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Comment No you cannot (Score 1) 356

You can choose to use or not use Facebook.

Wrong.

You can choose not to use the Facebook UI or to register with them. But you have no easy way for them not to know who you are as an entity, and what you do. You know how there is a Facebook "Like" button on every page? Yeah.

That is doubly true of Google... or anyone that runs a large ad network.

Comment How can they not know? (Score 2) 356

How does Facebook and Google see that I binge-play Elder Scrolls Online an entire night?

Because they see your "signal" go dark for the night and you talk about it on some service later that Google can see (i.e. they know now). Or maybe the company that runs Elder Scrolls just told them since there is nothing stoping THEM from selling your info.

Meanwhile if you had played over a VPN your ISP would know nothing. They are literally the only service it's actually possible to keep in the dark, yet you want to make a fuss about what they can see.

Comment You can, who does? (Score 1) 356

You can throw up speedbumps to what they can see, and limit the sharing quite a bit.

Do you?

I know how to do that - but I do not.

Do you think even 1% of non technical people do anything like that?

For 99.9% of ISP users it doesn't matter if technically they COULD POSSIBLY limit tracking of someone like Facebook or Google to be more limited than your ISP - in practice there is no difference.

Because they tried price discrimination once, and it blew up on them badly.

Ha Ha they offer dynamic pricing all the time, even now. Some "blow up".

I see this all-or-nothing bullshit all the time.

Now THAT is some grade A dripping wet irony.

Comment Women even better off in industry (Score 1) 254

I calll bullshit. There's a HUGE difference between positions in education and in industry and commerce.

Outside of the educational community, the desire for companies to hire ANY technical women is massive. You can for sure gat an interview at any tech company if you are a woman. You will be 99% sure to be made an offer if you are at all competent (and sometimes even if not, the power of quotas).

I have a friend with a daughter who is a CS major, and she was offered extremely well paid internships with a large signing bonus at every single company she applied for (ten or so I believe). She is pretty skilled but currently only in Python.

I say that not to say it is negative but just to speak the truth about how things are, because so many seem to think it hard for women to find tech jobs once they acquire skills and they are scaring away young women from a gold mine with a very rich vein.

To be frank it's not hard for any competent male to find tech work either, but loads of large companies have diversity quotas and they are absolutely desperate to fill them which gives women a huge advantage...

Note that his ease of hiring is utterly separate from the conditions they may find once working there. Outside of Silicon Valley women are usually treated well and as equals, in most California companies they will probably face horrific abuse and discrimination (which is where the myth that tech women are mostly mistreated in companies comes from).

Comment Re:Dilemma Solution (Score 1) 345

So it will run at reduced efficiency and productivity compared to a robot-staffed company because hiring three shifts of workers plus spares for each position is less capital-intensive than buying a robot for each position? Keeping in mind, of course, that robot-built-robots will theoretically be as inexpensive as everything else robot-built (ie cost of raw materials plus whatever margin the bot owners can eke out as profit), plus the added overhead of having to outfit your place of work for human occupation eg lights, bathrooms, potable water, etc.

As for "processes", at this point, just about any assembly process is well understood and well automated. The ones that aren't are waiting for computer vision to finish baking. Which, like everything else, will remain 5-10 years in the future until one day it isn't.

Comment Re: Where's the news? (Score 1) 245

I do play slow-pitch softball. Bat technology is insanely competitive, the more so because much is subjective. My most favorite bat was panned by the experts, but hit a ton for me. Most of the acclaimed bats I don't do well with.

And in slow-pitch, bats are required to pass standardized testing to be approved by leagues, requiring them to both limit their performance in testing and maximize performance in games... No software involved, so far.

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