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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Jim Sadler Total Job Loss (639 comments)

AI machines will rapidly eliminate almost all employment and it is coming on quickly. Also effects can be seen to have harsh effects in specific regions as well as in specific ethnic or racial groups. One only needs to have seen what happened to black folks in the deep south when cotton went to mechanical farming. Untold numbers of black people were condemmed to lives of poverty when the cotton fields no longer needed much manual labor. The university is looking at the wrong issue. The real issue is the mode of support we will offer displaced workers. If we fail to make provisions of support of the work force that becomes displaced we will face riot and revolution. In essence the government will pay all of us and industry will pay all of the tax load. There is no alternative. The traditional auto industry is about to vanish. And the home building industry is also posed to be a totally automated industry. The real problem is that people want to be blind as to what we all understand is about to happen.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Jim Sadler Tech Writer (275 comments)

Have you considered being a tech writer? People with decent writing skills who have a sound knowledge in science and technology should be making a living. Also advanced programmers do need people who are able to make the development process understandable to management. That gives an opportunity to program but makes you more valuable in that you have verbal and people skills to stop management from making blunders.

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Jim Sadler Resist Progress (295 comments)

Uber has a good idea and it is of use to the public. Many other trades have fallen to progress. Can taxi cabs be any different? And we have seen nothing yet. Just wait until the housing industry is smacked down by 3D printing of dwellings. Matter of fact how much is there in a Tesla type car that can not be made by 3D printing? The frame and body and interior should be a cinch for 3D printing. I suspect that small boat building will fall to 3d printing as well. There has already been a canoe made by 3D printing. How long before a rugged 3D printed bass boat is available?

3 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

Jim Sadler Justice (87 comments)

Perhaps laws should be put into effect that require gasoline and diesel engines in cars to have the same level of emissions as electric or hydrogen powered cars.

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Jim Sadler Re:THERE HAS NEVER BEEN CLIMATE STASIS! (386 comments)

That is total nonsense! The Nazis were not leftests at all. They were right wing extreemists. Germany had a deep fear of the left in the form of communism and that was the reason behind the formation of a rabid dog type of right wind nation. Bothe the communists and the Nazis threw individual human rights under the bus. American liberals operate in the exact opposite way with a very high emphasis on justice and human rights. If you knew a bit about what happens in South America you would get a clue as to the nature of the problem. Many ministers, priests and nuns have been tortured and murdered simply because the teaching of Christianity insists upon basic human rights and condems greed. The wealthy have for many decades hired killers to eliminate anyone who suggests fairness and decency for anyone other than the rich. These aristocrats are highly associated with Nazi beliefs and practices.

4 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Jim Sadler Instant Dismissal (514 comments)

Fire them and stop all pension benefits as well. Cops who deliberately violate the law are criminals in every sense of the word. If they control their behavior there would be no problem with cams recording them while they work. The fact is that many cops break the law every day and feel as if they are immune. One answer is for federal agents to pose as civilians and trap cops who are ugly or abusive to the public or to suspects. Frankly the cops are acting up because it is now obvious they can not hold back the wave that is sweeping over the nation. Many people at the lower levels are on the verge of acting out. They have not been rewarded for work or given a fair shot at making a better life. That turns them towards crime. Law enforcement is actually creating criminals these days.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Jim Sadler Use Caution (1039 comments)

When it comes to those folks who have religious objections to vacination we need to be very cautious. There may be those that argue that the scientific mode should dominate law. In a way they are saying that you must prove your religion is correct in order top follow it. I take all the vacinations that are available to me. But I doubt anyone has the right to force others to do the same. Many other issues have similar disputes. For example any use of alcohol or tobacco harms society in many ways. Should society be able to insist at force of law and arms the right to live a life free of the influence of alcohol or smoke? After all some drunk might run over my kids and some smoker can start a fire that wipes out a hotel with me and my family inside.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

Jim Sadler Contrary Thoughts (134 comments)

There are many people who suffer from a lousy self image. They may feel that they are the only ones who have ever done stupid things. It can be quite theraputic to realise that almost all people have really humbling moments and actually be able to see people that you deal with every day during those moments. If you had the flu and found yourself on the bathroom floor spewing from both ends your mind has a snapshot of what you felt you looked like. How about being able to see your boss under very similar conditions? Or how about the night your banker got drunk and punched his wife and left home in cuffs in a squad car? I doubt there is anyone out there that has not had times when they looked or acted like they belonged in a trash dump.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Jim Sadler Save Our Backsides (329 comments)

Sadly if we abbreviate save our backsides we end up with SOB which just won't work well. Maybe a word that means the same that starts with an A would help. We'll call it the SOA association. In order to save our A we need to consider just what actions to take. One is to use our minds and the other is to sit back and quietly wait for science and technology to save our A. My humble, adled, mind suggests that using our brains is more reliable than waiting for tech to bail us out. Therefore the issue is simple. Pollution is a result of human activity. This includes heat as a pollutant. The more humans, the more pollution. That is very simple to grasp. Less babies means less pollution. Knowing that does very little unless we have enforced, birth control. We have reached a moment in time where many people should not be allowed to reproduce at all and those that are allowed should be limited to one child in one marriage for life. Doing this will reduce world population until we get to a level at which the consequences of human activity have very little effect upon the planet.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Jim Sadler Demand Is Falling Hard (280 comments)

Germany and other European nations are quickly eliminating fossil fuels and nuclear. In the US we are behind in applying solar, wind and water energy both in a collective and individual way. But the handwriting is on the wall. Big energy will do every corrupt trick in the book to keep sucking at your wallet. As homes and businesses go off grid we will see much higher rates for homes still on the grid. This is Future Shock. It is rather like Uber threatening to eliminate the taxi industry. It is quite like Tesla threatening to cripple gasoline and diesel producers and the cars and trucks that use gas and diesel. And it is like robots replacing fast food workers. It is all happening at a very high speed and some social chaos will follow.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Jim Sadler War Crimes Trials (769 comments)

The people who ordered this deserve to be tried for war crimes. Some individuals were actually tortured to death. Baby Bush would be first in line for a hanging. It makes me sick that the lowest level guards who were following orders were the ones who were drummed out of the service etc.. And the public should know that we caused other nations to apply even worse tortures within the same prisons. I would rather be loyal to humanity than loyal to any nation.

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Jim Sadler It Works For Me (107 comments)

It makes sense to me as two objects attracted to each other close the gap between them over time. The action of gravity supports the notion of time. It could easily be causal to the existance of time as well. Imagine two objects attracting in a system in which time did not exist. The joining of the two objects would be instantanious and violent.

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

Jim Sadler Duh! (90 comments)

Is it me or is a quadrillion watt laser just something that I can not really grasp? That sounds like a whole bunch of energy applied over a very short period of time. It is sort of like trying to imagine how many grains of sand exist in the world. After the first billion or so the numbers don't mean much to me.

about two weeks ago
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The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers

Jim Sadler Vulture Capitalism (33 comments)

Profiteering is a gentle term for a disease that plagues America. The right wing does not feel that capitalism has anything to do with economics. They view capitalism as a religion. To them raking is huge sums for the least effort is the meaning of life. Materialism is a natural fruit of capitalism. This is what happens when you restrict the faith community in the schools. We have all heard of the Israelites worshipping the golden calf. It should be called the gold calf. It represented and abandonment of God and a worship of wealth. Today we see people worshipping money in every way. Worse yet governmental forces enforce this greed by requiring people to have money. One way or another the govrnment will insist that you agree to have money. If you want to wander about with a tent and not sign up as a member of modern nonsense the land will be called either private or public and your little tent will not be allowed. As my Haitian friend remarked those corporate types belong to Satan. She is sort of right.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

Jim Sadler Re:prevents big 3 from controlling. Tesla monopoly (137 comments)

One major purpose of car dealerships is to confuse buyers concerning the cost of driving a mile. For example offering a $4,000 cut in price for any trade in that can be dragged in on a garden hose gives the buyer and illusion that the cost per mile of operation is reasonable. If one takes the cost of the vehicle, the interest on the loan, the compulory mainetence fees, the optional maintenance fees, the insurance, repairs, and gasoline over the life of tye car then one can get the cost per mile driven. For example you buy a $30,000 car and the instant depreciation is $10,000 and you only drive 10,000 miles that year the depreciation alone is $1.00 per mile. You first year per mile expenses when totaled may exceed $2.00 per mile. If people calculate the true cost per mile they may suddenly be confronted with the reality that they should not own a car. Dealerships use all kinds of gimmicks to cause people not to understand the cost of driving.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

Jim Sadler The CARP WILL WIN (118 comments)

Frankly both the invasive carp as well as the snake head fish are something that interest fishermen and others. Opinions may vary but I'd bet money that a few people will quite deliberately sneak both species into the great lakes. Obviously when this occurs other species may not be able to do well at all but the fishermen will be able to easely catch carp and snake heads. Although the carp would be better raised in fish farms they could be considered a resource as they taste ok. We have had snale heads in south Florida since 1980 and maybe even before that. I've caught quite a few but never cooked one. They are simply a larger version of the American bowfin which have always existed in Florida.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Jim Sadler Out The Back Jack (717 comments)

There are many places more wonderful to live than Ohio. In Florida when the job market is tight even a minor misdemeanor can jamb you up for life as far as almost all companies are concerned and it doesn't matter what skill or trade you are in. But you can be elected to Congress and fit right in.

about two weeks ago
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GCHQ Does Not Breach Human Rights, Judges Rule

Jim Sadler Expansion of Rights (81 comments)

To be free of being a target of crime is also a reasonable human expectation or right. To live in a society that has a reasonable degree of order and regular function might also be described as a human right. To expect the full benefit of medical technology, food and housing as well as legal representation in both civil and criminal issues is also esential. Not to be lied to by our employees that we call "the government" is also vital. How is it that most of these areas only get lip service and any progress is astoundingly slow? Is it reasonable for veterans not to get benefits the moment they are discharged from duty? How can a man be held in a jail for four years awaiting trial? How is it that arrests that lead to not guilty verdicts do not compel government to compensate the person subjected to that false arrest?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Jim Sadler Traditional Industries Dead Meat (460 comments)

Progress is upon us and the social upheaval may stop it all. Just as workers are becomming obsolete in large numbers so will major businesses. Businesses lack a basic sense of co-operation and instead believe in ugly forms of competition. For example GM or Chrysler could have gone to Tesla and taken a lisence to build a set number of vehicles using Tesla's electrical and mechanical designs while offering a differnet body style or accessories. But instead they try every trick in the world to bury Tesla in the dirt. Now watch the electric utilities try to use influence to stop self generation of power for homes. The oil industry is in a panic and I suspect that the tumble in gasoline prices is a futile effort to try to hold onto the market. As 3D printing becomes more advanced factories all over the world will close. Methods of supporting the public must be a prime concern as we are going to see violent social unrest as people feel more and more economic pressure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Jim Sadler Memorize (312 comments)

Simply dedicate time each day to memorizing anything. For example memorize Hamlet. You may not give a hoot about Hamlet but it gets you accustomed to focusing on a narrow subject for fairly long periods of time. When done with Hamlet pick a novel and try to memorize and maintain all of the novel. Education is focused on exactly that type of thing. It applies even to mathematics. I knew a school girl who committed the entire log tables to memory from one to one thousand in order to be able to conserve time on the SAT exams.

about two weeks ago

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