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Comment Re:Lack of talent my ass!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 318

IF there is a lack of talent, why is that? Could it be because wages are too low to attract people into that field? So the cure is to raise wages, not to lower them even further by bringing in more foreign workers. Republicans and neo-liberal Democrats pretend to believe in the free market... in everything except labor. A free market in labor means that salaries rise until the needed workers are attracted.

Comment Re: Not pristine? Baloney! (Score 1, Insightful) 147

"Rainforests not untouched" and "pristine rainforest is new" are not the same thing at all. When we say the rainforest is pristine, that is really a statement about the biology being in its native state, as it was for millions of years. There is no reason to think that the rainforest scanned by drones is biologically different from that long-term rainforest biology due to these small, short term clearings.

The reason it matters is that development interests would like to devalue the rainforest in public perception so they can justify cutting it down for profit.

Comment Not pristine? Baloney! (Score 5, Insightful) 147

The article states that " the 'pristine' rainforest celebrated by ecologists is actually relatively new." The discovery shows nothing of the sort. This must have been funded by an oil company. Only a tiny fraction of the rainforest was cut and for only a relatively short time. As soon as the use of the sites stopped,the surrounding pristine rainforest reclaimed the sites. This was not a distrubance of biological significance.

Comment Not what he said. (Score 5, Insightful) 594

RTFA! Musk said that it as "morally outrageous" for someone to sign on as a Tesla employee, not because they wanted the job but because they wanted to be in a position to influence a unionization vote. Musk did not say or imply that unionization was morally outrageous. But that was obvious so the false title was intentional.

Comment FBI to FOIA requesters: "Who wants to know?" (Score 4, Interesting) 245

The FBI is asking for irrelevant information. It does not matter who wants to know. What matters is that the operations of government are transparent to everyone. I want to ask the FBI the question they always ask when they are seeking information from people who are suspicious of their motives. "What is your problem with answering our questions... unless you have something to hide?" (This line should be delivered with an arrogant leer)

Comment Re: AI does what AI is programmed to do (Score 2) 169

No, that's the problem. AI does not do what it is programmed by people to do. Because it is self programming. And we don't know what it is programmed to do unless it tells us.

Your premise is like saying, children do what their parents tell them to. No, they grow up and change their behavior iteratively.

Comment Real Stuff (Score 0) 189

If SUSE is the real stuff, why are more real people running Ubuntu? Linux binaries running in Windows does not help me because I don't run Windows. But for those who must use Windows, the ability to have access to all Linux programs is a good idea.

As to Windows binaries running in Linux, why assume it's up to Linux folks to make that happen? As Linux takes more market share, on servers and on the desktop, all software vendors will want to be where the action is. And THAT is the real stuff.

Comment In the beginning.... (Score 4, Funny) 224

In the beginning, God created Debian. And He saw that it was good. But even good can be improved upon, so God created a help mate for Debian and He named that creature Ubuntu. And Ubuntu was fertile and multiplied and brought forth upon the Earth every distribution that crawled upon the land and swam in the sea below and flew in the air above. And God saw that it was good. Because people like to have choices and Linux is for people... and not just for corporations.

Comment automata (Score 2) 73

Interesting to compare this to Micron's Automata processor, which is using standard DRAM for computations, taking advantage of massive parallelism for specialized tasks involving unstructured data. But this application is for a specialized RAM which probably has less general use.

Comment Re:And the operating system is..... (Score 1) 229

You are correct that Amazon has the capability to control FireOS since it is a fork under the GPL. But they won't do it. Amazon will never add any substantial content to FireOS because they would have to provide the source code to the public (and back to Google). Amazon is not interested in operating systems. They will accept what Google gives them. That's fine but it's not what the author of the article was implying. In fact, the author does not seem to know what an operating system is.

Asking simple questions is one of the context specific tasks I was talking about. But that's a pretty shallow use. Just try to drill down and ask a more specific question in response to the first answer. Alexa: "The next full moon is on Tuesday." "Will that be another super moon?" "Will it be cloudy then?" "What is the exact time of fullness?" Alexa will have no idea.

If people you have given computing equipment to are getting good use from it, I'm glad. I'm not saying Alexa or voice operations are useless. But this does not suggest that Amazon has conquered the world. And that is the fallacious premise of the article.

Comment And the operating system is..... (Score 2) 229

Clearly written by someone with a background in marketing, not programming or hardware. Amazon is NOT an operating system, despite what the salesman says. Echo uses FireOS which is a fork of Android. So the operating system that us running voice in the home is controlled by Google,not Amazon. And these folks have still not learned that, with the exception of context specific tasks (like switching room lights on and off) an interface that requires the user to self-generate commands is less useful to the general public than a point and click visual system. This is why most people use a mouse or trackpad rather than the command line.

Comment Independent contractor? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

One more piece of evidence (if more were needed) to show that the "independent contractor" fantasy is phony. Uber wants to call it's drivers contractors so they don't have to pay minimum wage or offer benefits. But if drivers really were contractors, it would be none of Uber's business if flirtation or consensual sex were on the menu of services offered.

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