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Comment Re:Tell us how great Europe is, please! (Score 1) 85

Yeah, right.

If Sweden were a US state, it'd be like the 35th wealthiest by purchasing power.

But you go ahead, keep telling yourself European-style socialism is wonderful.

It's interesting you mention that. We don't really think of Sweden the way we think about Kansas and Nebraska. Maybe we should. Puts the whole thing in perspective.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy at it's finest (Score 1) 600

I have to strongly disagree. TPP has had much of the same soul-crushing effect that SOPA did on the community.

The record of people in tech being opposed to TPP has been ongoing. More restrictive copyright laws have historically been something that Slashdot and similar forums have ALWAYS been against. At least in the 15 years or so that I've been reading them.

For Slashdotters to come out in favor of the entertainment industry, after supporting, after fighting for everyone's right to torrent, after supporting the free flow of information, after criticizing Iran and China for their internet censorship regimes, after we cried for tragic passing of Aaron Swartz, after fighting, and lobbying, and coming together the way we have, consistently. And now because half of us don't like Trump, regardless as to whether or not we win, is a complete betrayal of the long-standing principles this community is based on. It's as shocking as it is sad -- because it really does feel like the end of an era, at least to me.

So yes, I see how an argument can be made that there is hypocrisy there.

And it makes me wonder if this is the new normal. It makes me wonder if we're all so blinded by partisan politics that we're willing to throw our history, and morals, our causes, and our core sense of self away over bullshit like this.

We're not supposed to be partisans. We're motherfucking techies. We rule the world, not them. We were fight club before fight club existed. We have our own set of interests.

But more importantly, we're supposed to be a community.
It really does feel like that broke down this cycle.

And I have no idea what that means.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 1) 600

For years up to a week ago: TPP is an abomination love child between Hitler and Satan and needs to die.

Now that Trump doesn't want it: This will ruin the nation and will only benefit China. TPP Must Go Forward!

Exactly right. Same with Techdirt. Literally four years of passionate arguments. Now, the anti-Trump bias is more important. I don't get it! I'm not going to change my personal stance that TPP is an awful idea based on my feelings for or against Trump. We need to take our wins where we can get them.

Comment Except... (Score 1) 149

Except that the definition of fake news has gotten exceptionally broad post-election.

The LA Times, for example, listed Red State, the Blaze, and Breitbart but didn't mention Electronic Intifada, Salon, or Addicting Info, which have the same level of credibility (or lack thereof). If you're going to make lists, or throw these sites into a category with the Onion, then it's important to be even-handed about it. Define the offenders by class.

It's not fake simply because the site has a bias you disagree with. Otherwise, it looks like censorship, which is clearly what's happening here.

Also, you'll remember that it wasn't so long ago that the Daily Show referred to itself as fake news, and that many of these same sites were hailed as the "future of media" and referred to as the "blog-o-sphere" just a couple of years ago.

Having an issue with clickbate ads is one thing. Attempting to shut down websites that that pose dissenting opinion pieces or shed light on points of view other than your own is yet another a fascist hate tactic from the side that smugly considers itself "the tolerant."

If the industry is willing to set aside a uniform code of conduct that could be understood and followed by everyone, I'm all for it. Ban, block, and ex-communicate anyone who violates the terms. Go for it.

Short of that, what we're seeing is a witch hunt, reminiscent of nazi germany or the soviet union. We might as well be burning books.

Comment Who put the stick up his ass? (Score 4, Informative) 79

All upscaling algorithms are making up data based on assumptions on what "typical" hi-res images should look like given their low-res counterparts. That doesn't mean they are lying or misrepresenting. Furthermore, some assumptions are most statistically valid than others, and some produce more aesthetically pleasing results than others, actually resulting in images that are genuinely more likely to be closer to the true image than nearest neighbor.

Nowhere in google's paper are they suggesting that these images be used for forensic purposes, nor claiming that they are finding "deeper truth" or additional information in the images than what actually exists. They developed an approach that produces better results for common classes of images than previous algorithms, which is useful for a large number of applications that don't require the same level of rigor that forensics do.

Comment Re:Sounds like a disaster in the making (Score 3, Interesting) 113

The Servo engine as a whole is alpha, and still has a lot of catching up to do to implement an entire modern browser engine. However, some of it's components are more mature than others, and the code that is there is faster and more robust than the old Gecko code. The idea with Quantum is that rather than waiting for an entire brand new engine to be reimplemented from scratch (Servo) they will be keeping most of Gecko and slowly replacing components of it with new code from Servo, doing the necessary work to bring those components to production quality in the process.

Comment Look, here's how it works. (Score 1) 917

It's like I keep telling everyone. Jobs aren't going away... employers are.

That doesn't mean that we're looking at a future without jobs. It means we're looking at a future where the investors and the management overhead is mostly cut out of the picture. There will be groups of consultants that hire people, but these working groups will be small, and concise. Most work, at least as it relates to tech and service oriented work will be remote.

Massive corporations are going away. Nobody realizes it yet, but that's the trajectory we're on. The organizational structure doesn't make sense, and they won't be able to compete with well organized groups of consultants who can do the same jobs, for less money. These companies bleed money, and they simply won't be able to survive when the dynamic of the workforce changes, which it's already doing.

If we're lucky, we've got another eight years of "jobs" as we know them left. This is the time to invest in your future. Know your trade, build a social network. Broaden your skillset, and take some business and sales training. When the time comes, you're going to need to be able to articulate your unique value add, because you'll be competing on a global scale. But all is not lost, you can win this. There's huge upside opportunity for those that get serious now.

You can call me a communist, or a crazy man all you like. But this is where I see it going.

Comment I get it. (Score 5, Insightful) 269

As someone who's spent the last two years working on nothing but remote projects, I completely understand it. Doesn't always have anything to do with the worker, either. It's been my experience that it's something that doesn't experiment well.

What I mean by that, is that you can't easily mix the office model and the work from home model easily. You're usually doing all one, or all the other.

If you don't, and you haphazardly experiment with it, without knowing how to do this, your office people will screw everything up, or hire the wrong people.
Sometimes, they'll intentionally mismanage projects, because the notion of remote workers is seen as a threat. I've seen it. They also have this nasty habit of wanting all of the productivity gains of remote workers, while insisting they work with constraints that don't make sense for remote contractors or employees.

It's not for everyone, at least not yet. The whole idea is a pretty radical change from the established order. Better tools need to be built. Better protocols need to be in place more consistently. Better practices need to be thought up and deployed, because the state of it now is objectively bad at the corporate level.

And if companies know their weaknesses here, I say good. Good. It means fewer shit remote jobs.

Comment Re:And.. (Score 1) 537

I think the OP is looking in the wrong place. I know plenty of devs that are doing their part to improve the world. I know one that's building apps for hospitals in the developing world for free, literally saving thousands of lives. I know another another that's using his knowledge to do 3d printing of buildings for villages in Africa. I know several devs (myself included) that work in food banks in their downtime. Another that's providing tech education services to inner city youth. Granted, you're not going to find any of this in an app store. But it is out there.

Comment Re: The Point... (Score 1) 248

Depends on whether it makes sense for soap manufacturers to challenge it.
It's not like this one is destroying a whole industry, like other FDA mandates.

Still, it could be challenged under the 10th amendment.
You could make the case that Congress would need to make a law for this, and that without one, there is no standing or interest on the part of government.

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