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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

vipw Re:Turn about's fair play (263 comments)

I saw the BLS stats, but i don't think you're right. The median tenure of the workforce is increasing. The length of tenure is highly related to age, and the workforce is aging.

What you really need to see is if the tenure time is actually increasing across age bands and not just for the overall workforce. Here's a somewhat dated analysis (compare figure 1 and figure 2): http://www.frbsf.org/economic-...

You can see the overall tenure is increasing, but the tenure of each age subgroups are actually declining. It's just the change of the population in the subgroups has dominated the results. This is called Simpson's Paradox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

So the truth is that for any given age, job tenure was higher in the past. As they say, "lies, damned lies, and statistics."

about two weeks ago

Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

vipw Re:Pope is right! (894 comments)

Offense is in the eye of the beholder which basically means communication is forbidden except after it has already happened. How can you think that there is any free speech left?

about two weeks ago

Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

vipw Re:Self-defeating name (161 comments)

I think you're exaggerating D's success.

about three weeks ago

A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

vipw Re: too many words (45 comments)

The person being quoted was being quoted as an unrelated independent expert. Having a recognizable (at least in one of the domains) name would certainly help for that.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

vipw Re:Solar Panels (250 comments)

People use most of their energy during non-sunlit times during the winter in Central Europe. It's primarily heating from gas, not electricity usage. This is why they care about Russia who is the only possible gas supplier.

The answer the the question is actually incredibly simple. Switch to electricity. It's more efficient to heat homes burning natural gas at a electricity generating plant and using heat pumps than to burn the gas directly on premise. Gas is not the only suitable fuel for electrical generation, so the monopoly can be broken by switching the power plants to coal/wind/nuclear. This is a fairly capital expensive proposition, but on-site solar heat production in the European winter is pure wishful thinking.

about 3 months ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

vipw Re:No degree = no job (546 comments)

But you really think it's so unlikely that someone picks up this knowledge without a degree? The textbooks used in universities are available to the general public, and there are also resources like Coursera that do provide a semi-traditional learning environment without conferring a diploma.

Unless you're really drowning in candidates, it probably makes more sense to interview for knowledge of CS theory (or use a standardized test) instead of doing a resume-filter.

Your anecdotal evidence is easily countered by other peoples' anecdotal evidence. Mine, for example.

about 5 months ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

vipw Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Are you joking? The Iraqis were being killed, not Americans.

about 5 months ago

HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

vipw shipping (137 comments)

From cpsc.gov:

Customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power.

I must say that I am very impressed by the fast shipping!

about 5 months ago

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

vipw Re:Here's the real waste: (200 comments)

not relevant. DRM infested streaming media is still cacheable. The same data is sent to everyone -- no one uses per session encryption because it's an even more pointless waste of money. Only the decryption keys are delivered by the DRM system.

about 9 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

vipw Re:Other HMDs? (535 comments)

AFIACT, that community just went down the shitter. I don't suppose the community was worth $2 billion to Oculus, anyway.

about 10 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

vipw Re:Kickstarter is not an investment (535 comments)

milk piles of money

Does that sound as ridiculous to anyone else? Does the money come out of the teats in a pile already, is it extruded as a solid, or is it a liquid form that somehow someone piles?

I don't have anything intelligent to say about your post or the Oculus tragedy; I just wanted to highlight a phrase that makes me want to giggle.

about 10 months ago

Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

vipw Re:35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

That's the claim, but the probable truth is that it's intentional bloat to reduce piracy.

about a year ago

University of Cambridge Develops Potentially More Secure Password Storage System

vipw Re:So... this is a cheaper version of a HSM? (70 comments)

Not only cheaper, also it provides no physical security and can leak the master key. Hooray!

about a year ago

Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

vipw Re: Why the fuck do you want to live forever? (130 comments)

Three counter points:
1. Human evolution is no longer driven by natural selection.
2. More natural is not the same as better.
3. Even with arbitrarily long human life spans, suicide would be an effective mechanism of death.

about a year ago

"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

vipw Re:It would be an error code (255 comments)

40X errors can still return an entity. The HTTP spec even says that the server SHOULD return an entity explaining the error. I'm afraid you're the one being a moron.

about a year and a half ago

How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

vipw Re:so why not set up shop elsewhere? (293 comments)

This can be fixed by requiring insurance in dangerous fields. Then insurance companies have the incentive to encourage corps to improve safety (will lead to lower premiums). Workers compensation is actually an insurance, but it's not run correctly. It doesn't really have a logical risk-to-premium and instead relies on historical results.

Many public works require bonded contractors, which also avoids the "bankruptcy solves everything" problem.

about a year and a half ago

The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

vipw Re:No contest, surely. (405 comments)

Yes, I think you need to go on. Find a health care system that's in the private sector and is more cost effective than the public sector. That was the topic at hand.

If you need an American example, public (US Armed Forces) soldiers are more cost-effective than private security contractors.

about a year and a half ago


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