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Comment Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 2) 327 327

If we have a routine police practice that causes the death of an innocent doesn't it deserve a sober review? Shouldn't we as a society be asking ourselves if this is the way we want our CIVILIAN POLICE to react?

I don't know what scares me more, the SWAT teams or the complacency in which we in the US treat having a highly militarized police force.

Comment Re:w***e ? (Score 1) 262 262

Becoming a plumber requires training, which you have to get and pay for yourself. There used to be this place called "community college" which used to give that training at very low (or when I was young, no) cost. Today, even getting into an apprenticeship program requires expenditures.

The call center will hire anyone who's breathing, spend 2 hours training them to not drool on the equipment, and put them on the phones.

Some people don't have the money to pay for technical school. Some people have circumstances that have held them back from being anything more than a minimum-wage call center employee. That doesn't make them ANY less human.

Let me guess. You think people who earn minimum wage LIKE their jobs? Almost none of them do. Almost every one who works for minimum wage is desperate. And it's very difficult to get ahead, if not impossible.

The "free market" has failed us.

Comment Re:w***e ? (Score 1) 262 262

The going hourly wage for plumbers in my region starts around $22/hour, with the upper limit being in the $40/hour range. A local call center hires people for.. well, $9.25/hour, which is our state's minimum wage, and I know people who've worked at that call center for five years and are making.. $9.25/hour.

Nobody deserves to deal with the kind of shit customers are capable of dealing for minimum wage.

Comment Re:And people like Gene keep making the same mista (Score 1) 386 386

Believe me, Google (like any other corporation) exists to make money. And make it they have.

Google also believes they can make the MOST money by focusing on the two ends: the bleeding edge AND the long tail. Search and advertising is their long tail, where they dominate the market. 8-10 years ago? Android was at their bleeding edge, and now it's part of the long tail: one more way to get eyeballs for Search and Advertising.

Where will Driverless Car lead? I can see a fleet of self-driving cars acting as a taxi service. Get in a Google Car and tell it "I want decent Thai" and it whisks you to a sponsored location. Driverless Car is more an Über killer than anything else.

Comment Re:The Driverless Car - Any Day of the Week (Score 2) 386 386

Irony: the people who buy driverless cars aren't individuals.

I can see Car2Go, however, jumping on it. Or a package delivery company. Or a utility. Or for that matter, any one of a whole laundry list of fleet vehicle purchasers.

The Google Driverless Car isn't a mass market product. As a niche product, however, it will sell and sell well once the logistics (things like insurance and liability) are resolved.

Comment Re:The one mistake Forbes keeps making.. (Score 4, Insightful) 386 386

And that's the greater point. Google's core business has no competition, and likely never will have any.

"Moon" projects do have positive effects on Google's bottom line and stock price. The whole way Google is managing their value to investors is saying "if you're a day trader, we aren't your stock." And at the price Google has been able to maintain their stock (consistently around $530 / share for at least a year now) they likely have VERY patient stockholders. You aren't holding GOOG if you expect mammoth returns on the short. You're expecting modest to acceptable returns on the short, and you've invested on the POSSIBILITY that Google WILL hit the Next Big Thing and only get bigger.

And the only way that is going to happen is if one of these "moon shot" projects does, in fact, deliver. And you can argue it has: Glass has implications for Android, and while it hasn't happened yet for wearables it's pushing the whole industry towards thinking about wearable systems. Someone will hit on a system that works, and there's good odds it will be Google or Apple. Hold both those stocks and you Can't Lose(tm).

Comment The one mistake Forbes keeps making.. (Score 5, Insightful) 386 386

.. is assuming everybody is profit-motivated and is actually driven by "bringing something to market." Glass and the driverless car are both examples of Google's desire to simply push the threshold of technology to its limits. It's a product of "why not" thinking, and profit be damned.

As far as I'm concerned, Google has a product they're very successful at. Why not spend some of those dividends out on the fringe? That's how progress happens: sometimes you learn something (I'm sure the driverless car initiative has had lots of implications for Maps' imaging) you didn't expect.

Comment Who wants to live forever? (Score 1) 441 441

I've been thinking long and hard about this concept lately. I'm getting old(er), and I'm noticing that I'm starting to slow down. I've still got 20, maybe 30 years of good life left, but really I don't see the point of living much beyond my 60s.

Logan's Run had the right idea. People increasingly just "get in the way" of progress at a certain age. It does vary for some of us, but I'm already seeing that in some ways I'm holding society back by extending my life. The next generation is more tolerant, more enlightened, and certainly more technically competent than I could ever hope to be.

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