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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

knightghost Re:I honestly don't understand this sentiment. (263 comments)

Real unemployment is 19% (6% short term, 6% long term, 0.5 * 15% underemployed). Use the U-6 if you want to be at least semi-realistic.
Oh, and 23% wage reduction.

Hurricane Sandy $60b was 99% waste. I was there. Almost all damage was self induced, starting with failure to trim trees from power lines (over 10k outages).

Much better than Romney (Bush 2.0) but mediocre at best. Democrats are incompetent when it comes to economics. But Republicans are evil.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

knightghost Re:Unionize so that we can: (263 comments)

Cherry picking and exaggeration. There are problems with both extremes - so lets get back into the middle. Down with extremism! Which includes both political parties.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

knightghost Re:Was pretty obvious (263 comments)

Time to form a union. No, seriously. STEM workers have been absolutely screwed to the point where no intelligent person should pursue that career in the USA. Talk with nurses to see how to make some progress.

yesterday
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

knightghost Re: Not a chance (627 comments)

Credit Unions are what banks were decades ago. I'll never use another bank.

Otherwise... cash.

2 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

knightghost Re:Agile is the answer to everything (133 comments)

I agree that it can work - IF you have good people. That's rarely the case, so it usually fails.

Managers need to focus on dollars per result rather than irrelevant headcount.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

knightghost Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

Ancient history and therefore irrelevant. Execute today and plan for tomorrow.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

knightghost Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

These aren't rogue groups. They operate with the full support of the Chinese government.

I agree with hacking back but the only value you'd gain is if you handed the data over to corporations, and that's a big bad can of worms to open.

No casualties? The median lifetime earnings of a USA worker is $1.5m. For ever $1.5m in economic damage, you've effectively killed one person.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

knightghost Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

Bandwidth is following Moore's law and doubling every 18 months (per $), so a 4x upgrade is 3 years. Not huge. The industry needs to show constant improvement instead of just net profit extracted through monopolistic actions against customers.

about two weeks ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

knightghost Re:Research (165 comments)

I would go a layer deeper to see what drives lowering journalist integrity... to find that the audience prefers misinfotainment over news. They demand entertainment over learning. Illusion over reality.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

knightghost Re:yes, let's "zoom out" (213 comments)

Less CO2 (half compared to coal for electrical generation) but much, much more methane, which is a much worse (if shorter 20 year) greenhouse gas.

about three weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

knightghost Re:The logical conclusoin (236 comments)

Actually, it's already happened. The problem is that once business people get it, they then demand something more complex.

about three weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

knightghost Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

Integers are simpler to compare than Real numbers. Especially for the math-phobic sheeple that make up the vast majority of citizens.

about three weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

knightghost Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Parents got pensions because that's what it took to hire them. "Globalization" dragged pay down to the bottom of the world.

about three weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

knightghost Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Yep. Median hourly wage per productivity unit is half of what it was 40 years ago.

The majority of jobs have already transitioned to Sales/Marketing. They don't add anything but sure suck up a ton of cash.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

knightghost Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

China is increasing population due to corruption in its "one child" policy.
Almost all areas are increasing population. Being due to immigration seems irrelevant. It's one planet.
Slaving away on a farm isn't what I call a job. Backbreaking work, yes, but not a modern job that brings equality and increasing difficulty raising children.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

knightghost Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Actually, no, it doesn't use much less energy when you look at the whole thing. Most energy is heating/cooling which hasn't been improved. Lighting is on the fringes.

Technology is not a silver bullet. Relying on it to magically solve future problems is little better than relying on divine intervention.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

knightghost Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

I'd say it's culture and how busy someone is reduces population growth (working women reduce population). And just because if some small geography is slowly decreasing doesn't mean much if the whole (planet) is massively increasing.

So perhaps this is where feminism may rescue the planet - equality, busy with work, and access to (easy, long term) contraception.
The only downside is that they'll make men's lives hell.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

knightghost Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

What about Heating and Cooling? They really haven't changed and are the lion's share of energy consumption in the home.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

knightghost Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Having procreative sex is one of the most carbon expensive things we can do

The big purple elephant in the room that everyone pretends to ignore.
Total Resources = Population x Individual Resources
Increase resources, reduce population, or reduce standard of living. It's a simple if difficult choice.
Individual people can be reasoned with. Unfortunately, groups of people are stupid and haven't progressed passed the roman gladiator spectator mobs. They'll demand more resources, defend religious teachings to have yet more kids, then wonder why they make less money each year.
(hourly median salary in the USA has been stagnant the last 40 years - actually, if you take into account productivity gains, it is half of what it was 4 decades ago.)

about three weeks ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

knightghost Re:Until... (142 comments)

The Chinese already developed ship killing missiles, making most large navy ships no better than targets. Unfortunately that won't change until you get the WW2-tactics trained admirals retired.

about three weeks ago

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