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Comment Re:As opposed to Amazon Prime? (Score 1) 81

I have a rather different view, as the change happened soon after the Fire phone debacle, Bezos's pet project. Seemed like the bigger investors were getting nervous about him, and moved him to a more honorary position.

In any case, the only long-term contracts I've ever seen for any AWS product is the long-term discounts for servers. Everything else seems to be hourly (or by the millisecond for Lambda, but I've yet to find a use for that). Pretty much the opposite of Oracle.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 434

Sorry, but if you claim that you're a college trained IT professional, I DO expect you to be able to write code on a sheet of paper that will compile.

"College trained IT professional" means "help desk guy". If you mean "developer", say that. Certainly there are a lot of developers that got ripped of by their college. OTOH, I don't expect the help desk guy to write code that compiles.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 434

Look at the actual study. The headline is BS. The study is about college students. If you think that the data is inaccurate, you haven't spent much time doing intern interviews or screening fresh college hires. 5% being able to write acceptable code sounds about write to me, as does "about half" being unable to even write code that compiles.

There are always people who defend this with "college isn't a vocation program". Well, fuck that. If you spend $100k (or your regional equivalent) on a programming-related degree, and you're not capable of coding when you graduate, you got took.

Comment Re:I have a dream (Score 2) 434

I don't know why it has to be branded as racist and India is an irrelevance to the point. The fact is, when companies scrape the bottom of the barrel for least cost this is what they get.

While this may well be true, the headline has nothing to do with TFA. TFA (I know, I know) is about engineering students not workers employed in the field. Of course, if you go with the cheapest source of outsourcing, you get the company that hires from that unfit 95%.

Comment Re:Not really a Good Result (Score 1) 174

You're making the same erroneous assumption as the GP, that you can predict the utility of as-yet-undiscovered science.

Flawed argument. If you can't predict it will be valuable, don't fund it all at. Burden of proof is on the person asking for money that there will be some ROI.

But then, I think you can make some predictions based on the trends from the past 100 years.

Not if the product requires LHC-like energies to create, but there's no reason to believe that's necessarily the case.

The farther away you have to go from the conditions we face in order to find unanswered questions, the less useful those answers are likely to be.

Comment Re:Not really a Good Result (Score 1) 174

Particle physics is becoming more distant from daily life as time passes. Not to say there haven't been some cool knock-off technologies from the work to create the LHC in the first place, but it's increasingly unlikely as energies increase that we'll discover something productizable.

There are other reasons to fund science, of course, but the LHC wasn't exactly cheap. I think the best hope for a higher-energy collider in the future is if the cost of building it decreases due to automation/robotics. And that doesn't seem so far-fetched in the decades to come.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

I can use all the basic controls in my car without looking. Radio volume, source select, change channels/songs, climate (though they made that needlessly hard). Phone UIs suck, and doubly so in a bouncy car, unless you have voice recognition.

I don't care what someone does with their phone while driving, as long as they don't have to look at it. But that's not what happens - people read social media while driving, FFS.

Comment Re:Star Wars (Score 1) 1219

You realize that the set dressing is really the only fundamental difference between most forms of genre fiction?

LOTR defined fantasy for generations because of its incredible world building - the actual plot was awkward and poorly told. Star Wars defined SF for a generation at least for the same reason. People seem to think that because there was an adventure, it somehow wasn't SF. Sure, it wasn't even close to the "hard-SF" sub-genre, but so what?

Comment Re: Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 1) 1219

Many of us who are SF enthusiasts consider Star Wars barely SF at all.

Many pretentious hipster douchbags in every field consider anything that gained mainstream popularity barely in the field at all.

Star Wars was not Transformers, it wasn't just explosions and meaningless action for 2 hours. There's more to science fiction than the narrow sub-genre of "hard SF", where everything must have a legit scientific explanation. Sure, Star Wars was a bit schlocky as fit its theme of the old serials, but it also did amazing world-building. It presented the idea, somewhat novel to SF, than maybe all this technology wouldn't change anything important about society.

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