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Comment Re: It'll get better, maybe someday (Score 1) 450

They are the reason why a 30k salary in the US can buy clothes and food. Cut down trade with cheap labor and many Americans become poor instantly.

Ahahaha! Oh, I loved your joke! Oh? You were being serious? Oh... oh my, so how do we get out of this mess? So our measured rate of inflation is also based on cheap products being sold to us from overseas too? Wait. Oh dear.

Comment Re:It'll get better, maybe someday (Score 1) 450

This is a direct result of the extreme overpaid status of the American tech workforce. The constant whining for President Trump to protect their jobs while market forces tear them down is solid proof that these jobs need to be adjusted well downward. Obviously the fact that companies are scrambling to send this work for others to do at a fraction of the US price should be the only clue you need that the market is unbalanced. At some point the quality of Indian engineers will improve to the point where even protectionist policies cannot save the jobs. Honestly, most people who have already had to deal with this in their business/line of work are sick of the whining. It's simply the way things are these days and a lot of it can be directly traced back to changes that were brought about by the tech industry. Good for the goose, good for the gander in my book.

You can certainly try to make that argument except as the article points out these folks might be well under qualified for these jobs. I'm certainly not vouching for protectionism at all. I'm simply saying speed and quality is sacrificed for the sake of cost. Depending on the industry that can matter a lot, or not at all. I'm "whining" because on one hand execs are buying into these sales pitches, doing everything they can to save money and then completely confounded why their efficiency, time to market, customer service, and innovation all suffer. You just can't have your cake and eat it too. Look at IBM, they've turned outsourcing into an art form and make it work (or at least so it appears, publicly). They are not however known for being cheap. I'd expect they're not scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent but who knows. The whole globalization and protectionism stuff you're bringing in here, while you might be oversimplifying things a tad, is a bit off topic.

Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 1) 288

Of course, after rereading the /. summary and title again, I can see how people might misinterpret the findings of this study, since the linked article is much more careful not to jump to grand conclusions, and explicitly mentions that they don't believe the psychedelic experience to necessarily be a "better" state of consciousness. But expecting anyone to actually RTFA instead of basing their opinions on the /. title is silly, I guess.

Try hard the researchers might, they can't stop news outlets and readers from hyping up their research. Words like "new higher state consciousness found" are just so gilded with gold and wonderfully misinterpreted. How could ANYONE resist?

Comment It'll get better, maybe someday (Score 3, Insightful) 450

Pretty sure my parent company still outsources to all of them. I hate making large broad statements, but I've never yet met one I was impressed by. Seems to whole business model for outsourcing revolves around everything being so cheap you can rebuild it 5x and still come out ahead on direct project costs. As for impacting the business with garbage software, that doesn't cost anything, right?

Comment Re:Nah (Score 1) 104

Maybe it's because I'm turning 50 this year, but I simply don't believe it.

At a certain point I suspect "fantastic claim" fatigue has to set in, where you've heard so many promising concepts but watched the huge majority founder on realities of cost, industrial scaling, or unforseen complications.

The fact that they say it might make it to the market in ten years means it's barely more than a tenuous idea right now, and frankly probably not even worth reporting on. The hyperbolic claims by the inventor make it even less credible, while the nonsensical reporting (implying that such devices would actually run only in light) is idiotic.

Came here to post exactly this, I don't even have anything to add. Well done!

Comment Re: Life? (Score 1) 59

What it could do is make creationism require even more mental contortions. It's hard to explain why a god who creates each species separately fully-developed would create microbes for Europa or Enceladus.

Creationism is a house of cards held together by masking tape. Even the last few Catholic popes have been getting more stern about denouncing it. Honestly, if they want to so BADLY believe the universe was created in 7 days they should just say it was created in 7 days but made to look as if it was much older to trick us. We've all been duped, you see! At least it would solve their mental contortions problem.

Comment Re:Will Twitter drop the "consumer secret"? (Score 1) 143

This is some years ago, maybe things have changed but I think the data coming back from the API is what confused our users most. Since it wasn't the full fire-hose, the API results were often inconsistent. Sometimes tweets you'd expect to be there wouldn't show, sometimes there seemed to be whole swaths of data missing from more recent days, sometimes it was date ranges, or sometimes it was baffling random. We dabbled with Gnip but unfortunately the pricing was way out of our range. Gnip seemed to be more aimed at large companies with deep pockets. Instead it just came a little used feature of our product that got more or less ignored. I don't think the Twitter API product was terrible, it just fell short of our users expectations and we couldn't explain our way out of it.

Comment Re:I still don't 'get' realistic war simulations. (Score 1) 174

Link or not, I do think videogames are still too one-dimensional in dealing out death. Also I really don't get why male teenie fantasies have to evolve around the closest approximation to real war we can produce. Battlefield 1 was the pinnacle: Celebrating the massakre that WW1 war as something enjoyable left an awkward taste behind. Yes, the GFX were aweseome and I'm sure the leveldesign and the gameplay were top notch. ... But why again do we have to simulate and fetishize real war as close as possible?

I read an article about a scandinavian dad who had exact same discussion with his teenage boys. He made an agreement with them: They would travel to israel and talk with israeli and hamas veterans and visit the places where they hang out and tell their stories. After that, the boys could play whatever they chose to. ... Smart dad. I don't know how that turned out though.

I do get Unreal Tournament CTF, Tribes CTF, Xonotic CTF and Quake 3 Arena CTF. Bouncing around through space with teleporters, strange gaming levels and respawning instantly once your fragged and shooting bizar weapons that don't exist in the real world is all-out fun. And the direkt link to violence I don't see in both cases. ... I do get stress and anxiety issues when playing these games for an extended period of time though.

Very noble argument of you however I'm shocked at your blindness to our basic human nature. We are a violent species. It's hard to undo millions (or billions, depending on how you want to look at it) of years of evolution. No matter how much nurturing we do to overcome our nature, it comes as prepackaged as a built-in feature. We all have our genetic variations, and certainly some people are more violent than others. Regardless, it's better to be aware, accept, and control it than to deny its existence.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 805

As a resident of the east bay, earning 100k and being able to own a house can be a problem so I sympathize with them.

But if your making 200k+ then you're just being jealous.

I wouldn't, he makes 60% more than you. At 100K, I can sort of understand your plight with such high housing costs. At 160K and more? Nope. Yes, I'm sorry the multiple lattes a day, subscription to blue apron, freshly pressed juices, student loans, the loan on their Audi A3, and all the other daily and monthly expenses are difficult to balance with their 160K+ salaries. 1st world problems. Those salaries are no where near what the average US Joe&Jane make, likewise I doubt their lifestyles are anything like what an average Joe&Jane is.

Comment Re:This is a surprise? (Score 1) 483

If you paid for an undergrad degree at a research institution, and didn't understand that you should have been working in some famous professor's lab to actually get your education, you're going to be pretty upset when you get out.

And didn't understand... because someone should have taught you that when you were 14, so this basically blames the schools for not properly educating kids about the ways of the world. Fair enough.

I'd suggest it goes a little further though. The left has a bias or belief that problems are the fault of society, whereas the right tends to bias to the belief that problems are the fault of the individual. Now, the problem is that, the left tends to be more associated with education (because if society and its institutions are the problem, then those are the institutions which need to be improved, and education needs to be improved). So the left is more idealistic about the role of education. See it is implicit. But what you're saying is, from more of a right wing point of view, hey nobody should be an idiot, or ignorant, to the fact that the world is competitive and selfish place, and that individuals have to learn to handle this, mostly via self control and character building and smarts (so don't come crying when you become a victim).

And that, I think, is fair enough, as there is no real difference between the "individual" and "society", as ideological categories, because we are always both, we are all individuals and we all live in society and are part of social institutions. Individuals have agency. Groups have communion. And we always act and function in both. So the problems are often found in both places. (A way forward for politics is to become both left and right wing).

So I would just add that, I agree in the sense that, our society needs to spend more time acclimatising kids to "how the world works", as by nature, humans are both competitive and cooperative. And we need to be educated to understand when and where each one is the dominant driver. So I do agree, it is right to tell people that they need to wise up about American universities. But I wouldn't blame kids for not knowing that already, if they haven't been taught.

Sure sounds like someone advocating the smart middle instead of ideological lefts and rights. Yay!

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

That can not and will not ever happen because they are fundamentally opposed entities. The Libertarian party's core tenet is fuck you, I'm eating, and the Green party's core tenet is wait, I live here. Ne'er the twain shall meet. If we had a less-insane Libertarian party which cared about the environment, then you wouldn't need a Green party.

Wow, you have quite the narrow view of people don't you? I guess in your world people are just cookies that fit predefined shapes. Yes, all green party people are the same. All libertarians are the same. People are groups they're not individuals, that's an insane idea! Most libertarians I know (not the ones the media likes to snap up) do in fact care about the environment. It falls within their core tenet because they care about protecting the rights, liberties, and livelihoods of all individuals... hey, that includes the environment too because I don't want you to poo in my backyard or the air I breathe. The big difference between libertarians and green party is *how* they do it. That's where the chasm lies.

Comment Re:More condoms less climate change (Score 4, Insightful) 180

There is overwhelming evidence that Climate Change is real. The problem isn't the evidence, but your refusal (for whatever reason) to accept it. It's the exact same attitude as anti-vaxxers or anti-evolution people. The evidence is overwhelming, yet instead of accepting that the evidence exists and adjusting their opinions accordingly, they double-down on their pre-conceived notions because of some kind of emotional investment in what they believe.

However, I agree with your main point. People need to stop fucking like rabbits. I see religion as being a serious factor in this, because most religions *insist* that people fuck like rabbits for "the greater glory of god" or some bullshit. The Catholic Church, for example, consider contraceptives to be Bad(tm).

We're eating this planet alive with our collective greed and self-obsession, and nobody seems to care. I hate to say it, but we *need* another world war to thin down the numbers.

We hand out condoms for free in many places in Africa affected by AIDS and most people refuse to use them and it has nothing to do with their religion. They have every incentive to avoid unprotected sex and stop producing children. Yet, they still do. Sure, while it's easy and mentally satisfying to simplify the problem and blame religion. The reality of the situation is far, far, far more complex. You have to dig into the fundamentals of human nature and begin to unravel the hundreds of reasons why groups of people make bad decisions. Cultural, psychological, economical, biological, etc. There are 1000's of factors and yes, religion is certainly mixed into that soup of reasons. Being greedy and self obsessive is definitely part of our programming, it's not easy to override our basic instincts.

Comment Re:More condoms less climate change (Score 3, Insightful) 180

What about the fact that species die out all the time? Like before we were here? Actually, some of them dying out are the reason we are here now! It happens. It will happen to us. It will suck when it is our turn, but it will still happen.

Sure, of course. But I think you're making a very large oversight by ignoring to recognize the rate of change over time. That's like saying there's no difference between a vehicle that accelerates from 0-100km/hr in 30 seconds from vehicle car that can do it in 2 seconds. Big difference. Rate of change matters. When you're trying to figure out where you are now and then calculating how far we're going to be in the future after a fixed period of time you're going to get very different results based on that figure. Then we can talk about scale, it's easier to affect the rate of change on something small like a 2-passenger car (or your backyard's ecosystem) than it is to affect the rate of change on a seafaring super tanker (or a continent's ecosystem). It's critical to keep everything in the proper perspective. If you don't, you're going to draw fundamentally flawed conclusions.

Comment Re:Next in the News.. (Score 1) 187

I guess if you don't know that science is NOT THE SAME as "millennial proverbs" in a general sense, you might not be cut out for either? Hey, new proverb! Except I'm old.

Stop being so dumb, it's making your generation look bad.

I'm guessing he probably meant proverbs that have spanned millennia. Not proverbs created by a single generation. Hopefully most people are smart enough to realize your brash jump to conclusion doesn't accurately represent your "generation" like you just projected. Never stops surprising me people really think these "generations" live inside defined boundaries of us vs. them. Oh, how hard it is for us to shed that tribal mentality that's coded into us from birth,

Comment Other Major Email Providers (Score 1) 194

I'd be willing to bet they were paid for their services. If so, that would be only reason other major email providers haven't done this yet. They're haven't been as desperate for revenue like Yahoo. It's very likely there will come a time when they will be. That's one of those facets of this problem not getting enough attention. Everyone's much more "trustworthy" when they're stable financially, even corporations. Can you still continue to trust them with your valuable personal data when their luck begins to run out?

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