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Comment Re:Or--hear me out, I know it sounds crazy--we cou (Score 0) 239

UBI my ass. Work for your supper like the rest of us. Excuses excuses excuses.

"The hispters drive up rents in the place I have a God-given right to live!"

"UBER competes unfairly because they're driving away my taxi revenue!"

"The robot ate my homework!"

Complain less. Work more. If there's a dollar in your hand that you didn't earn...that makes you a thief.

Comment Or--hear me out, I know it sounds crazy--we could (Score 2, Insightful) 239

NOT tax "robots" and let the markets evolve with changing technology.

People out of work will find new jobs, or new places to live that aren't as over-priced as SF.
Companies will find the right balance of automation and the human touch in customer-facing positions.
And the government will avoid yet another lurch into Venezualan socialism by promising everything to everyone at the expense of Those People.

Comment Re:html sucks (Score 1) 184

Abstraction sucks. If I want my webpage to display text and a picture, I can type the text into a p tag and the picture link into a img tag. Simple, easy, does what's expected, loads in a snap. Piling idiot framework on top of idiot framework to get the same thing done slower and stupider is not forward progress in technology.

Comment Re:So do tell (Score 1) 152

Because in the 90's, Microsoft was everywhere, so every vendor for every embedded system component out there produced development kits and compilers and programming toolkits that would run on the machines their customers had handy. Which in the 90's meant Windows. I'll give you an example: Allen Bradley makes embedded controllers for industrial machinery. The controller itself runs VxWorks or RT Linux or QNX or some other real operating system. The develoment environment is Windows only, and a lot of third-party add-ons like graphical toolkits to make touch panel controls and the like are Windows only.

So my nice and high-tech and Linux-only system for doing the process control has to have a WinXP machine in there so that I can use my ten year old Allen Bradley controller which I can buy for 20k instead of developing from-scratch myself for 100-200k. Yeah. Real life imposes constraints.

Comment Yes. Violation of agreement. (Score 1) 405

Every employer under the sun has a policy about intellectual property. Many, in fact, claim rights to any monetizable technical output an employee produces, whether during business hours or not, on the grounds that engineers can have a brilliant idea at any hour of the day, and that's why they're paid the big bucks.

Don't feel you get paid enough? Leave.

Comment Re:It's a common enough term (Score 1) 734

Except I'm not a technician. I'm an engineer. I hold a degree in engineering from an ABET acreditted university and I do engineering work: I make calculations, I design things, and all the good stuff. What I don't hold is a license to sell engineering services to the public or to government agencies as a Professional Engineer, and guess what: I don't introduce myself as a Professional Engineer, nor do I append the letters 'P.E." after my name in my correspondence.

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