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Comment Re:Were they lying to me? (Score 1) 54

Unless this phenomenon is relevant to climate, nothing changes.

If it is relevant, then all of the models will be refined.

It could also be a "new" phenomem, in the sense that it only occurs under certain conditions which have only arisen (or returned) recently.

But go ahead and blast away at your little pet peeve without a modicum of thought. Actual, reasonable scientists will sort it out in time.

Comment Not in my America (Score 1) 236

But machines shouldn't replace what humans can do, Ma said, but instead the technology community needs to look at making machines do what humans cannot. This would make the machine a "human partner" rather than an opponent.

So we shouldn't replace a human with a robot that is more reliable and productive, and likely cheaper in the long run? Hogwash.

The corporatist culture is backed up by the law. The corporate officers' only legal responsibilities are their fudiciary duty to the shareholders.

Look at what you'll save. You trade wages, annual leave, health insurance, and taxes in exchange for a modest electrical bill and a maintenance contract. Toss out those meatbags and get yourself some literal cogs---as soon as possible.

Developing a partner seems time-consuming, expensive, and risky in comparison. If someone else can build one, great, but we are not waiting for it.

The only way this idea could possibly be better is, wait for it... You buy a partner robot to enhance the productivity of the regular robot that already replaced a human worker.

Now your unnecessary hoard of wealth will accrue even faster, and the dispossed underclass will be even less relevant in any social or political context. The US Constitution may prohibit titles, but these days money is better anyway.

Comment They Made This Mess (Score 2) 306

Louisiana consistently elects small-government, anti-EPA, anti-climate Representatives and Senators. Now they want an environmental conservation bailout? They decry federal handouts, and then they turn around begging for help. How about "No".

They cite:

"Decades of saltwater intrusion, subsidence and rising sea levels"

Yet, they ousted their only politician who even pretended to care about the environment and replaced her with Cassidy, whose policies will only hasten that outcome.

New Orleans couldn't be arsed to maintain their levees, then Hurricane Katrina happened. Now this. Louisiana should change their motto to "The No Foresight State".

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 2) 226

This would be awesome, except that my experience is that it's so brittle that it's not worth doing.

Your application, OS, or infrastructure is crap. People do this using X all the time.

Do you not have frequent app crashes when you do this?

The application shouldn't behave any differently than it does when you log into the server locally, for the most part.

This assumes that your windowing system is setup properly and the app doesn't have any special requirements for user input or output. E.g., many 3D acceleration features and touch screens do not work properly with X (or maybe they do now, but they didn't used to).

Comment Good (Score 1) 122

If I buy a nice house in a nice area, I don't want noisy vacationers and partiers in and out several times a month. Properties frequently rented on Airbnb should be treated as commercial.

If people want to run a bed and breakfast out of their homes, Airbnb should require them to file the local zoning or permits before listing their properties.

Oh, and regarding:

Airbnb's claim that it's just helping the middle class make ends meet

If you can't afford your house without Airbnb, then you can't afford your house. Make better financial decisions next time.

Maybe we need basic financial planning classes in high school if we have a population of adults who cannot plan or budget effectively.

Comment Cautiously Hopeful (Score 1) 619

The H1B program has been abused for years, and almost any improvement is welcome.

Given the disastrous Executive Orders and ACA reform, however, I am not going to get excited just yet.

I want to see a final draft with commentary by experts---probably labor lawyers---before I take this effort seriously.

Comment Ball in Google's Court (Score 4, Interesting) 144

If Google continues this behavior, web sites may shutdown. They need the clicks and the advertising revenue---in general.

Google could keep the "immediate answer" functionality while still supporting the sites that provide that information by splitting the ad revenue that Google received for delivering the results.

I believe the Featured Snippet is valuable to Google's users, and if the company is deriving a benefit from relaying that information then they can deal fairly with their sources.

Comment Re:Is anyone surprised by this? (Score 1) 145

They were deliberately poaching drivers (or trying to, at the very least). Since they bent rules in order to do that, they are probably going to end up in court.

If they hurt Lyft's business by distracting or poaching drivers, that's pretty much the definition of tortious interference.

Without the details and a team of lawyers, it's impossible to say that Uber broke the law. But it certainly sounds that way, their supposed motive seems rather straightforward and reasonable.

Comment Re:There is a secret parallel set of advisories st (Score 1) 89

Microsoft has offered pre-release patches and even Windows source code to enterprises for years. I assume these organizations will get patch notes as they always have.

It is not available to anyone, but I imagine the US government qualifies. You generally need to be large enough that the accompanying NDA will hurt a lot if you disclose their code or vulnerabilities.

Your comment confuses the issues and deserves to sit at 0 or -1.

Comment About Time (Score 1) 89

A searchable database is much more useful than a collection of individual bulletins that, at best, cross-reference each other.

It looks like a some people are getting angry about the headline without realizing that it is being replaced with a modern, searchable interface.

On a related note, the headline sucks. I guarantee 99% of people associate "killing off" with complete elimination of the functionality, compared to words like updating, reworking, or revamping---which imply the functionality remains in a new form. I do expect editors to understand the nuances of the words they use.

Comment Re:Licensing (Score 1) 48

You need certain long-term guarantees when you're spending billions of dollars on infrastructure that uses the spectrum.

The allocation is important to phone and tablet manufacturers, too, as they must include appropriate antennas in their devices.

I agree with imposing reasonable restrictions on how the bandwidth is used, but you cannot realistically implement short-term allocation.

Comment Policy Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 40

If you put your data on their device, they can copy it at any time. At that point, it's a question of trusting not only the company policy but also the staff with privileged access---most of whom you will never meet or even know by name.

A lot of places are doing HTTPS decryption and packet inspection at the perimeter, so even "secure" or "private" connections on these devices are not trustworthy. Any privacy you have is either an illusion or a convenience at best.

The bottom line: If you're not OK with it being printed and handed out, don't put it on an employer-owned asset.

Comment Re:Payment vs Service (Score 1) 903

If you actually are smart enough to be a doctor or an engineer, there are many opportunities for free or reduced tuition

I know enough people with student loans in those fields to call this out as bullshit.

If smart, capable people from good homes cannot get this "free or reduced tuition" you mention, then I'm inclined to believe there just isn't enough of it.

These guys are neither spendthrift nor stupid; they would have no loans if the option was readily available. If anything, engineers have it easy with student debt, as they do not need graduate degrees to start working---even if they require a 5th year in undergrad, as is becoming common.

Our new doctors in the US start working with ~$170K in student loans on average.

Comment Payment vs Service (Score 4, Interesting) 903

Americans may pay less taxes, but we also get far fewer services.

The closest we have to retirement pensions is Social Security, which is a laughable amount of money. In other countries, you can retire without dedicating a chunk of salary to a gambling scheme---the ubiquitous 401K.

We have no public health care, so we pay higher costs out of our own salaries.

Our public education system is woefully underfunded, and higher education is very costly. It would be nice if everyone smart enough to be a doctor or an engineer could just decide to go to school. Who knows?---it might even help with the health care costs and H1B issues if students didn't have to mortgage their futures just for a chance at those professions.

Let's not forget the embarrassing state of our infrastructure. If a bridge collapses, maybe the media frenzy will force the politicians to do something. Until then, they can rust, rot, or erode away.

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