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Comment Realisitically, if anywhere... (Score 1, Insightful) 309

I know many are saying we should go back to the moon first... and we probably will, if anywhere. It makes sense for all the reasons the other posters listed. But, NASA isn't 100% responsible for calling the shots... and as James Cook said, "Never underestimate the incompetence of government."

Comment Yes (Score 2) 82

If it is a needed tool for work, the company should provide it. I have many coworkers whose only phone number is their work phone, only laptop work laptop, etc... It may seem like a convenience, but when your employer has the ability to always contact you because you use that cell phone for personal purposes, it's not so convenient.

Comment Re:YES IT IS BETTER TO KEEP SELLING IT (Score 1) 508

If in this case a population of 57.12 million has 9390 cases of cancer => 164 cancer cases per million for the at-risk population. Now compare that to the side effect rates of 245.1 and 155.7 per million for the vaccines in question.
I didn't read the study, so I'm just using the numbers posted by AC, but it appears that these numbers are close enough that what matters how intense something must be to be recorded as a side effect. A headache? Rash? Death? This needs to be considered along with the 39% mortality rate for the cancer population (not to mention all the pain, heartbreak, and suffering that everyone, including the survivors endures).

Comment Economy? (Score 1) 207

My biggest concern with AI is the same concern with automation: our economy is built on the assumption that labor is a scarce resource. With increasing automation, that assumption is rapidly breaking down. As higher and higher level tasks require less and less people society is in trouble unless we can somehow modify our economic system to account for that breakdown.

Comment Look at the incentives and likely outcomes (Score 1) 85

Companies' fear of large fines from regulators: incentivizes companies to skirt around regulation
Companies' fear of class-action lawsuits: incentivizes lawyers to pursue cases without actually benefiting victims much
Companies' fear of reputation loss: this is only the case if incidents are rare
Harsher punishment for ID thieves: incentivizes thieves to hide better or not commit a crime
Harsher penalties for individuals' security gaffes: how do you even propose to do this?
Individuals' vigilance with password & data security: need to provide incentive for this, especially when personal responsibility is diminishing
Nothing much: it's just an inevitable tide to endure: only the best option if all of the other options are likely to make the situation worse

I'm going with harsher punishment. While people do need to be more aware, the key is to create incentives for thieves to NOT steal. In an ideal world, the punishment for a crime should be strictly greater than the expected value of committing the crime (of course conditioned on the probability of false conviction). Obviously, such things are not easy to measure...

Submission + - Porsche chooses Apple over Google because Google wants too much data (theverge.com)

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc...) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Speculation is around what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.

Comment Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 2) 53

I think the argument here is that it's cheaper than keeping the legacy power hungry stuff. Cheaper in the long run than owning the LEDs? Definitely not, because the lessor is making a profit somewhere.
If you don't have the capital to invest in purchasing your own stuff and switching over, however, it seems like this is a reasonable option.

Comment This could work well for them (Score 2) 113

I think people would be surprised how many users still want a decent android phone with a keyboard. I still have my droid4. It is not uncommon for me to get comments from strangers like "wow, I wish I still had a phone like that" whenever I'm typing away. Good on BlackBerry if they can pull it off, I know I'm not alone in hoping this isn't a rumor.

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 398

Your doleta link talks about the WARN act, which requires advance notice of mass layoffs or plant closings, not severance pay. Did you link to the wrong thing?

It was originally legislated to protect workers from factory closure, but applies to many workers who get laid off without notice. Severance (though not in that name) is mandated in the Penalties section when due notice is not given: "An employer who violates the WARN provisions by ordering a plant closing or mass layoff without providing appropriate notice is liable to each aggrieved employee for an amount including back pay and benefits for the period of violation, up to 60 days."

I realize that the large severance pay typically given to IT employees is not intended to comply with this law (though it would would prove satisfactory in cases where WARN applies, should anyone investigate), but merely wanted to point out that it exists.

Comment Re:what? (Score 3, Informative) 398

Actually, depending on the terms of the dismissal (particularly how much notice is given), severance pay is not a benefit in the US, but required by law - http://www.doleta.gov/programs... In many of these cases, however, they're basically offering you that 3months+ of pay to be quiet (among other things). Even "I worked for a tech company that I'll not name, and was laid off when they hired foreign workers" may be in violation of the terms, especially when you start to ponder the strength of their legal team vs. yours.

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