is, I don't see why Apple couldn't have simply produced their own rip-off headphones if they wanted to, or their own music streaming service. They have the technical ability. They have the design and marketing talent. So what are they getting out of the deal?

I would imagine that this is either a waste of money, or there's some other calculation. Like maybe record labels have been trying to bend Apple over a barrel when they ask for streaming rights, and in this deal, Apple acquires the streaming rights that Beats had, thereby side-stepping the deal. Or maybe Apple looked at the organization and thought it was a good team as a whole, and rather than trying to steal the employees away one-by-one, they thought it was better to purchase them outright. There's always the explanation that they were buying the customer base, but I'm not sure that'll hold once they rebrand and integrate-- and I would be surprised if they didn't rebrand and integrate it into their existing products/services.

I don't know. Does anyone have info here that would shed light on the real motivation? Or has Apple just started buying random businesses because they're profitable, without a larger strategic plan?

I don't expect many here to know that Beats Headphones are very popular. Apple needs to branch out from phones and tablets. Beats headphones and speakers are popular, cool, stylish, high-end and expensive. It's the perfect match for Apple. A few weeks ago there was talk of Apple purchasing another cool company (Tesla Motors). Apple is looking to diversify, and they will only buy companies whose products are seen as popular, cool, stylish and expensive.

Comment: Re:Asinine (Score 1) 322

by breeze95 (#46709129) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Do you believe it would be wise to give your typical call center employee a gun, a squad car and instructions to arrest lawbreakers?

Call centers offer dehumanizing jobs that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. The last thing in the world I want is for someone who has grown used to that environment, someone who considers it an acceptable form human interaction, to be in charge of whether or not you or I go to jail.

If you have any sense, you don't want that either.

The problems with working in call centers have nothing to do with recording conversations between call center workers and customers. All of the problems with working in call centers have to do with lousy pay, poor benefits and a general lack of job security. In all the years, I'm yet to hear call center employees complain that their conversations with customers are monitored. It's simply not an issue.

Comment: Re:Asinine (Score 1) 322

by breeze95 (#46709097) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

As I read these responses, I'm forced to wonder: would any of the posters tolerate having every spoken word recorded by The Boss throughout their shift? Even one of you?

That's the case for a great number of ordinary workers, and especially for those whose jobs entail great responsibilities, particularly the safeguarding of human life.

Pilots' every spoken word are recorded by "the boss" during flight. Call center employees interactions with customers are often times recorded by "the boss", heavily scrutinized, and used to evaluate the employee's performance. US government employees with high clearances surrender their privacy almost entirely, and fully expect that their communications are monitored.

The job police do is vital to the functioning of society, but it carries at least as much potential for abuse than any of these others I just mentioned. A police officer who does not perform his job appropriately puts the public at an extreme level of risk. It is appropriate that, given this extreme degree of power, we monitor, check, and balance their behavior through a commensurately extreme degree of supervision.

In addition, CIA employees and many members of various federal agencies have to take a yearly polygraph test. So, it's very common for employees in sensitive positions to be highly scrutinized.

Comment: Re:Asinine (Score 2) 322

by breeze95 (#46709063) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

You're equating a constantly-overwriting black box that keeps around last two minutes of talk before a crash with continuous recording and long term storage of everything a police officer says, retrievable at his employers' pleasure.

You accuse me of logical fallacy? Really?

The Black box is not the only recording instrument on a commercial plane. There is a cockpit recording device that records all conversations in the cockpit for the entire flight.

Comment: Re:Asinine (Score 2) 322

by breeze95 (#46708935) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

1) Lots of people do already. For instance, call center employees.

There are reasons call center ranks below garbage collection on the list of desirable jobs. This is one of them.

I understand your point though: you wouldn't tolerate that sort of treatment but the other guy should have to. He's different!

The other guy doesn't have to tolerate that sort of treatment either. They are free to quit.

Comment: Re:This data is about Twitter not platforms (Score 1) 161

by breeze95 (#46667089) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

The only conclusions that I can draw has to do with the people who use Twitter. While twitter's user base may be sufficiently representative of the overall mobile user space, I don't see how it can correlate to wealth of platform adoption until other factors are also ruled out.

Their assumptions are based on economics and geography. For example, most of the Tweets in Manhattan (a high income area) comes from iPhones. In comparison, most of the tweets in Newark (a much lower income area than Manhattan) comes from Android devices. Therefore, iPhone users are more wealthy than Android users. Of course other factors weren't taken into consideration making the author's conclusion dubious.

Comment: Re:Education... (Score 2) 397

by breeze95 (#46530699) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Seems like this would be an education issue not a hiring issue. e.g. are there really a lot of underemployed / unemployed black or hispanics with CS degrees?

You are correct. Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in colleges. To make matters worse less than 10% of Blacks/Hispanics get STEM degrees. For White students approximately 20% get STEM degrees. Not to mention, the graduation rate for Blacks and Hispanics is much lower than Whites and Asians. Obviously this is going to have a dire effect on the representation of Blacks and Hispanics in STEM careers. I read an article that states if Black and Hispanic students raise their graduation rates in science and engineering to equal the rate attained by Asians this would raise new STEM graduates by 48,000 annually. In addition, raising Black/Hispanic graduation rates to their share of the population and to reflect that of Asians would increase Black/Hispanic STEM graduates by more than 140,000. So, yeah, it's an education issue. I don't see this changing anytime soon, because American high school students treat STEM education as if it was kryptonite.

Comment: Re:Not Our Fault (Score 2) 397

by breeze95 (#46530541) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

I've been in the tech industry (software, circuit board design, chip design, and then back to software) for 24 years. I've worked with engineers with heritage from India, China, Korea, various eastern European countries, and probably a couple other countries in Asia. I've never had a black or latino co-worker. In all those years, I've only ever seen us interview a single black candidate, and he so inadequate that he got sent home after speaking with a single interviewer.

Hiring is not the problem. A lack of black and latino candidates worth hiring is.

So, in 24 years your company only interviewed one Black/Hispanic candidate and that doesn't raise red flags to you. In 24 years, only one Black person and no Hispanic was worthy of an interview. That's statistically unlikely to occur unless it's deliberate. Which proves Jessie Jackson point.

Comment: Re:Sales figures (Score 1) 487

by breeze95 (#46404341) Attached to: Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

No idea how they make up sales numbers.

Apple's own sales numbers say they sold 74 million iPads in 2014. Not sure how gartner lost 4 million.

Also, Apple's numbers are reported as sales to users, everyone else uses sales to channel (the channel can return unsold stock to the company in the following quarter but can still claim it sold that many)

They can't claim in their financial statements shipments to sales channels as sales if a right to return clause exists. If companies claim sales on shipments to channels when a right to return exists then they are committing fraud (see Worldcom and FASB Issue No. 48). Also, adjusting Apple's units sold to 74 million doesn't change Apple's market share by much. By my calculation, Apple market share goes from approximately 38% to 40% and Google goes from 62% to 60%. Hardly a big change.

Comment: Re:it went exactly as planned (Score 1) 139

by breeze95 (#46116587) Attached to: Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

The best analysis of this seems to be ArsTechnica, which looks into the conflict with Samsung. Even in the beginning of the deal, people were furrowing brows on how Google can be competing on hardware with the rest of Android.

I live in Chicago. I have a relative in Motorola. Google spent a lot of cash to get people to move to the Merchandise Mart downtown, spending a huge wad of cash to lease out an entire floor of the Mart. This was very disruptive for the teams, and only would pay longer term benefits. This doesn't seem to me to be a strip-and-dump purchase by Google, but the Samsung-Tizen thing kind of forced their hand. People were worrying about Android fragmentation, and the sale of Motorola was the pound of flesh that Google needed to give up to stop a huge split with Samsung.

That's not correct. Tizen is not an Android fork (it's actually a Linux fork) so it will not fragment Android. The sale of Motorola Mobile will not affect Samsung plans for lunching Tizen powered phones. In the two years that Google owned Motorola Mobile they didn't show any interest in running the company. The fact that Motorola Mobile waited almost two years to release new Android phones shows a lack of interest from Google. At the time that Google bought Motorola Mobile many of the posters on /. predicted that Google will sell the hardware division of Motorola Mobile.

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