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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

HalAtWork New method of wealth distribution (652 comments)

"We're going to enter a world in which there's more wealth and less need to work,"

So what hey're saying is we need is a new method of distributing that wealth so that work is not the only way to obtain it?

2 days ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

HalAtWork Empowers us at exterminating each other (415 comments)

If it empowers us then I guess it'll also help us do what we do best, exterminate each other

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

HalAtWork I was too lazy to switch (125 comments)

I was just too lazy to switch until the past few months, where all that effort trying to work around the interface built up to the point where I got fed up. I didn't mind trying out a new way to do things, found shortcuts that helped my workflow, and definitely gave Unity a fair shake. I just found my ire building up, instead of what was promised to me which was an improvement that I might have to learn to appreciate. Sticking with it since its introduction, I just haven't found that promise to come true.

I switched to Mint at the tail end of 17.0 and have upgraded to 17.1, and it's been a pleasure, everything works the way I expect and there aren't any quirks. Tailoring the default install to what I wanted was intuitive, and didn't take very long at all (just disabling window snapping/tiling). The options aren't hidden away somewhere secret and are clearly labeled. I'm very happy. Granted, this is based on a history of working with KDE 2/3, Gnome 2, and prior to that the Windows interface, so I've been used to something similar the whole time I've been using GUIs. I don't know what someone with fresh eyes or born and bred into a world where smartphone interfaces are what you learn first would think of Unity. But for me, I'm extremely happy with Cinnamon and I'm pleased that with every new release they don't change the way things work.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

HalAtWork The damage is done (280 comments)

The situation has been exposed: traditional taxi services have been suffering from a monopoly position, and there is clearly room for competition that reworks their model into something more fair for the drivers, and as a good opportunity for a startup that wants to make it happen. The demand is there, it just takes a group with the right plan to capitalize on the opportunity.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

HalAtWork So why Yahoo? (161 comments)

So why are they moving to Yahoo again?

about a month ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

HalAtWork Works on non-sony devices (130 comments)

No, Sony's service works on iOS devices and they plan on rolling it out across other non-Sony devices.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

HalAtWork What the law should then require: (353 comments)

Just don't have software loaded on the PC at all, and include a disc that images your computer if you do agree that you want it at retail/on order.

about 2 months ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

HalAtWork Re:Terrible Summery (308 comments)

So saying "A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents" is definitely no consolation. Canadians should be happy that they decided to go nuts prior to this event rather than after? Do they want a cookie for that?

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

HalAtWork I finally switched to Mint (110 comments)

I finally switched to Mint with Cinnamon and love it. I appreciate what Ubuntu has done to make Linux usable on the desktop, but in that spirit I am now supporting Mint, which seems to have taken over that position with a great interface that promises consistency.

about 2 months ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

HalAtWork Why limit this? (165 comments)

Why is this only being limited to acts "on a computer"? If they feel so strongly about it, why doesn't it apply to any such act regardless of a computer being involved?

about 2 months ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

HalAtWork Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Part of their deal when they bought out a subsection of Nokia was that they couldn't use the Nokia name on such products.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

HalAtWork That would explain frame rate (338 comments)

That would explain frame rate, if they couldn't get their physics/AI routines to work fast enough (although they could use interpolation routines to alleviate that), but does not explain the rendering resolution. Do they expect us to believe they had the CPU working on shaders or rasterization? Even post-processing effects would be handled by the GPU.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

HalAtWork The worst part... (774 comments)

The worst part is when shortcut keys and mnemonics are changed because of a different language, I navigate by keyboard and have to re-learn everything on other systems and guess what the right command is if I don't know the language.

about 2 months ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

HalAtWork Re:Please explain (114 comments)

Couldn't they just have a USB ID/Bluetooth ID whitelist?

about 2 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

HalAtWork Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

That and Nickelodeon is where kids rule.

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

HalAtWork Not that it matters... (283 comments)

They're all being disregarded anyway, what are they complaining for?

about 3 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

HalAtWork Re:I don't think we are giving anything up. (554 comments)

Exactly, I don't want an OS that's a resource hog. As for smartphones? They can't keep running at top speed for long before getting heat throttled, or the battery dying. It's apples and oranges. And they still have moments of slowdown and stuttering with all that power. I'd rather have a smooth experience where the OS stays out of the way.

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

HalAtWork Start a web site? (224 comments)

Start a web site that can serve as a talent pool for people like this. Many people would consider them american heroes, and if they had more visibility, maybe they would get hired faster. If they show up on a background check, the employers would be more likely to know why and give them a pass.

about 3 months ago

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