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Comment And the question is... (Score 1) 391

If robot's are making such strides in productivity, what are the flesh-n-blood drones doing to deserve the pay ? Obviously robots are doing a lot as the productivity is noticeably increased, generally means, people are getting paid the same for doing less. Or putting it in other words, the jobs that robots are performing, could be performed by less reliable, more expensive and larger number of human beings. I am wondering how soon the management will realize that they can replace most humans if not all, by robots and be done with the productivity loss, slacking on the job, etc. problems ? And What will happen then ? Will the humans take jack hammers, chain saws and attack the entities who dislocated them from their jobs and caused the loss of income ? Let's say the employers gradually phased out humans by not hiring to replace retired or otherwise lost workforce, what will happen to the unskilled labor ? Not everyone is cut out to be the programmers for those robotic systems you know...

Comment Housing bust 2.0 (Score 1) 940

Last time around, it was the corrupt bankers who were and still are too big to fail, fanned this fire. Now it is the builders' turn to screw you and I, the average Joe, over. The common theme seems to be the buyers who are getting shafted. And short of a revolution, as in the sense of bearing arms and storming the government offices and banks, there is no way to stop this trend. Although, the possibility of working remotely for most of the developed countries' work force, should make the areas, once deemed inhabitable, a good possibility, and availability of modular housing components, may turn the tide over. But this sounds like pipe dream to me and I am an engineer and computer guy. I don't think I will see affordable housing which is not hundred and some miles away from my workplace(s).

Comment expanding the H1B #s is good for nobody but few (Score 4, Interesting) 407

For US: tech workers will suffer from unemployment or suppressed wages For H1B holders: The Tata's and Infosys' of this scheme will dangle the green card carrot in front of you while raping your wages to the tune of 50% For US companies: Economy will look like a spaceship, which no one can stop from going up Then the tech bubble will blow stockholders will suffer Indian H1B workers, who were waiting patiently for their green cards will be sent home with nothing to show for Recession will depress the job market for the American worker Who will benefit from this ? The few C- level executives with a golden parachute exit plans. It will not be their problem to fix the mess. It is the next sucker's problem to deal with. Tell me what is good about this plan ?

Comment Not a fan of Jackson either but... (Score 1) 442

Isn't it enough already ? How many times we need to hear from his highness zuckerberg that he needs cheap labor to expand the limits of his walled garden, or likes of ballmer (in my opinion, neither character's name deserve to be capitalized) who has no other interest in the pulse of the nation, as long as their companies and the stocks they hold grow exponentially ? This is a travesty. We have seen what happened at the last tech boom. They brought in numerous "highly skilled" work force, mainly from India, and the bubble grew too fast and blew spectacularly. Why do they think that, doing the same will yield a different result ? Oh wait.. They don't ! They will just ride the wave and cash out at the top. When te wave breaks and drowns millions of others underneath, they will light up a cigar and watch the turmoil calm down to create the next bubble. Politicians, who are elected by the people should realize, this is the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result. STOP THE MADNESS. Let tech sector grow organically with the resources at hand.

Comment It is not just a company's choice (Score 3, Insightful) 431

In order to ride everyone's asses, law enforcement wants things that they do not understand, to be served them on a silver platter. The point they are missing is, if the things are so easy that your donut eating run-of-the-mill cop can figure it out at any time they wish, the crooks, who are leaps and bounds ahead of them, as far as computer literacy goes, will do victory dances around those devices and rape the average Joe's privacy. Of course, where there is a choice between the public's privacy and ease of police operation, guess what trumps ? Or in other words, who has the big guns ? The people who have no idea what they are talking about, keep their pie holes shut, in my opinion, and from what I read so far, Leslie Caldwell is one of those people.

Comment Cloud backup after multiple encryptions ? (Score 1) 251

If the documents are that sensitive, you can run the files through multiple encryption schemas with different and very hard to crack pass-phrases, before sending them to the big drive in the sky. Yes, someone coming up with perfect quantum computer and running down all encryptions to the ground, in a matter of seconds is always a possibility, but I think I can take that much risk over, losing my important documents in a house fire or earthquake or flood. Take your pick. I personally can not see myself walking to a safe deposit box every week or even month to store the latest copies of my documents, burned to a DVD or BlueRay myself.

Comment I believe Fogerty has recorded bathroom version (Score 1) 244

I remember hearing The spoof version, "there's a bathroom on the right", during one of those Christmas marathon broadcasts, many years ago in LA and it sounded like John Fogerty was singing it himself. On the Hendrix song, if you have a smidgen of brain left to think that he was high on some sort of dope non-stop, kissing the sky is not so impossible to hear from his words. Also a guy of his reputation singing lyrics with gay undertones is unthinkable in my never so humble opinion.

Comment Late to respond to my own posting (Score 1) 250

But better late than never. Few years ago, someone in the wise US government, approved that, poor people on government provided health insurance plans can get the little blue boner pills on the taxpayers' dime. Now getting access to free porn, they are closing the loop, making everyone happy :)

Submission + - Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing Sought

nomad63 writes: Earlier this week, the NY Times reported that a group of city and leaders, with NYC public advocate Letitia James at the helm, are pushing for a commitment from Comcast to provide free broadband to the city’s public housing and to extend its low-cost Internet Essentials plan (which was created as a condition of the NBC deal). While New York City might be the center of finance and commerce in the U.S., about 1/3 of households don’t have an Internet connection, highlighting the huge “digital divide” between the city’s wealthy residents and those who can’t afford broadband service.In addition to the free service for public housing, the group wants gratis access at shelters for the city’s homeless and its victims of domestic violence.

Looks like, after our tax dollars have been providing little blue pills to the less fortunate, now they are closing the loop by providing free access to pr0n as well. Must be very good to have that "Mission Accomplished" feeling.

Comment Free Broadband for Public Housing in NYC Sought (Score 1) 289

Earlier this week, the NY Times reported that a group of city and leaders, with NYC public advocate Letitia James at the helm, are pushing for a commitment from Comcast to provide free broadband to the city’s public housing and to extend its low-cost Internet Essentials plan (which was created as a condition of the NBC deal). While New York City might be the center of finance and commerce in the U.S., about 1/3 of households don’t have an Internet connection, highlighting the huge “digital divide” between the city’s wealthy residents and those who can’t afford broadband service.In addition to the free service for public housing, the group wants gratis access at shelters for the city’s homeless and its victims of domestic violence.

Looks like, after our tax dollars have been providing little blue pills to the less fortunate, now they are closing the loop by providing free access to pr0n as well. Must be very good to have that "Mission Accomplished" feeling.

Comment Get over it! You're being tracked (Score 0) 289

Okay, if you are living in a false sense of privacy, while you spend your every waking moment surfing the net, you are in denial and seek professional help. For those of you who somehow accepted the fact that you are being tracked, I have one question: Who do you want tracking you ? Google, Micro$oft or Facebook ? These are the 3 major players in tracking as they have tentacles reaching to the far corners of the net and combination of their forces, probably cover 90% of all pages available on the net, if not more. So, do you trust your data to a proven evil-doer, Microsoft, or to a young hotshot called Zuckerberg, who blatantly bragged to his friends "you just ask and they give their personal info to you" when he was just starting the Facebook, or to Google ? I personally prefer Google. Yes it would be nice if we were not tracked at all but that ship has sailed long time ago. Now, we need to fend ourselves against lesser of evil and this is Google for me. The information I give in return of free services of theirs I use, is far more in my favor comapred to any other entity on the Net.

Comment Do we really need to hear this from someone (Score 2) 293

I mean c'mon. They make money exploiting workers from India, making them work for peanuts, dangling a green card in front of them. I am sharing a cubicle with one of these folks and he is making 2/3 of what I make doing the same shit I am doing. Guess where the remaining 1/3 is going to. It doesn't need rocket science to understand how these outfits are meking their money. The bad thing is, Facebooks and Microsofts of the American economy is pressing for laxation of the H1B visa quotas. And we end up with ass hole of companies like Infosys and Tata Consulting, stealing jobs from American workers. A real pity. I hope the politicians will get the heads out of the asses of these companies and think about the people they are representing for a change.

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