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Comment Re:SJW much? (Score 4, Insightful) 819

I would argue that there is a shortage of programmers

If there is a shortage of programmers, why are salaries for programmers not climbing? If an industry is in a labor shortage, the price of labor should increase as well to attract more workers to the field. This "shortage" is only one created by employers failing to raise wages.

If programmers made on average $1M/yr, you would see the field saturated with new programmers. As far as the "skilled" programmers - that's another discussion entirely,

Comment Re:Autonomous "Driving" needs to be truly driverle (Score 5, Insightful) 247

Expecting a driver to take control in a failure scenario is not a solution.

Why not, that is the design philosophy for airliners made in the past 30 years and their pilots who operate them. Sit and babysit the machine for 99.99% of the time; then jump in ready to go for the 0.01% of the time the situation is beyond the programming of the software. (In which case the software 1) does wrong thing. 2) just shuts-down while displaying a message to the pilots to let them know that, suddenly, THEY are flying the plane.)

The problem with this is that when an airline pilot is forced to take control, they probably have MINUTES before any real issue will arise.

They are asking car drivers to take over when there are possible issues within SECONDS (possibly less).

Comment Re:artificial sweeteners spike insulin (Score 4, Informative) 630

Performing a quick search - Aspartame does NOT induce an insulin response:
From the abstract "The indicated increased clearance rate of plasma Phe after albumin may be caused by the significant increase of insulin, on which aspartame had no effect."

Could you cite your source where Aspartame does induce an insulin response?

Comment Re:Player Piano....... (Score 1) 285

I agree with one exception - there is no way the government will be paying people just for living in the country. That would be a "welfare state" and be deemed evil by too many political elite.

I expect something more along the lines of the movie Elysium (without the space base). A stark separation of the upper class from everyone else.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 387

Subjects with high levels of testosterone behave pretty much like savages animals, I have witnessed such cases.

Are you saying that you are a medical doctor and have analyzed the testosterone levels of this group of males? If not, you are merely making an assumption that these cases are due to high testosterone levels in the males in question.

I do not condone trying to take a woman by force. Until you have actually done the research to back your statements up, I will be left to wonder about other factors (such as bad parenting and poor role models).

Comment Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 778

So enforcing some kind of minimum price floor on wages, and severely punishing those who pay less? Would that do it?

Full enforcement of the minimum wage would allow businesses to properly compete. There would still be issues with employment and wage stagnation.

By increasing the number of workers in a region that are qualified for a given position, the employer will not need to pay as much (at least to the minimum wage floor). It also will increase the unemployment rate in the region if there aren't enough jobs.

IMHO having an environment where business have to compete for workers is far better than having an environment where workers have to compete for employment.

Comment Re:Local testing works? (Score 5, Informative) 778

Are you suggesting that there's a huge amount of US workers just waiting to pick fruit and plant pine trees?

I would say for for a thousand bucks an hour, you'd have people lined up around the bloc to pick fruit and plant pine trees. (1000$/hr is a silly high wage, but it makes a point that higher wages will drive workers to a job)

The problem is that with the glut of ultra-cheap labor, the wages for picking fruit and planting pine trees has not increased enough to drive workers to these jobs. When a business utilizes the ultra-cheap labor, the only way for other businesses to match their competitor's prices is to also utilize the ultra-cheap labor. Businesses following the rules will struggle to get by and possibly close down - being unable to cut costs as much as the businesses that aren't playing by the rules.

Unless the government steps in and severely punishes the use of illegal immigrant labor, the problem will persist.

Comment Re:Open Borders - Bad idea (Score 1) 230

For an urgent crisis, I would propose food aid from other regions which is laced with birth control.

There would be no need for killing. It would severely limit the population in crisis from getting worse and over time. The region will have its population reduced to the point where aid is no longer needed.

With no aid needed, a sustainable population level will have been reached.

Comment Re:Open Borders - Bad idea (Score 1) 230

Opening the borders is absolutely the quick patch to the issue, but the long-term compounding of the issue to the point of catastrophic failure. While "wealth" may not be a zero-sum concept, planetary resources are absolutely zero-sum. It is possible to use these resources more efficiently, but there is a limit.

If a region's population has outstripped it's resources, it is up to that population to reduce it's own population. I do not advocate killing people, but I do advocate population controls.

Limiting the number of children to 2 per person can almost guarantee the population will reduce itself to a sustainable level.
It requires:
1. No new people are allowed in (closing borders)
2. Once a man or woman has had 2 children, they are medically prevented from having any more.
3. No fertility treatments are permitted (prevents attempts at having triplets and more at once)
*If triplets or more are expected, there should be no penalty. I do not advocate forcing someone to terminate a fetus because it would put them over the limit.

While I believe in the above statements, in my country it would never come to pass because a person's individual freedom outstrips long-term planning. (there is also a large number of people that would argue that it violates their religious freedom)

Comment What if... (Score 1) 427

If the watch could:
-directly enhance my physical health - not just a health monitor
-fully replace my phone+wallet+keys - tethering to another device is not acceptable

should be capable of recharging in a matter of seconds, not minutes/hours
should be durable so the device does not fail after a bump into a table corner

As it stands today, *smart* watches are only a gimmick that will struggle to gain any traction. Smart watches will most likely never be able to compete vs smart phones. The physical dimensions required for the watch vs the phone will work to the phone's advantage every time.

Comment Re:Ummm, probably not (Score 1) 142

My apologies for showing my ignorance. I watched some videos from a few days before the Slashdot story was posted - they were in a different language than English. I did not know how much analysis had been done (or how long they had been considering the evidence). I only stated possibilities that seem to have already been disproved. I'm glad you are here for all of us "internet detectives". I don't know what we would do without you doing your own internet detective work.

Comment Re:Ummm, probably not (Score 1) 142

The timing of the object falling past him is not long after the chute fully deploys. I could easily see the object being popped of of the top of his chute and then falling past him.

Another possible explanation is that the object fell from either the plane or another skydiver (as he was first out of the plane). I would deem this unlikely, but far more likely than a meteorite.

Submission + - Swarms of small satellites set to deliver close to real-time imagery of Earth ( 1

ananyo writes: A swarm of small satellites set to deliver close to real-time imagery of swathes of the planet is launching today. San Francisco-based Planet Labs, founded in 2010 by three former NASA scientists, is scheduled to launch 28 of its ‘Doves’ on 9 January. Each toaster-sized device weighs about 5 kilograms and can take images at a resolution of 3–5 metres.
Meanwhile Skybox Imaging plans to launch a swarm of 24 satellites, each weighing about 100 kilograms, which will take images of 1 metre resolution or better. Skybox launched its first satellite on 21 November (and captured the first HD video of the world from space) and plans to launch another this year, followed by the remainder between 2015 and 2017. In a first — at least for civilian satellites — Skybox’s devices will also stream short segments of near-live high-resolution video footage of the planet. So, too, will UrtheCast, a start-up based in Vancouver, Canada, whose cameras will hitch a ride on the International Space Station.
Because the swarms are still to be launched, scientists have yet to fully assess the quality of the imagery. But the satellites’ spatial resolutions of 1–5 metres are much higher than those of most scientific satellites. Landsat, NASA’s Earth-observation workhorse, for example, has a resolution of 15–100 metres depending on the spectral frequency, with 30 metres in the visible-light range.

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