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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

sdinfoserv A great job killer (417 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.

2 days ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

sdinfoserv not short lived enought fad (279 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.

2 days 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 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 3 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 5 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 5 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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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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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