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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

captjc Re:Capital and Investment (429 comments)

That is the situation we are in now. That is not how it has always been, and, if enough people can get angry enough to actually facilitate change, not how it has to be.

I've worked with quite a few of the "old timer" engineers, the ones who started working back in the late 60's, 70's and 80's. They would tell tales of how people would start at their companies as a lowly technician or engineer and stay for 30-50 years, moving up the corportauntil retirement. That it wasn't until the late 80's to 90's where everything went to hell. Multinationals would buy the company out, plunder the pensions, bring in foreigner for pennies on the dollar and fire everyone. There even used to be this mythical thing called job security where assuming that you didn't royally fuck up or the company didn't tank, you didn't have to worry about getting fired or laid off at the end of the week because one of the 40 VPs needs a few extra dollars to replace his company-paid three-month-old Porche with a more sporty Jaguar.

2 days ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

captjc Re:TEN? (61 comments)

It reminds me of an Onion Radio News episode from 2008, 1998 was 10 Fucking Years Ago" It was almost a wake-up call because at that point as it did seem like almost yesterday.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

captjc Re:"Engineer" (555 comments)

What are you talking about, Half, if not more than half of CEs are programming. Sure, not game programming (as in the book) but still programming.

I'm a CE and I spend most of my time programming everything from Robots, PLCs, HMIs, Motors, FPGAs and Vision systems, to the communication that glues them all together. I still need to have a knowledge of electronics and electrical design, but still a good portion of my work is (usually low-level) programming.

about a week ago
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How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes

captjc Great Scott! (41 comments)

If I can predict lightning, now I no longer need to rip off plutonium or travel into the future and waste my money on a Mr Fusion to power my DeLorean. I can just use free thunderstorms and save a metric shitload of money!

What's the point. I still need to go into the future to pick up a hoverboard and sports almanac anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

Mincome works for employers as well. If the government was picking up the tab for a living wage, the biggest advantage is that you no longer have to. There is no point to having a minimum wage if the government is paying a living wage. This is the same reason that Universal health care is in the interest of most companies, because they no longer have to pay for employee insurance.

Then there are the side benefits. If everyone has a safety net, you can be damn well sure that moral is going to improve, which generally correlates with a rise in productivity. You also will get rid of most of those employees who don't really want to work, but just want a paycheck.

So, I believe that cheaper, more productive workers are in the interest of corporations.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

That is also an unfair comparison. You get disability benefits because you can't work. The option is either sit and collect a check or return to work. It is an either / or situation. The point of a Mincome is that if you decide to work you still get the check and you get paid from your employer.

If those on disability had the option to go back to work part time (or take a different job entirely, start a business, or what have you) and still collect benefits, how many do you think would go back to work?

about a month ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

captjc Re:remember when (163 comments)

Yeah, I miss the wholesome arcade games of the 80's, like Battlezone, Red Barron, Scramble, Rush 'N Attack, and Missile Command. No military propaganda there. Nope.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

captjc Re:Czar? (384 comments)

I don't know, ask the media why they like nicknaming executive-level governement offices, "Czars", as there are no positions with Czar as (or in) the official title. However, the tradition seems to go back to Franklin Roosevelt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a month ago
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

captjc Re:Ripoff (82 comments)

1-2 years? This was going on for a while. I remember watching Battle Bots on Comedy Central (Vlad The Impaler FTW) back around 2004. There was on on the Discovery Channel around the same time as well (Robotica, I think?), each with all types of merchandising behind it. Hell, Robot Wars was started in the early-mid 90's

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

captjc Re:Won't anyone think of the corporations? (407 comments)

They can just get into the education sector. You already have a captive clientele, School nurses are even cheaper than prison doctors, and cheap meals are still cheap meals. Plus you have ample facilities for punishment and detention, A yard for "recess," and if you don't want to deal with public schooling, plenty of room for boarding students as a private school.

Schools are practically part-time prisons as it is, might as well go that extra few steps and use actual former prisons.

I am joking, but sadly that case could easily be made.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

captjc Re:No new macbook pro (355 comments)

No one was seriously expecting a new notebook from Apple. The new notebooks are most likely to feature Intel's new Broadwell chips, which have been delayed until what's looking like next spring.

Besides, the Macbook Pro was just given a refresh in the Summer.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

captjc Re:My Anecdote: (355 comments)

I bought my white Macbook in 2007, paid $1200. One of my family members made the remark that they only ever buy the Walmart special, (whatever is on sale for around $300) and told me that $1200 for a computer was a crime and I was stupid to ever pay that much. In that time, the longest they have ever had a computer was 2 years meanwhile my Macbook is not only still kicking, it still works pretty damn well, though I did max out the RAM a few years ago, install Lion, and am on my third battery.

After all these years, it still works great as my portable computer, Software Radio terminal, and music server though my desktop PC is my primary computer.

about a month ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

captjc Re:There is no "working AI" at this time (98 comments)

Of course it is AI, not cutting edge AI, but it is still AI. Just because it is now a mature solved problem, doesn't make it any less valid.

It is like saying that someone doing the old "calculate the landing position of a cannonball fired at X velocity at Y angle" problem isn't doing physics because modern physics now involves super-tiny particles and / or traveling at speeds near the speed of light.

about a month and a half ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

captjc Re:Why are slashdotters such idiots? (395 comments)

This issue?

Slashdot has become just another cog in the internet hate machine. It is gotten to the point that for any story, 70% of the comments now are just bitching and moaning at the topic, even when it is really unwarranted. I am starting to wonder if this place had devolved into trolls and trolls trolling the trolls.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

captjc Re:Never made an honest dime (181 comments)

One thing that does bother me a little is that all the successes of any company get attributed to the CEO. They have a lot of hard working, very smart and creative people working for the company, who have their accomplishments left in shadow because of the the CEO being the public face of the company. It's not all The CEO!

FTFY. I mean, it isn't like Eric Schmidt wrote every line of Google, Gmail, and Youtube. Jeff Bezos didn't sit down and engineer the Kindle. And Steve Ballmer sure as fuck didn't build the XBox or write Office. Like it or not, these guys are the public faces of their companies, and in good times get all the credit and in bad times get all the blame.

about a month and a half ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

captjc Re:Women have wrecked HP. (118 comments)

No, Bean counters and MBAs have wrecked HP. Pointy Haired Bosses know no gender.

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

captjc Re:I really hope... (482 comments)

You could always take a look at Japan. While I wouldn't say it has gone that far, it isn't too far off. That is one big reason why the birthrate is so low. Of course, those who aren't obsessing over their dating sims and sleeping with their anime-girl pillows can probably get all kinds of 'tang and from what I hear, adultery is pretty much standard operating procedure for any married man.

about 2 months ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

captjc Re:Another neocon wingnut governor (115 comments)

So was (is) Obama. Anyone who is just left of Right-wing Extremist is labeled a "far-left communist".

I would bet that if Nixon or Reagan ran today they would be lambasted as tree-hugging pinkos by the current "conservative" leadership.

about 2 months ago

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