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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

bluegutang Re:A look from the view of ultra-capitalism. (183 comments)

From a "inhuman psychopathic capitalist" perspective, you shouldn't even think about competing with Malaysian slaveowners. Rather, you should *become* a Malaysian slaveowner. Purchase a company in Malaysia whose workforce is slaves.

Of course, it's not practical for everyone to do that. But if you're one of the inhuman psychopathic capitalists in the US, then why not? It's not in the interests of the US workforce or the US population as a whole. But it's in YOUR interest. So you'll do it.

5 days ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

bluegutang Re:Of course they do (952 comments)

I think a more likely hypothesis is that Muslim countries train large numbers of engineers (why that is is a good question - my experience in the US is that Muslims are overrepresented in certain engineering fields too), but Muslim economies are unable to employ all those engineers, so they (the engineers) become bitter and frustrated and susceptible to radical ideologies.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bluegutang Re:Expanded thinking (391 comments)

Cross functional, diverse work teams are very beneficial to most companies. I've been working with our IT group for the past year to get updates made to the system my group makes. The only guy in that group that had any decent communication skills (he was also a very good programmer) bailed 2 months ago. Now progress is at a standstill because they do not have the confidence to talk to the customer (which is me in this case).

In other words, a team is successful if some of its members have communications skills as well as programming skills. I agree.

But there are plenty of CS grads with communication skills, and plenty of LA grads without communications skills. The LA degree, in an of itself, proves nothing. Perhaps if LA students would stop thinking they are employable just because their parents paid for an expensive degree at a selective college, and start thinking in terms of the practical skills they may or may not have, they would be much less disappointed once they hit the job market.

about a week ago

Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

bluegutang Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

More people were killed with someone's bare hands than the "scary black rifles" that the Democrats can't stop howling about.

In other words, hands are more dangerous than arms?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

bluegutang I wouldn't use it, but... (471 comments)

Some of the women I know complain that the clothes they buy don't have pockets, and so they are forced to carry some sort of bag wherever they go, if only to hold the phone.

I could imagine that a watch which had basic cell phone functionality would be great for such women. It would have to be a stylish and pretty-looking phone (apparently the problem with pockets in women's clothes is that they obscure the female figure - completely unacceptable!). I have no idea how to combine a large-ish LCD screen with the kind of style that is currently accepted for women's watches. But just like I am good at innovating technological solutions, somewhere out there is a designer who is good at innovating fashion solutions. Put two such people together, and you might end up with a device that would appeal to a very large market segment.

about two weeks ago

Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

bluegutang Re:Biggest archaeological event? (80 comments)

Seriously. How can a 19th century ship be compared in importance to, say, the Dead Sea Scrolls?

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

bluegutang Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

He doesn't need friends. He already has oil, gas, and nukes.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

bluegutang Not the first time (419 comments)

I wonder where Microsoft learned that they can ignore what the law says about handing over emails.

about three weeks ago

Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

bluegutang Re:Not just because of liquid water (90 comments)

It's more due to the melting of the gigantic glaciers that once covered much of North America during the Ice Ages, like they now cover Greenland. The little glaciers sitting on tops of mountains, which are now melting due to global warming, have a much smaller effect.

about a month ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

bluegutang Re:Sigh (748 comments)

I think we need a new version of Godwin's Law which refers to ISIS (or the Taliban) in addition to Hitler.

about a month ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

bluegutang Re:"Philosophically, this opens up an interesting (239 comments)

This, and most similar issues, can be solved with proper legal incentives. For example, a mandatory payment when someone dies which is higher than the cost of caring for a lifetime cripple.

about a month ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

bluegutang Re:Fuck people! (239 comments)

That wouldn't work either, because you forgot to set the evil bit.

about a month ago

The Benefits of Inequality

bluegutang Re:Intellectually dishonest (254 comments)

Under Capitalism, man exploits man.

In Soviet Russia, it's the other way round.


about a month ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

bluegutang Re:IQ of 197? (391 comments)

-That would mean humankind could exists in it current size for another 10^11 years without finding a second one like him

He's probably lying, but this argument is weak due to the existence of black swan events.

about a month and a half ago

Clever Workaround: Visual Cryptography On Austrian Postage Stamps

bluegutang Re:Censorship not avoided (74 comments)

Do you think the DL's wikipedia page is accessible in China?

about a month and a half ago

Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

bluegutang Seriously? (109 comments)

Why not contact lenses?

about a month and a half ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

bluegutang Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Interesting. Source?

about a month and a half ago


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