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Comment: Re:Sure-and just how will you view this? (Score 1) 44

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49234709) Attached to: edX Welcomes 'The University of Microsoft' Into Its Fold
There is not sufficient bandwidth in most parts of the world to view these lessons. How does one view these lessons in rural India, China, etc. etc.? There ALREADY EXISTS at least one (maybe more) educational video platform technology that virtually eliminates bandwidth constraints, but those have not been able to get the time of day from the MOOCs, Foundations and companies like MSFT- as the latter have been concentrating on glossy PR and partnerships who have yet to figure out how to reach people who have limited bandwidth constrains. Imagine being able to store 100 hours of video instruction on a 4 Gbyte cell phone SIM card, or transmitting articulated video seamlessly over 56 kbyte. That's what is possible, today - but the company that has build this tech cannot get the time of day. (btw, they are in stealth at the moment)

Comment: Re:Brain drain-Meyer will win, no matter what (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49168079) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo
At some point, Yahoo will be parted out, sold, or rolled up. Any one of these options will lead to a nice payday for Meyer and Yahoo's biggest investors. That's what this is all about. The same thing happened at hp, and is happening now, at IBM. This is an old story in Silicon Valley - company comes out of the chute like gangbusters; low barriers to entry eventually lead to competition; the company falters; someone is brought in to "save" the company (and paid a LOT of money); the company is parted out or limps along for 10+ years while a succession of "in-people" make a pile of $$$ in options, perks, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 531

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49139417) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion
Aside from attributing negative qualities to the poster you responded to, you're essentially correct. Ignorance can be corrected; it's not a fault. Stupidity is a fault. That said, most people have no idea what it means to have ASI (artificial super intelligence) made entirely autonomous, self-replicating, self improving, etc. It will be a LONG time before that happens, but it WILL happen. This is why we have to be very careful going forward with AI.

Comment: Yelp is an extortionist racket (Score 1) 77

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49070009) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues
Yelp has for years been making "sales calls" to companies, promising to make those company's Yelp profiles look better by burying or removing negative reviews. I have talked to a few business owners about this; they get very animated when they talk about it. How/why the senior executives of Yelp are not in jail is beyond me.

Comment: Good, let taxpayers share instead of Uber CEOs (Score 1) 50

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49044869) Attached to: Seoul City To Introduce Uber Rival Premium Taxi Service
I'd like to see this happen in every municipality. Why not open up licensing for anyone to drive, with nominal fees? Make it cost neutral. Who needs Uber or AirBnB or any of these "sharing" apps that essentially create a race tothe bottom where ONLY the investors and owners win? Why should these sharing ideas only be private investor-run? I hope Seoul's service does well, and good for Seoul in limiting Uber's footprint!

Comment: Metasurveillance is the only answer, with a caveat (Score 4, Interesting) 239

by ebusinessmedia1 (#49023363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

In an open society, the only solution to protecting oneself against mass surveillance is to permit anyone who has been surveilled by the system to enter the system, on demand, and ask when , why, for how long, and for reasons one has been surveilled. The Key problem yet tobe solved (it may be unsolvable) is how to limit access to the open system by those persons who are truly a danger to society.

Mass surveillance WILL become universal, because just a few people can cause havoc -especially as those persons become more able to access deadly weapons of mass destruction. If we don't solve this problem, mass surveillance WILL be abused and used as a means of control, rather than a means of protection.

Comment: Re:^THIS-AND, most elementary teachers are women (Score 1) 493

There is a dire shortage of men in elementary schools. So don't blame "male teacher bias" for this phenomenon.Rather, blame the lack of parental involvement in education, and perhaps further blame the fact that most parents are so time-and-energy-strapped that they don't have time to properly engage their kids in ways that model the possibilities for girls. Just look at the Barbie Doll market; that says it all!

Comment: Re:perfect should NOT be the bar! (Score 2) 124

by ebusinessmedia1 (#48993685) Attached to: Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars
Why are we stuck in the "one car for every person" model of transportation? Why not work toward a more efficient means of mass transport; working from home, etc. etc. Almost everything we do except for pleasure driving can be accomplished with delivery services, really efficient mass transit, or tele-whatever.

Comment: It's about time (Score 0) 323

Bullying in any form is unacceptable. With freedom comes responsibility. The password idea isn't half bad; however, rather than ask for their passwords, I would recommend refusing them access to social media for one year, in addition to good old mandatory public service on weekends, for one year. Add to that a class in how to develop empathy.

Comment: Re:Pay attention, everyone! (Score 3, Interesting) 83

by ebusinessmedia1 (#48842991) Attached to: What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola
Absolutely agree! There is *no* excuse for the poor medical infrastructure conditions in Africa - none. Boatloads of money have been sent to Africa: too much of it has lined the pockets of corrupt politicians, businessmen, and others It's disgraceful, and *we* are part of the problem because we don't insist on results and accountability.

Comment: What about the QUALITY of sound? (Score 2) 169

by ebusinessmedia1 (#48740867) Attached to: How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?
Unless you are getting streamed music that delivers the *full* recording experience, a lot of musical nuance will be wasted. How many people today, especially young people, have ever heard *all* of the audio quality that was recorded, delivered via streaming? It's true that much of the musical experience in a streamed file can be enjoyed, but it's a shame to see the fine nuances of musical overtones and distinctive instruments missed because you're not getting a full bandwidth or recording experience.

Comment: Re:No African OT either...and NO rationalizations! (Score 0, Troll) 327

by ebusinessmedia1 (#48709153) Attached to: The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Yes, from THEIR perspective, Chinese factory workers may feel as if they are improving their lot. Does that mean that those Chinese workers are not getting the shaft, even though people who are (or could) do their job in other countries would get paid a lot more? Lets face it, labor is tied to local conditions - are we to say"it's OK for a Chinese factory worker" to work in what we could consider to be inhumane conditions for a pittance (compared to what we would make) just because they feel "good" about it?

What "good" does it do ANYONE to work 14-16 hour days, 7 days per week, whilst leaving one's family behind for the better part of a working year? It really rankles when people start justifying what the wealthy and connected classes in ANY culture can do to justify paying the labor quotient in their businesses as little as possible. It's still, basically "screw the worker; I will get as much out of them as I can, for as little as possible". Instead of justifying this, call it what it is - exploitation of those with less relative power.

Incidentally, why should the yuan be considered less valuable than a dollar? I understand the supply and demand variables of foreign exchange, but isn't it convenient to have a monetary system that - based on currency values - makes one hour's work in one country only worth a fraction of that same hour's work in another country. How very convenient for developed nations,

Incidentally, I'm a tried-and-true capitalist. It's possible to treat workers fairly and make a profit. I see less and less of that these days - all around the world.

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