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Comment Re:Thank you Donald! (Score 1) 219

I seriously hope Trump gets rid of H1B visa completely. (full stop)

We have decades of empirical data showing who H1B helps and who it hurts. It helps the business owners, and hurts the non-executive workers. For many decades we've had a government helping owners at the expense of workers. Let's try doing things the other way and see how that goes.

Comment Re:That is correct (Score 1) 150

There's no fundamental law against a giant flying reptile that breathes fire either, but that doesn't mean it's actually gonna happen. Flying reptiles exist(ed), flamethrowers exist, biological cells have been known to produce all kinds of chemicals many of which are eminently flammable, so why can't flying firebreathing dragons exist?

Some things from science fiction are doomed to remain just that, fiction. That's my opinion. Of course your assertion that true AI will happen is also just an opinion. We'll see who's right... (although every day that passes with AI continuing to be lame just adds to my side of the argument)

Comment That is correct (Score 1) 150

AI is still so laughably bad that I think the "threat to humanity" danger can basically be counted as zero.

And before anyone says "yes but AI will improve"... there are some things that are simply not possible in this universe no matter how many tweaks and improvements you try to make. Self-aware sentient AI is one, small portal Mr. Fusion type reactor that gives useful net surplus energy is probably another.

On the other hand I think self-replicating nanobots or engineered microbes (not intelligent or sentient or anything, just mindlessly replicating physically) can be a real threat.

Comment Re:OK, so (Score 1) 86

Are you saying Samsung doesn't make the best wannabe iPhone? :-)

I used to like Samsung's products. After the S5, not so much. But I wasn't a fan of Samsung they way I was a huge Apple fan back in the day. However, Apple today is a very different company than the great company I remember. I've found a phone I like really well. I hope you do also. I don't expect that I will ever view Apple they way I once did. (And I never viewed Samsung the same way that I did the classic Apple.)

Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 17

You may mean that they can get away with any crime. Probably true.

But don't say bad things can't happen to them. The people in charge can make mistakes that have a significant impact on the country. Examples: banksters too big to fail. Detroit rust belt bankruptcies and bailouts. Wall Street nearly wrecking the global economy.

It is premature to suggest that nothing bad can happen to Samsung no matter what they do. After the excellent Galaxy S5, they afflicted us with the Galaxy S6, and then with the very hot Galaxy Note 7. I think the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco affected them significantly. The managers in charge of that need to be taken out back and promoted and given bonuses.

Comment Re:OK, so (Score 1) 86

I find it astonishing that the Galaxy S5 had removable battery, could accept an SD card, AND WAS FREAKIN' WATERPROOF. At least extremely water resistant. Oh, and had a headphone jack.

Then what did Samsung do in the Galaxy S6? Not waterproof. No SD card. And non-replacable battery. Why? (And Samsung stated as much . . .) to be more like an iPhone. More metal and glass. (freakin idiots)

Newsflash: if I wanted an iPhone, I would have bought an iPhone. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

In the end, it was the bloatware that made me move away from Samsung. Now I like my Nexus 6P, unlocked, with no bloatware and plenty of storage. All paid for up front. And it's got a screen as big as a Galaxy Note. (Is that a Nexus 6P in your pocket, or are you just excited to see me?)

Comment I Explain This to Millennials Constantly (Score 3, Insightful) 62

Nothing on Google is free. Your choices, selections, opinions, cookies, bookmarks, contents of your email, YouTube habits are continually feeding their algorithms. They control your search results, and return to you that which makes the most profit to them. They'll keep it "correct enough" so as to still be useful and not piss you off. How could it be otherwise? And I am inevitably met with disbelief, as if I am telling them their beloved Uncle Bob has been a closet pedophile for years. We have somehow raised a generation of people who really believe there are free lunches and benign global corporations.

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