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Comment: Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (Score 1) 170

by ILongForDarkness (#48630285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Yeah I'm in the same boat. Apple's long hyped device comes out and, oh hum. It is the new 3D TV: a device looking for a purpose. Wow now I have a remote control for my phone when I take selfies. So as long as I have a really stable place to put my $600 phone on and don't mind taking a couple steps away from it (often in public places) I can use my $350 watch to click the snapshot button. Hey look my $400 smartwatch can ... look like a watch. Act as a pedometer (which is something that I literally got in boxes of cereal as the toy in the 80's, a heart rate monitor: again something that if I cared to I could have had 20-30 years ago. Yet we are supposed to be excited. IMO this is the tech industry trying to make up for the fact that people by a tablet and are for the most part happy with it and never bother upgrading it. They need a new product category so they hype it up and hope lots of people bit.

The OP: chances are if you are looking for a reason why you could use a new piece of tech you don't need it. You shouldn't start with a product and try to find a place for it in your life, you should start with a problem and if a tech solves it great. You hinted at one: needing to use a phone hands free from a clean room. So how about a bluetooth headset? Your employer doesn't mind you leaving your workspace to take calls all the time? If it is work related can't they supply you with some system to answer emails/phone calls etc in side of the clean room? (Generally I don't spend my own money to solve my employers problems). Lastly prefer Android but will consider Apple: I'd say don't even consider them: from all I saw the Apple watch is meant, and they'll probably fight like crazy to keep it, to only work with Apple phones. The thing is useless without a phone and your phone has to be an iPhone. Unless you have an iPhone but prefer Android for some reason (and if so why do you have the iPhone?) Apple Watch isn't even a possibility.

Comment: Re:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS = No Skype for me (Score 1) 99

by fnj (#48611481) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

To me the point is that Microsoft's support for linux is laughably bad. You don't design a linux app so it won't compile/run on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS until at least 2017. Ubuntu is one of the, if not THE, most widespread desktop linux distros. Amd you don't design a linux app so it won't compile/run on RHEL 6 until at least 2021 (RHEL 6 is one of the, if not THE, most widespread enterprise workstation linux distros).

You don't jump on the latest APIs because they are new and shiny. Not if you know what you are doing, and you care about supporting the operating systems people USE.

Linux distros don't "support" apps. Apps support linux distros.

Comment: Re:Let them eat cake! (Score 0) 305

My point is more we shouldn't categorize people and then provide advantages or disadvantages based on that group. If people chose to group themselves and then go on a crusade to right a perceived wrong it is, quite literally, their problem. There are laws already to punish those that discriminate because of race, religion etc. Outside of that you're on your own. It shouldn't be government/corporations etc job to try to do the Goldie Locks "just right" amount of reverse discrimination to make things equal.

Comment: Re:And now for the real story (Score 1) 263

by fnj (#48594585) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Really, you don't think that is reaching pretty far? I hardly think an Alzheimer patient can be trusted to properly medicate himself, whether it is once a day or 2-3 times a day. Big deal. Either way, he needs a care giver, the absence of which is simple neglect. The difference in resources between taking 10 seconds once a day, or 2-3 times a day to medicate the patient is very slight.

Comment: Absolutely mystified (Score 2) 263

by fnj (#48594553) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

I freely admit to being absolutely mystified how the social compact of a supposedly enlightened civilization does not include basic nutrition, shelter, schooling and health care for all without direct charge. I am serious. I don't get it. With regard to the topic, this should include medical research including development of drugs, absent repulsive features such as some getting rich off the misfortunes of others.

If you don't think society, with today's robotics, can afford to provide basic nutrition, shelter, schooling and health care for all without crass commercialism and people falling through the cracks, IMO you are an idiot; an ass. I say this as a believer in TRUE free enterprise (not necessarily corporatism with all the sickening corruption that goes with it). I just think these three necessities trump everything else, and a society is not worth having if it spurns providing them.

Please note, when I say basic, I mean basic. The nutrition would be in the form of cost free provision of healthy but plain foods PICKED FOR the user and SERVED TO him. Shelter would be in the form of shared communal or semi-communal barracks. The health care would be limited to necessities for health. There would be no limit for what is truly needed, including dental and vision, but no pampering. If you want contact lenses instead of glasses, cosmetic surgery, sex change BULLSHIT, go ahead and pay for that shit yourself, but fuck you if you expect the pampering. If you want TV, cell phone, car and other pure luxuries, you pay. For free you would get lending libraries and communal computers.

If you raise specific objections, for example the living spaces would not be respected because they are free, and people would let them become decrepit, there are ways to deal with this. I won't belabor the details here; I think it is fairly obvious given any serious thought given to the matter.

You can be goddam sure there would still be a sizable worth ethic for those who desire more than the basics. Probably as much as, or more than, there is in the USA today. As it is, with provision of raw money to the "needy", some get to enjoy luxuries without working for them, while others fall through the cracks completely.

I don't really think this makes me a "communist". "From each according to his ability" is pretty obsolete given the state of robotics today. And if you want o cede "to each according to his needs" to the communists, tell me why. I certainly don't see why the rest of us should cede the high moral ground.

Comment: Re:Screw you white boys (Score 1) 305

Exactly. Kind of like they are saying "most people like you (whatever that means) are well off, so what the hell is your problem?". or "in the past other groups were excluded so it doesn't matter how qualified you might be because of who your ancestors were we want to treat you differently". Hmm where have we heard that thought process before. Treat everyone the same no worst no better. No incentives should your parents be part of a particular group whether is is Nation of Islam or a country club. Only allow scholarships based on merit and financial aid based on financial need.

Comment: Re:PC Failure? (Score 3, Informative) 305

I don't think they should be called native American at all. They immigrated from Asia, as did others, some from Europe, some from Africa etc. Who cares? IMO anyone actually born in a country is "native", anyone born in another country are immigrants. Regardless discriminating against people because of their race, whether or not it is to right a "wrong" or not is itself wrong to me. If a particular ethnicity has issues with their relative proportion of certain professions let them start their own programs to encourage their kids to go into those fields. Having the government or corporations create university programs that exclude the others to try to help the minorities out is condescending at best "Hey poor little black boy here's an extra scoop of opportunity I sure hope it helps." and encourages discrimination to continue since it reinforces the idea that people should be treated different depending on what their background happens to be.

Anyways find this even worse in some ways in Canada where I live. We don't generally call ourselves American though I have ran into that a fair bit with europeans some of which that call the whole continent the Americas and people from there American. Anyways makes me laugh when I run into a "proud African-American" supporting affirmative action in Canada.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by ILongForDarkness (#48591989) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Oh and single payer heathcare: yep that is good. Obamacare can work too though. I'm Canadian and lived in Germany. There if you work you have to buy insurance but are free to pick the provider, the provider charges a fixed percentage of your salary (at the time I was there typically 8-10%). If you don't work you are covered by the government. Either way you always have coverage and the "haves" subsidize the cost of the "have nots" just like would happen in a single payer system. Either way I'm happy with: seems kind of silly to have people stuck with a poorly matched job for medical reasons, or loose all their family assets at the same time they lose a family member that they depend on.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by ILongForDarkness (#48591965) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Of course not everyone is under this program but H-1Bs at least need to be paid the going rate for their job/geographical location. The funny thing is citizens have no such protection, so if you are too easy going, not well informed, desperate to move etc and except a salary that is 50% of what the going rate is that is your problem, but a foreign worker with the situational/personality traits would have some protections by the nature of the H1B system. Canada's Skilled Worker program has the same requirements I think, unless that is another exception that MS bought to the law. It's a part of the free market I suppose but the problem is people often aren't free in the truest sense. Life happens: spouse gets another job and you are forced to change markets, your young and feel forced to accept a ridiculously low salary because everyone is telling you you need 10 years experience to shovel manure, so you buy your way into "gaining experience" by working for poverty level wages etc.

I agree we need more investment in people over abstract concepts like "economy". Funny how the economy can be doing fine while people with full time jobs at Walmart still need welfare to get by. Funneling all the money to a few people or overseas makes the "economy" look very productive but the people aren't really improved very much.

Education: it is a hard one. I have friends in all walks of life. Some simply are not very bright or interested in learning. Making the student bare the cost acts as some filter to at least make sure that they have some interest in what they are doing. People can still study pretty silly things because they want to party for 4 years but it helps and as long as they are paying for it no one else is harmed. An alternative way of funding education might be an education "tax". Say 5% of what you make for the next 15 years or whatever it needs to be. It has to be a long time to prevent people just living with their parents for a couple years till the bill collectors go away. The good thing with this is it would incentivize schools to offer programs where people actually get good jobs. The "basket weaving" programs would also get their appropriate amount of funding.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by ILongForDarkness (#48591823) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

I kind of ignored that comment in the article I'm not really clear who the source is and lets face it immigration issues will always have people interested in looking at the worst possible outcome and explaining it that way. It isn't Mexican farm workers doing jobs Americans don't want to do, it is Mexicans, some with cartel ties ... Yeah some do but the vast majority.

Not going to happen but the least they could do is since they are immigrating to work for a foreign companies benefit force MS to pay for their healthcare not BC. The other problem is MS will get 1 employee but that employee will likely bring their whole family. So yeah Canada might get taxes paid on an $80k salary but it will also have likely 2-4 people all coming from places with less than stellar healthcare coming over for a year to get themselves a tune up. That is why I'm not a fan of the skilled workers visa allowing you to bring your family. MS saves doubly: they likely get foreign workers willing to work for under market rate and they save on healthcare expenses because they can just ride the Canadian system for them.

Skilled labor immigration: IMO everyone of working age should have to qualify on their own merits not just one person with an in need job (or the need should be really desperate because a family will likely cost $40k a year or so to the system for the first couple years what with outstanding medical issues to sort out, english training, etc). Often we get a doctor and wife/husband, plus 3-4 kids, an uncle, their parents in a few years etc. But we don't recognize the doctors training so he ends up driving a cab and his family have no interest in integrating so they move to a suburb where they can hangout with everyone who's the same nationality just like they never left home. Lots of reforms to be made like: if you get in under skilled workers you should actually be qualified to work in Canada from day 1: its not a fair trade for either party otherwise, false promise to the immigrant, false promise to the citizens footing the social programs bills. If you can't work in your field when you get here then you don't get in (without going through the normal slower process). Also even if you yourself do qualify then we should still weigh the benefits you bring working in your skilled profession versus the social costs you bring by bringing lesser qualified workers and dependents along for the ride.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982