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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Bruce66423 No - it's more than that (541 comments)

http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms... The ILO definition of unemployment covers people who are: out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are available to start work within the next fortnight; or out of work and have accepted a job that they are waiting to start in the next fortnight.

yesterday
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Bruce66423 International Defn of Unemployment (541 comments)

http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms... The ILO definition of unemployment covers people who are: out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are available to start work within the next fortnight; or out of work and have accepted a job that they are waiting to start in the next fortnight. This is a good compromise between instant and totally discouraged. What it doesn't capture is the number of part time workers who would like more hours.

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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Bruce66423 In the States they control the Democrats STILL do (413 comments)

And, to be fair, they have to if the majority against them in the House isn't going to be even more lopsided. It's just one of the chronic failures of the US political system.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Bruce66423 So far so good (413 comments)

The Scandinavians have very homogeneous societies where the issues are relatively one dimensional, allowing the formation of coalitions without great difficulty. This was the experience in Germany, but is now breaking down because the far left 'Left' and Greens are splitting the left, whilst 'The Alternative' is offering a serious right wing challenge that splits the right, and is very problematic, whilst the collapse of the FDP has removed the traditional third party. The result has been a CDU/SPD coalition that is working well, but at the cost of alienating those who are not impressed to the point of their voting for those more extreme parties; I anticipate growing problems in Germany over the next few years.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Bruce66423 Extremists have nowhere to go (413 comments)

"This is why you get, effectively, extremists on both sides." They always exist, but in a FPTP system must vote for 'their' party come what may. The effect is to weaken the power of those extremists unless they represent a large enough group as to endanger one of the main party's chance of winning specific constituencies. This is what is happening atm with UKIP; they are perceived as endangering the Tories, so Cameron is being forced to play to their tune; the same is true of the National Front in France. By contrast Muslim voters in the UK have largely been forced to remain voting for the major parties, which is helpful in encouraging integration.

The pathological case of PR taken to its logical extent is Switzerland where the same parties have formed the government in the same proportions since forever. The voters have almost no impact on government policy, except via referendums which often go against government policy, which is not a healthy way to run a country because it means your representatives are not being representative.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Bruce66423 PR works well? Where? (413 comments)

Whilst it is possible to see Germany as having had a stable governmental system despite PR, in most other countries it has caused substantial instability, to the extent that in many countries PR is tweeked to reduce its impact, e.g. Greece where the party with the most votes gets an extra tranche of MPs. By contrast Belgium's record of 18 months without a government as a result of PR should be a warning to us all.

The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters; know nothing tea partiers mashed up with business advocates are lined up against a mixture of union placemen and minority activists. The process of coalesce has got to occur somewhere; the belief that it is best done in the spotlight of publicity of the floor of the legislature is somewhat unproven, at best. Certainly the collapse of both the Weimar Republic and the French 4th Republic are usually blamed on their use of PR; I remain to be convinced its the optimal solution.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Bruce66423 Don't hear that it's just the Republicans at this (413 comments)

Whilst the Republicans have played this game well in recent years, it's not that long ago that the Democrats were at it equally successfully, and in many states they still do it. Which is not to suggest that it's a good thing - but let's not get partisan about it.

about three weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

Bruce66423 This is not 'How to'. It's moralising (834 comments)

We have a problem with the propensity of people to want to view garbage (broadly defined). How we control this, along with harassment, is the big issue. This piece sadly offers no useful insights.

about a month ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

Bruce66423 Auditors, auditors (208 comments)

The occurence of this sort of fraud in the 19th century led to the emergence of the role of auditors, whose responsibility is to ensure that the accounts are telling the truth; as a result this sort of fraud is rare in Western countries. The question now becomes one of who the auditors were - were they ones who should have done the job, or were the banks fooled into accepting a poor audit. In either case however the auditors will be on the hook unless they can prove that the CEO was doing a VERY good job of hiding the facts.

about a month and a half ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Bruce66423 Remember what this tells us about the terrorists (389 comments)

They are so frightened of the truth, or the freedom to spread information, that they have to scare people into not doing it.

about a month and a half ago
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Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data

Bruce66423 Make the cost explicit in the bills (43 comments)

The ISPs should charge an extra amount explicitly on their bills to account for the cost of storage and administering all data requests under it. The data should of course be stored off line - a write only tape store would appear to be the obvious solution. Locating the store in another country with strict regulations about privacy would force any requests for information to go to the courts of THAT country... Here's hoping!

about 2 months ago
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How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"

Bruce66423 Lapdog is to fail to charge (38 comments)

Because his crimes occurred whilst he was perhaps covered by an FBI immunity, but not a UK one. For the FBI to expect us not to charge under these circumstances is to impose their choices, on the lapdog, who usually merely licks the master's face in response.

about 2 months ago
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How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"

Bruce66423 LOL - nicely said! (38 comments)

n/t

about 2 months ago
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How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"

Bruce66423 So the UK can charge him? (38 comments)

Given that the US has sought the extradition of UK based offenders who hacked US sites, there seems no reason for him not to be surrendered to Her Majesty's hospitality, even if he was given 'immunity' by the US.

Or will the UK once again prove to be a lapdog of the US government.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Bruce66423 Uber seems to be fitting under UK existing law (282 comments)

We have a separate class of 'Licensed Hire Vehicles' which are not as flexible as taxis - you have to book them rather than hail on the street. This does require explicit registration of the vehicles, but I've seen one with 'Uber' flashes, so it seems to work. This is a good solution for people who want to make a real living out of Uber, rather than just occasional.

http://green.autoblog.com/2007...

is an alternative outcome - registration to avoid London's congestion charge (for driving in the streets of much of central London)

about 2 months ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Bruce66423 A mixed story (238 comments)

People like technology when it works - but notice when it fails. If it works, it becomes assumed as part of life - and no longer noticed; the more one thinks about the internet, the more incredible it is.

Part of the problem is that real science is HARD. Most people can't cope and avoid it at school. They dismiss us as geeks - not least to cover their own failure to master the subject. So there's a built up frustration that comes out when it does go wrong... not healthy - but perhaps inevitable given that most people are not up to mastering the science they depend on to live (and all of us won't master it ALL!!)

about 2 months ago

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Facebook used by high school students to organise prostitutions by their peers

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
A 17 year old girl and 15yo boy have been charged in connection with this enterprise that raises complex issues about age of consent, free assembly and legitimate prostitution, although it is the alleged rape of one of the workers by a client that brought it into the open."
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Camera wearing police being charged with an unlawful arrest in London riot

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
reports that an officer wearing a camera that recorded his actions has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in part as a result of his wearing a camera at a riot. The case is a reminder that sometimes such cameras can help demonstrate police misbehaviour — though we await the outcome of the case to see whether the charge actually sticks."
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Out of control naval office bought hi tech silencers

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
You couldn't make this up; an office charged with backup took it upon itself to become an active unit — and spend vast amounts of money (well — $1.6m — that's a lot to you and me, though a rounding error for the Federal government) on silencers... This is a plot out of a John LeCarre!"
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French family in court over vaccination refusal

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/soc...
A French court is being invited to consider the evidence that the use of aluminium and mercury in the vaccines for Polio, Tetanus and Diptheria make them dangerous. French law requires evidence of having vaccinated in order to participate in various activities, including school."
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Washington DC to return to automatic metro trains

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/... After a crash some five years ago, automatic operation was abandoned. Now however replacement of 'faulty' modules means that moving the whole system on to automatic operation can happen.

One quote is depressing: 'And because trains regularly lurch to a halt a few feet short of where they should be at platforms, Metrorail riders have grown accustomed to hearing an announcement while they’re waiting to board: “Stand clear. Train moving forward.” WTF. That never happens on the London underground with human operators? What's wrong with American drivers?"
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J P Morgan and 'four other banks' subjected to 'sophisticated' cyber attack

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
The quality of the attack, which appears to have led to 'gigabytes' of data being lost, is raising the prospect of a state being the source. The present culprit suggested is Russia... why the assumption it's not China — just because China isn't invading the Ukraine at the moment?"
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UK prisons ministry fined for lack of encryption at prisons

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/soc... reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt the data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed."
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NSA knew about destruction of the Guardian's data

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "As people may remember, in a piece of theatre worth of Monty Python staff from GCHQ destroyed discs and computers at the London HQ of the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-... As anyone with an ounce of sense knew, all the data was safely elsewhere as well. Now it appear that the NSA leadership was enthusiastic about this — which indicates how out of touch they are"
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Aircraft disappear from European air traffic control radar

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Over the course of a month some 13 aircraft at high altitude disappeared from the screens according to http://www.independent.co.uk/n... The article quotes 'unnamed experts' that 'interference between the aircrafts' transponders and ground control was apparently to blame'. Really?"
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NSA claims its systems are too complex to obey the law

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more unlikely, the NSA throws a dozy. This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long. So that means that a successful virus, one that blanked without making obviously deleted, getting into their systems would destroy ALL their data. Interesting..."

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