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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

TubeSteak Re:Make it easier to hire people? (554 comments)

In particular, humans have done the best in countries that have automated the most.

Which countries?
What is their tax rate?
How much socialism (aka social support) is mixed into their social structure?

The "cost of automation" has been declining for centuries, and humans have been doing better and better.

This is a bit of a red herring, in that for centuries, the declining cost of automation mostly served to free up huge amounts agricultural laborers to do other work.

The issue at hand is that now automation is taking over much of the "other work."


Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

TubeSteak Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (167 comments)

Really? Apparently they quickly took control of almost every one one of Sony's servers and workstations.

Wired mentions (without giving a source) an interview with a self-proclaimed member of GoP who claims Sony's network was infiltrated for a year.

I'm not sure what you consider "quickly," but a year is a long time, even while rooting around in a corporate network as large as Sony's.

2 days ago

Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

TubeSteak Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (327 comments)

I'd be interested in knowing the details of the attack. Was it a "social engineering" attack of some kind (ie. a virus-laden email that someone with high privileges opened)? Was it a vulnerability in their networks? I've heard someone with high level admin privileges had their account hacked, but in what way was it done?

I can't find the story, but if i recall correctly, the short version is that the hackers probed Sony, couldn't get in, then started targeting affiliated companies until they found a remotely exploitable vulnerability.

Once they breached that company's network, they found cached(?) credentials for a top Sony sys admin account and used that to access the US Sony intranet.

They mapped the intranet, spread malware all over the place, exfiltrated ~100TB over the course of a ~year, then changed everyone's screensaver and went nuclear with the wiper attack.

2 days ago

Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

TubeSteak Re:Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin? (143 comments)

Without knowing why these movements are happening, raw market cap numbers are meaningless.

IIRC, most of the XRP (ripple's currency) are in the hands of the creators.
As a result of this large pool of illiquid XRP, even small market movements can have outsized effects on its price.

3 days ago

Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

TubeSteak Re:Really? The FCC is a "rethuglican" creation? (139 comments)

The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission.

The FCC exists because 100+ years ago, assclowns with radios were making false distress calls, cursing at people on the airwaves, and faking naval messages.

You could call it the Greater Radio Fuckwad Theory.
/And yes, 100+ years ago, foul language was a legitimate moral issue that the government felt compelled to regulate and punish on the shared airwaves.

3 days ago

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

TubeSteak Re:10000 feet (176 comments)

This is the very bottom of the airspace used by commercial jets so it's not a problem. Below 10,000 feet you have possible uncontrolled aircraft operating VFR without communications equipment to talk to ATC. Above 10,000, you have to have a minimum set of equipment and be talking to ATC.

More importantly, if you RTFA, this spy balloon is being stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, which is already restricted airspace.

The FAA is amending 14 CFR part 73 by creating a new restricted area, designated R-4001C, within a part of existing restricted areas R-4001A and R-4001B at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. R-4001C is a rectangular area, approximately 4.5 nautical miles (NM) by 2 NM in size, that extends from the surface to 10,000 feet MSL. The time of designation for R-4001C is "continuous." Because the moored balloons contained in the area will be airborne 24 hours per day (except for periods when maintenance is required, or the winds exceed 60 knots), R-4001C is not a joint-use restricted area. R-4001A and R-4001B continue to be joint-use areas, meaning that they may be released, in whole or in part, to the FAA controlling agency when the airspace is not needed by the using agency. During times when the airspace is released to the controlling agency, air traffic may be cleared through R-4001A and/or R-4001B. In addition, an editorial change is made to the using agency name for R-4001A and R-4001B by adding "U.S. Army" at the beginning of the agency name for format standardization purposes.

TLDR: The airspace will be marked on aviation charts as restricted airspace for the duration of the balloon's deployment.

4 days ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

TubeSteak Re:This is not the problem (658 comments)

This labor reduction by efficiency improvements includes far more than automation; for example, Toyota saved 45 seconds from a 65-second process building seats by using a shorter hose (raises the steam temperature) and installing the bolts in a different order (easier, faster access by the tech, who installs bolts and then steams the seats to drive out volatile manufacture chemicals). Many such optimizations allow the same humans to use the same tools to build the same things, but in 80% of the time overall, or 60%, or 40%; thus you only need half as many humans to build as many things in as much time.

And yet labor isn't getting paid proportionate to their improved productivity.
That is a problem if you want an economy that isn't built on credit card debt.

4 days ago

3D Printer?

TubeSteak Re:any of them (173 comments)

I'm pretty sure that every printer I've ever owned was three-dimensional.

If it was four-dimensional, would you have been able to notice?

5 days ago

Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

TubeSteak Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

But does anyone in the debate consider the possibility that ER visits only represent a very small percentage of the overall costs to the health care system? Does anyone consider the possibility of perhaps just socializing the costs for ER visits--by using taxpayer dollars to implicitly insure the uninsured who use an ER, while leaving the rest of the system alone?

It may be "a very small percentage of the overall costs to the health care system," but it's a large cost to many hospitals.

The best (and cheapest) solution is not to have the government pick up the ER tab, it's to get those frequent fliers into a place where they can (1) regularly see a doctor or specialists, (2) consistently manage their chronic condition(s), and (3) not have to use the ER for basic medical care.

Some hospitals have proactively set up programs to do exactly this.
They were eating the ER cost anyways and it costs them less to pay for normal medical care for those patients.

about a week ago

Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

TubeSteak Re:Scummy (266 comments)

According to the article, the issue is that doctors in many areas are not allowed to prescribe generics directly. They must prescribe the name brand, and a generic may be substituted if it is identical to the name brand. In this case, the name brand would no longer be offered, meaning the generics may no longer be offered.

You might want to re-read TFA.

Most generic drugs are dispensed because state laws allow or require pharmacists to substitute a cheaper generic when a doctor prescribes the brand-name drug. But if the brand-name version is different from the generic, then the substitution cannot be made.

Nothing about not-prescribing generics directly.
That would be ridiculous and insane.

about a week ago

Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

TubeSteak Re:makes no sense (266 comments)

How do they insulate themselves from generic competition by stopping sales of their own brand name?

Step 1. Make a slightly new formulation (tweaked molecule, prodrug, extended release)
Step 2. Blanket the information channels with advertising for the NEW BETTER product
Step 3. Drop the price of your original drug to screw with the generic manufacturers ---They preempted this step by ending production entirely
Step 4. Profit because everyone has moved to your NEW BETTER product, which has no competition.

I personally take a XR medication, even though there are cheap generics for the older two-a-day formulation.
If my insurance situation changed for the worse, I'd switch in a heartbeat, even though b.i.d. requires more discipline to take.

about a week ago

Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

TubeSteak Re:Why does this need a sequel? (299 comments)

If it isn't based on the "Blade Runner 2" novel, I'll give it a shot. The BR2 novel was one of the worst written messes I've ever seen

Wait till you read Blade Runner 3!
Spoiler Alerts for Blade Runner 2:

Rick Deckard had left his career as a blade runner and the gritty, neon-lit labyrinth of L.A. behind, going to the emigrant colony of Mars to live incognito with Sarah Tyrell. But when a movie about Deckard's life begins shooting, old demons start to surface. The most bizarre and mysterious is a talking briefcase--the voice belonging to Deckard's most feared adversary. The briefcase tells Deckard that he's the key to a replicant revolution back on Earth. Deckard must deliver the briefcase--the secret contents--to the replicants of the outer colonies before he is tracked down and killed. Is the briefcase lying? Who is really after Deckard? And who is the little girl who claims her name is Rachael? Once again Deckard is on the run from a sinister force determined to destroy him--and already closing in.

about a week ago

BGP Hijacking Continues, Despite the Ability To Prevent It

TubeSteak Re:Or people could, you know, do their damn jobs.. (57 comments)

As the article points out, the only reason this was able to work was because one of the upstreams didn't filter announcements correctly. So instead of one provider doing something simple, the "fix" is for the rest of the world to do something complex?


If the entire BGP system is reliant on any 1 participant to properly implement security, then you can be assured there will be at least 1 participant who does not properly implement security.

We should assume the entire network is hostile and full of bad actors, then "fix" accordingly.
That's how you build robust networks.

For example: assuming everyone will play nicely is why the NSA got to tap datacenter-to-datacenter x-fers for the major internet companies. Once this came to light, each and every company did something complex, instead of the "simple" solution of the NSA not spying on them.

about a week ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TubeSteak Re:Here we go again... (1050 comments)

As I said above, this does not prove causation but sure as hell does indicate a link.

That's not how science works. Find some peer reviewed research that supports your theories

I really don't get why people are against science when it comes to vaccines. Against it to irrational religious levels.

or admit you are exactly the person that you "really don't get"

about two weeks ago

Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

TubeSteak Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (379 comments)

        (a) Definitions.--In this section:
                (1) Covered communication.--The term ``covered communication''
        means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired
        without the consent of a person who is a party to the
        communication, including communications in electronic storage
(b) Procedures for Covered Communications.--
                (1) Requirement to adopt.--Not later than 2 years after the
        date of the enactment of this Act each head of an element of the
        intelligence community shall adopt procedures approved by the
        Attorney General for such element that ensure compliance with the
        requirements of paragraph (3).

(3) Procedures.--
                        (A) Application.--The procedures required by paragraph (1)
                shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not
                otherwise authorized by court order
(including an order or
                certification issued by a court established under subsection
                (a) or (b) of section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence
                Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), subpoena, or
                similar legal process that is reasonably anticipated to result
                in the acquisition of a covered communication to or from a
                United States person and shall permit the acquisition,
                retention, and dissemination of covered communications subject
                to the limitation in subparagraph
                        (B) Limitation on retention.--A covered communication shall
                not be retained in excess of 5 years, unless

The key words here are "shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order"

about two weeks ago

Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

TubeSteak Re:Holy fuck.... (379 comments)

If you control the definition of "unreasonable," probable cause never enters into the equation.
The only recourse is to get a lawsuit through to the Supreme Court and have them decide how reasonable the law is.

about two weeks ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TubeSteak Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

Government forcing medical procedures on anyone is really not something we want, especially since government won't take responsibility for the (admittedly unlikely) consequences of a bad result.


Under the NCVIA, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was created [in 1986] to provide a federal no-fault system for compensating vaccine-related injuries or death by establishing a claim procedure involving the United States Court of Federal Claims and special masters.

Since 1988, the The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been funded by an excise tax of 75 cents on every purchased dose of covered vaccine.

This regime was created because (later discredited) fears over the DPT vaccine led to lawsuits, which caused all but one DPT vaccine manufacturer to end production... and that final manufacturer was also threatening to halt production.

We need better education to counteract the Jenny McCarthys.

I'm not trying to compare you to Jenny McCarthy, but I hope you learned something new by reading about the NCVIA and NVICP.

about two weeks ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TubeSteak Re:Here we go again... (1050 comments)

As we have increased the number of vaccines being given to children, we have also seen an increase in debilitating illnesses.

We can't have a rational dialogue because you make statements like that one.

Which debilitating illnesses?
Is it possible that those "debilitating illnesses" have existed all along, but medicine didn't have a specific names for them and threw them into catchall categories?

Yeah yeah, correlation does not prove causation but we can't even study at this point because anyone questioning is an "Anti Vac Whacko".

Which correlations?
Lots of time, money, and effort has been spent studying vaccines in the wake of Dr. Andrew "brought the medical profession into disrepute" Wakefield's original paper (which has since been retracted along with his UK license to practice medicine).

about two weeks ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TubeSteak Re:Simple solution (1050 comments)

How about, if you come down with something, it's your problem for not getting yourself vaccinated.

FFS, the problem isn't the unvaccinated getting sick.
It's the unvaccinated getting those who cannot be vaccinated, have compromised immune systems, or whose vaccination was less than100% effective sick.

about two weeks ago

LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

TubeSteak Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

if the public good is really being served here by improving safety of citizens, why isn't the discussion framed more along these lines?

Because property owners have a really good lobby and are very active in local politics.
They donate lots of money and generate lots of property taxes.

The mayor can't afford to piss them off, so the end result will be State subsidies for safety costs that would otherwise exclusively belong to the owners.

about two weeks ago



Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.



TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 10 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 9 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.


MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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