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Comment Re:Natural effects of a maturing field? (Score 1) 335

So long as companies have an easy route to cheaper labor, I can't see how any union/professional association is going to make a difference. Unless laws give such groups teeth, whether that's through some sort of enforced collective bargaining process, or through certification requirements, all this IT union would do is stand outside the gates and watch replacement workers from India flowing in.

Mind you, the minute you do have a professional association, that does mean certifications, which means that a lot of self-taught workers (like myself) could be screwed pretty badly unless some sort of a grandfathering mechanism is put in place.

Comment Re:Somebody Else's Problem (Was:Sandy Hook) (Score 1) 1136

The majority? Really? We know that of the last few public shootings, it's pretty damned clear the perps involved were lunatics. The closest I can think of to a sane mass shooter is Anders Brevik, and while obviously sane by any legal definition, was clearly a ideologically nutty narcissistic nutbar who had been sending out signals for years that he was a dangerous extremist.

Comment Re:What the hell is wrong with people? (Score 1) 1136

That may be so, but considering the number of threats I've seen over the years that never lead to any action, how are we supposed to know when some kook is being serious or just being a macho man on the Intertubes?

For instance, I've been threatened with legal action about five times since I first went on the Internet in the early 1990s (well, Usenet really). I've had a couple of people threaten to come beat the shit out of me, one of them back in the mid-90s when I was actually using my real name and posted my phone number on email and Usenet posts!

Considering the US has over 300 million people, I'd suggest that several thousand probably make some sort of wild-assed threat every month, but of those thousands, we're talking only a handful ever act on those threats.

Comment Re:Antitrust... (Score 1) 222

I bought my Chromecast directly from Google Play. Came in the mail three or four days later. A week later, they had a whole rack of them at Walmart.

Other than a sort of "no Pepsi in the Coca Cola bottling facility" sort of way, I can't see how this would have any measurable impact on Amazon's competitors. It is typical of the kind of behavior that miserable piece of shit Bezos is known for. A grade A sociopathic prick.

Comment Re: hey, CBS doesn't promote Fox, either (Score 0) 222

That may all be true, but the fact is, at least at the moment, that whereas a year ago I was paying over a hundred bucks a month for TV, currently I'm paying about $20 for two streaming services, and my old DVD rentals have been replaced by the odd iTunes or Google Play streaming rental. I live in Canada, so at the moment I don't have access to Amazon, Hulu or HBO, but so far as I can tell, even if I did and subscribed to them all, I'd still be paying only 50% to 60% of what I was paying before. And, quite frankly, I'm actually watching a lot less TV now that I've cut the cord, so I'm not chewing through entire five or six season series' in the space of a couple of weeks, so I doubt I'll ever regularly subscribe to anything more than Netflix ever again.

Comment Re:Some skepticism (Score 1) 46

If these are actually human genes (whatever their origin) being expressed, I can't see how antivirals would have any significant effect. Antivirals, so far as I understand it, act on the viral replication machinery. In other words, they interfere with viruses ability to harness cellular replication machinery. Once the genes are in the genome, there is no longer actually a virus to interfere with.

Comment Well... (Score 2, Insightful) 319

So long as the evil sociopaths who run the company are able to evade any meaningful censure, all is well! Doubtless some simpering worthless patsies will be found to take the blame while the real instigators are not only allowed to go free, but doubtless profit immeasurably.

Comment Re:Isn't it like the 3rd or 4th time? (Score 2) 260

There was indirect evidence of flowing water (those river beds that have been photographed many times). My understanding is that while briny water was the best explanation even for those observations, there were other possible gas outflows that could have theoretically produced similar results, so what we have here appears to be the first direct observation of surface flows of water.

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?