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The American Workday, By Profession

Austerity Empowers Re:"More advanced economies?" (146 comments)

Forsooth, art Thou an employee, or out
      unhired; Fie! dost Thou be management?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re:What are you downloading? (349 comments)

I did! I got unlimited internet from their competitor. Also more bandwidth. And I also cheaped out and am paying the same money.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re: maybe (349 comments)

AT&T did not have to use ATM for DSL, that was a bad choice made by some telecom equipment vendors back in the late 90s, as part of an attempt to create a centralized AOL-like internet for the monopolies, rather than succumb to what was already inevitable at that time and force the monopolies to be common carrier bandwidth providers.

The idiotic, long lost battle rages on. Bottom line is that ATM is dead outside the central office, it's not the only way to do this, but it's the one they've chosen to invest in. We should not be paying for it, and in a competitive market it'd have been gone 10 years ago.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re:maybe (349 comments)

Why should we pay for ATM encapsulation? That is THEIR choice, not what people think they're getting when they ask for internet service.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re:What are you downloading? (349 comments)

Trivially easy to do, I've ditched AT&T as a result of being billed for going over that cap. But I have that option, not everyone does.

I believe my wife watched standard def movies, and I downloaded wildstar and one update during that month. That plus FW updates and normal internet usage was enough to go over. I can't imagine what would happen if we were actually at home enough to really use our internet connection.

2 days ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

Austerity Empowers Re:Sure, we could lose 50% of our statisticians (113 comments)

I question whether the distribution of /dev/urandom provides the distribution necessary to ensure the desired outcome.

2 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Austerity Empowers Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Most of my markers track my diet and weight, but not HDL, and it seems, less anecdotally, that while there are things you can do to improve your HDL (Niacin in medically significant quantities) those things aren't being shown to reduce your rate of heart disease.

I'm not going to argue that eating a healthy diet hurts, but it does not necessarily help if you're born under a bad sign. And this IS an anecdote, but people in my family tend to drop dead of heart attacks in their late 30s and early 40s and are physically fit (or else live into their late 90s, early 100s and not necessarily fit). I do not think the hard data exists to entirely be certain what effects diet is having on health issues, only correlations that may not be easily understood.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Austerity Empowers Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

I agree with some, for example, why aren't more men in elementary education? In some cases there is true sexism at play: some people think men who teach little kids are either gay or perverts (and some think those are the same thing...). But for the most part I don't know many men who'd want to do these things.

To be blunt, the USA views STEM as low class.

... Really? Since when? What fucked up part of the world do you live in that believes such a silly statement? Who are the 'upper class' then? Blue collar workers perhaps?

I think he's right on this one. The US is entirely about idolizing business and management, in spite of how very bad most of our businesses are managed. If you're in STEM, you are always going to be on the bottom rung. You will be paid much less, you will work longer hours, you will not have nearly as much control or options. You're the one that gets axed when the boss makes a mistake, you're the one that has to stay in the office late when the customer wants a new feature, you're the one that has to take the fall when a very public mistake is caught that probably was the result of some bean counter elsewhere.

Yes, the company comes to a grinding halt if we were to all band together and fight, but that's unlikely. Hell we can't even VOTE together to stop H1B nonsense, never mind do something that might draw attention personally to us.

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Austerity Empowers Re:Still not adding up (243 comments)

If you actually want to find out, instead of 'believing,' then go read the actual studies, for that is where knowledge is to be found.

I am not a psychologist, where do I find such things? Even the responses to my post are all over the place. I'm not doing a "citation please" troll, but all I have found in my searches is very contradictory evidence and in PRACTICE IQ is the gating factor in most texas school districts, and several others I've looked at. IQ continues to be seen as the gold standard practice, or metrics that amount to the same. Innate ability is preferred over achievement. Yet any time you look at IQ results you see it strongly correlated with things that clearly have nothing to do with intelligence (race, upbringing, background, flynn effect, etc.). If psychologists have deprecated IQ or related metrics (i.e. g, and others), why do they still exist? My opinion is it has more to do with money than actual science, but it remains in belief until I can justify it to myself.

I disagree about what companies want, at any given time I am usually employed by one of the top end tech companies, they're all relatively similar. Companies still being seen in a growth phase (which are companies I try to be at, because $$$) tends to want to hire geniuses, we set the bar extremely high and effectively administer an IQ test (granted a very narrowly focused one). We don't make you demonstrate experience, we make you solve problems on the fly, under pressure in a test-taker format. Companies that have peaked want to hire the cheapest person they can find who is fit to do the job, but give them a way to quantify that and I assure you they'd be all over it and make spreadsheets with a red line on it.

about a week ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Austerity Empowers Re:So, I'm doing it wrong (243 comments)

Dogs are cute cats that are also dumb. Encourage your dog with a growth mindset and one day he may be a cat.

about a week ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Austerity Empowers Still not adding up (243 comments)

If this is true, why do psychologists continue to focus so much on IQ? Why do they insist there is a strong, undeniable link between IQ and success that must be catered to? Why has funding for students who, as they say, "are merely bright, but not gifted" entirely disappeared in favor of a fully mainstream approach? Why are the hard working students who achieve but who are not obvious savants lumped in with the merely average, and worst, the probably hopeless (whatever the reason)?

Is this real science, or feel good "also-ran" science for the ignorant and unspecial, as one might be led to believe if one actually believed psychology was anything like actual science? We all want to believe articles like this are true, IQ is a bitter pill to swallow and one that seems even murkier the more one reads about it, however it represents our cultures mindset towards success. No company wants a merely bright hard-working person, they want a genius, they worship that genius. Give an academic institution a test, and they will run off with the truly exceptional students (the SATs allegedly correlate to IQ at 0.82, so they actually DO this). Give a corporation that test and they'll probably rather do without than hire anyone with an IQ below 120, which of course, represents the majority of people.

I prefer to believe what is in this article in the same way that I prefer to believe in Free Will, but, however disappointing this may be, this does not reflect the prevailing attitudes of people that matter. Nothing in this article is substantial enough to use as a weapon to change education, and ultimately it's just feel good drivel, much like I think the IQ studies to date are, although sadly they represent the established convention. From a magazine like Scientific American I want something I can USE to make change.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Austerity Empowers Re:The real crime here (459 comments)

I agree, it's cheaper and does not encourage prison corporations to side with the copyright lobbies.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Austerity Empowers Re:I'd pay for it in a heartbeat! (609 comments)

Also I think his moderation is unfair, it's clearly sarcasm. Either that or we've finally found Paris Hilton's slashdot ID.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Austerity Empowers Re:I'd pay for it in a heartbeat! (609 comments)

You couldn't find anything about fashion online

This pretty much makes my point in 7 words. Thanks.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Austerity Empowers Re:I'd pay for it in a heartbeat! (609 comments)

You know, there was a day, not so long ago, when the internet worked just fine and had very few ads. The ads aren't paying for "the internet". They're paying for people to "work the internet" full time, and it's not very clear how much value they're adding. I'm sure there'd be a loss if we found an effective way of stopping ads, but I don't think it'd be that great for the parts of the internet that make the ISP fee worthwhile. Every loser with a blog and a webcam now loads his page with as many ads as he thinks he can shove down at you, ideally before you see that hte content wasn't what you thought it was, was inane, or was otherwise useless.

20 years ago you could come online and find useful information. Now even the mighty google takes some working over to get through the corporate cruft, click baiting and paid advertisements to get what you came looking for. Even if you could pay to have the ads shut off, you're basically paying ransom to a criminal who holds all the cards.

about a week ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Austerity Empowers Re:Something in this? (105 comments)

I think it's because I have my ebook with me wherever I am and tend to read in line somewhere, or while my wife runs in to the store, while on a treadmill or stationary bike at the gym. In short bursts, while I don't feel I get any less enjoyment of the book (trivial fiction usually), I do have a harder time placing each of the little bits I read together properly.

But I don't think it has to do with the medium at all, I think it has to do with how the medium was consumed and what sort of behaviors it enables.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Austerity Empowers Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

St. Peter: So, what brings you here?
Ex-Parrot: UK firmware update pushed to my car in New York.
St. Peter: Bummer. We haven't seen so many show up at once since Hiroshima. Well, go stand in line.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Austerity Empowers Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

Since lots of businessmen are macho, domineering types

Who usually make decisions based on "gut feelings" and aren't used to people calling them on it because they're making such decisions on things that can't be weighed and measured very well. They don't know what to make of people who make decisions on things that have some absolutism involved, and frequently will not make "gut decisions" when the data is missing and they are asked to.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Austerity Empowers Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (426 comments)

The message that indicates that MS hasn't learned anything and IE is worth ignoring is that they're trying to get DEVELOPERS to give the browser another look. That whole "design for me, lock out the competition" mentality that sensible people ignore. If IE11 is that good, people should willingly use it, not be coerced...

about two weeks ago

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ARM Server Start-up Calxeda Closes Up Shop

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about 8 months ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes ""Calxeda, the pioneering maker of low-power microservers using hundreds of ARM central processor cores and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for hardware appliances, has laid off most of its employees and is shutting down operations beyond servicing its existing customers and investments." A sad day for many of us."
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Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Released, but no eBook until April

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "The final entry in the fantasy series that has been released in 14 volumes over the past 20 years has been released . However in a typical money grubbing strategy that consumers have grown accustomed to from publishers, the eBook option will not release until April . We've seen this with movies, delaying streaming releases to try to drive up sales (and failing, with publishers mostly giving up), but now we also see it with books. Loyal fans are irate, giving 1 star reviews for a book they can't even have read ."
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Apple caves to Think Of The Children

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Apparently in an attempt to maintain a good corporate image, apple has yanked the "Baby Shaker" iPhone app from the app store. While I think there is little doubt that shaking a baby is not a socially acceptable behavior, it appears that good taste is one of many parameters required to sell a product on the iPhone. It would seem little has changed in the smart-phone world, except rather than being dominated by apps acceptable to carriers, we are to be dominated by apps acceptable to Apple."
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Civil War - Part Deux, Texas Strikes Back

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Former presidential candidate and Slashdot dark-horse favorite Ron Paul discusses the merits and patriotism associated with secession, after failing to stop bailout politics. While many of us on any side of the political spectrum might hear the message and agree in part, is this possibly the reason why he remains on the outside looking in at the political machine that is the US Government? Not all of our secessions have exactly been crowning achievements."
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Zombies Invade Austin, Natives Still Weird

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Public safety was given a significant boost yesterday, as a clandestine resistance organization changed electronic roadway signs to warn Austinites of a zombie invasion . The local government ministry of information and hired thugs quickly acted to suppress the information, correcting the signs to innocuous traffic reports. I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords."
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