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Mystakaphoros (2664209) writes "Mike Masnick of TechDirt argues that we can all put down our wooden shoes and take a chill pill: technology "rarely destroys jobs." For example, telephone operators have largely gone by the wayside, but a (brave) new world of telemarketing and call center support jobs have opened up because of advances in technology, not to mention the Internet.
That being said, I think it's worth asking... if machines are going to replace all our fast food workers, are we going to start paying our gourmet chefs minimum wage just because we can?" Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros (2664209) writes "Nobody's putting Tylenol up there with LSD or DMT, but a 2009 study shows Tylenol to lessen pain associated with social rejection, "sort of like alcohol or Xanax," says The Atlantic. According to University of British Colombia researchers, "Physical pain and social rejection share a neural process and subjective component that are experienced as distress." This giving anybody a headache-- and are you reaching for the Tylenol or the aspirin?" Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros (2664209) writes "An article in The Atlantic examines the effects sites like TaskRabbit, Fiverr, and Rev.com are having on employment and freelancing. (I would add Amazon's Mechanical Turk to the list as well.) As the article mentions, "Work is being stripped down to the bone. It's as if we're eliminating the 'extraneous' parts of a worker's day--like lunch or bathroom breaks--and paying only for the minutes someone is actually in front of the computer or engaged in a task." How many Slashdotters have used these sites, either to hire or work? What's been your experience?" Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros (2664209) writes "Looks like 3D printing is an intersection of First and Second Amendment rights again... U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington, N.Y.) has suggested a ban on 3D-printed magazines and a renewal of the 1998 Undetectable Firearms Act. What are people thinking? Is this a bigger First or Second Amendment discussion?" Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros writes "Recently, the Washington branch of the Pirate Party met up to assemble some pretty swank PirateBoxes. Each PirateBox [http://wiki.daviddarts.com/PirateBox] creates an open wireless network that nearby devices can connect to and upload or download whatever they wish. An interesting alternative to P2P across the Internet?" Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros writes "Musician David Lowery (of Cracker fame) takes NPR intern Emily White to task for her stance on paying for (or failing to pay for) music. While he makes some cogent moral points about failing to support artists, I still have some issues with conflating the "cloud" and other (peer-to-peer) file-sharing methods." Link to Original Source top
Mystakaphoros (2664209) writes "I'm about to move down to the University of Delaware area, and I'd like to establish what I'm currently calling a "folk sneakernet," where we meet up face-to-face to swap USB drives and get back to that same sort of feeling of pre-Internet excitement when a friend had a great shareware game on a floppy. Could anybody chime in with some of their experiences with sneakernets amongst friends or how they can work in a small community (say like a coffee shop)?" Link to Original Source