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Comment Liars Statistics (Score 1) 79

There's very few people spending a whole lotta money on apps: Only 5% of users actually "pay" for apps.
Granted these statistics are a couple years old, but I've not spent a penny on apps - ever. and reading though these posts it sounds like everyone is a bit confused on who actually breaks out the pocket book for apps.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 366

True! Additionally we used to have "critical thinking". It has been stated that when you lose the ability to describe a problem, you lose the ability to solve a problem. Well, PC has robbed Americans the ability to use accurate terminology - because as you say - some snowflake is offend.
Secondly, and also working against critical thought and vetting is the rise of social media. All the advertising dollars once supported editors, fact checkers, on-the-street research reports, and vetted sources. All validation infrastructure has been thrown away for the immediate gratification of the "like". Instead of an eco-system designed for truth, 1 man gets to buy more land around his house and increase his political clout.
Carl Sagan's prognostication has come true;
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness." -Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World

Comment Re:Leading Indicator (Score 2) 118

Yes, which is why so many prepers are stocking beans, rice and bullets. The fed has been artificially keeping the economy alive with unrealistically low interest rates and silly QE-# programs. So many jobs have been shoved overseas there's not much room left to work outside of tech, medical and fast food. (programmers, nurses and minimum wage) .
That's where the robot prognosticators fail - it's working people that buy all the crap made by the rich. Throw enough workers out of jobs via automation and there's no $$ to buy the goods and services the rich are trying hock.
Eventually there will be another crash and with interest rates where they are, there's no tools in the fed box to fix it. The GOP is going to have to jump on the Dem band wagon for massive public works project bailouts - huge infrastructure upgrades, bridges, highways and the electric grid will all get billions just to put people to work. Then will be in a place for things like wide scale electric cars and home electrical generation. but not till then.

Comment Leading Indicator (Score 3, Insightful) 118

The economy cycles every 8-10 years. We're 9 years into a growth phase, it's only natural another recession is coming. Tech workers are a good early indicator. Outside of companies that sell tech, IT is just an expense. An expense that's the last to get hired in good times and the first to get cut in tough times. I in many areas corporate controllers are starting to tighten the check book - frozen hiring in some jobs, halted projects and consolidation are happening. Some industries were waiting for the election to strategic plan the next 36 months. They have it now and are belt tightening. Tech survived before and it will always survive. Be conservative with money and plan for a rainy day. It's the prudent life strategy.

Comment Yes to Both (Score 2) 118

It's the responsibility of IT decision makers to educate executives the value of cyber security security. Proper education is a risk/benefit/cost analysis rather than just fear mongering.
The goal is to get executive support for both programs and resources (especially $$$) that allow IT decision makers to implement proper security.
If IT decision makers are unable to influence and persuade, pass the management hat and go back to coding.

Comment Re:An extraordinary figure... (Score 1) 123

the same doctors who attribute death to heart attack, cancer or a bullet. Different types of pollution - aka poisons - leave indicators just as any other cause: marks, scars, breathing difficulties, impaired immune systems, cancers, retardation, elevated heavy metal levels are all quantifiable.

Comment Re:We already have mass surveilance (Score 1) 110

You can choose to not go into a casino.
Yes, it's important to keep police accountable, but there's another side police video that people are unaware of.
At this time in processing and storage technology, body cams do not have real time processing ability, they are simply recording devices.
The difficulty is comes in disclosure or "sun shine " laws that requires public records to be released . There are exemptions to what can be released, information on minors, hipaa, personal info, pending litigation - are all excluded. With that in mind, imagine this scenario - an officer is called into a domestic disturbance call, he walks in with body cam on, the man is ranting, the woman says something about him not taking his medicine, there are several children running around.... To release this recording to the public, virtually all of it has to be redacted (erased out), the kids, the part about medicine, possibly more if there's impending litigation.
There's ZERO way to automatically redact that information so it has to be done manually. Here's the fun part - for every 8 hours of video, it requires 4 hours of redaction time. In real dollars, citizens have to hire 1 new employee for every 2 cameras on the street for one 8 hour shift.. Citizens want accountability, yet refuse to pay the price. Many cities can't even afford enough police/fire/emt in the first place, how can their citizens justify tax increases for administrative staff?
Sure, people argue "what's the cost of a human life when someone is killed by a cop", but day after day, year after year, voters pay taxes and elect/un elect local people who are the best for them... Same reason so many people shop at Walmart, sure it sucks, but it's cheap.

Comment NotGoing2HappenEver (Score 1) 123

The FAA banned internet ride sharing in 2014. That decision was upheld by a court ruling in 2015. Uber tried to argue pilots in ride share didn't need a commercial license, and that argument was swatted twice. Commercial pilots are under a great deal more scrutiny than recreational, and rightly so.
This to me sounds more like Uber is going to try to create their own sky terminals to compete with public transit. Unless Uber is going to pull some magic pill out of their arse, to use a pun - this isn't going to fly. Just look at the history, both public transit and air lines for that matter, are huge money sinks. Unless they think "my man Trump" is going to remove all this needless regulation (like public safety) that only get's in the way of job creation...

Comment CorporateMisCalc (Score 1) 123

Richard Branson says "The fastest way to become a Millionaire is start as a billionaire and buy an airline".
Anyone with or working towards a pilots license knows everything used in an airplane has to be FAA certified making even simple things cost 5-10x more.
Just like Google Fiber closed up and shut down it's municipal fiber projects - real cost is much higher and revenues lower then some arrogant millennial MBA guessed - "ride share flight" idea will flame out quickly.
Unlike squeezing wages out of drivers, like Uber did for taxis, the FAA is going to be all over this. There's already lots of rules on the books regulating flight and defining the difference between commercial and professional.

Comment Re:The FUTURE! (Score 1) 311

Absolutely true.... however, what happens when 50% of the work force no longer has jobs? There's no dollars in the hands of the workers to spend on goods, services (or food) that the wealthy are busy automating?
Crash, that what happens. The great depression happened 25% of available people had no money. you think the Government will step in the add more hand outs? Nope, with 50% unemployment, there's not tax revenue to push back out and the politicians and Government workers will be busy protecting their wages and pensions first.

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