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Comment Re:Still Humans? (Score 1) 409

In evolutionary terms, fitness is defined as how well you can pass on your genes to the next generation, not how many pull-ups you can do.

And I hate to break it to you, but Darwin was likely wrong on that account. Species that are too responsive to change often end up filling niches that are only temporary, and end up dying off when the conditions they evolve to depend on change again. And yet there are plenty of species out there (gators, sharks, etc) that have survived tens or even hundreds of millions of years while barely changing at all.

Comment Re:that's not really "much" more (Score 1) 1316

Either your university has a very good liberal arts program, very skewed statistics, or it is located in an area where most grads end up somewhere with a high cost of living (like California). Or you really suck at reading statistics. Here are the nationwide numbers. Political science is the only one over 40 grand, everything else is in the mid 30's or lower, with an average starting salary for liberal arts majors of $33,258. Meanwhile CS grads make $56,921 on average. So please, save yourself the embarrassment and give up this ridiculous claim.

And human resources is a business degree, not liberal arts.

"Forgive me if I have zero belief that there is any "patriotic concern" among companies. They want cheaper labor than they can get now; that's their sole motivation."
They are getting cheaper labor, from India and China. They aren't going to just hire spoiled Americans who think they are entitled to starting salaries right out of college of what, 70 grand?

Comment Re:that's not really "much" more (Score 1) 1316

"but there are plenty of liberal-artsy jobs that start at $40-50k"
Ha! Like what? According to my old university's post-graduation report, the average salary of a liberal arts grad is $35 grand. And the only major in there that is at or over $40 grand is International Studies. But thank you for confirming that your view of the job market is completely out of touch with reality.
Also, even if your numbers were right, most people consider 20% a pretty significant differential.

"Tech companies don't want to do the capitalist thing to entice new employees into the field (if supply is low at a given price, the price is too low)"
Oh no, supply is not low at all. There is a huge population in India and China who are willing to take those jobs. The concern tech companies have is not a business concern, but a patriotic concern. They understand that if Americans continue at this rate, we will not remain a tech leader for very long.

"so instead they whine to Congress about H-1Bs."
Most of the people I hear whining about H-1Bs are not companies but engineers worried about having increased competition for their jobs. Of course I know you are not among those, since you have already stated your support for doing "the capitalist thing" (and of course having the government artificially cut the supply to increase the price is antithetical to the principles of capitalism).

Comment Re:then the companies need to offer more money (Score 1) 1316

What exactly do you consider a good salary? Entry level software engineering jobs typically pay much more than most entry level positions. $50-60 grand right out of college? Most people consider that pretty good.

Yes, those jobs often involve a lot of boring work, but so do most jobs. Thats why you get paid for it. I think you've spent too much time watching TV where characters always seem to have fun exciting jobs. But in real life, work almost always involves, well, work.

Comment Re:First step: Understand why women have babies. (Score 1) 616

"The first step would be to understand why women have babies. "
I know this was probably an attempt at a flamewar, but I can't resist.
As a general rule, for every woman who has a baby, there is also a man who... contributed to the process. Actually, scratch that "As a general rule" part. Its always the case. Get your mommy and daddy to explain it to you, its not my place to do it for them.

"In my own research, I was able to find many examples of women having babies when it was definitely not good for the man, for the society, or even for the woman."
You are not the arbiter of when it is good and when it is not good to have a baby. In fact, there is no such arbiter. Hence why eugenics does not work.

You seem to be one of those people who saw a news report on "Octomom" and now think every woman in the world is just like her.

Comment Re:Blame the parents teachers (Score 1) 1316

Well now wait a second. As a fairly recent grad (its been a little over 4 years now since I graduated), I did well in college and as a result I have done well in the workplace. No, I did not approach it thinking that because I had a good education I was entitled to success, but rather that because of my education I was capable of earning success in the workplace. If you got the idea that you could just go to school and then sit on your ass for the rest of your life bringing in the big bucks, then you completely missed the point of what your parents and teachers were trying to tell you.

Comment Re:Pidgin Plugins (Score 1) 1104

They did make a plugin for that, the fork was actually more in response to the fact that this kind of thing is fairly common with the pidgin/gaim developers. They don't particularly value the comments made by users who don't contribute to the project, which is fine for a small open source project but not so great for something that is distributed as the default im client for many desktops. In this light, a fork makes perfect sense.
Linux Business

Linux To Take Over The Low-End PC Market? 391

An anonymous reader writes "Desktop Linux has a recent commentary on the inevitable growth of Linux on the cheaper end of the desktop market. According to the article, the availability of under-$500 usable hardware, combined with a free operating system, free desktop office products, and free or cheap 'software as a service' online applications, opens a new market in which Microsoft cannot compete. 'Microsoft will fight this trend tooth and nail. It will cut prices to the point where it'll be bleeding ink on some of its product lines. And Windows XP is going to stick around much longer than Microsoft ever wanted it to. Still, it won't be enough.'"

Best Way To Teach Oneself Math? 609

An anonymous reader writes "In high school I failed two out of three years of math classes and eventually dropped out of school completely. I earned my general equivalency diploma as soon as was legally possible and from there went on to college and beyond. That was many years ago and my most basic algebra, trigonometry, and geometry skills are slipping away at an alarming rate. I'm looking for a self-guided course covering the equivalent of 4 years of high school mathematics including calculus. My math skills are holding me back. How can I turn this around?"

Cracking Go 328

prostoalex writes "IEEE Spectrum looks at current trends in artificial technology to crack the ancient Chinese game of Go, which theoretically has 10^60 potential endings. Is conquering the game via exhaustive search of all possibilities possible? 'My gut feeling is that with some optimization a machine that can search a trillion positions per second would be enough to play Go at the very highest level. It would then be cheaper to build the machine out of FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) instead of the much more expensive and highly unwieldy full-custom chips. That way, university students could easily take on the challenge.'"

The New Moon Race 212

An anonymous reader writes " has a pictoral and editorial look at the quickly-heating second race to the moon. A Japanese orbital probe is expected to reach orbit of the satellite sometime today, just one of the dozens of projects now aiming to exploit Earth's orbital partner for scientific and business gains. 'The next lunar visitor may come from China. The Chang'e-1 spacecraft is scheduled to lift off near the end of October. It is slated to study the moon's topography in 3D and also investigate its elements. Chang'e-3 is a soft lunar lander that is scheduled to fly in 2010 ... If all goes as planned, the United States and India will have astronauts on the moon by 2020, China by 2022, and Japan and Russia by 2025.'"
The Courts

Jack Thompson Sets His Sights On Halo 3 240

GamePolitics is reporting that anti-game advocate Jack Thompson is seeking to have Halo 3 declared a nuisance to the public in Florida. He tried the same stunt with Bully, and failed then too. "As with Bully, Thompson clearly hopes the court will grant him a hearing. Although after last year's well-publicized Bully performance, which earned Thompson a Bar complaint from presiding Judge Ronald Friedman, that seems unlikely. More troubling by far are the long term implications of this action. Thompson apparently feels emboldened to invoke Florida's public nuisance law against any video game he desires to target. That is the essence of censorship and the video game industry cannot allow it to continue on any number of grounds - legal, moral or creative."

Google Unveils Flash Ads 225

Gailin writes "Google has announced and given some examples of their new Flash based ads. They seem to vary from average size to full screen-width Flash advertisements, with some interactive abilities. 'Gadget ads can incorporate real-time data feeds, images, video and much more in a single creative unit and can be developed using Flash, HTML or a combination of both. Designed to act more like content than a typical ad, they run on the Google(TM) content network, competing alongside text, image and video ads for placement. They support both cost-per-click and cost-per-impression pricing models, and offer a variety of contextual, site, geographic and demographic targeting options to ensure the ads reach relevant users with precision and scale.'"

12 Year Old Gets $6.5M for Gaming Company 180

Bayscribe writes "A Silicon Valley company co-founded by a 12-year-old has just raised $6.5 million in venture capital. PlaySpan, based in Santa Clara, Calif. says it offers game publishers a technology that lets users make payments and shop for other items. It calls itself the first "publisher-sponsored in-game commerce network." Arjun Mehta, a 6th grader, says on his Web site that he is passionate about software that can make the game experience more "rewarding," and that he started the company last year in his garage. He paid for it from earnings made from selling online game items he won."

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