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Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 351

150 years ago nobody had ever flown, ever. So stfu and accept that past performance is not indicative of future performance. If everyone was like you we'd all still be living in straw huts because at some point in time nobody had ever lived in a wood framed house, ever.

Except, unlike communism/socialism, once those things were tried, they were found to work and to be superior. You're welcome to keep trying to perfect that which so many others have failed at, but do it where those who don't want to participate have to suffer the consequences along with you.

Comment Re:So will they be passing that savings onto us? (Score 4, Insightful) 474

What's passed along is the cost of supporting the thousands of unemployed.

The old company went belly up, so those jobs were gone anyway. This is a new company and new hires, so nobody is "passing along" anything.

Even if that weren't the case and this had been accomplished by restructuring the old company, that's still good. Productivity gains are achieved by getting the same or more output using fewer resources.

Comment Re:I can see how this might be useful... (Score 1) 147

No need to kill the bad guys, In the event of boarding or link disruption just disable the engine and let the ship sit dead in the water until help arrives. If they can't run it, they can't steal it. The most they could do would be to start offloading the cargo, which would be pretty difficult and time-consuming at sea.

Comment Why? Because they can't do it themselves (Score 3, Informative) 95

The feds do a lousy job of it themselves, in fact a much worse job. The Office of Personnel Management leak exposed millions of security-cleared personnel's records, including mine. I've already had somebody try to get credit in my name, probably from that breach (but could be from one that my former employer suffered as well). The OPM leak contained exponentially more revealing info than this one. I haven't heard of anyone getting fired for it, either, just the director getting to "step down". BFD.

Comment Standard Oil (Score 4, Insightful) 246

I'm not a fan of regulation, but it might be required in order to break the stranglehold one company gets on a particular industry. The example I always think of is John D. Rockefeller and his company, Standard Oil, which was ultimately broken up into smaller companies due to its absolute domination of the industry which it used to destroy competitors. Google may be in line for at least an investigation into whether it's gotten too big for market competition. Facebook as well.

Comment Re:Zuckerman suppresses evidence? (Score 1) 346

So what? Again a non-fucking story. He can run that trending thing however the fucking company wants under current law.

You're right, it's his site and he can do with it what he wants. However, if he's going to make public pronouncements regarding its neutrality and objectivity, he needs to live up to that. At a minimum the processes involved should be public and completely transparent so that users can decide how much they want to trust what FB is doing. By the way, your argument needs more "fuck"s to really sound intelligent.

Submission + - Tech companies and age bias (

OffTheLip writes: A recent editorial in the Observer by Dan Lyons highlights overt negative bias towards older tech workers including his personal journey as an aging worker. Information technology is young business in comparison to many other industries but one of the few where older workers are not valued for their institutional knowledge. It is accepted that current trends are for the young, the agile, workers with seemingly tireless work ethic and dedication. None of these traits are associated with older workers. Lyons draws comparisons to other successful workforce diversity efforts that seemingly don't apply to the tech world. He makes an argument for what the older worker brings to the team in experience and wisdom. As a recently retired techie I experienced this firsthand, both as a older worker, and earlier in my career one who didn't see the value in older workers. As Lyons states, older workers are good business.

Comment Re:Government benefit / government rules (Score 1) 1116

Oh for fucks sakes, anytime anyone offers anything, there are strings attached. The difference between government and private concerns is that governments are at least hypothetically responsive to the voter.

When government gets involved, its impulse to meddle is irresistible. Look at how it coerced states to raise their drinking ages to 21 by threatening to withhold highway funds. Or getting states to knuckle under to Education Department mandates by threatening to withhold federal education dollars. Did voters revolt and the feds cave? No. Do you imagine that any government, be it federal or state, will not give in to the temptation to dictate people's behavior in return for the money it dispenses? Kid is truant, no money for you. DUI, no money for you. Fail to return your library books, no money for you. The mania exhibited by some to codify every aspect of human existence and administer it via the State is well established.

Comment Pick and place drugs (Score 1) 113

While we're on the subject of automation for pharmaceuticals, I've been wondering lately if druggists' jobs couldn't be a lot more automated. Instead of dispensing and counting out pills by hand, why couldn't it be done like surface mount devices: tape and reel? Have your pick and place dispensing machine automatically mount the correct pill reel, count out the right number of pills into a bottle, label it, and you're done.

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