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Comment That's here not there (Score 1) 158

You know what, I had a young software engineer from Africa (a new graduate from one of their schools)

So that was here then.

I've also worked with some fellow programmers from India who were excellent. In America.

But that is totally irrelevant to the story, about the workers *IN INDIA* being quite horrible - which was also my experience when working with any team that dealt with coding outsourced there.

It's almost like the really good developers don't stay where they are, and go to first world countries to develop. Completely validating the story. HMM.

Comment You started it (Score 1) 195

Just because someone was elected that some people i the population didn't like, there was widespread rioting and looting across multiple cities.

If people are so willing to damage everything (and other people) over political differences, what can you expect if something really serious happens?

The building like these is in response to actions of the people, who have shown even if you treat people as if they had value they will not repay you in kind. So sadly this kind of response is more than warranted, and will not do anything to cause them to fight they would not be doing already.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 269

Access will be available, but have you seen the vast number of people who not only refuse to use that access, they jeer at the people who have gone on record that they will. Boy those people are going to be fun to mess with. What am I saying, "going to be"? They already are. Their tears, outrage, and cries of "I'm being oppressed, but not really because oppression isn't happening; What do you think I am, a SJW?" are delicious.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 269

Entertainment. I write and earn money from ads. I'm looking at making videos and taken tentative steps in that direction. I am getting "paid" in points that can be converted to store cash value vouchers at various stores for using Bing, formerly a consumption activity. Monetization is becoming the new job.

Comment You have that backwards (Score 1) 269

Those U.S. finance jobs tend to be "domestic retail operations" like small-town bank tellers, whereas U.K. finance jobs concentrate more in international finance and investment banking.

So why are the U.S. jobs more at risk? They seem to think what the tellers do is simpler than the "international finance" people.

But simpler does not mean more automatable. In theory bank tellers across the U.S. could have been replaced long ago by the ATM - but as we all know ATMS are everywhere and that has not happened. What is left for tellers to do at this point is the one thing that is going to take longest to really automate - personal human to human services.

Sometimes a bank customer use has a question and an ATM cannot just answer that. In fact I just got a higher end credit card and one of the features it offers is that calling the 800 number immediately connects you to a human - no voice menu. Automation was supposed to be the end of that kind of thing but it just led to higher end jobs.

Meanwhile those fancy "international finance and investment banking" jobs sound like much more specialized jobs which means they are more open to automation, and probably doing a better job at it since there are no language barriers for computers (though system barriers may be similar, they only need to be overcome once rather than per employee).

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