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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

blue9steel Re:Tax tech industry immigrants' salaries to fund (179 comments)

The premise is simple: the tech industry doesn't have enough good workers because our education system is not well suited to producing the necessary skill sets.

Or perhaps we could just let the free market do its job by raising the wages of the labor that is in shortage until more people decide to take up that field. Worked just fine in the 1990s, everyone that could spell computer was enrolled in CS classes.

2 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

blue9steel Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (179 comments)

I heard the same screwing the american worker and milking entitlements myths repeatedly.

Well they are lowering the market wage for farm labor.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

blue9steel Re:How about engineering the economy? (328 comments)

The fact is we don't HAVE to keep dumping CO2 into the air.

We tried that but the environmentalists said they preferred coal to nuclear.

Granted, the economic incentives for clean energy aren't there right now, but is capitalism a suicide pact?

No, but so far it's proven to be the least stupid way to do things.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

blue9steel Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (328 comments)

For which, there are a lot of excuses but not much warming... all that time CO2 has continue to increase so obviously what temperature changes there are, is disconnected from CO2.

If you find that reassuring I don't think you understand the scale of the problem.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

blue9steel Not a replacement (138 comments)

So even if they work they won't fully replace human security guards, what they will do is allow one guard to do the work that is now performed by a large group of people.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

blue9steel Re:Dalek? (138 comments)

Are you still there?

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

blue9steel Re:Bullshit Stats. (482 comments)

There are many studies that verify his claims. Once you account for various factors, the wage gap all but disappears.

Well, it goes down from 23% to around 7% if you adjust for confounding factors like equal education, equal jobs & equal seniority. I wouldn't call that disappearing and there are still issues with representation in upper management, but yeah numbers are often overstated.

3 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

blue9steel Re:Here we go again (482 comments)

Legalized drugs ... has consistently lead to property crimes (and often assaults) increasing several hundred percent in other countries/states/cities.

Citation? It's usually the other way around. You're right about the firearms though.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

blue9steel Re:But ... But ... But ... (493 comments)

In short, when every reactor disaster is dismissed in an offhand manner with simplistic - "Well, those were old dangerous designs - everything is perfeclty safe now" http://www.thehindu.com/todays...

Well, those old designs were "safe" at one time also. we need better approaches than "Modern reactors are perfectly safe, and only stupid assholes can't see that."

Energy Source Mortality Rate (deaths/trillionkWhr)
Coal – China 280,000 (75% China’s electricity)
Coal – global average 170,000 (50% global electricity)
Oil 36,000 (36% of energy, 8% of electricity)
Coal – U.S. 15,000 (44% U.S. electricity)
Biofuel/Biomass 24,000 (21% global energy)
Hydro – global average 1,400 (15% global electricity)
Natural Gas 4,000 (20% global electricity)
Solar (rooftop) 440 ( Wind 150 (~ 1% global electricity)
Nuclear – global average 90 (17% global electricity w/Chern&Fukush)

Nuclear looks pretty safe to me.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

blue9steel Re:But ... But ... But ... (493 comments)

The fact we are running old reactors is easy to blame on hippies but it's not the hippies who failed to build them.

No, but they raised the costs high enough that it was no longer economically viable. The environmentalist movement is directly responsible for global warming due to blocking the switch from coal to nuclear power.

3 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

blue9steel Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (215 comments)

Well, fact is that governments sponsor most of basic research. It still takes very long time to fruit and I think most people who want the government to continue funding basic research are well aware of it.

I'm registered Libertarian and I support government sponsored basic research. Why? It's not a problem well solved by a free market.

3 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

blue9steel Re:Yet (215 comments)

Heat, Air Conditioning, Cooking, Refrigeration and Clothes Dryers are the main users of residential power. (See a pattern there? Anything that has to be heated up or cooled down) When the power peaks will depend heavily on where you live and the schedules of the people who live there.

3 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

blue9steel Re:I think (317 comments)

I would like to live in your alternate reality, can you provide directions to get there from these temporal-spatial coordinates?

4 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

blue9steel Re:Wait for the Holy Wars to start (158 comments)

I hadn't thought of that. It will be like vi vs. emacs but with nukes! They have to be stopped now before it's too late for humanity!

4 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

blue9steel Re:IQ of congress (158 comments)

Sadly, that decades gone Xanadu has been replaced by legions of people just looking for a paycheck, who have never seen any other platform than Windows, and whose main qualification is that they have a certification or two.

Good news! That decade is gone also. Now we're on to a new decade with all new things to complain about!

4 days ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

blue9steel Re:Let me be the first to say (104 comments)

You pay hardly anything

You obviously haven't looked at a property tax bill lately. Public education is a social good so I'm not saying we should get rid of it, but to suggest that it's somehow "cheap" at current rates is misleading at best.

4 days ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

blue9steel Re:Oh frabjous day! (66 comments)

I envision a brave new world, where teachers can determine who is and who isn't going to be a success, and we can become an even better society

You're being insufficiently imaginative. Try envisioning a world where when you apply for a job their hiring expert system reviews your entire school record. Remember that time you got in trouble in 2nd grade or your below average number of award badges, yeah that's going to cost you.

4 days ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

blue9steel Re:Elections are Popularity Contests (71 comments)

If they ever go against the constitution for any reason, that judge is hanged immediately right there. I want a fracking Gallows in the courtroom to remind these scumbag justices that they are the FOR THE PEOPLE and FOR THE CONSTITUTION.

Yes, because threat of hanging will ensure an independent judiciary. *sigh*

4 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

blue9steel Re:Go back in time 5 years (535 comments)

This isn't about system admins.

Of course not, that would suggest that the primary users actually have influence on the development process. It's just unthinkable.

4 days ago

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