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Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 316

And if a clerk refuses to recognize straight marriage? Refuses to recognize interracial marriage? Refuses to recognize marriage of anyone not done in a church of the proper denomination? If someone's beliefs get in the way of doing their job then they need a new job. A vegan shouldn't work in a butcher shop.

They don't have to recognize gay marriage, the job does not require that. The job only requires that they process the paperwork. Of all the sins listed in all the religious texts, they pick this one to get all uppity about.

Comment Models and simulations (Score 1) 269

I've long wondered why models and simulations aren't used a lot more in economic and political matters. They're used everywhere in physics and engineering, even when there are many unknowns (look at the Lorenz equation of climate models and how much it's improved since then). So why aren't modelisations with positive outcomes OBLIGATORY before voting some new laws that nobody really knows if it'll improve things or not ? Models may not be perfect but they provide a starting point and WILL be improved.

Comment Not hereditary, but can be (Score 1) 88

The Sichuan University trial, it is important to note, does not edit the germ-line; its effects will not be hereditary.

This test run may not be, but this technique can not only be applied to germ-line cells, but also made 'super-hereditary'. When you change germ-line cells, they are transmitted only in half the cases, no matter if dominant or recessive. But they found a technique to have the modifications transmitted every time ! I don't remember the name of that technique though.

Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1, Informative) 316

Trump didn't send anyone over to push those rights when they were hashing out the Republican party platform this week. So the platform is even more anti-LGBT than last convention despite their "leader" supposedly being pro LGBT. So either Trump is somewhat apathetic about the whole thing or more likely he's just clueless about how political parties operate and didn't know it was part of his responsibility. Which makes me wonder how he'd actually run a country if he's messing up the simple stuff.

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 227

It's easy to get cheap labor. What's hard is getting good labor. If you've got an important project then it helps to have good people on it instead of going about it half assed with the cheapest bodies you can get. Though if it's just rote IT grunt work web application touch up then go for it. But if you need quality work done you need quality workers.

Comment Re:as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 227

I do see lots of older contract workers in Silicon Valley. Often it's just their choice, they can get more money that way (especially if a spouse has a family health insurance plan), it's flexible, etc. It's probably easier to get hired that way, and I've never seen a contractor being formally interviewed, sometimes you don't even see them ever walk in the door or talk with the project members. I wouldn't do it myself, I can barely keep track of my finances as it is much less have to deal with the extra burden of being my own HR and I like having weekends free.

Comment Re: A brief history of Slashdot tr0lling (Score 1) 304

Oh, thanks, I totally forgot about the Slashdot bitchslap.

And I'm not claiming the tr0lls weren't clever and occasionally hysterical. I'm just saying that the continual repost of "BSD is dying, Netcraft confirms it" on every single story had long degenerated from trolling to nothing more than protoplasmic copypasta spam, right down there in the sewage with the casino links. (And yes, there were many funny on-topic variants of the BSD meme that brightened up lots of different comment threads.)

Comment Re:You have more freedom than you think (Score 1) 427

The thing with healthcare is that some level of care gets provided whether the patient can pay or not. So that raises costs overall. Also not getting healthcare makes other people less healthy. Opting out of the system screws it up for everone else. A reform was needed, we got one though it had flaws, and yet people complain about being required to pay for insurance. But America is still in a individualist oriented mindset, as in it's all about me and everyone else can go screw themselves.

Yes the two party system is screwed up. But it wasn't designed to be that way, it just happened due to the nature of the rules set up and the environment it takes place in. Winner takes all, lack of communication, complexity of understanding the issues, etc. So where other countries might have a coalition that takes place after a general election, we have coalitions that are formed during the primary elections which naturally end up being dominated by extremists and true believers in their party and not by moderate voices.

And Trump doesn't really run businesses, he mostly invests in them, lends his name, etc. How the country will be run if he's president is a complete unknown at the moment because it all will depend upon who he gets in the cabinet, the people who might actually know how to run things (if we're lucky). With Hillary everyone has a pretty good idea of what names might be in the cabinet and actually deciding policy, and we know if we like or dislike them, but with Trump everything is a huge unknown (huuuuuge).

Comment Re:They still have almost 500 million farmers (Score 1) 129

They're in the equivalent of the industrial revolution, using lots and lots of unskilled labor migrating off of farms into cities to do menial and dangerous jobs. The robots will replace some of them but not all of them. We're also in an era very different from the industrial revolution where lots of manufacturing can not be done by humans as the parts are too small to work with and the tolerances too demanding.

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