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Comment Why is this news? (Score 2) 154

Isn't this obvious? It's what we want of technology: do the grunt work so we don't have to. I wanna be hummin' to my fav tunes in the car, not watching for turning landmarks.

Brains are metabolically quite expensive. Therefore, evolution has designed brains to be lazy and kick into cruse control when it can to conserve energy.

Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Pity, since I can't accept the EULA (Score 1) 136

Google's Chrome browser, on the other hand, remained unhackable during the contest.

Unfortunately for me, I can't accept Chrome's EULA.

It incorporates Adobe's, which (if I recall correctly from my AT&T Android-based smartphone) has several clauses I can't abide - including a never-compete, don't block updates, don't work on circumvention tools, we can change the license without notice, ...

I don't intend to do anything that might come back to limit my future software work or employability. Clicking through such a license (even if every bit of it is struck down by the courts - which I'm not holding my breath expecting), especially on a device that "phones home" in a way that is easily identified with my true name, is an invitation for an all-versus-one gladiatorial match with two multibillion-dollar corporations' legal departments.

Comment Re:AI is just software (Score 1) 173

Such licensing and certification will jack up the cost of software, perhaps double or more because of the extra review steps that may be needed, and the added difficulty of outsourcing such work to cheap-labor countries lacking certification infrastructure.

Is society willing to pay extra for software and software-based products?

It would be great for IT paychecks, though. Bring it on!

Comment Re:Constant $? % of PIB? % of Fed Budget? (Score 2) 270

I suspect a PR ploy whereby they allocate explicit funds for a manned Mars mission, but later undercut everything else at NASA, especially Earth science, when the general budget it made.

It gives them news bragging rights for kick-starting a Mars mission but hides the cuts to other space projects by moving them to a later time and plucking them down in the middle of a general budget forest.

Actually, I believe W is the one who originally announced a manned Mars mission, but never really funded it.

Comment GitHub is in California (Score 1) 74

I struggle a bit to understand why this isn't a bigger issue. ... I wonder why some politician hasn't attempted to differentiate themselves by even mentioning the stifling effect on innovation [company-owns-all-your-inventions] policies impose.

Because it's already been adressed, long ago.

GitHub is in San Francisco, which is in California and governed by California labor law.

California labor law says that (paraphrasing from memory):
  - As a compelling state interest
  - overriding anything in the employee agreement
  - if an employee invents something
  - while not on company time or using company resources
  - and that invention is not in the company's current or immediately foreseeable business
  - then the invention belongs to the employee
  - (and the employment agreement must include a copy of this information as an appendix.)

(IMHO that law is THE reason for the explosive growth and innovation in Silicon Valley and why other states have been unable to clone it. Invent something that your current company won't use, get together with a couple friends, maybe get some "angel funding", rent the office across the street, and go into business with your new shiny thing. So companies bud off new companies like yeast. And innovators collect where they can become the inventor, the "couple of friends", or the early hires, creating a pool of the necessary talent to convert inventions into companies when they happen.)

What GitHub has apparently done is say to the employees:
"For the purposes of us claiming your IP, your lunch time and breaks are your time, even on company property, and your use of our computers and disk storage for things like compiles, storing code, and web research in aid of your project, does not count as 'using company resources'."

In other states, and other companies even within CA, that might be a big deal. For a company in CA, whose whole business model is providing archives for other people's software projects - and giving it away free to small groups, while charging large groups (or small groups that grow into large groups), it's not a big deal, and right IN their business model.

Comment Re:Oh no that sucks! (Score 1) 379

Trump has already added thousands of BP and ICE agents

No he hasn't. They were already backlogged in hiring before the election. Training and background checks take roughly 2 years. Congress will have to fund it by then if they continue.

nationwide E-Verify is part of Trump's immigration plan...but that requires legislative action

Yes, it has to pass Congress first. Wishes are common, signed bills are not. Business will complain to GOP, and businesses have a lot of pull with GOP. GOP will likely water it down.

But a wall with sensors and more BP agents will definitely help, no?

In general, Democrats were never against such. GOP blocked such bills before just to hurt O politically. GOP may block it for budget hawk reasons, you never know.

We'll see. In the end even if such legislation is successful it won't likely change anything noticeable for average citizen anyhow. The illegals were workers and consumers just like the rest.

Comment Re:Oh no that sucks! (Score 1) 379

The government refusing to deal with the problem is betraying the citizens.

Re: #2 - It's not ignoring the problem; what you proposes creates 2 new problems to solve 1. Bad trade-off choice. You just seem to be robotically quoting political slogans/memes rather than show a comparison of choices.

I generally don't disagree with 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 but do question 4. Most pay the same taxes as citizens.

As I've mentioned in nearby posts there are more sane ways to reduce illegals (more border guards and biz audits), but neither T nor GOP are interested in anything that offends their biz donors & friends. They'd rather F with families than offend the precious 1%. Typical GOP.

By the way, a wall isn't going to stop drug trafficking. It's pretty easy to get drugs under or over a wall. A 7 year old can do it.

Comment Re: Hardware view is obsolete (Score 1) 76

Call them up, they'll be happy to provide a link for you. You simply need to cite a security reason to update, without a workaround being possible.

Let me get this straight: you need to supply a security reason to get security updates? What's an example "workaround"? Would it be like, "Nevermind, I caught the Nigerian Prince in a giant spring-loaded net. We're good."

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