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Comment: multi-national corporations are mini-countries? (Score 1) 220

by peter303 (#48635115) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
Large corporations have the revenues, population, and political strength of a small country. Countries may be starting to treat them like other countries, e.g. make treaties, or go to war with them. Examples North Korea versus Sony; Europe versus Google.

There have been movies about this, such as Blad Runner and Roller Ball where the world is ruled by corporations and nations are shadows.

Comment: MIT both undereacts and overeacts (Score 1) 416

by peter303 (#48574791) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin
As a MIT grad it mystifies me sometimes. A cyncial point of view might say "follow the money" and perhaps there is a 7-figure lawsuit in the background. MIT ignored a cluster of alcohol-related deaths and suicides, then paid a $6M settlement to one family. They should have reacted stronger to when the DA threw the book at Aaron Schwartz with an order-of-magnitude larger threatened penalty than average hacker case.

Comment: Bezos handling the Washington Post better (Score 1) 346

I heard a talk from the Washington Post managing editor at Denver University last month. Like the New Republic, Bezos is pushing hard for an "all media" platform. But the WP workers sounded happier, probably becuase Jeff is also pouring money into it and hiring instead of firing.

Comment: warehouse retrevial jobs were dificult, low paying (Score 1) 110

by peter303 (#48498847) Attached to: Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly
Running across concrete all day in minimally air conditioned buildings and under the uncaring eye of the computer clock for not much more than minimum wage. I read several exposee articles in the past few years about this. Unons and liberal governments were about to crack down on difficult considitons. And now they may not need to. Some things are better left to machines.

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