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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Sprouticus Re:So H-1B or offshore??? (220 comments)

I was confused as well, see note above.

Apparently they are sending it to an offshore company who will subcontract and use H1-B employees here to fill the roles.

about 4 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Sprouticus Re:Pot Meet Kettle (455 comments)

YEa, the anti-competitive comment made me spit tea onto my keyboard. Walmart owes me a new one now...

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Sprouticus Re:No problem (423 comments)

The logical counter to that is:

YOU HAVE SOMEONE RUNNING A $50,000 ON Win98? Holy crap that is stupid.

On, not logical, but my point is salient. If you are willing to accept the risk, go for it. But dont be surprised when it breaks and ends up costing you a LOT to fix/recover the data/device.

about 5 months ago

Star Trek Economics

Sprouticus Re:Buy time with money!! (888 comments)

Not true. You cannot buy more time (medicine aside).

IF we have infinite resource (or close to it), you would have only so much time to spend on luxuries. Look at the super rich. They literally cant spend their money faster than they make it..

about 7 months ago

Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

Sprouticus Re:not exactly correct (357 comments)

According to the info I found the Leaf will lose an additional 10% of capacity(70% vs 80%) over the course of 10 years (not 3) if fast charging is used. Not great but not horrible. For an informed buyer, you are not seeming to be very informed.

There are plenty of challenges for Electric cars, no need to exaggerate them.

about 7 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Sprouticus Re:Whose insurance company ? (937 comments)

I suppose that depends on the investigation. If you insurance company can show that the software developer was negigent, then yes, they would pay. Otherwise it would be whomever was at fault. If both drivers were driving via computer, then it would probably be a no fault situation and each person(and their insurance) would be liable for their own car/damages.

about 8 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Sprouticus Re:Submitter doesn't understand the problem (937 comments)

And the evidence for this?

NOTE: am pro-driverless vehicles, so my opinion may be colored by that fact.

People who support this tech fall into a couple of categories

1) They believe computers react faster and can be programmed with more TOTAL situational awareness than humans
2) They realize that humans are way overconfident of their driving abilities
3) They realize that people are far more distracted in their driving today than 25 years ago.

I happen to ascribe to all 3 of these beliefs. The evidence is fairly strong on all 3 fronts, although #3 is primarily anecdotal.

In the end liability doesn't matter. Only the facts matter. IF (as I believe) computer controlled options are safer, then the insurance companies will work VERY hard to get people to adopt them and thus lower the total risk for their $$. If not, then insurance companies will do just the opposite. This is a really basic market based move.

I am smart enough to realize that as good a driver as I am, I am way more aggressive than average and thus prone to accidents (I have had 1 small accident in the last 15 years, but that is probably partially just odds).

If I have numbers that show that my total risk portfolio is lower using one, I will use it. Yes, the software may glitch and cause a problem. Yes, there may be things the computer cannot predict. But overall I am safer. That is all I really care about.

Stop fooling yourself with delusions of control and your life will be much better, safer, more fun, and less frenetic. Control what you can as much as you can. Let go of the rest.

about 8 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Sprouticus Re:Logic Puzzle (611 comments)

Except that science CAN theorize that the universe can be created form nothing. (Google search is a wonderful thing). I dont claim to understand Hawking here, but I respect his theories enough to work on it and hope those who can either disprove or verify his postulates.

So yea, if the world can be created form nothing, then the last barrier to remove 'God had to do it' exists.

about 8 months ago

UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

Sprouticus Re:Jackpot (617 comments)

In this case, someBODY did not send them anythng. A company did.

This is another issue which arises from the idea of a corporation as a person. It is NOT a person. It is a legal entity. As such they are exempt from moral/ethical obligations, their only obligation is to stockholders.

Those companies have no ethical obligation to you, and thuis I would argue you have none to them. Treating a corporaiton like a person is actually feeding into the idea that they are people. They are not, and treating them like one makes it worse.

In fact, I would argue that you have a moral obligation to treat all corporations EXACTLY how they treat you. You only obligation in regards to them is to your shareholders. (your family) Do whatever is in their best interest at all times.

about 9 months ago

UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

Sprouticus Re:Jackpot (617 comments)

The problem with your action model is that it is a net negative for you, and a net positive for them. You give them $$ for free in the form of time and energy spent calling, arraging the return, and probably time getting to the place for the drop off. I value my time far to much to do this for the vast majority of companies. Especially large companies. MAYBE if it is a local or small business I have a relationship with I will.

If a company who makes such a mistake is willing to either credit me for my time or literally send someone to my house to pick it up and not have me fill out paperwork, then I would happily return it. Otherwise they are SoL. I am not their bitch, I am not their mommy to fix their mistakes. I will not expend effort to fix their mistakes. I will not notify them, fill out RMA forms, go to a FexEx or UPS store to send it, etc.

That is not an ethical issue, it is an economic one.


If I see someone drop $20 on the street, I will pick it up and give it back to them.
If I am at my favorite bar or restaraunt and I find $20 on the ground I will give it to management (the owner might ask the management and if he/she does the place I like will stay open longer, thus value for me).
If I am walking down the street and there is $20 lying on the ground and noone is in the area, I am NOT going to go to a police station, report it lost, fill out the forms, and come back weeks later. If it was $20,000 I might but not for $20.

NOTE: I did once return a drivers license I found near my house, went out of my way for 30 minutes. I think the reason was simple empathy. It was super easy, I had an address, and I empathized with someone losing their license.

about 9 months ago

Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

Sprouticus Re:Information (242 comments)

And why does contradicting human psychology cause problem in a physics theory?

I am in no way up on deep QM theory, but it seems to me that a lot of QM goes against our built in psychology. And that is ok. Humans are built to survive WAY above the quantum level. Early homonids didn't need to understand quantum theory to hit an animal with a stick. (or not). Their development was not based on something that by definition they could not observe or recognize.

As I said, I am not no expert, but if one theory breaks a bunch of laws of physics, and another doesn't, the first theory seems to hold more weight. Even if that theory removes choice from the equation of existence.

This also applies to evolution. If consciousness can't perceive the quantum split, then it can effectively exist blissfully ignorant of it.

On a side note, the removal of choice as a variable is NOT the same as removing choice. In a way that is a beautiful theory because while we cannot perceive all of the potential options, they are all real, and all valid. There is a serenity in that knowledge.

My personal belief is that probably all of these theories are fundamentally wrong and in 500 years they will look back in QM like we look at 'equants' today.

about a year ago

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

Sprouticus 'oathbreaking' (189 comments)

Apparently when a Dev says something will happen (no #pV) and 9 months later they Devs change their minds, it is now considered 'oath breaking'

This is the same logic that people use to say that when a politician says he is for something, then is presented evidence of that position being wrong and changes it, that said politician is wishy washy.

Changing your mind when presented with evidence is a GOOD thing.

1 year,1 day

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

Sprouticus Re:free-to-play flat out lie. (189 comments)

The GP is making a serious effect to misinform Slashdot. Literally NOTHING he posted is true. There is a subset of the userbase that I believe is intentionally trying to tank the game through misinformation after they realized that PGI is not going to make the game exactly the way thy want (#SAVEMWO). They are children who refuse to acknowledge that compromise in game making happens.

As StJobe said, there have been decisions made by PGI I dont agree with, but all the crap posted in the GP is just dead wrong.

MWO is a good game with the potential to be a great game. Will it get there....I don't know. I hope so, but there are serious hurdles. IF the Community Warfare plays out well and fairly quickly after launch, I think ti will have along life.....if it flops or suffers further delays...not so much.

1 year,1 day

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

Sprouticus Re:"Arcade shooter"? (189 comments)

3PV has minimal impact in the game. No one uses it, it has some moderate drawbacks, and frankly it is just not that great.

Was it a waste of development time. Yes. Is it a real problem. No.

1 year,1 day

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

Sprouticus Re:Cool Shot (189 comments)

Cool Shot (a one time use heat disipation module) is NOT pay to win.

There is an in game module you can get that has the EXACT same effect.

As someone above stated, there have been issues some peopl e have had (3PV) but PTW is not one of them.

Frankly I think the 'uproar' is a tempest in a teapot. The 3PV is annoying, but certainly not game changing. They wasted development time on it, but that is really y only problem with it at this time.

Honestly, this post seems like one guy whining about something he doesn't like in a game.

1 year,1 day

Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

Sprouticus Trojan horse is a red herring? (193 comments)

The idea that grocery delivery is the same as other types of goods is a red herring.

Consumable good, (food, liquor, cigarettes, maybe light bulbs or smaller household needs, etc) are good candidates for delivery because they are usually time sensitive/perishable, and because EVERYONE needs them.

electronics, books, tools, etc are a different story. The population & population density required and the equipment required to make delivering a flat screen TV same day and making it cost effective are prohibitive except in the very largest cities. NYC, Boston, SF, Chicago,, and maybe LA/Dallas/Atlanta. Heck I would not be surprised if it was not even feasible in NY.

You would need a large warehouse, the ability to package large equipment and small, light and heavy, and especially frozen/cold storage. And be able to retrieve it, get it on the truck, and deliver it all in the same day (or even overnight). That is going to be expensive unless you have the traffic to support it. And once you go past overnight, then you have to compare the cost of maintaining the local warehouse vs just having the item delivered via fed-ex or UPS and giving free shipping.

1 year,13 days

Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

Sprouticus Re:Seen this before... (193 comments)

Or they have lots of deliveries and can optimize. It is not that complex.

Sure there will be times where you are the only person and they lose money on gas and driver time. And there will be times where they have 2 dozen deliveries and the gas for your piece costs $0.15

The trick is to make the delivery coverage area the right size to account for the volume of orders.

1 year,13 days

Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT Worker

Sprouticus Re:A home office is hard to pull offf (114 comments)

All of these fall into two categories
1) Environment- You have contorl over this. If you fail to control your rnvironment, it is your own fault.
2) self employment- True even if you worked at a clients office

None of these are elated to 'working from home' except maybe the 'being at home for days on end and no place to walk to. Both can be fixed by getting off your ass and exercising.

1 year,14 days

Epic Online Space Battle

Sprouticus Re:Play by E-Mail ediition (296 comments)

Sounds like VGA planets to me. Man I miss that game. Play by Email, 11 races, excellent special abilities and functions, fairly easy to run and automate. Very slick for its time.

It was the one example I can give where an entire game franchise was destroyed by a virus (primary programmer was infected and it killed his 90% complete new version). Sure he had no backup, but it was 1994 or '95, and it was a one man operation. He eventually recreated a VGAP 4.0, but it never caught on like the 3.5 version did.

about a year ago

Epic Online Space Battle

Sprouticus Re:These big battles are a rarity (296 comments)

Sounds like you get off on being a dick. Which is cool if that floats your boat, but it is exactly why I never played Eve.

about a year ago



Slate article shoots down WSJ Op Ed claiming XEROX invented the Internet

Sprouticus Sprouticus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sprouticus (1503545) writes "In two well written pages, an article in Slate explain in detail how the OP Ed article published in thee WSJ this week completely missed the boat regarding governments role in the design of the Internet.

Many of us believed Murdoch would eventually turn the Journal into another mouthpiece for his politics, and with that Op-Ed we are seeing solid proof."

Link to Original Source

Judge rules Illinois eavsdropping law unconstitutional

Sprouticus Sprouticus writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sprouticus (1503545) writes "A County (local) judge has rules the Illinois law which has allowed police to arrest those recording them found the eavesdropping law unconstitutional because it potentially criminalizes “wholly innocent conduct.”

This is the first time this law has made it to court, the DA's dropping charges to this point to avoid this exact verdict."

Link to Original Source

FBI leaves paperwork behind after raid on anti-war

Sprouticus Sprouticus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sprouticus (1503545) writes "An interesting development has occured in the case of some anti-war activists who had their house raided by the FBI. Apparently in their hurry to take the photos, computers and phones of the people involved, the FBI left their raid paperwork, including the raid plan and the interrogation questions, behind. This information has been posted oon a website put up to support the activists. It gives some real insight into the FBI mindset."
Link to Original Source

SOCTUS rules sex offender can be held indefinately

Sprouticus Sprouticus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sprouticus (1503545) writes "In a mind boggling decision the SOCTUS has castrated the 4th amendment today by ruling that federal prisoners jailed for sex offenses who is deemed mentally ill and 'a threat to others'. While the ruling is theoretically narrow, the precedent is scary"
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Google/Postini anti-spam outage

Sprouticus Sprouticus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sprouticus (1503545) writes "In another example of why SaaS/cloud computing has inate risks, Postini Anti-Spam Service has been offline or extremely limited functionality most of the day. from the postini website

last updated 12:29 GMT, Oct 13

Issue: Some customers are experiencing intermittent issues with slow or delayed inbound and outbound mail delivery. You may also experience issues with Web Access.

Note: During this time, messages may be deferred or queued, but no messages will be lost or deleted. Mail processing may also be directed to the secondary data center at times.

Status: Engineering continues to investigate the issue, and an update will be posted as soon as the issue is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

My understanding from the limited web posts I can find is that this is affecting more than SOME customers. I can tell you that out mail servers have received almost no traffic all day. This is a huge hit for Google/Postini. the problem mail admins have now is to decide whether to swap their mx records and face a barrage of spam along with the valid mail."


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