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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

HBI Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (669 comments)

Markets are the most efficient way to find the value of anything. Setting an artificially high value for labor harms those seeking jobs, minimizing the number that become available. The government is a blunt instrument and cannot possibly adjust the value appropriately.

  Moreover, those who want to raise the minimum wage, like you, are looking toward the forlorn hope of a "living wage" being the actual minimum value of labor. It is not, and never will be equivalent. Minimum wage means minimum requirements - educational, responsibility and social requirements all bound into one. If you are making minimum wage that means that you aren't expected to have any distinguishing characteristic. If your level of ambition and accomplishment is to be entirely undistinguished and achieve nothing more than the absolute minimum, then living in poverty is what you deserve, since you aren't interested in doing better than that. In this way, we encourage effort on the part of all that are capable of same.

2 days ago

Terminal Ballistics and Ferguson

HBI Weight (10 comments)

He was apparently 293 lbs. That's bigger than me and i'm huge. (6' 7" and 265)

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

HBI It's impossible (382 comments)

No one wants to talk seriously online to total strangers. Where's the value add? These people aren't part of your social network and with the relative anonymity of posting online, they won't be. Back in the Fido days, we'd actually know the other posters in our net and might meet up with them on a regular basis. Where's the tie-in here? It's no wonder that it's all trolling, all the time.

Only a special environment composed exclusively of people from a real life community of interest could possibly overcome this.

about 2 months ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

HBI Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

What FPS BS? I deployed. I was under fire. Death was seen, bodies, human bones, discarded equipment with blood splotches, people shitting themselves, the whole nine yards. I still love FPS games. They are fun and are imaginary.

about 2 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HBI Re:Limited perspective (962 comments)

Nothing exemplifies the beta male mindset like mod points!

about 3 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HBI Re:Limited perspective (962 comments)

More to the point, this is just about power. Squeaky wheels getting oil. It has nothing to do with the horrors of dealing with other people*, except when it can be emotionally harnessed to achieve more power.

Get older - you realize it's all bullshit posturing for power for people ill-equipped to achieve it through honest means. In other words, beta males and most women. It's ineffectual and the power achieved is of a group nature in most cases, which is the worst kind. But it doesn't stop people from seeking it by trumpeting how terrible their life has been. Race peddlers, gender peddlers, homosexual activists - all the same.

Nothing but contempt for the idea and the execution. Something to be routed around.

* And it's most assuredly horrific, but we all get to deal with it at some level or another.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

HBI Re:Automated troubleshooting? (265 comments)

That is not true. If my job is important and my systems are important, i'm on site to make sure that change is successful.

When I was with IBM, our policy was to open up a conference call and have all the requisite support staff on the call until the change window closed. You paid through the nose for that kind of support, but our downtime was minimal and some customers needed that.

When I am working in theater on critical systems in wartime, I don't sit in my fucking hooch and use automated tools. My ass is in front of the boxes in question to respond instantly. The alternative is broken tactical systems meaning bad information being used to make decisions meaning dead people.

Your slack attitude doesn't cut it in the places I work.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

HBI Automated troubleshooting? (265 comments)

Maintenance windows are at off-hours to accomodate real work happening. If every action was painless and produced the desired result, you could do it over lunch or something like that. But that's not the real world.

This begs the question of how the hell are you going to fix unexpected problems in an automated fashion? The answer is, you aren't. Therefore, you have to be up at 2am.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

HBI Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

So we got rid of human slavery but are forced to endure ...human slavery? Is that your argument?

about 3 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

HBI Re:And when the video feed dies... (468 comments)

It had side windows and a periscope. Lindbergh would bank to look at things out the side windows. None of the above had failure modes anything like a video camera on a wire. Your point?

about 4 months ago

After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

HBI Did anyone care anymore? (105 comments)

I believe my first computer "magazine" was a photocopied zine for Apple computers from back in the 70s. I think I bought my last computer magazine in about 2000. The web killed the market for such things long ago.

about 4 months ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

HBI Re:Back in the '80's (293 comments)

The main problem is that computer education fails to teach the basics - the simple lessons about input and output. Then, isolates the student so far from the hardware atop multiple layers of software cruft that you'll never get an idea how the real machine works.

I took an undergrad Computer Architecture class which was very nice. Had an excellent, simplistic virtual machine environment (MARIE) with a very short list of opcodes. By the time you were done with that, you should understand the things we understood back in the 70s and 80s working on Z-80 CP/M boxes or 8088s (or 6502s...). We should teach that class at the High School level.

about 4 months ago

7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

HBI Re:They can go to 110% and beyond (197 comments)

Well, making shitty phones - either because the OS sucks (Windows Phone) or the hardware is flaky (HTC - the one HTC phone I owned was not particularly good) doesn't make it extremely likely that people are going to buy your phones.

about 5 months ago

UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

HBI Re:Knee Jerk Yo Yo (180 comments)

The Russians thought this way during WWI and WW2. So did the Chinese during the Korean War. They suffered casualty rates that ran to 10:1. Human steamroller tactics produce a lot of bodies but not a lot of results.

about 5 months ago

How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

HBI How is 'free to play' constricting? (115 comments)

People aren't going to pay for stuff that they don't need. Games aren't necessary. It would have to be a hell of a game on your phone to justify spending money.

Charging money for every game would just assure that very few or none of them get played. A Chili's near me put in small touchscreen terminals that handle credit card swipes at each table. Avoids waiting for the server to bring you the bill, it's nice. They also have games on the terminal. Every one costs at least a buck. I haven't seen one get played yet.

Creating a new economy doesn't work if no one shows up.

about 6 months ago


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HBI HBI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I posted something in 2007 about leaving and I apparently came back at some point, but now it's going to have to be for good.

Some statistics:

On Facebook, Reddit has 115k likes. Slashdot has 400 something.

I think this says something about left wing amateur journalism. Where /. went wrong was the political shit. It's a surefire way to piss off your readership. There were other huge errors but that one was very big. Leave the politics to politics sites. But then again, it appears that /. is a political site now, too. A bad one.


Does having all these left-wing assholes posting pay the bills?

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I sure hope it does. They are retarded enough that they'd drive off any new blood. It's been a long time since I learned anything by reading the comments on any article here.

I post once a month now, and will probably cut even that back. Many days I don't even bother visiting.


Multiply sucks moose schlong

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just FYI. Totally inaccessible *again*. Looks like the competence they demonstrated for a few short months is fleeting.


An incident of bad moderation does it for me finally

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fuck Slashdot.

I've had it with this place finally. Just about everyone I knew on here has fled the site in one way or another. Almost the last to leave, I bid you farewell.

You idiots ran it into the ground. Nice work. You had a vibrant community and wrecked it with posting limitations, moderation bugs and the irrelevant M2. 'Overrated' has to be the biggest laugh ever. I could spend every mod point I ever got on overrated mods and never be subject to M2.

You had a quite active (at least 100 people that I could identify) journaling circle which left for Multiply about 6 months ago because of all the harassment on here.

A friend of mine left about 2 months ago. His complaint was about the leftist slant on everything. He was right, of course, but that's almost an irrelevancy after the previously catalogued sins.

A large number of the people I mention were former subscribers, myself included.

The whole place is low grade dreck by this point and the articles are the same tripe every day. The insightful comments are rare, and the idiots posting are mostly just that, idiots. I used to learn something from reading here, but instead am annoyed incessantly nowadays.

In two words: bad administration.

Oh, and the editors were often flaming assholes too.

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