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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (714 comments)

Mincome works for employers as well. If the government was picking up the tab for a living wage, the biggest advantage is that you no longer have to. There is no point to having a minimum wage if the government is paying a living wage. This is the same reason that Universal health care is in the interest of most companies, because they no longer have to pay for employee insurance.

Then there are the side benefits. If everyone has a safety net, you can be damn well sure that moral is going to improve, which generally correlates with a rise in productivity. You also will get rid of most of those employees who don't really want to work, but just want a paycheck.

So, I believe that cheaper, more productive workers are in the interest of corporations.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

captjc Re:Automation and jobs (714 comments)

That is also an unfair comparison. You get disability benefits because you can't work. The option is either sit and collect a check or return to work. It is an either / or situation. The point of a Mincome is that if you decide to work you still get the check and you get paid from your employer.

If those on disability had the option to go back to work part time (or take a different job entirely, start a business, or what have you) and still collect benefits, how many do you think would go back to work?

about a week ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

captjc Re:remember when (163 comments)

Yeah, I miss the wholesome arcade games of the 80's, like Battlezone, Red Barron, Scramble, Rush 'N Attack, and Missile Command. No military propaganda there. Nope.

about a week ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

captjc Re:Czar? (384 comments)

I don't know, ask the media why they like nicknaming executive-level governement offices, "Czars", as there are no positions with Czar as (or in) the official title. However, the tradition seems to go back to Franklin Roosevelt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a week ago
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

captjc Re:Ripoff (82 comments)

1-2 years? This was going on for a while. I remember watching Battle Bots on Comedy Central (Vlad The Impaler FTW) back around 2004. There was on on the Discovery Channel around the same time as well (Robotica, I think?), each with all types of merchandising behind it. Hell, Robot Wars was started in the early-mid 90's

about two weeks ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

captjc Re:Won't anyone think of the corporations? (407 comments)

They can just get into the education sector. You already have a captive clientele, School nurses are even cheaper than prison doctors, and cheap meals are still cheap meals. Plus you have ample facilities for punishment and detention, A yard for "recess," and if you don't want to deal with public schooling, plenty of room for boarding students as a private school.

Schools are practically part-time prisons as it is, might as well go that extra few steps and use actual former prisons.

I am joking, but sadly that case could easily be made.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

captjc Re:No new macbook pro (355 comments)

No one was seriously expecting a new notebook from Apple. The new notebooks are most likely to feature Intel's new Broadwell chips, which have been delayed until what's looking like next spring.

Besides, the Macbook Pro was just given a refresh in the Summer.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

captjc Re:My Anecdote: (355 comments)

I bought my white Macbook in 2007, paid $1200. One of my family members made the remark that they only ever buy the Walmart special, (whatever is on sale for around $300) and told me that $1200 for a computer was a crime and I was stupid to ever pay that much. In that time, the longest they have ever had a computer was 2 years meanwhile my Macbook is not only still kicking, it still works pretty damn well, though I did max out the RAM a few years ago, install Lion, and am on my third battery.

After all these years, it still works great as my portable computer, Software Radio terminal, and music server though my desktop PC is my primary computer.

about two weeks ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

captjc Re:There is no "working AI" at this time (98 comments)

Of course it is AI, not cutting edge AI, but it is still AI. Just because it is now a mature solved problem, doesn't make it any less valid.

It is like saying that someone doing the old "calculate the landing position of a cannonball fired at X velocity at Y angle" problem isn't doing physics because modern physics now involves super-tiny particles and / or traveling at speeds near the speed of light.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

captjc Re:Why are slashdotters such idiots? (395 comments)

This issue?

Slashdot has become just another cog in the internet hate machine. It is gotten to the point that for any story, 70% of the comments now are just bitching and moaning at the topic, even when it is really unwarranted. I am starting to wonder if this place had devolved into trolls and trolls trolling the trolls.

about two weeks ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

captjc Re:Never made an honest dime (181 comments)

One thing that does bother me a little is that all the successes of any company get attributed to the CEO. They have a lot of hard working, very smart and creative people working for the company, who have their accomplishments left in shadow because of the the CEO being the public face of the company. It's not all The CEO!

FTFY. I mean, it isn't like Eric Schmidt wrote every line of Google, Gmail, and Youtube. Jeff Bezos didn't sit down and engineer the Kindle. And Steve Ballmer sure as fuck didn't build the XBox or write Office. Like it or not, these guys are the public faces of their companies, and in good times get all the credit and in bad times get all the blame.

about three weeks ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

captjc Re:Women have wrecked HP. (118 comments)

No, Bean counters and MBAs have wrecked HP. Pointy Haired Bosses know no gender.

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

captjc Re:I really hope... (482 comments)

You could always take a look at Japan. While I wouldn't say it has gone that far, it isn't too far off. That is one big reason why the birthrate is so low. Of course, those who aren't obsessing over their dating sims and sleeping with their anime-girl pillows can probably get all kinds of 'tang and from what I hear, adultery is pretty much standard operating procedure for any married man.

about a month ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

captjc Re:Another neocon wingnut governor (115 comments)

So was (is) Obama. Anyone who is just left of Right-wing Extremist is labeled a "far-left communist".

I would bet that if Nixon or Reagan ran today they would be lambasted as tree-hugging pinkos by the current "conservative" leadership.

about 1 month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

captjc Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

Plus it isn't that hard or expensive to "retrofit" a toilet to use less water. It can be done with either a pair of pliers (bend the rod that the float-ball is connected to so that it stops at a lower water level) or a bag of rocks (Place a sealed bag of rocks or really anything that is heavy and takes up volume in the reservoir tank to reduce the amount of water the tank holds).

No real point to buying a brand new toilet just to reduce water usage.

about a month ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

captjc Re:I keep hearing about all these outlets (144 comments)

I'm sorry that you feel that way. As an Engineer who has experience with 3D CAD modeling, I love my printer. If I can design it, I can print it. I can understand that this is an extremely niche market right now and I don't expect everyone to want to run out and blow a grand or two on a personal printer, however that doesn't mean that the whole technology should be painted as irrelevant.

I don't expect these to be in every home in the next 20 years, but I can see them in more than a few garages. Just as most people don't need woodworking and metalworking tools there still plenty of hobbyists with table saws and welding gear in their garage. However, I think the real promise is going to be companies with high-end (think multi-million dollar printers able to print everything from ceramics to metals to plastics) catering to cheap one off or personalized knickknacks. It is already happening with outfits like Shapeways and as prices keep falling it will eventually become competitive with more traditional forms of manufacturing for low volume items.

about a month ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

captjc Re:Remind me to start a company... (144 comments)

I know it was a joke, but yes, there is a filament called Ninjaflex that is both soft and flexible and will print on most types of ABS filament printers. I probably wouldn't recommend it for sex toys but it does make a good material for bracelets and such.

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

captjc Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (261 comments)

When I graduated college, I got something like that. I graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited college, near the top of my class. I had some projects and job experience on my resume and professor's recommendations out the ass. However, It was also during the recession, so jobs were a bit hard to come by.

I went to one of those recruiters / contractor agencies and was in no uncertain terms told that no company would hire me (not like I had a criminal record or tattoos or anything) and that all of my skills were not only not in demand but were about 50 years obsolete (I specialized in low level system programming in C++ and programming language design). When he saw that my minimum asking salary was $30,000 a year (research showed that in my area, near the center of a major North-Eastern tech hub, the average starting salary for a Programmer / EE was between $35,000 and $45,000 a year), he laughed for about 5 minutes and told me I was horribly unrealistic.

After I left, about 45 minutes later, I was called with a job offer scrubbing toilets at a Masonic retirement home for minimum wage. I promptly told him to to shove it but was told that, "that was about the best I was ever going to get."

About 6 months later, I finally found a job doing systems programming on microcontrollers and robots. So fuck those recruiters.

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about a month ago

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