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Dimon's connection to reality has always been a fleeting one at best.

Also, he's by all accounts an objectively horrible human being. JPMC had to make sure to keep him out of the public eye for years because of how unfiltered-awful he was as a person. Only recently has he been coached into seeming semi-human enough to get in front of media.

HeroicGomez  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

Coded, automated tasks have fundamental gaps in their execution. They will always be limited by the fundamental limits of the code powering them.

A lot of my work addresses gaps created by systems that were supposed to automate everything and solve problems.

Tech has a fundamental arrogance towards what it does, mostly because people don't like to pay attention the details or the consequences of ignoring them.

bfv  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Being a little bit arrogant is necessary. We used to joke about being able to replace managers with very small perl scripts, but most of what we do really is looking at the things people do under the assumption we can figure out the rules for the games they're playing and write programs to play them instead. That's fundamentally arrogant, but it works pretty well when it works. If we were modest a computer would still be an office worker with a ream of scratch paper. What we need is for everyone, including us, to understand that and take us with a few shakers of salt.

kleinbl00  ·  516 days ago  ·  link  ·  

95% of most jobs can be done by 95% of people. It's that last 5% of the time that you need expertise.

The issue is that efficiency experts will look at that statistic and determine you can have 95% proficiency by offering expertise early retirement... without considering that takeoffs and landings are a small percentage of an aircraft's flight time.

Saudi money is propping up venture capital. Venture capital is propping up tech. Tech is propping up the American economy.

If/when the Saudis decide to stop for whatever reason, THAT is when it will all come crashing down. And it probably will happen at whatever point the Saudis consider an opportune point. This has been their plan all along. Why bother with conventional terrorism when you can undermine and insidiously destroy an enemy's economy from within?

No, it's become too big to be influenced even at the local level. Seattle elections alone seeing 7-8 figure investments in campaigning. All of the states you mention see 6 figure campaigns.

If you lack public influence and any other useful job skills you might as well not bother with the political theater system.

I have a proposal to improve politics: Bypass it.

Money and cultural influence are what drive society and government anyway. Governments are staffed with decision makers who are never elected, and who drive the decisions or those who are. The Pentagon (CIA and the FBI) ultimately are who runs the United States Government, which is among many others one reason why countries get bombed and why various policies get passed or not passed no matter who is President or who controls Congress. Elected offices are simply political theater to smokescreen what's ultimately going to happen no matter what.

Corporate influence drives political action/corruption because their money drives the day to day ops of everything about the country. If you want to change the system, you get the money and influence to do it. Who you elect and what your platform is or isn't has little more than tangential effect.

Eventually, the wisest learn that you may as well vote just in case, and so no one gets on your back about it... but to never expect much.

kleinbl00  ·  582 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is true for national tickets but local and state-level you can totally sway the outcome. I think that's part of the problem - nobody gives a shit until we're voting for president when simple things like "do I want my ambulances to be run by a private for-profit corporation" are things that directly impact your community. There's also the "old people constantly vote against libraries" problem which young people are uniquely positioned to solve as well as the "I would like to starve my local school district to give rich people vouchers to pay for their Montessori programs" that can be overturned simply by having renters outvote homeowners.

They want you to despair. Despair and tenaciousness are about to be their only weapons.

HeroicGomez  ·  581 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No, it's become too big to be influenced even at the local level. Seattle elections alone seeing 7-8 figure investments in campaigning. All of the states you mention see 6 figure campaigns.

If you lack public influence and any other useful job skills you might as well not bother with the political theater system.

We have and have long since already had the web interface compatibility problem. This doesn't really change that, other than an unpredictable change in websites becoming more or less useful and compatible.

Having Edge didn't make developers more or less willing to code for Firefox.

HeroicGomez  ·  582 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: One third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

It's worth noting that half of supermarket employees in Seattle are also on food stamps.

Maybe Amazon ought to pay people more (and since this was posted they allegedly have addressed it), but much larger swaths of the population in other key jobs still have this problem.

HeroicGomez  ·  602 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Neo-Nazis Have No First Amendment Right to Harassment, Judge Rules

Good. The Constitution is frequently misinterpreted as being a Ten Commandments style document that rules everyone, when in reality it largely governs what laws Congress can or cannot pass, and what legislative rights are delegated to subordinate governments.

The ACLU has spent decades legally screwing up what the 1st Amendment covers, which in reality only covers Congress' authority (or lack thereof) to pass laws restricting freedom of expression. What any other governing body elects to do regarding expression (including other Federal jurisdictions, which is why the FCC can exist) is at their discretion.

HeroicGomez  ·  624 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's Really Warming the World?

The Western world can do all it can to curb emissions but as long as China and India plus other countries continue to pollute and emit carbon unabated, there's not much we can do to address let alone curb or reverse the problem.

Odder  ·  623 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah but if we can fund research that makes it more economical to make energy out of sun or wind or plutonium than dead dinos then China or India will follow suit.

It scares me when people talk about how we all have to pitch in to solve global warming, not because I don't want to but because that's not how we solve the problem as there'll always be some asshole who realizes it's cheaper to make energy by killing the planet. Also last I checked we in the US were that asshole, since both India and China signed the Paris agreement and neither have withdrawn like we did.

HeroicGomez  ·  624 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hey it's been a while since we checked in on Richard Spencer. How's he doing?

I'm impressed anyone would voluntarily choose to date let alone marry him in the first place.

Glad I didn't waste the effort while I worked in public service... not that I managed to log the needed 10 years anyway.

I always figured the rug could easily get pulled from under you. The program read like a series of hoops that you had to know to jump through the right way, all while managing to hold a public service position.

It's just Burning Man trying not to be Burning Man but basically being another Burning Man.

The telltale sign is the repeated use of the trope template phrase, "People don't do this at [other festival]...."

HeroicGomez  ·  637 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

It helps that there's only maybe a couple dozen particularly active users here. So their opinion carries a lot more weight on whether or not your content gets positive attention than it does on a larger platform like Reddit.

Reddit turned at some point from an open forum to a subversively curated platform, and though no one can pinpoint a particular moment, such a turn became inevitable once they prioritized revenue growth (which, if they were going to survive at their scale, they had no choice but to do).

HeroicGomez  ·  637 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

Conflict and shitty behavior also generates a ton of web traffic.

They were very deliberate about curating that sort of content for its own sake. Problems generated more of the traffic that made them more money.

I have no sympathy for anyone there.