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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

It is always some asshole who does not even remotely comprehend the state of the poor in US that spouts this type of nonsense.

Providing shelter, food, education and healthcare to everyone is in the best interest of the society and leads to economic and social stability. There are many countries that do that mainly in Scandinavia and they are on top by almost any index measurable. On the other hand, try to visit Detroit for a great example of downward spiral of destruction.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

Or you make "I shot the bastard because he was a greedy prick who would screw his mother for $5" an acceptable excuse to tell the judge and jury.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

You are completely misunderstanding the difference between the taxes, which are decided on by the society and prices, which are decided by the market.

Capitalism has nothing to do with the actual percentages of different taxes that we vote into laws. The poor and middle class are hit by taxes the most proportionately to their means. We cannot expect one group of people to pay 50% of their income in various taxes and fees and another group to pay 15% or less. Our tax system is completely broken and that has very little to do with capitalism, socialism or whatever.

Also, capitalism was great, when the basic resources, like shelter, food, education, healthcare and protection were in shorter supply than the demand. But we live now in society where covering the basic needs of everyone would cost less than 50% of the GDP. A system which leaves some citizens unable to afford to cover their basic needs is not necessary anymore. And since keeping someone without shelter, food, healthcare or education is a choice of the society and not a necessity as it used to be, one can easily argue that such choice is amoral.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

... so is the value-added tax or sales tax, which hits poor and middle class disproportionately to the percent of income taxed.

about a week ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

aralin Re:Here's the problem (371 comments)

Nice, yet another "I hate Oracle" troll. Man, you won't get accepted by the cool kids if you spout this 5 year old shit. We've all moved on and you are not impressing anybody here with that one liner. Get with the times. :)

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

aralin Re:This is the best case scenario (371 comments)

Come on! Stop already with the Oracle hating. I'm just sick of it. It is completely irrational, but hey, we are on Slashdot. So why not..

Anyway, I hope MySQL and Java die a horrible death. Those are both crap pieces of technology and they would deserve it. And no MariaDB is not any better. I was really hoping that we just all use this opportunity to switch to something decent, like Postgres.

about two weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

aralin Re:Response to sanctions (252 comments)

It is basically Putin's way of saying: "Look, I am in control of how to get to space."

He's not. I'm pretty sure Chinese, Indians, Americans and Europeans are going to continue to go to space with or without Putin.

Yes, others have some capability, in some extent. Nobody is close to what the Russians can do at this time. US would have to restart some abandoned programs to get to the same level, but they at least have the potential.

US simply does not understand the Russians. Sanctions cannot possibly work against them.

US is not working against 'Russians'. It's just containing a power-hungry dictatorial imperialistic regime. Attacking the wealth of a regime is always a good way to reduce its ability to conquer neighboring nations.

Attacking someone when your attack is doomed to fail, is never a good policy. Sanctions might have worked against Iran, once Russia and China started to cooperate, but they won't work against Russia. They just shift their economic activity. There is much more dependency of the EU and rest of world on Russia than there is of Russia on the rest of the world. That also plays into it. Iran is not nearly as self sufficient as Russia is.

They always one up whatever move you do

Do you seriously think they didn't consider all the options Putin has? Or maybe at least the obvious ones like cutting his exports and imports? It's just a typical reactionary BS

I seriously think that US makes policy without carefully considering what will happen. Otherwise they could not make such colossal blunders like Iraq most recently.

This time it is gonna be played to the utter economic destruction of one of the two nuclear super powers or an all out nuclear war.

Yeah, imagine US losing their 28th business partner by volume of trade . Economic destruction my @ss.

US economy is very fragile. Look at 2001, 2008 and a crisis like that is bound to come again. They are coming increasingly faster too. Russia would strike at the right time at the height of a crisis like that to push you over the edge. They know what leverage they got and don't. For example I would bet that Putin is just trying to keep the current conflict going till the end of fall, so that some major gas pipeline can be "accidentally" damaged in fighting by Ukrainian shelling just in time for winter. Putin will blame Kiev, will promise to use Northern pipeline as much as possible, but it "just won't be enough, so sorry".

I'm trying to tell you, they are fully capable of doing this without batting an eyelash or feeling bad about it afterwards.

It looked like such a smart move by the US state department to take over the Ukrainian government, too bad they didn't understand that the move would inevitably start a war. Now we will all pay the price.

Typical dictatorship thinking - if I lose control over a government it must be because some other country took it. There's no way people would just elect their own representatives...

US state department worked for 10 years in Ukraine, spending 10 billion dollars, by their own admission, to support and train the opposition. It is not always that if you lose control, someone else helped to make it happen, but in this case, yes, it was the case. It looked like a smart move, but it wasn't.

And they didn't even ask EU if they actually want Ukraine. EU has serious economic issues with several countries that drag everyone down. Portugal, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria. Taking in Ukraine would add economic woes and impoverished population equal to those 4 countries combined. Just dealing with Greece itself almost sent the EURO to tailspin. Imagine adding Ukraine, which was terribly broken even before the current civil war.

about two weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

aralin Response to sanctions (252 comments)

This is a direct response to the US sanctions on Russia and to the US threatening to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. It is basically Putin's way of saying: "Look, I am in control of how to get to space.", meaning, you can put the rockets 300 miles from Moscow, I'll just take them to space. It is a typical power play. US simply does not understand the Russians. Sanctions cannot possibly work against them. They always one up whatever move you do and the only way to end the cold war was when the US stopped the race and started de-escalating the conflict and offer a treaty after a treaty, until finally Russia felt safe enough to let go. But now they feel betrayed and I don't think there will ever be a de-escalation of the conflict possible. This time it is gonna be played to the utter economic destruction of one of the two nuclear super powers or an all out nuclear war.

It looked like such a smart move by the US state department to take over the Ukrainian government, too bad they didn't understand that the move would inevitably start a war. Now we will all pay the price.

about two weeks ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

aralin Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (124 comments)

No, I got the point perfectly. You simply think that collecting data on everyone, watching and recording everyone's private moments is not by itself immoral, until you do something with it. A bit of oversight could solve most of the problem, no biggie. Did I get it right this time?

The thing is, I grew up on the other side of Iron Curtain where the state police was also snooping on everyone. So I have a pretty good idea what can be done with the information once it is collected and so I'd rather it was not collected in the first place so nobody gets tempted. It's the same I'd like to have less guns around so when someone gets pissed, they go for a knife or fists, rather than a gun.

The thing about today's society is that there are simply too many laws. It is increasingly difficult to lead a life without breaking any of them. So it does not really matter whether you broke any law, but who knows about it and if they decide to prosecute. Everyone is guilty of something and you can lock up anyone on a legitimate crime, if you just know about it and he is inconvenient enough to stay in your way. You see?

I hope this enlightens my stance on mass surveillance. Stay out of my business! I'll take my chances with getting killed by a terrorist rather than let you snoop.

about three weeks ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

aralin Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (124 comments)

I think you misunderstand us here. We don't care if what the NSA did was legal. We are outraged by what they are doing and even more so if in fact it is legal. Legality cannot replace morality, because laws are far too easy to change.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

aralin Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

More, she needs to be charged with extortion.

about a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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  |  more than 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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