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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

sdinfoserv No More prof (205 comments)

The notion insinuates Professors themselves are obsolete.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

sdinfoserv Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

The problem is that soon there are no longer $80K jobs for people to buy the crap from. 'Creative Jobs' ... you mean like all the jobs for psyc, soc and liberal arts majors? In case you're not paying attention, liberal arts degrees that cost and SUV a year can't cash flow. All those kids bought a useless piece of paper. They're working at MickeyD's and living an mommies basement trying to figure out how to make a loan payment

about a month and a half ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

sdinfoserv Re:Okay, so this has what to do with fracking then (154 comments)

The difference today is the pressure used. The term itself 'fracking' is hydraulic fracturing of the gaseous rock. It takes an enormous amount of pressure to fracture rock. Also the slurry used to frack is different then just using plain old seawater. It contains quite a few known cancer causing agents. The slurry is patented and produced by the company Halliburton. You know - the company Dick Cheney was President of... The same Dick Cheney to pushed through the energy bill exempting energy company from polluting. Dick Cheney is just plain evil.

about a month and a half ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

sdinfoserv Re:Families come first (370 comments)

100% accurate. I used to work at a company that had horrible time recruiting tech positions. The pay offered was 1/2 the going rate in the city. The company literally only wanted to hire interns and retain them for $15/hr or less after graduation. Of course word gets out and eventually nobody applies so we started distance recruiting. There was one instance where an individual applied who was (imho) clearly incapable yet HR wanted to 'fill the position' - a win for HR, complained to the VP that I wouldn't hire what they were delivering and it was an unspoken 'forced hire'... I left immediately, and the tool they hired lasted 6 months.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

sdinfoserv pitchforks and torches (538 comments)

Welcome to the new (cough, cough) reality that most other professions came to realize 15 years ago. College tuition increasing since 1985 by 500%, throw in ‘paid by the class’ lecturers, virtually no professional jobs upon graduation, and welcome to the US of the future. A degree has virtually no value. There are no jobs, the banks changed the law so you can’t remove student debt with bankruptcy, the average age of a fast food worker has risen from 17 to 25 in the past 10 years. The average amerian makes less than their 1987 counter part. Telephone operators, once a position with pension, now a part time call center rep manufacturing jobs shipped by the 10’s of millions to whatever country is cheapest by a nickel per hour – copy write laws be damned – engineers, programmers, radiologists , This is all connected. Pretty soon the 1% will have syphoned off every extractable penny in the new era of robber barons. As they buy politicians, eviscerate the environment, and convince most of us (US) Unions are corrupt. (maybe there has been instances, but the unions didn’t almost topple the world economy ) . . Tax rates have dropped from 70%+ during the Carter administration to all time lows. As the rich have private doctors, send their kids to private schools, hire private security, while screaming red herrings like ‘class warfare’, while refusing to pay any taxes as infrastructure crumbles, emergency responders are slashed to dangers levels, and schools fall apart. This is a trend we must change and take this country back. Pitchforks and torches my friends that’s where this is heading.

about 2 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

sdinfoserv Another wingnut (932 comments)

All this does it put a reichwingnut on the GOP ticket.
Emboldened, Brat will keep opening his mouth which will ultimately scare the heck out of the general populous.. opening the door for a DNC win.
Well played tea-bags, well played.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

sdinfoserv Re:Good scholarship - tenure (325 comments)

If you think moving up the corporate ladder is about competencies, you don't know a thing about business. Getting a corner office is about politics and schmoozing and ass-kissing.

about 2 months ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

sdinfoserv Re:240,000 jobs for robots? (171 comments)

yes, first it will take 240,000 European people to design and build the robots.
Then the 749,000 US agriculture workers (2012 BOL numbers) in the US lose their jobs.
Then then migrant worker flow (aka Illegal aliens) decrease to near zero.
Bad or good? hmmm....

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

sdinfoserv Re:Small engines fail (432 comments)

True - From a purely anecdotal perspective; I had a Pontiac Bonneville with a 3.8 V6. These are typically 300K + motors. I purchased one that came off lease. At 120K it developed a motor knock from low oil pressure. This mean worn main bearings and the only fix is a major rebuilt or motor transplant. I did a title trace on the car an it turns out it was leased to an ethanol company. they must have run high percentage ethanol through the motor. The result was a 2/3 reduction in motor life. Of course this is not scientific, but I've run many 3.8's with 200K+ miles on them (in the early 90's I was in a partnership with a used car lot).

Since ethanol can't be piped due to it's corrosiveness, just think what that does to the inside of an aluminum block.
Not to mention rubber hoses, and plastic fuel pump parts.

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

sdinfoserv Its still a boondoggle (432 comments)

I'm from a corn state and have posted on this topic before (see link).
It's amazing driving through the country side and view the castles that have erupted on the plains. These palatial residences funded by federal corn / ethanol subsidies - aka - our tax dollars. Often paired with massive motorhomes providing winter escape in a level of opulence previously unknown to agrarian workers.
From a pure energy perspective, ethanol has only 2/3 the BTU of gasoline.
76,000 = BTU of energy in a gallon of ethanol
116,090 = BTU of energy in a gallon of gasoline
Even vehicles rated to run ethanol should expect a 20%-30% decrease in fuel economy. I personally have experienced this. I drove with a coworker in a 2012 chevy truck rated for e85. We drove a 200 mile road trip (1 way) on trip there we used ethanol, on the trip back we used gasoline. True to form the return trip experienced more that 1/3 increase in fuel economy.
throw in the fact that ethanol must be distributed via semi-trucks and can't be piped (its too corrosive), it is usually distilled with propane, (an inefficient fuel in itself) and the reality is ethanol consumes more energy than it contains. Ethanol is a negative energy source. A Purdue university study came to that conclusion. Of course multitudes of ethanol funded studies have attempted to debunk that fact...
http://slashdot.org/comments.p...
to answer your question, yes, ethanol is a boondoggle. unfortunately lobbyists have taken away our choice and in many states we no longer can choose pure gasoline.

about 3 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

sdinfoserv Not and issue (189 comments)

This is an issue we’ve already solved. Unused cpu cycles are used for other things. When you’re typing, your PC is for the most part doing nothing but waiting for you to press a key – why not have it defrag your drive, scan for viri, look for aliens in radio waves. The recognition that processing power of computers is largely underutilized has contributed to wide spread virtualization. Since your AI computer doesn't age as we do, why would care if you’re a few orders of magnitude slower, it just does other things while it waits for you.

about 3 months ago
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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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago

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