LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants
Most people consider 250K as high six figure income. (meaning high income + six figure income). It would not be 1% but still up there with the rest.
Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones
The retail sector in India evolved under very severe capital crunch. The retailer was the king in that environment. It was the retailer who takes the risk and orders goods to be sold, put up the money whether it gets sold or not. Unsold retail merchandise is never taken by the manufacturer usually in India. They borrow using a traditional chit fund system. They borrow at 24% to 36% rate of interest. Sometimes even higher than that. They usually operate at 40% margin, not counting the cost of capital. They cooperate (or collude, depending on your POV) and treat both customers and their suppliers with little mercy.
Indian customers are also very class conscious, they would eschew a cheaper product merely because their servant maids can afford them. They are used to hardball by retailer and any naive implementation of US level customer service will be gamed to death within two quarters.
Google will do well to
1 open its own stores,
2 use its strength in access to capital,
3 introduce products with differentiation so that you would not be using the same phone your driver is using,
4 deliver superior customer service to those who play fair
5 undertake price war for the in market above "servant maids and drivers and cooks" sector and below the "MNC executive, people rolling in black money" sector
Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?
Once you get to be too big to fail, you also become too big to jail. Banksters like Jamie Dimon would simply call the fed and ask it to call off this investigation or that probe. So it is beyond question lack of moral compass helps the big companies. It is when they are small people are debating about it.
Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video
These providers dish out individual streams! They seem to know what I might like and watch next!! Do they need Nielsen? That company's business model has gone kaput. The market has moved on.
Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy
Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy
What difference does it make? Instead of pontificating without reading the press summary slashdotters would pontificate without reading the original article. The difference is like that joke about the $unfairly_maligned_ethnic berating his son, "You ran behind the bus all the way home to save the bus fare? Idiot! you could have run behind the taxi and saved taxi fare!"
Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy
Most pathologists, surgeons, medical students, anatomists, all of them never find the real amygdala. They find a conveniently and conspicuously presented fake amygdala and stop the search prematurely. All the while the real amygdala is hiding in the background, communicating with the fake amygdala using undetectable chemical signals.
Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others
There is only one recorded case of a human being playing possum, tricking a carrion bird into picking him up and then tickled the bird with its own feather when it was near a high way, thus making drop him. Then he hitch hiked back to civilization. I am proud to say he is an alumnus of my alma mater.
Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
That is why you are posting anonymously to slash dot? Can't you at least use your three decade old dorm addresses as your handle so that you could claim, "they can find me if they dig deep enough:.
Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
I am sure there are many bigger companies that do it. Sometimes using contractors of contractors to create deniability and to create sacrificial scape goats. I would be greatly surprised if this Uber honcho is the first one to think of smearing and trashing journalists who are critical of them. The bigger companies are older, wiser and they realize the liability involved if got caught. So they must be doing it lot more discreetly, spending way more money than necessary to insulate themselves from the actual actions.
World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old
There is a third option: The boy is a "paper" MCP. He knows the right answer to the questions, but doesn't understand the reasoning behind it.
What part of Microsoft in MCP you did not understand? There is no reasoning behind it. Other than, it looked like a great way to screw some competition way back when we could do it. The only other reasoning other than that is, "the newbie code monkey hacked it this way and his/her manager was too stupid to catch it code review. Now it is carved in stone".
In other words, the reasons are either malice or incompetence.
Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?
We have all gone through our freshman chemistry, where they first talk about ideal gas, and then say nah, it does not that work that way but there is a slightly better approximation called Perfect gas, and then finally let the cat out of the bag with the Real gas. Most people just muddle their way through that and never worry about it. Except for the aerospace majors who end up memorizing one plus gamma minus one by gamma times mach numbered squared whole raised to gamma minus one by gamma, something seared into memory so hard it would not go away even after twenty five years. Damn you Zucrow !
Same way the ideal gas situation of FCC doing its stuff and the invisible hand of the free market doing its stuff and presto you got fantastic internet speed at the low low price of 9.99$ a month. The real gas situation is, all these companies raking money hand over fist lobby the politicians, the FCC, create misinformation campaign and they continue to exploit their customer base. Pressure builds till some disruptive technology comes in, cherry picks the customers and they leave in droves.
One possibility: It could be cell phone companies stringing up fiber up to street corner pillar boxes, and do the last 100 yards over the air with WiFi or a femto-cell network or something. The only true advantage the cable/phone ISPs have is the actual wire to different parts of the home via cat5 cable. But most homes use a router and use WiFi anyway. Someone could run fiber up to street corner pillar boxes, install a WiFi router per customer and cherry pick lots of customers who don't need more than a few WiFi devices. Wireless in the loop is quite well known and is actually deployed in many parts of India and Africa. My old prof Ashok has been talking about it for a long time.
But there could be other such technologies that peel of some serious segments of the captive market of the cable giants. Cable giants too would not sit idle. They would be the first to spot the threat and possibly buy these companies, or adjust their prices in different markets to keep these dogs chomping at their heels just out of reach. Somehow or the other, where such technologies are viable prices would come down. Where it is not viable, the customers would be at the mercy of these corporations
FedEx and UPS are not serving 80% of the country (by area, probably 10% by population). But at least they get US Postal Service. But the current generation of ISPs are suing to make sure government does not provide an alternative even to the market they don't want to serve.
How To Anesthetize an Octopus
They could put some sensors to detect electrical activity in the brain and record it during normal activity. If the temporal resolution of the recording is good, they might be able to sense the difference between processing of incoming stimuli and sending out response. Then when the alleged anesthetic is added, they could check to see if only the incoming signals are blocked, or the outgoing response is also blocked.
On the other hand these animals do not have long term memory, and they might never remember the terror like we do.
How To Anesthetize an Octopus
The experiment shows that these octopi lost their ability to respond to touch. It does not mean they lost the ability to feel the touch. It is very much possible their brains felt the touch, sent frantic signals for the muscles and cells to respond, and it would not respond.
Something similar happened to me a couple of times. When one falls asleep the brain to muscle control parts shut down. When it does not shut down properly people sleep walk and actually do things during REM. The order in which you this part shuts down, and the part that gets stimuli-response module shuts down seems to be a little muddled for me, it looks like. Long story short, just as I was drifting to sleep, the phone would ring or something, and I would try to reach over to pick the phone, but my arms and legs would not respond. The sheer terror I felt when I could not move my arms and legs was just incredible. But terror would immediately jolt the adrenal glands and adrenaline would flood the body, wake me up fully with racing heart and profuse sweat. Eventually I went through sleep studies and was diagnosed with very mild apnea and got a CPAP machine that kept my airways inflated with above atmospheric pressure (just 6mm of water, 1 atm= 10.24 meters of water). Then those episodes stopped.
But I will never ever forget the terror I felt when I my muscles would not respond to the commands I was giving them.
Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)
It is all right and great for Microsoft to support all these additional devices. But does it have a "strict compliance" mode where it supports the features exactly to spec, and no "new, exciting and enhanced features" in it.
In Windows world, they could add non standard features to the software and support it in the OS making a mockery of standard compliance, lock the developers into their platforms, and force the cost of working with/around the "de factor" standard. It would not be as easy to do in Android and Linux, since they are not under Microsoft's control. But since Android and Linux are open source, they might try to pull a fast one and come up with "extended" linux/android, and probably try to pay other vendors to use it. But I don't think it would as easy to kill the standards as it used to be.
Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
Of course you need to undergo gate rape by the blue gloved angels to get the privilege of flying to Atlanta from Chicago in two hours.
Anyway Salad Express delivers fresh produce from California to New York in under 48 hours. In the hey days, Chicago to Miami was 33 hours. Chicago - Atlanta would have been some 18 hours. Instead of hating and decrying America's love for automobiles, if only the trains take advantage of them they could once again compete with the airlines.
Everyone knows by now, trains move a ton of freight 450 miles on a gallon of fuel. If they deliver you and your car from Chicago to Atlanta in 18 hours for a comparable price to airline, they would be very attractive. Don't use the old downtown terminals. Build a terminal where people drive their cars onto flatbed railcars at the I95-I80-I84 interchange south of Chicago and drop off people at a similar interchange near Atlanta. People drive their cars on to the flatbed railcars, and walk over to the passenger cars. Then drive off in the end. The weight of passengers is so small compared to the weight of the train, and the trains so damned fuel efficient, they should be able to do this efficiently. But the only auto-train from Washington DC to Florida is so damned expensive. It is a chicken-egg problem. It can become cheaper only with a good market and a good market will happen only when it is cheap.
Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?
Of course, the issue isn't providing the technology, training people how to use it, paying for it or getting value from it. The problem is the corrupt officials that demand kickbacks for letting any of that happen, the religious fuckwits demanding medieval education and the racist cunts outraged that someone in another village may be trying to better themselves.
But that's Amerika for you.
America is no longer one nation indivisible any more. Red states have been trying to secede for quite some time now. Only thing stopping it is, some of them realize that it is the taxes paid by the blue states and the large urban pockets that are keeping the red states afloat. So they are threading the needle of "yeah, yeah, it would be great if we could secede" and at the same time sabotaging the secession behind the scenes.
How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes
For not predicting when and where the lightning is going to strike. 10 year jail sentence if no one dies. Manslaughter otherwise.
Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired
One of the biggest scams and the worst type of leeches are the companies that make these medically necessary equipment and sell to the government. Heard annoying commercials about scooters "no paperwork, we bill medicare directly, no cost to you" ads? They are the ones. They are still selling hearing aids at 2000$ apop. Granted, these are not run of the beats head phone or bose noise cancelling ear phones. But do they have to be three times the cost of a iPhone 6? Scooters at 6000$. A sonar for visually impaired people would be a gold mine to these companies. They would easily bilk us the taxpayers out of thousands of dollars for these devices.
Making them non patentable by releasing it, and making them for 60$? Surely they will find a way to add something or patent some critical part and back in the business. Some of the heart devices run into half a million dollars. If they make the money in the free market competing with other companies it is one thing. It is an entirely different thing to lobby AMA and the congress and get a competition free ride.
Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
You are right. i am wrong. I misread the wage.
HP ships Linux on its netbooks quietly
The Linux part can not see the hard disk of the machine. I just got the machine yesterday and have not
poked around much to know how much it can be hacked. The browser is Firefox, I have not even checked to
see if I can install noscript on it.
For most users of netbook, this is a very good deal. When you are in a public wifi in a coffee shop or an airport,
you are guaranteed not to pick up a virus. I am not saying Linux is more secure or FireFox is more secure. Simply
if you stay within QuickWeb or InstantWeb, there is no way any file can be written to the Windows disk at all!
This is such a big brand differentiation and it can be touted to high degree. But HP for some strange reason
is very quiet about this feature in its ads and press releases. From business stand point, every company would
strive for brand differentiation so that they dont compete on price alone. Quite strange HP is so silent about it.
People are spending on purchase and subscriptions to antivirus software. All that revenue could be targeted by
selling a device that is guaranteed not to be infected.
Once many users realize that they rarely boot to full windows, they and their circle of friends and family would
become more receptive to cheaper plain net access devices in various form factors.
I am very sure Microsoft is giving HP hell for this move behind the scenes. Is it the first sign of PC vendors
growing a back bone? Or the lackluster promotion of this feature bodes ill for such an experiment? I wonder.
Security concerns over Port 4567 of Verizon FiOS
Though Actiontec claims this port could not exploited I have quite a few concerns about it. If that password is cracked, hackers can upload a cracked version of the firmware and disable all protections at the router.
I tried putting another router behind the verizon router but then my speed drops to 10Mbps. Thinking of getting
a switch with firewall or configure the second router as a switch to protect my computers in case the Verizon router gets hacked.
I really would like to know the protections against password cracking on the router. How many failed logins are allowed per minute, per hour, per day, per week? Verizon knows which of its banks of servers are authorized to upgrade the firmware on the routers. Should it simply filter out all traffic to these ports originating from any other IP address? And why is the firmware upgrade initiated by an inbound call? Why cant the routers initiate a peridic check and look up their home servers and get a firmware upgrade? I don't like the way Verizon is implementing the automatic firmware upgrade. I fear someday soon somebody is going to crack that password and the hackers are going to get a million bots all with 20 Mbps connection to the world. Even if you are not a Verizon FiOS customer, you will be affected then.
Privacy concerns with social networking sites
Looks like it had an impact and my relative decided to close his account and destroy the tree. But geni claims they need my permission to destroy my account. Is it reasonable for a company that bribes its users with free family tree service in exchange for private info about people to follow a opt-out policy? Shouldn't they be required to notify me and get my consent before they add my name? I have received invites from other social networking sites, but they all require me to create an account first. If I ignore the email, I hope, they would not add me to their databases. Probably they will just sell my email address to spammers and stop with that.
I believe there is neither a technological or legal solution to this problem. A new geni.com could easily be run by Russian mafia outside US borders and thumb their noses at us. I think the only solution is social. They are using social engineering to pry private info from the public by offering some service or the other for free. We need to educate the public about the implications of succumbing to the temptations by them. Today if I set up a stand in a fairground and ask people to give the names, addresses and phone numbers of their relatives and friends in exchange for small token gifts the response would not be overwhelming. Somehow people believe it is wrong to tell strangers such information. But set up the same stand in the internet and people are punching in the email addresses of their friends and relatives like gangbusters. What would it take to educate the public about the menace to privacy these companies pose?"
JKR, goblins and *IAA
"You don't understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with the goblins. To a goblin, the rightful and true master of any object is its maker, not the purchaser. All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs."
"But if it was bought ---"
"---then they would consider it rented by one who had paid the money. They have, however, great difficulty with the idea of goblin-made objects passing from wizard to wizard. [snip] I believe
he thinks, as do the fiercest of his kind, that it ought to have been returned to the goblins once the original purchaser died. They consider our habit of keeping goblin-made objects, passing them from wizard to wizard without further payment, little more than theft."
I thought it is remarkably similar to the way a slashdotter would describe the mind set of *IAA people about CDs and DVDs! Has JKR expressed any opinion about *IAA and its tactics?
Telcos reject govt subsidy to serve rural areas!
The article goes further to say that now the Governments of these devloping nations like Chile, India, Brazil etc are looking to subsidize/build district level (regions the size of counties in USA) wi-fi broadband. Contrast this with what the telcos are doing to rural America. They are arm-twisting the State governments to prohibit (slashdot) municipalities and rural counties from building WiFi networks to serve their communities.
MSN search default on Lenovo.
Interestingly, compared to the last time when rammed Internet Explorer down the throat of all customers and vendors, this time the vendors seem to understand the real benefit of being "default browser" or "default search engine." The article says that Dell demanded its pound of flesh to install MSN as the default search engine.
I think the landscape (should have made a creative pun with netscape here) has changed a lot since the last browser war. Vendors know the deal. Customers seem to be more informed. Atleast in some circles people are noticing the deletrious effects of vendor lock. It is real or it is just an illusion created by the herd moving from one vendor lock to a different vendor lock? In this case from MSFT to GOOG?
DOT bans Microsoft?
Schmidt says the Transportation Department hasn't ruled out upgrading its computers to Windows Vista if all of its concerns about the new operating system -- the business version of which was launched late last year -- can be resolved. "We have more confidence in Microsoft than we would have 10 years ago," says Schmidt. "But it always makes sense to look at the security implications, the value back to the customer, and those kind of issues."
To me it looks like a ploy to wangle a better price from Microsoft than a serious attempt to get truly interoperable system for them.
Google Moves into Microsoft terriotry, at last.
I expected them to sell "application server in a box" with maintenance
contracts. That will assure the companies that their data never leaves their control. Big companies would not allow their data to be saved in a third party server with independant logs of files subject to discovery and subpoena etc. But what google offers seems to be the higher level service than the free service but the data is stored in Google servers. May be
this is a move by Google to pick the low hanging fruits, establish a
large user base documents in the ODF format and capture the market of "I want my data anywhere, I dont care if you store it" people.
But in the long term, Google must sell "all-your-applications-in-this-box" server to companies. What Google is peeling away will not make a dent in the revenue picture of Microsoft in the near future. These users might have used MS applications, but either they are using old obsolete versions without upgrading or using bootleg versions. But if millions of users move to this application and move to ODF, MS wont be able to play the game of ever changing file formats and macro-api changes to keep the competition out. Once a standard that is really neutral and not controlled by any one company takes hold, free market will make sure there are some competition. Still MS will end up with a substantial market share
but there will be alternatives for the users.
World is going to end in 2036
The collision could wipe out a country the size of England the article says.
Things like hitting them with a bomb or flying a spacecraft into them - you just do not know what the results of that are going to be." Scientists now favour deploying so-called 'Gravity Tractors', small spacecrafts that would travel close to a speeding asteroid and, with their own gravitational pull, try to drag it onto a different path.
It is just 2007, less than 29 years. There is simply not enough time for UN to make a decision.
Microsoft getting taste of its own medicine.
Microsoft used to play such tactics to sabotage competing software vendors. Everyone remembers the slogan, "DOS is not done till DR-DOS wont run". It created the impression that competing software is buggy and not backward compatible while MS products are guaranteed to work smoothly. Those were the days when it could kill companies and startups by merely issuing a press release, "Microsoft is considering a project to do XYZ" and all the venture capital for companies planning to that particular XYZ would instantly vanish. Even established companies would spend so much of their resource keeping upto date with the ever changing GUI and API of MS, and MS would laugh at them and keep changing it and spend its resources to create new features and make it more and more incompatible with the rest.
Now, there may be nothing to the story that iPods are corrupted by Vista. It could be intentional idea deep inside Microsoft skunk works nostalgic about those days. Or may be there is nothing wrong and those who are complaining of Vista corrupting their iPods did something stupid. Or it could be an unintentional bug. It could even be true that MS's update will fix the issues and make iPod really secure. But Apple is doing to MS what MS did to others. By creating the FUD that Vista is deliberately corrupting the beloved iPod, with its 90 million installations, it could put a damper on the speed of adoptation of Vista. All it takes is one top CEO saying, "Dont buy any new laptops for my (fortune 500) company till it is guranteed that my iPod will work flawlessly." Such things will cascade and PC vendors will feel the pressure.
I think Apple is just a Microsoft wannabe. It uses heavy doses of DRM to keep it incompatible with the rest of the world. Microsoft is doing it in the corporate office software market. Apple is doing it in the music business. Both companies engage in FUD. Let us just hope these two battle each other while some other standard complying nice companies emerge to take over computing. Yeah. I must be dreaming.
Astronaut charged with kidnapping
Inside Nowak's vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities uncovered a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Shipman and Oefelein. They also found a letter "that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein," an opened package for a buck knife, Shipman's home address and hand written directions to the address, the arrest affidavit said.
Testing My Journal