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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Anne Thwacks Re:EZ (554 comments)

Humans move into virtual reality.

The best suggestion in the whole thread - but a very poor reflection on the others :-{

yesterday
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Anne Thwacks Re:Wrong way of thinking. (554 comments)

Go back to your virtual world. "Free Markets" are a conceptual device like "frictionless inclined planes". They cannot exist in the real world, because of things like entropy and quantisation, and "stuff".

yesterday
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Anne Thwacks Re:A more important issue... (231 comments)

nouveau works fine now

As what? You certainly cant use it as a video driver. There are more kinds of wierdness than a ghost train, and it often prevents the machine from booting at all.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Anne Thwacks Re:Bad for small business owners (391 comments)

If SSL was an inconvenience to the TLA's, this would not be happening.

The boy-who-cried-wolf is the problem here. That story is at least 10,000 years old, and Google still have not got the message.

Perhaps Cartoon Network is not encrypted, so they have not watched it?

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Anne Thwacks Re:503 (391 comments)

Why do we need security to view academic articles, adverts or mindless blather? Most people have no need of locking their rubbish bin (and most of what is on the internet is definitley rubbish - I have looked :-) There really are people who use the internet for other things than shopping!

There is every reason to have security for some things, but none for others.

Why force it on people? The result of this will be huge numbers of badly configured systems, and either over confidence or total loss of confidence in SSL.

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Anne Thwacks Re:Does the job still get done? (658 comments)

Replacing economists with tossing dice would be a significant improvement: academic research shows the more qualified an economist, the less accurate his predictions!

I leave it to the reader to suggest what to do with politicians (I expect nuking from high orbit to be the most popular suggestion)

4 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Anne Thwacks Re:Does the job still get done? (658 comments)

Leaving aside the fact that economists are a hopeless case, at least here in the UK, we have massive problems with our jobs market - huge numbers of people are working insanely long hours for peanuts, while others are working shorter hours for peanuts, and a minute number of people are decently paid, and a few make millions.

On top of this is the widely reported problem of "shortage of skilled workers" caused by a combination of agism and lack of willingness to pay them to do the job, not an actual shortage of skilled workers.

For example, today's news is that we are importing medical staff from Portugal, because the local people cannot survive on the wages, and the Portuguese cannot imagine how high living costs are here (especially housing and travel).

The jobs market is in need of some serious fixing.

4 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Anne Thwacks Re:Other hoaxes (100 comments)

Also the "Little Wonder" fuse blower - a NO switch shorting the mains supply through the fuse "under test". My grandfather claimed he worked for a company that sold them - but he also claimed loads of things too!

5 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Anne Thwacks Re:Dark Emitting Diode (100 comments)

I am not too sure about that: I had a colleague who worked for a firm that used to manufacture tunnel monodes - a kind of single terminal tunnel diode. The tunnel diode is noted for having negative resistance. the resistance of a tunnel monode is the square root of -1!

They were extremely useful for one particular application, and indeed the best available solution in 1963, but the 60's intervened, and I don't actually remember what the application was (LSD was legal then) - I vaguely recall I was working on a time machine when I first heard about tunnel monodes. That was shortly before the project to show the Ike and Tina Turner show in your own home.

5 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Anne Thwacks Re:Yeah right. (99 comments)

Sounds like a reasonably accurate translation to me (but I dont work there).

5 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Anne Thwacks 1N000 (100 comments)

I used to have a whole box of 1N000 smoke-emitting-diodes.

They are easily recognised by the colour code "three black bands on a black background".

They are normally used to supply the "magic smoke" required by electronic systems to operate at full power, but I believe there are other uses.

I had a data sheet for a Motorola WOM as well - I believe from about the same date.

5 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Anne Thwacks Re:Document your code in English (150 comments)

I prefer to document mine in "Foreign" thank you.

5 days ago
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BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

Anne Thwacks Re:That's a lot of acronyms, isn't it? (39 comments)

As a BT Customer, I can assure you that it stands for "Bloody Terrible", and the buyout is only feasible because the telecomms regulator is as toothless as a wet cabbage.

My friends who use it, assure me that EE stands for "Extremely Expensive".

5 days ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Anne Thwacks Re:Similarity to Windows (269 comments)

Or Gnome 2.

The message is clear: once people find a UI that works for them, they dont want some other shite forced on them

Disclaimer: I use MediaTomb and a Samsung Note 3 for my music. Its not great! I can believe there is better, but I am not buying Apple or Sony

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Anne Thwacks Re:Have Both (567 comments)

can't swivel to portrait

You need more gaffer tape.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Anne Thwacks Re:Have Both (567 comments)

I had two, and both died eventually. They were insanely expensive and weighed a ton, but the picture quality was really good. They are compatible with OS/2 as a bonus!

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Anne Thwacks Re:Intelligent life (334 comments)

Unfortunately, they downloaded "angry birds" to their Andoid phones, and cannot tell reality from imagination due to over-use of Google glass.

Is there intelligent life in Texas?

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Anne Thwacks Re:That's my belief as well (334 comments)

You are suggesting that "Intelligent life" mean things like us. Even leaving aside the major question of quite how intelligent life actually is (spend an hour or 24 watching "fail" vids on Youtube), that might not be true.

Intelligent life in a radically different environment, might be radially different:

Maybe at 100K it is based on reactions we known nothing about, on a time scale so slow we cannot communicate with it, because they consider two bits per decade data rate to be a speeding offence.

Maybe there is life at a density close to that of intergalactic dust, and its all around us. However, the lifeforms are so huge that we are like stomach bacteria to them?

Maybe you should subscribe to my complete science fiction works on Kindle Direct?

Or, then again, maybe not!

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Anne Thwacks Re:uncooperative witness, no priors (218 comments)

Of course there have been no more terrorist attacks in America - the terrorists are all too busy monitoring other people's telecomms to blow people up.

about two weeks ago

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Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 7 months ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Today, once again, I failed to pass a captcha. I promise I am really human. However, my eyesight is not what it was 20 years ago.
I normally give up after two attempts. And no, MP3's are not the answer. As far as I am concerned, speakers on PCs are NSFW.
Does anyone have any data on what percentage of Captcha failures are actually humans? Does anyone ever check how much traffic they lose through humans failing captchas? How would you check anyway?"
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Eye strain and ADHD

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Once you are over 40, the lenses in your eyes become hard. The means your eyes lose the ability to “accommodate” — that is, the ability to adjust their focus from far to near If you are naturally long sighted, you will need to use reading glasses. If you are naturally short sighted, you probably needed glasses anyway – but will now need to wear them more often, and may need varifocals or several pairs of glasses for different distances.

If your glasses are not perfect, and possibly even if they are, the lack of accommodation means your eyes have to strain to focus as the eye muscles pull on the inflexible lenses. I find this straining does often enable me to see things for a while without wearing my glasses, but eventually becomes quite painful. As a consequence of this, I have an increasing tendency not to actually even try to focus, but instead to try and guess, possibly relying on occasional glances.

I am now finding that the pain of focussing to achieve fovic vision is not just leading to me “not looking” but is being associated with paying attention, and I am finding it hard to pay attention, not just for long periods, but at all, because some part of me fears the pain.

Is it possible that one cause of ADHD is poor eyesight?"
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Norton Insecurity

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "A colleague of mine has developed a web shop for his client. The shop is working, but people visiting it with Norton Security on their computer are advised that the site is risky, which is clearly damaging its business prospects.

A visit to Norton's web site suggests that they will remove this notice if he signs up to their program. While this might be free (or might not), it is not something he wishes to do.

How is this not an illegal extortion racket, and illegal restraint of commerce?"
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Someone else's rights offline!

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Nigerian Musicians are having a one- day strike as a protest against piracy!BBC Story

Some people might actually welcome a RIAN!

Of course, those of us living in Europe can only get pirate copies of Nigerian music, so we are not affected by this strike. However, you are welcome to check some Nigerian music on youtube"
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How should I "sell" a game concept?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I have invented a completely new type of game, which might have very wide appeal. There is no chance of me coding it myself, as my skills are not in the right area. (Ever tried coding a game entirely in SQL?) It needs the kind of skills used to produce team sports games (NBA, FIFA, etc) but is not sport. It is potentially both single and multi-player, with team playing and global networked versions possible. It would appeal to both sexes, with good appeal to older players (limited appeal to aliens* and superheros predicted). It would benefit from a Wiimote type interface.

This is really something that could only be done using computers (ie no board-game or ASCII* version possible), as it requires interaction, visual presentation and live motion.

I dont want to reveal too much in case someone else takes the idea and runs with it.

Who should I approach, and how?

(*Actually, an ASCII version might appeal to aliens, but not to many humans!)"
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Car computer wanted

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I want to play DVDs in my car, and use SatNav, visit Slashdot, Google, Wikipedia, update my timesheet, invoice clients, read spam?



Can you get a computer that would fit in the DIN slot where a car stereo goes, and runs Windows/FreeeBSD/BeOS/why. Something like those screens you pull out and flip up?

Are there any that /.ers recommend, or recommend avoiding? Where can I get one (in the UK)"

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