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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

AC-x It only destroys jobs if you don't share profits (656 comments)

Here's the thing, there's no less money because of AI, if AIs are willing to work for "free" then instead of putting people out of jobs everyone could still be paid the same amount as before for, and just work less hours.

The reason wages are stagnant is because instead of sharing the profits of technology with everyone all that money has gone straight to the top instead.

3 days ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

Alpha channel is big advantage (worth it in its own IMHO), but even a small size decrease adds up to a lot of bandwidth for high traffic sites, especially any with a lot of image content.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

But it does negate the suggestion that we shouldn't replace JPEGs with something smaller just because JPEGs are already "small"...

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

...because jpegs are so huge to begin with :|

The BBC news site gets 40 million unique users per week and their homepage contains around 400k worth of JPEGs.

If BPG reduces the size of those images by 100k and If each of those users loads the homepage just once, that would save them 570 gigs of bandwidth per week.

Not to mention the saving for users with bandwidth caps on their connection...

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

.png has an alpha channel, has broad support, and uses *lossless* compression. What's not to like?

Lossless compression works terribly on photographic images, which limits the kind of images you can practically use with an alpha channel in web browsers today.

about two weeks ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

AC-x Sensitivity is still an issue (108 comments)

A DSLR has managed to detect a large planet in a fast orbit around a small, close star. Kepler is sensitive enough to detect earth-sized planets orbiting G-type stars at 1AU, A DSLR (or even conventional telescope) can't replicate that.

I suspect most (all?) of the transiting planets that today's DSLRs could detect have probably already been detected by sky surveys anyway.

about three weeks ago
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New Analysis Pushes Back Possible Origin For Antikythera Mechanism

AC-x Re: A lesson about History- and the liar narrative (62 comments)

But also of observation (that bacteria were killed by mold) and methodical experimentation (isolating the mold, extracting the antibiotic chemical and performing control trials on animals). Use of Penicillin wouldn't have happened without those further steps.

about three weeks ago
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New Analysis Pushes Back Possible Origin For Antikythera Mechanism

AC-x Re: A lesson about History- and the liar narrative (62 comments)

But your example is about fitting various pieces of evidence together to come up with a theory that challenges previously held beliefs, our AC friend at the top there seems to have missed that bit out. It doesn't matter how true something is, if there's no evidence for it then it's not scientific.

about three weeks ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

AC-x Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

But if you're going to talk about worthwhile spending then maybe not spending ~$700 million per day ($100 billion every 140 days) in Iraq on a war that increased global terrorism is a better place to start?

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

AC-x Re:Renewable energy doomed the mission (337 comments)

What about shielding? The missions that used SNAP-19 power sources kept them on 3m booms to prevent their radiation from interfering with the scientific equipment.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

AC-x SD cards can't impersonate a keyboard (178 comments)

SD cards can't impersonate a keyboard, so anything like the USB firmware hack you linked to is impossible. There could be malicious files pre-installed on the drive, but then that's happened to big name suppliers plenty of times too.

As far as I know Android has no facility to run code directly from an SD card anyway, and if you're using an antivirus package worth its salt on your PC it would block any autorun attempt.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

AC-x Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

Wouldn't something like this (microscopically etched / electroformed solid nickel) be even better? You could include instructions for creating a microscope to read it in large print on the other side...

about 2 months ago
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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

AC-x Re:It must be running out of fuel (81 comments)

Why else would they need to bring it back

To install a different sensor package? To put it into a different orbit? I can think of many reasons, after all the whole point of the X-37 is that it can land and be re-used for different mission profiles.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

AC-x Why would you want to type at all? (100 comments)

it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out.

Why would you want to type at all? There's reasonably good voice recognition now, that's got to be better than trying to finger-paint letters on a tiny watch screen?

about 2 months ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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