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Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 202

by pastafazou (#49824979) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...
I don't know or care much about this story at all, but please don't trivialize selling drugs as something minor. There are literally tens of thousands of people being killed because of drugs and drug wars. That's not even mentioning the many lives ruined by drug addictions. So while this guy may not have been directly guilty of killing and raping, he is supporting, helping, and profiting from an industry that is directly murdering, raping, and torturing innocent people on a regular basis. He did this knowing full well that it was illegal and there were steep consequences. So if he got what the law says is the punishment for the crimes he committed, tough luck guy.

Comment: This is just in time to be bypassed entirely (Score 0) 158 the also-announced plans for wireless charging and docking. (okay sorta)

It'll be a while before the wireless docking and charging can replace wired connections, BUT, I think it's soon enough that this situation may somewhat resemble the slow uptake of Blu-Ray over DVD due to streaming becoming feasible.

Comment: Added responsibilities = added compensation (Score 2) 557

I realize this would be difficult as a first-job type, but be very careful about taking on added responsibilities without any discussion with the powers-that-be about compensation. It is very easy for a "go-getter" to take on a lot more but never be recognized for those added responsibilities.

If nothing else, annual reviews should be an opportunity for you to bring up your now changed job description. As others have mentioned, salary negotiation is a key skill. If you are doing more for the company, you should use that as a negotiating advantage.

Oh, and start saving in a 401(k), IRA (Roth or otherwise) as soon as possible.

Comment: Re:Will anyone exploit it? (Score 4, Insightful) 81

by jo_ham (#49813689) Attached to: Macs Vulnerable To Userland Injected EFI Rootkits

Targeting OS X is tempting because of 99% of all Mac users *knows* that "Macs can't get infected" (the Apple salespeople told them so), and therefore they don't have any kind of antivirus installed.

At work, I daily deal with Mac-users who gets their mailaccounts hijacked because of infections. It takes roughly 10-20 minutes to convince them to download and run Avast or something like that, but it's worth the "oh....".

Out if interest, what "infections"? Do you have any examples. That's clearly a big issue if you're dealing with it daily. What infections are we talking about here?

Not that I'm doubting your story or anything.


Comment: Re:Open Source Windows (Score 1) 289

by Graymalkin (#49813151) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

For the past twenty years Microsoft's two major sources of income were Windows and Office. One is an operating system to make the computer go and the other is software to let people do something with it.

Windows is mostly tied to the sales of x86 computers. PC sales peaked in about 2010 and aren't likely to get back to that high point. That doesn't mean Microsoft is doomed. They're doing the smart thing and porting their software to growing platforms.

This means the market for Office can explode. Not only do they keep their position on PCs but can expand it to iOS and Android devices of which there are billions.

Office on iOS and Android means there's a bridge between the Microsoft dominated world of the PC and the mobile world where they have an inferior position. This reinforces their desktop position because Office remains the de facto standard in business, even when their mobile devices don't run Windows.

Microsoft isn't alone here. Adobe, Autodesk, and plenty of other traditional software houses are looking to extend their reach to mobile platforms. Mobile isn't necessarily replacing the traditional desktop but is growing independently.

Comment: Re:all will be tried to be robotized. (Score 2) 355

Many jobs can be automated, but not be cost effective. I imagine that as the cost of the fast food worker rises, for instance, the research on replacing that worker with a robot will also increase. It will be seen if robots are tolerated in what right now is a face to face encounter.

The telemarketer has already been replaced by robots, but robots are not tolerated so these jobs are still secure. It is the same reason that these jobs are still present in the US instead of completely exported to other countries. Consumer demand.

I still think that lawyers are doctors are going to see the greatest impact in wages and jobs. The salaries for first year lawyers, for example, have been fixed or falling for a decade according to published reports. As more data is collected on patients, and that data is correlated to outcomes, the heuristics and stochastic will reach a level where only the best diagnosticians will remain employable.

Comment: Please start uning my new site: (Score 2, Funny) 183

Since copyright is dead I just created an new web site called It copies all the content from and uses that site as its backend. I just replace the ads with my own, but you won't notice any difference really. Oh and it also deletes all the Dice Astroturf articles for added value to you my viewers. So please start using my new site instead of the old one. You can check it out while you are pirating some music or videos in this age of copyright nullity.

Comment: this is exactly what subsidies are for. (Score 4, Insightful) 352

Subsidies are policy implementation devices. When people take the subsidies under the condition the subsidies are offered the result is that something the government wants to happen happens. Theoretically its an inexpensive way to get things done without the government doing it and assuring private investment in the outcome. (so there's vested interest in successes and usually commercialization).

Just because one guy happens to feed at the trough isn't a problem neccessarily. It could be. But that's why you have oversight.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.