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Comment: Re:The Singularity is Nonsense (Score 1) 294

by fakeplasticusername (#26720925) Attached to: NASA and Google To Back New "Singularity University"

It is complete and utter nonsense. These people are so obsessed with the idea that science and knowledge and inventiveness can solve all our problems that they've neglected the actual process of technological development, which is filled with ideas that look good on paper but don't work when you try them in the real world. When it comes to solving problems, nothing beats hard work, not even the "singularity".

Well, Mr. Smarty guy, if solving our problems isn't based on technological developments and the advancement of knowledge, what 'hard work' is required to solve them?

Have you read the book?

Businesses

IT Job Market Is Tanking, But Not For Everyone 371

Posted by kdawson
from the jobs-available-but-not-for-you dept.
CWmike writes "Shortly after the COO of Automated HealthCare Solutions learned that Microsoft planned to cut 5,000 workers over the next 18 months, he and another employee of the medical services provider flew out to Redmond. AHCS now has more than 100 resumes, some of them from Microsoft employees, for about a dozen open positions. That's how the tech job market is these days: there's no doubt the market is tanking, but not for everyone. While numerous IT vendors are laying off workers, and corporate IT jobs are being lost as well, plenty of companies are still hiring. Microsoft's careers site lists more than 700 open jobs in the US, both technical and administrative positions. And IBM has about 3,200 jobs and internships listed worldwide, more than 550 of them in the US — even as it cuts thousands of workers in a move that it is describing not as a layoff, but an effort to 'match skills and resources with our client needs."

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 194

by fakeplasticusername (#25797957) Attached to: McColo Takedown, Vigilantes Or Neighborhood Watch?
Many vendors reserve the right to deny goods and services for any reason (as long as those reasons aren't racial/sex/etc prejudices that are prohibited by law) they see fit. I wouldn't want to do business with a spammer either.

I'll bet the ISP had a line in the service contract that spelled out specifically their right to terminate the contract for just that reason.
Privacy

Give Up the Fight For Personal Privacy? 751

Posted by kdawson
from the they-know-anyway dept.
KlaymenDK writes "Over the last decade or so, I have strived to maintain my privacy. I have uninstalled Windows, told my friends 'sorry' when they wanted me to join Facebook, had a fight with my brother when he wanted to move the family email hosting to Gmail, and generally held back on my personal information online. But since, amongst all of my friends, I am the only one doing this, it may well be that my battle is lost already. Worse, I'm really putting myself out of the loop, and it is starting to look like self-flagellation. Indeed, it is a common occurrence that my wife or friends will strike up a conversation based on something from their Facebook 'wall' (whatever that is). Becoming ever more unconnected with my friends, live or online, is ultimately harming my social relations. I am seriously considering throwing in the towel and signing up for Gmail, Facebook, the lot. If 'they' have my soul already, I might as well reap the benefits of this newfangled, privacy-less, AJAX-2.0 world. It doesn't really matter if it was me or my friends selling me out. Or does it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. How many Windows-eschewing users are not also eschewing the social networking services and all the other 2.0 supersites with their dubious end-user license agreements?"

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