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How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

sdinfoserv Screwed the pooch (151 comments)

The basis of VR is 3d.. How much market share did 3d VT grab? As of last year... 3%
There's no product, there's no users, there's no market share and FB isn't a gaming company.
Now, throw in FB wanting to grab, categorize and sell everything about users and having the potential to capture background conversations and recognize everyone in the room... now the corporate scab of personal information has jacked it up a notch... so, even of FB can get past the first 4 obstacles, sorry, I'm not letting it in my house

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

sdinfoserv More Corporate Greedmeisters (466 comments)

As an American, I really get tired of billionaires arguing with millionaires about money.... All that happens is I get screwed.
- the US has fallen from 16th in 2012 to 31st in 2014 for broadband speed...
- pro sports tickets are almost unaffordable to the average person
- US healthcare is the most expensive per capita in the developed world and is ranked 33 for infant mortality

We need to get of this 'we;re great, capitalism solves everything' fox news mantra and look at what's actually happening.
Otherwise, at some point, there's going to be just 2 jobs left in the US. The guy who owns everything and they guy who cleans his toilet.

about three weeks ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

sdinfoserv Re:It's the economy, stupid (676 comments)

SNAP benefits (food stamps) cut 11/2013

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

sdinfoserv Faith = no thought, no arguement (667 comments)

I've been debating several creationists on a different site for several weeks now. There arguments all boil down to 2:
1) the universe is beautiful therefore a god must have created it..
2) I'm an idiot for not seeing the beauty that god created.

When someone believes just because they have a need to believe, there's no room left for logical debate. it's over. Thought stops, insults start.

IMHO the smoking gun that proves evolution beyond any further discussion is the chromosomal difference between humans and great apes. Humans have 23 pair (46 total) apes have 24 pair (48 total). Lining up human chromosome #2 shows the exact fusion of 2 ancestral chromosomes. It has 2 centromeres and 3 telomores ( 2 centers and 3 ends on the same chromosome). The DNA on the chromosomes even lines up.

Plus.... we have fossils.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

sdinfoserv Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

Equal time only applies to people running for political office so one station can't push a specific or candidate party. Everything else is wide open if you're willing to pay the bill. I love how Fox ''Fair and Balanced" land was selected for the series reboot. If this was on MSNBC, all the righties would just dismiss it out of hand as propaganda.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

sdinfoserv Unmoved naturalist (712 comments)

Unfortunately this is just another idea that bolsters the industrialist notion that environmentalists are idiots. This plan attacks the supply side but does nothing to stem demand – the key piece of capitalism. A more likely result would be in a spike of coal prices leading to a huge new land grab and expansion of strip mining by the newly enriched (and bought out coal companies) with race to be the new coal supplying Barron. The only way to beat them is to displace the coal industry with some other industry. Pure money into a clean fuel research, the next and more efficient battery technology, super conductivity, fusion . Anything but incentivizing the current model.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

sdinfoserv It's the economy, stupid (676 comments)

That infamous quote is still valid here. People on social security – no surprise – rise and fall with the unemployment numbers. This un-paralleled recession has created unpatrolled numbers of people ‘on the dole’. With the GOP slashing welfare, the alternative is skyrocketing disability recipients. No miracle that the highest rates of states on disability are those with the lowest education. Great article on tall this over at NPR http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-... and you better read while available because most GOP’rs absolutely scream about public dollars to NPR.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

sdinfoserv Mr Conservative Talking (451 comments)

I hate to be the Curmudgeon..however with a school you are guaranteed a pension. In the private sector, no matter how much you make, you will never make up the difference. At some point, you'll get tired of bits & bytes and just want to play with grand kids or go fishing. Stay with the school, and you'll be doing that by the time your 55. Leave for the private sector and 55 becomes a hard to reach retirement age.

about a month and a half ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

sdinfoserv no gap (427 comments)

As a manger in the tech field, I state for the record there is no pay gap. Starting pay is based on someone’s ability to negotiate and raises are based on skill. As far as a pay difference over all, a recent study says the entire pay gap is easily explained by choices of work. Women historically have selected employment that pays less. Teachers make less than engineers. The percentage of women in the teaching field is higher as is the percentage of men in the engineering field. Thus, if averaged just men vs women, men on average make more (in that example). However drawing that as a conclusion is erroneous, so people just need to get over themselves and do their best.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

sdinfoserv Take a spiritual inventory and make a game plan (263 comments)

I’m 51 and been through many variations– upsized, downsized, self-employment, public, private, smalls, large, leveraged buyouts you name it.
. I’ve left for money, I’ve left bad bosses, I’ve left for security, and I’ve left for geography. Also know that I’ve never had any difficulty getting a new job at any age. I just jumped companies last year at age 50. Once I decided on a change, it took 3 months to find a new job across the county while keeping the old gig. (Middle age crazy, wanted a climate change). If you’re competent and can communicate, there is a need.. Granted I’m in management now (10+ years) rather than programming and we have to maximize the skill set we have as well as always keep growing.

Outside of Government work, if your name isn’t over the door, you (IT) are a disposable commodity. You are the first to get cut in lean times and the last to get hired in good ones. Also, know that nobody is ever indispensable. Leverage and balance those facts to your advantage. Nobody will watch out for your ass but you.

To answer your question: Know what makes you happy. Form an ultimate game plan of what you want and where you want to end up. Every opportunity must past a simple litmus test: Does it lead you closer to end game? Only you can answer that. Good Luck.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

sdinfoserv sixteen billion??? (199 comments)

$16B!! Are they nucking futs? It feels to me – as someone who worked through InetBubbleBurst 1.0 - like FB is flailing at something, anything, using the huge cash cache it’s currently sitting on in a feeble and misdirected attempt at non-relevance. Just proof that huge dollars huge brains.

about a month ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

sdinfoserv Unity Bytes (279 comments)

Shuttleworth ... Take heed from ... well ... everyone and dump Unity.

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

sdinfoserv Death Blow to creationism (618 comments)

I hope they realize they are outlawing the teaching of Creationism and intelligent design as well.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

sdinfoserv Done with Linux Desktop (503 comments)

Between Unity just plain sucking, and Linux Mint update crashing my os... I'm done with tinkering. I want something that just works. I'm back to windows

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

sdinfoserv The Founding Fathers (822 comments)

I will answer the question with quotes from 2 founding fathers:

"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government." Patrick Henry

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

Does any more need to be said?

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

sdinfoserv Re:The fun is gone (635 comments)

I stand corrected.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

sdinfoserv Re:Debating the insane (770 comments)

Evolution does not equal God... it's just explains change over time.
Many, many theists believe in evolution.
For you, a self-proclaimed member of the scientific community to claim to NOT believe in evolution puts you in the sub 10% of your peers.
You are the one making a claim that contradicts both evidence and majority belief.
As such, being the one making the egregious claim, you bear the burden of evidence for said claim.
Without evidence, you are one of arrogance and bigotry

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

sdinfoserv Slow death for sure (338 comments)

In case someone missed it, FB admitted a month ago that teens are leaving in droves. Their belief however, is those users will come back when they age to re-connect with lost friends and family. Big words from a company that that has yet to exist through even 1 partial generation. My 17 year old daughter says – and I quote – “nobody uses facebook but old people and ghetto kids”. As far as using FB as a login verification, I doubt it. I refuse to use it and won’t post to sites that require FB log in. I detest their cannibalizing everything I do online for marketing and profitability.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

sdinfoserv Use opens source (408 comments)

I setup an ssh linux server and run port forwarding with putty and remote desktop over an ssh tunnel. Easy, no cost and I've done this for years. http://www.dslreports.com/faq/...

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

sdinfoserv Re:The fun is gone (635 comments)

I didn't say it was good or bad. I'm just saying it was a different time, with different social stigmas. As far as man slaughter... The former Governor for a State was notorious for speeding and blowing stop signs. Have been pulled over by law enforcement dozens of times.. He finally blew a stop sign at 80 and killed a motorcycle rider. No charges... Just a year before in the same State a poor single mother ran a stop sign, killed a man on a motorcycle and is spending the rest of her life in jail. Legal fairness in the country is only a matter of wealth.

about 2 months ago

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