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Comment: Re:Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by fishthegeek (#49073515) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
For the most part I agree with you in concept but the spiral does go downward as not all jobs are equal. There has to be an economic incentive to automate a job, and that usually means "expensive." The jobs that can not be automated are generally those jobs where the prevailing wage is lower than the cost of the automation. I am speaking in generalities here not trying to find examples of jobs only "humans" can do.

Comment: Re: Here we go again (Score 4, Insightful) 496

by fishthegeek (#48427723) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
It isn't that Amazon decided to pay women less one day, it just doesn't work that way. Here's the scenario:
Amazon attempts to pay each employee as little as possible on a per-employee basis. The job description only defines what the upper range of the pay will be but NOT the lower end. Experience, demand shifts in the labor market, education, internal connections at the company, and a bazillion other influences exist to determine pay. I'd suggest that there is a wide pay gap between men doing the same job too, and that we are getting a heavily curated view of what's happening. By illustrating the problem the way the article does it is like shooting a piece of paper and drawing the target around it and then claiming LOOK AT THE PROBLEM. It isn't a problem that has a solution in a market where salary can be negotiated.

Comment: Error (Score 1) 698

by fishthegeek (#48369573) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Unfortunately, with school crisis situations, it's about mitigating loss.

The police largely prevent crime only by accidentally being in the right place at the right time or by use of inside information. Otherwise all police work is about filing reports and mitigating loss. The fact that it's an incident at a school isn't relevant.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 310

You have no idea what you're talking about. Unless you can site specific studies or first person experience in a majority of school districts then you can stfu. No... being a student or occasional visitor to a school does not qualify you to have any opinion about gcommon teacher attributes any more than being a patient qualifies you to write prescriptions.

Comment: Re:In-window popup autoplaying video ads with soun (Score 1) 557

by Dachannien (#46932815) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

You seem to be implying that everyone is always on a computer which they are allowed to modify in any way.

This. I'm at work right now, and the best I'm allowed to do here is run Chrome (the alternative being IE). No Firefox, no NoScript (which is what I normally use at home).

To other posters: I'm aware of, and sometimes read, Soylent News. Thanks for the other various suggestions as well. Sniff you jerks later!

Comment: In-window popup autoplaying video ads with sound? (Score 3, Insightful) 557

by Dachannien (#46930403) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Seriously, DICE? I'm sitting here looking at the first few comments, hoping for a little clarity and maybe even some insightful discussion - you know, Slashdot style - when the window contents scroll up and a video ad, with sound, starts playing.

I am done with this piece of shit website. How do I delete my account?

Comment: Trade secrets, not patents (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by Dachannien (#46893617) Attached to: Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

What we're dealing with here is a trade secret dispute. Zenimax alleges that Carmack was privy to inside knowledge of Zenimax's work on VR tech while he worked there, and now he's allegedly run off with that knowledge and given it to Oculus VR.

Think of it like the formula for Coca Cola - it's not patented, never has been, but it's protected by trade secrets law. If someone works for Coca Cola and discovers/absconds with the formula, and then sells it to, e.g., Pepsi, then that person violates trade secrets laws by doing so. But if Pepsi independently discovers or reverse engineers Coke to discover the formula on their own, without relying on Coca Cola's inside knowledge, then more power to them.

Comment: Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (Score 1) 396

Perhaps, but there is far more reason to think that Putin is lying, because he's been telling bald-faced lies to the entire world as recently as the past couple of weeks (concerning Ukraine). At least in the US, our politicians tell their lies in a gray area such that fact-checkers give numeric ratings to indicate just how untruthful a statement is. Putin just tells outright lies as if he believed them to be completely true and reasonable himself.

Or, phrased another way: In Soviet Russia, Putin fact-checks you!

Comment: Re:The President doesn't micro-manage this stuff (Score 1) 134

This is about technological implementation, and it's part of NSA's purview as a spy agency to explore technologies that further their ability to do their job. Part of that is discovering weaknesses in cryptographic systems which are trusted by the people you want to spy on.

The NSA also plays a counterintelligence role, and they're falling short of that if they don't take action to notify developers of a widely used Internet infrastructure utility that their software contains a critical exploit. If they can exploit it, so can the spy agencies of any other government with the skills to do so.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin