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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

KingTank Re:Arthur C. Clarke called it a long time ago (304 comments)

There's only costs involved if you assume there's a still a free market economy. If the free market is replaced by government managed robots providing for everyone's needs, then there's truly zero costs. Robots would collect all resources from publicly owned land, and provide all goods and resources. Why is any exchange of money required? Obviously, I'm assuming the robots would be amazingly capable, but that's the scenario we're discussing here. One where robots have taken over all human labor.

5 days ago

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

KingTank Re:Arthur C. Clarke called it a long time ago (304 comments)

The whole point (ultimately) of robots is that they do things for free. I mean totally free (ultimately). If they can collect energy, dig raw materials out of the ground, and build things themselves, then there's no costs involved.

about a week ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

KingTank We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructions (401 comments)

Probably something like "as you wait for confirmation that the service has been terminated, continue your attempts to save the customer". With no consideration given to the fact that it takes 8 fucking minutes.

about a month ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

KingTank Re:Lots of false positives ... (415 comments)

Yup, same as "drug sniffing" dogs. They're trained to alert whenever the cop wants them to.

about a month and a half ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

KingTank Re:IANAL... (286 comments)

Unless they start to eat you while yelling "STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!" Then you should play dead.

about 2 months ago

Toyota Investigating Hovercars

KingTank Doesn't quite make sense to me (186 comments)

Just doing some searching on Google it seems the lift/drag ratio for a wing-in-ground-effect vehicle is about 10:1. A typical load/rolling resistance ratio for a tire appears to be about 100:1. So I don't see how the lift can be generated anywhere near efficiently enough it to improve overall efficiency. Unless my numbers are all wrong or they have something way more efficient than a wing-in-ground-effect.

about 2 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

KingTank Re:I think it's normal to some degree (1198 comments)

You try telling a random stranger that they don't deserve their spouse. I think you're in for a surprise. Like it or not, that's the way "normal" people think about their loved ones. There's nothing insane about it.

about 3 months ago

US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

KingTank Impossible (213 comments)

Ever since the birth of the Tea Party, it's been impossible to distinguish between satire, sarcasm, and 100% genuine teabagger idiocy.

about 3 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

KingTank I think it's normal to some degree (1198 comments)

How the heck are you supposed to get motivated to find a mate if you don't feel like you deserve one? I think that part is normal, but what gets tricky for some people is reconciling that with respecting another person's rights. That takes some fairly sophisticated ethical thought that unfortunately, not everyone is capable of. Certainly not a narcissist with asperger's or whatever was wrong with that guy. So unfortunately, I don't think that merely "educating" nerdy men is the solution to this problem.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

KingTank Two things could hold you back (466 comments)

I'm 40, and I've been programming professionally for two years, but I'm currently trying to get a better paying job. I find the main stumbling blocks are inability to "talk shop" well and lacking experience in highly specialized skills. Talking shop convincingly is difficult because I haven't had much experience collaborating with other programmers. I imagine you would have the same problem. Employers expect you to have all the correct terminology flow right from the tip of your tongue. The other issue is that a lot of employers seem to be looking for a lot of experience in a very particular area, which an inexperienced programmer is rarely going to match. You have to program for many years on many different projects to have a good chance of matching what someone is looking for. Age itself, as far as I can tell, is not an issue at all. At least, not at 40. Although I know there's some very vociferous people on Slashdot who will tell you otherwise.

about 3 months ago

Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

KingTank Re:So BMW defines what counts as "mainstream" (152 comments)

They're pretty mainstream in Europe. They sell a lot of models with less powerful engines and fewer luxury features that they don't offer in the US.

about 3 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

KingTank Well then we need another petition (248 comments)

One that has the same sentiment but doesn't sound like a 14-year old wrote it.

about 4 months ago

Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

KingTank They should have just put a damn light on it (363 comments)

So people would know when they're being recorded. It's ruined now because even if they add one, people will forever wonder if you just have an older version without the light.

about 5 months ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

KingTank Does the author even use Facebook? (260 comments)

Everyone knows there's very little socializing going on on Facebook. Facebook is just there so you can pretend to be friends with people you don't really like. You can't be yourself on there because everybody's parents and bosses and neighbors are on there watching everything you do. It's the Potemkin villiage of friendship.

about 5 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

KingTank Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

BRB got some photography to do.

about 5 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

KingTank Seems like an overly specific concept (745 comments)

We could be part of a computer program, but I don't see why it has to be a simulation. In fact we already know that computer programs which do not simulate the universe are possible, so it seems much more likely that such a program is not a simulation. Our laws of physics might be representations of something completely abstract in the "host" universe.

about 6 months ago

House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

KingTank "It's just common sense" (366 comments) lets make a federal case out of it.

about 6 months ago

Fighting Gamer Rage With an Arduino Based Biometrics Headset

KingTank GRRRR! (59 comments)

GRRRR! It's not caused by my inability to cope! It's caused by my laggy connection, n00b! GRRR!

about 7 months ago


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