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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Creativity is certainly future-proof (507 comments)

I absolutely think doctors (general practice ones anyway) are in danger. Generally, they do two things: diagnose and prescribe. Imagine a city with automated booths, all linked up to some massive medical database. You type in your symptoms, the booth does a few things like take your blood pressure, check your eyes, and maybe take a blood sample, things like that.

With its massive medical database, it can probably diagnose you with a very high degree of accuracy and prescribe the appropriate medicine. If it can't accurately assess what you have or if it's something that requires a human doctor, it'll direct you that way.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Plumber (507 comments)

Electrician. No matter where technology goes, we're going to need electricity for it.

about a week ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Andrio Re:Google needs Detroit... (236 comments)

It's going to be fascinating to watch the decline of automakers. Most people don't need or technically want a car, they want need/want the ability to travel quickly from point A to point B. The rest of the time, the car is just sitting there doing nothing.

A fleet of automated cars will solve the automotive needs of the vast majority of people. Car sales will plummet, as well other associated industries: mechanics, automotive stores, oil change places, etc.

It's going to be crazy. The panic we saw from Microsoft when tablets arrived; the music industry when MP3s appeared on the internet; Apple's lawsuit war when Android started outselling it, auto dealers getting Tesla showrooms banned; etc etc. It's all going to be dwarfed by this. I expect to see automakers try everything: mass litigation, lobbying, even widespread propaganda. Anything they can to try and stop the automation of cars.

If they're smart they'll sign long-term agreements now while this tech is still "new." I expect Elon Musk will be be quite victorious in this, chances are it'll be his batteries that will be going into these cars.

about three weeks ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Andrio I'm not in Houston (474 comments)

But as a Comcast customer, I'm damn glad I don't lease my modem or router from them.

Maybe I should start selling a decent router and Comcast compatible modem on eBay as a pair, calling them something like "No Lease Comcast Hardware Kit - pays for itself in just 10 months!"

about a month and a half ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Andrio Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

"Further, the most dangerous cities to live in today, are precisely those cities with the strictest gun control."

Yes, but ask yourself this. Are they dangerous cities because they have strict gun control? Or do they have strict gun control because they're dangerous?


Personally, I think crime is down because of the internet and technology in general.

about a month and a half ago

Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Andrio I knew it! (142 comments)

This explains the occasional anti-net neutrality post you see in these net neutrality discussions. No one—and I mean no one—other than someone with a financial interest would ever oppose net neutrality.

about a month and a half ago

Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

Andrio Re:Better use a VPN (135 comments)

I love my VPN service ("Private Internet Access" is the name). ~40 bucks a year and the service is good.

No, I'm not an advertisement bot, just a happy customer!


ISPs hate her! See how local mom tripled her internet speed with this one weird trick!

Has science gone too far?

about a month and a half ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

Andrio Re:Too much competition (85 comments)

I'm not a fan of mobile games. They typically have shallow gameplay, no story, no immersion, and 9/10 times they're based on the "freemium" model which sucks. They're designed to be time-wasters. So yeah, "real" handheld gaming systems blow them out of the water. But, sadly, for most people, these mobile games are good enough.

about a month and a half ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

Andrio Too much competition (85 comments)

Not just from Nintendo, but from pretty much every smartphone and cheap tablet out there.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Andrio Re:White Moto X (711 comments)

Not being able to install whatever I want on an iOS device is the reason I'll never get one, no matter what.

I like my Android phone because it's a personal computer in my pocket. It really is! It has its own filesystem that I can navigate and move files around, I can download an apk from a trusted website and install it; I can do anything I want. Not so with an iPhone. It doesn't let you install anything you want, so it can never truly be personal computer for your pocket. It's just a smart dumbphone. The exact same thing as my old verizon flipphone that sold overpriced apps from the Verizon V-cast store. The only difference is that the iphone it's prettier and gives a far better UX, but fundamentally they are the same thing.

about a month and a half ago

Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014

Andrio Re:Thank God for Valve (134 comments)

I'm actually pretty terrified of Valve going public. A company like Valve can't be Valve with shareholders in control. Unless Gabe retains 51% of the stock... :)

about 2 months ago

Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

Andrio Re:I have a better idea: (114 comments)

Comcast would make a lot less money.

Granted, they would still be profitable, but they would make less money.

The speed for the plan isn't too terrible, either. 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. That's usable for everything except HD video streaming.

about 2 months ago

Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

Andrio Re:Jesus H. Christ, I hate Comcast (114 comments)

That reminds me of a joke by John Mulaney, where he told his friend how he wasn't sure if he believed in the death penalty. His friend goes (This is all a rough paraphrase, couldn't find a transcription "So you're telling me, if you saw Hitler walking down the street, you wouldn't kill him? You wouldn't kill Hitler?"

"Well, what do you mean by Hitler? Do I see some guy who looks like Hitler walking down the street, with the uniform and mustache and everything? Then I would assume it's just a guy on his way to a costume party. I wouldn't kill that guy. His costume is a little insensitive, but nothing worth killing him over. Or do you mean like, an old version of Hitler? Like an old man that I think might be Hitler? I wouldn't kill him either, because I'm often wrong."

"You killed this man!"

"He looked like Hitler!"

"Yeah a little, what's wrong with you?"

about 2 months ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Andrio Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

Ever play Titan Quest? It didn't get the highest of praise when it came out, but an expansion ended up correcting many issues. It's pretty much the best of all the Diablo 2 clones.

about 2 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Andrio Re:Vertigo or Nauseous? (104 comments)

I have an Oculus Rift. I remember playing Half-Life 2 with it, and I got up to a window and looked down. Sure enough, I got some legit vertigo. It was great.

And yes, there is some motion sickness and nausea. I do believe that VR is an inevitable medium, regardless. Even with the Oculus Rift, which doesn't have the fastest headtracking and does have most horrendous resolution imaginable (effectively 640x400 per eye, mere inches from the eye. Just a horrible mess of blurry pixels) many people get the motion sickness under control.

Eventually VR will have greater FOV, greater resolution, and less head tracking delay. Not to mention better spacial awareness of the position of your head. All these things will greatly reduce motion sickness and nausea. I'm looking forward to it!

about 2 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Andrio That sounds like great news (626 comments)

Saving the common people several billions a year would send nothing but good vibrations up the economic chain. Yeah, some cops may lose their jobs, but the billions extra that people would have every year means other jobs get created elsewhere.

about 2 months ago

Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Andrio Resolution (316 comments)

Damn it, how is it phones and tablets keep getting these awesome high-rez screens, yet it's impossible to buy a laptop with anything better than 1366 x 768 for less than 1K?

about 2 months ago


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