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Comment Nerds, the tech you develope today (Score 1) 34

The tech you develop today is going to be tending to you ass in 25 years.
I have been thinking on the side, what can I devise to make life later on easier for me. I was giving thought to natural buoyancy chambers. If I become so weak and feeble, would it not make sense to design a water tank in which to live. I got this idea years ago (1975), when sensory deprivation chambers were receiving a lot of attention

Comment US and Soviet Intelligence quest for psychotics (Score 1) 330

Probably we'd die of laughter if it wasn't "our" money, but the US and Soviets spent huge amounts of money trying to find and control psychotic weapons. One plausible sounding idea was "remote reading". After all, if you could read cards, then why not read "intelligence" documents. I guess Yuri Geller said that he could ready Soviet intelligence on their psychotic weapons research and would suggest further avenues of research. Now, don't these "investigation" have to be scrutinized by experts in a field. Otherwise, there would be an army of people trying all sorts of shit.
The biggest example of bogus science was at Harvard, when the world's leading brain surgeons decided to lobotomize J.F. Kennedy's sister Rosemary. Now, the two biggest problems are that the Kennedy's had access to money and were not morons.

Comment Programmers sue Offshore Consulting Agencies (Score 1) 210

The offshore consulting agencies and their cohorts, large businesses which employee engineers conspire against hard working programmer who have honed their skills and handicraft only to see the market flooded by cheap offshore agencies. Furthermore, most of these head hunters are now staffed with former low paid consultants brought to this country under the dream of making it big one day.

Comment really an "hour" of code (Score 2) 168

At best it exposes a bit of coding to kids. At worst, it turns them off completely.
However, even writing a damn "Hello World" takes hours if a novice has to do it with some support. Much more if there is no hand holding involved. I have seen adults struggle to find the matching closing quote problem. I had to fight with a problem because I typed code in with MS-Word, which used the slanted quotes, which gave me some weird error, something along the lines of incorrect encoding.

Comment encyption (Score 1) 259

I seriously doubt that any spy, agent or terrorist carries along encrypted plans. Even plans are not communicated. This has been understood for well over a thousand years of warfare. At best, there are a series of code words which are clues to events, but alone, are meaningless. Hence, if you are going to go through with a plan, you might communicate, "The match is on." But even that is suspicious. Probably something more along the lines of quoting some obscure text.

Comment Re:alternately: (Score 1) 492

Almost. Except that we live in a world of distorted markets. Funny how you see apartment buildings built right next to a park. Half of the property owners have an in with local city government which help keep them in the cat bird seat which controls where and when these city parks are going to be built, so that they can put up a building right next to it. Or they manipulate and bribe people to put zones next to their facilities.
The best case of this is RTP outside of Durham, NC. Basically, companies gerrymandered a part of Durham to be a new town called RTP, which did not have to pay taxes to schools for black kids. However, Durham had a sewage system. RTP could not put one in its region, so in the end, bribed the right officials to get access to Durham's sewage system. In a capitalist system, Durham could have set a price which would cover the lost taxes. However, this is not how city politics work.
Similarly with other types of eminent domain laws in NYC used by banks to grab choice real estate at a bargain.
After 2001, when the property values fell in NYC, Rudy Giuliani got the top job at the "NYC Redevelopment Council." He tried to pass a series of laws to keep NYC economically "viable". He tried to pass laws to tax people working in NYC at a higher rate than the historical average, and offered a rebate to those who lived in NYC. One thing which he was successful in passing was to give small businesses a tax break. Well, Merrill Lynch got a tax break? How? The law was aimed to "help" small businesses which employed less than 500 people. Well, its not Merrill Lynch which is a small business, but "ML Fixed Income Mortgage Ventures", a sub-division of ML employing 499 people.
We use to laugh at the Soviet Union, but in many ways, we are not that different. We just won WWII!

Comment Re:It's a subtle thing (Score 1) 362

Often, they ask indirectly, either by asking your HS or college graduation year.
Moreover, I have had employers ask for my SSN or drivers license, which usually give away most information. With the exception of a few contracting jobs, I usually had to submit to a drug and background test. Ironically, once I worked at IBM via a small contracting agency for a 18 month gig. Had I tried to get a job via direct employment at IBM, I would have had to have shown a lot more info.
While-as I believe that one cannot show up at work stoned, if you have joint on a weekend, I don't think this is any worse than someone who polishes off a couple of martinis after work.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 1032

Well, there is a bigger issue at stake here. There are lots of things in this society that get paid for without public support [mostly though back room deals]. Mostly corporate subsidies and tax breaks. Even things like economic and military support for Isreal.
I think these students think that they can play the same game as the elite.
So, if Donald Trump, the Hunts brothers, American oil investors in Mexican pipelines (1990's) or major banks make bad investments [by changing regulations governing commercial investments bailouts and "antiquated" regulations enacted after the 1930's ], they get time and allowances to reorganized. But don't think that you can play that game too.
Even shit like imminent domain allows the transfer of wealth from those who don't have it to those who do [and have the political clout to keep this going on].

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

I am white and affluent. I was arrested for a drug charge and did not cooperate by refusing to answer any of their questions. They put handcuffs on my wrists facing palm outwards and tossed me into the back of a cruise.
After 20 min, I was ready to confess to both of the Kennedy assassinations.
I told my lawyer (former DA of the town) about pressing charges.
He told me "Do you want to make this any more difficult than it already will be?"

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