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Comment Re: Well (Score 1) 85

I've got a question for ya. I'm just going to take your statements as valid.

If programmers over 30 are unemployable, where is this limitless pool of 22-30 year old programmers coming from? There's a finite number of even qualified Indians...

If the median age of an employed programmer is 43 according to the BLS, where are they all working?

There aren't enough management jobs for every over 30 programmer to get one. Simple and obvious math because a manager needs at least 8 or so subordinates or they aren't really a manager...

I suspect the actual truth is more that there are plenty of programmers who are much older - I have met some personally - but that in the fishbowl of the LA startup scene and at the elite campuses of facebook and google, they can afford to cherry pick. They can only afford to cherry pick because there must be a never ending stream of newcomers to LA seeking their fortune. Sort of how nearly all women alive are outside the parameters to be a movie star (since you gotta be young, skinny, beautiful, AND be able to act) but the constant flood of them into Hollywood means they don't have to employ female actresses over 30.

Comment Re:Well (Score 2) 85

It depends on what the goal is. If you're talking about educational efficiency, it makes a ton more sense. It makes a ton more sense to train people for 6 months intensively, with a repeat in 5-10 years, if it makes them 80 or 90% as good as someone you trained for 4-5 years. I have that 5 years worth of training, maybe that makes me a better engineer, maybe it doesn't. But if I could be 80% as good as I am now, for 80% of the pay, and I didn't have to waste 5 years in school, I'd have gone that route.

Comment Well (Score 3, Interesting) 85

I've got a computer engineering degree. While I do currently have a job, some of these bootcamps claim to offer just a handful of weeks of work then the connections to get you an interview. They claim they get jobs that pay 6 figures on average to nearly all their graduates.

When I was looking for a job, this seemed pretty tempting. It's also hugely more efficient if any of their claims are true. It makes more sense for people to finish high school/get a cheap associates degree and then use a bootcamp to get relevant, immediately useful skills. Out of all the courses I took for a degree, at least 80% of the knowledge I don't use on a daily basis.

On demand education makes a ton more sense. Train people intensively for the 20% they actually need. 10 years later, those 6 figure jobs doing full stack web dev will probably not be nearly as lucrative or in demand. So people would go to another bootcamp.

It's far cheaper and more efficient if it works. I can't say for sure if it does - as I mentioned, I only looked at advertising copy for these bootcamps - but the idea makes a lot of sense.

Comment Re:The "little big" difference (Score 2) 90

What about stealing and then publicly releasing academic research? The reason, say, pirating Netflix shows is bad is because if no one pays Netflix for their service, the company will cease to operate and no new shows will be created.

In the case of academic research, the research is being funded by mainly public funding - or private funding unrelated to the publishers of the journal. The journal is basically abusing it's monopoly position because professors have no choice but to give them their research for publication (behind a paywall of $30+ per paper) or be fired from their employer.

Comment LOL what? (Score 2) 323

So, uh, what about all the minerals that are on the ocean floor and deeper than current technology makes it economical to mine? Are those resources "used up"?

Eventually we'll run out of oil and gas to burn, but last I checked we have a crapton of unused land for solar and if we really had to there's more thorium and breedable uranium than we know what to do with...

The ecosystem may take a hit from all this increasing activity, sure. But do humans even need it to remain viable as a species? Just how close are we to being able to grow all our food with genetic engineering, and to make all our medicine with genetically engineered organisms in vats?

I'm under the impression that this is basically possible today, it's just a matter of how much money is available to develop the strains you want. Various FUD about genetic engineering has severely curtailed the interest in it.

Comment Re:Bad idea even if it worked (Score 2) 373

You literally can't think of a better solution to dictatorship than condemning everyone you ever know and yourself to eternal oblivion of death?

Has it ever occurred to you that in a world where most people expect to be around in a few centuries, and for the foreseeable future unless a big war or planetary scale disaster happens, might be a world where wiser, more long sighted decisions generally are made?

How much of these poor decisions now are due to decaying brains in people who still have voting power? You do realize that aging related intelligence decline would have to be fixed, or life extension wouldn't extend your life...

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 0) 147

There's a site called p411 that a huge percentage of hookers use. It does exactly this, and apparently enough Johns consent that these hookers stay in business. Sure, the hookers individually may or may not know this information - they just know people on the site have been verified I think - but users of the site DO give out their information and the site calls to verify the references are legit.

If p411 ever gets taken down, it might in fact be public knowledge who was on the list. Just another risk (mostly men) take for that sweet, sweet poontang...


A Google Maps Glitch Turned This Korean Fishing Town Into a 'Pokemon Go' Haven (vice.com) 82

Madison Margolin, reporting for Motherboard: A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokemon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn't launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn't stopped clever gamers from finding a way to play it anyways. The city of Sokcho is taking full advantage of it, according to this video by the Wall Street Journal. Because of Cold War era laws preventing North Korea from obtaining maps of the country, the use of Google Maps is restricted in South Korea, the WSJ reports. However, a fluke in the system allows it to work in Sokcho, in the northeast corner of the country, just outside the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea. Sokcho is outside the range of indexing grids that Pokemon Go developers used for mapping restrictions of South Korea and other countries.

Comment Re:When will VideoCards peak? (Score 2) 89

As it so happens, the demands of VR headsets mean that video cards available now are nowhere NEAR adequate. As a poster south of me says, you need at LEAST dual 4k - one for each eye - and fovea tracking - and at LEAST 90 FPS. All the time. With minimal latency.

Believe it or not, but not even the most expensive GPU money can buy - heck, not even unreleased GPUs that Nvidia has in Tesla cards (they are "released" but you can't use em as a graphics card) - is anywhere close to being able to push this kind of resolution and framerate at a low latency.

It literally cannot be done with current chip construction. Maybe with a 4 or 8 GPU solution.

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