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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LordLucless Re:This is not the problem (571 comments)

The richest company in the world (Apple) makes products that are only intended for a very small percentage of even a wealthy nation's population (46.3% of households with iPads have income over $100k [comscore.com]).

What percentage of the US population has a household income of over $100k? In a two-income household, that's $50k each, which isn't a particularly high income here.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LordLucless Re:Going back (262 comments)

Because as everyone knows, a liberal arts course makes you a better person, whereas STEM leaves you bitter, cynical and competent.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

LordLucless Re:been there, done that (262 comments)

Case in point: One 'liberal arts' friend of mine plays the king of the White Walkers on GoT. Another works on The Daily Show. How's your job look now, keyboard monkey?

Pretty darn good.

You have one friend who plays a minor, non-speaking role in a popular TV series. How much did that net him, and how long is that job likely to last before his out looking for another one? You have another friend who "works" on The Daily Show. That could range from really impressive (he hosts it) to the rather unimpressive (he cleans up the studio after everyone's left).

I guess if you get your job satisfaction from tossing around the names of well-known TV shows, that's a good gig. I prefer job security and a good paycheck.

yesterday
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

LordLucless Re:How's This: (280 comments)

My argument is that regulation doesn't prevent anything.

Murder laws shouldn't be kept because they prevent murder - they don't. They should be kept because they provide just consequences for an immoral and harmful act. Taxi regulations do neither.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

LordLucless Re:They have good reason to be nervous (280 comments)

It is like the owner of corner grocery charging everyone a dollar extra because he was robbed the previous evening.

Pretty sure grocery stores do pay for repairs/stock loss/insurance through increasing the price of their goods. How else would they do it?

about a week ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

LordLucless Re:How's This: (280 comments)

Hard to call if you're dead. Regulation exists to prevent bad things from happening in the first place.

I know, right. That's why, ever since we outlawed murder, nobody has ever killed another person. Regulations my friend, regulations. They're like magic.

about a week ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

LordLucless Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

Or wasps, but that I can understand since they can actually hurt you.

And spiders can't? Maybe it's just because I'm an Australian, but spiders here can kill you, while a wasp sting is mostly just going to hurt like the blazes. I sort of assumed there were deadly spiders elsewhere, too.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

LordLucless Re:I wonder who bought him (216 comments)

How typical of a politician, and ESPECIALLY one in an English-speaking nation, to insist that everyone except him has to shoulder the responsibility for everything that ever goes wrong.

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

LordLucless Re:Walled Garden = Stewardship (89 comments)

2 *known* in 1.2M. But yes, it's their future actions that will be the most important indicator.

about two weeks ago
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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

LordLucless Re:Walled Garden = Stewardship (89 comments)

This article is about such issues, though. If you have a walled garden, you're basically trading your freedom, for the ability to have someone else police the software, to presumably eliminate such threats.

That trade-off's value is entirely dependant on the quality of the policing done on the software inside the walled garden. Historically, Apple's been pretty good about it, too. But with people locked into the ecosystem by their prior app purchases, there's less and less incentive for apple to spend resources keeping the quality control high.

This could be just a blip that Apple will correct, and start maintaining high standards again. But it could also be the point at which the walled garden deal starts to turn sour, and people find they've been locked inside a garden nobody's looking after.

about two weeks ago
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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

LordLucless Re:Walled Garden = Stewardship (89 comments)

The thing is, Android is a capable of doing all those things (issuing refunds, punishing the vendor, etc) in it's store too, without a "walled garden" approach.

The walled garden metaphor refers to the iOS platform, where users can't install applications except through Apple's blessed appstore, not to the store itself.

about two weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

LordLucless Re:excessive scripts (143 comments)

The dev team didn't make any choices at all. The dev team doesn't write their own requirements.

about two weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

LordLucless Re:excessive scripts (143 comments)

Most of the JS that causes issues are third party scripts from various vendors, loaded from their sites. If their CDN chokes, it affects our site. All the assets we control are accessed via a CDN, and our pages are cached to the extent permissible by their content. It's the arbitrary crap loaded in from third parties (that can't be cached or handed off to our CDN because it's dynamically generated) that screws stuff up.

about two weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

LordLucless Re:excessive scripts (143 comments)

The javascript on the primary site I work on takes up about 50% of the page load time. None of it is to do with functionality - it's all analytics or A/B tests or performance measuring stuff. One day something broke with the tool the marketing guys use to insert all that guff, and the site performance doubled. Inspect the DOM tree after it's loaded, and there's 30-50 iframes and script tags that have been dynamically inserted on any given page.

I'm not against javascript; it's useful for making sites do useful things. But this sort of crap just drags everything down.

about two weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

LordLucless Re:I did not participate (143 comments)

Pounds? I didn't even know Black Friday was a thing in Britain. It's not here in Aus.

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

LordLucless Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (390 comments)

I wondered why no one ever came up with the idea of a blaster that fired three bolts in a slightly spreading triangle. The lightsaber is a line - it can only block two of them, no matter who fast its wielder is.

I imagine there were three reasons:

  1. You could intercept all three if you inclined the blade forward so you intercepted one in advance of the other two, then caught the others closer in. Alternatively, just sidestep one and deflect the other 2.
  2. Items with mass could be controlled by force telekinesis
  3. Nobody was particularly interested in killing Jedi when the only ones around were a mountain hermit and a swamp rat

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

LordLucless Re:It Reminds me of (390 comments)

This gave contrast and really supported the david vs goliath feel. When you apply "gritty" mid/close shots in a small environment with Stormtroopers then it obliterates that contrast and just doesn't feel right.

On the other hand, this is twenty-five years after the Alliance victory. The Empire should be the underdogs now, so a bit less Goliath treatment for them might be appropriate.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

LordLucless Re: Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

Why would cab companies clean up their act, when they can just rely on government to prevent competition anyway - as, apparently the Nevada government did.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

LordLucless Re: The lesson (329 comments)

Absolutely. BitCoin wasn't designed to be an investment, it is intended as a means to store and transfer wealth.

The fact that some people made out like bandits investing is a side-effect of the system, not its reason for being.

about three weeks ago

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Australia Elects Libertarian Senator (By Accident)

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about a year ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting.

In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

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Australian spy agency seek permission to hack third-party computers

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "ASIO, Australia's spy agency, is pushing for the ability to lawfully hijack peoples' computers — even if they are not under suspicion of any crime. They seek the ability to gain access to a third party's computer in order to facilitate gaining access to the real target — essentially using any person's personal computer as a proxy for their hacking attempts.

The current legislation prohibits any action by ASIO that, among other things, interferes with a person's legitimate use of their computer. Conceivably, over-turning this restriction would give ASIO the ability to build their own bot-net of compromised machines.

Perhaps inevitably, they say these changes are required to help them catch terrorists."

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NSW Police taken to court for massive software piracy

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The New South Wales police have been sued by Micro Focus for around 15 years of copyright infringement. Allegedly, they have been using Micro Focus' mainframe software throughout the entire force, while paying for only a fraction of the required licenses. More, they supplied other departments — NSW Police Integrity Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the NSW Ombudsman's Office — with the software.

The other departments have already settled out of court, but the police are still stalling."

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Man charged for possessing book in London

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The Metropolitan Police have announced that they have charged a man for possession of a book.

Mohammed Shabir Ali "possessed a document of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism", a crime under the Terrorism Act of 2000."

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LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordLucless writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

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