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Comment Re:"one of the first" (Score 1) 43

Colossus was a special purpose calculator built to decode messages. It wasn't a general purpose computer and wasn't Turing complete.
"- it had no program inside itself. A person used plugs, wires and switches to change the program. This is how it was set it up for a new task.
Colossus was not a general-purpose machine. It was designed for only one code breaking task. That task was counting and Boolean operations.
It was not a general Turing-complete computer, even though Alan Turing was at Bletchley Park. This idea had not yet been invented, and most of the other early modern computing machines were not Turing-complete (for example: the Atanasoff–Berry Computer, the Harvard Mark I electro-mechanical relay machine, the Bell Labs relay machines by George Stibitz and others, or the first designs of Konrad Zuse).

Comment Re:Socially Shame the Management (Score 1) 303

Sounds like typical SJW solutions...poo poo until you ruin someone's life all because you don't like something.

I wish I had mod points, this deserves to be marked down as a troll. Anyone who uses the term "SJW" is completely full of shit and should be treated accordingly.

The GP was half way right. You need to go after the managers and "decision makers" who are responsible, but forget social media. You need to hurt them in the hip pocket. Legal and financial disincentives are what is needed to stymie outsourcing. PR can handle any social discontent, it's when their positions are threatened because its costing more to outsource than to hire local will they change.

Comment Re:That's actually debateable (Score 2) 303

the CEOs of the outsourcing firms have been caught a few times complaining about lazy Americans. And frankly he's right. By Indian or Chinese standards our 50-60 hour work weeks make us lazy. The H1-Bs I know regularly put in 80 hour work weeks. They're young and disposable but they don't care because currency exchange means they're earning a fortune working here. Best case they get a greencard and start doing the 50-60 hr work weeks of Americans, worst case they go back home flush with cash.

The moral? You can't compete with India. You can't compete with a country that has a literal cast system and effective slavery for millions of their citizens. End the H1-B program. Start calling your congressman/woman/thing and ask them why they haven't ended the program. There are other programs for rural doctors. The program is for replacing Americans. Call your congressman and ask. Remind them you and your family and your friends won't be voting for them in their primary. Make sure you say primary. They've gerrymandered the districts. After their Primary they'll win. But they're vulnerable in the primary.

Most of this post is completely incorrect. The rest is only partially incorrect.

First things first, the decision to outsource is never about quality or performance, it's always 100% about money.

Secondly, its not the "exchange rate" that makes working overseas attractive, its the disparity of income. The exchange rate just denotes how many rupees you get for dollars, income disparity is what makes you get more money per hour.

Thirdly, 12 hour working days are rare, its mostly 8 hour shifts, especially for western companies that are subject to laws back home even though the labour is outsourced. As another poster explained, the culture of long hours with Asian companies tends to be more about social rules than work. A Japanese employee might be at work for 12 hours, but thats all about appearance, they have to look like a hard worker by arriving before the boss and leaving after the boss. They don't get any extra work done, a lot of the time they are napping or socialising. This is a common theme across Asia.

In my experience, Indians buck the trend of Asian culture. Most Asian (especially the Chinese) don't like it when the Gwailo demonstrates they know more, so the appearance of knowledge is more important than the knowledge itself. The Indians are the opposite. I once had to run training in Singapore, the ethnic Chinese attended, but never participated. They didn't ask questions or interact much, to do so would have lost them face in front of their colleges. The ethnic Indians on the other hand never stopped with questions. At one point I had to ask them to write them down as I didn't have time to answer them all tonight.

The reason so much outsourcing ends up in India is because they are happy to work under western managers.

Of course with all races, you get the full spectrum from idiot to genius, western, Asian or otherwise, however only certain cultures have a compunction against learning or thinking outside the box. With Indians, you get two types of body shops, cheap ones that employ anyone with an IT cert so they get all the ones that paid for their certs and are pretty much useless. The second kind employs the Indians that are moderately competent, these guys actually earned their grades and are good at performing routine tasks but don't expect much in the way of creativity, the downside of this is that you pay more, probably about the same as hiring flunkies in the US. Those Indians that are actually as good as good western IT workers... We'll they're your colleges. Indians who are a good enough can generally get out of India of their own accord. Most end up in the UK or Australia as India is part of the Commonwealth of Nations which makes it easier to get a visa. Really good Indians will have worked all around the world.

Comment Re:Steam? (Score 1) 142

No, steam is not a subscription service. You buy each title you want, once, and that's it. If you want the dlc, you pay a separate unlock fee, once, to get it.

This is a monthly payment, and you get access to all the titles and all the dlc for them (however many your hard drive can hold), and you can swap them out and play them as much as you want....until you cancel the subscription; when you lose access to all of them.

It's going to be more like a Pay/Cable TV subscription. With the basic package, you only get access to a limited set of semi-popular games. To get access to the full catalogue, you need to pay for the gold package. Want DLC, you can pay a nominal sum for a DLC package per game.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 272

I do look at the labels (especially since they are bright yellow and required to be plastered on the front of every appliance). Yes, they do influence my purchase decisions.
(BTW, your "in door" ice dispenser takes up a lot more space in the freezer and uses more energy than the traditional ice maker. I think it's an American thing to have ice in every beverage. I prefer water at tap temperature and I don't drink flavored beverages.)

Comment Re:So you want a tax on wind and solar. (Score 1) 478

I thought the point of renewables is that they have very little cost to society. There is no CO2, NOx, heavy metal pollution, mine tailings, etc. There is a small amount of pollution related to the manufacture of solar panels, windmills, etc. but beyond that, there is no ongoing pollution as there is with fossil fuels.
You seem to think that they should pay a tax for retraining workers... perhaps, but that is also a very small amount compared to the amount of energy generated and is covered by existing government programs.
So, what is the rationale for taxing renewables?

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 4, Informative) 187

BBC is very left wing. YOU think they are good, because they slant things the way you like.

No, the BBC is objectively rated as centre right. The problem you have is that you have gone so far to the extreme right, you dont even know what the left is.

In 1951, Winston Churchill won the election as a conservative, however by modern standards he's left of Obama (who isn't left at all).

Now the BBC is a more reliable source of information for several reasons.
1. The BBC checks their facts.
2. When the BBC publishes incorrect facts they issue a correction.
3. The BBC does not rely on cliche's or appeals to fear/emotion.

Now the reason you believe the BBC is biased is because you're not familiar with what real news looks like. Real news is written in a way to present facts, Fox, Breitbart, Daily Mail, et al. are written in a way to present opinions. As you've probably lived all your life hiding and fighting facts that you don't believe in, any source that presents information, especially information in a dispassionate manner would seem very biased to you. This does not make the source biased, rather it makes you an extremist.

Also, when was the last time Fox News issued a correction, they broadcast several "mistakes" per day but never seem to issue a correction.

Comment Re:Google isn't as important as they think they ar (Score 1) 173

Does Google really think that Salon, Infowars and Breitbart readers are getting to those sites via Google? I'm sure some do, but I'll bet most go right to their site of choice.

In our world of ideological teamism - the players have picked their sides and I'm willing to bet that Google had very little to do with their choice.

Those who dont want their views challenged will be going to sites like Breitbart direct as they don't want to risk running into anything that may make them question their preconceptions.

However that is a very small number of people. The masses tend to use search engines and social media.

If anyone can successfully and accurately fight fake news, it is someone like Google. Fake news is best defined as non-fact based articles pretending to be news. Google with their experience in search and data management would be able to build a comparison engine that could compare the content of the article to known facts. Look at the content, not just the source, sure we know that what comes out of Fox News is almost entirely bollocks, so you would weight that news source as being less reliable, but they will still have their broken clock moments.

Looking at the content will also make the more legitimate news sources rely less on cheap cliches and appeals to fear/emotion.

Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 177

Yes, you're right. J1772 is slow but not useless. It's great for overnight charging.
However, this discussion is about SuperChargers which charge at a much higher rate so that you can stop on the road for a relatively short period of time to recharge and get back on the road to continue your trip. J1772 is useless for high rate charging (it's only about 5 or 10% or the rate of a Supercharger).

Comment Re:Global warmists. (Score 1) 68

The earth is going to eliminate this invasive species (homo sapiens sapiens) which is attempting to destroy it. Good self-regulation.
A few tens of million years of a carboniferous period should return things to equilibrium... then it can start over with amphibians and the rest... maybe it will work out better next time.

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