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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

AkkarAnadyr Wrongful termination (742 comments)

Does that count as wrongful termination?

about two weeks ago

Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

AkkarAnadyr Re:Wonderful (138 comments)

My phone doesn't report to my employer when it knows I stop in front of a store.

That's only because the price of the data is too high. The economies of scale that IoT will provide will make it attractive for him to buy your data soon enough.

Or did you really think that such things "just don't happen"? First they had you peeing in a cup for them, then they demanded your Facebook password - why is this NOT next?

about 3 months ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

AkkarAnadyr Want to get rid of those extra 'services'? (150 comments)

Just ask them to quote you the price. Even if they hem and haw about the price "varying between labs, subject to insurance adjustments" etc, the question alone has been enough to get my doc/NP to back down repeatedly in dictating which tests I should get. And if they shine it on that easily, I'm pretty sure it was non-essential to begin with.

about 3 months ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

AkkarAnadyr Re:The Watchers 'Wet Dream' (150 comments)

"The kind of wholesome, antiseptic universe these androids would create would be purgatory for a man like me!" - Harry Mudd, "I, Mudd" (TOS)

about 3 months ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

AkkarAnadyr Marketing Madness (150 comments)

Erm, in what spittle-flecked, buzzword-fueled delusion does *any* soi-disant 'businessperson' imagine that anyone would subject themselves to this? Even the clueless will be ripping this stuff out of their walls pronto once the (obviously irresistible) media sideshows get started.

about 3 months ago

Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

AkkarAnadyr Unhappy Programmer (121 comments)

(1) providing a better understanding of the impact of affective states on the creativity and analytical problem-solving capacities of developers, (2) introducing and validating psychological measurements, theories, and concepts of affective states, creativity, and analytical-problem-solving skills in empirical software engineering, and (3) raising the need for studying the human factors of software engineering by employing a multidisciplinary viewpoint.

Buzzwords make me sad.

about 4 months ago

Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

AkkarAnadyr Re:Counter-offer (54 comments)

This device seems to offer the NSA a wealth of real-time information.

Will they sell it as 'Your plastic fink who's fun to be with"?

about 5 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

AkkarAnadyr I must really be a freak (1198 comments)

We're not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

So, nerds never get beaten up in school, then.

Back to figuring out What Is Wrong With Me ...

about 5 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

AkkarAnadyr Re:Um... [citation needed] (688 comments)

That 'inverse correlation' is a media trope, built of a wobbly compost of anecdotes.

Without a systematic survey of the cohort, you can't establish a correlation, so the 'no correlation' null case wins, until you show me the data (not the USA TODAY article).

about 5 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

AkkarAnadyr Re:Money quote (688 comments)

Your timeframe pick isn't random, and misses the point.

Leftists were doing this in the '60s and '70s.

The right plays one economic and social group off against the other.

And both play these groups against themselves, to extract resources for their cronies.

The right insists on stealing from us for things that go BOOM.
The left insists on stealing from us for things that go AWW.

And both serve the financiers by borrowing to do so (i.e., taxing our futures too).

So why do you abet the misdirection by leaving out most of the culprits with your 'random time frame'?

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

AkkarAnadyr Re:Funky Gibbon (179 comments)

Gimme an Ooooooo!

about 6 months ago

Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

AkkarAnadyr Re:I think more people would be interested... (194 comments)

We have trouble answering such questions because of the poor ways we pose them.

The semanticists have a rule I find useful here:

The verb 'to be' carries no information. It functions as an empty vessel into which we pour our assumptions.

When we reword the questions to make our assumptions explicit, they also become specific and (usually) falsifiable, lending themselves to rational inquiry to a much greater degree.

Also, the question 'why' admits an infinite recursion into the line of questioning.

The question "Why is there X ..." has both of these big problems. I call it unanswerable based on its structure, without needing to resort to its content.

Here, as in software projects, we produce the best results when we get the specs right at the beginning.

about 7 months ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

AkkarAnadyr Re:Been there. (172 comments)

2% inflation robs a worker of half his wealth over 30 years.

Calling that a 'capitalist' economy whitewashes the very real fraud, malfeasance and misdirection that drains that worker's wealth even as the grifters exhort all to 'produce more and reap the rewards!" ... next budget cycle, of course, since we're a little constrained just now ... aaaaaand it's gone.

Our debt-hyped economy goads employer and employee alike to settle for a pittance of what they produce, while rentier parasites skim off huge undeserved rewards.

about 7 months ago

China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

AkkarAnadyr Ice cream (634 comments)

He'll prove you wrong, just by going out to the store and noting the little-changed price of a half-gallon of ice cream.

Try it yourself.

Note: a half-gallon of ice cream.

1 year,7 days

Buried In the Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

AkkarAnadyr Re:EULA Translation (365 comments)

Well, it's in very small print, so as not to affect the sales.

1 year,7 days

China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

AkkarAnadyr Re:Debt ceiling fix (634 comments)

The debt ceiling has nothing to do with default (yet).

The Constitution has only one budget priority in it - that US debt gets honored first.

We collect 10x in taxes what we owe in interest on the Treasury debt.

If Treasury fails to pay the interest (a *real* default, in other words) the Congress has immediate cause to impeach the Treasury Secretary, as well as his boss. Obama isn't that stupid.

Neither are the people who seriously care about the worthiness of Treasury bonds. The media, however, has a giggling good time throwing around 'boo words', and has managed to fool some commentators.

The debt limit means we can no longer spend what we do not tax. Since 1/6 of GDP now depends on that (the 'temporary' 'stimulus' has become a structural part of current GDP), stopping 14% of other .gov spending exposes the actual state of GDP, and betrays the 'recovery' as a fake.

We've been in a contraction of >10% (a Depression) since 2008, we've just covered it up with the credit card, trailer-trash style.

1 year,7 days

China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

AkkarAnadyr Re:Summary says it all (634 comments)

Borrowing, even to 'stimulate', is a spending cut.

Read that again.

Pressing a claim on future productivity (i.e. paying on Tuesday for a hamburger today) means by definition that tomorrow's wealth is shanghai'ed to debt service (and thus deflated away) instead of contributing to GDP.

'Massive government cuts' have already happened. The inevitable recession simply exposes the fact.

Borrowing, even to 'stimulate', is a spending cut.

And our Wimpy government is discovering that Tuesday is REAL SOON NOW.

1 year,7 days

The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

AkkarAnadyr Re:Sure, to lower paying jobs (674 comments)

Yeh, it sure will be great to see kids under corporate management, free from the awful dysfunction of an incompetent, indifferent bureaucracy full of power-hungry sociopaths trying to make themselves look good, without regard to the quality of their product.

After all, corporations have always treated children very well indeed.

1 year,14 days

Central New York Nuclear Plants Struggle To Avoid Financial Meltdown

AkkarAnadyr Re:long term view missed, as mentioned (270 comments)

So we should take this market signal as the cue to habituate our large-scale energy systems to the results of accelerated harvest of a finite resource, then?

Good thing that signal doesn't have any distorting factors, like .gov-mandated cost externalization ... and that we're so good at a national level at preparing for sudden drop-offs in supply ... and that we understand compound growth so intuitively as a species ...

1 year,22 days


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