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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Shajenko42 Better information wouldn't help (212 comments)

From what I remember, the Romney campaign ignored their own polls that said they were losing. How would improving the data help when you won't pay any attention to it?

about 2 months ago
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Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

Shajenko42 Re:Coming Soon (223 comments)

Why?

Why bother running a factory to produce things simply to give away to people who can't give you anything in return?

about 7 months ago
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Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

Shajenko42 Re:This might be workable... (223 comments)

With health care costs and benefits, doesn't it cost MORE to hire a full time worker than two part time workers?

about 7 months ago
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

Shajenko42 Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

I stand corrected. But my company pays monthly.

about 10 months ago
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

Shajenko42 Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

Depends on the job. Most salaried workers get paid monthly in the US.

about 10 months ago
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Foxconn's Robot Workforce Now 20,000 Strong

Shajenko42 Re:Automation = Rising wages (213 comments)

Automation doesn't occur unless labor costs are higher than the cost of automating away that job

FTFY. Lots of things can be automated that would pay a human only minimum wage, but it's even cheaper for a machine to do it.
Just because automation is happening doesn't mean people are paid well. Cost of automation goes down all the time.

about 10 months ago
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To Hack Back Or Not To Hack Back?

Shajenko42 Re:Vigilantism is not a new concept (183 comments)

If someone breaks into your house and steals something, you're not allowed to hunt them down, break into their house, and steal it back.

about 10 months ago
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Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

Shajenko42 Re:Other than trading (559 comments)

This is very true. We would already be in sharp decline if we had freely available contraception, but there is a strong segment of the population that would ban it outright if they could, including some politicians who were in the running for president this last election.

about a year ago
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

Shajenko42 Re:"STEM" is a useless grouping (344 comments)

Essentially. I'd imagine they'd let us starve to death, and anyone who wasn't happy with that could embrace a hail of lead.

about a year ago
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

Shajenko42 Re:"STEM" is a useless grouping (344 comments)

And then the elites put themselves into gated communities with automated turrets set to kill anything that moves within range.

about a year ago
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FAA On Travel Delays: Get Used To It

Shajenko42 Re:Sequestration is a gimmick (720 comments)

The part that a lot of people did not understand was that it was a marginal tax rate increase. That means that if you made $200,001 in a year, only $1 would be taxed at the hire rate given a $200,000 cutoff. People seemed to think that once you went into a higher tax bracket, ALL you income would be taxed at the high rate. What that all boils down to is that only the very rich would feel the tax increase.

This "misunderstanding" was being pushed intentionally to scare people. It's been debunked many, many times, but keeps coming back because it's an easily understood (though completely incorrect) way to make people scared of taxes.

about a year ago
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

Shajenko42 Re:EA at it again (569 comments)

If you cared enough, you could keep track of each of their new releases and warn your friends ahead of time of all the nonsense that went on with previous releases. That would probably hurt them a bit.

about a year ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

Shajenko42 Re:Stop whining and go find work in India (617 comments)

Cost of living is going up everywhere you can hire programmers. It's not a race to the bottom (Bangalore is more expensive than many American cities now), it just takes a generation or two to level out.

Great! I'll just wait a few generations, and I'll be rolling in money!

about a year ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

Shajenko42 Re:Unemployment? (617 comments)

Or the people who own everything decide they don't need us anymore, use their automation power to buy up all the land over a period of time until we have no where to live, and they simply dedicate all their robotic power to themselves as we sit outside their gated communities (with automated turrets shooting at anything that moves) starving to death.

about a year ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

Shajenko42 Re:Blah, blah, blah (231 comments)

Simple! People who are already doing this exact job will be willing to change companies for no increase in salary!

I mean, that's a reasonable assumption, right?

about a year ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

Shajenko42 Re:Blah, blah, blah (231 comments)

Colleges and universities are the wrong place to look to, as he says he's looking for "b) strong knowledge of the technology ecosystem for the technology in question and c) proven experience building products w/ the technology".

He's basically looking for someone who has already been doing the job they're advertising for.

This is the big problem. Companies got spoiled by the downturn (especially right after the dot com bust) where they could hire very experienced people for pennies on the dollar, and expect to be able to do so indefinitely without training anyone new.

about a year ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Shajenko42 Re:Probably (761 comments)

Well, they can incarcerate you without convicting you.

about a year and a half ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Shajenko42 Probably (761 comments)

A court can order your execution, I'd imagine they can order the deletion of an online account.

about a year and a half ago

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