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Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 5, Informative) 31

I used to work at a large company that specialized in "e-trading". They paid a fee for access to second order quotes, which meant that they knew about not just the current price of a security, but the actual stream of bid and ask prices from individual investors. If you have access to the stream, you can just write code that slightly underbids and offers slightly overpriced shares, so you get to nickel and dime investors all day with sub-millisecond accuracy. It was basically software that stole money from everyone all day.

Comment: Re:Atmosphere study is in NASA's fucking 1958 char (Score 3, Interesting) 102

by MillionthMonkey (#49604035) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Every nation on earth has weather and climate scientists. WTF do we need NASA to study the weather?

First of all, weather is not climate.

Second, those scientists in other nations depend on the data collected by NASA, since no one else can do it as well.

Third, the idiot currently heading the committee that plans to eviscerate the NASA earth sciences program to the tune of $300 million per year sees no problem blowing hundreds of times as much money on Cold War fighter jets. One might ask,why do we need to spend $1.5 trillion dollars on F35 strike fighters that can't turn, can't climb, run hackable software, and explode when struck by lightning or running on warm fuel?

This is not about the money at all. They just don't want anyone looking into this, period.

Comment: Re: Serves them right! (Score 1) 39


You don't actually think they read the resumes do you? That is waaay too much to ask HR. According to that slick salesman from Taleo HR is liberated and can focus on more important things like uh firing people and getting coffee.

You see you need the file in an ancient .doc format which will use an algorithm to check employment dates and delete. After that it looks for grammatical errors which is flawed and will delete perfectly good candidates due to Taleos own bugs! Last use a score like excite and Google uses.

The top 4 scores get interviews.

If the software doesn't work then cry about raising H1Be crises!!

  It must be that as Taleo is perfect I tell you?!

Oh it won't with a txt file. The software without formatting will parse wrong section.

I rallied around many unemployed and refused to apply with anyone who uses Taleo. It is insulting to spend hours applying just so the software can reject me. A 15 minute process always gets stretched to over an hour. However, everyone uses it now so my resume is SEO to get the highest score so I can get the job over more qualified applicants

Comment: Re:Did a paid shill write this summary? (Score 1) 102

by MillionthMonkey (#49603901) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

And what about that space stuff? Remember the space stuff?

Why yes, we just saw a story about space stuff:

NASA hopes to send the first round-trip, manned spaceflight to Mars by the 2030s. If the mission succeeds, astronauts could spend several years potentially being bombarded with cosmic rays- high-energy particles launched across space by supernovae and other galactic explosions. Now, a study in mice suggests these particles could alter the shape of neurons, impairing astronauts' memories and other cognitive abilities. In the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with executive function, a range of high-level cognitive tasks such as reasoning, short-term memory, and problem-solving, neurons had 30% to 40% fewer branches, called dendrites, which receive electrical input from other cells.

It's pretty clear that Republicans are seeking to get people into space so they can expand their voter base.

Comment: Re:Minumum Wage will push these sooner (Score 1) 33

by TWX (#49603333) Attached to: Robots In 2020: Lending a Helping Hand To Humans (And Each Other)
Machines in every form benefit the owners of the means of production, not the worker that works for someone else. This has been a fact since cottage industry gave way to centralized production at the beginning of the industrial revolution. Machines allow less humans to do more work. That is true of the use of the water-powered forging hammer that replaces a half-dozen men swinging sledge hammers, or of the automated alignment and welding assembly that puts car bodies together without using humans for the bulk of the job.

I'm really surprised that fast food and other low-skill, low-wage work hasn't been replaced by robots already. Companies that sell these products have already figured out exactly how hot the grille and deep-fry oil needs to be, how long the meat needs to be in each and when to flip or remove, and given the crap job that the no-skill worker does of stacking the condiments, a machine probably could apply a slice of lettuce, two slices of tomato, meat, and cheese between two slices of bread to make a hamburger before wrapping it in paper.

Fast food isn't a skill. It doesn't even come close to coffee shop barista, where the customer is already paying a luxury price for a human's touch when making a product that could come out of a machine just about as well. If it costs $200,000 per year to pay employees to work a fast food restaurant, and that cost can be reduced to $60,000 per year by the introduction of a half a million dollars of machinery that will last for a decade, these companies would be nuts to not replace workers with robots.

Comment: National debt (Score 5, Informative) 235

by MillionthMonkey (#49602617) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Obama has cut the budget deficit in half since 2008. (Bush left it at $1.5 trillion per year, and now it's about $750 billion). Since $750 billion is still greater than zero, the national debt continues to rise, at about half the rate that it did during the Bush administration- when, if you recall, no one seemed to be complaining about it at all.

Comment: Re:flashy, but risky too. (Score 1) 81

by Rich0 (#49602167) Attached to: Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service

I'll just leave this here... DHL in practice.

We already know how the current companies perform. And its generally not great.

Meh. At my workplace we use monitors/etc when we ship stuff where handling matters. If handling goes out of spec, then we'll have some words with the courier, and have procurement bring up that nice exclusive agreement we made that sends millions per year in business their way.

Comment: Re:Economy of Scale (Score 1) 81

by Rich0 (#49602143) Attached to: Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service

There's a reason the laws built up the way they did. You want to fix them, you have my blessing.

Nah, I'll leave that to you.

That was my whole point. If you want the law to be right, go ahead and fix it. Everybody else is just going to ignore it. They don't care if the law is right or not, because it doesn't really matter if nobody enforces it.

It is just too painful to fix the law. Too many entrenched interests are going to block you when you try. People realize they don't actually have to play that game, and so they don't. We end up with a society where EVERYBODY breaks the law daily as a result.

I don't think it is a good thing, but until it is easier to fix, nobody is going to bother.

Comment: Re:Very unlikely to be triggered in the field (Score 1) 206

by Rich0 (#49602123) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

Sure, but if somebody did operate an airliner in this manner, I imagine many other components would be failing, creating numerous hazardous conditions.

Maintenance schedules on big things like airliners aren't just created arbitrarily. If the manual says to inspect the turbine blades every n hours then somebody probably did a study that shows that at x% of n hours you start to get measurable deterioration. If they could make the intervals longer they would - it would be a major selling point for the plane.

Sure, this software bug should be fixed, but in general if you're going to allow companies to ignore the manufacturer's guidelines, then you can't really hold the manufacturer responsible for failure.

Comment: Re:I agree with TFA (Zug) (Score 2) 435

by TWX (#49600891) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold
The pose is a face, a little bit of bare shoulder, hair, and a hat. That kind of exposure (ie, the shoulder) is common throughout the United States anywhere that's warm enough to dress that way. There are entire fashions dedicated to off-shoulder blouses and dresses for women. Women of all ages, including minors, are free to dress that way, and men and women of all ages, including minors, need to learn how to control themselves when something as sexual as a shoulder is displayed.

You want to not be tantalized or enticed? Move to a country that requires women to cover themselves. Otherwise learn to control your base instincts, you animal. If she's not displaying her sexual characteristics then your being excited is definitely your problem, not anyone else's.

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