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Comment: Robots are better... (Score 1) 389

by unixcorn (#49073513) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job

Robots are better than humans at certain tasks and typically make a product more consistent and reliable. However, I am not sure if world filled with machines doing all the work would be a utopia or a dystopia. On the other hand, maybe by mechanizing we can bring industries back to the US that left for cheap labor. And, of course someone has to fix the machines.

Comment: There is only one thing; (Score 1) 213

Humans have an inherent weakness that will do us all in at some point. It's greed. Whether it has to do with religion, money, power or good karma on Slashdot, it's all the same. Lacking greed, people might be able to live together without fear of others. Unfortunately, greed is also what drives progress in so many ways as well.

Comment: Another nail in the College Coffin (Score 1) 153

by unixcorn (#48777845) Attached to: Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

Colleges and Universities compete with one another for grant getting researchers as much as they do for enrollment. From my vantage point, college today is big business with posh offerings for both faculty and students while being short on rigor and learning. What the article doesn't say is that there are more grants available now than at any time. The fact that older researchers are getting them may point to the fact that young people simply aren't being trained in grant writing techniques or they are being sucked up by corporations that need them and don't need to apply for grants. Obviously a person who wants to do research is someone that can think and they seem to be few and far between these days, even with a four year degree.

Comment: Mass Media (Score 1) 130

by unixcorn (#48744855) Attached to: Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

"When I post something publicly on purpose, my biggest concern is that someone I barely know will find some meaning in some little throw-away phrase, take it completely out of context, and use it as a basis as some kind of crazy vendetta."

Like the media does on a daily basis....And the shame of it is that people are willing to listen to a sound byte and accept it as the whole truth, context be damned.

Comment: It's allowed... (Score 0) 772

by unixcorn (#48559047) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. The CIA works in all kinds of different places, with all kinds of different people. I am betting that in some of the countries where the detainees were from, this sort of interrogation is expected. Of course we stop short of cutting their heads off with a sword. The bottom line is that we have to give the CIA latitude to do their jobs. Despite what some of us may think of the tactics, they get results.

Comment: We never said that.... (Score 0) 395

by unixcorn (#48481565) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

So who exactly decided that diesel engines were bad? Last year the government offered incentives to purchase diesel engine vehicles and this year they are increasing the tax on diesel fuel and now offering incentives only for electric cars. And by electric cars we mean the ones charged with electricity created by those really, really bad nuclear power plants that they want to phase out in favor of coal fired plants or something. Idiots.

Comment: Eggs = Good (Score 3) 145

Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, are natural and can be produced easily in a back yard chicken house. I have also read that most of the rhetoric about eggs being unhealthy has been debunked. Unless you are producing specifically for people with allergies, what's the point of an eggs substitute.

Comment: It's all about Taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 706

by unixcorn (#48351375) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Partisan policy aside, the government wants us to want them to regulate the nets. They want it because it will give them an excuse to tax your connection. Once the FCC steps in, they will need money to "manage" and to prosecute and to investigate. Mark my words, this has nothing to do with Netflix and everything to do with an additional revenue stream.

Comment: SPAC (Score 1) 133

by unixcorn (#48169025) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Agile, scrum, whatever. They are just buzzwords for some sort of kool-aid to empower programmers when they feel powerless. None of this can ever work unless the folks ordering the software or software changes know what they are asking for (rare) or provide an unwavering list of requirements. Most software projects go over time estimates or fail because of SPAC. Specification Provided After Completion.

Comment: Pendulum (Score 1) 243

by unixcorn (#47916455) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

At some point this will pass. It will be billed as a compromise but the loopholes will allow AT&T and others to do what they want. As this happens, local storage will become cheaper and smaller and Netflix et. al. will begin offering home-based content libraries we can swap via Fedex or UPS. Then, after a while, the pendulum will again swing back to "instant" or "on demand".

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