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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

pokerdad Its Career Roulette (509 comments)

There is no job in existence today that we won't have the technology to either eliminate or turn into skill-less labour within the next 20 years. That doesn't mean technology will overcome all jobs, but which ones will stick around will be almost impossible to predict.

about 4 months ago

George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

pokerdad How about Norway? (98 comments)

Where else but on the Chicago Lakefront will be it easy to recreate the ice planet of Hoth?

Its so cute when Americans from the lower 48 talk about how cold some place gets; sort of like when Canadians talk about heat waves.

about 5 months ago

World's First Large-Scale Waste-to-Biofuels Facility Opens In Canada

pokerdad Re:I guess it's something (96 comments)

Wrong, less than half of our power comes from coal and it falls every year. As of November 2013. 5,690 MW out of 14,003 MW generated in Alberta came from coal.

People love to rag on power deregulation, but it resulted in a lot of new power plants being built, and they have all been greener than what came before.

about 5 months ago

Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

pokerdad Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)

Your right, You cant go around questioning settled science. it would be wrong.

Its certainly not impossible that AGW will someday be proven wrong, but if it is that proof won't come from the sort of person who is loudly denying it today, it will come from climatologist.

If you aren't a climatologist you aren't qualified to deny AGW any more than the pot heads who for decades claimed that marijuana could cure anything were qualified to make those claims.

That people who are ignorant of science and scientists sometimes end up on the same side of an issue does not lend any credibility to being ignorant.

about 5 months ago

Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

pokerdad The Consequence (287 comments)

When I worked in IT I used to laugh at anyone who had spent more time or money schooling than I did but still ended up in the same lousy positions. That was until, after some years in the industry, I came to realize that their education gave them a much better chance at advancement. A lot of the people I used to laugh at are doing well in IT 10 or more years later, while I left for greener pastures back in 2009.

about 7 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

pokerdad Re:Worst Company in America...regrets (455 comments)

Walmart does what's best for Walmart. When that means screwing employees or customers, they don't hesitate. But there are times when they find themselves on the side of morality simply because that's what's in their best interest, and they can be a good ally to have because they have a lot of might.

about 8 months ago

New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

pokerdad Bad Science isn't Always Bad (86 comments) has an interesting article on how the scientific evidence available at the time actually disproved Copernicus. It wasn't until much later that the heliocentric solar system was proven true.

I wonder if we start trying to police science too closely if the great theories of tomorrow that we don't yet have enough evidence to support might get tossed.

about 8 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

pokerdad A Plan (712 comments)

If you really wanted to kill coal power generation using government intervention, then the more logical thing to do would be to put in place a tax that will only impact coal power stations, and use the money brought in from that tax to subsidize green power stations built to replace the coal ones. If the tax starts low but increases every year, then the transition could be gradual, but coal might still be eliminated on a reasonable time scale.

about 8 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

pokerdad Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

I am not a workaholic, and would consider myself an average Joe, but since my wife came down with medical problems that have kept her from working I have pretty much been forced into working 60 hour weeks.

Pretty much the problem with your assumption is that you are putting artificial limits in place like 10 hour days and only 6 days of work per week.

I work two jobs; one is a pretty typical Monday to Friday 8 to 5 job and the other is part time in the evenings (usually 4 shifts of 5 hours each per week). On the days the two overlap I will typically be gone from home from 7:30am to 11:00pm, working between 12 and 13 of those hours. I might get one or two days a month where I am off from both jobs.

So do people lie about their hours? Yeah, I'm sure some do. But don't assume that just because you can't imagine working that much that no one could.

about 9 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

pokerdad Re:No, I don't believe he did. (412 comments)

Ken Jennings would always ignore the first two questions of every category in double jeopardy until the daily doubles were gone. When things were going well for him his would mean he would do the bottom three questions in one category and then another and so on. However, if he found he wasn't liking a category he wasn't afraid to switch to another, so there were occasions that what Ken was doing looked not dissimilar to what this guy is doing.

about 10 months ago

Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way

pokerdad Re:order of magnitude (217 comments)

Ironically, your example was off by an order of magnitude. Alpha Centauri is 4 light years or 4e15m away.

more than 2 years ago

Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?

pokerdad No Need For Elaborate Explinations (215 comments)

Smart money knows that no company in the world should be valued at $86 billion when its profits are just $1.8 billion.

more than 2 years ago

To me, lotteries represent ...

pokerdad Re:Ugh. (301 comments)

I read this article back in December in Time which said that had you redirected your lottery spending to stocks over the 10 years ending December 2010, your annualized return would have amounted to -1.54%, according to Standard & Poor's.

If you still had 98.46% of your money at the end of 10 years you would be significantly ahead of where you'd be if you'd been putting the money in a lottery.

more than 2 years ago

Dinosaur Feathers Found In Amber

pokerdad Re:Circular logic (190 comments)

I think the comment from the story is telling: "'Protofeathers aren't known from any modern, existing groups of birds and therefore the most obvious interpretation is that they belong to dinosaurs,' said University of Alberta professor, Alexander P. Wolfe."

Considering the age of most fossil finds in Alberta, that isn't as crazy as you think.

more than 3 years ago

Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?

pokerdad Re:Why.... (543 comments)

Sure its possible to get your money's worth out of a warranty; its also possible to get your money's worth out of lottery tickets. But both lottery tickets and extended warranties are only sold because the seller makes money on them, and this is only possible because collectively consumers lose money on them. Car and house insurance make sense because most people can't afford to replace those if they are lost. Most people can afford to replace a computer, meaning that the extended warranty isn't so much insurance as it is paying in advance for a service you might never use.

more than 3 years ago

Teachers, Students Fight To Be Facebook Friends

pokerdad Re:It must be pretty tough (286 comments)

I'm pretty sure most schools have rules prohibiting students from being taught by their own relatives for most core classes to avoid favortism. When I was in school, kids of teachers were always in someone else's class for the grade their parent taught.

When I was in grade 7 my class was taught English by my mother and math by the father of one of my classmates.

more than 2 years ago

Popularity Trumps Privacy For Many On Facebook

pokerdad This hits close to home (99 comments)

I must admit I feel very lonely watching all my friends get scores of birthday wishes every year, and I get one (from my wife, who I then scold because she knows I purposefully hide my birthday on FB) Not only do I get very jealous, but seeing as about half my friends are either in IT or engineering and none of them seem to think twice about having their birthday be public, makes me wonder if my fears of a public birthday are misplaced.

more than 3 years ago

Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook

pokerdad Re:Just a thought... (160 comments)

They are refusing to sell American's stock because they will violate US regulations by concealing the financial documents. Do you know why they want to conceal the financials? Because they are very very scary and indicate how little money the company actually makes.

Or maybe they make lots of money and don't want it made public just how they are doing that. I bet 500 million users' personal info could be worth a lot of money to a lot of companys.

more than 3 years ago

Canada Rolls Out Plastic Money

pokerdad Re:What is This "money" of Which You Speak? (444 comments)

I'm in Canada too. I don't know about the other banks, but TD's infinity account has no transaction fees. I've have one for so long it blows me away when someone complains about transaction fees.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Clinton Suggests Internet Fact Agency

pokerdad Re:FANTASTIC idea! (336 comments)

I can understand Americans who are paranoid of the influence of Big Pharma because of just how much pull that industry has in your country. However, said industry does not have such a pull in most other countries.

How is it you can write something off as just being Big Pharma manipulating the system, when every other country is also vaccinating?

more than 3 years ago


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