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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

sdinfoserv Re:Whence the trend? (656 comments)

Won't happen. There's always the 1% (as we now call them) who drive innovation in their relentless quest for more. Example: All the Waltons comprise the richest group of people in the world (when taken as a group) yet walmart still pushes employees onto public subsidies, squeezes the supply chain, and reap all rewards. The waltons could easily afford to pay employees more, but wont out of greed. Another example: the top 1% have absorbed all benefits from technological innovation of the past 30 years, today's middle class wages have less purchasing power of their mid 1980's counterparts. This in NOT due to the technology itself, it has everything to do with greed at the top. This is proven with ownership wages currently being at 350X an average workers salary vs 50x in the 1980's. Today we see the top 1% screaming about unfair taxes - even though top rates have dropped form 70% during the Carter admin to 15% or less today for dividends (where most of the rich make huge sums). The top 1% have personal security, private doctors in tow, and send their kids to private schools - all the while public versions of these are woefully underfunded, infrastructure itself crumbles, they scream about taxes and put their puppets in public office to ensure the wealth continues to flow upward.

2 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

sdinfoserv Re:clarity - wrong assumption (433 comments)

It's something I read about a long time ago. To all the mental cripples to can't think but can only google to verity anything, too bad. Critical thinking skills, and building on similar but unobvious concepts is in many cases a lost art. As far as vinyl being unique.. yes, each record / record player produces a unique sound. However the encoded data traceable online is created at the factory to indicate origin. Like different gun power manufacturers include different shaped tags so ATF can identify where a specific product and subsequent residue originated. To not believe the RIAA has both ability and desire to find every single file sharer using any means possible is to ignore the obvious (and the massive amount of data now being released from the Sony breach) , ignore history (remember 10's of thousands of joe doe warrants?) and technology. (Snowden anyone?)

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

sdinfoserv clarity - wrong assumption (433 comments)

vinyl being analog is pure music and can still be ripped to MP3s. CD's however can (and do) have built in hidden signals that allows the software police to track the origin of any ripped tracks. Vinyl being analog by limitation of the medium can't contain this tracking information. Thus when vinyl tracks are shared, it can't be proven where a specific song originated or how posted it, as opposed to the ripped CD versions that can be tracked from sharer's computer (or other device) to sharer's computer.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

sdinfoserv Lies, damn lies, and statistics. (417 comments)

By definition and function of ‘intelligent’, self-learning and awareness will indeed allow an identity to ‘make its own calculations’ and determine what’s best for it. It will therefore create it's goals - humanity be damned.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

sdinfoserv from another married 'gamer' (720 comments)

'ugliness' is an excuse, a red herring. The real problem your wife has with gaming is that it takes attention away from her. hours upon hours of attention paid outside of the relationship or things she wants you to do really burn her ass. There's no getting around it. eventually you'll give up gaming or her. sorry dude.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

sdinfoserv A great job killer (433 comments)

With the 10's of thousands of HP jobs she happily threw overseas, giant corporations corporations she plundered, any potential opposition will have no difficulties eviscerating her based on her 'record'. She needs to give up the d illusions of political grandeur.

about three weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

sdinfoserv not short lived enought fad (291 comments)

The true index of programming languages, Tiobe, ranks Ruby at 14 and going down. If you're a ruby dev and making that kind of coin... bravo, stash it as your days are numbered. If you're looking for a new language to learn, look else where. I've been a php dev and found attempting to use Ruby an unpractical PITA. It just sucked.

about three weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

sdinfoserv scratch an itch (299 comments)

i disagree with premise that everyone can or even should code. Secondly, I also can't believe a software opportunity exists for an 'unfilled need' for some void existing almost 3 decades. Any place a need exists - and in many cases where no need exists - software erupts. In my job I so hated our project management software, I wrote one on my own time at home. The company had some very unique processes that traditional PM didn't flow correctly. My version was adopted immediately. The point being programmers write to scratch an itch. If an itch exists, someone will offer an option. That's how we're wired.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

sdinfoserv Wrong Demon (179 comments)

Sorry Mr. Schmidt... it's not ANXIETY over small pox that kills, it's small pox that kills. Just like it's not ANXIETY over surveillance, it's the actual surveillance that causes the damage. Distrust of a government, dislike of corporate oligarchs, all attitudes created by actions, not user perceptions. What the hell ever happened to 'Don't Be Evil'.. ya right.

about 2 months ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

sdinfoserv the end is neigh (405 comments)

That’s right in 11 years I see smartphones running and splicing fiber optic cables, performing neurosurgery, pulling calves, the working man is done. Are these the same idiots who built a futuristic model of a computer with a steering wheel? Every change changes the support jobs. So taxi drivers are replaced, but someone needs to maintain the millions of systems that operate in and around the autonomous vehicles, new factories will build these systems for mass production, and sales men will get commission of their implementation.

about 2 months ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

sdinfoserv birthing her own sister (120 comments)

Since the womb was donated from her mother, doesn't that make her child her sister?

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

sdinfoserv A fish saved my life once - i ate him (481 comments)

what a pointless comparison - eat vs no eat based on intelligence. Since canabolism exists, everything else is on the menu.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

sdinfoserv Said someone once (533 comments)

'And it comes with an optional 10 mega byte hard drive! What could you possible do with all that space!?!" A quote someone actually said to me about the original IBM PC. (ya, i'm old).

about 3 months ago
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Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

sdinfoserv no... we're really not (31 comments)

The article confuses the terms autonomous and intelligence Ã" they are not interchangeable Industrial robots that follow pre-determined, repetitive movements or roombas that bump themselves around a floor are not intelligent devices. Adaptive, self-learning artificial intelligence is decades away by even the most optimistic futurists. Thus, we are not entering an age of intelligent machines.

about 4 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

sdinfoserv No More prof (205 comments)

The notion insinuates Professors themselves are obsolete.

about 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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