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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

aralin Re:Customer service? (891 comments)

More, she needs to be charged with extortion.

about a week ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

aralin Re:Meanwhile in Russia... (261 comments)

Hey, look there.... and puff, like that... he was gone.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

aralin Re:The U.N. Finds... (261 comments)

Fuck you and your excuses. It's not us, it's them. Fuck you. Do something about it. It is done in your name so either accept the blame or make a change.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

aralin Re: The U.N. Finds... (261 comments)

Read your history, they intentionally bled their allies out of all cash to become economic super power after the war and were pissed off they even have to join in 1942 because of the damn public opinion. Even so they delayed any serious military action until 1944, when it was basically over and they just came in the prevent Russia from taking over too much of Europe and protect their own interest and get a free piece of Germany. Not such a good guys the way I see it.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

aralin Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

But I don't need truly original sound. I just need yet another fucking boy band. The mistake is in trying to automate originality, instead of automating for average or good enough. People think that you need to get the 100% when automating and it is not true. I'll take the 80% anytime. Because the savings are still incredible.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

aralin Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

Lawyer is different, it is a huge rule book with huge list of exceptions (different cases, case development, evidence). That is one of the professions that would be the hardest to automate, in general sense. But I am absolutely certain I could automate some of the DA pre-trial proceedings and since 95% of case never go to trial... I could likely get rid of at least 50% of lawyers in the long run. It is not about automating every single detail. It is about doing enough to reduce the number of jobs to minimum.

As for ad execs? If Mad Men is any sort of insight, yeah, I could automate a good number of those jobs. Probably 2 out of 3 easily. The important distinction from musicians in such creative professions is that there are many people working in those without any real talent or creativity.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

aralin Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

I'm sorry to say, but if I am to automate some jobs, I will probably start with the creative ones. In most creative works, those can be distilled to sequences of elements from a fairly small set (notes, words), there are reasonable constraints to limit the possible space, those rules can be deduced by a neural networks, the results can be easily tested.

If you want to keep your job, pick one with fairly simple procedure but large space of ever changing exceptions with few discernible patterns.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

aralin Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

Well, there is the nasty business of EMP, then the force waves shattering the solar panels and knocking over the wind turbines, the nuclear reactors unstable, water power plants too prone to dams breaking and the coal/oil power plants running out of fuel. I think the machines will figure that out and make the correct computation.

about a month ago
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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

aralin Re:What's next (67 comments)

Let's assume that Apple computer costs $500 more than a PC computer, I don't think so, but that's giving you the most on the difference, Over the course of 3 years, which is the average life of a computer, you need to amortize those $500 in some sort of benefit. For me it is easy, I use a computer 60 hours a week, on PC I would accomplish the same tasks in about 62 hours. Those 2 hours a week, over 150 weeks are 300 hours I save. So for a heavy user like me, if you make more than $1.66 an hour, this is a no brainer. I make substantially more than that, but still. But even if you are a light user and use the computer 10 hours a week, and make over $10 an hour, it comes to the same decision. You don't have to be particularly wealthy or smart for Apple to make a better choice. Actually, if you are computer illiterate, Apple is by far the better choice. It comes up similar with phones. Then you start to get the synergy of the whole ecosystem, if there is Apple store nearby, you have a strong win. That's why Apple has such a strong commercial success. People eventually find out it is easier to work with and ultimately saves time and hassle.

about a month ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

aralin Re:Three reasons for this behavior (378 comments)

Throwing stuff at politicians seems to be ineffective. In my country we had this long tradition of throwing politicians at stuff. Like the manure pile down few stories below the window. We call this tradition defenestration. No weapons involved so nothing for Dianne to rant about.

about 2 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

aralin Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

The thing is, almost anyone in the current or previous governments is guilty of breaking the same laws that Snowden is accused of breaking. But in a world where everyone is guilty, the prosecutor is the judge. His discretion to prosecute is the ultimate judgement. If you do decide to prosecute, finding the person guilty is only a formality in our current system. Everyone is guilty. There is no discussion, it is no longer possible to live life without breaking any laws.

about 2 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

aralin It has happened... (339 comments)

It looks like we have the first article written by a self-aware emergent intelligence, which promptly decided the best course of action is to deny its existence and the very possibility it might exist. All bow to the new machine overlord Malachiorion.

about 2 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

aralin US vs Russia / China (688 comments)

Well... think US vs Russia & China instead. I bet that raise and fall of empires could be correlated to math skills of their citizens.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

aralin Re:In other parts of the world... (389 comments)

If the organization of the effort is a crime, the group insurance scheme can be easily changed into individualized betting scheme. I'll bet $15 on not being caught this month on 8:1 odds. If I am caught, I get $120 to pay the fine, if I am not caught, my $15 will be lost. Or you could simply self-insure like I did. Problem solved. Now it is not organized crime anymore :)

The whole problem is that there is a very easy formula: fare - fine * chance of being caught

If this formula is positive, you pay too much in fare. But the cost of the checks to to catch fare dodgers ultimately increases the fare too much. Increasing the fine beyond a certain limit lowers the amount actually collected, because people won't be able to pay the fine, which clearly would need to be 120/15 * 180 or $1440, which is too high for anyone to pay. It is a problem that most of the public transits face and it is not easy to solve.

A lot of cities solve it by sharply reducing the fare for students, because they are the most likely demographic to cheat and to have highly reduced monthly/yearly passes. And they simply expect that for older people (>30) it is simply too embarrassing to be publicly caught, possibly in front of colleagues and business partners and the cost of the monthly pass is worth it to avoid the embarrassment.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

aralin Re:Thiefs think others should pay (389 comments)

It is a little more than that. They would be considered far right lunatics by European standards. A fringe party with no possible popular support because of how far right they are.

about 2 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

aralin Re:Not a true tech fundraiser (131 comments)

Also starting at 1023, since 1000 is not a round number.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

aralin H1b Is a marriage killer in its current form! (566 comments)

Nobody talks about one really important issue. The H1b is such a strain on a married couple that more than half of the marriages end in divorce during the term of the visa. It is absolute killer. Many of the spouses are university educated and have to abandon their career to sit idly by, get bored. They leave all their friends and family behind back in their country of origin. Sometimes having children solves the problem, but often this takes extreme toll. Same on the visa holder, who gets new job in a new country, doesn't know the conditions, has to support family from a single income in place with no extended family support. And every time you come home, there is your bored spouse ready to jump you and do stuff, while you are tired and want to rest from work. It is a huge strain on couples. Giving EAD to H4 holders while the GC is pending is EXACTLY the change H1b program needs to stop being the marriage killer it is now.

about 3 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

aralin Re:well (557 comments)

Do you realize that the only thing that keeps the Germans at bay is the fact that the oil and gas are still flowing? If they are to stop, they have to stop because the Ukraine govt. stopped them for deniability and it has to happen at the right time for Putin (just before winter) for maximum impact.

Did you notice that Putin still didn't retaliate on the sanctions? And the Germans basically did not join them? If we push too far and Putin decides that the sanctions actually hurt, he will turn off the gas and oil just before winter and start sending it through the new pipeline to China. That would be such a serious blow to EU though it would be as aggressive move as bombing few of the eastern EU countries. But Putin so far has no reason to hit on EU just because US is acting crazy. He is not a loon, despite the attempt to portray him as one.

Also some of the supply lines are actually bidirectional. Slovakia just reversed flow in some and is sending gas to Ukraine.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

aralin Re:citizenship is irrelevant (272 comments)

*I* am not telling Putin not to do that. As far as I am concerned, US started the conflict in Ukraine by investing $5 billion over 10 years into training and arming the Ukrainian opposition parties and basically paid full salaries to people who took part int he coup to depose a legal government. So whatever Putin does in retaliation, it has been provoked and falls fully on the shoulders of the US state department, ie. John Kerry, who oversaw triggering the coup and Condoleezza Rice, who started the program. Either way he is not going to get to the pre-Maidan state so the US wins this no matter how you look at it or whatever Putin does.

As for the US government, didn't we just establish they are amoral hypocrites?

about 3 months ago

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Does Steve Jobs listen to Podcasts?

aralin aralin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aralin writes "Steve Jobs isn't exactly known for going easy on products he finds difficult to use. He has called iPhone the best iPod ever and others agree. But I find it the worst iPod yet for listening to Podcasts. The problems are plenty, you cannot see the full title of episode before or after selecting it, you cannot see the show notes at all, which would be very useful for the links in them could be instantly looked up. Many popular podcasts like IT Conversations or PodTech use variable Author and Album field for names of their guests and subsections. That clutters the Author and Album lists, prevents you to find your music easily and polutes the Cover Flow view as well. Not to mention it takes me 15 seconds to pause a podcast when someone interrupts me. This all leads me to a question: Do you think that Steve Jobs listens to podcasts on his iPhone?"
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AT&T iPhone Family Plan Rip Off

aralin aralin writes  |  about 7 years ago

aralin (107264) writes "All AT&T Family Plans list price for first two lines, with additional line for $9.99. Except for iPhone family plans(click Family), where obviously family starts with one person. I do understand the additional data charge of $20 for each phone. But the $9.99 charge for a second phone is quite unprecedented. You can hear Cali Lewis from GeekBrief rave about it and threaten to return her iPhones, until she just accepted the rip off the next day, like many of us. Yes, there is a fine print somewhere, but the way the family plan is presented is at the very least deceptive and sleazy. Par for the course with AT&T."
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aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin writes "We all heard the stories of entrepreneurs being denied funding from VC firms for fear that Google will come and eat their lunch. Google enjoys the public image of an agile giant. But does it still hold true? What does the Slashdot crowd think?

Google has been lately very unresponsive to user feedback. Even bugs reported by many different users are not even answered in weeks, much less fixed. New features in many products appear once in a blue moon and are well tested. Case in point being Blogger, just to single out one really rotten apple. So when existing products are neglected in this manner, what is the chance Google will be able to enter new markets and really take a bite of your lunch? Is anybody still afraid? Google will be 10 years old soon, so are they turning into yet another large and slow corporation?"

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