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

RabidReindeer Re:Automation and jobs (265 comments)

they will be doing the harder more demanding jobs, and they will be payed more.


1 hour ago

Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

RabidReindeer Re:$3500 fine? (234 comments)

It is indirectly relative the the income of others.
The more money people make, the higher the cost of living.
The more your supermarket workers and retails workers get paid, the higher the cost of the goods those companies sell to cover their expenses.

So pay your workers fuck all so you can sell your goods cheap to the fuckers with money? Great logic.

There's also an implied assumption that the wages/prices ratio is something plotted with straight lines. That is, that there's no "sweet spot" where the two intersect.

2 hours ago

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

RabidReindeer Re:Also notoriously difficult for westerners: (177 comments)

An amusing quote I read once:

English doesn't borrow from other languages.
English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and rummages through their pockets for loose grammar.
- Paraphrase of a quote by James Davis Nicoll

AND their words.

3 hours ago

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

RabidReindeer Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (177 comments)

Google is your friend. The Romance languages are those that came from common (everyday/"Vulgar") Latin.

Id est, the Romans.

3 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

RabidReindeer Re:Performance issues? (167 comments)

If you use Unix on a server, you should have multiple partitions.

I use LVM, you insensitive clod!

Juggling physical partitions is a royal pain.


Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

RabidReindeer Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (80 comments)

A favour that resulted in millions of Pi sales. I could do with a slow favour like that.

For all the endless talks about how slow the RPi is you'd think that the competitors would be outselling them. I guess some people don't care about things like speed.

Not everything needs blinding speed. Sometimes it's more useful to have a slower computer that's the size of a credit card, consumes less thn 5 watts, and costs around $35 or less.

The Pi can be sluggish, true, but it's more than a match for the workhorse PCs of 10-15 years ago.

And it's not dog-slow at everything. It renders Minecraft graphics impressively fast. In Java, no less.


Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

RabidReindeer Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (80 comments)

We live in a world, wrong or right, were people innovate for profit, not the betterment of society.

Not always, thank goodness. Sometimes people innovate and give it away. Some of what's given away is quite valuable.


U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

RabidReindeer Re:This won't end well (158 comments)

Sexting is sooo last decade!


U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

RabidReindeer Re:UK article, US units (158 comments)

US prices, too.

Give 'em an inch, they'll take an ell.


In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

RabidReindeer Re:F the UK (485 comments)

All of these cases are nuanced and require careful balance

It doesn't seem that nuanced. It seems to me the question is whether you're in trouble for expressing an unpopular idea (genuine infringement of freedom of expression), or for encouraging violence/panic. The epilepsy example is a deliberate act to cause harm which happens to take the form of a digital submission, but it's not really 'expression'.

I'm sure there are some interesting edge-cases, but this distinction seems important.

There's a third path: direct assault with intent to cause distress. That's what trolls are famous for, and recent news reports have had quite a bit of coverage of everything from people having to alter their lifestyles to cases of outright troll-induced suicide.

4 days ago

NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

RabidReindeer Re:Soon, this will be normal (83 comments)

Put more simply:

Corporations allow a privileged few to speak twice when ordinary people can only speak once.

And to say things that not all of the members of the corporation might agree with.

5 days ago

NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

RabidReindeer Re: Conflict of interest is just what they do (83 comments)

You mean like the common American 'Rent a Cop' who wears his government supplied uniform and weapons while off shift?

Locally, he also wears his duties and responsibilities along with them. Just on someone else's dime.

BTW, you forgot the car. He (or she) usually gets to keep the car, too.

5 days ago

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

RabidReindeer Re:Remove It (519 comments)

yes, so export the binary file to text files.. not difficult

It is if the logged system won't boot any more.

The NEXT step in opacity beyond binary files is to do something like embed them in an all-in-one database a la the Windows Registry. Ever tried to restore a single application AND its runtime settings and context on a Windows system when the app kept all the goodies in the Registry?

Do that, and even exporting the binary to another binary-compatible system for conversion (if one is handy) is going to be frustrating. As it is, conversion to text already adds a step which may be ill-appreciated when you're operating in a panic environment.

I worked with binary log files in OS/2. I don't want to do that again.

about a week ago

FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

RabidReindeer Re:And he is, probably, right (284 comments)

behave like Boston did after the Marathon bombings... HIDE IN YOUR HOUSE AND TREMBLE IN FEAR.

Because having the streets awash in people while a manhunt is in progress does what?

Sometimes one's place in the militia is out of the way of the people trained to do the hunting. Stay home so the fugitive(s) stand out. Fondle your gun collection if you like instead of trembling. Hell, if the bad guy attempts to break in, shoot him. Just don't muddy the waters. If you feel that staying out of the picture is too cowardly, get trained and deputized.

about a week ago

FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

RabidReindeer Re: It's time to start a trade war. (105 comments)

no it's not a real war. Copying a Word document is completely unequal to dropping a bomb on a village or shooting somebody in the head.

Shame on you for equating the two - stop being a sociopath.

True. The pen is mightier than the sword.

about a week ago

Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

RabidReindeer Re:Worse is worse (240 comments)

Here's the example that we both really understood.
She wanted some field added to some web application. In her head, it's a simple field... you know like adding a new column in Excel.

"All You Have To Do Is..."

The most deadly words in Information Technology.

A lot of the missed deadlines and cost overruns are because of the AYHTDI effect. Because people won't believe that the jobs isn't as simple and straightforward as it appears in their pointy little heads. They forget - and worse yet - the DEVELOPERS forget that computers are STUPID. And that you have to allow extra time and effort to take what's a simple job for humans and make it simple enough for computers.

And to compound the issue, no one wants to hear a reasonably accurate resource estimate. They'll pressure you until you give one that they can believe, no matter how unrealistic it is.

That, indeed is one advantage of the Agile approach. By breaking up the project into smaller milestones, it means that the amount of estimate deflation in absolute terms is reduced. And it means that people don't expect it to be perfect within 6 weeks.

I'll save the maintenance cost rant for another time. The deadly phrase there is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

about two weeks ago

CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

RabidReindeer Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Grid based layout is a standard of just about every UI engine for a reason we like stuff to line up, we like stuff to scale gracefully, and grid based systems work very well for both. "But.. but.. in html tables were made for text" I can hear some web dev whine. That doesn’t mean the whole concept of grid based layout should be tossed out and replaced by the clusterfuck that is CSS layout.

Simple things like a complex form, which would be trivial with a grid (and are trivial with tables) are an epic pain with CSS layouts. And what great benefit has it given us? Panels that float around the screen (and break if something is resized, zoomed in, or a block of text is larger than expected).

And detaching content from style epic failure. The oft referenced CSS Zen Garden is to me an illustration of exactly how CSS failed at this goal. The layout is still being largely defined by the HTML. You can only _somewhat_ adjust how things are positioned in relation to each other with CSS, which requires you to have multiple layers of nested <div id="random_section_that_you_might_use_for_something_or_not"> to give the kind of flexibility that CSS Zen Garden does. Actually take a look at the HTML for those pages. This is not an example of how things should be done.

Well, after all, it's Cascading style Sheets. There's nothing in CSS itself that actually bounds an area - it has to borrow a container from HTML, be it DIV, TABLE, BODY, or whatever and define space within or relative to it.

I never bought into the "don't use tables" nonsense myself. Tables provide abstract organization of layout. It's a lot cleaner to apply some CSS to a table than to shoehorn it in to a whole lot of divs just for maintaine Ideotlogical Purity..

about two weeks ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

RabidReindeer Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

"Syntax that every programmer uses to make their program readable is unreasonable as a semantically meaningful syntax"

Come on, python's got its problems, but forcing you to lay out your program in a naturally readable way to compile isn't one of them.

For example, duck-typing might be one of the worst ideas in the universe, because it's doing the exact opposite of the whitespace thing. It's decoupling easy-to-make mistakes with the output of compiling of your code.

But this whining about whitespace just comes off as having never actually tried it.

No, whining about whitespace is what you do when people use tab characters.

Because python treats tabs and blanks as identical characters, but they don't indent the same. Especially when fed to different formatters.

It's quite easy to create a python program that when printed or displayed looks perfectly fine but is a total train wreck when executed because of these literally invisible differences.

The only thing that makes it even remotely tolerable is that most editors have a Python mode that's sensitive to such misdemeanors.

about two weeks ago

One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

RabidReindeer Re:...with greater instability. (405 comments)

That's just it you can hire those jobs out as needed. You call them as needed as they are small shops like yourself.

We don't have an IT tech on site. we pay someone to monitor for viruses, and provide updates and to watch backups. They don't have access to the main database itself just the files. We call them when we add or remove employees. We talk to them maybe twice a month.

people on slashdot say they can replace half the managers they work for with a script. They never realize what that actually means when you do though.

The flip side is the old Economies of Scale. A small business won't need these people full-time, but will generally pay a retainer plus fees to ensure service when needed. A large business needs people like that more often, so it's cheaper for them to have full-time in-house employees do it.

Oh wait. That was last millenium. I meant to say "it's cheaper for them to have people in a Third-World nation do it".

about two weeks ago


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