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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Hardhead_7 Re: It's not technology that's the problem (236 comments)

That's idiotic. Inflation is normal in a healthy economy. It's just that historically, both pay and prices have increased in tandem. During the Regan administration that changed, and wages started to lag, but lately that divergence has been accelerating. Inflation is still happening, but wages are stagnant. The issue isn't inflation - again, a little bit is normal and healthy - but lack of wage inflation.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Hardhead_7 Re:Short-Lived? (778 comments)

Did the study account for the fact that those states already were adding jobs faster than the other states?

Yes. RTFA.

about 3 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Hardhead_7 Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

Really? So, Anonymous Coward knows better than NASA and NOAA and the UN Panel on Cliamate Change? Oh, wait, maybe you don't have any f-ing clue what you're talking about, and the effects of Man-made climate change are radically different than natural variation.

Here's the thing, as you post on Slashdot, I'm going to assume you troubleshoot problems. Maybe it's network infrastructure, maybe it's software, maybe it's server administration. I don't know. But, do you really consider a problem "fixed" if you don't know the cause? If errors are getting thrown everywhere, do you apply band-aid fixes that "seem to work" but you don't know why? I do know those guys. You know what? They're fucking terrible at their jobs. Real troubleshooting is learning the root cause and fixing it. Even if you can't fix the root error directly, if you don't have a real understanding of it, you never know if your band-aids are gong to work.

When someone says "well who cares if it's man-made" or "it's really the alarmists that are the problem" or whatever, it's just another attempt to sow doubt on a model that is just as predictive as Evolution. It matters what caused it, because that influences how you fix it - for instance, if it's man-made, moving off coal power plants to solar, nuclear, wind, etc, is a huge help. So get a clue, stop sticking your head in the sand and changing the subject, and realize that man-made climate change is radically different than natural variation. Idiot.

about 5 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Hardhead_7 Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

Don't forget ideology. Get ready to read a bunch of posts from people who pride themselves on being scientific, but reject a theory that enjoys more support in climatology than the Standard Model does in physics. Just because they're conservative and it would be inconvenient for their politics.

about 5 months ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

Hardhead_7 Re:One bias frequently overlooked (384 comments)

The thing about those kind of stereotypes is, just as TFA mentioned, women absorb them too. "Women are bad at math." "Women are catty with each other." And so on. When a woman buys into them, yet don't she doesn't see herself this way, she may consciously or unconsciously seeks to set herself apart and say "I'm not like other women!"

Then they become the person that a sexist guy cites as his "female friend" that backs up his sexist theories that get perpetuated to the next generation.

about 7 months ago
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Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper

Hardhead_7 Re:Whatever (157 comments)

I completely agree, except the part where you said she wouldn't get quite as many accolades. She wrote the first compiler. That's fucking seminal! Who else can claim a first that big?

about 10 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Hardhead_7 Re: Well-deserved shame (841 comments)

Oh my God, your friend says he got yelled at one time by an IRS agent for deducting something he shouldn't have, and then completely ignored the IRS and still didn't pay it? WHAT MONSTERS.

about 10 months ago
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Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord

Hardhead_7 Re:So, Like any Tournament Model (168 comments)

I don't think I understand your point. How is anybody being denied "academic freedom?" Who is stopping these PhDs from studying whatever they want? Or by academic freedom do you mean "the freedom to make somebody else pay them for their studies?"

This isn't a dig, I really feel like I'm missing a piece of the puzzle because I just don't get the outrage, particularly with this statement: "The idea of academic freedom being available only to those who have already made their most significant contribution (and therefore get tenure which is supposed to provide academic freedom) is an idea that needs to be discussed. It is a problem." If I only have a small pool of money to pay tenured professors, why wouldn't I want to select the ones that have proven themselves?

This is generally done by the same people who use the term "elites" derisively. There's a culture - often promulgated by Libertarians - that people who aren't directly enhancing some corporation's bottom line somewhere don't deserve recognition or respect. The fact is, someone who has made significant contributions to their field deserves some job security.

It's not that these naysayers have a better system for who deserves tenure (or, if they want to eliminate tenure altogether, a tenure-like protection from Administrative whims). They don't want anyone to have such protections, because then scientists who tell inconvenient truths about politics or science ("Hey, did you know Climate Change might be a problem?) can be easily silenced by politically or corporate-backed powers.

Is the tenure system perfect? God, no, but what system involving human pecking order is? But it's pretty good, actually, for the most part! They're a reason the western-style educational system has been rocking it hardcore for hundreds of years now. And the fact is, the attack on professors, tenure, and the scientific elites in general is mostly coming from the corners that are trying to tear down science as an edifice in general.

about a year ago
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Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord

Hardhead_7 So, Like any Tournament Model (168 comments)

There are many career paths, such as professional sports or marketers. But let's use a really inflammatory example to belittle higher education yet again.

about a year ago
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

Hardhead_7 Re:And if they change it they will still be wrong (262 comments)

There's a difference between being wrong, and people thinking something is wrong. For instance, it doesn't matter how many people think Global Warming is a hoax - they're wrong.

Similarly, it doesn't matter if a billion customers think Taiwan is part of China. The real objective truth is Taiwan operates independently. The clue might be that the Taiwan Government is the one complaining.

about a year ago
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Apple Receives Patent For Accessing Sets of Apps With Different Passcodes

Hardhead_7 Prior Art (156 comments)

On Android, I have a lockscreen widget and the camera app is accessible without unlocking.

about a year ago
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John Scalzi's Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel

Hardhead_7 Re:A comedic work? (112 comments)

Scalzi actually does fairly hard sci-fi mostly. Check his Old Man's War novels. They're good.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

Hardhead_7 Re:Good to see (274 comments)

Yes, obviously, one company should own a trademark on any product containing the work "Sky" in it.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Exploding the Phone

Hardhead_7 Redundantly redundant (64 comments)

"In Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell, author Phil Lapsley calls his book 'the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell.'

At this point, I think the editors are trolling us.

about a year ago
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Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

Hardhead_7 Re: in my class (241 comments)

You know what's the worst part? The number of people who deny systematic discrimination exists. Every time a study comes out showing blacks and other minorities get more jail time on average for the same crimes (or in many cases go to jail at all for crimes their white counterparts get a slap on the wrist for), the usual suspects will make vague denunciations of the problem, and then whenever an individual example comes to light, try to make others the badguys for pointing out racial injustice and/or want insurmountable evidence that THIS INDIVIDUAL case was an example of racism before they'll even consider it.

Then they'll usually engage in some light victim blaming, just to spice things up.

You know what I call those people? Racists. Sure, they might not be as bad KKK members burning crosses, but they sure are doing their best to ignore racial equality issues.

about a year ago
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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest

Hardhead_7 Poor Linking (128 comments)

I know Slashdot likes to confuse us with it's hyperlink placement, but I just feel like pointing out that puting the link to TFA on the text "a city that more closely resembles the real world" makes absolutely no sense. That's where a link to a story about the Nissan Leaf DLC should go, at best. The very next sentence, "That's undoubtedly why EA decided to partner with Crest Toothpaste. Yes, toothpaste." is where the hyperlink to go since the hyperlink leads to.... a story about Crest Toothpaste DLC!

I mean, come on! Is no one doing basic proofreading here?

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

Hardhead_7 Re:More facetime (1145 comments)

Does anyone even know what the jokes were? A "dongle" joke could be anything from a lame hammy pun you might catch on a sitcom to outrageously misogynistic rape-humor. It's kind of hard to form a valid opinion of the whole thing without that bit of info.

about a year ago
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Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games

Hardhead_7 Re:They say that now... (221 comments)

Actually, according to this article in Wired the PS4 will be able to do it both ways. Publishers have the option of "registering" their games. Guess which they'll do? This is just a marketing ploy for Sony to be able to say "We aren't disabling used games, the publishers are!

about a year and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

Hardhead_7 Hardhead_7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hardhead_7 (987030) writes "Seeing the recent article on Slashdot about how much your degree is worth got me thinking. I've been working in the IT field for several years now, but I don't have anything to my name other than an A+ certificate and vendor specific training (ie, Dell certified). Now I'm looking to move up in the IT field, and I want some stuff on my resume to demonstrate to future employers that I know what I'm doing, enough that I can get in the door for an interview. So my question to Slashdot is this: What certifications are the most valuable and sought-after? What will impress potential employers and be most likely to help land a decent job for someone who doesn't have a degree, but knows how to troubleshoot and can do a bit of programming if needed?"
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Can a Domain Name be Defamation on It's Own?

Hardhead_7 Hardhead_7 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hardhead_7 writes "Glen Beck's Lawyers appear to be going after the newly-popular GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com, stating that the domain name alone is defamatory, even though the site has a clear disclaimer marking it as satire. Of course, he could clear all this up by simply denying the rumors and releasing his criminal record in all 50 states, but he's sending in his lawyers instead.... sort of proving the website's point."
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