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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

Not a good thing for whom? For the consumer, increasing supply and the corresponding decrease in price would be a good thing. Your example is exactly the type of market distortion that we should be avoiding! Let each producer make his own decisions about what and how much to produce.

Your taking a very narrow view of "wealth". In the larger view, wealth is the increased availability of more and better goods. Even if a producer makes a bad decision, produces and excess supply and loses money, The overall wealth of society has increased do to those goods being available.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

LDAPMAN Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Remote threat? Your really going to argue that threats from four legged predators are more common than two legged? Even if you spend a lot of time in the wild your in more danger from two legged animals.

4 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

What value?!? He's converting grass that is inedible to humans to dairy products that are edible. He is increasing supply and possible lowering the cost to the consumer. He is feeding people. Economics is not a zero sum game. He is either providing a benefit or or he is going out of business. His impact on other dairy farmers is immaterial. He is creating wealth and prosperity....and not just for himself and his investors.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

First, I don't throw out resumes solely based on formal education. I use that as just one factor in a fairly complex decision making process to decide who to interview. Second, I do a LOT of interviews. There is no substitute for a face-to-face discussion.

The most important things to me are what problems they have solved in the past and how they solved those problems. What responsibilities they have managed. How they deal with stress and uncertainty. How they learn and how quickly they can become an expert on a new topic. Another key thing I look for is military experience.

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

Investment has no real value? Lets say you want be a dairy farmer but you don't have any cows and don't have the money to buy them. I invest in you by providing the funds to establish your herd. Have I provided any value to you? I absolutely have! Would this be good deal for you if that value was realized as a dividend to me? Of course it would. Investment provides real value!

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

And down the rabbit hole we go....

How would you classify dividends and capital gains? In any case your confusing labor with value. Thats the whole point of debate about the Labor Theory of Value. Can all value be equated to labor? It's a complex question and we seem to be on different sides of the issue.

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

You do provide valid example of cost may be equated with labor. However, doing so is not always valid. The Labor Theory of Value has serious issues.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

In short, while all labor=cost not all cost=labor.

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (662 comments)

Actually, I can legally ride my horse on any road in my state other than the Interstate Highway. There is no law that limits me to a specific area.

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:Does the job still get done? (662 comments)

We are in no danger of ideas having little value. We haven't achieved even rudimentary AI. Creativity will always have value.

5 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LDAPMAN Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

Your assuming that the reason for a robot is that it was cheaper than human labor. I don't think this is a valid assumption. It may actually be net more expensive. How about these possible reasons for using a robot.

1. Higher precision
2. Higher quality and consistency
3. Safety
4. The particular task is not directly possible with human labor

It's not necessarily about cost.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

The corner cases are what make you rich. Thats why playing the odds is, as I said originally, not what you want to to do when your goal is to find truly exceptional people.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

Your absolutely right that "hard working, creative, a willingness to step up and take ownership, and high intelligence" is what you want and it's true that the vast majority of the candidates without the degree will not have those traits. Unfortunately, a degree is not a good indicator that they have those traits either.

I've hired and worked with a good number of people over the years that legitimately qualify as a tech "superstar". About 25% had no four year degree and another 25% had a non-technical degree. A tiny fraction had higher degrees. My point was that there are real gems out there that you will miss out on if you blindly require a degree and don't evaluate what they bring to the table.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:I can speak for programming... (279 comments)

This is my experience as well. I would avoid going into debt for another degree unless thats the only way you can get the knowledge you need to do the job. However, if thats the only way you can learn it then you should find another field because your not going to make it to the top anyway.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:my experience (279 comments)

I absolutely agree with this. Go talk to them and find out what fields are available to you. Your existing degree and a few years of real experience will jump you way ahead. You will be much better off than just getting a second degree.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:been there, done that (279 comments)

Your analogy is badly flawed. "Orthopedic Surgeon" in not a degree. It is a medical specialty for someone who has an MD ( though it's possible to do it with other doctorates ). It's absolutely possible your Chiropractor and your Orthopedic Surgeon to have the same undergraduate degree.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LDAPMAN Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

I hate jump into this greatly over-argued debate but it really depends on what type of employee your trying to hire. Your strategy is fine if you want to find conventional thinking people who follow the standard path from point A to point B. However, if your after the rockstars, the absolute impact players, your strategy will throw away most of them. In 25 years of hiring tech professionals, I've found more superstars without the degree than with. I do throw out 99 out of a hundred resumes but don't do it simply based on formal education.

5 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

LDAPMAN Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (150 comments)

Just to put the facts on record, here are the stats for Jan-Oct 2014:

(in Millions of dollars)
Germany: exports to: 41,672 imports from: 102,542
Mexico: exports to: 201,714 imports from: 246,124

If you exclude agriculture from both, Mexico is still much higher. Sorry to be obsessive about this but I do a lot of business in Mexico and I'm constantly annoyed by the people who think the whole country is like Cancun, Cabo. They do have their problems, especially in the remote areas, but the middle class is actually GROWING there. Mexico City is one of the worlds largest cities and Monterrey is an industrial powerhouse.

about a week ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

LDAPMAN Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (150 comments)

What the hell are you talking about? Have you ever been to Monterrey? Mexico has a large industrial base and the economy there is booming. They are a huge trading partner with the U.S. We do tons of business with them even if you exclude agriculture.

https://www.census.gov/foreign...

about a week ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

LDAPMAN Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (150 comments)

Not at all. If you do business in Mexico and Latin America, Spanish is very helpful. However, most educated people in those countries are at least conversational in English. My reply was specifically about why a Canadian IT worker would not encounter Spanish on a day to day basis even though Spanish is likely to be the most common secondary language. (Or in the case of Canada, tertiary)

about a week ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

LDAPMAN Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (150 comments)

Your experience is very IT specific. If you were in construction or food service you would be using Spanish daily.

about a week ago

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New Android Vulnerability

LDAPMAN LDAPMAN writes  |  about 3 years ago

LDAPMAN (930041) writes "Researchers at North Carolina State University have uncovered a variety of vulnerabilities in the standard configurations of popular Android smartphones from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, finding that they don't properly protect privileged permissions from untrusted applications."
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LDAPMAN LDAPMAN writes  |  about 8 years ago

LDAPMAN (930041) writes "Apparently MS is distributing those SuSe subscriptions. Deutche Bank, Credit Suisse, and AIG apparently like the MS-Novell deal.

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT= 104&STORY=/www/story/12-20-2006/0004494691&EDATE=

December 20, 2006 10:00 AM ET Three Large Firms Will Run Their Mixed-Source Environments With a Combination of Microsoft and Novell Software REDMOND, Wash. and WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies today became some of the first customers to tap the benefits of the recently announced collaboration between Microsoft Corp. MSFT and Novell Inc. NOVL on interoperability between Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Linux.* Under three separate customer agreements, Microsoft will deliver to each company SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise subscription certificates, allowing these customers to take advantage of the Microsoft and Novell agreement. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and AIG Technologies, which is a member company of American International Group Inc., highlighted the benefits of interoperability, the patent cooperation agreement and the road map for bidirectional virtualization solutions as the deciding factors in their choice."

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