* Posts by NicX

8 posts • joined 21 Aug 2019

Do you want fr-AI-s with that appy-meal? McDonald's gobbles machine-learning biz for human-free Drive Thrus

NicX

"According to your philosophy, all these people apparently fucked up their lives and deserve nothing but miserable penury for their moral failings."

Except I didn't mention anything about those people. I am specifically referring to fast food employees demanding $15 an hour. It's no secret fast food jobs are meant to be starter jobs or something to do while you're in school. They aren't meant to provide a living wage. That's just how it is.

You do not deserve $15 an hour to make hamburgers and tacos.

"Why then am I paid so much more than the cleaners without whom the whole office would descent in to squalor within days?"

Simple. You're educated. You are a professional. You are not a dime-a-dozen employee. Finding someone with your skillset is much more difficult than finding someone who can wipe up a mess. Don't get me wrong, service workers are appreciated. But do you, with (assuming here) certs and maybe even a degree, really think it would be fair to see a cleaner paid the same as you, a software engineer? I don't think so.

" I can't imagine having the sheer brass balls to lecture ANYONE who has a full time job on how they don't deserve to be able to have a roof over their heads or food on their table."

Well, considering you think you and the cleaner should be paid the same rate, that doesn't surprise me.

NicX

Re: Is the drive-thru 3 laws safe?

Novel idea and all...but if McDonald's gave a shit about our health, they wouldn't exist.

NicX

Anyone with any insight into how businesses operate could have seen this coming.

You do not deserve $15 an hour to flip burgers and fries.

Your fast-food job is not meant to pay a living wage.

If you're trying to support a family on a McDonald's salary, *you* fucked up somewhere in life, and it isn't on McDonald's to compensate for your mistakes.

Sorry, not sorry. Want more money? Find a vocational or tech school (read: You don't need a degree) and learn a skill. Think welding is neat? Get a cert, and you can make $50,000 a year within a year. Not into getting dirty? Pick up some IT Certs. With the right ones, you can easily see six figures a year, again, with no degree.

NicX

Finally

I don't know about you all, but I'm looking forward to being able to go through a drive-thru and not have to park and go in anyways because some numbskull can't read a damned prompt and screwed up my order. "No pickles. Everything else is fine." Robots and AI won't demand $15 an hour to fuck up orders.

Analytics exec nicked as Ecuador tries to rush through privacy laws after massive data leak

NicX

Hmm?

"It also remains unclear why Ecuador's government would entrust personal data for its entire population to a consultant working from a home office"

If I had to guess, I'd say it's because owning an office building/complex doesn't make you qualified to perform any tasks. That's some serious Boomer logic.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

NicX

Perhaps we should stop treating women and minorities as something to be coddled? None of the women-in-tech that I'm friends with appreciate it. They see right through the bullshit. They don't want special treatment because of their sex organ. They want acceptance or denial letters based on their content, not whether or not they wear a bra.

As a whole, this "But we can't hurt anyone's feelings!" movement in IT is only going to hurt us. Top talent will be passed over to make sure quotas are met.

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum

NicX

Eh. Perhaps hiring someone with a technical background rather than a lawyer to lead the FCC might help things along.

Squabbles over NASA's lunar lander, Astrobotics takes a punt on ULA and India arrives at the Moon

NicX

SLS continues to backfire? You don't say...

I don't know how many would agree with me, but I feel like it's time for NASA to give up on SLS. There are commercial options that are cheaper and use modern hardware and also cost less per launch. I don't think anyone in the space community even cares about progress of SLS. SLS = The same old house with a new paint job. I think the only benefit is that it can lift more than Falcon Heavy. And I'm not even 100% sure that's correct.

Me thinks the best course of action for continued progress is to get rid of the joke called SLS and devote those funds and employees to building spacecraft, probes, satellites, landers, etc. Let SpaceX (Fuck ULA. It'd be nice to see companies that aren't "Boeing" or "Lockheed" get government contracts.) handle the launches. They've proven themselves capable. They can use the same rocket a few times. SLS? One and done, baby.

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