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Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 2) 247

As long as we have first-past-the-post, winner-take-all elections, it is one's rational self-interest to vote strategically against the party they least want to win, rather than for the party they most want to win.

If people continue to vote strategically like you suggest, what incentive do the politicians have to reform our voting system? I can see it now.

"Mrs. Clinton, I am voting for you solely because your opponent is so terrible. But I warn you, if you don't push hard for some sort of ranked choice voting system in the next election I will....still vote for you because your opponent is still terrible."

Judging from their actions, the Democrats and Republicans would rather lose an election than give people the ability to vote their conscience and case a non-spoiler vote minor parties. In 1992 and 1996 Perot split the vote giving Clinton a win. In 2000, Nader's absence would have likely produced a Gore victory. So both parties have been burned by this, but they aren't exactly lining up to change the system. The duopoly has more benefits for them long-term. They aren't going to do it.

The only way to get it done would be by citizen initiative in the states that allow for it. And even then, both the Democrats and Republicans will come out against it; the law will be easily defeated. We will never be rid of this voting system until it regularly spoils a victory for the same party multiple times and the determine they're better off with it than without it.

Comment Re:Consciousness is not the same thing as free wil (Score 1) 285

It's only in the last decade or so that experiments have shown our thoughts can and do have a strong influence on of the dna that builds and maintains the brain and nervous system. In other words our thoughts can turn our genes on and off, when it gets the switches stuck in a self-destructive combination it drives us towards extreme behaviours which we call "mental illness". Philosophically I think Hofstadter's "I am a strange loop" and "Godel, Escher, Bach" present the most convincing model of consciousness as an emergent property of the mind boggling complexity of the feedback mechanisms in a living organism. He also makes a very strong case for the impossibility of a mind that's even theoretically capable of fully understanding itself.

Comment Re:Somebody didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 285

Well said, I would actually be more concerned if radiologists never found any systematic errors in their models. From the summary it sounds like a very interesting experiment, I think the "free will" angle is just click bait. What they appear to have done is use a clever mental trick to help them understand how the brain responds to and controls the two big optical sensors hanging off the front of it

Comment Re: So what is YOUR plan? (Score 4, Insightful) 406

Hopefully the desire to usher in the apocalypse is not shared by mainstream Republicans.

Unfortunately the same desire is shared by more than a few republicans, they call it "the rapture". Their christian god lifts them to heaven while everyone else burns, apparently the same god told muslims a different story.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 482

... rpi kubernetes cluster for a few hundred bucks. You can run hadoop or spark or hbase or mesos on a cloud provider. Learn ansible, prometheus, go, python or loads of other things in your browser. You can show off your skills outside your job on github or bitbucket ...

100% buzzword compliant. You list products that are 2 years old.

Which brings up the old joke about HR looking for someone with 10 years experience in X which has only been out for 5 years.

Yes, you can PLAY with all of those for very little money but you won't KNOW all of those. You will be a dilettante. And swapping out existing tools for whatever was released 2 years ago is a recipe for disaster.

Comment Wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 482

No, there is nothing about you or your skills that is so unique that you cannot be replaced.

And if your severance package depends upon you teaching your replacement how to do your job (see Disney), you are even easier to replace.

I have skills that are useful and hard to find.

They may be useful, but they are not hard to find.

And yeah, I get that sucks. But the solution is to learn more skills so you can get the first type of job.

Unless you personally are working for Google or Facebook that kind of invalidates your position. You aren't so rare that Google is fighting to get you.

Look up "confirmation bias". You think that because your decisions have resulted in your position that anyone who has not achieved that position has made incorrect decisions. The reality is that when a company wants to cut their IT costs to save money, your skills will have nothing to do with their decision.

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