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Comment Re:A better question to ask (Score 1) 75

"Chad Rigetti, the startup's founder and CEO -- who declined to say whether the company is actually earning any revenue yet." who would also decline to say whether the company is doing proper quantum computing yet.

If he knew how much revenue he was getting, he wouldn't know whether the revenue growth rate was growing or shrinking. How the fark is he supposed to get Series A funding at a good valuation like that? Naw, man, he did it right - assume a given momentum sufficient to get the next round of funding, and who cares about the company's actual market position?

Comment Re:"Labor Shortage" (Score 2) 477

You're not talking about a people shortage, you're talking about a training shortage.

Nope. Training can help people to learn about a new language, a new operating system, etc. But if people lack the talent for abstract thought, can't write something as simple as FizzBuzz in any language of their choice, then no amount of training is going to enable them to write complex software. The issue is that Universities do not want to tell people early that they lack talent and should switch to a different profession. Then they somehow finish their CS degree and cannot find a job.

Comment Re:"Labor Shortage" (Score 1) 477

And you believe that H1B IT workers brought in from India will satisfy this requirement? If so your experiences must have been vastly different from mine.

A very small number of them will, but most won't. H1Bs are abused, this needs to stop. H1Bs are not needed to bring in people with bad to mediocre skills. There is no shortage of those people. But not every usage of H1Bs is abusive and training can only help people that have the required talent.

Comment Re:"Labor Shortage" (Score 5, Insightful) 477

This is a myth

There is no shortage of people with an CS degree. But there is certainly a shortage of people that can actually write good code for non-trivial tasks. Proper CS is hard, you need to know tons of things about very different topics from algorithms and maths, to hardware details and interfaces. In addition problem solving and abstract thinking skills are required. Only a small fraction of people is able to do that and even if people have the talent, but are only into CS for the money, they will likely never learn enough.

The issue with H1B is that they are justified with the real shortage of really good people, but are used to keep wages down for people doing routine, trivial tasks that can be done even by people with only so-so education and skills.

Comment In principle, that would apply sometimes (Score 2) 350

So what I'm hearing is public execution of CEO's. Seems a bit barbaric

If the CEO effectively or directly orders an action that a reasonable person could foresee would lead to the death of their workers or members of the general public, then it most certainly could apply. In fact, a civilized society would not only punish the CEO harshly, but hold the CEO to the strongest standard under noblesse oblige which might merit not only an execution in some cases, but the state liquidating their estate and putting the assets to work for the community and victims (in particular).

Comment You're misapplying Sun Tzu (Score 3, Insightful) 350

Sun Tsu's art of war dictates that a general must publicly execute one of his men so the others fall in line.

Going after the company is not an application of that idea, an application of Roman decimation or any equivalent concept of punishing someone pour encourager les autres. You want to make sphincters pucker here? Real simple. Hold the executive(s) responsible personally. Pierce the corporate veil and go after them directly for ordering non-compliance.

Comment Re:Most people don't care this much about thinness (Score 4, Informative) 167

Do tell the location of this magical laptop where nothing is integrated and everything is replaceable/upgradeable.

Nice bait and switch there. No one said anything about it being as replaceable/upgradeable as a typical desktop PC. However, my 2008 MacBook Pro had a replaceable optical drive, hard drive, memory and battery. I bought it with 2GB of RAM and upgraded. I replaced the hard drive twice with faster models as they became available. I had replaced the battery four times.

Comment Most people don't care this much about thinness (Score 4, Interesting) 167

Apple's marketing and fanbois paint it as "would you like a brick or this elegant and smooth, ultra light beautiful product?" Phrased like that, sure who wouldn't?

Ask the same typical consumer or business buyer: "would you like a device that, in order to be insignificantly thinner, requires open heart surgery to replace the battery and if your RAM or hard drive go bad, you're SOL?"

Then suddenly, the average person says not just no, but "oh hell, no" because this isn't a $700 PC laptop, but a ~$2000 Apple laptop.

Put a designer and a MBA together and you get a team that does not understand that while the MacBook Air is perfectly acceptable as a throw away appliance, that is because it can be had for less than $1k. A normal person who spends $2500 to $3000 for a seriously performant machine in order to be the backbone of their work doesn't want an appliance. They want a machine that can be quickly and cost effectively repaired.

Comment And the best part is... (Score 1) 212

Google won't do a damn thing to flex that muscle on something as simple as forcing the carriers to not stymie any updates. I have an unlocked LG G5 and all of the carrier versions are getting updates rolled out. I contacted LG and asked the WTF is going on that my unlocked RS988 is not getting the update. Their response to when it'll be allowed? \_()_/

Comment Biggest problem with Facebook and Twitter (Score 2) 52

Is that they're pro-free speech, except when they aren't. When they aren't, you get punished for nebulous reasons and every pedantic poindexter comes racing out to give the lecture "the first amendment only protects you against the government." Well no shit, but that doesn't change the fact that within the scope of the user agreement there is a claimed standard that applies universally, but is actually applied quite selectively. You actually do have a right to tell Facebook that you think they're full of shit and demean them when they are biased and one-sided because even if they put "it's ultimately up to their judgment" in the service agreement, their judgment is still bound to the framework and rules they laid down. A company cannot publicly proclaim to stand against hate speech and then claim that "kill all the honkies" is ok, but "kill all the n-----s" is hate speech because that is a public proclamation that their own standards in the contract they claim to use against you are going to be enforced in bad faith.

Comment Re:What make it possibly for Germany to find Faceb (Score 1) 321

They still want to sell ads to German companies and to German customers. They also want to get paid for these ads. Volkswagen is a German company, but they still need to abide American laws while selling cars in the US. They could let their American subsidy go bankrupt and stop selling cars instead of paying the fine. But instead they will pay the fine and keep their access to the US market, because this is likely going to pay off in the long term. The same is likely true for Facebook. They don't like to employ a lot of people to check posts that were flagged for hatespeech because that takes a lot of time and reduces the amounts of ads they can sell to racists. But if they have to choose between operating slightly less profitable in Germany or not at all, they will likely go for slightly less profitable.

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