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Comment: No thanks. (Score 1) 722

by theGhostPony (#45245439) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
I commute about a thousand miles a week, mostly rural thank goodness and I still enjoy driving. Still work on my own cars too. Robot cars? No thanks.

But for the other screwball drivers out there who seem to have the attention span of a fruit fly, I hope they all adopt the system, and soon. From what I've observed over the past several years, it would seem most cars are already driverless.

Comment: Re: Are you F*cking kidding me!!! (Score 1) 195

by theGhostPony (#44981217) Attached to: Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices
Bull. The kids in Cebu who got our jobs at Lexmark (Lexington, KY campus) not only got sub-par wages but also got paid in rice. We all saw the material when it was forwarded to us by mistake the last week we were there. The whole H1B Visa program is rotten to the core.

Comment: Software Testing... (Score 2, Interesting) 397

by theGhostPony (#34175210) Attached to: Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

One person's story:

I used to test software for a living, and our team was pretty darn good at it. We took our work seriously, and personally. If something was missed, it made us all look bad. So we did our damnedest to be the best. Part of our work also involved finding bugs missed by overseas testers. And there were always plenty. Too many in fact. It was a constant battle. Then one day we learned that our team had been off-shored... to the same group of folks that we used to have to constantly keep an eye out for.

Take from that what you will.


South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro 299

Posted by Soulskill
from the boooo-urns dept.
theodp writes "When asked to animate a dark commentary about labor practices in Asia's cartoon industry — the edgy title sequence for the Simpsons' episode 'MoneyBART' — staff from the South Korean production company Akom raised a rare protest. Even after being toned down, the sequence created by British graffiti artist Banksy depicted a dungeon-like complex where droning Asian animators worked in sweatshops, rats scurried around with human bones, kittens were spliced up into Bart Simpson dolls, and a gaunt unicorn punched holes into DVDs. The satire, Akom founder and president Nelson Shin argued, gave the impression that Asian artists slave away in subpar sweatshops when they actually animate much of The Simpsons every week in high-tech workshops in downtown Seoul. Still, South Korean animators make one-third the salaries of their American counterparts, and Shin declined to comment on the full extent of the work his company has outsourced to SEK, a state-run animation studio of North Korea. Some argue that the Banksy sequence's gray and forlorn atmosphere more accurately depicts the sweatshop-like conditions in North Korea."

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