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Comment Re:Ponzi Scheme?? (Score 1) 97

I've always considered Bitcoin to be something of a Ponzi scheme

As opposed to the Ponzi schemes called USD, EUR and the like? Please, before you criticize an alternative to old systems, try learning something about the old ones first. You might find there was something wrong with the old scheme, and hence new alternatives were proposed.

I wonder what will happen when the computational power required to feasibly mine bitcoin exceeds the limitations of what cutting edge semiconductor processes can deliver.

Next, try learning something about Bitcoin itself. Basically, what matters to your income and influence on the network is your _proportion_ of the total computing power of the network. There's no absolute requirement to worry about.

Comment Re:EE Degree (Score 1) 195

For some reason, having an EE degree is considered the same (or for some people better, if you have software experience) than a CS degree, because supposedly I know how computers work at a gate level.

I have a physics degree, so supposedly I know how everything works ;) Most of my research/development work has been some kind of programming, but presumably that's how everything is done today. For example physics and chemistry simulations rather than lab work.

In my experience, one thing you get from advanced studies better than practical work is an abstract, systemic understanding of things. A way to look at the big picture and realize it's still only a special case of a humongous picture. For example, after studying functional analysis at the math department, I've been much more comfortable using functions to manipulate functions.

Comment Re:Cultural ethics won't allow work-free life (Score 1) 287

Cultural ethics won't allow

  • married women working
  • unmarried couples staying in the same hotel room
  • black and white people in the same section of a bus
  • gay marriages


Also, how about living a work-free life on your savings or investments? The idea of basic income is really an extended version of that.

Comment Re:FSF = not practical (Score 1) 171

the free software idealism has lost and will never win

It's becoming more popular in the biology / medical research community, as people start to understand the importance of reproducible and open research.

I though the whole idea of science was reproducible and open research. Also, having more of a natural science than CS background, I've always viewed FOSS as the application of scientific principles to software. Unfortunately, I've come across closed software in fields such as molecular modelling and fluid dynamics. It's an interesting turnaround if scientists have to learn the basics again from software guys.

Comment Re:Make America Great Again (Score 2, Interesting) 256

Trump is not paying one bit of attention to the FCC. Pai is an out control representative of Verizon, not voters. The question is, will Pai's utter corruption have consequences at the polls causing Trump/Congress to start paying attention?

The other part of this -- rate relief is generally provided when the vendors are unable to make a profit. Most of the B2B lines already carry profit margins exceeding 90%. This is just simple corruption - remove the price caps so that monopoly vendors can gouge until the customer can no longer pay. Removing net neutrality is also just another way to gouge companies like Google, Netflix, Facebook. The ISPs are hugely profitable, they just want even more.

What's driving this? Verizon paid $130B for Vodaphone. The have to make the money to pay off that $130B somewhere, and US customers are the target. Of course we are getting nothing in exchange for being gouged to pay off their Vodaphone purchase.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Interesting) 117

Yup, this sounds just like the reports of negative temperature. There, the distribution of particles was governed by a term like B*c*T, where B = external magnetic field strength and T = temperature. The field was suddenly reversed, but the particles didn't change their configuration immediately. The system looked like B*c*T for a while, but the field was now -B. So if you wrote the term as (-B)*c*(-T), it looked like the long-term equilibrium state at field -B and temperature -T. Of course, the system wasn't at equilibrium, so the math didn't really apply.

Comment Re:so (Score 1) 102

I agree, from what I've observed the drive to invent is an innate ability not something you learn in school. Training certainly hones this ability but I've never seen training create it where it did not previously exist. Go hire some people that show talent for inventing things in your field and then surround them with people that can take that invention to market. Also - inventing by committee is probably the worst possible way to do it.

Comment Re:There is a part that is forever - bureaucracy (Score 1) 263

Politicians come and go and ideas are forever.

The problem is that while politicians may go, the bureaucracy they create does not.

Also, legislation (in case that wasn't implied already). For instance, the consensus on certain drugs seems to be that drugs are bad, because they're illegal, and they better stay illegal because they're bad. The same goes for things like copyright laws, with some people arguing that we shouldn't allow the Pirate Party in the parliament, because their agenda goes against current legislation. Because obviously the parliament should never do such a thing as change the law.

Comment Re:What's wrong with these people?! (Score 1) 619

What we ought to do, is abolish all the special rules and requirements for the visas, and just make it even easier to hire workers.

You do understand that the basic welfare benefits provided by the US exceed the average wage earned by 80% of the world's population? So if there was unrestricted immigration to the US a few billion people would migrate to the US.

Comment Re:What's wrong with these people?! (Score 1) 619

Of course no qualified US computer person is going to take work at $35,000/yr.

Looks like there's America's problem, right there. Why are we so expensive? Why are foreign programmers so much better than us, that they're able to work cheap while still living in America with all the same expenses?

What we ought to do, is abolish all the special rules and requirements for the visas, and just make it even easier to hire workers. Stop using government to prevent a free market, so that the market can force programmers either accept $35k/yr or else find a job where they're more competitive. Remove all the weird rules and you can squeeze out the need for the body shops' legal expertise; i.e. remove the parasitic middlemen and save $45k/yr. The programmers ought to be applying directly to the employer.

Duh? The US programmer won't take $35,000/yr because they can easily get twice that or more.

The Indian is willing to take $35,000 since they are indentured servants. If they complain in any way they are on the next plane back to India where they are going to earn $15,000. They do this because it pays more than working in India, they get US experience on their resume, and they improve their English. Many of these people live ten to an apartment to reduce expenses.

Comment Re:What's wrong with these people?! (Score 5, Interesting) 619

To understand how this scam works... H1-B Indian will have BS/MS degrees (from India) and they are willing to work for $35,000. So the body shop takes out tiny ads in local newspapers offering to hire programmers/testers with a BS/MS for $35,000. Of course no qualified US computer person is going to take work at $35,000/yr. These ads generate the "proof" needed that these jobs can't be filled by Americans.

The body shop then brings in 500 H1-B people and pays them $35,000/yr. According to the law this is allowed, there are no US citizen willing to take these jobs at $35,000/yr. But then the owner of this body shop turns right around and places these people as temp workers for $80,000/yr. He undercuts the US temp workers who would get $90,000/yr.

This is a great business $80,000 - $35,000 = $45,000 profit per H1-B visa per year. This is how you make $100M from owning a body shop over the course of a few years.

Comment Re:So actually enforce the law? (Score 5, Insightful) 619

Haven't you noticed hundreds of tiny ads in the classified sections of local newspapers asking for programmers or testers and they include salary information? But when you contact them you never hear anything back? Those ads are generating the "proof" needed for the government that the position can't be filled by American workers.

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