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Comment Counterpoint... (Score 4, Interesting) 48

A few years ago, I got a network request from the college-bound daughter of a client of mine. I thought, "Oh that's nice. She's starting early to build her professional network." So I clicked the acknowledgement. I then got a message stating something like, "Great! We'll notify her that you are interested in joining her network!"

I don't know if that was the exact wording, but the message made think there was an AI at work trying to make connections on behalf of the girl, and that because I responded, it would send my request to her out of nowhere. So she's 18 and I'm 40, and now I look like some kind of creepy stalker.

I haven't used LinkedIn since that day. It's just as well. I see little value in the site. To me, it's just a tool for head-hunting companies to spam me with requests to hire me or help the recruiter find someone who has my skill set and qualifications. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

Comment Re:What the actual fuck (Score 2) 255

...I can safely say that I like people way better when they aren't high.

Agreed, but if I had to choose, I like people who are high way better than people who are drunk. I used to be on the fence about this issue because I have seen first-hand how excessive pot use can ruin people. But the same can be said of alcohol and many/most other things that humans consume for pleasure.

I think the biggest driver for anti-pot legal enforcement is/was the privatization of prisons. It would not shock me to hear that private prison companies lobbied hard to push for mandatory incarceration for recreational pot use; probably also jaywalkers and those who spit on the sidewalk.

Comment Philip K. who? (Score 5, Funny) 136

Yeah, totally. When I think of a classic cinematic science fiction masterpiece, with an amazing score and even more amazing soliloquy at the end making us confront what it means to be human, I don't think Blade Runner. I'm thinking maybe something staring The Rock, where he's an ace starfighter pilot, but one day his ten year old nephew stows away aboard his ship and hilarity and action ensues. Maybe they land on a planet inhabited by enemy sentient dinosaurs, but there's a really cute young one that befriends the nephew for even more hi-jinks.

Yeah. THAT'S science fiction right there.

LOL. He said "Dick".

Comment Re:Failure on the *pad* not the rocket (Score 3, Informative) 338

It blew during or shortly after a static firing...

Eyewitnesses said the explosion happened at T-3 minutes. If that is true, the explosion would have occurred during the fuel load and not the firing of the engines. I'm sure we'll learn more as the day goes on. I'm also sure the SpaceX engineers have very valid reasons for conducting a test firing. They are well-trained professionals, and not teenagers given to thinking like "get away with it" and the previous generation is full of "dinosaur idiots". If nothing else, this will provide a vector for making pre-launch procedures safer. Better to figure it out with a $200M satellite on board than human lives.

Comment Re:Stop obsessing over updates (Score 1) 190

Maybe not so odd. Perhaps what is necessary is some kind of delineation between new features or enhancements that require better spec's, and bug fixes or security patches that simply protect the system as it was sold.

Microsoft does this. They break all of their updates down into small, manageable packages that you can either choose to install or...oh wait.

Face it. We don't own our devices; we never did. All they are is the method by which ever-grown amounts of money can be extracted from us whether by planned obsolescence or otherwise. We can still (for now) build our own PCs, but we can't build our own phones or tablets. As long as we have to rely on carriers, we won't ever be able to either. We don't really have any power or say. Voting with your wallet just takes you down the road to the next guy who is doing the same thing. They are telling us to shut-up and eat the spoonful of crap they are shoveling our way, because they know we don't have a choice. It would take something like ubiquitous mesh network wi-fi to really change things. Then we wouldn't be at the mercy of the carriers.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 4, Insightful) 399

A political post from someone I know has never changed my mind about politics, but it has changed my mind about the person posting it. I have quietly ended a childhood friendship with someone through conscientious lack of contact, because they were just so fanatical about their political beliefs that I really didn't care to have anything to do with them any more. It killed a 30+ year friendship.

Comment Re:First Post... (Score 2, Insightful) 308

I know you're being funny (it is funny), but in case anyone is thinking otherwise, I doubt this was politically motivated. It was probably just financial self-interest on the part of Twitter. Do you want to own the platform that allows for rational discourse between the leader of a nation and its citizens, or do you want to own the platform that's pretty much just a cesspool of profanity and vitriol?

Hint: you get a lot more advertising revenue for the former.

Comment 130 French citizens encrypted in terrorist attack (Score 0) 446

Encryption has many, many uses; and is used millions of times a day for very legal reasons. Sometimes, its use is even legally mandated.

But if politicians really wanted to ban something...something that does a lot of harm to people...something that has been used by terrorists for decades...something that really doesn't have a function beyond harming people...I could try banning assault weapons.

Just an idea.

Comment Re:Current laws not enforced (Score 1) 248

Sadly, I think one of three things (or some combination) is going to stop this:

1. (unlikely) U.S. services consumers will start asking the companies they do business with, how much of their IT staffing is met by H1B visa workers; and refusing to do business with them until the number drops to some acceptable level. This will put pressure on companies to stop cutting corners on IT labor expenditures.

2. (a little more likely) The continuing demand for H1B workers will drive up the salaries and bring them back on-par with U.S. salaries, at which point it makes more sense to hire the American.

3. (semi-sarcastically, most likely) IT jobs will be done by AI.

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