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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

BruceCage Re: Out of jobs? (736 comments)

The fact that you and others here seem unable to fathom a future where a human's basic nutritional needs are easily met (at negligible or no economic cost) thanks to technological/biological innovation frustrates me immensely.

1 year,13 hours
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

BruceCage Re: Out of jobs? (736 comments)

Are you paying for the oxygen you breath every second of your existence? What makes food any different?

1 year,1 day
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Amsterdam Using Airbnb Listings To Identify Illegal Hotels

BruceCage Re:Are we all supposed to know what Airbnb is? (141 comments)

Just wanted to point out that the heading for that article ("Amsterdam wants to get rid of Airbnb website") seems misleading. Nothing in the (short) article indicates that the municipality has a problem with Airbnb itself. But then again, misleading headlines are business as usual for such a shoddy paper as the Volkskrant.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet-Deprived Kids Turning To 'McLibraries'

BruceCage Re:How does that work? (331 comments)

If you read the article you would have come across the paragraph that said "McDonald's began rolling out Wi-Fi in its U.S. restaurants years ago. In 2010, McDonald's made it free even for those not buying food.". The article does mention that folks will generally feel obligated buy something.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

BruceCage Re:The only problem is... (131 comments)

If it's not obvious, don't sign up.

about a year and a half ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

BruceCage You can still make your purchase count for Linux? (553 comments)

I decided to buy this Windows/Steam bundle for $13.37 (about € 10,-) with the default split (THQ 8.69, charity 2.67, Humble tip 2.01) and was quite happy to see that on the download page you can still select your contribution to count as, for statistical purposes, for Linux. I'd be quite curious to see how many other folks did this.

about 2 years ago
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Datagram Recovers From 'Apocalyptic' Flooding During Sandy

BruceCage Re:Why? (114 comments)

Just wanted to add: the Dutch production VPRO produced a documentary a while back that deals with this subject matter. From what I recall they actually "tour" the area where all these facilities are located nowadays.

Backlight - Money and Speed: Inside The Black Box

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a true thriller that takes us to the heart of our automated financial world. On the basis of interviews with people directly involved and data visualizations to the millisecond, a reconstruction of the fastest and deepest drop in U.S. stock markets ever.

about 2 years ago
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USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

BruceCage Re:Cuts (473 comments)

I'm only superficially aware of the rules and procedures in Congress so perhaps I've been mistaken. It might be that 2005/2006 bill H.R. 22 was different from the later bill H.R. 6407 which passed under suspension of the rules and voice vote (under a voice vote the names or numbers of representatives voting on each side are not recorded).

Helpful article on the subject: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/14/congresss_war_on_the_post_office/singleton/

about 2 years ago
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USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

BruceCage Re:Cuts (473 comments)

The "crisis" is entirely manufactured by Congress. Yes, Congress. They ( and by "they," I mean mostly Republicans who seem to want to drive the post office into bankruptcy )

Can you elaborate on your position? In the article you link to Ralph Nader refers to Congress as a whole and doesn't place blame squarely (or mostly as you say) with one of the two parties. If I look at just the numbers then in 2006 the Democrats held 44 seats in the Senate compared to the Republican's 55 and the bill passed the Senate unanimously. In the House the Democrats held 202 seats (and essentially also another independent seat) compared to the Republican's 230 and with the exception of one abstain all Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Of the Republicans 20, including Ron Paul, voted against the bill.

And just because I feel like it, here's some George Carlin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIraCchPDhk

about 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

BruceCage Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

So how exactly do you interpret the latter part ("Congress may by general Laws prescribe...")?

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

BruceCage Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

As for Ron Paul, he claims he's pro-constitution, but stated he would have voted for a law that repealed Full Faith and Credit as defined in the Constitution

I believe you are incorrectly referring to Ron Paul's position on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

In 1996 Congress exercised its authority under the full faith and credit clause of Article IV of the Constitution by passing the Defense of Marriage Act. This ensured each state could set its own policy regarding marriage and not be forced to adopt the marriage policies of another state. Since the full faith and credit clause grants Congress the clear authority to “prescribe the effects” that state documents such as marriage licenses have on other states, the Defense of Marriage Act is unquestionably constitutional . (Before the House of Representatives, July 22, 2004)

Here's the text of Article IV, Section 1:

Section 1 - Each State to Honor all others
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof .

Feel free to elaborate your position if you think I misread what you were saying.

more than 2 years ago
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Republicans Create Rider To Stop Net Neutrality

BruceCage Re:Riders are an appalling and ant-democratic (528 comments)

In that video Harry Reid isn't talking about riders, he's talking about the practice of earmarking or congressional directive spending.

Riders are awful and should be banned through a constitutional amendment, earmarks however are an entirely different matter as the person you replied to pointed out.

more than 3 years ago
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Amid Controversy, EA Pulls Taliban From Medal of Honor Multiplayer

BruceCage Re:Well that's stupid. (495 comments)

Actually, it's a bunch of whiners who are trying to stop game manufacturers from profiting from the hardships they are still struggling to overcome.

I can think of much more despicable examples of war profiteering that most certainly don't involve game publishers...

more than 3 years ago
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Amid Controversy, EA Pulls Taliban From Medal of Honor Multiplayer

BruceCage Re:Well that's stupid. (495 comments)

I have to admit that entertainment like this can lead to desensitization of an event that is current and problematic

I'm much more troubled by how much the general population (which mostly consists out of non-gamers) couldn't give a shit less about anything that is happening in Afghanistan. If you want to complain about something desensitizing folks look no further than the constant barrage of reality television shows.

more than 3 years ago
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Amid Controversy, EA Pulls Taliban From Medal of Honor Multiplayer

BruceCage Re:Words mean things (495 comments)

Are we still allowed to call people Grammar Nazis or has that too been deemed too politically incorrect?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Kernel Exploit Busily Rooting 64-Bit Machines

BruceCage Re:It appears to be safe. (was: Re:Not running it. (488 comments)

While you do make a valid point (be careful about what you run) and I personally can't actually understand the code provided I have to say that sometimes you have to put a little trust in others. Do you inspect and thoroughly understand every update that your distro suggests? Considering the fact the tool is distributed through Ksplice's website, you have to be seriously paranoid to think Ksplice would even dare to do anything like that.

more than 3 years ago
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Salesforce Uses Chatter To Monitor Employees

BruceCage Re:Chatter is a Salesforce product...shrug (82 comments)

A few years ago I was working for a consultancy agency where the employees were on the road a lot and I set-up a local private StatusNet installation (then Laconica) to enable them to more easily share "stuff" with each other (mostly sharing news and general thoughts). It was and still is a big hit. So, I can certainly believe people would be using Chatter.

more than 3 years ago

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