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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

JavaLord Hairdresser (509 comments)

Tell her to go to beauty school and become a hairdresser.

1. It's not outsourceable.
2. It's unlikely to be automated due to the precision required involving sharp objects around the skull.
3. It's more an art than a science.
4. You get to meet people in your local community.
5. The hours are reasonable.
6. In general it's a respectable profession.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

JavaLord Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

... why can't he waive state laws?

The last time the president did that, hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives in the resulting conflict.

Presidents (and federal officials) can browbeat states into changing state law pretty easily by threatening to revoke federal funds.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

JavaLord Re:I'm shocked! (278 comments)

The other 20% are probably the ones they aren't storing on purpose at their master's behest.

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

JavaLord Criteria (285 comments)

The submission sort of gets at this, but what should be some criteria for judging "the best" programmers?

Having discovered an algorithm? (Bonus points if it's named after you).
Created a programming language?
Written a book (on programming)?
Created a program that was somehow valuable or meaningful?
Educated other programmers?

about three weeks ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

JavaLord Re:lol mimes (203 comments)

Street Performer is a euphemism for public nuisance.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

JavaLord Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

Most studies have found an IQ to income correlation of 0.4 to 0.5. That is not particularly strong, but it isn't zero. The correlation is weaker for people with very high IQs. Someone with an IQ of 100 (normal) will earn much more than someone at 60 (mildly retarded). Someone with an IQ of 120 will do significantly better than someone at 100. But someone with an IQ of 160 (genius) will do little better than someone at 120, on average.

Higher IQ's likely get diverted into research and education which may not pay as well as something like investment banking. We should really start tracking sociopath scores and seeing if they have any correlation with income.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

JavaLord Re:Before you start complaining... (548 comments)

according to our social contract

Show me this "social contract". I think a big part of the problem here is delusional reasoning based on imaginary things that don't actually exist. I grant that there is cooperation in a society, it is an inherent and necessary component. But to claim that is a "contract", requires that the thing be voluntary and agreed to.

In any type of reasonable court the "social contract" concept would be thrown out due to Unconscionability. One side has grossly unequal bargaining power. Social Contract is a nicer way of saying "Ultima Ratio".

about a month and a half ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

JavaLord Re:Before you start complaining... (548 comments)

The flip side of that is that NO western job is worth the prevailing wage, except in ultra competitive fields with international mobility like movie or basketball stars. For all other jobs, cooks, engineers, doctors, street vendors, architects and bankers etc., you will always find some equally qualified individual in some developing country ready to work for (significantly) less.

If skilled workers were paid what their production was actually worth, employers wouldn't profit from the transaction and hiring them would be counterproductive for employers. Employment is an arbitrage game, where employers offer employees some stability in return for being paid less than the actual goods they produce are worth.

The fact that globalization, technology and the liberalization of gender roles has expanded the workforce and thus pushed wages down is predictable. It's somewhat interesting that the fields that still have a large gender gap (Nurses, Computer Programmers) have some of the highest wages...likely because of a lack of supply of workers. Nice to see Google is trying to "fix" that....

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

JavaLord Re:Specialization is for insects (737 comments)

“I recognize that I possess a very special intellect, but at the same time, I recognize that I'm lacking in a lot of areas. But being well-rounded is greatly overrated.”-John Carmack

about 4 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

JavaLord They're scared they won't be able to. (878 comments)

If the US gets missile defense systems into the Ukraine they could theoretically win a nuclear war with a first strike. This is what has Putin's panties in a bunch. This is also why Russia was so upset with the US considering putting their missile defense systems in Poland.

It would still be a crazy gambit, as Russia still has nuclear subs, and who the heck would want to take the risk? Is Putin just paranoid, or would the US really try to win a nuclear war? There are some crazy motherfuckers in positions of power in the US.

about 4 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

JavaLord Re:Well then (294 comments)

This doesn't make any sense to me either. Current pills containing hydrocodone are a mixture with other drugs, mostly other drugs that have a higher toxicity, and part of the reason for that is to keep people from taking too many of them. If you OD on Vicodin, it's not the 5mg of hydrocodone that kills you, it's the 500mg of acetaminophen. For a 50kg person, you can get to a reasonably toxic quantity of acetaminophen (200 mg/kg) with 20 vicodin, which gives you a dose of 100mg of hydrocodone, or 2 mg/kg. Quick googling found this: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-... that gives animal toxicity studies showing an LD50 for hydrocodone in the range of 86 mg/kg (mice) to 375 mg/kg (rats). Granted, you certainly don't want to take anything *near* to the LD50 of any drug, but the highest dosage for a Zohydro pill is 50 mg. For a 50kg person to get a dose of 1/4 the mouse LD50 would be over 20 pills. As noted, if those 20 pills were vicodin, then they would also be toxic, but only because of the acetaminophen. And really, if you're downing 20 of *any* prescription painkiller, you almost certainly have a different goal in mind than temporary pain relief. I just really don't see this as causing much harm, and potentially helping a fairly specific set of people who need it.

People who are intent on abusing pills can get around the acetaminophen simply by breaking the pills up, putting them in cold water, and running them through a coffee filter. This is known as cold water extraction.

Part of the reason for the acetaminophen in painkillers is because of a loophole in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act that classified pure Hydrocodone as a strictly controlled Schedule II drug (Which Zohydro will fall under). However, Hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin, which contains Hydrocodone and acetaminophen, into the less strict Schedule III classification. As a Schedule III drug, combination drugs such as Vicodin can be refilled as many as five times, while Schedule II drugs can be filled only once.

So why is there so much pushback against Zohydro, when it clearly fits a need and will be more difficult to obtain and abuse than Vicodin? I think it might have to do with the fact that it's put out by a tiny company (Zogenix) rather than one of the big players. Teva Pharmaceuticals who literally spent millions on lobbying last year has a competing product "TD Hydrocodone" which they're trying to get to market, but Zogenix beat them to it. If Zohydro were delayed for a little while, perhaps they could get to market with their competing drug and given their vastly larger resources they'd likely win market share. Another large company Purdue Pharma (the makers of OxyContin) also have something in the works

about 5 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

JavaLord Masters Of the Carrot and the Stick (253 comments)

They're doing a great job of maximizing revenue from a declining game. Instead of just coming out and offering everything on the store, they just offered pets and mounts at first. The implication was in game purchases would be limited to "Cosmetic items", and of course those willing to buy just cosmetic items did, since there were no functional items competing for their money.

Now they've crossed the Rubicon and will allow you to buy levels, as long as you buy the expansion. It's a good way to increase profits when you have a declining playerbase.

about 5 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

JavaLord Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

The phrasing in the 8th amendment is "cruel and unusual" FYI, and I'm pretty sure a court will find a stay of executions necessary until a new method is devised.

What is considered Cruel and Unusual changes over time.

A firing squad, beheading or hanging were considered just fine for a long time. Same goes for the Electric Chair, it was all the rage for decades. Now we're trying to put people to "sleep" with a comfy pillow and a bedtime story.

Personally, I'd like to see hanging make a comeback.

I'd probably take the firing squad (or the Chinese bullet to the back of the head) before relying on some buffoon of a doctor in Ohio to try to get a sedative dose right.

about 6 months ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

JavaLord As opposed to (223 comments)

A government-approved mobile operating system, especially in China of all places, reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying."

As opposed to an operating system created by an American corporation, which reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying.

about 6 months ago
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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

JavaLord Re:tl;dr no change except more outsourcing (359 comments)

And the intertwining of corporation and state increases.

Remember, libertarians: power will always find a vacuum. So there will always be strong government - the only thing we can influence is who controls the strings.

Really, this is just strong government period. The government is telling corporations they must store data for surveillance purposes. This is a tax, as business must pay for the storage. Big business might not mind it that much, because it increases barriers to entry for small guys and creates and incentive for the government to keep them in business.

I'd agree that totally removing a government creates a power vacuum. However, if Obama had made strict rules regarding a citizens privacy in regards to government and business that wouldn't create a power vacuum it would just mean the citizens are the empowered entity in the equation.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

JavaLord Just a thought.. (380 comments)

Maybe some people aren't updating because new OS X features have been more annoying than helpful of late. Taking "Save As" out of textedit and creating a version control system was the point where I decided I'd wait out future upgrades until I had the time to read about what people were whining about with the new version.

about 7 months ago
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Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

JavaLord Re:Boo :-( (73 comments)

Kind of Brangelina

Yes, the only question, like with Brangelina is which star is inside which.

about 7 months ago
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California Man Arrested for Running 'Revenge Porn' Website

JavaLord Quick... (252 comments)

. Bollaert was charged under a California identity theft law that prohibits using identifying information of a person without their permission

Quick, sue the NSA.

about 8 months ago
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Private Mars One Mission Contracts Lockheed For Exploratory Mission

JavaLord Re:Protection (35 comments)

I hope they pack a 3D printer with them. Could need to make guns if we come across any martian folk.

But can you use a 3D printer to make a 3D printer?

about 8 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

JavaLord Re:Maybe the Patent Office will notice (292 comments)

But think of the levels of trust! SURELY, you would trust a treasured name in industry, over a rag tag bunch of pirates who choose to remain anonymous, right? Anyone would trust these guys with their money.

Can we call it "Shitcoin"?

about 8 months ago

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World of Warcraft expansion details leaked.

JavaLord JavaLord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JavaLord (680960) writes "The new expansion to World of Warcraft titled "Wrath of the Lich King" recently went into friends and family alpha testing. Some of the first screenshots, along with notes on new spells have been leaked on the world of warcraft forums and other websites only to be pulled down. As usual, the internet routes around censorship, and the low down on Wrath of the Lich King can be found here"
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World of Warcraft - Exploiting Arenas for Profit!

JavaLord JavaLord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JavaLord (680960) writes "Gameriot has an interview up with a college kid who goes by the name 'Holyfusion' who makes $600 dollars a week by selling his services in the World of Warcraft arena. What's his secret? Blizzards poorly designed arena system allows the buying and selling of teams at any time. The teams are rated on an ELO system. The player gets points at the end of the week which can be used to buy powerful items. Holyfusion levels up many teams a week, then sells them to other players for either direct paypal payments, or gold which he then resells to websites who specialize in MMO currency sales.

Meanwhile, the design of the arena system in World of Warcraft has caused havoc for less skilled players, who often run into the best players in the game in the lower brackets, because the best players spend all their time re-leveling teams to sell."

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How reliable are the digital images we see in the news?

JavaLord JavaLord writes  |  more than 10 years ago I submitted this to slashdot, but I guess they weren't interested. Maybe you will be. It's an article by John Dvorak talking about how easy it is to fool the US media with Photoshopped digital images. Check it out

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