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Comment: Re:The Problem with Robots (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by lymond01 (#49374631) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

My concern is that companies will continue their current methods of spending money. For example:

Revenue: $100,000,000 per year
Salaries, VP+: $30,000,000 per year
Salaries, standard: $40,000,000 per year
Other (R&D, maintenance, etc): $30,000,000 per year

With Robots:
Revenue: $110,000,000 per year
Salaries: VP+ $50,000,000 per year
Salaries, standard: $30,000,000 per yar
Other (R&D, maintenance, etc): $30,000,000 per year

How'd they flip salaries? With robots in place, after the initial expenditure of conversion, you're bringing in $10,000,000 per year extra due to simply making things more efficient -- faster work, less errors, less levels of management. You've laid off $10,000,000 worth of employees, work now done by robots, and given that salary savings to the executives. The other option, which many companies decide not to take, is to raise salaries for the remaining standard employees, reduce time worked for standard employees while keeping them at their current rate, train standard employees in other tasks, etc. There's lots of places for that extra $20M to go instead of executives' pockets. And those places would be better for the company's future, if not for the executives' vacation destinations.

Comment: Re:Countries without nuclear weapons get invaded (Score 1) 228

by lymond01 (#49338371) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

I'm pretty sure we have no interest in playing fair here. While we have the biggest stick, America and its allies are that much safer. We're not two equally matched swordsmen allowing fate to guide our strokes and may the best duelist that day win. We want to make sure that when they other guy shows up in his fencing gear and foil, we are in our tank with an Apache helicopter as our tag team partner. And if this allows us the responsibility of playing worldwide police officer (and yes, you can use recent examples of both our international actions and actual local police officers' actions to see how well that's playing out), then so be it. People running governments seem to be complete assholes. We need, as a democracy, to try to curb this here in the U.S., maybe convince our leaders not to kill 100,000 people for every 3,000 of ours.

Comment: Re:End copyright and all kinds of IP protection to (Score 1) 386

"Ok, so how are the costs of producing music recouped?"

I think you're seeing it already. You want to sell your recorded music? Get a good recording of it (pay $15K, do it yourself, whatever) and put it on a website. Lots of indie sites, iTunes, etc. I think the real cost is the *marketing* of the music -- getting it out there in stores (brick or web), on the radio. But even that...start a Facebook page, then point people at your music-oriented MySpace page or Youtube channel. Then, yes, keep playing gigs...keep giving out that site, selling CDs or free download codes. Climb the ladder of venues.

There's no mystery. Making it is hard anywhere. The problem isn't can find some of the best musicians at some of the smallest venues. You just think, "How is this guy not famous?" Because there's another 1000 people just as talented and maybe one of those got spotted somewhere and given a chance and then *marketed*.

If you're into singing, watch The Voice some time. Unlike American Idol, pretty much all the singers they show on the Voice are amazing. They just need exposure, marketing, a push. Some of them have already done the touring, made a living at it...but aren't household names for any number of reasons.

Comment: Review of Reviews (Score 1) 135

by lymond01 (#49031199) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

One person's Schindler's List is another person's Bad Taste. Like reading wine scores, you'll find there are particular reviewers that you agree with and those you don't. When looking at reviews of games you've enjoyed, find the reviewers that agree with you in terms of both score and analysis. Fall back on those gamers for reviews. It's not always possible -- many gaming sites have different people review games, there is staff turnover, etc.

The score will give you a general idea of whether the game is rubbish or not. Scores of 5 or below generally mean it has bugs or serious gameplay issues, regardless of whether it's fun. Scores of 9 and above mean that the reviewer truly believes it's a great game for its genre. Scores between 5 and 9 are subjective and worth reading the analysis.

But you know, it's all subjective. I loved the Dragon Age games -- but's just too much right now despite the rave reviews. Meh. Shadow of Mordor was the right game for me at the time.

Comment: Education and New vs Old (Score 2) 191

by lymond01 (#49018917) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Two things:

1) Many educational institutions already pay yearly for Microsoft products through their Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement. While the OSes are generally purchased along with new computers, the upgrades are rolled into the "Desktop Core" package -- so we go and buy a hundred computers with Windows 7 Home (or whatever the cheapest one is outside of Win7 Basic), then we can upgrade them to Windows 8.1 Enterprise for "free" (or Win 7 Enterprise)...and eventually Windows 10 assuming hardware specs out well enough. It isn't cheap -- somewhere around $35/person (there's a nice equation) and that gets upgrades to Windows, new Office, and a few other things. And installs can go anywhere once you've completed the equation -- you might have 200 people in your department, but 500 computers -- and you can install on all 500 computers.

2) Windows comes wrapped up with the new PC usually, so where pricing hits you is with upgrades, or if you're building your own from components. A subscription model makes good business sense -- steadier revenue. But revenue hasn't really been a Microsoft problem since such a high percentage of computers are licensed with Windows.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 720

by lymond01 (#48543097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

You would need to get a little lucky and also have the chance to explain what's changed since your crimes. Find a smaller company where you can talk with someone who won't dismiss you because they have 200 other job candidates without your issue.

But remember that IT work generally revolves around security. And this makes it a job where trust is paramount. Convince an employer that your past was due to youthful exuberance and not a character flaw (you'll want to provide examples of other's trust in you), you will likely do fine.

Comment: Re: Who cares... (Score 1) 346

I don't mean to undermine your arguments, but what in God's name or otherwise are you talking about? It's like everything you said had this demeanor of factuality when none of it is true. Very Colbert of you. Not sure whether to applaud an epic troll or kick myself for responding at all.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 319

by lymond01 (#48434873) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Advertisers take this into account. There are researchers finding what percentage of people use adblock, record TV and skip commercials, etc. They use surveys as well as technical resources. A site showing ads hoping to recoup their costs may not have that research information handy (or bothered to look for it) and might blow their expectations of having their "Harp Lessons in G Minor" blog making them a small fortune. But I agree with the Anonymous Brave Guy. There's no law saying we need to watch ads; there's no crime against circumventing them. Are you not giving the site own money that they are expecting? Sure -- but there's no contract there the way a true sale has.

As for songs...musicians tour. Recording studios record. Depending on overhead (venue costs, stage effects, roadies) and fame (sometimes you pay to play, sometimes they pay you), touring can make musicians a good amount of money. Recording makes the studios a lot of money since they're doing most of the work (recording, advertising, contracts with radio stations, distribution, etc) and the artist just needs a couple days or weeks in the studio to make a decent record. Sure the label would have nothing without the talent of the artist, but the artist might have considerably less without the efforts of the label.

Comment: Re:universe-altering information? (Score 2) 99

by lymond01 (#48317867) Attached to: LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

I sat through a lecture on the Higgs Boson. It explained why they were expecting it -- basically the final jigsaw puzzle piece to a long-time theory. If the theory was correct, they would be able to find the Higgs Boson at certain energy levels. If they didn't find it, then it's back to the drawing board to figure out what they missed. So no, they weren't necessarily doing basic "Let's ram particles together and see what we get" science -- we've been doing that for decades. This was more of a "If we ram these particles together at this velocity, this is what we should get". And we got it.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 198

by lymond01 (#48187865) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

1) Why do teachers always rank as an all important metric? There are good teachers and bad teachers.. even lousy teachers, there's nothing that special about their profession compared to many others. They are not beneficent deities, shaping our future via our children

Yes. Yes, they are. I would argue that there are three groups of people who make the most difference in a child's future: their parents, their friends, and their teachers. If we spent more money on assuring only good teachers are in our schools, we'd be in better shape. $80K is a good salary, but it's not like that across the board.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.