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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

0123456 Re:Surely not the "largest" tank? (148 comments)

A crew of 6 for an IFV is bizzare. 3 is usually sufficient (commander, driver, gunner) but they contain room for usually 6 soldiers as well for 9 men in the vehicle.

I heard they were going to automate away two of those three crew, but the lefties complained about the loss of jobs, so they kept them and added three more.

6 hours ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

0123456 Re:Can the counterfeit chip be detected? (462 comments)

Yeah, because refusing to work with a compatbile chip that's been operating critical hardware in my business for years is so much better.

7 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Automation and jobs (591 comments)

The GP assumes that there are plenty of openings and demand in those other areas.

Have you heard of this new-fangled thing called 'The Internet'?

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re: This is silly (591 comments)

You do realize that people aren't, you know, actually, like, supposed to be able to support themselves with the lowest-paid jobs in the country? These are the kind of jobs that used to be done by kids still living at home, not those who expected to make a career and raise a family by saying 'Do you want fries with that?' a thousand times a day?

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:This is silly (591 comments)

Exactly. There's no way the Democrats can lose by demanding a minimum wage increase:

1. If people aren't laid off, they'll vote for the Democrats for more wage increases.
2. If they are laid off, they'll vote for the Democrats for more welfare payments.

It's a win-win in the short term, even though it's disastrous for the economy in the long term.

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (591 comments)

Obamacare has increased the cost of employing people, the usual suspects have been demanding that McDonalds' pay their workers more, and it's clear that the Democrats are going to keep demanding that the government force low-skilled workers out of work... sorry, increase the minimum wage. Any company not looking at automating away low-skilled and unskilled jobs at this point is just silly.

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Automation and jobs (591 comments)

And why, exactly, do you think any of those rich individuals and corporations would remain in America, when you're forcing them to work just so you can steal their money and give it to the people who don't?

Oh, you're planning to build a wall along the border to keep your slaves in the Gulag, right? And require exit visas to leave on a plane?

You and all the other 'guaranteed income' nutters are simply insane.

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Automation and jobs (591 comments)

The sane thing to do would be to institute a minimum basic income.

I think you mean to say 'the insane thing to do'.

9 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (591 comments)

Yeah, you're right. Why would a company which employs millions of low-skilled workers want to get rid of them just because the government demands they pay them more and has set interest rates near zero so borrowing for capital investment is nearly interest-free?

Totally makes no sense to anyone but EVIL RIGHT-WINGERS.

9 hours ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

0123456 Re:Wake up America ... (94 comments)

There would need to be a significant hike in the minimum wage to prevent turning that into a powderkeg of social unrest.

Uh, no. 'A significant hike in the minimum wage' would mean those jobs would be automated away, too.

yesterday
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

0123456 Re:Wrong criterion (94 comments)

Yes, exactly. Their reply to my comment ignored the content of my comment that they were replying to. I don't get it, either.

yesterday
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

0123456 Re:Retro computers as DIY kits? (81 comments)

Still, the 6502 is simple enough that we'll probably be able to 3D print them soon :).

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

0123456 Re:Who cares (165 comments)

Modern IOS versions randomize the MAC used for passive wifi scans. I'd imagine android is also doing the same.

Android is all about tracking everything you do to send you ads, so I doubt it's doing the same. I should check mine sometime.

yesterday
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

0123456 Re:Wake up America ... (94 comments)

None of those examples are obvious 'make-work' jobs. They're jobs that haven't been automated away, but they're jobs that need doing for the company to function.

Make-work jobs are jobs which exist soley to employ people, like getting one guy to dig a hole and the other to fill it in. Or where any sane company could have automated the job away, but they refuse to do so just to keep people employed.

yesterday
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

0123456 Re:Wrong criterion (94 comments)

You said 'no (private, US) company is wiling to' do large scale chip fabrication.

So what do you call Intel?

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

0123456 Re:Cars will be the secondary market (283 comments)

How's video going to help when the robbers are, you know, wearing masks and stuff?

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

0123456 Re:I could see it used in specific cases.... (283 comments)

I'd guess that self-driving cars will get adopted more this way than suddenly buying a car that can drive itself everywhere perfectly.

Bingo. Rather than the Lords Of Google coming down from the sky with the One True Driverless car that has no steering wheel at all, in the real world we'll start with increasingly driver-free cruise control on highways and progress from there. The average car will probably have hands-free cruise decades before it can drive itself around town.

But that makes the fanboys sad.

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

0123456 Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (283 comments)

And is it a stop, or a three way stop, or a four-way stop? I think we even have a two-way stop somewhere in town, where one lane is allowed to continue through without stopping.

yesterday

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