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Comment Re:It's great... (Score 1) 57

No no no, see, that's not how it works.

When a new habitable planet is discovered, world governments will lay claim to it in the name of the oligarchs, and "regular people" will not be allowed to benefit from its discovery. Only politically well-connected people will go, and only politically well-connected corporations will have any part of the development of the mission.

Comment Re:We cut education, and we cut education, (Score 1) 745

We do not cut education. In fact taxes go up and up and up, and more and more money gets poured down the rathole.

The problem isn't the amount of money we spend on education. It is astronomically high. The problem is that we spend more money on administration than we do on teaching. The highest paid people in any school district are the administrators whose only job is to take up space and make sure "the rules" are being followed, and to spend district money on things other than the best teachers money can buy.

Education boards would rather spend $100K/year constantly updating computers that don't need updating, buying technology they don't need, and of course embezzling for personal profit, than spend $100K/year on poaching an experienced engineer from the private sector to teach science and math.

Schools do not want degreed scientists and engineers to teach science and math. They want people with liberal arts degrees in education, sociology, psychology, social work, and other fields, because they are too focused on "school in place of parent" than on learning.

Our education problems are purely architectural and systemic, not financial.

Comment The long and short of why big companies can't. (Score 1) 477

Any reasonable person knows that whether or not telecommuting actually works depends entirely on the employee, assuming the job is telecommutable.

One of the biggest reasons telecommuting fails at large companies like HP is that, while it may actually work and increase productivity among a select few employees, everyone else sees telecommuters as "privileged" people who are getting an unfair perk, and it leads to problems just about everywhere else.

As with anything that is seen as a "perk" by the masses, you either have to give it to everyone, or no one.

I own a small company and telecommuting not only works for us, but it saves our hide, especially in the winter when we frequently find we just can't get to the office even when we want to. The work can still get done.

Anyhoo... I can see where it would be problematic at a place like HP.

Comment Re:Hi (Score 1) 82

Where shall we send your NAL?

97.119

(a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.

(b) The call sign must be transmitted with an emission authorized for the transmitting channel in one of the following ways:

(1) By a CW emission. When keyed by an automatic device used only for identification, the speed must not exceed 20 words per minute;

(2) By a phone emission in the English language. Use of a phonetic alphabet as an aid for correct station identification is encouraged;

(3) By a RTTY emission using a specified digital code when all or part of the communications are transmitted by a RTTY or data emission;

(4) By an image emission conforming to the applicable transmission standards, either color or monochrome, of Â73.682(a) of the FCC Rules when all or part of the communications are transmitted in the same image emission (

(c) One or more indicators may be included with the call sign. Each indicator must be separated from the call sign by the slant mark (/) or by any suitable word that denotes the slant mark. If an indicator is self-assigned, it must be included before, after, or both before and after, the call sign. No self-assigned indicator may conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC Rules or with any prefix assigned to another country.

(d) When transmitting in conjunction with an event of special significance, a station may substitute for its assigned call sign a special event call sign as shown for that station for that period of time on the common data base coordinated, maintained and disseminated by the special event call sign data base coordinators. Additionally, the station must transmit its assigned call sign at least once per hour during such transmissions.

(e) When the operator license class held by the control operator exceeds that of the station licensee, an indicator consisting of the call sign assigned to the control operator's station must be included after the call sign.

(f) When the control operator is a person who is exercising the rights and privileges authorized by Â97.9(b) of this part, an indicator must be included after the call sign as follows:

(1) For a control operator who has requested a license modification from Novice Class to Technical Class: KT;

(2) For a control operator who has requested a license modification from Novice or Technician to General Class: AG;

(3) For a control operator who has requested a license modification from Novice, Technician, General, or Advanced Class to Amateur Extra Class: AE.

(g) When the station is transmitting under the authority of Â97.107 of this part, an indicator consisting of the appropriate letter-numeral designating the station location must be included before the call sign that was issued to the station by the country granting the license. For an amateur service license granted by the Government of Canada, however, the indicator must be included after the call sign. At least once during each intercommunication, the identification announcement must include the geographical location as nearly as possible by city and state, commonwealth or possession.

[54 FR 25857, June 20, 1989, as amended at 54 FR 39535, Sept. 27, 1989; 55 FR 30457, July 26, 1990; 56 FR 28, Jan. 2, 1991; 62 FR 17567, Apr. 10, 1997; 63 FR 68980, Dec. 14, 1998; 64 FR 51471, Sept. 23, 1999; 66 FR 20752, Apr. 25, 2001; 75 FR 78171, Dec. 15, 2010]

Patents

Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products 298

Chris453 writes "In August 2013, President Obama issued a veto to an import ban of the iPhone 4S after Samsung won several court battles against Apple claiming that the iPhone 4S violated several of Samsung's patents. A few months ago, Samsung was on the receiving end of a very similar case filed by Apple. The International Trade Commission decided that several of Samsung's phones (Transform, Acclaim, Indulge, and Intercept models) violated Apple's patents, and should face import bans. Despite the similarities between the two cases, the Obama administration today announced that it would not veto the International Trade Commission import ban against Samsung products. The move that could spark a trade dispute between the U.S. and South Korea."
Robotics

Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner 754

dcblogs writes "Gartner says new technologies are decreasing jobs. In the industrial revolution — and revolutions since — there was an invigoration of jobs. For instance, assembly lines for cars led to a vast infrastructure that could support mass production giving rise to everything from car dealers to road building and utility expansion into new suburban areas. But the "digital industrial revolution" is not following the same path. "What we're seeing is a decline in the overall number of people required to do a job," said Daryl Plummer, a Gartner analyst at the research firm's Symposium ITxpo. Plummer points to a company like Kodak, which once employed 130,000, versus Instagram's 13. The analyst believes social unrest movements, similar to Occupy Wall Street, will emerge again by 2014 as the job creation problem deepens." Isn't "decline in the overall number of people required to do a job" precisely what assembly lines effect, even if some job categories as a result require fewer humans? We recently posted a contrary analysis arguing that the Luddites are wrong.

Comment Actually not a bad idea (Score 1) 288

Working in a bit of real-world reality to these video games is a good idea I think. One of the complaints that often arises about violent video games is that there is a huge disconnect between the fantasy of the game and the reality of the world.

Incorporating geopolitical reality might just make the games more fun and challenging too, and give the nannies a little less to complain about.

United Kingdom

Government To Build 4G Into UK Rural Broadband Plans 40

judgecorp writes "The British Government is discussing a role for 4G in the project to extend rural broadband coverage beyond the reach of fiber. There is £250 million of public money to fill in the gaps left by the £530 Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program — BDUK's efforts to extend fiber have been criticized because despite promises of a competitive process, all the BDUK money has gone to BT. At a meeting with mobile operators today, the Department of Culture Media and Sport hopes to set up a more competitive 4G fill-in effort."

Comment The point... (Score 1) 674

.... yes, technology does not kill jobs, and it creates new, better ones. But, those new, better jobs usually require more skill.

The telephone operator had to plug jumper wires into a board. But, a telemarketer needs to know how to use a computer, customer relationship software, a credit card interface, and other tools and utilities. A call center support technician needs to know even more.

So, unless and until people learn to increase their skills, they will be relegated to sitting on the couch bitching about technology eliminating their jobs.

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