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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

SourceFrog Re:Antipodal eruptions (78 comments)

Your humor-detection unit is bust

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

SourceFrog Re:Wrong way of thinking. (628 comments)

A "free market" is one based on voluntary interactions and non-force-based interference, private property, and a legal system that recognizes these rights and attempts to protect *from* force-based interference with free/voluntary trade and protect private property rights. It has never been tried anywhere - not even closely. E.g. laws against sex work, for example, are a severe force-based interference on free/voluntary trade. This is just one small example of the massive amounts of force in the system, from fiat currency laws, exchange regulations, customs, border controls, patents and other "Intellectual Property" laws, protectionism, visa and other laws against freedom of movement, immigration law, etc. We live and breathe force in our current "market system" in every way, every day.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

SourceFrog Re:The actual solution (628 comments)

the poor won't be able to afford AI to work for them. Right now, if I needed an AI to do anything, I just couldn't afford it

Your tenses are mixed up - you jump from future to present but juxtapose them as if inaffordability "right now" implies inaffordability decades from now.

Imagine you made this comment in 1970: "The poor won't be able to afford mobile phones. Right now, if I needed a mobile phone, I couldn't afford it" - AC 1970. That's what you just did.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

SourceFrog Re:Status still important in Voyage From Yesteryea (628 comments)

A person can be highly competent at something that people don't value. How would that situation be handled?

My dog can jump through hoops. He's great at it, but nobody really cares. His masters still feed and house him. So the trick is to program our new robot "masters" to feed and house us .. or something like that. Dogs don't really have "jobs". They don't "go to work". We are to them, like robots will be to us.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

SourceFrog Re:The actual solution (628 comments)

Your cynicism is misplaced, but not lacking in point entirely: In certain respects, the future can and probably will be post-scarcity - e.g. I suspect things like 'food, water and basic housing' will be possible to produce at relatively tiny marginal cost once largely automated - possibly even some kind of replication for food.

What will NOT be easy "post-scarcity" will be *land allocation* - rich people will live in the most beautiful, prime locations - e.g. scenic seaside areas - so you will have your free food, free 'basic house', free running water - but the area itself will probably be less than wonderful, unless you were fortunate enough to have inherited enough wealth to live in a nice area.

This is mostly similar to today, come to think of it, except for the post-scarcity part.

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

SourceFrog Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (152 comments)

Most people seem to be missing the historical significance of this. Today it's just a plastic wrench, yes. In another 50 or 100 or 500 years? 3D-printing (or 'custom local manufacturing', or a 'replicator', or whatever you want to call it) is going to play an important part in all our extra-planetary exploration endeavors - and historically, humans of the future will be looking back at this crappy plastic wrench as the first real-world example of a 'replicator' producing something in space.

about a month ago
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New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

SourceFrog Re:But but but (33 comments)

A few other brief points:

1. There are NO active projects anywhere to build space elevators. The technology doesn't exist. @GP AC: Nobody is spending your tax money on space elevators, so stop hysterically hyper-ventilating about non-existent straw-men.
2. In the long run, colonizing other planets and star systems will be the single-most important achievement we'll ever make as a species. Ever. Nothing can top it - it will be the most historical event in human history, bar none. It takes a small mind not to grasp this. Contrast that against the tiny budget we allocate to it, it's actually absurd. We spend more on booze each year.
3. The idea we should cancel all space programs because "wow, we found a new species of fish at >8000m!" is retarded.
4. Unlike finding a new type of fish, being a multi-planetery species will help ensure our survival - there are many potential Earth-wide human-extinction events that will eventually statistically occur - not "might occur", but *will occur* - e.g. asteroids have wiped out most life on earth *multiple times* in the planet's history.

about a month ago
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New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

SourceFrog Re:But but but (33 comments)

One of the problems is that the majority of the American public still think the space program sinks a significant portion of the federal budget. Reality is it's less than 0.5% of expenditure - we could cancel every last bit of space-related research and it would hardly even register as a blip in terms of increased money available to spend on anything else.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

SourceFrog Re:MS has been late to every recent tech movement (421 comments)

To be fair, Android/iOS are not exactly innovative either - they just managed to get themselves in the 'right place and right time' for the smartphone trend - but if you look at "innovation", the only thing they've innovated, is the business models (e.g. "app store" distribution cartels that reap 30% from ISVs).

Microsoft haven't done squat in the past, but they have a new CEO with a very new approach - I'll be watching them closely. This is not the Microsoft of old. And Google has already become the new Microsoft, engaging in the same dirty tactics Microsoft used to.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

SourceFrog Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

I've worked extensively with both, and while .NET is much faster to develop applications in (developer-productivity-wise), C/C++ still makes for much better *client application performance*. For simpler applications, this doesn't matter so much. But for any relatively complex application, it becomes important.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

SourceFrog Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

This doesn't mean Java is "killing" .NET because it neglects an important factor: Most the Java jobs are probably for smartphone development and most the .NET jobs are probably for desktop app development. Smartphones are inherently a bigger "ecosystem" by the absolute numbers, simply because the ratio of smartphones to desktop computers is high, but that doesn't mean desktop computers are going away at all in the in-some-ways-still-more-important "getting real work done STILL needs a desktop computer" segment.

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

SourceFrog Re:Plastic socket wrench? (152 comments)

I'm pretty sure there's plenty of walls and other 'handles' to hold onto on the ISS and use for "leverage".

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

SourceFrog Re:Plastic socket wrench? (152 comments)

What *would* be disturbing is if this printing of a wrench was due to literally *not having a wrench* at all anywhere on the ISS.

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

SourceFrog Re:Security? (152 comments)

Your comment is so wrong on so many levels, it's fractally wrong. I don't even know where to start.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

SourceFrog Re:Life form? (391 comments)

If it's sentient, it will be a "life form". The tricky part is devising a scientific test for sentience - that's beyond our current level of knowledge - however, it might not be in future.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

SourceFrog Re:This is not the problem (688 comments)

No, the man who owns the bot wont let that happen

But, anyone will be able to build a robot (unless they are bogged down with bullshit patents or something). You won't need the "man who own's the robots" robot, if you simply have your own robot too. Every local community, every individual, every farm, every school, every business, they could all have robots. The robots could help build more robots - you'd only need enough access to another man's robot, to build your own (plus a little raw material). There is no *natural* scarcity on robots. We could even open source the damn plans, like Arduino designs are.

I like the idea of a basic income (funded on the back of robot-based production), and I think it will become increasingly necessary in order to evolve toward our post-scarcity star-trek-like "utopia" peacefully.

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

SourceFrog Re:This is not the problem (688 comments)

You got -1 trolled, but alas, I don't think you were trolling - the opinions you post are commonly held by many, and it's important to counter them with valid arguments. It's silly to refer to "surplus labor" in a world where there is literally still a virtually infinite amount of things to accomplish that require such labor - from solar system exploration and colonization to helping cure human disease - there is NO shortage of things that we could be doing with so-called "surplus" labor - what we should be doing is structuring society in an ethical way that brings those "surplus" laborers on board in a positive way, allowing them to nonetheless contribute.

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

SourceFrog Re:giant sucking sounds (688 comments)

Alongside that interest were the usual peddlers of hype and hysteria ...But never mind, soon we would have video cameras on every street corner, matching every passing face to enforcers' databases of millions of criminals ... Despite the noise, which might lead a cynic to think that it's all hype, facial recognition has improved over the years

Did it even occur to you the "hype and hysteria" was from those who actually realized the technology would improve? We are actually much, MUCH closer now than we were 5 or 10 years ago to video cameras on street corners being able to automatically identify most passersby, and in another 5 or 10 years, it will be straightforward. You even admit yourself the technology has 'improved over the years', and yet you call it 'hype and hysteria' from those who (effectively just) predicted it would improve.

Facebook does a near-perfect job of identifying just about everybody I know in every photo I see posted. Of course, they are helped along with contextual information provided by social networking (e.g. no doubt how closely connected you are to someone factors into the weighting algorithms) - however, it won't be long before governments too have databases like that.

Dismissing the "paranoid fearmongers" is stupid and unproductive - rather, one should listen to their genuine concerns, and then ensure measures are in place that these technologies are used to improve our lives in ethical ways.

about a month and a half ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

SourceFrog Re:But but but (330 comments)

What is a "Space Nutter"? Is that supposed to like insult and silence fans of space-related research and exploration? It just sounds like an ad-hominem troll post, and not even relevant to the topic.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

SourceFrog Re:To be fair (200 comments)

Bingo. In spite of it being trendy to criticize them, NASA are actually doing some pretty impressive science in spite of their limited budgets, if anyone cares to look.

about a month and a half ago

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