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Comment: Re:Some people *do* pay for jobs, and quite rightl (Score 1) 121

by frank_adrian314159 (#47932793) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

OK, let's put it this way - if you don't show up in uniform, you're sent home and don't get invited back to the party. The employer gives you a list of place(s) to buy your uniforms. How you pay for those is up to you. This happened at the first low wage job I had (as an orderly in a nursing home), as a construction worker (you couldn't show up in tennis shoes), and I'm pretty sure that's the case in almost any place in this country where low-wage employees are hired. And it's completely legal. So legal that you're allowed to write those off as a tax deduction. So, yeah, it's not "paying for a job" per se, but it does put a financial burden on people who are just starting one.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 444

by frank_adrian314159 (#47930153) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

But if they are actually stupid enough to do that they'll have made an enemy of an economy much larger than theirs, their largest export market, a country they're heavily dependent on for the basic infrastructure of running a government...

I have no dog in this fight (not that it's not entertaining theatre), but I also know that capitalists have very few enemies they will not sell to. If they were willing to deal with tinpot Central American dictators, you know they'll have no issue whatsoever in dealing with the Scots. You're probably overestimating the actual level of dislike between Britain and Scotland, even in the face of divorce. And you're especially overestimating the dislike of bankers cozying up to whomever they can make a profitable deal with - sharks have no national loyalties.

That being said, if the Scots really wanted to piss off the British, they could apply to France to become a protectorate and then keep the nukes.

Comment: Re:You are measuring it wrong (Score 1) 182

by frank_adrian314159 (#47902177) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Because they don't need to succeed, they need to DISRUPT. And disrupt one of the largest and most entrenched institutions in the world - the higher education system, which has been around, adapting, and surviving since the mid-15'th century. Plus they have to do it with a minimum of money to pay for decent course materials. But it needs to DISRUPT! Simple success is not enough. Investors don't pay for success any more. You must DISRUPT the dominant paradigm or you're rubbish. Whether this is a problem with the education system or financial system can be decided by the casual observer.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 213

This is what the idiots on the House science committee think is their most useful work to do at this time? Making space "safe" for mineral interests? Fuck, I can't believe that this is the most immediate concern in science (or even space, for that matter).

I can hear it now in Chair Lamar Smith's office: So what do we do today to look busy? I know, we'll have hearings on a symbolic bill that is unenforceable and will never get to the floor, let alone pass, but, since most people don't know that, it should be easy to spin it as about good American capitalists (yay!) getting that awful world government (boo!) and pesky things like the treaties we don't like (boo!) out of the way, so our good American capitalists (yay!) can make money (yay!) and create jobs (yay!). I'm pretty sure that's about how deep the analysis goes on the political side. Then there's just the money side with the Democratic congressman from the great state of Boeing providing bi-partisan cover.

Those idiots need to be voted out.

Comment: Re: Stop using tax dollars (Score 1) 347

by frank_adrian314159 (#47876595) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

If I were to write a grant application on deconstructing the contents of this Slashdot post, I would hope the government would turn me down.

Don't worry, they would. Unless you (or some of your University's board members - more likely, since you're a scientist and not someone who actually did something useful like make money and donate it to politicians) were a personal friend of a senator. Then, you'd get your funding.

Comment: Re:Surprise! Summary has wrong information (Score 1) 198

This data should be carried by the patient.

OK, you make sure it gets implanted in the patients so that they never leave home without it and they never lose it, otherwise the utility goes way down (although, if you're the kind of person who carries copies of all their medical records around with them now, I'm probably not going to convince you of this). Once you convince the general populace that the "Chip of the Beast" is acceptable, then you can ask for the information to be offline as it will then actually be available in the majority of patients. And, if you're thinking that a cell phone would make a fine repository for this data (and would usually be on you), I don't think my cell phone is any more secure than an encrypted online datastore, nor does everyone have one. And, if you're saying to give the patient a card with a chip to access medical service, see the whole "Chip of the Beast" thing above.

Comment: Re:DUAL CORE, BEEOTCHES! (Score 1) 183

by frank_adrian314159 (#47872503) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Every once in a while here on Slashdot, Someone posts something incredibly profound.

That, or incredibly horrifying or maybe clueless about the malleability of minds and time scales needed for even social change, let alone evolutionary change. The trouble is that it's really hard for me to tell in this case. I have a sneaking suspicion that the GP is essentially correct, but I know I'm not ready for that transition, nor are a lot of people. Not to mention that, even though we made our move from uni-celled to multi-celled creature, we still have not shown any sort of long-term survival advantage for this sort of creature, as uni-celled creatures are still around and, in fact, still out-perform us and our other multi-cellular brethren by almost any biological survival measure - longevity, ability to handle climatic extremes, total mass, etc. Multi-cellular life, although I'd hate to give up my own, is still a biological experiment that still has not proven itself over evolutionary time and could be destroyed in an eye-blink. So profound or stupid about probabilities? Who knows... The more profound something is, the more it can look like madness.

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 362

by frank_adrian314159 (#47864387) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Well, they could if they could find one branded Ford. Their OEM batteries are built for them by Johnson Controls. I don't even know if they have a Ford logo on them from the factory. In any case, what would you sue them for? Failure to prevent electrical current flowing when a torturer is present? I see no way in which the battery was not working correctly. And, yes, even here in the US, it would be unlikely that anyone on a jury would buy an argument that either Ford or Johnson Controls were even minimally at fault - it would be as stupid as someone claiming that Ford was somehow to blame when terrorists use a Ford truck to drop a suicide bomber off somewhere.

Comment: Re:antibiotics (Score 3, Informative) 174

Yup, and now we have higher pneumonia rates as a result. Better for the herd? Yup. For the individual patient? Well, maybe not quite as much.

It's a tricky problem - you don't want antibiotic-resistant strains proliferating, but you don't want patients to spread or die of easily treated diseases, either. Evolution, in this case, sucks.

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