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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

bjwest Re:Actually... (307 comments)

Anyone interested in an electronics degree, just like those interested in CS of any type (IT, programming, networking, whatever), should already know the basics. The sciences are not something you just decide to do on enrollment day and expect to be good at. There are certain skills and aptitudes that need to be in place, a way of thinking out problems that cannot be easily learned, and not having an interested in them until you're deciding on your future carer on college enrollment day, is setting yourself up for failure.

If you're in it for the money, you're going to suck as a professional in any science, and you're work will be sub par.

3 hours ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

bjwest Re:motive? (80 comments)

Like all corporate endeavorers, the motive is money. In a year or so when O3b files for bankruptcy, one of the big three (Comcast, AT&T or Verizon) will buy up the infrastructure for pennies on the dollar. The built out fees get eliminated in the bankruptcy, and then the profits start rolling in, just as planed.

about three weeks ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

bjwest Re:That's not what my crossfit instructor told me! (151 comments)

It turns our that most people get the Paleo diet wrong. The diets of these people would differ wildly depending on the land they occupied

Even more people get wrong the fact that the diet part of Paleo (it's more of a lifestyle, which includes exercise) isn't about eating like our paleolithic ancestors, (which would be impossible to do) but rather eating similar to them. The main portion of the diet includes unprocessed meat, vegetables and fruits, or as little processing as possible.

Oh, fermented foods are good as well.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:Leverage the poor, whoever they are (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay?

United States unemployment: 6.3% minimum wage: US$7.25 per hour

Australia unemployment: 5.8% minimum wage: US$16.88 per hour

And your point is what? The argument isn't about the minimum wage level, it's about employing people. Employment, at any wage, should be preferable to unemployment. The minimum wage is an entirely separate argument, and you can see I'm for a livable minimum wage.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:false choice (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay?

that's a dumb dichotomy and it shows the weakness of your position

You can't just take my first sentence out of context, call it weak, then babble on about the importance of minimum wage. You totally ignored the fact I say minimum wage is a good thing, and needs to be raised to a livable level.

The U.S. has a minimum wage, so the "however little the pay" will be what the law allows. We won't be inundated with workers making $1.00 a day.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:Leverage the poor, whoever they are (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay? So long as we continue the fight to a living minimum wage (and win it), I see no problem here. Every dollar they earn is one less taxpayer dollar they receive.

about a month ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

bjwest Re: All wars ... (192 comments)

The fact you think the commenter is white is more racist than the original comment.

about a month ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re: What a joke.. (186 comments)

If I can get one with Ethernet instead of WiFi, I'll be a happier camper.

Because if it's wireless it's going to brute force your key, or because you lack the self-control not to fill it in even though you claim not to want the functionality? Damn smart TVs, how horrible of them to give you something that will allow you to watch Netflix (just like you want to) directly on the device.

Perhaps I live in a WiFi congested area, my TV is not in a place that gets good WiFi signal from my router, or I just don't want a device on my WiFi network that will use up most of the bandwidth itself when watching a move. Or, perhaps I believe WiFi is for portable devices, not something that will sit where I put it for the next five to ten years.

All of the above, a combination of some of the above, or just one of the above reasons doesn't matter, I would be happier with wired networking to my TV than I would with WiFi networking.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

There is no reason what so ever for each device to be directly connected to the internet, or have internet access, for that matter.?

Or be 'computerized' at all..

The refrigerator, no, but today's economy washers and driers aren't that bad. Monitoring the loads and water levels for laundry and moisture levels during drying can save a lot of water and energy. I have no problem with that, but they don't need to be telling GE or whoever about it.

It's great until it breaks and you can't fix it despite a reasonable working knowledge of electronics and mechanics.

But then that's been true for decades, and I do like the water/energy efficiency bit, so as long as it isn't networked and phoning home about what detergent I use and my fashion choices I'm not complaining.

I've repaired my front loading washer myself when it stopped spinning correctly, and my refrigerator when the defrost thermostat quit working and my freezer froze solid. Parts for appliances, including electronics and control boards for smart washers and dryers, are readily available from the manufacturer and trouble shooting tips are easily found. I don't think the same can be said for smart TVs, however, but I haven't really searched.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

None of what you mentioned requires being connected to the internet.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re: What a joke.. (186 comments)

If I can get one with Ethernet instead of WiFi, I'll be a happier camper. Ether way, I'll just block it from everything other than Netfilx's streaming address on my router. Shouldn't be too hard, just a pain to have to do it.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

There is no reason what so ever for each device to be directly connected to the internet, or have internet access, for that matter.?

Or be 'computerized' at all..

The refrigerator, no, but today's economy washers and driers aren't that bad. Monitoring the loads and water levels for laundry and moisture levels during drying can save a lot of water and energy. I have no problem with that, but they don't need to be telling GE or whoever about it.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

I'd rather have one device to worry about and keep secure than 10 separately fully internet connected devices, all of which the manufacturer could care less about the security of. As long as they get their money and force their EULA on you, they're in the clear for any harm done to you and your data/network, they could care less.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re: What a joke.. (186 comments)

No. I'm going to be forced to do this when I buy a new TV because you can't get one less than 50 inches now that's not "smart". My 7 year old Sony is showing it's age, and I'm dreading the new one. I'm going to have to figure out how to limit it to only access Netflix address when I do, and I'd rather not have to worry whether my kitchen/laundry appliances are spying on me and try to block that as well.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

. One home router and a single control unit is all that's needed, or both in one unit. Let that control your food, soap and dryer sheet inventory. Each unit can tell the control system when a unit of measure is used, and it can keep track. Access to the internet is limited to that one device

Smartphones are headed to this way. The appliance makers just have to write some apps. That wouldn't stop the need for connecting for firmware updates though.

I don't want my smart phone to be the control system for my home, it leaves with me every time I go somewhere. There is no need for the device to directly connect for a firmware update, all this does is open an avenue for attack. You need nothing more than a file on a USB or SD drive. We were updating systems long before the internet and direct connections were mainstream. Besides, without direct connection, or as I'd prefer my devices, no connection at all, there is little need for constant security updates.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

I know I'm leaning over the side of the bridge to talk to you, but no. The government has no access to my current router, what makes you think they'd get it for one with an "appliance application" on it? And really that application need not be on the router, or even, itself, have internet access. Mother of god, people, you do not need to know the temperature of your fridge or whether or not your washer is in spin cycle if you're not at home. Fuck the internet of things. My router is the only thing needing direct access to the internet, and I'm not counting the access device needed by the cable/phone company. My router is between my network and that.

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

What?

about a month and a half ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest What a joke.. (186 comments)

The internet of things is nothing but a marketers (and hackers) wet dream. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - there is no reason what so ever for each device to be directly connected to the internet, or have internet access, for that matter. The refrigerator doesn't need access to the internet, neither does the washer and drier, toaster, or even the thermostat. One home router and a single control unit is all that's needed, or both in one unit. Let that control your food, soap and dryer sheet inventory. Each unit can tell the control system when a unit of measure is used, and it can keep track. Access to the internet is limited to that one device and there aren't 20 different ways to hack into my network. Of course, this will never fly. Each manufacturer will want to hold the patents on the standards, so they can charge for what should be a free and open standard. No one will ever play nicely so the general public can benefit rather than the elite corporations.

Fuck them, I'm glad I have the skills and knowledge to do this on my own, without all their patent encumbered, insecure crap. Of course, my washer and drier, refrigerator and oven will remain dumb, as they should.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

bjwest Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

I don't agree with this. A disability is something you can't avoid, prevent or change. Being paralyzed is a disability. Being blind (fully or partial) is a disability. A missing limb is a disability. Being addicted to something and not doing anything about it is not a disability, it's a choice. Perhaps if you're seriously going through treatment, then I can see being lenient to an extent, but if it's interfering with your work performance, and you're not actively seeking help, then oh well. You don't have the right to put further burden on others because you don't have the will power to stop.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

bjwest Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

Carbohydrate-laden food is physically addictive, and depression is a common reason for chronic overeating which can lead to obesity. You're blaming victims. Congratulations! You have managed to pick on the only groups it's still permitted to pick on, the fat and the depressed! You win teh prize! Teh asshole prize.

Nicotine is physically addictive as well, so is alcohol, meth, heroin, cocaine and any number of drugs. Should these people be considered disabled as well? No, if you're fat due to overeating, you are no more disabled than a smoker, alcoholic or drug addict.

It's bad enough they're a drain on the medical system, but how much longer until the morbidly obese by choice (and yes, addiction or not, it is a choice) are allowed to draw disability pay and not have to work?

about a month and a half ago

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