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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Euler Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (381 comments)

Yes, anything related to labor will be very low cost (but not free.) There will still be rent-seekers in the economic sense. Not to mention that people want to make their own choices where to live, what to eat, how many kids to have, etc. People will still pay something for the land they live on (we can't all crowd into paradise for free), people will still buy gold jewelry. Likewise, factories will still be owned by someone, built on land that needs to be amortized in the product, and require non-free raw materials. Raw materials, like rare earths, are finite even if the labor for mineral extraction is free.

Do you think the state can decide these things in a way that makes people better off? To even go down that path, how do you 'buy out' the current private stakeholders if money is to become obsolete?

So yes there is always rationing. Economics is simply the question of how you allow this to happen and how much personal choice individuals have.

1 hour ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Euler Re:Status still important in Voyage From Yesteryea (381 comments)

Exactly. If nobody had to do any work (including 'creative' work like entertainment), what would you want to do with your time? I'd probably value some interaction with friends and family. But I think I'd generally avoid other people and I wouldn't give a care what 'competency' they had. I would either be entertained by robots or explore and visit places. But I don't personally find other people very compelling, since any tangible knowledge or skill they have is better done by a robot.

The only competency that I would still see as being relevant would be the fact that somebody owns the robots, somebody owns the places I want to visit. So I would still need some currency; and I don't think they would find my 'competency' very compelling since they are also too busy avoiding people like me.

To put it more crudely, I think the currency would be the fully 'animated' Realdolls.

4 hours ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Euler Re:Wrong way of thinking. (381 comments)

What would you propose doing to promote a more ideal free market that hasn't yet been tried after 5000 years of human civilization?

8 hours ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Euler Re:Having "white privilege" is not "being racist"! (447 comments)

I think generalizations and prejudice (i.e. pre-conceived notions about what we think is true) are a common trap that everyone has to stop and think about.

I'm all for being self-aware and checking my assumptions in any situation. For example, in science and technology it makes you a good problem solver to not jump to conclusions based on assumptions.

So why would you even keep the 'white privilege' narrative going? It deliberately generalizes all white people until proven innocent. You say if I'm doing what I can to avoid the sins of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination, then I am 'safe' from this blame. But that to me sounds too much like 'original sin', guilty until proven innocent, etc.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Euler Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

This is exactly the problem with the 'white privilege' narrative. You don't realize it is the definition of stereotyping.

  You only live in your viewpoint. I happen to be white, but you have no right to suppose anything about me, what challenges I've faced, what unfair advantage I may or may not have had. Maybe you carry some guilt. That is fine and I honestly respect the self-reflection.

My parents valued education also, and I feel no guilt about that. They would gladly spend money on tuition over just about anything else. My parents only had some college. My sister and I were pushed to complete at least a Bachelor's degree. Every generation must have expectations.

Furthermore, the narrative of 'privilege' is damaging in the following ways:
- We are distracted from productive ways of promoting unity and advancement for all. Basically it is offensive and people stop listening.
- Economic success is demonized and torn down. Success comes from one generation passing values to the next. Let's promote this more in a way that helps people of all colors and classes.
- It becomes an excuse to just assume whites will always succeed based on color alone, rather than simply realize that education, demeanor, and manner of dress are far more important.
- Initiatives such as EEO are downplayed by this narrative if we start believing that whiteness is the only factor. The reality is that most companies _do_ gladly hire minorities because there is no incentive to be racist. Do you really want to take focus away from programs that actually work?

3 days ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Euler Re:Fox News radio tagline says it's conservative (346 comments)

Fox news is pretty quick to break into commentary. But I will say they run stories you wouldn't hear otherwise. Don't waste your time with CNN, ABC, etc. if you want to actually know what is going on in the world. Stick with BBC, NPR, and FOX.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

Euler Re:12 year-old computers, big deal! (197 comments)

I learned wire-wrapping about 12 years ago in university courses. Prior to that, I would have assumed it was obsolete tech, but there were some very wise and experienced professors. It is much faster and cleaner than soldering. I still use it when debugging boards and I need a quick test lead attached to a pin header. Solder would ruin the connector, but wire-wrap is removable.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Euler Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

I would recommend having all the supplies you can anticipate ahead of time. Food, water, and keep your car fueled up as much as reasonable. Have a generator if you ever anticipate the need. The things that are in demand at those times become very short in supply and will be unavailable at any price. But money should still be kept just in case it becomes needed.

about three weeks ago
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South Korea Bans Selfie-Stick Sales

Euler Re:How is this specific to Selfie Sticks? (111 comments)

Maybe yes, but probably no. Just getting the Bluetooth chipset to work is probably not that hard. RF testing is expensive and complicated. So it is unlikely that testing went beyond a basic functionality test. It is unlikely that any testing is done by rogue vendors to measure radiated power, frequency spectrum. Furthermore, certified designs take into account failure modes from contamination, vibration, production variation, etc. In the case of intentional transmitters like this, a failure mode could exist that would grossly emit interference.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

Euler Re: The lesson (329 comments)

Exactly. "Diminishing marginal utility" - Economics 101.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Euler Re:First and foremost (176 comments)

So true. It takes a lot of patience because it will be like that at a lot of jobs and you don't want to piss off the wrong people.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Euler Re:First and foremost (176 comments)

Fortunately, most academic projects don't need to be maintained beyond the semester, much less from one week to the next. It might be a good topic for freshman to learn to use version control, but that would be a relatively small part of what someone goes to school to learn.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Euler Re:Standardized and simplify as much as possible (176 comments)

Really good advise about adding overhead. Trying to choose the perfect coding standard, tools, language, etc. should not be the thing to spend time on at this point. If that is the thing that interests you most, then just keep this as a hobby/self-guided project experience for future job interviews.

But for a commercial product - just choose tools/languages that you already know that are reasonably applicable to the task at hand. However it should be something mainstream that will be supportable: new hires will need to adapt to it, and you want to make sure it will be maintained in the future. You have to put your time into developing and selling the core product.

For choosing a coding standard, that will be a headache as you hire more people. It can be a potential ideological battle among your employees, and you have to really evaluate how much a particular standard will specifically improve productivity or quality in the long run vs. hinder or irritate your developers. Some industries already mandate specific coding standards such as MISRA or DoD specs, but for most companies that isn't a factor. My personal feeling is that if you are going to enforce coding standards, you could better spend that time and political capital with your employees by instead reviewing code for mistakes in general perhaps? When you find a particular bug, make sure you have drilled down and found similar cases, etc. Document so that you remember to look for this in the next code review. You will end up with a more robust process rather than imagined cases where code style is an issue.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Euler Re:First and foremost (176 comments)

Paid job experience can be very narrow and misleading as an indicator of future success in another technical job role. You can spend decades coding the same paradigms that happen to fit your employer's specific industry. Worse, you may fall into specific patterns and jargon specific to one particular employer. Formal education is specifically designed to handle a broader range of problem solving and knowledge; and it proves a candidate's basic work ethic.

Job experience helps to temper idealistic expectations to better understand what customers will pay for and how to deliver that effectively.

So I guess it depends what the job role is specifically.

about a month ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Euler Re:WELL DUH! (282 comments)

I assume you are being sarcastic about engineers? I guess it depends what discipline and type of work you do. :)

In electrical engineering there is a saying:
  "Never discuss in polite company: Politics, religion, or grounding."

about a month and a half ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Euler Re:For some values of secretly (271 comments)

No need to implant a chip. 99% of the public already is being tracked by cell phone.

Oh and your car license plate is being scanned by numerous public and private entities.

Facial-recognition software is pretty much assumed to be operational in many places.

And if you crash your car, you can't opt-out of the authorities from downloading the black-box data from your car.

Given that there are cases where a vehicle tracker would save lives for missing persons, cars that ran off the road, etc. it probably will be only a matter of time before a mandate is suggested.

So these things are not eventual, they are right now. Maybe they are all good things in the long-run. But the point is this isn't delusion, it is real and you can't realistically avoid it.

about a month and a half ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Euler Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

nah.. it really means "one time programmable." Silly acronyms.

about a month and a half ago
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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

Euler Re:Well, that's cool I guess (125 comments)

Paper standards are worthless 9 times out of 10; typically they are full of ambiguity or have stipulations that are grossly inefficient to implement. There is a necessary research phase to writing airtight, or even usable specs. I call this 'implementation.' So yes, de-facto specifications are the best. You could do the research phase and just throw away the resulting code and test results, but why do that? So the only use I have for a standards body is to perform quality-control on the existing documentation.

RFC's are a good model: you invent something - then just document it and let people file their complaints. But it is not open for general blue-sky speculation.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Euler Re:A working automated vehicle (320 comments)

People are way too willing to believe the hype; the Google driverless car is basically vaporware. Google engineers were recently interviewed for a piece on Slate.com. It was a remarkably well-written article on a technical level that describes the actual limitations of the technology. In short, it is not really autonomous at all, it follows a programmed route with some ability to detect obstacles. For example, the technology won't even observe traffic lights if they are absent from it's internal pre-programmed map. So forget about any compatibility with construction areas with temporary signals.

http://www.slate.com/articles/...

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Euler Re:What will it take? (320 comments)

Ah, but that last step is the biggest one: remove the steering wheel and take a nap on your way to work. Driver assistance is definitely a good thing: better sensors, alerts, controls. At all points in time, the driver is engaged in the current state of the vehicle as a hot failover. To achieve what self-driving cars allude to with no human fail-over is orders of magnitude above that. In fact, to make cars safer, they should demand more attention from the driver even if artificially induced. This is actually something considered in controls for aircraft, trains, and nuclear reactors: positively engage the operator to prevent complacency.

about 2 months ago

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