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Comment Here's a simple thought (Score 2) 329

Maybe all of that social justice stuff is really just a ruse to get people to think they're not a bunch of greedy monsters who have more in common in their attitude toward paying workers with John Calhoun than Bernie Sanders. One reason I'm voting Trump is Trump is precisely the sort of asshole who might call up the AG, ask if the statute of limitations under the criminal component of the antitrust laws has expired on the anti-poaching settlement and if the answer is "no," might say "bring indictments." Will he? Who knows, but it's a possibility and would be hilarious to watch some of these self-righteous fuckers face the full wrath of the federal government in criminal court.

Comment If they want to make an impact (Score 5, Interesting) 105

They need to go to Arkansas and Alabama, not California and NY. The reasons are simple. Most "red states" would welcome this stuff with open arms. If they faced organized opposition to innovation in teaching, the political class of most red states would be more likely to curb stomp that opposition than support it. These are states where support for vouchers, homeschooling and other education reforms are extremely high.

Comment Might be on purpose (Score 1) 241

Washington Post compares Apple's progress to other Silicon Valley giants, claiming that rest of the industry is mostly sitting idle. (Alternate source: Reuters) From the report:

Probably due to the realization that diversity is only good for a company as at most a secondary good. Unfortunately, the prevailing rhetoric about diversity is generally closer to the assumption that there exist plenty of qualified black and non-white Hispanics who are just chomping at an opportunity to prove their worth. However, when one looks at the pipelines coming out of academia, that doesn't appear to be the case there at all. That's particularly problematic because the industry often has a real credentialist elitism so if God forbid some black kid taught himself to code but could only get into a HBC because it was a cheap and safe route to a degree, they'd probably never consider him. Because Stanford, CMU and such.

So if Apple is becoming more racially diverse in those demographics it means one of these things, though possibly both is true:

1. Apple is poaching a lot of good black and non-white Hispanic talent, leaving less for the industry at large.
2. Apple is accepting candidates below their usual standards.

If I were involved in strategy at Google, I would make it clear that if you aren't getting #1, you aren't going to accept #2. That's a route to risking mediocrity for your company, but awesome when your competitor does it to themselves.

Comment I don't mind buying another console (Score 1) 114

What I mind is the incompatibility. I can almost excuse the 360 -> One incompatibility due to CPU architecture changes. Project Scorpio, however, had better run all XBox One games unmodified as painlessly as moving a Windows game from an old gaming PC to a new gaming PC. I don't want to have to have a One and a Scorpio device hooked up at the same time to play games released since 2014.

Comment Re:But they pay more to the EU than they get back. (Score 2) 517

The paperwork is really not that bad. You need to report your results and how you spend the EU money. Other research project would generate a similar amount of paper trail. As soon as your project is greenlight, the amount of documentation is fair given the big amounts of money most project receive. The bigger issue is that to get your project funded you need to send in big and really well written project proposals and your chances of actually getting money are rather small.

Comment Activists have no place (Score 1) 182

That's because there are two vacancies on the commission, including one for a commissioner who is supposed to represent the environmental community.

Show me your credentials. Enthusiasm and passion don't count. I don't give a damn what you have dedicated your life to as far as causes go. The only thing that an unelected regulatory board should have on it is qualified experts whose regulations can at least in theory be assumed to be based in professional experience, verifiable by private individuals with similar qualifications (informal, but substantial education, formal credentials, etc.)

You want to push your activism, push it through the democratic process which elects the people who run the executive and legislative branches.

Comment Or the easy route (Score 1, Troll) 406

Just don't give them visas, green cards and all that. If we don't let them come to the US legally except under strict regulations, no one's rights get violated. Not ours, not theirs because foreigners have no right to enter our country. Discriminatory? Sure, but I don't see any mainstream party in the Islamic world batting an eye at the policy of Saudi Arabia of "No Jews, period."

Comment Enough bullshit (Score 1) 1010

People are prosecuted for intentionally releasing top secret material to enemies or to the public.

People are not prosecuted for being careless or incorrectly configured servers.

It is not true that "anyone but hillary" would do prison time for what happened here. They would get butt hurt and it might even hurt their career (and might get them fired and their clearance withdrawn) but federal prosecution for all practical purposes does not occur in this kind of situation.

Doing what she did was precisely what got Petraeus prosecuted and sentenced to a few years of probation.

Comment Hard not to lay off a lot of them (Score 0) 171

We interviewed a number of people in their mid to late 40s and asked them some questions like "how would you build a project from scratch today" or "what do you think about Node, Ruby, Python, etc." One senior "architect" had never even considered that people wouldn't use JavaEE. We had one senior developer (middle age) respond that he'd consider starting a new project in 2015 (time of interview) with Struts. Struts for a new project! Not even JAX-RS, Spring Boot, etc. Struts...

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Comment And why are you surprised? (Score 3) 323

Driving people around is a marginally skilled luxury service that in theory a teenager with 1-3 years of personal driving experience could do. Heck, a 20 year old born and raised in an area can probably do it more competently than an older "more experienced" driver who hasn't lived in the area that long.

This is like the outrage that McDonalds workers, people who make $2 hamburgers, are the lowest men and women on the food industry totem poll in terms of wages. Forget automation; if your job is something that a 19 year old high school dropout who fits the stereotypes can do as competently as a "20 year veteran," you aren't going to make much money because the barrier to entry and value of experience is minimal.

It's like going back 100 years and complaining that "senior ditch digger" doesn't pay substantially more than "junior ditch digger."

Comment So is the music business (Score 1) 428

How many times have record labels gotten caught not meeting their contractual obligations out of malice rather than inability? A lot. So on that basis alone, YouTube is clearly a better platform for artists because it not only doesn't sink its claws into them, but provides them unlimited resources to reach their audience since its business model is simply "we'll provide them hosting and advertisement, you provide the crowd; we'll scale together."

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