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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

frank_adrian314159 Re:I have an even better idea (272 comments)

The fact is, most people are safe enough drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.FTFY. Very few drivers are "safe" in any particularly strict sense of the term. Myself included. We're sort of like Windows code in that respect. Safe enough? Yes, as long as they're properly monitored and regulated. Other than that? I wouldn't share a road with them, if I had a choice.

yesterday
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

frank_adrian314159 Re:I've been trying to hire a Senior EE for a YEAR (502 comments)

Not to mention the area he's wanting to hire the EE for (RF design for 801.x drivers are a lot different than power systems guys, which is different than digital design for chips).

If he's really interviewed over 100 people either (a) he's not paying enough, (b) he's in some place no one wants to live, (c) he wants someone who's both an expert RF and power system guy (or someone who's a mixture of two similarly incompatible subspecialties), or (d) an asshole no one wants to work with.

Given the original post, I got a feeling that the real reason is (d), but since I'm feeling charitable, I'll assume the real reason is a mix of all four.

2 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

frank_adrian314159 Well... (200 comments)

According to Wikipedia, he's hanging around the Episcopal Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, AZ. You might be able to dig him up there!

Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week! Tip your servers. Try the veal!

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

frank_adrian314159 Re:2-yr code, no devel edu == hacks, healthcare.go (200 comments)

My objection to things like this are the false belief it instills that all you need to do to learn to be good at this is go to community college for a while, where you'll be taught by other people who aren't good at coding. If they were good, they'd be doing it, not making peanuts teaching community college.

That's not necessarily true. There are many folks who are quite good teaching at the CC level. Many are PhDs and want to make a bit more money while working on their post docs. Others want a bit more income, because normal programmer jobs in many places don't pay six figures. Many want to share the knowledge that they've acquired over twenty or thirty years of software engineering practice that's sadly discounted by most employers. And they're usually a damn sight better at design and teaching than the latest moron standing up an RR instance on a web server while building the latest social media bullshit app.

The real problem with the whole "Let's teach everyone to code" idea? Not enough coding jobs, even if you did train this many people. How about we train everyone how to fix cars? Then we can all make money fixing everyone else's car! Oh, wait...

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

frank_adrian314159 Read this for what it is... (200 comments)

The end game comes shortly.

Either the US figures out that wealth and income need to be spread more widely so that more demand is created and business grows because of that, rather than via ever more convoluted and harsh predatory financial and business behavior targeted upon their customers and the rest of the world, or it is toast.

That is all.

4 days ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

frank_adrian314159 Re:About time (417 comments)

Why yes. That ishow our local communities decide. Why do you hate democratically-elected officials making decisions so much? Would you rather have no elections? Or no government? Since the last two seem to not lead to anything but suffering, perhaps you have some novel idea as to how to structure government so as not to have these problems. I'd love to hear your ideas, unless you're just a complaining asshat.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

frank_adrian314159 Won't work... (272 comments)

.. at least not soon. The fact is that the human body was not designed - it evolved. And it evolved with all of these random chemical cross-linkages (in fact, this bizarre randomness is a main point of evidence that it was not designed). So when you find a therapy, it often interacts with several body systems. And quite often those actions have negative impacts on the system, as well as positive (it's why so many of the newer drugs have so many bad side effects). So it's a messy problem.

Silicon Valley has thrived using the technique cutting through problems by simplifying and disintermediating them. As such, they believe that any problem can be solved by doing this. Do I really need to say that this will not solve this particular problem? OK, I'll say it... It won't.

Removal from the biological matrix is a prerequisite for significant life extension (if by "life", we really mean "lifespan of our instance of sentience"), just as removal from the physical matrix is a prerequisite to eternal existence.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

frank_adrian314159 Well, let the free market work! (629 comments)

If you're pissed off at Google for not fixing defects in older versions of Android, you can always switch to an iPhone or a Microsoft Windows phone. Why are you folks always whining about corporate decisions that make financial sense? Unless, of course, you're willing to something and make those "financial decisions" hurt the corporation involved.

Don't like how Google won't fix bugs? Don't buy an Android next time.

Unless you also want to say that the free market doesn't fix everything. There's a reason for various regulations concerning warranty and support regulations. Especially for vital telecom infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

frank_adrian314159 Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

And you don't talk scientifically unless you have an alternative theory, which to the best of our recollection, you have none. The best we can discern from your interminable hostility is that you don't think there's anything worth worrying about which, although highly indicative of your internal state, says little about the world itself. Why should we listen to you? No theory. No science. You're as far away from science as you could be.

about two weeks ago
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Back To the Social Media Future

frank_adrian314159 Re:Thanks for the informative link on PLATO hw! (40 comments)

The company behind PLATO? Give me a break.

Other than providing the hardware, CDC did almost nothing and had to dragged, kicking and screaming, into marketing it at all (and at which they did a lackluster and shitty job). Almost all of the software (including rewriting a lot of the OS - the CDC OS'es were not known for their "real time" capabilities, being mainly designed for high-performance scientific computing) were developed by the folks at the University if Illinois. And that software development? Mostly funded with government grants (back when we did those sorts of things for non-military things).

Control Data and PLATO? Fuck 'em - they were mainly irrelevant. Thanks for the hardware, though - it did have an interesting architecture (sort of like programming in microcode).

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

frank_adrian314159 You want to get rid of online harassment? (189 comments)

Get rid of anonymity. If users can hide behind a veil of online anonymity, if they can always be relatively assured that no one is going to trace down that AssH/\t350 is really Wendel Jeppers of 113 Terrace Dr., Apt. C, Meat Hollow, KY, and that there is almost no chance that one can deliver a summons to him, you will not get rid of harassment. Couple that with the fact that there is no authority which can get rid of a troll once and for all, that they can sign up with a new anonymous account, and it's easy to see that the EFF folks are idiots in this case.

It's all good to have folks stand up and decry harassment when it happens. We'd all like to think our better angels triumph over evil. They don't always (or is that often?). That's why we need identity, laws, and authority. Because certain idiots in this world need to be separated from polite society (and hopefully rehabilitated before being let back into that society) because they do cause harm.

The good news is that Bayesian probability and AI will soon be good enough to identify trolls, harassers, and other assorted knaves by the way they write - write enough like a troll, watch your post get bounced and your account cancelled - no appeal, go away. We'll have control. It's probably not the kind you want though, as these technical solutions always have collateral damage.

So, Internet idiots, you've all been warned several times. Are you going to grow up, act like adults, and control yourselves or are you going to be leashed? Your choice.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

frank_adrian314159 Re:why the hate (341 comments)

Working your ass off for 10 years? Try 30 and fighting age discrimination. It has nothing to do with diversity, people of different cultures, genders, etc. If it's being supported by these companies it's all about increasing the labor supply so they can screw over their workers more easily for less money. For those of you who think otherwise, you're naive and supporting your oppressors' schemes. Employment becomes a zero-sum game if the pool of workers is growing faster than the number of open positions.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

frank_adrian314159 Re: Orwell (341 comments)

I have never met one that wanted to be the "horse" from Animal Farm.

That would be Boxer.

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

frank_adrian314159 Re:...now this again. Learning programming languag (242 comments)

Basic syntax and paradigm of a new programming langugae are easy. It's running into all of the corner cases and figuring out how to work around them that takes time. Not to mention the plethora of "value add" third-party libraries and frameworks, all of which have their own corner cases to bump into.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

frank_adrian314159 Re:Ha (391 comments)

Sony is like XML. If Sony is the answer, it's a sure bet you asked the wrong question.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

frank_adrian314159 Re:ah yea... (79 comments)

Doctors these days are employees - just like you. Your boss tells you to "improve quality" (i.e., "financial quality") by increasing throughput, sticking to Bayesian most-probable/most cost-effective care pathways, and sticking to the script, you'll do it, if you value your job. Remember - just because a doctor doesn't diagnose you correctly (especially for low probability conditions) doesn't mean he's diagnosing everyone incorrectly. In fact, outliers happen.

Sorry for your bad experience, but medicine is statistics/quant driven these days (just like everything else). The fact is that you did get a diagnosis and your doctors acknowledged that after you brought it to their attention. What more do you expect from a system that's chronically understaffed and seems to exist (like other systems in our country) to funnel ever-larger amounts of money into corporate coffers? Don't be pissed off at your overworked doctor - be pissed off at the corporations and hospitals that make sure there isn't time to do adequate diagnosis.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

frank_adrian314159 Re:The downside of one-sided propaganda (79 comments)

The $70 for removing a splinter is a small price to pay to avoid sepsis. Of course, you don't get charged $70 unless you can't get the damned splinter out and the wound disinfected and bandaged yourself. Minor sprain? It's terrible how that might actually be a fracture. You might want to have that checked out. However, most people who can still walk on it get by fine with RICE - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. And a call to my doctor's office on these things tend to get that message from the care team given a call. Same with having a cold. The last thing the doctors' office wants is some germy asshole who doesn't need to be there running about giving everyone else his or her cold. And they will tell you to stay away unless there's actually a sign of secondary infection for which one might need antibiotics.

I don't know what the medical profession ever did to you (other than charge you money - a separate topic which should be discussed elsewhere), but people are not overusing minor issues to visit doctors. In reality, in 1998 (first thing I found when I Googled "medical encounters annually US), there were less than ~4 medical encounters (counted as doctors' visits, ED visits, hospitalizations, nursing home admissions/discharges, and home care starts/discharges)/per person annually. The growth numbers since then don't show anything particularly interesting except for a minor spike when PPACA came out, because people who didn't have medical care before are getting it now.

"Cyberchondria" isn't driving anything, but your straw man arguments about people flooding doctors' offices for minor issues are bullshit, too.

about three weeks ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

frank_adrian314159 Re:What the hell? (441 comments)

Because if laws apply only to some, they finally apply to no one. That hurts me, because I count on laws to be a first line of defense against those who might wish me (or my property) harm.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

frank_adrian314159 Re:Hahahahahahahahaha LOL (441 comments)

I never said I approved of this solution. It does, however, have a higher probability of working than other alternatives, if life extension of humans is your goal.

about a month ago

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FCC doesn't care about net neutrality anymore

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 9 months ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The New York Times reports that, after a recent SCOTUS ruling ripped apart current net neutrality rules, the FCC has decided that net neutrality isn't worth arguing over — it's now perfectly fine for carriers (including your last mile providers) to charge different rates for different data. If Congress wants to change this, they can, but until then, the FCC has decided that this debate isn't worth debating any more."
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New CFAA "Reform" Draft Makes Law Even Worse

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about a year ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "After the Aaron Swartz suicide, people had hoped that CFAA would be modified to be less draconian. Our naivete knows no bounds. Salon reports that the new draft of the modified CFAA makes the law even worse by expanding it (and its penalties) rather than by reining it in. One provision states that anyone conspiring to break this new law will be subject to the same penalty as if they had committed the crime in question. And even though the bill's language on "exceeding authorized access" has been trimmed a bit, the same language in the section about "unauthorized access" makes the point moot and is still broad enough to be troubling, especially given the law's penalties."
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Is the concept of "Cyberspace" stupid?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "In an article titled "Stop Pretending Cyberspace Exists", Salon writer Michael Lind notes that "Some ideas make you dumber the moment you learn of them. One of those ideas is the concept of 'cyberspace.'” He says that analogizing cyberspace as a real place leads to an inability to think logically about laws, rules, and how and when the governments could or should intervene to regulate the Internet. He states that such a debate is essential, but that that an "[invasion of] a mythical Oz-like kingdom called cyberspace is just as dopey" when talking about governments and corporations taking a larger role in online communications. Is Lind right? Does the notion of cyberspace make the debate over its governance less fruitful?"
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New Music Boss Worse Than Old Music Boss

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "David Lowery, musician (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), producer (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows), recording engineer (Archers of Loaf, Lamb of God), and geek (programmer, packet radio operator, ex-CBOT quant) talks about the economics of the music business and how the "old boss" — the record labels — have been replaced by the new boss — file downloading services, song streaming, and commercial online music stores. His take? Although the old boss was often unfair to artists, artists are making even less money under the new boss. Backed with fairly persuasive data, he shows that, under the new distribution model, artists — even small independent ones — are exposed to more risk while making less money. In addition, the old boss was investing in the creation of new music, while the new boss doesn't. This article is lengthy, but worth the attention of anyone interested in the future of music or music distribution."
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Should Reporters be "Truth Vigilantes"

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 3 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times asks if reporters in this world of balance should become "truth vigilantes"? So rather than reporting facts — i.e., politician said X about Y, even if X is false — should the media become "truth vigilantes" by pointing out that X is indeed false? That the public editor of the New York Times has to ask this is probably an indication that the media has strayed too far towards balance rather than truth. Should the media be worried about truth anymore?"
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Boeing CEO Says Outsourcing Didn't Pay

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The Seattle Times reports that Boeing's CEO is saying that the cost overruns on the 787 "Dreamliner" were greatly exacerbated by the company's heavy use of outsourcing. Although it is now fairly well accepted that outsourcing provides little cost savings and what cost savings there are often get spent in increased management costs and rework, the outsourcing drive goes on. It's nice to see a major industry figure saying that all is not so rosy as the MBAs would have us think."
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US Gov Pressuring Manning to Implicate Assange

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his Salon article today, Glenn Greenwald tells of the government's plan to prosecute Julian Assange. In short, the government believes that, if they can get Bradley Manning (the source of the leaked information) to testify that Assange convinced him to leak, they can prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act. As a means to this end, they have been holding Manning in isolation and subjecting him to other inhumane treatment, offering him better treatment should he would be willing to testify. That this would endanger with prosecution any investigative journalist who got information from a military informant has not passed unnoticed."
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RIAA to Appeal Thomas-Rasset Ruling

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The RIAA will appeal the ruling that reduced Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.92 fine for file sharing to $54,000.

"It is a shame that Ms. Thomas-Rasset continues to deny any responsibility for her actions rather than accept a reasonable settlement offer and put this case behind her," said RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth.

Joe Sibley, an attorney for Thomas-Rasset, said his client would not settle for the $25,000 that the RIAA has asked for.

"Jammie is not going to agree to pay any amount of money to them," Sibley said, adding that it doesn't matter to Thomas-Rasset whether the damages are $25,000 or $1.92 million.

In addition, Thomas-Rasset's attorneys say that, win or lose, they plan to appeal the constitutionality of the fine."
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Video Title Says it All - HP Computers Are Racist

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The folks at HP have outdone themselves this time. It turns out that when a white person tries to use the tracking software on their laptops, it works fine. When a black person tries? It doesn't work as well (or at all). It could be any number of causes to this fault, but one thing is clear — the more complicated you make something, the greater the chance of unintended consequences."
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Pope Comes Out Against Over-Zealous IP Restriction

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his latest encyclical, Benedictine XVI comes out against overly aggressive IP restrictions. In it, he attacks "excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property, especially in the field of health care." He doesn't seem to be that into a lot of today's capitalism, either — must be that whole uphold-the-downtrodden thing."
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Music From Stock Charts?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "German composer/artist Johannes Kreidler has digitized various stock charts and other graphs, using Microsoft's SongSmith to generate the backing music. The video produced from the animation of the charts using the music as background is interesting. From his web page (my translation):

The prettiest melodies come from life itself! Every man is an artist — so too, every politician and banker: Songs for millions! Times of crisis are always good for art. Thanks for the music!

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Texas BoE Wants Decade of Hol(e)y Evolution

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Clay Burell, 40-year veteran teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, blogs about a majority in the Texas Board of Education which is likely to vote for state science standards requiring science teachers to teach the (non-existent) "weaknesses or limitations of evolution." The problem? Textbooks used in Texas must align with these standards and as goes Texas (the second largest textbook market in the US, following California), so goes your kids' textbooks, wherever you are in the US. Even worse? These guidelines will be in place for a decade, warping Biology content for that period of time."
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The seven habits of highly subversive people

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Tired of the repression in the US? Want to fight "da man"? Want to be a subversive? A person who grew up in an authoritarian regime tells you how to do it in seven simple habits. Although couched in language of ecological concern Amanda Kovattana gives everyone who wants to get off their butts and make a difference a good set of guidelines."
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