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Comment: Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (Score 1) 137

by psithurism (#47404345) Attached to: Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

Because in the 70s you had to take bills from your parents (who had like $40 laying around) and you have to take that money to someone, who can clearly see that you are too young to be making any sort of financial decisions. If you can execute that transaction, you clearly know what money is and that you are doing something wrong.

Now you click the wrong buttons in a game, which your parents said you could play, and you've spent hundreds of dollars. You don't have to have any idea what money is to click a button.

Comment: Re:The goal of 1st world countries (Score 1) 401

by psithurism (#47404069) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

There were experiments on paying everyone a basic payment conducted in some US and Canadian Towns in the 60s and 70s. It worked

According to other people, all such experiments failed miserably.

It wasn't politically acceptable though.

Yes, everyone construes the results based on their political ideology, but that includes you. Point out some specific examples and maybe we'll take an interest.

A robot won't displace 1000 workers

You can't stress that point enough these days. Cleaning, gardening, construction, landscaping, etc are not going away for the foreseeable future. Manufacturing even seems to be approaching a limit.

All of the jobs shuffling paper, ticking boxes, talking to people will be automated. Even things like...

Ahahaha! Don't we all wish! My grandparents predicted this would happen. I doubt it though. Every time I see a 'ticking boxes' job get automated, the replaced human has to be moved to verify the input, and a new hire is needed to audit the output. If the output is contentious, then all interested parties will need to hire new humans on both ends of the box ticker bot. I hate shuffling papers and ticking boxes, and though our tools continue to improve, I feel like I'm going to be ticking boxes, or paying someone to do it for the rest of my life (40years or so).

Comment: Re:Do something about your hoarding problem (Score 1) 983

by psithurism (#46476945) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

best solution

Well that's one solution, but the optimal solution varies by person. Assuming laziness is the problem: how much is your time curating your data worth vs. cost to back it all up? For me, it's only worth it I when it start nearing the size of the typical external hard drive, until then, cu-ration is an unnecessary hassle.

20TB is actually pretty easy to generate. It's not super common for an individual to do so, but a hobbyist video producer could do it easily. I also know a few semi-professionals that generate TBs of data and really have to start calculating future_value/storage_cost and deciding to delete the data is often more punishing to get wrong.

Comment: Hiring overpriced men? (Score 1) 427

by psithurism (#46404611) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

For unskilled labor, you are absolutely right.

For skilled labor though: pay is largely determined by how well you can convince management of your worth. In technology, management or really any white collar area, there are few metrics that really measure how well employees are performing, and management has to go with their perceptions to decide who is on target and who is falling behind and those perceptions can be clouded by all sorts of things that have nothing to do with how much an employee actually deserves.

You can not tell me overpriced employees don't exist; I know plenty who will readily admit to being those overpriced employees. I have no idea where you work, but I think if you take a moment to contemplate it, you'll realize that no one is paid anywhere near what they are actually currently worth to the company.

I have seen one small company where gender was a known factor in deciding which employees were more valuable. Being a small company, salaries were all over the place and they had plenty of overpriced men and a couple overpriced women (I got a lot of this from the accountant who told me nothing about this if asked in court). Luckily this does not seem to be the case across the industry.

We are also assuming throughout this discussion that men and women perform at the same level in tech careers...maybe we _should_ be seeing a pay disparity in one direction or the other and it is shocking that we don't.

Comment: Not Stupid (Score 1) 61

by psithurism (#46350153) Attached to: Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat

The entire concept is stupid

I disagree. This concept is extremely important to me. Just because an idea is stupid to you and 5mods does not mean it doesn't work for the rest of us.

To me, the ephemeral message is getting us back towards normal face2face interaction, by default, nothing is saved. There is nothing stopping your friends and co-workers from putting their phones on record or even following you around with a video camera. What's important is that by default, our failed jokes and Freudian slips are simply forgotten, instead of being added to your permanent record that a potential employer, divorce lawyer or even automated government spy tool might get access to for your detriment.

Comment: Re:turn off the car? (Score 1) 664

by psithurism (#46309057) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

I used to have a truck with a sticky gas peddle. As in I pushed it down and it didnt come back up. I quickly learned a secret... when it happened, I turned the truck off, dropped it to neutral, and breaked.

I knew that when I was 16. Why cant people figure that out 15 years later?

Firstly, things have changed quite a bit in 15years: The car decides when it turns off for you (just like how it decides when you want to drive really, really fast). I've never owned one of these kinds, but some of these models had a big on button, then they turned off when you left the car (I'm probably not entirely right, I never owned one).

Secondly, a sticky gas pedal means you were going fast and you don't want to anymore, you are already somewhat prepared for speed. When you are just idling somewhere and suddenly the car decides it wants to go, you might not even be

And thirdly, good for you being a genius and all; I now know the proper sequence, but the first time the sticky gas pedal happened to me, it took me a few seconds to figure out. I was on an empty road at the time so the eighth of a mile or so I was burning rubber was no big deal, but if I had shot off from my driveway, I would have been doing 70mph through my neighbors living room (Actually, my car was a P.O.S. and could barely do 60mph on the freeway, but if I owned some fancy car from the current century, you get the idea).

Comment: Re:How do they not take a writedown? (Score 1) 257

by psithurism (#46305705) Attached to: WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Facebook bought W.A. mostly using facebook stock. They don't have to recover money, since all that 'money' is just a hypothetical number based on hugely overvalued speculation of facebook's future revenue stream.

Facebook stock gets that valuation in the first place by being the unassailable monopoly of the western social networking world. They need to expend any amount of stock required to keep that position, otherwise that stock will be worthless when Facebook 2.0 turns them into a ghost town like facebook did to myspace.

Comment: Re:Think... (Score 1) 289

they won't be on airlines...Unless you have a disconnected, completely stupid terrorist

We had the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the UK liquid bombers, all after everything got locked down after 9/11.

They are obsessed with airplanes. If they had any sort of body count quota and intelligence, they would clearly try other targets.Even just arriving at the airport, you'd think they would realize, "Hey if I drive a car through this line I can kill more people than with this stupid little bomb in my underwear," but they don't!

It's almost as if their end goal is to make air travel inconvenient.

Comment: Re:They still have not caught a single terrorist. (Score 1) 289

Thats a good reason to ban aluminum foil, but they were actually just confiscating the boxes so you couldn't slowly saw the pilots to death over the course of a long flight with the dull edge that cuts sheets of foil for you. You could still blow up the plane with what was in the box once they confiscated it.

As for that particular explosion, I'm not ready to run the search here at work, but I recall the formula being aluminum foil + some liquids, which they already confiscate. I also remember the explosions from any reasonable quantity of the stuff to be so small as to be uninteresting to teenage boys.

Comment: Re:Hindsight? (Score 1) 265

by psithurism (#46297925) Attached to: Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings

Well, if you check reliable media outlets, a week after events, they usually do a better job of determining the source of the frustration. The protestors usually say something like: "U.S. is in our country replacing our interests with theirs, that's why I lost my job and my son is imprisoned for...what? No, I don't even get T.V. I've never heard of that movie."

There may be "triggers" that cause various groups to encourage protests to get started, but to motivate thousands of people to protest in areas where suspicion of subversive speech makes you disappear, you need some legitimate unhappiness. They get just as upset as you to hear, "someone far away did something improper," but when you are starving and unemployed, and you hear, "hey, were rioting to let them know we're unhappy, wanna join?" Then you might get moving.

Comment: Re:How is this relevant to slashdot? (Score 1) 236

by psithurism (#46281273) Attached to: I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

Yeah, fuck all the remaking interesting cultures with american values! I've had some sort of class on Greek history every four years or so since grade school and it bothers me so much that they advertise period pieces and then erase all the culture of the time and replace it with some sort of sermon on idealized american values. I live in the US; I talk to my redneck neighbors; anyone can give me a sermon about freedom and it's a dialog I don't need to pay to see in 3D. Just get to the friggin pro wrestling + CGI part! Thats what I came to see dammit!

Comment: Re:first (Score 1) 325

by psithurism (#46278419) Attached to: N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Yeah, but the Saudis give us oil and the Israelis make us feel better about WWII. What does N.K. give us?

If your going to starve your populace, at least produce something! Waste of cheap human capital is just accepted as the de facto worst abuse by everyone but yourself. I shouldn't have to be stated.

Comment: Re:you mean behavior control device? (Score 2) 478

by psithurism (#46278291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

this question should indeed get fucked.

I agree, but when you pose a problem to nerds, we can't help but propose solutions.

I live in a touristy area and I'm pretty sure his purpose is to charge costumers for photos (this is unbelievably profitable), as well as having them available for his own purposes. Here, we use those photos for advertising, but the OP is so vague as to make me think he's doing this for blackmail, porn or preventing customers from being able prove how bad his service actually is.

I know he wants to set up a expensive fix to bleed customers just a little bit or maybe get downright nefarious, but I still can't help but try to think of solutions:

Customer's won't wear anti-paparazzi gear to stop their selfies, but what if you plastered the interior of the vehicle with it instead? Low-lighting + bouncy ride will force them to use flash while your own high powered cameras, statically mounted in optimal points can do longer exposures and be positioned to be least affected by anti-paparazzi coatings and devices.

EMPs will only destroy cameras with moving parts that are very sensitive. I think you should still consider firing off small disruptive bursts of energy with every flash detected; expensive to create, but it seems your client is willing to go pretty far when it comes to screwing over his costumers, so don't discount them!

The post also isn't clear whether we are trying to prevent costumers from taking pictures of landmarks outside the bus, or the puke stains on the floor of the bus. We've clearly assumed the latter. But if you lock all the windows up, you can clearly put coatings or lighting on them to screw with photos.

Most of the other comenters recommended you re-look into IR. You didn't really say what failed, maybe the contractor you tested out just sucked? You might want to try that again with different methods.

On the off chance the client is not up to no good, add a sign that says: "You'll enjoy your ride better if you let us handle the photos!" Or if he'll just fess up that he's being evil, just TSA style search customers and confiscate cameras and phones prior to the trip.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir