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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ComputerGeek01 Re:Does the job still get done? (677 comments)

And it's going to be very hard to convince people to go to work day in and day out when they can have a comfortable life doing whatever they please.

No it won't. Some of us will always want more then what our neighbors have and that right there will be our incentive to work. If everyone around me is supplied with enough money to live comfortably and take one vacation a year, then I would work for two or maybe three vacations a year. Not to mention the boredom factor of being at home all day, social interaction at the workplace, the sense of accomplishment that some of us are lucky enough to get from our jobs. These are all positive reasons to work that people take for granted. While it may be true that you can get most of these from school, there's a certain point where you would want to apply your knowledge instead of just reading about theory. In my experience forcing people to work just makes them miserable, and they are almost universally the worst employees no matter what the job might be.

The biggest problem I see with just handing out a comfortable life style to everyone would be managing crime. Some people just do stupid things when they have nothing better to do with their time. If their quality of living is guaranteed because they don't have to worry about losing a job that they require to survive then consequences like prison are going to mean less to them.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

ComputerGeek01 Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Even if you wanted to argue that the customers deserve more compensation than 50cents per month because of the real estate used by the modem, considering they can easily take up less than a tenth of a square foot, plugging that into the average square-foot rate for real estate in the area where the customer lives would probably only amount to perhaps a only a few additional pennies per month. If you factor in the notion that it would not be reasonable to compensate them for 100% of that, becuase the customer is getting some use out of the modem as well, it probably doesn't even work out to a whole penny.

Wow, it's a good thing that absolutely none of what you mentioned any where in your post has any impact what so ever on what is in effect a real estate agreement between two private entities. Unless Comcast suddenly qualifies for some kind of federal housing allowance that I want to allow them to use, the average square-foot rate for real estate does not come into play any where at any time. If I have no interest in charging a rate that is "competitive" for use of my property then I don't have to, if they do not agree with my rates then they are free to go somewhere else. The law is quite simple in this case, it's "pay up or fuck off" in other words capitalism at its finest.

This isn't about how insignificant the price of electricity might be, or what a fair rate to reimburse customers is or any of that crap. This is the fact that their company wants the ability to use property I own to make a profit. The physical location that I own has a value to them and they have to pay the rate that I charge (which by the way would be a hell of a lot more then 50 cents a month) because without my cooperation they would not be able to offer coverage for this service in the immediate area. Give it a minute, some idiot right now hasn't read to the end of this sentence and is thinking "Well it would be unreasonable for Comcast to negotiate private contracts with each of it's customers blah blah blah...". My preemptive response to this oblivious person is simple, I don't give a damn. I simply don't care about what is or isn't reasonable to expect or economical for Comcast to do, their convenience is absolutely none of my concern. My concern is the use of property I own to make a profit. Can you see the flaw in your retarded excuse of an argument yet?

about two weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

ComputerGeek01 Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

How many programmers write compilers?

There's a lot more "mechanics" than "engineers" in the real world.

How many engineers redesign the wheel for each and every problem? Competent engineers know when the tools they have are adequate to address the task at hand.

about a month ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

ComputerGeek01 Re:Hire the Russians hackers to prevent police act (86 comments)

All right, maybe they aren't Russian, I don't know. But why not try to find these uber-coders that you always hear about to do some pen testing of the Tor code? It's in their best interest to make sure Tor is as secure as possible.

What are you talking about? The only thing Tor does is add layers of indirection between the client and host, the data still needs to eventually be able to find a viable route between A and B. When a large percentage of connections using the TOR protocol end up at the same hand full of places, which is something that you can determine when you have access to a Tier 1 service providers records btw, then it helps narrow down the number of suspects you need to investigate. The only way to remain secure in that world is to remain small.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

ComputerGeek01 Re:Redistribution (739 comments)

Just because A can cause B, does not entail that A is a B in the sense you are implying.

Nor does it preclude the possibility. The entire concept of insurance is cost distribution to begin with, by taking a small portion of the income of all of those involved so as to mitigate the large expenses when those in the group require them. Now this law has made it mandatory to include more people in these groups. More people means more risk, more risk means more cost, that cost is distributed among the group by taking more of their income. Ergo, more income is being redistributed. So although you are technically correct in your statement about causality; in the context of this scenario your statement is wrong.

about 2 months ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

ComputerGeek01 Re:F the UK (489 comments)

Everyone has the right to free speech, but it ceases being free speech when it crosses certain bounds (shouting fire in a crowded theatre, incitement to violence, solicitation of criminal activity, etc). All of these cases are nuanced and require careful balance...

And everyone of those crimes are accounted for in already existing laws. So political peacocking for the sake of their constituents, or whatever they are known as over there, doesn't do anything productive. All they are doing is fuzzing the line of demarcation for what is a crime and what isn't in the hopes that they can grab more supporters or hold on to the ones who are already there.

Let me ask you for your honest opinion on this; if I anonymously threaten to hurt you, does it make a difference to you whether it's done by phone, Facebook post, Email or snail mail? Is the threat to you any more or less real depending on the medium of delivery? Why then do we have to explicitly state that is a crime if done by a different form of communication and potentially proscribe a separate penalty? Do you think this law actually does anything or helps anybody?

about 2 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

ComputerGeek01 Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

I believe the idea that unions are still relevant is a popular message among the corporate media. For example when Hostess went bankrupt in 2012 due to mismanagement, the press reported mostly that the business would have to close if the unions didn't make concessions. Never mind the fact that they had previously made many concessions in the past, and the new contract would result in wages barely over minimum wage yet would not touch executive bonuses. OCP owns the police.

Now let's compare that situation with a list recent failures from say the IBEW: queue crickets.... Maybe this trend actually says more about unions who provide protection for skilled labor and actual talent vs. monkeys who press a button on an assembly line and who don't actually know what that button does.

Here's a hint for all of those who are for a a union to protect their job; if your employer threatens to hire a scab from outside of your union, and your reaction is anything other then either A.) laughing in his face until you need to be hospitalized asphyxia or B.) grabbing a bag of popcorn to watch the inevitable shit show. Then your "union" never had any leverage to begin with.

about 2 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

ComputerGeek01 Re:Yes, Yes You Do (221 comments)

I don't think that the dogs protecting the white house are trained simply for pain compliance like your day to day police dogs are. I've always imagined them to be German Shepard's that are trained to think they are Terriers and Whippets. When the rep made that comment about not using the dogs when the runner is not carrying a bag, he was probably referring to the protocol that tells them when it is OK to use the dogs, like when the suspect has to be stopped but the risk to the human agent is too great. As for the utilization of snipers in that scenario, I'll admit that I don't know too many snipers in person but I would hope that at some point in their training some one tells them that shooting at a home made explosive device is generally a bad idea.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ComputerGeek01 Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

... Their defense? You got it. Second amendment, their right to stack their real and loaded rifles and their children's rifles in the same place. Their one kid is dead, and the other is living with the fact that he gut shot her and killed her.

I personally see this as a failure in the court system that allows an inapplicable defense plea to be submitted. They were correct, they did have the right to do stupid things. What makes that irrelevant, and what they clearly did not understand, is that when those stupid things lead to a fatality then they will be charged with negligent homicide. It's their counsel's fault that they didn't understand the situation well enough to put together a better defense. And now, because the testimony of the defendant is not adherent to any of the same guidelines as say the testimony from a witness or even that of the plaintive, the press is provided with an unlimited range of sound bites to politicize, skew and spin to their black little hearts delight. Call me a liberal if you want to, but I believe that your right to not self incriminate implicitly allows you the right to understand what the hell you're being charged with in the first place! If that really were the case here then you wouldn't see asinine statements like this one made.

In the end though, can you really be surprised at the seemingly insane attempt to defend themselves? How many times have you done or said something stupid for which there was no excuse? Didn't you still try to flounder for an argument that would prevent the backlash at least some of the time?

about 3 months ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

ComputerGeek01 Re:A little preparation handles that (191 comments)

It's a third- world environment, but with unions and Democrat labor laws.

Normally I wouldn't entertain the idea of politicizing what is clearly an economic and social development issue; but what the hell I'll respond.

I'm not sure how you think that unions work where you are from. But here in the US what they do is monopolize the labor pool for a given trade on a per entity basis; they do not annex an entire cities population all at one a time. But, solely for the sake of your argument, let's say that a labor union somehow actually DID manage to maintain the peoples faith, in a swing state that has been losing jobs and economically depressed for the passed four decades, and which also currently has a Republican Governor, enough so that they still have some semblance of a presence. And just to get it out of the way let's assume that this union also specialized in shale oil extraction, something that Ohio has never exported on any kind of a scale before. That union is only going to concern itself with it's niche in the host entity. Where as the over whelming majority of jobs and wealth being created are going to be from externalities that are not directly associated with this market. Now if you are contending that the unions are the reason that the jobs left this area in the first place then you are making the mistake of assuming that any of the host entities production models stood a snowballs chance in hell of competing with or catering too emerging markets. They didn't, not a single one of them even tried.

Please remember that this is Slashdot, not Facebook. You will occasionally be asked to back up your claims with something that at least appears to be evidence.

about 4 months ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

ComputerGeek01 Someone should look-up the term "Rebound" (191 comments)

From what the article says, this is a bump in manufacturing from short term contracts, this is hardly a sustainable client base. My guess is that at the very most this will be a benefit for one generation, maybe two at the very most. A few thousand jobs is nothing to shrug off but I hope that these towns are prepared for what is going to happen within the next 20 to 40 years. The cheap housing and sharp increase in demand will attract real-estate prospectors; and just like these sociopathic leeches always do, they will start building up their little housing price bubbles and once again the idea that maybe "infinite growth" can be a real thing is going to settle in the backs of peoples minds. I'm not saying that we should stop this kind of thing mind you. The money generated in this way is very real, even if the actual wealth is not. But we should be better prepared for the fallout this time.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

ComputerGeek01 Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Comments are a hack to work around the failure to write code which is sufficiently clear and expressive (note that I'm talking about inline comments, not comments used to generate documentation). When I find myself typing a comment, I step back and look for ways to improve naming, or refactor, until the comment is no longer necessary.

Talk about misleading advice. I agree with your premise that the purpose of your code should be apparent through a the use of a meaningful naming convention but that does NOT eliminate the need for comments. Comments should be redundant, they are meant to confirm the obvious so that there is no room to second guess what that section of code is meant to do. Your code may be "clean" and "easy to read" but that means something between jack and shit to the poor PFY who has to bring it into compliance with a new standard. Who do you honestly think is better off? The intern who has the privilege of learning from your immaculate structure while basking in the glow of your brilliance; or the guy who can read what you've done and make the changes he needs to and make it out of the office in time to meet that new blonde from accounting out for drinks?

about 4 months ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

ComputerGeek01 Re:Value of physical examination (97 comments)

The physical examination should never be dispensed with in the long run. But in the case of a routine checkup for someone like myself, mid 20's non-smoking male, it seems like one of those things that is done just because I happen to be there anyway. Maybe the frequency of a physical visit could be cut down to once a year, or every 18 months with this system. It would mean one less potential scheduling conflict for the both of use without completely ignoring my health and if I could double book and have a check-up interview while I'm already away on vacation with the family then I'm all for it. The pointed questions that a doctor asks are the really valuable part of the check-up because something that sets on gradually, like my carpel-tunnel, isn't something that I would ever have noticed until it was far too late. But since my doctor knows what I do for a career and asked that one direct question; I can start to take steps to mitigate the problem before surgery is even a consideration.

about 5 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

ComputerGeek01 Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

You laugh, but it just goes to show that you have no idea what kind of trouble we are having in integrating Internet Explorer with that project.

about 5 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

ComputerGeek01 Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

The difference is that its a lot harder for the NSA to get a microphone into the office of a German agency (and a lot worse for international relations if the NSA did it and the Germans found out) than it is for the NSA to hack into the computers at a German agency from a computer room at Ft Meade.

Even I own a laser mic; I'm sure the NSA has way cooler stuff at their disposal for extracting sound remotely.

Does this whole hipster throw back move to antiquated technology seem ass backward to anyone else? Is it that hard to simply not plug a PC into a network? You're worried about someone with a thumb drive? Fill the USB slots with non-conductive wood glue and let's see what they do then.

about 5 months ago
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Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

ComputerGeek01 Re:Windows DLL injection attack vector. (75 comments)

Damn it, you're going to make me burn the mod points I have already spent in this thread to educate the other *nix fan boys like you. First of all Windows offers a boat load more process memory protection then most other major Linux distros out there which is why DLL injection is necessary in the first place where as in Linux I can just dump the data I want from any memory page I damn well please once I'm running on the remote system. UAC may have been a bit late to the game but it's here now. However despite this solid protections scheme Windows must still remain functional for developers, so the WinAPI is forced to offer some method of run-time debugging for most processes (it does NOT allow this for all of them; things like csrss and lsass are off limits). DLL injection is accomplished by first locating the load point of the Kernel32 DLL in the target process and then going to the offset where the exported GetProcAddress() and LoadLibrary() functions are and invoking them through CreateRemoteThread(). Before even that occurs though the strings that all three of those functions rely on have to already be present in the remote process, this is done with first allocating the memory with VirtualAllocEx() and then writing to it with WriteProcessMemory(). In order for any part of this operation to be possible the end user would have had to of allowed the infection to enable the SeDebug privilege for the malicious process in the first place. Meaning that at some point the end user f***ed the pooch all on their own without Evil Old Microsoft having done anything stupid. Further more absolutely NONE of this would be in the slightest bit relevant if the information was encrypted in process to begin with and that is the fault of the banking systems software vendor. So get off of your wooden high horse, a well documented API being utilized by incompetent third parties is not an insecure one.

about 5 months ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

ComputerGeek01 Re:How did Java beat C (197 comments)

Java is a decent language for a lot of different areas but doesn't come to the table in any one area and own the hill.

Except, you know, that whole Android API thing...

about 6 months ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

ComputerGeek01 Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

As for batteries -- they don't generate energy.

How is it that batteries work in your little world then? Please, enlighten us. Because here in reality they operate by using a chemical reaction to transfer electrons between two differing metal plates. You could try to argue and say that isn't generating energy, it is simply releasing it. But then I would be unable to help myself from pointing out that energy in fact cannot be created or destroyed.

Batteries != Capacitors;

You're right about solar panels in that they do take up a metric butt-load of space. As for cleaning them, that is a real problem. If only we had the technology to do that automatically. Maybe some kind of wiper blades attached to an oscillating motor to clear away particulates so that light could pass through a transparent medium designed to shield the panels from the wind ... Hmmm ... What technology could we possibly posses that would accomplish this feat of engineering?

about 6 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

ComputerGeek01 Re:Disclaimer? (346 comments)

>The problem with that is, is if was sent to your email address, you are the intended recipient. No you're not, when the email was sent by mistake.

I'm having trouble figuring out where to begin explaining how incorrect this statement is. Your argument is intent? OK, let's start there. The users intent was to send an Email. This user intentionally entered real world confidential information into the body of this Email message. Then this user intentionally entered a fully qualified and valid Email address into the "TO:" field of the Emails header and finally they intentionally sent this message to the previously mentioned Email address. Tripping over a power cable is a mistake, everything about this action was deliberate.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

ComputerGeek01 Re:If some idiot leaves a space heater running 24/ (349 comments)

Probable old school Slashdot troll, but what the hey, I'll bite. I won't even mention their complete refusal to upgrade our decaying infrastructer because that would just be too easy. When you consume a Kilowatt you are consuming an actual resource. This is a unit of energy that requires a certain amount of fuel to generate. There is actually a potential compounding effect with it's usage since the power company has to plan to over produce in order to prevent potential brown outs. So a rising trend in power usage over a long enough period of time will cause a shift in the power generated by the plant. This is why we except that the do-do running the space heater will except the monetary penalty involved with being a moron.

On the other hand a Kilobyte is an abstraction that is used to quantify data, it is not finite resource. This is not a commodity and the cost of it's existence is covered in the static overhead of the entire operation. There is hardly anything (as far as the ISP is concerned) consumed by its use, and if it is not used then it is not wasted and it's existence adds nothing to their cost of operation.

about 6 months ago

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