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Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 262

I don't quite get the point of the article.
US bonds are a low return but safe investment. Most companies do some bonds on their portfolios just to make sure their money is diverse.
Currently bond returns are under standard inflation so the government is getting money for cheap.
Now the real question is if the government is taking advantage of this cheap money and using it to fix things that can have a greater return then what the bond price is.

Comment Re:You know what? (Score 1) 574

It isn't going to work.
People will keep denying even if they are swimming off the torch from the statue of liberty. Once you get into conspiracy logic, nothing is going to change their minds.

While I am a fan of free speech. These people need to get their soap boxes removed, as they are just confusing the issue. Plus the fact that Trump won in spite of the poll numbers, causes the people on the edge to slip into conspiracy reasoning, and not trust the data.

What I think we needed is some trusted method to broadcast the validity of a statements people makes over our media. To let people know what the BS Meter is.

Comment Re:Hey Slashdot: (Score 2) 131

When you trade money for news, you tend to get the news that makes the most money. It's human nature, unless controlled by regulation. Just as corporations, utilities, colleges, all mostly get financially out of hand unless regulated, because people are mostly naturally greedy. There's scant sense of fairness, and gross excess of "take the market for all it can bear."

Look, news is all mostly biased anyway. Biased by what they cover and what they choose not to cover; by the editor's influence; by the publisher's influence; by the advertiser's influence; by the stockholder's influence; by ridiculous "equal time for superstitious nonsense" policies (because the news consumers are bewildered, so in order to get their money, they are pandered to), etc. I'm just not going to actually pay for more bias.

It's a complete waste of time to put a paywalled link in front of me. Not going to click it if I know what it is; not going to stay if I am snookered into clicking.

For news, here's what I want: facts and relevance to actual news. Not the Kardumbians, not some actor's opinion, not breathless reporting of some lab result as if it was tech coming down next Friday, Politics, cover the candidates and what they say. Even handedly. Don't leave some out (Sanders, cough) don't over-cover some (Trump, cough), don't report bland, content free remarks as if they were incoming legal doom (Clinton, cough)... you get the idea.

Simple enough, you'd think. Just do a good job. But they don't. Okay then, fine. But expecting me to pay for that crap? Not happening. They oughta pay me for having to fact check every goddam thing they write and speak about.

Comment Re:Experts? (Score 2) 83

But it is a big company changing something that we took for granted in the 1990's. There has to be a motive behind it that is meant to screw with us.

Granted I remember back in the good old days of the 1990's where printers were setup with a static outside address. And when there was that LPR buffer overflow hack there were hundreds of wasted pages from people trying to hack the printer in hope it was an old unix server with the LPR flaw in it.

Comment Re:and tomorrow (Score 1) 256

The problem is some radical views are helpful to society. They are often considered radical because it is demanding a change to a problem that is failed to be recognized. However with "Fake News" we are getting people radicalized over issues that do not exist.
Like that nut who recently shot up the sandwich shop, because fake news made it seem like they were doing human trafficking from those Evil Democrats.
Other than blind censoring where the radicalized people just discuss off the grid, and build up their anger from not feeling the ability to speak their believes. I would like to find some way to flag truthfulness of stories. So we can get a good idea on the nature of the story.
Opinions-Unvalidated: some guys rant of the day without any valid facts to back it up.
Opinions-Validated: some guys rant with with valid facts to back it up
Opinions-Untrue: some guys rants with facts shown false
Parodies: Meant as a joke or exaggeration of an event for entertainment purposes.
News - Unvalidated: News from facts that cannot be validated
News - Breaking: News with facts that are incomplete and open to change
News - Validated: News with validated facts
News - Untrue: News with facts shown false

If we can fairly classify such articles where people can trust them. And properly educate people to realize the difference.

The article about the sandwich shop seems like a parody to me, trying to pinpoint the perception of Clinton's untrustworthy nature.

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

Probably not. However there is a problem that wealth in states isn't equally distributed per individual and per area. So while some States may have sufficient funding from its own tax income for such programs, other states do not. I would much rather see a lot of our federal taxes go to money to the states without strings attached. So yes the New York City citizen may be funding services for Arkansas for a service they may not agree with. It puts what is done and not done back to the states, where the individual citizen has more political power to control and say that I do or don't want that.

Every State has a different culture and needs. When the federal government Right leaning or Left leaning, push out these initiatives undoubtedly some states are going to be getting the short end of the stick because such policy doesn't match that state's culture and priorities.

Cities to operate need a large infrastructure to operate so government support is needed to keep all the gears rolling. Rural areas need less minute infrastructure but their sparsity requires them to try to solve the last mile problem. Where they find that it may be easier for them to do it themselves.

The problem with today's politics on the federal level is they all talk about the idea that all states are equal and need the same things to operate. But things are different.

Here is a simple example.
To survive in the Northern US you will need heating. If you don't have heating during a harsh winter you could die. In the southern portions of the US Heating is something you can for the most part go without for your home. You may have a few cold days where you can bundle up, but home heating is a luxury item. However in that region AC is far more important, while up North it is a luxury item.

Comment News flash: Average income is deceiving (Score 0, Flamebait) 158

The average income of 10th through 70th percentile - in other words, most citizens - is $32,245 / year (source, EPI Data Library - Wages by percentile.csv, 2015 [latest] row).

Over 40 million (out of 319 million, or about 12%) of US citizens are going hungry (feedingamerica.org).

The social safety net isn't safe, nor particularly social.

I'm sure we can expect relief from the Trump administration (cough... choke.)

But hey, let's worry about tech interns. My blinders need a workout anyway.

Comment Hey Slashdot: (Score 3, Insightful) 131

Slashdot Editors / owners / etc.:

o Please stop supporting paywalled sites.
o Please stop supporting sites with closed comment sections.

These things are bad for the web and the web's denizens -- of course not for the ethically crippled sites themselves, as we are their product, and both payment up and dissent down are multipliers to their bread and butter.

The paywalled sites are monetizing the news, and that almost always makes for biased reporting.

The closed comment sections make for echo chambers, and that creates an environment where fake news and agitprop flourish.

Same thing to my fellow slashdotters: if you support bad actors in bad behaviors, they will naturally persist. So think about that before you click through the next time someone thrusts a paywalled or comment-bereft site in your face.

Thanks for reading.

Comment Not quite dead yet (Score 1) 381

It means that we are now far more removed from access to the metal to even do a lot of the optimizations that we've done in the past.

Well... no, it means that you are, perhaps. Some of us still write in c or c++, and keep our attention on the details. You can tell you've run into one of us when the many-functioned app you get is a couple megabytes instead of 50, runs faster than the fat ones, and doesn't suffer from black-box bugs inherited from OPC.

I always thought that the user's CPU cycles and memory were things a developer was obligated to treat as the user's valued resource, and so not things to waste.

I know, totally out of date thinking. It's ok, I'm old, I'll die soon. :)

Comment machine code ate my neurons (Score 1) 381

But can you program in Z80 and 6502 machine code?

Yes. But more importantly, I can program in 6809 machine code. Including building all the index modes. Which, back in the day, is one of the things that saved me from having to design in, and then program, CPUs like the 6502 and z80, both of which are seriously anemic by comparison. But I prefer to program in assembler. Because I'm sane.

My affection for the 6809 ran so deep that I wrote the 6809 emulator you'll find here, which required me to implement the entire instruction set from the ground up.

But yeah, I can write machine code for about 10 microprocessors. And you know what? In the day... that was useful. I could read (E)(P)ROM dumps, I could cold-patch... but today, I just wish I could get the brain cells back. :)

Comment Re: You Can't Do The Time (Score 2) 133

It would depend on how well the prison is ran.
Often the jails are just filled with drug offenders. Not the harden criminals. For a nerd it would be like being at high school again.

However many IT Guys are just as big and tough as any other person who goes into prison. This is 2016 not the 1980's Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 2) 121

Well it was done on the guys personal time. It may had made sense to not to try to get too greedy. If he needed to hire an outside contractor to do the work, over $100.00 is not unreasonable. However most companies who have to do the random residential fix, usually tries to cut them some slack and do the work at cost, as to not garner bad reviews.

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