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Comment Re:Don't travel to US. (Score 1) 318

Yes well the biggest difference is the immigration and customs people in the US are generally assholes. The ones in other countries are generally not assholes. This makes a big difference in practice.

Usually the immigration people in other countries are just normal people doing a job and they are not there to cause anyone trouble or pain. Unfortunately law enforcement and really any job with authority over people tends to attract the worst of American society. Sadists and bullies who truly enjoy humiliating and hurting people.

It is too bad that my country treats all who try to enter as either criminals or terrorists by default, but remember that we are basically a giant prison camp in a way with the largest percentage of imprisoned of any country except China.

Comment Re: Encryption (Score 1) 318

Am I missing something? What good is reinstalling the OS going to do you? They can just remove your hard drive and access all of your files from their own machines. They might even be able to reset your bios and just boot with a Linux live CD or WinPE. A real dead mans switch would have to either physically destroy the hard drive or somehow have time to overwrite at least the most sensitive data with random bits.

Comment Re:Few actually understand how to do assembly (Score 1) 348

Exactly. You don't normally write something in assembly for the sole purpose of beating compiler functions at their own game,. Although no doubt HLL-is-the-only-way people will continue to make this argument. There are often parts of library functions that can be left out in a particular application especially if it is going into an inner loop that will be executed a few million times. And such functions also don't always do *exactly* what you want. Sometimes it's worth building a hexagonal peg for a hexagonal hole rather than trying to make the square peg fit by pounding it in.

Comment Re:Or they offer too little (Score 1) 496

I've never seen a place that would let an unlicensed electrician wire the main power board of a house that is (or will be) connected to the grid.

Actually I think there are a a number of states where unlicensed and uninsured electrical work is allowed whether or not it is connected to the grid. The situation in Wyoming where they also allow unlicensed plumbing and anything else except septic work is quite rare though. If you live in a one of the Building Code Tyranny states as I used to you just may not realize how permissive some other states can be.

Comment Re:Sounds like the same BS we deal with in the US (Score 1) 496

In addition to raising starting salaries (basically improving the lot of the same people these companies already love) or having formal training programs another option is to take more risks on people. Just because a person does not have 5 years experience doing what you want them to do does *not* mean they cannot do it and do it well if you just give them some time to be a bit slow at first while they learn on their own. Pretty much any intelligent person is capable of learning without formal training. Experience is always *paid* experience. Another job that you no longer have for some reason. That is a very specific requirement. So maybe a more experienced person at the company has to spend a little bit of time for the first 2-3 months for new hires to help them get up to speed. That doesn't seem like such a huge sacrifice to me.

These companies might ask,"But why should we do any of this? What is in it for us?" I guess the biggest advantage is paying lower salaries at least until the new workers gain a few years experience and can get hired at other places. So that's say 3 years of paying a below market salary for work that is probably at least comparable to much more expensive and experienced people. You are also introducing people to the labor market from which you hire from which will exert a downward pressure on salaries even at the upper end eventually, but that is a part of the big picture. Instead of one more dish washer or grocery bagger you have one more employable person in the labor pool relevant to the company.

If I were hiring people the only requirements I would have would either be actual competence at the job I wanted them to do (perhaps based on testing) or an interview and a short IQ test. I would *not* require them to have some kind of absolute proof that they are competent. I could find that out for myself soon enough. I would want to hire intelligent people who are willing to do the job and are capable of learning.

I graduated from university in the US in the early 90s and was unable to find any job even remotely related to my EE degree or even any tech related job and I looked hard for years. I never went to a single interview because I didn't meet the 3-5 year experience requirement that was the absolute minimum at least at that time. They wanted more experience than that of course, but they would settle for 3 years. A recent EE graduate with an IQ of 138 who is eager and energetic and hard working? They weren't interested. At all. I don't regret studying Electrical Engineering because I find the subject fascinating, but it certainly has never helped me even a little bit to earn money in my life. If anything it has hurt me when looking for jobs bagging groceries and washing dishes or if I'm lucky a construction job.

From my perspective the whole system just doesn't work. The system makes no sense. Companies don't train or hire unproven people because they don't have to. They are focused only on right now. The system takes no account of the future at all. Eventually those skilled; experienced workers they love so much will retire and/or lose their mental acuity. Will there be anyone to replace them? They are only hurting themselves by limiting the supply of intelligent, hard working people. The reduced labor supply means they pay more for the same workers from the labor pool that they've reduced themselves. I'm always curious how university graduates in technical fields got their first job. The whole thing sounds like a myth to me: this idea that any companies actually hire people with no experience for tech jobs. Hell, you usually can't even get a job as a waiter if you don't have experience.

Comment Re:Investment vs Commodity? (Score 1) 496

They go to good schools and get impressive degrees, and it's barely enough to get an unpaid internship.

Not sure how things are now, but these unpaid jobs did not exist when I graduated (early 90s). Companies were not interested in hiring anyone who did not meet their exact requirements. Being willing to work for less or even for free in exchange for the experience and the reference was just not relevant. I am skeptical that it would be easy to find such a 'job' even now. Companies also probably figure that anyone willing to work for free can't be any good.

Comment Re:2 MONTH CONTRACT (Score 1) 496

The downside is that nobody is willing to roll the dice on young people with no experience and a proven track-record

So instead of 1 in every 100 million job listings being a 'no experience required' it's just never? You realize that almost no companies in the US hire workers without experience, right?

It is so rare that you could search for a whole decade and not find such a job and of course even if you do find one it will be so flooded with applicants that you better be one serious badass at what you do and have great interviewing skills if you actually want even a small chance at actually getting the job.

Comment Re:Or they offer too little (Score 1) 496

>The willing people are there, but you'd have to be a bit daft to hire an unlicensed and uninsured person to work on things that require licensed and insured tradesmen.

This is why if I build a house in the US I want to do it in a state like Wyoming which doesn't require any of that. The only thing you need to actually hire a licensed person to do is septic tank work. Everything else you can do yourself or hire anyone who actually knows how to do what you want. Licensing raises prices and it does *not* guarantee competence. Lack of a license does not guarantee incompetence.

Comment Re:Or they offer too little (Score 1) 496

I would do all of your plumbing with 100% code compliance for your state for $15/hour, but I don't have a license. See the problem? It's not that competent people are unwilling to do the work for a reasonable price. It's that systems exist that strongly discourage any price competition or new entry into the field. The fact is residential plumbing is dead easy compared to fields that actually take real skills and training like say Electrical Engineering, which is what I studied at Uni.

$50 an hour for unclogging toilets is not a great example for your case because would *you* be willing to do that work for $50/hour? I wouldn't, but I'll do computer programming and electronics design and teaching for $10/hour and I'd do residential electrical and plumbing and framing work for $15/hour.

I am an American citizen and have a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering which I have never in my life been able to find a job in because every employer has wanted at least 3-5 years (paid) experience since the day I graduated. I have never seen any company even bothering to look for a fresh EE graduate with no work experience in the field. Not saying it doesn't ever happen, but I've never seen it and I looked for many years. I guess they don't need to since there are plenty of people with experience applying.

I've always been a pretty decent computer programmer but without a CS degree forget it. No one would hire me to code anything. Again, I assume it was a supply and demand issue. There were and are just too many programmers with a degree *and* experience. If you don't have at least one of those you are unemployable in that field and even if you have both it still isn't easy I think if you have less than 5 years experience in the specific area that the company is looking for. This is probably true for most fields. There are many people in the world and most of them are looking for work. Not offering it.

Comment this is the future and for cars too (Score 1) 106

This would also work for cars and would make electric cars a lot more practical. If you genuinely want to slow atmospheric CO2 buildup electrified highways powered by modern nuclear power plants (fission or fusion when available) is the only practical solution until or unless entirely new science is discovered. Combined with hyperloop vacuum tunnels for some stretches with compatible vehicles and this could be what our ground transportation might look like in 2116. Although I'd like to think that vacuum tunnel trains would be the default mode of long distance transportation in a hundred years in the most advanced countries. A ground level hot rail could also be used. Basically think of some kind of hybrid between electric trains and cars. You could even have lanes that are entirely rail based for compatible vehicles where you enter and exit at special locations. Whether you use rails or overhead cables this is far superior to relying exclusively on batteries and charging stations. Once we get all our highways wired up the next step is to stop trying to push a thick ocean of air out of our way all the time. It's the 21s century already. Aerodynamics should not be a major factor by now. Dealing with friction is another matter. Hopefully maglev will be made practical eventually.

Comment We will have fusion by 2027 anyway (Score 1) 263

Practical fusion power is (as always) only 10 years away. As a result, except for the few windy places on the planet where wind or hydro power is practical, renewables will become irrelevant. Incidentally a comet with 3.2 times the mass of Chicxulub will strike the earth in late May of 2023 causing a mass extinction event.

I have to wonder if these guys would still make their prediction if they knew they would face death by fire in 2027 if their prediction did not come true. Aside from hydroelectric, coal is currently the cheapest source of electricity. Considering the fact that most of the world is so poor they can barely afford basic food and shelter I don't see coal generated electricity disappearing any time soon. There is no way that most developing countries have the technical expertise to build or maintain massive solar or wind farms or the money to replace millions of solar panels when they reach EOL in 20-30 years.

If Greenies were really serious about practical alternatives to electricity generated by combustion they would be advocating nuclear rather than solar. Nuclear really could replace coal and oil for electricity generation in some distant, speculative future even without any tech advances. Now it is still too expensive and too highly technical for most countries though. Not just to build, run, and maintain them, but the cost of the electricity itself will be much higher than coal. Much cheaper than solar or wind power though. Solar is a rich person's electricity source and at least without fundamental advances in photovoltaic tech will not be replacing combustion in most of the world at any time in the near future.

Comment Re: So, if your career plan is to retool robots. . (Score 1) 119

Universal Basic Income is starting to become more and more popular and, against all odds, is even getting implemented in a few countries.

Really? Where? I haven't heard about that. Cuba has something like a universal basic income. It's just very small (think like $2-3 USD) and consists of food like rice and beans and some basic 'necessities' like the occasional toothbrush.

People will no longer be forced to take that 9 to 5 day job to work their ass off, they can easily quit without losing their UBI, work a few days here and there without extra administration. The labour market will change quite drastically.

TAINSTAFL. Your dream of a place where almost no one does any work is a reality already in some countries. The result is anything but utopia.

I think we need to get to the technological singularity with robots and ape-slaves doing all hard or unpleasant work before such a scheme could really be viable. Well unless you are expecting minimum basic to be very low. Like say $100 USD per month or something like that. Realistically I'd say a person could survive on about $300 per month if they are willing to live in a poor third world country, but I doubt even a $300/month UBI would be economically viable.

Comment Re: Slow them with real traffic (Score 1) 767

Most of the world works because people choose not to act like cunts

Yes and the homeowners are the ones acting like anti-social cunts in this instance even going so far as to intentionally sabotage an excellent pro-efficiency system that makes society as a whole work better just because they can. They are selfish fucks who are only thinking of themselves. They should just move to a gated community and choose their roads more carefully next time.

BTW have you ever been to a country where many or even most of the people choose not to not act like cunts most of the time? It is interesting, and it's true that pretty much nothing works. All systems break down nearly all of the time. Almost nothing gets done. Ever.

Comment Re:How can they be "vacuum tubes" at this scale? (Score 1) 147

There are still things today that call for vacuum tubes over solid state circuits. Photomultiplier tubes for scintillation detectors and detector tubes for Geiger counters are a couple that pop to mind.

Also high power RF. Military and weather radar. Long distance RF communication with link budgets measured in light years or parsecs rather than kilometers. Think not only magnetrons, but klystrons and gyrotrons. Still very important devices for which there are no solid state substitutes.

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