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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

pkinetics Re:Biden is talking coding?? (168 comments)

Biden: What does this big shiny red button do? I guess I'll push it and find out. Hmm... Nothing is happening. I'll just keep pushing it.

12 hours ago

Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

pkinetics No kidding (92 comments)

And the sad part is some CFO will see the video clip, override the CIO's IT Plan for updating their hardware infrastructure and then complain about a lack of 110% uptime

2 days ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

pkinetics Re:...The hell? (288 comments)

A perfect demonstration of the concept: Less is more

The write up... not the phone... Cause apparently when you buy a lesser phone and try to make it do more, it doesn't work.

Seriously, the garbage reads like someone who advocates the 64k memory is enough for everything fallacy.

2 days ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:Looks ok to me (228 comments)

Me three!!! Succinct and accurate reflection of reality.

5 days ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:Looks ok to me (228 comments)

Actually there is proof the system wasn't perfect..

An example was provided where someone challenged two of her tickets. The judge reviewed the video and determined that the person had indeed come to a stop in both scenarios.The judge ruled in favor of the person, and dismissed the ticket.

Additionally, numerous tickets were thrown out at a significantly higher rate during traffic ticket spikes.

Most people are conditioned to not challenge automated tickets. The articled said 95% automatically paid. The remainder that challenged, 90% of them lost, until the traffic ticket spikes started occurring. In one instance, one location was challenged at a rate of 1 in 7 tickets for 242 challenges. 109 were thrown out.

At some point the courts will have reviewed enough footage at one location, that they just auto accepted.

And here-in lies the rub. Make the process tedious enough to challenge, and make the fine small and convenient to pay, and very few will question the accuracy of the system. "The incident was last week, and I was in a rush, did I come to a full stop? Forget it, pay the fine."

The problem is they changed something in the system, it triggered a volume where people realized the system can't be right.

As to the point of enforcement.

There are laws on the books that are meant for true good: Hey don't go killing people. Don't be stealing other people's stuff. Don't drink and drive.

There are laws on the books that are meant to guide people in safe conduct. Don't be speeding. Don't run red lights.

And there are byzantine laws on the books that when researched are for some obscure reason. No hanky panky on Tuesdays in the kitchen. Da heck?

Enforcement's job is to make sure the law is enforced, but to also exercise a level of reasonability in the enforcement of the law. So and so is speeding. Hey they are having a baby. We should help them. VS Hey, a-hole is doing 50 in a school zone. Bust 'em.

The reasonability measurement should have been occurring when the vendor and IBM were evaluating the infraction before sending it out. Somewhere along the lines, that fail safe wasn't being done.

5 days ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:There should be no false positives (228 comments)

Its Chicago. The Constitution is a living document open to interpretation. And the Chicago way trumps everything, even the basic human rights defined eons ago by whatever non-corporeal entity people believe in.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

pkinetics Don't go for lawyer (507 comments)

One has to be super passionate to want to be in this cut throat education program.

One of the biggest lies from law schools is placement after graduation. Sure School A boasts 90% employed, they just don't tell you that most of them aren't in the legal profession.

If you want future proof, there is accounting and mortuary. There is always death and taxes. No machines will take those away.

But the main thing one should have is good analytical, problem solving, and written and oral communication skills. Everything else is OJT.

about a week ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

pkinetics Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

In most cases it boils down to risk versus reward. The negative reinforcement, it worked the last time, leads to taking bigger risks.

And some just don't care cause they think they will sue the pants off of you later. Won't do a lick of good paralyzed from the waist down, but hey, they can sue!

And then there are those who are just a-holes, who don't give a crap about what their actions may cause to anyone else. They are right, everyone else is wrong, regardless of physics.

about two weeks ago

Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

pkinetics Re:16bit bliss (86 comments)

Time to dust off the Super Famicom and fire up Area 88

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

pkinetics Re:Use Paper (143 comments)

or worse, spill soda on it, drop it on its edge...

about three weeks ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

pkinetics Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

Seems a bit of an overgeneralization

Depends on the final product, resource (labor and raw material) availability, target market location, and all the costs associated with each category.

If labor costs are high in one location, the decision might be to make it elsewhere. Or to get offsetting cost factors to reduce labor costs elsewhere.

Also if transportation of resources and product are prohibitive, then that becomes a factor in location selection.

If you can locate your production location to a central location that is easy to distribute to more market locations (central hub - spoke model), that is factor as well.

Then there are regulations, import export issues, etc.

about a month ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

pkinetics If they are a private corporation then: (534 comments)

1. Firearms purchases and acquisitions need to be evaluated.

2. If they are funded by tax payer money, aren't there certain records that have to be available?

3. If they are a non-profit, there needs to be an auditing of their books to account for the dollars spent vs taken in.

about a month ago

Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

pkinetics Re:Load the drivers (126 comments)


about a month ago

Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

pkinetics For some reason this reminds me of old Windows (126 comments)

What do you mean I have a conflict on an IRQ????

I plugs in this video card and it works. I plugs in this video card and it doesn't.

I think the concept is cool and as the pathways between modules gets faster, it will be great. But I'll wait for a few more releases before I try it. Unless someone gives me one for super cheap.

about a month ago

First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

pkinetics Re: So what? (193 comments)

Zune? Does that count?

about a month ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

pkinetics Client Server anyone? (309 comments)

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

pkinetics Re:Liability (474 comments)

Because most people run Windows computers, and don't have any real security in place.

  1. Connect to someone's wifi.
  2. Deploy wormy type virus to any unpatched winblowz machine.
  3. ???
  4. Profit

about a month and a half ago


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