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Comment Re:What about all the new jobs in the "digital" ag (Score 5, Insightful) 674

I decided to log-in and repost my answer as non-AC:

In both cases (digital economy/Internet and robotization) the net result is increased productivity and a smaller workforce. It is true that some new jobs are created, but they are fewer than the ones replaced.

The only solution, really, is some sort of socialist system, with higher taxes for the high-earners so that everyone has a fair share of the increased productivity. And with bigger strides in robotization, this will be mandatory, or else we'll have revolts and heads will literally roll, which would be unpleasant.

Comment Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (Score 5, Insightful) 259

Many of these journals require copyright assignment, at which point it's not your own work anymore. Just one more reason the traditional scientific publishing model needs to die a quick death.

Many? More like... all of them! As a scientist, I am fucking sick of copyrights. Maybe they're useful for some (but certainly not all) artists, but for scientists they are nothing but a way for big media (and Elsevier, Nature Publishing etc. are big media) to wrestle control of the scientist's work away from the scientist him/herself.

Comment Re:About to complete my PhD (Score 1) 168

I have nothing theoreticians, and I certainly know my theories and put together meaningful hypotheses - but I work a lot on experimental research and, of course, experimental corroboration of the hypotheses I mentioned. I don't even do models, almost at all. I am first and foremost a well-educated and skilled experimentalist.

Comment About to complete my PhD (Score 5, Interesting) 168

I am facing the dilemma of whether to go (back) to the industry, where I was working before starting my PhD, or continue in academia as a researcher. On one had you have the job security and better salary offered in industry. On the other hand you have the thrill of scientific work and fewer (albeit not 0) corporate psychopaths.

I decided on Friday that I'll go for academia. My health is failing, I think I have 10 to 15 years if I'm lucky, and life is too precious to waste it on doing something I don't like all that much, just because of money.

Comment Re:Overrated (Score 2) 218

As a foreigner, I'd never heard of Salinger or Catcher in the Rye. When I first made it to the US, my friend gave me the book: "You HAVE to read that". I was underwhelmed and to this day still do not understand what all the fuss is about. A story about a whiney teenager with too much money for his own good ? This describe America pretty well to me !!!

Different strokes for different folks: as a non-american (and non-Brit) myself, I absolutely loved Catcher in the Rye when I first read it (which was in Croatian), and became instant fan of J. D. Salinger. After I graduated, I moved to a Nordic country and with more disposable income, bought all his published works in English - and devoured them!

*Different strokes for different folks, dude.*

Comment Re:Why such low specs (Score 1) 307

due to Google's tight grip over Android, the only way OEMS can differentiate is through specs.

Google? You mean the Open Handset Alliance - it's a consortium that has oversight on Android. Oh and that grip is so tight that everyone can do whatever they want with it. Any company or individual can modify and customize Android for their needs and don't have to pay Google or OHA a dime. In fact, companies are going quite wild with Android, which now appears on all sorts of devices and customizations.

Comment In natural sciences - YES! (Score 2) 233

I don't know or understand all the negativity regarding doing a postdoc or a PhD - I personally am having a blast doing my PhD! I do research in materials science, and while the money is not spectacular, I enjoy myself immensely. And you know, at the end of the day that's really what matters. Maybe the ones who complain are doing postdocs in economics, political or social sciences, humanities... or some other subject that to me does indeed sound boring... I don't know. I can only say that for me it has been rewarding and I would be more than happy to recommend it to anyone with a passion for what they study. I must mention that I have no study debt - in Finland higher education is free for all, so we don't worry about paying back tuition fees and such. Life is good :)

Comment Re:Good riddance (Score 1) 292

In one instance, to solve a Windows blue screen problem, their support told us to update the firmware on the drive, which bricked it. They then refused to return/repair the drive because "firmware updates void your warranty." In another case, we needed a quick replacement on a failed drive so we requested advance replacement. They immediately charged our card MSRP (double the actual retail price), but then it took them over 30 days to actually ship the replacement.

Holy shit - that is terrible customer support! I don't usually comment on tech support anecdotes, but this one is so high up on the scale, I couldn't resist.

Comment Re:Proportionality (Score 1) 245

But on the other side, by that logic, those with little money could do whatever they want because they have little to lose.

Nonsense. How can one, with little income, have little to lose? If the fine is proportionate to his or her income, then he/she has just as much to lose - if not more - than the person with larger income. More, because to one who makes near to minimum wage, that little income is spent on essentials - food, clothes, transportation. A person with, say, two orders of magnitude larger net income, will have much more disposable money (after the essential needs have been covered).

Comment Re:Proportionality (Score 1) 245

The legal system does not hand out punishment on the basis of whether or not the defendant can pay for it;

This is not entirely true, and it shouldn't be true, either: at least here in Finland, fines for traffic violations are proportional to the offender's income. And I believe this is a very good system, because otherwise, those with lots of money would flaunt the rules, since for them the fines are a pittance. See, for instance, Steve Jobs, parking in the disabled's spot and more than happy to pay the fines.

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