top Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?
I had a programing friend that was coding on his boat in the virgin islands via aircard. I was very jealous.
top Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
There is another problem similar to the after effects of Bacon's Rebellion.
It is easier to hate the wealthy when machines replace our jobs than when a foreigner takes our jobs. We will have more civil unrest against the upper class with machines replacing people than with jobs going overseas. Be on the lookout for distractions from serious issues like food, clothing, shelter. Expect more discussions about gay marriage, 'in god we trust', affairs, pledge of allegiance, school vochers, etc....
top At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
The Dance is getting harder and harder. Got to keep up with skills, but one has to balance it with life.
I find it harder and harder as I get older. Life keeps aiming at derailing work. They might be good or bad events...but they are still distractions from improving work.
That said...I will take all the distractions my 20 month old can toss my way.
top Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash
It doesn't seem to be needed. All one has to do is give every employee an iphone with a company app on it that does the above.
Tell them the app delivers their company email.
They won't be concerned because they 'do nothing wrong' at work and won't think about the fact that the company will know everything else about them as well. They'll assume it is just internet surfing, long phone calls, and texting that the company wants to track when in reality it is everything, a drag net of employee data.
That said, they'd drown in that much data. More likely they'd turn on such 'features' when they are already wanting to get rid of the employee.
top Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges
What is the median salary, divided by total cost of education, one year and five years after graduation? That is really the main thing a prospective student needs to know. Everything else is window dressing.
Correction, this might be what the student wants to know, but this is definitely what the government needs to know. After all, what bank loans out money with slim chances of getting the money back?
There are more important things than money when seeking a college degree, but the government shouldn't be funding degrees or colleges where there is no chance of getting the funding back over time.
top Reversible Male Contraception With Gold Nanorods
I've had 3 reversals and only one worked long enough for me to have a son. I've spent 45k.
In my experience the reversals always work initially, but close up over time. My last reversal I hired the best I could get. I should have done that at the beginning, but the doctor I had preform it the 1st & 2nd times said that it is waste for me to try a 3rd time.
top Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican
I figure over-reliance on this sort of analysis explains why Facebook will show me ads for dating services even though it knows I'm married. I like all this geeky stuff, so obviously the advertisers assume I'm single.
where's the 'like' button when you want it?!
about a year and a half ago
top US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day
Hell, I never took vacation... maybe 3 or 4 days in the last year. I got laid off anyway, never mind a promotion. I got no severance pay, but they gave me 70% of my remaining vacation time in cash.
The lesson is: use your vacation. You may not get a chance later.
I can easy one up that and drive the point home. My ex-father in law never called in sick or took vacation. He died at 48. The paycheck he got for the unused vacation time had no taxes taken out. His wife who died two years later had to pay a ton in taxes because of that.
On his death bed, I showed him pictures of a recent vacation I had and he wished he had done more of that than work. Who wouldn't? And since you never know when your last day is take the time now if you can.
about a year and a half ago
top Cubify 3D Printers Aren't Just for Squares (Video)
Since I don't have the $ just to try it out, can someone explain to me where the designs come from that the printer prints? Are the patterns printer specific? Are there standard formats used, like autocad or something?
Everyone understands how a 2d printer works. 99% (grabbed out of thin air) of the net is 2d, but I'd love to print 3d objects.
I play D&D. Even though it would be expensive, I'd to be able to print 3d versions of monsters mini's. I know it would kill wotc's miniture market, but I'm tired of using at best pictures on cardboard stock taking up the same amount of space. It'd be sweet to print up the # of missing minis for what the encounter called for or print up the dungeon/village/or terran where the fight was taking place.
top Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?
Someday a war will happen just like it did on BSG. The enemy will flip a switch and turn off all the vehicles.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?
I'd recommend doing something fun regardless of what language.
If you are fine with Java or
.Net, try out http://robocode.sourceforge.net/
I know I'd love to write code as a kid to battle other players.
I learned most of my programing as a kid by picking apart other code. I learned on a trs80 loading up basic games and then in my teenage years, tweaking code for BBS sites when 1200 baud was awesome.
top Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You
And this is why e-voting should be killed off. FB is something that is neutral. Employers and employees don't have any issues talking about why they want or don't want to reveal profiles.
Overseeing someone's e-voting is taboo at the moment because for decades that hasn't been an option. Give it a generation and we'll have Tuesday Church Services where everyone who goes to your church is expected to attend for a voting party, where the computers are not hidden behind curtains and your neighbors can look over your shoulder. We'll have some straglers who claim they can't go to their Church event because their boss wants them to do the same. They'll tell their boss that their Church requires them to be there and since bosses don't want to run afowl of the 1st amendment, they'll let them go saying 'bring a print out to work.' When in reality they go home where their spouse watches over their shoulder instead and then as they doctor up a screen shot so their boss doesn't know they voted.
top Are Rich People Less Moral?
"The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed." by -Honore de Balzac
which is normally paraphrased as 'Behind every great fortune there is a crime'.
Thus the only way an honest man can get into congress is if a corrupt man helps him get there.
Which leads into this quote "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature." by Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)
Angry Birds Boss Credits Piracy For Popularity Boost
People seem to be focused on the piracy aspect of the story and I focused on the 'fan' aspect.
Something that is going on with Kickstarter as of this week is
Order of the Stick, a free online web comic, that has blown away its goals multiple times in the first week of the kickstarter. That is the power of fans. The product is free on the web, but yet fans are tripping over themselves to get out of print material back in stores.
top FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard
Our War on germs is going to get us killed. Soap and water are enough. Anything more and we risk making the places where we really need more (hospitals) breeding factories for superbugs. Oh wait, that is what is happening. Stop eliminating superbugs competition. If those keyboards are wiping out 2/3s the germs, I bet 1/2 of the germs or more were good germs.
I remember reading an article years ago, no clue on the current state, where some research doctors were trying out putting yogurt on their hands after washing to make sure their hands were protected by a protective layer of good germs.
top The Real Job Threat
I don't care how good machines get there are certain 'service' jobs for humans that will always be in demand.
Seriously though, I was thinking of MMOs recently and the market for them. For the most part the target market is people who've had their lives made easier by machines. I can't see a machine coming up with all that World of Warcraft is.
The day that machines can come up with Facebook or World of Warcraft or the iPad or a best selling novel is when we have to worry. Machines that invent or create art are problem
top What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?
What I'd like is, if all appeals fail, an option to end ones life behind bars. Some people would take that option rather than being locked up for the rest of their life. I make the stipulation of 'all appeals fail' because as evidenced by all the exonerations from DNA many people are in prison innocently. There are many cases were someone is serving a life sentence and there was no physical evidence. No DNA to get them out of jail.
My father was one. He was given 30 years and died of cancer after 12 years. There was no physical evidence. Only the word of a 3 year old.
top "Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains
Back in December, I moved to Darnassus. I think it's the right place for me. It is very environmentally friendly. To quote a friend of mine
"I love Darnassus... trees everywhere." I highly recommend moving there, Diane. That said, there are some horrible little neighbors to the south east. They say things like
"One word: plastics."
"Yes, I'm a gold digger... and copper and silver."
"If at first you don't succeed: blow it up again."
"Skip to step three: profit."
Needless to say these little annoying nats cause all sorts of environmental issues. Still, come to Darnassus for a small subscription fee.
top World Population Expected To Hit 7 Billion In Late October
I guess I'm contributing to the decline; however I want to have kids now.
I had a vasectomy years ago when I was with a partner who didn't want kids. I've since then found someone that I want to have kids with, but 2 reversals later the odds are still not good. (pretty much nil because of low mobility)
I'm the only child of an only child. If I ever can have kids, I probably will only have one. If something happens to me or if I have a kid, only to lose it, no one is going to care about our family tree. The family stories I tell will not live long after I die. Everything I care about and everything my ancestors cared about is going to be lost.
In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter, but at an individual level, a family level, it hurts emotionally. You don't think it will when you are young, but the older I get the more it does. You look around at everything you have (physically or mentally) and want it to go on in some fashion.
top What's Your College Major Worth?
Wealthier than average people are driven to succeed. They're driven to finish college and they are driven to find a good job. There is certainly correlation between education and income, but I see no reason to believe the formal education itself has any bearing on ones chances at financial success. It seems that the attributes one has drives them to finish college, then make lots of money. However, if you removed the option of college, they would still be driven to make lots of money.
I agree. I do not have a degree. I dropped out to put my exwife through college. I had a drive to succeed. The bonus of having two parents that went into law and my dad being a work-aholic by only sleeping for 4 hours while maintaining 3 jobs for 25 years (lawyer in the morning, pc repairmain in the afternoon, sleep for 4 hours, and then work a night shift at NASA working on mainframes.) I'm making decent money. My ex-wife however did get a degree and then did nothing with it.
One has to have the desire, the craving, to succeed. A degree will not give you that.
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