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Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 0) 474

First of all, if your employer is acting illegally, then your real problem is that the rule of law has broken down in your shithole country. If that's truly the case, then you should move to another country without money or belongings and claim refugee status.

Of course, that's not really the case, now is it? Yeah, I didn't think so...

"Well, move!" you say?

Before you say I should work harder...

Before you say I should negotiate better...

I'm not going to say any of those things. What I am going to say is that you should cut costs. You say you spend $170/week, but only get paid $176/week? Then you can't afford to spend that much! If you're living by yourself, get a roommate. If you already have a roommate, get another one to take your bed and sleep on the couch. Or move out and borrow a friend's couch. Or sleep in your car. Or if you don't have a car, find a homeless shelter. And then eat nothing but ramen and/or whatever other food you can source for $1/day. After a few weeks of that, you've saved a couple hundred bucks. Congratulations, you now have savings, and now you can afford to move to get that $700/week job in the other city.

I really don't care how little you get paid! No matter how little it is you should always save some of your income, even if you're homeless and panhandling, because that's how you get yourself into a better situation. I'm not saying it's easy; I'm saying it's necessary. If you ever want to get ahead, you literally have no choice but to do it.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 318

by hairyfeet (#49818831) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Give me a motherfucking break! By THOSE STANDARDS there hasn't been a Windows bug since the fricking Melissa worm...but the sane world doesn't go by "self replicating" as the standard for a bug, now do they?

MacDefender, MacGuardian,hell OSX even has the FBI bug so don't give us this "self replicating" bullshit, nobody cares whether the virus that steals their fucking ID or CC info is self replicating or not!

Comment: Re:Citizen, I notice your resistance (Score 1) 64

by mark-t (#49818385) Attached to: Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders

It is worth noting, I think, that absolutely *everyone* has something to hide... Even if only from people who might abuse such knowledge.

And that even *if* the government were compltely trustworthy (and I do not allege that they are, but hypothetically,even if they were), if they can see your confidential information, then it is theoretically also possible for someone with less noble intentions to do so as well, and if they exploit it before they are caught, the damage can sometimes be utterly irreparable.

Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 3, Insightful) 474

It's one thing if you have a nice pad of savings and can afford to say no to an offer. Not everyone is so lucky.

Luck has nothing to do with it. If you don't have savings, it's because you fucked up by spending too much of your income.

The only exception is if you're 15 years old and it's literally your first job, and in that case it's probably appropriate that the offer is for minimum wage.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 4, Informative) 318

by hairyfeet (#49814645) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

FUD, not a single source working for MSFT has said a damned thing about a subscription model, THAT bit of FUD was started by a gossip site "El Reg" IIRC that is known for pulling "facts" out of their ass.

The ONLY thing that has been said is they won't have the old service packs anymore, instead you'll have a point release, like 8 to 8.1. This makes it easier for regular folks to know WTF is going on as its easier to know that X.1 is the current version as all the sites treat it as a separate OS, while nobody talks about "Win 7 SP1" they simply call it Win 7.

But just because some dude at MSFT said "Win 10 is the only version we are working on ATM" the sites jumped to this "last version of Windows EVAR" subscription crap when in reality land the prices have already been leaked and its no different than every other release, you'll have retail and OEM, Home and Pro, its business as usual. I'm sure in a year and a half you'll see retail 10.1, maybe even 10.2, and then you'll see the hypetrain for Windows 11, probably hosted by Spinal Tap, coming to a tech site near you.

Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 476

Keynesian economics is the primary fraud that regards deficit spending as a good idea, and I'm certainly not going to cripple my mind by taking an economic course that promotes Keynes' hoax.

During the financial crisis, America instituted Keynesian policies (e.g. "quantitative easing") while Europe instituted austerity policies. Considering the results, it's hard to argue that the Keynesian policies didn't work better.

Comment: Epic fail: someone always matches (Score 2, Interesting) 128

by davecb (#49810955) Attached to: China Unveils World's First Facial Recognition ATM

This scheme will work for one branch in Lesser Nowhere, Sechwan Province, with a finite and small set of pictures, and a small number of crooks. Once the number of faces increases, the probability of a false positive explodes, roughly as (N 2) (select every two out of N), where N is the size of the pools of pictures + the person being scanned.

The well-known example is the "birthday paradox", in which twenty-three people at a party increases the probability of two of them having the same birthday to fifty-fifty. That particular case was because the actual probability was multiplied by (25 2) = 25! / ((25-2)! * 2!) = 6900 comparisons being made, times 1/365 chances of a hit.

The German federal security service considered using one of my then employer's recognizers for airports to catch terrorists, but ended up facing the problem of accusing grandma of being part of the Bader-Meinhoff gang (;-)) No matter how accurate we were, a few more people in the pool would give us false positives. We'd need roughly an accuracy of 99.9 followed by roughly as many decimal places of 9s as there were powers of ten of people.



Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization? 339

Posted by timothy
from the ask-an-elevator-operator-or-a-pin-boy dept.
turkeydance writes: What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening. The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like. If it says your job will likely be replaced by a machine, you've been warned.

Comment: Re:highly intelligent (Score 3, Insightful) 141

by mark-t (#49809715) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

a little while after meeting you they kind of distance themselves, they get a weird kinda awe-inspired respect for you

If the tone of your post is any indication of what you are like in person, I believe that you may be entirely wrong, almost to the point of being polar opposite to reality, about their intentions about why they distance themselves... .


How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies 345

Posted by timothy
from the damned-if-you-don't dept.
theodp writes: By the Los Angeles Times' reckoning, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure compiled by The Times, explains reporter Jerry Hirsch, comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said an equity research analyst. "Musk and his companies' investors enjoy most of the financial upside of the government support, while taxpayers shoulder the cost," Hirsch adds. "The payoff for the public would come in the form of major pollution reductions, but only if solar panels and electric cars break through as viable mass-market products. For now, both remain niche products for mostly well-heeled customers." And as Musk moves into a new industry — battery-based home energy storage — Hirsch notes Tesla has already secured a commitment of $126 million in California subsidies to companies developing energy storage technology.

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