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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Kabukiwookie Re:Increase pay, reduce work week. (558 comments)

If there is no demand for a product, it will not sell.

The fact that there is no product (yet) that will meet a demand, doesn't mean that demand does not exist.

There's a huge demand for VTOL flying cars that are fast, safe, cheap and reliable; unfortunately, there's nobody that can supply to that demand. If someone does come up with a flying car, be sure that person will make a killing, Not because that person 'created' demand, but because there already is a demand that is unfulfilled

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

Kabukiwookie Re:Increase pay, reduce work week. (558 comments)

Don't worry those extra profits you're generating will pay for someone's 2nd multi million private yacht.

10 hours ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Kabukiwookie Re:Nerd Point of Contention (222 comments)

I thought that would be Aztec Challenge on the C64.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Pushes Ahead With Website Blocking In Piracy Fight

Kabukiwookie Re:This is a good thing. (100 comments)

After all, we've been conducting a "war on poverty", "war on drugs", and more recently, a "war on terror" for many years without effective results.

What do you mean without result? The divide between rich and poor people is getting bigger every year, drug lords are making humongous amounts of money, because they're selling something that's in high demand, but unregulated and illegal, ensuring very healthy profit margins and for the war on terror, looking at the revelations of torture recently, Al-Qaeda couldn't have done a better marketing campaign themselves, which means more terrorists, which means more profits for arms manufacturers regardless which side they're supplying.

If you look a bit further and or are somewhat more cynical/paranoid, it looks like things are exactly going as planned

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Kabukiwookie Re:As for the people who say "XXX kills more than. (772 comments)

tens of thousands indirectly

Make that hundreds of thousands; check out what Madeline Albright has to say about the estimated 500.000 infant deaths in Iraq. She thinks it was absolutely 'worth it'.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Kabukiwookie Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

If you can show the person that they have a lot to gain, rather than something to lose, and treat them nice they are far more likely to divulge information

Unfortunately, treating your adversary reasonable doesn't sell weapons in the long run.

If the long term goal is to sell a many weapons as possible, creating as many enemies as possible and aggravating those enemies is the only way to go.

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

Kabukiwookie Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

No, he was, by all appearances, genuinely guilty of at least one violent crime

This is rubbish. Usually it's laziness on the part of HR.

You have two candidates; one has a felony conviction, the other does not. Do you really think that the HR person is going to invest hist/her time to find out whether person with the felony was only arrested for eating a hash brownie or robbing a liquor store?

about two weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Kabukiwookie Re:Not my first choice (433 comments)

You do realise that with the establisment of BRICS that the US market has become less important as has the US dollar as a reserve currency. This is something that the US govt is fighting hard to prevent.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Kabukiwookie Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

If that's the case, why isn't there a simlar shit storm about Wayland?

Easy, because:

1) Wayland is truly optional and essentially a drop in replacement for X

2) Wayland is not attempting to take over other functions it's not supposed to be touching

3) Wayland does not do binary logging or make you jump through hoops to actually see what's wrong with your server if it doesn't boot

I really like Wayland, since it is an improvement on X. I hate systemd with a passion (this is after having to put up with systemd zealots like you), because it's a bloated piece of software, with an ever increasing feature creep that destroys the modular architecture of Linux, while not being an improvement over the current systemV init.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Kabukiwookie Re:Systemd works OK in Fedora (581 comments)

With some dinners (eg: liver) ketchup is mandatory to kill the gross taste.

If your liver tastes gross, the person preparing it is probably not a very good cook and no amount of ketchup will cover up the taste.

And that seems to be working an analogy as well.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Kabukiwookie Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

If a dog that's bitten me in the past is adopted by a new owner, I am still not likely to pet it any time in the future.

about a month ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Kabukiwookie Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

Then you probably also know that traffic is typically blocked in larger organisations.

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Kabukiwookie Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

Are you for real? Do you even know what a headless server is and why people are using them?

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Kabukiwookie Re:Not really true AI we should be worried about. (583 comments)

If you make it too low, they will be unable to survive. If you make it too high, then even those who have the ability to work may choose not to.

If spare time is abundant, any remaining manual work that can be done will be done, by volunteers if necessary. There is a significant portion of the human population who would choose to work even if not compensated for the work itself.

If all those things could be provided to me without working, I wouldn't work.

Personally I would work even if I had enough money to never have to work again. I would spend my time on projects I would like to work on though, instead of on projects I have to work on.

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

Kabukiwookie Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

Those have recently been completely gone. Traveling in public transport can only through a special chipcard that needs to be topped up with money and swiped when entering and leaving the public transport of choice.

Quite inconvenient and for some reason, even if the trip is only 2 Euros, I believe a minimum of 10 Euros needs to be on the card at all times (so for a 2 Euro trip, you need 12 Euro on the card to be able to get on).

Good reason is probably the fact that a lot of people will lose their card at 10 Euro each, that's quick cash (for the transport agency that is).

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

Kabukiwookie Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

Yes indeed. If you're a tourist coming to The Netherlands, expect to be severely ripped off when when using a taxi. Not only are the taxi drivers generally obnoxious and sometimes downright hostile, there's no alternative other than the few privileged companies that are allowed to pick up travelers from Schiphol airport.

A 30 minute ride will quickly add up to over 150 Euros and there's no recourse if there is any disagreement

Rent a car if possible or take the train. It's cheaper and saves you a lot of hassle.

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

Kabukiwookie Re:Why do people care so much? (774 comments)

You're willfully ignoring the objection that was made here. Now that they've decided to use systemd, in the future Gnome can't be used without it. So regardless of who decided to use systemd, once you use systemd there's no way back and any upstream project is forever bound to systemd.

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

Kabukiwookie Re:Slashdot Response (774 comments)

It has gotten pretty clear that a lot of the hatred for systemd has nothing to do with the technical merits.

Are you actually reading post of people who have objections to systemd or are you just shutting down whenever there is any criticism?

I am very sure that if systemd were an inplace independent replacement for init, that the majority of people objecting currently would be satisfied. The problem is not that there are no technical merits to the objections people have, the problem is that the technical objections fall on deaf ears.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Kabukiwookie Re:Who? (993 comments)

Well I didn't say you were one did I?. That does not detract from the fact that this is a remark that I often hear from Windows admins.

As for 'bigoted idiot', ad hominems and accusing people of making false proclamations on public forums exposes you as bit of an idiot yourself. If required I will testify under threat of perjury that I have heard windows admins proclaim this very thing, so the proclamation is anything but false.

But let that not detract from any smug feelings you might be having and need to express

And it's Unix btw, not Linux.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Kabukiwookie Re:Who? (993 comments)

Typical response of a Windows admin.

about 2 months ago

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