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Comment Re:Minefield (Score 3, Insightful) 434

He wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US. If that's not an "agenda that is against equality", then what is?

For women, apparently Google's your friend:

When you endorse a candidate you bind yourself to them warts and all. Don't like it? Rescind it and tell people you regret it... such as..


Mark Zuckerberg Defends Peter Thiel's Trump Ties In Internal Memo (theverge.com) 434

Soon after it was announced that Project Include, a community for building meaningful, enduring diversity and inclusion into tech companies, would no longer work with Y Combinator startups, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Thiel's status as a Facebook board member in a message to employees. "We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault." The Verge reports: A screenshot of the memo was posted to Hacker News yesterday, and it later surfaced on Boing Boing. A Facebook spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the five-paragraph memo to The Verge. It appears to have been posted on Facebook for Work, the enterprise version of Facebook that the company recently made available to other companies. Thiel's endorsement of Trump has put those CEOs in a difficult position. On one hand he is a close adviser; on the other, his support for an erratic, racist demagogue has outraged many of their employees and partners. Like Y Combinator's Sam Altman before him, Zuckerberg defended the company's ties to Thiel by saying that the company has a moral obligation to consider a variety of viewpoints, no matter how abhorrent. "We care deeply about diversity," Zuckerberg wrote. "That's easy to do when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It's a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That's even more important." Of course, as the designer Jason Putorti wrote on Medium this week, Thiel already has an outsized capacity to stand up for ideas he agrees with: he spent $1.25 million to promote them. Zuckerberg's memo reads as if he is defending Thiel's right to post on Facebook. In fact, the question is whether someone who promotes opposition to gender and racial equality should be allowed to serve as a steward for a company whose stated mission is to connect the world.

Comment Re:Who would buy a smart TV? (Score 1) 56

Smart TV's are conceptually great. Big Screen to show lots of information on. Practically though, they're locked into lean-back attitude viewer, they often have mediocre hardware and half-baked software.

Smart boxes on the other hand that plug into anyone's already sunk-cost TV. They are lot more attractive presently because the upgrade cycle is usually much more frequent and they're a completely optional purchase.
  - Frequent purchases means more potential income for the providers meaning more money and drive to innovate faster.
  - Optional is beneficial because they have to really sell their offering hard to entice consumer demand. The TV/Movie landscape is so muddied with studios / etc.. balkanizing content that there is no 'one' good solution to integrate with.

Having a SmartTV implicitly means buying into one company's solution for something which doesn't have a single answer (presently), but in a future of majority supported interoperability, sure SmartTV's would make a lot more sense.

Comment Reasonable (Score 4, Interesting) 35

It is 'reasonable' that your IP address is considered personal information 'offered' to the web sites in question.

What this law 'should' mean (I can't speak for the wording specifically) is that a site's owner should treat a user's data as privileged, meaning it isn't handed out to others without reasonable justification. Law enforcement should still be able to subpoena these records as they probably have been able to in the past. My hope is that the law makes it harder for 'non-subpoena' requests for a given user's IP address harder to obtain since it would now be a privacy violation to disclose it.

That's all fine, but as the blow-back illustrates, just because an IP address makes a physical connection with a service you're hosting, it doesn't mean that said service is in any way being transmitted by the person in question. DOS attacks happen all over the place, and unless you have services which share information about these attack vectors, its significantly harder to track and get take-downs of the offenders (maybe I'm being too optimistic..).

Maybe the best trade-off is when an IP address is logically tied to further information from the site (site profile, name, email, etc..). If so, the information is considered 'personal information' while a random drive-by DOS is just considered infrastructure data.

Comment Re:Participation rate and unemployment (Score 2) 398

Flat unemployment rates:
US unemployment: 6.1
France unemployment: 10.4

These are people who are seeking work of course. If you 'give up' searching for work, you fall off the board.

For raw employment rates:
US: 68.2
France: 63.6

Assuming you subtract the difference, you're left with roughly the same number of people 'not seeking employment' in either country:
US: 25.7%
France: 26%

Comment Re:We get vacation?? (Score 1) 398

'"paid to work" then they will look like slackers and be let go'

The total losers attitude. I've always been at least as competent as the average in my groups and I've never shed a tear working the exact time (or less) than I'm supposed to. I get my work done and my reviews are as glowing as always. I get promoted, get raises, and if I'm not I find new companies that do.

Certainly if you've been over-promoted into a position you aren't qualified / competent in, you may have to work your ass off to maintain it, but IMHO that's the worst possible outcome of my life. I'd rather quit and get a new job in a lesser position and live a much more enjoyable life.

Comment Re:working to offset expansion of the money supply (Score 1) 398

*psst* lowering the value of money helps you pay back your debt *psst*

Most of your held debt is spent on armed forces (as a whole), armed forced pensions/medicaid, interest, etc.. which one do you ever see being cut? Europe had people in pitch-forks because the only things they could realistically cut were social services, education, medical, etc.. When the US gov starts cutting veteran's pensions and health, what do you see the outcome being?

Certainly scaling back new armed forced recruiting is a pretty good idea assuming you can life without it (very likely).

Comment Re:This time is different (Score 1) 875

It takes significantly longer to train an individual to be effective in any single job than it did in 1870. Even with a generic undergrad degree, pivoting from one job category to the next takes time. That time to pivot will only get longer as jobs become more specialized. When job categories are eliminated en-mass, you'll have large sways of people who aren't effectively employable any more, as the training required to pivot will just be too time consuming to merit the societal or personal cost to incur. Instead, they'll be net deficits, either through death (no safety blanket), feed off their security blanket if they have any, or feed off the system.

Of those 50% of farmers in 1870, how many ended up changing careers and finding better lives outside their work upbringing? Did everyone start to work in factories or was it the more likely outcome: Farmers stayed farmers till they retired/died, and their children were educated and left their agricultural roots to find different more intellectually challenging pursuits in cities. The farmer's safety blanket was that they were largely self-sufficient. Unless they had a big choaking loan from the bank, they could often coast into old-age off the value of their farms. People fired/downsized from Walmart, Disney, or TaxiCo's may have 401k's, but others will have literally nothing to fall back on. Yes, it is certainly a matter of poor judgement, but a popular failing. Now that automation is essentially eliminating most manufacturing, large sways of grunt labour and (with self-driving vehicles) huge chunks of our logistics needs, where will 5-6 billion people find to do with their lives which are 'valued' in a GDP sense?

I'd love to know, so that I can jump into that field now. Because even in software development, one of the apex demand fields, I see oversupply (of not so amazing candidates) and increasing automation to swallow their future prospects. If you can 8-ball be the winning growth job categories for the non-super-rich even 2 decades ahead, I'd believe that someone has answers worth sharing. The only answer I have is health care, which will hold until most of the baby boomers are dead.

Comment Magic 8-ball (Score 1) 875

Companies will bitch and whine and complain about leaving the country, doom and gloom (even though 99% wouldn't/won't). Politicians will bark like dogs about how jobs will suffer (even though your job is already on the chopping block by doing nothing). Bill will die on the vine, because Joe Sixpack and Jane RocketScience don't care about the problem beyond their own self-interests (like we have since ever). Don't even get me started about the 'baby-factory cheats robbing us hard working citizens dry' ads which will surely flourish if this solution gets some legs..

Further, the problem is that the mass destruction of jobs hasn't hit peek. Wait for 20 years when all these 50%+ of present university grads are unemployable due to mass automation leaving 'nothing meaningful to do for the masses'. There will always be the need for human jobs, but the raw number of 'necessary' and 'commodity' jobs will be all but non-existent. We'll see if there are enough new and exciting job categories to remotely support our now-very-educated post-secondary workforce, keeping them relevant.

Comment Re:Car analogy (Score 1) 210

The United States propaganda machine has worked it magic on me too well. When I hear 'America' now, I infer hearing the United States of America. Though technically true that we're all residents of the two America continents, the 'word usage' for this word is far too muddy to be used without confusion. Apologies.

Comment Re:Car analogy (Score 1) 210

No, cars are almost universally 'geoblocked' because of safety standards and tariffs. There's little of artificial scarcity in play here. I've had many friends import their cars from around the world for one reason or another, but they've largely been able to do so after paying up the nose and having the cars' safety/regulatory features brought to spec.

Example: Canada requires daytime running lights. Every car, basically no exceptions(?). We don't stop all Americans from driving their non-daylight-running-light cars up here, but if you ever want to sell the car to 'live' in Canada, it must be retrofitted with the feature. Another, I'd be shocked if America allows cars to be imported without functioning seatbelts, etc..

PS: Can you believe that only 80% of American's use seatbelts? No wonder there's 10's of thousands of fatalities a year. You people are nuts. It's night-and-day proven to save your life by a huge factor.

Comment Re:So piracy goes up, I guess (Score 2) 210

The bar for malware is:
  - User must be savvy enough to install torrent software and know about torrent sites
  - User must be savvy enough to install a video player which can playback files
  - User must be non-savvy enough to click on torrents that have executables instead of movie files

I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but unless instructed extremely bad by those helping you set this stuff up, the surface area for malware is lower than you make it out to be.

This to verify when using ANY legal/illegal torrent:
  - Use a torrent distribution site which is 'somewhat' reputable
  - Only download mainstream files from users who are 'verified' on said sites
  - Only download mainstream files that have a large pool of seeders vs. others.
  - When downloading niche content not in large distribution, be VERY sceptical of the torrent's contents before downloading (use said torrent site's description of the contents to make sure there aren't exe's etc.)
  - (advanced) If you specifically download executable files (highly discouraged), have a VM and every antivirus/malware software known to man in there and launch the executable before giving it a chance to infect your main system.
  - ISO's should only be downloaded from distribution sources directly or direct links from their web pages. If in doubt, you could always view the ISO contents, mount the file systems, extract the contents, etc..

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