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Comment Re:File this under duh (Score 1) 556

75% of American jobs are in the service sector. The vast majority of these job are jobs that no one wants, even the people filling them currently.

It's actually 80% now. The "Service Sector" includes financial services (ie, Wall St), health care (ie, doctors), educational services (ie tenured professor), information services (ie, /.), and government (ie, cushy, do-nothing, job-for-life). Only about a third of "service sector" jobs are retail-wholesale-transportation-leisure (ie McJob).

This is supposed to be the new economic model: countries progress from agriculture to manufacturing to service (The three major sectors) as the skills of their people increase. There's a lot of people trying to scare you by implying that "service sector" means "McDonalds," but the service sector includes all the white collar jobs.

Comment Re:Insecurity culture.... (Score 5, Interesting) 556

Stick to the Bible, son. It's for the best.

This is what the Lord has commanded: Gather of it, every man of you, as much as he can eat; you shall take an omer apiece, according to the number of persons who each of you has in his tent. And the people of Israel did so; they gathered some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; each gathered according to what he could eat (Exodus 16:16-18

All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.Deuteronomy 24:14

Comment Re:Then make the "aberration" return. (Score 1) 556

Then do whatever it takes litigatively/legislatively/extrajudicially to bring back stability and make it a epic, royal, and complete PITA to dodge it. After that, make it hard to not hire citizens by making it worth more to hire any citizen FTE's by default.

This doesn't work. It artificially inflates the price of labor, and we've seen what happens when local labor is expensive. Never mind that creating a two (three) tiered society of Citizens and (il)legal Immigrants is the Kuwaiti system. You don't get to vote yourself into the aristocracy.

Besides, you can argue that "stability" is bad for both employer and employee. Without ties to a particular job, it's much easier for an employee to shop his skills around and find a better job. Assuming the employers are not illegally colluding to fix wages. He has to hustle a bit more than showing up to a 9-to-5 bolt-tightening job, but I thought we liked for people to be actively engaged in their own well-being. I thought the American way was to reward ambitious self-motivated people and let starve the ones too lazy to care for themselves.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 508

Even with good shotshell and a patterned gun, it's very unlikely to score a buckshot kill at more than 40-45 yards away.

Projectiles have to hit a buck (or a duck) a lot harder to kill than they need to hit a drone to disable it. Drones are regularly disabled by tree leaves, for example.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 295

And you think that hiding the foods' provenance is the way to make people stop believing the FUD?

"Provenance?" This isn't a Regency Table we're talking about, it's commoditized food. I eat stuff where the manufacturer can't even tell me what kind of oil they use (one or more of ...) let alone prove the genotype of every grain of wheat. Do you think a company that buys a million pounds of flour a year gets it all from the same place? Or even cares about the varietal? Consumers don't care if their bread is made from Calingiri or Ytipi. Farmers don't: they'll generally change their varietal every couple of years when the seed man tells them there's something new out. Keeping varietals separate in an 80 ton silo (never mind a 100,000 ton bulk carrier) is more trouble than anyone wants to go through.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 295

And recently there has been the phenomenon where companies try to hide things by using confusing nomenclature. E.g., "evaporated cane juice" in products with "no added sugar." [foodnavigator-usa.com] Yeah -- "cane juice" -- it must be good for you, since they call it "juice"! Well, it's just another form of sugar... processed slightly differently, but still basically sucrose.

You need to stop confusing "ingredient list" with "chemical composition." As an ingredient, "sugar" means "refined sugar," but there's sugar in everything. Even beef is 1-2% sugar.

Most people are interested in "sugar" in the sense of "refined sugar" so-called empty calories that contain no additional micronutrients and have high glycemic index. When you refine sugar out of cane juice, or beets, or just about anything, you preferentially select sucrose from all the other sugars, proteins, and minerals in the extract.

Most food is a mixture. If your recipe is bitter, you can make it more pleasant by adding refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, apple juice, cane juice, or a host of other things. Some of those ingredients have their own distinctive flavor, which may mix well or badly with your other ingredients. Refined sugar is popular because it's pretty flavor neutral and stores forever. Cane juice is also pretty flavor neutral and cheap, but not as easy to store or transport.

An ingredient list is not a chemical analysis

Comment Re:MUtation rate are known (Score 1) 295

Please tells us how many million of years statistically you would need to go from a barley growth factor, to a rice growth factor, and would even the intermediate protein be viable (active) or even if the surrounding gene would still be active.

Most of the genetic modification of plants is based on a bacterium (agrobacterium tumefaciens) that naturally performs horizontal gene transfer between plants. Usually, this results in plant tumors, but given a few million generations and a few billion plants, there's no reason to imagine it couldn't transfer the gene.

Maybe more importantly, both barley and rice (and wheat, and....) naturally express SUSIBA2. Barley SUSIBA2 transcripts (accession AY323206) are 82% identical to rice SUSIBA2 (accession NM_001066651), so it's not even like they're wildly different things.

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 380

You left out the third option that will become a standard and that's to stall you out if you are using any kind of ad blocker.

Any web site that does this suffers a fatally inflated sense of worth. There is almost no content on the web that can't be found in alternative form somewhere else. NYT blocking non-subscribers? The Guardian is running a story about the same thing. Used up all your "free" views on ESPN? MLB.com has scores and commentary. Seriously, I can count on one hand the ad-supported web sites that I would suffer should they drop off the planet tomorrow.

A surprising number of sites I read are written by enthusiasts who pay BlueHost (or someone) $5/month for hosting, and don't run any ads. Honestly, that's what I thought the web was supposed to be: a platform where anyone could publish content based on their passion for collecting pocket lint that looks like famous people, and connect with similar maniacs around the world. You pay a little to host your own stuff and contribute to the community, and you get to read other people's ramblings for free. I'm not surprised that it's turned into a way to get paid $0.25 for posting pictures of your cat sitting in a sink, but neither can you convince me that removing advertising would make those people stop posting cat pictures.

If you believe your content is so valuable that I'll turn off my ad blocker just to read it, you're wrong.

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 380

Radio advertising started as a patronage model. Phillip Morris or Dove would pay for the production or syndication of a radio show, and the show/broadcaster would express their gratitude. Not unlike PBS today. From a listener perspective, this is great - you get content and you have relatively unobtrusive product mentions. From a sponsor perspective, it's great - your brand gets associated with popular bits of culture, you get the opportunity to mention new products, and people begin to associate your brand with class and good works. Everyone knew The Shadow smoked Lucky Strikes (or whatever). Sponsors had an interest in evaluating the quality of programming, because who wants to be associated with a crappy show?

Internet advertising is the exact opposite of this. There's zero connection between the advertiser and the content producer, because ad placement is determined by a third party. Ads appear on Joe's Scat Collection just as much (or more) as CNN.

I'd be happy to see the current advertising model die. I think a lot of companies would do well to establish "Arts" sponsorship programs to reward people putting actual, quality content on the web. These people complaining that content will disappear from the web if advertising is blocked/ignored/banned are missing the point that 95% of web 'content' is completely without value. If you want to keep an online diary on facebook, you are not entitled to make an income from it, and no one is obligated to pay you to look at a picture of yesterday's dinner.

Comment Re:Why even use an electronic safe? (Score 1) 147

If I had some stuff I wanted to keep secure, I would buy a safe with a dial combination lock, not an electronic safe (and certainly not one with software sophisticated enough that it needs an actual OS underneath it)

But then you wouldn't be able to have your safe count your money for you. It wouldn't be able to confirm who made the deposit. It wouldn't be able to communicate with your central office to tell you how much money was at each different location. It wouldn't be able to call the bank for a pickup when it's full. My guess is this is basically the same as ATM/USB hacks, where Brinks decided that the safe is going to be installed in a sufficiently secure area that it's OK to leave a USB port exposed.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 147

Why does a safe need an operating system?

This thing is not a "safe" in the sense of a monothithic box with a door where you might keep your Krugerands. Compusafe is a gas station/back office safe, with a touch screen GUI, cash reporting, and centralized accounting. ie, your night clerk drops a stack of bills into the loading tray, and the safe counts them, separates them, and sends a note home how much is in it. This seems to be a 4th generation product, so, like most software running on legacy platforms, I would guess that Brinks thinks the fact they've been using this code for 15 years means that they have already fixed most of the bugs and vulnerabilities. Or at least that it's much cheaper to keep using the same software they've been using for 15 years: why fix what ain't (known to be) broke?

Comment Re:It's a little late folks.... (Score 1) 311

A mine does indeed indiscriminately kill civilians, and production of land mines should follow strict guidelines to ensure they can be cleared. Mines are not an offensive weapon, however.

US FASCAM mines are designed to be delivered by air. Think cluster bomb that waits until someone gets close to explode. They are not your grandfather's minefield.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 365

A password book or password safe on your home computer is really only vulnerable to a directed, personal attack. You are vulnerable to these, and they're essentially impossible to completely defend against. They're also very low yield for the attacker.

A corporation/website is (probably) a harder target, but orders of magnitude higher yield. Realistically, you are much more likely to have personal information or passwords compromised by the Anthem, OPM, or Target hacks than by a keylogger or similar attack surreptitiously installed on your computer. (I'm fairly confident betting that you have already received free credit monitoring as the result of a large scale data breach) Hand-written passwords encourage you to use weaker passwords than computer-generated random character strings. Hand written passwords encourage password re-use, so your vulnerability to counterparty failure is greatly magnified.

A cloud-based password keeper has all the disadvantages of aggregating passwords, and all the disadvantages of trusting a high-yield counterparty to keep your secrets.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 365

According to some sources, there are over a million English words. Some arent suitable to be used, but let's assume that at least 500000 are usable.

Not even great Scrabble players have 500,000 word vocabularies. Fewer than 200,000 of those words are in current use. Most of us live with 20,000 or so words we'll recognize as words and actually use only 1000-2000. 1000^3 is almost exactly 256^5

It also turns out that humans are bad at random, and will tend to choose nouns when asked for words. So, much like "choose an 8 character password with mixed case and at least one non-letter," "choose three random words" sounds like a lot of randomness until you bring humans into the process. "Sociogenetic earleen shaef" is not nearly as memorable as "correct horse battery."

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