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Comment Re:Yup (Score 4, Informative) 477

some people only count as 3/5ths of a person

Have you ever wondered why? It's because they were trying to reduce the influence of slaveholders. A default position of counting slaves as a full person for representation purposes would have led to the slaveholders (who actually voted for representation, not the slaves) controlling the federal government based on the number of slaves they held.

So the 3/5ths compromise as well as granting the power to restrict or prohibit the importation of slaves (also in the Constitution) were the Nation's first two anti-slavery measures, passed over opposition from the slave-holding States. They'd have done more, but then the slave-holding States wouldn't have ratified the Constitution in the first place, making any restrictions in it pointless.

Comment Re:Every hacker once knew? (Score 4, Insightful) 612

I worked in a building numbered 2600 with a bunch of developers for a few years. One day I pointed at the massive street numbers on the side of the building and said something like, "How appropriate." None of them had any idea what I was talking about.

Most kids these days have no idea what phreaking is, what a black box is, or a blue box, etc... Don't get me started on the contents of the anarchist's cookbook.

Most of them don't know what a MUD, MUSH or MUX was or how to program one, let alone about common door games (Trade Wars was the best).

Heck, I remember key cards which worked by perforations. Really easy to duplicate with a piece of cardboard. Remember core memory? Many "technical" folks nowadays probably can't do Boolean logic and wouldn't recognize most of the symbols. let alone binary operations or PEEK'ing and POKE'ing.

Thanks guys, now I'm starting to feel old. :)

Comment Re:DR Testing as a business model (Score 1) 356

An expensive way, which is also pretty bulletproof:
At least two geographically separate production environments, run in each for approximately half the year total, switching periodically which is the target DR setup and which is the Prod environment.

Then you always know your backups to your DR are working (hint: use snapshoting/versioning as well, to avoid the replicating the disaster issue), because you are periodically forced to actually use it as a real production environment. You know your switchover and switchback processes work and how long they really take, because you routinely follow them. It's not just data. In these days of Internetworking, you need to be sure your IP space, firewall rules, partner's firewall rules, routing, proxies, DDOS, VPNs, etc... will all function properly if you need to fail-over during a disaster. It also helps to go live in an environment with only a set or two of patching/upgrade cycles having passed, rather than hoping years of OS and firmware changes were also properly applied to your backup environment.

If you've never run in an environment, then you may have some hardware and such, but you don't quite have an actual environment yet.

Comment Re:Doesn't sound like any Uber drivers I know or h (Score 1) 726

And people tend to want to work over starve.

It sounds like you prefer for them all to starve rather than be legally allowed to work. Making it illegal for someone to work in the best situation they can find isn't doing them any favors... quite the opposite.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

So if someone is willing to work for less than what you decide is a living wage, you prefer to have the government forcibly prevent them from doing so and not allow them to get a job? How noble of you!

Is that because you hate poor people, or you just prefer to keep people from skills from learning enough to improve their lives, or you have some sort of interest in keeping them dependent on others?

  Do you also go around telling people they can't buy stuff 3rd-worlders make so the global poor are forced to live in worse conditions?

BTW, slavery by definition is involuntary, not voluntary.

Forcibly preventing people from improving their lives by voluntarily exchanging their time/labor for income is a moral issue, but you're apparently on the wrong side of it.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1560

I see references online for "Hawking has never been interested in how high his IQ is, but it has been estimated to be over 160.", which puts that as a lower bound, but not at 160. My IQ as tested in elementary school was over 160, so I suppose that doesn't seem super high to me. I'd guess Hawking's at much higher than 160. Without direct testing comparisons, there is a lot of "estimating" that goes on by various people, but pretty much anything over 150 is going to start getting into the realm where it tough for most people differentiate.

With ./ being a gathering of (in part) stereotypical nerds, I'd imagine the IQ distribution here isn't exactly "normal", either, but I'd also expect if you had a room full of people who earned over a Billion dollars, you'll likely find some pretty smart folks there as well, otherwise why doesn't everyone do it?

Comment Re:Perhaps globalism might be in fear for once. (Score 1) 1560

an HHS pick who passed laws to specifically help his stock picks (and I don't mean made it easier to trade stocks - he bought stocks and then helped pass laws that made those company's stock prices go up)

You really think someone with a net worth of $10-15 million would spend more than 10 minutes trying to make a stock purchase worth $2600 go up? What does he have to gain, a few hundred dollars if it jumps up 20%? Seems a lot more credible that his broker picked it as part of a basket of stocks and he didn't even consciously know about it in relation to the law in question, let alone create some giant legal conspiracy to make a couple hundred dollars...

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1560

Based on his original SAT score of 1206, Bush's IQ was about 123. He also got good grades at Yale, which correlate with that as well. Also, whether or not you are defending Vietnam or Texas, or if your buddy runs the local guard air group, you still have to pass the same tests to go to and graduate from fighter pilot school in the military. Pretty sure that's what the OP was referring to.

Obama refused to release his specific school info, but we know the class average for his acceptance group of 67 was an SAT score of 1100, which would correlate to an IQ of 115, so that's the best info we have available for him.

Just because Bush spoke like a Texan, people make assumptions around intelligence based on his accent and choice of phrases, but don't let your regional prejudice override the actual facts available.

P.S. Trump's estimated IQ based on his Wharton acceptance is 156. Try not to be taken in by his carefully calculated public persona.

Comment Re:Tipping point (Score 1) 540

It's the opposite of humanitarian to tell poor people in other countries that our government has decided they shouldn't be able to have a job if it involves making stuff to import into the U.S.

It's always amazing to me how some people figure it's ok to force people not to trade with poor folks and improve their lives if those poor people happen to live outside their country.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

You've completely missed the point. They're only comparing 29-34 year-olds with the same age.

Someone who has a degree will on average out-earn someone who doesn't over their lifetime (depending on major, as someone equally intelligent will actually out earn someone with a degree in something stupid. You have to also account for reason for not having a degree, with not smart enough not explaining them all). However, the most significant differences in salaries come from someone's first year in a job to about 5-10 years, after which increases tend to level off more until the difference between 15 years experience and 20 years experience may be virtually nothing, percentage-wise.

As a result, if your first year in the job market 4-10 years later (i.e. post-degree, including advanced degrees), while you may make more money in the long term, you are unlikely to start at your entry-level-fresh-from-college job making much more than someone who has those years actually doing a job. If you dropped out of college, then your start is likely to be even worse. At the bottom end, if you were 29 and still in college (which some are), then it should be obvious that you are likely earning much less at that age than someone who has been working full time for up to 10 years already.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

If they are comparing salaries for the same age, then if more people are spending longer in college, that will delay their entrance into the workforce, putting them close to entry level salaries and thus drive the average down.

In other words, there is no mystery about this, the answer is in the rest of the summary where they say they're staying in school longer. Just replace "even though" with "because" towards the end.

Also, as you imply, it's not like they're graduating after those extra years with more knowledge to get paid for at their entry level job which now requires a degree (but probably didn't years before), so the net effect is to just delay the start of their earnings.

A better comparison would be to compare "just left college" people to each other, or "just started working", rather than using age.

Comment Re:Not as good as the zimbabwe dollar! (Score 1) 104

You're thinking what they were once worth to collectors as a rarity, not of their worth as currency.

From the article:
"In 2009 the government scrapped the currency, leaving US dollars and South African rand as the main notes and coins in circulation. To this day, Zimbabwe still has no currency of its own, although the government last year offered to swap old deposit accounts into US dollars, giving savers $5 for each 175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars."

So as currency you can maybe get $5 for 175,000 of your trillion denomination notes now....

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