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Comment Re:138 Million Artifacts (Score 1) 106 106

I hate to say that I agree. I'm reminded of one trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. There was a team of about seven curators there to put three items in a display case. They all seemed to be attentive but it was work that could be done by one person. I think there's a ton of featherbedding around the place. I bet they could have just put the suit in a dry box and that would have been enough. I doubt there's anything they can do to keep the rubber soft enough. But they've figured out how to tug at our heart strings.

Submission + - Amazon Is Only Going to Pay Authors When Each Page is Read->

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has a new plan to keep authors honest: they're only going to pay them when someone actually reads a page. Peter Wayner at the Atlantic explores how this is going to change the lives of the authors-- and the readers. Fat, impressive coffee table books are out if no one reads them. Thin, concise authors will be bereft. Page turners are in.
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Comment Sounds like another nerd "Hunger Games" to me (Score 1) 119 119

Okay, the kids won't be killed, but only those that jump through the hoops of the all powerful Google will be given the prizes. I thought the miracle of the Internet that everyone could enjoy the fun. But somehow GOOG is turning it into a brutal, knock-down, no-holds-barred competition.

Submission + - Will Robot Cars Need Windows? -> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has an article asking whether autonomous cars need windows. If there's no driver, will the passengers want to look outside? In the summer, will anyone want to endure the relentless heat from the sun? The robot cars offer us a great opportunity to rethink the platform which is largely devoted to supporting the driver. But if a computer is in charge and it sees with dozens of cameras ringing the car, what else can we change? What else don't we need? What can improve?
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Comment Re:Copyright infringement cannot be suppressed (Score 1) 90 90

You're a jerk. How would you like someone to come into your place of work and take 20,30, 50, or even 90% of your revenue. Then for grins, they would accuse you of trying to monopolize your own work. Yeah. That's the ticket. That guy wouldn't let us steal his car so we're going to call him a monopolist. And that girl? She's trying to monopolize her body parts by not letting us have sex with her.

Comment So they petition to protect their hard work (Score -1) 163 163

Big deal. Everyone does it. You can bet that Google is out there arguing that all of the content should be free so they can sell more ads alongside it. And you can bet that the unions are looking for political influence to protect their hard work too. It's called living in a democracy.

Submission + - Should technology help customers discriminate?->

cornicefire writes: The New York Times takes a break from focusing on the number of female employees in Silicon Valley to celebrate a cab company in New York (SheRides) that matches female passengers up with female drivers. The article briefly acknowledges the gender bias, but goes on to list ways that female drivers are better. The gender discrimination is enforced by technology platform built SheRides (also called SheTaxis in other cities). Is this company decision to use technology to enhance and encourage gender discrimination a mistake? Or are they just giving the customers what they want?
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Comment There's plenty of diversity-- but not all races (Score 3, Interesting) 459 459

I see plenty of racial diversity. There are folks from India, China, Korea, Japan and many of the islands in the south Pacific where I work. And if you look closely at the so-called "white" folk, many come from all across Europe and Arabia. Are they represented equally? No. If anything, "white" people are underrepresented compared to their percentage of the population. It's a mistake to talk about "racial diversity" when that's not really the problem. It just distracts us by framing it as a problem of white people discriminating against non-whites.

Submission + - Is Gender Imbalance A Problem In Other Fields?->

cornicefire writes: The tech industry is constantly criticized by people who argue that society should aim for 50% of the jobs in the tech industry to be filled by women. But other occupations are even more imbalanced. For instance, Greg Veis at the New Republic interviews Steven Antonelli, about what it's like to be one of the few men who work in early childhood education. When he started, he had to use the women's bathroom because there was no key for the mens' room. Only 2% of the preschool teachers are male and the women dominate most elementary schools. Even high school teachers are predominantly female. Many of these jobs have full health insurance and rich pensions-- two benefits rarely seen in tech startups or even some well-established tech firms. Should the battle for gender equality in Silicon Valley be expanded into other areas like early childhood education? Should society aim for all job categories to be filled with an equal number of both genders?
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Comment I quit a long time ago (Score 3, Interesting) 229 229

After a few attempts that made it through the gauntlet, it quickly became a fool's errand. Why should anyone risk months of work only to watch some nameless, faceless drone at Apple issue a thumbs down rejection? At least in Roman times, the Emperor was brave enough to show his face when issuing the thumbsdown. What a wretched market. It's impossible to do anything except sell stupid games. (And I say that as someone who likes stupid games.) Then they have the gall to take 30% for doing next to nothing. Seriously. It's just a db insert and some FTP.

The wages of sin are unreported.