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Comment Much better nowadays! (Score 3, Informative) 351

I tried my first veggie burger about 20 years ago, and I remember wondering when the FDA started considering sawdust a vegetable...

Now, I eat Gardein teriyaki chick'n and a few others quite regularly. I'm still waiting for the whole "cheaper than meat" part to kick in though.

If you haven't had them yet, give them a try, you'll be surprised, and once they get costs down, it'll change the world.

Comment Demand, not supply... (Score 4, Insightful) 125

Instead of getting the Government to fund computer science education, how about we just require computer companies to pay competitive salary? It doesn't require any tax dollars, and it's just crazy enough to work.

The problem is, the past 30 years have taught MBA's that *they're* the ones who are supposed to get the $200k salary, and the computer engineer is the one who's supposed to have a Masters and 20 years of experience in a 3 year old language and work for $60k until their job gets outsourced to India.

The problem will largely go away once the computer geek's biggest problem is "Do I buy the BMW or the Mercedes", and the MBA's are crying themselves to sleep, praying they can pay their student loans off before they hit 40 and are too old to spreadsheet.

Comment It's all about leverage... (Score 3, Interesting) 1116

Today, doing nothing really isn't an option. You *have* to work somehow. By offering a basic income, you are, in effect, creating competition for those jobs. If I have the leverage to say "no", if some people find "nothing" a competitive alternative, then supply-and-demand for workers says that prices (ie, salary) will have to go up to match.

It's a double-whammy against the wealthy, in that they will have to pay a large chunk of *both* the basic income and the delta in salaries. On the other hand, they have benefited the most from income/wealth inequality over the last 3 decades, and increased automation will only make a basic income more necessary.

I'm not sure *anyone* has fully thought through the action-and-reaction of basic income, so I can't honestly say that it's "good", but one way or another its time may be coming.

Comment Re:Moore's law is dead; physics killed it (Score 1) 124

Moore's Law isn't completely dead, it's just metamorphosing into a new form.

If Intel is moving into spintronics (as rumor suggests), then next-generation chips should use millions of times less power (like, run your CPU for a month on a AAA).

If so, it becomes possible to start stacking CPU layers like memory/flash is today. Imagine a next-generation Moore's law stating the number of transistors in a 3D stack doubling every X months.

Comment Re:Budget is required for priorities (Score 5, Interesting) 644

There are two types of rich people: The economic value creators (Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, etc) and the lucky ones (Wall Street, Koch Bros).

The former don't care about higher taxes precisely *because* they generate economic value. If you take their money, it will go to teachers, police, etc, and will eventually filter through the economy to someone who wants to buy more Shaw carpet or Acme brick. What the tax man taketh from Warren Buffet, a slightly wealthier poor and middle class give back.

Meanwhile, if you're "lucky", if you got your fortune because you were in the right place at the right time, knew the right hands to shake and palms to grease, taxing them takes away the money forever. It isn't coming back.

So when you see the rich say we need higher taxes, it's usually people who actually generate value, and the ones who complain about higher taxes are usually the leeches on society.

Comment Not to be outdone... (Score 0, Troll) 66

Microsoft is also apparently working on increasing the XBox's graphical capabilities. According to rumor, the improved XBox will come with support for up to 16 hardware sprites on screen at a time, and the ability to free up more memory for developers by turning off the BIOS mapped into $A000...

Comment I live just outside Nashville... (Score 1) 165

If you look up "regulatory capture" in the dictionary, it has a picture of our state legislature...

There are *so* many things which a majority of Tennesseans are clamoring for (wine in supermarkets, medical marijuana, fiber broadband) but we can't get passed the legislature because some random dumb-ass politician feels it "violates their morals" (or the wallet of their big campaign contributors).

We desperately need a public referendum system which the legislature *must* act upon, because Tennessee is being held hostage by some seriously stupid politicians.

Fellow Tennesseans, anybody feel like going together and putting a full page "Please vote for anyone but Patsy Hazlewood because..." ad in the Chattanooga Times Free Press? Because she just tossed a buttload of her constituents who are clamoring for EPB fiber under the bus to make her corporate masters happy. I think they should be reminded of that come next election.

Comment It would be more useful.... (Score 1, Insightful) 246

... to just take that $4 billion, and cut a "bonus" check to every IT worker in America.

The problem isn't that women don't know how to program as well as men, it's that the field just isn't as attractive to them. Woman tend to value job stability over income, and it's hard to find that kind of stability in IT. IT requires a lot of brains, a lot of hard work, isn't very social, has a lot of guys with behavioral issues, and their job might get outsourced to India so the MBA middle manager can get his quarterly bonus and afford some more blow.

IT and the medical field require similar levels of intelligence and work, yet medical jobs don't often get outsourced to China, the demand for medical skills is relatively constant, and while there are behavioral issues, they usually fall along the Doogie Howser Dipshit Doc/Nurse axis rather than the male/female axis.

Do you want to attract women to IT? The best way to do it would be to change it in ways which also make it more attractive to men too: 40 hour work weeks, reasonable pay for the work/brainpower involved, job security, etc.

Comment Re:I like AMD... (Score 2) 174

I bought the Intel i5-4960 because, having done high-performance computing for over a decade, current Intel CPU's absolutely maul AMD CPU's when it comes to numerical work. It was my first new computer in almost a decade, and I wanted a "no excuses" gaming box. Games *can* be good on AMD, but many top tier games require various trade-offs.

And I'm not an AMD hater. Once upon a time, we had 100's of AMD Opteron's in our compute cluster. But it's been several years since they have put out a competitive chip. I am hopeful that 16nm + Zen will make them competitive again, if only to make Intel more competitive on pricing.

Comment I like AMD... (Score 5, Insightful) 174

My work desktop is AMD, my home fileserver is AMD, and both my parent's desktops are AMD. That's because in those use cases, AMD is "good enough". Web browsing and email don't require a lot of horsepower.

That said, my gaming/transcoding PC is an Intel i5-4690, because AMD's top line CPU can barely compete with Intel's I3 line. CMT didn't pan out, and they've been held hostage by TSMC/GloFo's failure to produce a sub-28nm lithographic process.

I love AMD's engineers, they have some impressively smart people working for them, and I hope Zen + 16nm heralds a new beginning for them. But today, they aren't "competitive", merely "good enough".

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