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Comment Re:How large?!? (Score 1) 103

"Potentially as large as Mars"? According to Wikipedia: Psyche16: 200km in diameter. Mars: 6800km in diameter

That was mangled in the summary, but TFA says that it may be the remaining core of a planet destroyed in a collision, that was potentially as large as Mars.

Hmm. Wasn't the Earth in its early days hit by a Mars sized object, which also happened to create the Moon?

Comment Re: It's a start! (Score 1) 166

4) Hope the job doesn't move to another country.

I believe that's a bluff and I'm prepared to call it. If they were going to do that, it'd already have been done.

What are you talking about? Offshoring of IT work already does happen, and will continue to happen. If they haven't done it already, it is because of the cost of doing it (cost in either money, effort, and/or quality). The American workforce may still benefit from limiting H1B visas, but it will almost certainly have an effect of increasing the amount of offshoring. The hope is we offshore less jobs than we save, but it's far from a guarantee.

Considering it's nearly impossible to find good software developers these days, I find it hard to believe things would be better with even less software developers in our local economy.

I think though there are other costs some dumb cost accountants do not consider but good MBA managers will. That is the loss or productivity and communication with a team far removed from the business processes and users and needs of the local corporate headquarters and customers.

The kind of offshoring is commodity lower value jobs like help desk.

The problem is when everyone including every other programmer, PM, and now customers are also in India or the Phillipines! It was stupid to outsource to China in 1998 for example. Why? Gee you make widgets. Materials US, parts US, inventory US, shipment costs etc. So to save $1.00 in labor you spend $3.00 in inventory, delays, and inneficiences in supply chain. I laughted at Apple for outsourcing then ... fast forward today:
1. Materials now in CHina
2. Suppliers across the street in China
3. INventory (well 1/3 of your customers are in China anyway) the rest yes is still a cost to ship and store to Europe/America

If you raise the H1B1 to 100K a year it will now be more cost effective to base EVERYTHING in India., Why? An American is now:
1. Away from the rest of the INdian coworkers who now make your whole product
2. Away from Indian PM
3. Away from now other INdian customers and synergy from industry only made up by Indians
4. Not part of the business processes anymore as they based where the development is ... now in India only

No, lets just setup a system where HR has to use department of labor data by county and pay a %20 tax for the same job title and responsibilities as an American one! So a developer makes $80,000? You pay $100,000 for the Indian H1B1 Visa to come over. That way top talent can succeed without outsourcing overseas. Oh and before you all WHINE THEY ARE OUTSOURCING ANYWAY then why are American IT professionals still in demand? It is because western IT professionals who are not help desk are based close to where management, customers, and business processes are. If management is somewhat competent they realize the quality and costs are too high to outsource anything that is not Visio flowchart automated like "Have you tried restarting it ... etc"

AI

Elite Scientists Have Told the Pentagon That AI Won't Threaten Humanity (vice.com) 124

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new report authored by a group of independent U.S. scientists advising the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) on artificial intelligence (AI) claims that perceived existential threats to humanity posed by the technology, such as drones seen by the public as killer robots, are at best "uninformed." Still, the scientists acknowledge that AI will be integral to most future DoD systems and platforms, but AI that could act like a human "is at most a small part of AI's relevance to the DoD mission." Instead, a key application area of AI for the DoD is in augmenting human performance. Perspectives on Research in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence Relevant to DoD, first reported by Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists, has been researched and written by scientists belonging to JASON, the historically secretive organization that counsels the U.S. government on scientific matters. Outlining the potential use cases of AI for the DoD, the JASON scientists make sure to point out that the growing public suspicion of AI is "not always based on fact," especially when it comes to military technologies. Highlighting SpaceX boss Elon Musk's opinion that AI "is our biggest existential threat" as an example of this, the report argues that these purported threats "do not align with the most rapidly advancing current research directions of AI as a field, but rather spring from dire predictions about one small area of research within AI, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)." AGI, as the report describes, is the pursuit of developing machines that are capable of long-term decision making and intent, i.e. thinking and acting like a real human. "On account of this specific goal, AGI has high visibility, disproportionate to its size or present level of success," the researchers say.

Comment Re:IoT is already here. (Score 1) 138

What if your toaster could mine bitcoins and use the heat of the mining process to toast bread? Essentially free bitcoins!

That is actually not as stupid an idea as it may sound. In places they use electric heating, you might as well use SoCs doing something usefull as dumb resistant wires. It would be free calculations.

Communications

5G Internet is the 'Beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution' (cnbc.com) 138

Next-generation 5G mobile internet technology marks the beginning of the "fourth industrial revolution," the chief executive of Turkey's leading telecoms player told CNBC on Thursday. From a report: 5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions -- or potentially billions -- of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market. Kaan Terzioglu, the chief executive of Turkcell, which has a market capitalization of $23 billion, touted the potential of the technology, saying that while 4G revolutionized the consumer market, 5G could transform the industrial space. "I think this is the beginning of the fourth generation of the industrial revolution. This will be the platform linking billions of devices together," Terzioglu told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Turkcell has been working on 5G technologies since 2013 and this week completed a test in partnership with Ericsson, using the next-generation internet.

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 270

Not Stockholm. Stockholm is BE HAPPY YOu HAVE a job!

I am advocating leaving if you are not passionate as those are always top performers who are always pleasant when shit hits the fan rather than whine and make excuses.

You can say that is screwed up but it's reality unfortunately. Who wants to be forced

Comment Re:Scorpio (Score 1) 132

First off the specs leaked show it is a AMD Ryzen with an RX 480 underclocked to match performance with an RX 470. No for the parent this is not bad hardware anymore.

So no developers do not have to target PS 4 pro or Scorpio? They just simply make the same games for the xbox One which are binary compatible and up the graphic details and resolution when a higher end console is available. This is quite smart actually.

Also MS is making with game mode DirectX xbox compability (which oddly is very different from PC directX) which means a larger marketshare to port the console to the PC market. The gaming PC market is exploding! Yes, last decade gaming companies obsessed with piracy tried to kill the PC, but the demand is growing if you look at marketshare for the PC again due to the large millennials and lower costs of decent GPUs and CPUs now on the market.

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