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Comment: Re:scientists are deceitful shits (Score 1) 137

by m00sh (#47430673) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

Well, feel free to not use any of the things developed from scientific advances. I hear that caves are comfortable year round, and herbs and grasses picked from the mountainside can make a fine salad!

Scientific advances happened long before peer review and scientific advances are happening in spite of peer review.

Peer review is just a fancy concept invented to make it look like scientific publication is blind to "politics". It is quire the opposite. Scientists are asked to volunteer their time to review peer papers without pay or compensation. The hidden compensation is that they get to push their friends and colleague's work ahead of the pack and the favor is returned.

If you check journals and publications, you will find the same group of people publishing over and over again in the same set of journals and publications. If you read through them, you can tell they are churned out papers aimed at a publication rather than some scientific advancement.

Comment: We are so bad at predicting the future but still (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by m00sh (#47421169) Attached to: The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

We are so bad at predicting the future but we still do it over and over again. We are mostly wrong and we always forget how wrong we were

Here are some of the future wearable and apple stories on slashdot from the past:

We have said some pretty crazy things and we have been saying the age of wearable for almost five years.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1, Informative) 253

by m00sh (#47411447) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

In 1999, my company offered an 18 year old summer intern a programming job. He turned us down to attend college. Spending 4 years doing calculus and reading The Count of Monte Cristo was not going to improve his earnings potential. Spending 4 years in a real office doing real programming would have improved his earnings potential.

Keep telling yourself that.

An 18 year old is not going to enjoy spending his entire day with fat middle-aged office drones. He would rather go to college, party, make friends and score with other 18 year old girls.

He can always go back to a programming job anytime he wants.

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 4, Informative) 401

by m00sh (#47397715) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

The law was changed over 15 years ago to allow the same H1B to be used when changing jobs.

You can transfer an H1-B, but the employer who currently holds it has to approve the transfer. The employer holding it can refuse to perform a transfer, and prevent the operation.

The law you refer to assumes cooperation between the parties.

It's occasionally found for some companies to basically hold "H1-B" and "Green Card Application" hostages to work at lower wages. I've worked at a couple of companies which I later found out employed this tactic, and I've seen several contracting agencies that contract for work, H1-B in workers, and then take up to 70% "commission" on the contract wages on top of everything else.

Technically, there is no such thing as a H1B transfer, there is only an H1B application. Only the hiring company is involved in an H1B application. It is utter and absolute made-up nonsense that the former employer has to approve anything.

I have heard that H1B and green card petitions are treated as mini-promotion steps. Instead of raises or promotions, sponsorships are given. Perhaps some smaller unscrupulous "contractor" organizations will do that. In the larger corporations, H1B and green card petitions are done as soon as possible as company policy and promised as such before employment is finalized.

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 2) 401

by m00sh (#47397141) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Basically, it's a step to get someone off H1B status and into a permanent resident of the US.

This makes no sense. Why would an employer want a permanent resident instead of an H1B? A permanent resident can quit and go work elsewhere, and is no better than hiring a US citizen. But an H1B visa is tied to a specific company, so if they quit their job, or are fired, they are sent back to where they came from, at their own expense. As an employer, I love H1Bs, because I can make them work long hours on tight deadlines, and if they complain I can threaten to send them back to Bangalore. Also, since H1Bs have to be paid the same as US citizens, I can use them as an excuse to hold down salaries across the board. If a US citizen employee starts whining about wanting a raise, I can tell him that if I give him a raise, I will be legally required to give the same raise to all of the H1Bs, and since there isn't enough money in the budget for that, it mean no raise for you! Heh, heh.

The law was changed over 15 years ago to allow the same H1B to be used when changing jobs.

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 3, Informative) 401

by m00sh (#47396497) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

With many of these odd job descriptions you speak of, I suspect many of them are cases where said company has already identified the specific individual they want to get an H-1B visa for. So this is essentially a copy of their unique resume. They just need to publicly post the job to fulfill a legal requirement before they can get them the visa.

It is not for H1B, it is after the H1B to get the green card. There is a step called employment verification or something like that.

Basically, it's a step to get someone off H1B status and into a permanent resident of the US.

Comment: Re:Magical Machine Thinking (Score 1) 551

What is wrong with these people? Are they unaware that such has been proposed time and again by past luminaries? Predicted dates come and pass and we are as yet not in any danger. This points to the fact that we have failed to comprehend the nature of both consciousness and survivalism.

These machines will not magically become ANYTHING that we do not tell them to become - including dangerous to us. The real fear is, by what date are dumb people going to THINK machines need these functions......

At least we are not talking about emotions and how machines will be puzzled by human emotions. We are now talking about terminators and Skynet.

Speaking of the movie terminator, boy was Linda Hamilton a hottie or what? If Skynet made robots that looked like her, I'd running to them instead of from them.

Comment: Re:Warp Drive (Score 1) 551

Ever heard of neural networks? Machine learning? Here is a course [] given Andrew Ng at Stanford. Watch the intro video, and you will see, amongst other things an autonomous helicopter that was taught, not programmed but taught to do an inverted takeoff. This stuff is already real.

Neural networks was one of the worst misdirection in the history of AI. These was a lot of wasted effort on that idea.

Modern machine learning is simple rule matching or maximum likelihood predicting. It works very well for a few applications but it isn't a general method that works for everything.

Comment: Re:...another possibility... (Score 0) 304

by m00sh (#47354329) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing that there is a complex ecosystem of micro-organisms that are breaking down the plastic into lesser components that we aren't looking for? I mean, there is a LOT about the ocean we don't yet understand. I mean, we know more about our solar system than we know about the entirety of the ocean ecosystem. That's not to say that the plastic BELONGS there or that we shouldn't be trying to reduce our uses for plastics - just that perhaps we aren't finding them in their entirety because there is some natural processes at work beyond fish consumption.

Or Aquaman got tired of all the plastic and ordered a clean-up.

Hey, as long as we are talking about imaginary creatures, ...

Comment: This is what is wrong with our patent system (Score 1) 196

by m00sh (#47345081) Attached to: How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

But Apple has an ace up its sleeve, in the form of patents for a set of headphones with 'one or more integrated physiological sensors' designed to help users keep track of their body stats.

In essence, nobody can develop earphones with sensors without Apple crying patent infringement.

It's not a particular method of getting sensor data or a particular design of getting sensor data, it is the whole concept of putting sensors in earphones that is patented.

Right now, patents are a way of marking territory rather than a clever invention.

Comment: Re:The Golden Age of Spying (Score 2) 41

by m00sh (#47339393) Attached to: Saudi Government Targeting Dissidents With Mobile Malware

put it another way, has any evidence been uncovered of a backdoor of this type? Or is the absence of evidence just more confirmation of secret backdoors?

Depends on your definition of backdoor and malware.

A couple of years ago, security researchers found that Apple kept a log of every place you went and uploaded the entire data to their servers. Apple dismissed it as a bug in the code they wrote but was it really a bug or did they just get caught?

Also, there are companies that are selling iPhone cracking to the LEOs using "undisclosed vulnerabilities". And of course, Apple will do that by itself.

Comment: Re:The Golden Age of Spying (Score 0, Troll) 41

by m00sh (#47338489) Attached to: Saudi Government Targeting Dissidents With Mobile Malware

Mobile malware => android malware. The mobile hacking tools profiled earlier this week and assumed to be in play here only work on android and jailbreaked ios. All ios malware in existence relies on users to break their own security first, using tools that come from shadowy overseas orgs. Whaaa? I was haxored? No shit Sherlock. Consider this before choosing your next ankle tracker.

What if there is software put in by Apple from a request by the government? That's not malware then?

What about shadowy domestic orgs who are more powerful and better funded?

Comment: Re:Cool solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 427

by m00sh (#47321263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

It’s a toy and a fashion statement. Some people will have fun with it, a lot of people will think it’s stupid, a handful of people will actually find it fills a legitimate need they had but lets not try to invent reasons we need one.

It is an a great tool for running. It can show your mileage, pace, heart rate at a glance - though I admit the posture of looking at the watch while running does put some dangers. It is amazing to have instantaneous feedback when you're training for a race. The phone can do it as well but its more difficult to carry and view.

It is also great as a pedometer and activity, sleep tracker. You can keep records going back years of number of steps, sleep patterns and other biometric data without actually having to think a lot about it.

I bought mine just for running and now I wear it all the time.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky