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Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 2) 265

sounds like a republican capitalist paradise. we should import a couple of the Dubai leaders to put the US poor to work. finally.

Right ... because it's Republicans who want to concentrate people in cities. Got it. must be because the poor in Dubai get paid well and have good lives compared to the poor Americans. /ironyoff

Comment: Re:Personal Hub (Score 1) 56

Probably the future of wearables is the personal hub.

The problem with wearables is that a radio capable of sustaining a connection to the outside world - be it 4g or wifi - needs a fair bit of power and consequently quite a lot of battery. So devices have to be fairly chunky, or else have to be recharged more often than you'd like. But your bluetooth mouse probably goes months on one charge - mine certainly does. So the solutions is to have a device mounted discreetly on your belt or in your handbag, or carried in a pocket, which just acts as a personal hub/firewall, doing backhaul for your wearables. It doesn't need a screen. It doesn't need apps. But once it's paired with your wearables, you can use a device which has no backhaul capability to make phone calls or to access any service on the Internet.

This is an extension of how Google Glass or your Pebble watch already uses your smartphone. The smartphone acts as a personal hub. But if the display you actually use is the one on your Glass or the one on your Pebble, you don't need the big, fragile, power-hungry screen on your smartphone any more; so the personal hub can be cheaper and much more durable than any smartphone.

Once you've got that concept, there are other services that a personal hub can supply to your wearables, for example storage.

I suggest we use a switch instead of a hub and we call it a 'fabric'...

Comment: Re:Green Card Irony (Score 1) 401

by sociocapitalist (#47398225) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

For the1H-B workers, the irony is that as soon as they get their green card, or even eventual citizenship. they face the same job discrimination faced by US residents. As soon as you have a stake in the US, they don't want you as a skilled worker.

American capitalism hates American workers. They put greed above all, even the sustainability of the US economy. Why the hell are we putting up with this?

Assuming the pimping company lets them stay in the US (or west) long enough to qualify for said green card or citizenship.

We are putting up with this because we've been brought up on the capitalism is wonderful bandwagon and are afraid to get off.


And yes, I know how many people are choking on that word.

Comment: Re:Not to worry (Score 1) 401

by sociocapitalist (#47398209) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Dear silly grad. your skills in C# are worthless.

Want to make really good money? Learn how to manage an AS400 completely. There are incredibly few that can and there are a LARGE number of companies still using them. So you can demand $65.00 an hour.

Hell my company pays a guy $160 an hour to come in for 10 hours a week to work on our systems. HE WORKS 10 HOURS A WEEK and takes home $1600.

Those of you going into CS are morons, Supporting old tech that companies will not upgrade is where the real money is at.

Until they do.

At some point the cost of supporting the old will outweigh the cost of bringing in the new.

Comment: 'trying to fill' (Score 1) 401

by sociocapitalist (#47398191) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Lately I've been getting plenty of calls from Indians 'trying' to fill roles all right - but when I give my normal rate they say "Oooo you are very expensive" after which the try and get me to take half of that and when I say no they thank me and hang up.

I have no doubt that such calls are being noted as "American was contacted but wasn't interested in job" to justify the 'lack of resource'.

This is in Europe, by the way. Indian call centers coming through via a +44 UK code.

Comment: Re:A law for everything... (Score 1) 477

by sociocapitalist (#46716947) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Ah, so this explains why Silicon Valley is located in France.

Seriously, if someone wants to work crazy hours, why not let them?

I had that phase in my career, and it paid off. I'm in a different phase now. I just choose not to work after hours. If my employer didn't like that, I'd have found a better job by now. Same thing for travel - I used to travel a ton. Now I don't want to, and so I found a place to work with no travel. I'm a grownup, I can take care of myself, thank-you-very-much.

The reason that that you have that choice not to work more hours is because of regulation protecting you.

If you don't believe that then go somewhere in the world where no such regulation exists and see how many jobs there are that let you work 'normal' hours.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by sociocapitalist (#46668409) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Read the message from Strange Quark Star. He sums it up pretty nice! If you knew people from Crimea you wouldn't argue the results. The people from Crimea have felt oppressed by the Ukrainian system for many years and no hope in sight.

As for the election, there are no impartial observers in this election. The EU, US doesn't want to see Russia expand their land and Russia wants nothing more than an extra port to do business and conduct war from.

I'm not saying the Crimeans don't want to be Russian. I'm saying that the vote cannot be claimed to have been valid.

If you can't find impartial observers, then you can have both sides' observers with plenty of cameras showing real-time video of the goings-on.

The reality, of course, is that the country with the biggest balls is going to come out of this ahead and given that Putin has balls and Obama doesn't...

Guess we'll see what happens if Putin goes after Ukraine itself.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by sociocapitalist (#46647715) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Is it really more objectionable?

Maybe the news I'm seeing isn't accurate but it appears the majority of people currently "invaded" wants to join Russia. Hope is all those people want and joining a large world force/economy is something that can provide people with a better life. Especially considering that a large percentage of this population is of Russian background.

And how do you prove this?

The voting was not observed by impartial international witnesses and as such, must be called invalid.

I'm all for a real vote - but with impartial observers, not Russia chosen America hating nazis.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by sociocapitalist (#46647691) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

USA invaded Iraq and scared and killed thousands of people. Then it controlled its territory while people of Iraq went to polls to vote. The vote was considered democratic and the results were recognized.

Russia invaded Crimea in a peaceful way and didn't kill anybody. Then it controlled its territory while people of Crimea went to polls to vote. Despite numerous international observers and absence of any concerns from them, US doesn't want to recognize this vote.

Looks like hypocrisy and double-standards.

Russia chose the international observers that were allowed to attend.

"International observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were prevented last week from entering Crimea. Pro-Russian forces fired warning shots in the air as the OSCE convoy approached a checkpoint leading from mainland Ukraine into the peninsula."

Those allowed by Russia to 'observe' are Anti-American far right nazis:
"Concerns have been raised about the objectivity of the international observers and the fact that the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections (EODE), the election monitoring organization, is a partisan institution, with ties to far-right and neo-nazi groups.[133][134] The mission leader Mateusz Piskorski is a well-known antisemite and admirer of Adolf Hitler,[135] and the EODE leader Luc Michel is an antisemite and neo-Nazi as well."

Russia's actions in Crimea are just as wrong as America's actions in Iraq.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by sociocapitalist (#46647619) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

This. NASA is not a political body and should not act like one.

If an anti-science President gets elected in 2016, will the world refuse to stop working with the USA? If they did, wouldn't we be upset?

Russia didn't refuse to work with the USA when America invaded Iraq, did they?

So scientists who didn't agree with, for example, Hitler's Nazi Germany should have continued to collaborate with German scientists just for the sake of science?

Anyone who doesn't agree should speak up and act out in whatever way they judge best.

Comment: Re:Not practical as contact lenses (Score 1) 99

by sociocapitalist (#46623831) Attached to: Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

For videogames, what you need is X-ray vision. The ability to see the electric signals in the LCD gril before they hit the actual pixels will give you an advantage of several milliseconds compared to your opponents. The same principle applies to Monster cables' gold-plated, titanium-coated, oxygen-free optical cables which give you pure digital audio, free of data which are not zeros or ones.

Awesome - can I get x-ray hearing too to get that pure sound before it's deformed by the speakers and all the crap in my room?

Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 353

by sociocapitalist (#46623791) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

So much for free market economics and competition. I hate it when government goes to lengths like these as competition is good all around.

As long as the new services operate under the same constraints as taxi companies, I see no reason why they should't be allowed to operate since, as you say, that's a free market at work. But they shouldn't get to skip over all of the costs of business that taxi companies absorb -- things like driver background checks, driver training (in some cities), insurance requirements, car maintenance requirements, etc.

Why not?

At the end it's for the customer to decide if they want to take a risk on a rideshare (based on previous feedback perhaps).

No doubt the people making the rules are getting a kickback in some form or another from the existing businesses. Fuck 'em. Vote 'em out.

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