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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

dabadab Re:Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)

What about the impending failure of capitalism?

Yeah, what about it?
I have grown up in a socialist country and I was told that the capitalism will fail anytime (though it did not stop people from trying to escape there from our socialist utopia to the hell of capitalism, even though they could be (and many of them were) shot dead on the border). And here I am, thirty years later, and the doom of capitalism is still impending while "the only way forward"-communist has failed spectacularly.

So please, lecture me on how communism is the only way forward.

about three weeks ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

dabadab Re:He's entitled to spend his money as he wishes.. (112 comments)

I'm amazed at how much negative feedback this is generating.

He is spending money to fuck with other people. And not in the literal sense. Frankly, if he would donate to a campaign to ban disabled parking spaces I would be a lot more understanding because there he could gain something. But supporting prop 8 is just pure jerkage.

Just because an individual may not support gay marriage does not mean they also hate gay people.

In my experience, yes, it does.
There may be some pseudo-rational mumbo-jumbo but it almost boils down to outright homophobia.

Personally I would prefer it if the state would just wash it's hand of the 'marriage' issue altogether. Introduce civil unions between people and award benefits and/or tax breaks accordingly.

So you propose that in the future marriage be called civil union, because...?

about three weeks ago

Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

dabadab Re:Gender Balance (545 comments)

So how come there is no push to get women in high risk jobs, like oil wells, private security companies, mining, etc?

The question is: how would society gain anything from that?

Because it seems rather clear that getting women with the right talents to jobs where productivity largely depends on talent and can be quite high with the right people (of which there is a shortage) is a move that helps society.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

dabadab Re:Never gonna happen, because of how OSS works. (299 comments)

It's impossible to write plugins similar to VST

That's a very strange claim. It's not just possible to write plugins similar to VST (e.g. there is DSSI, which can also host VSTi plugins with the dssi-vst wrapper) but you can also build native Linux VSTs.

Granted, your reasoning is hard to follow, so I may have missed something and perhaps you mean something else entirely.

about 3 months ago

Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

dabadab Re:Mod the parent up. (213 comments)

How did you come to the conclusion that the situation where noone is caring for you is equal with a situation where a whole tribe takes care of you?

about 3 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

dabadab Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

Who the fuck moderated this up?

Everyone who has ever seen a newborn could see that this is utter bullshit: newborns' vision is not really functioning and they do not make any conscious movement, that only comes months later.

about 3 months ago

Battlefield 4 Banned In China

dabadab Re:cultural aggression (380 comments)

Don't know about BF4 in particular, but they sure are right about "cultural aggression".

They are certainly experts of this topic since it is what they are doing in Tibet for 60 years.

about 4 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

dabadab Re:Nothing to see here (418 comments)

Sorry DRM is stupid all day. Give me the non-DRM-laden version every time.


Physical media has serious problems (like being inconvinient to handle, not really backupable, dependent on other devices to use it, etc - and it may have DRM on it at the end). You don't have to go back there, you can just move ahead and use the ethereal formats without the DRM-nonsense.

And with the right Calibre plugin you can de-DRM any ebook from Amazon automatically.

about 4 months ago

Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

dabadab Re:A quick question (138 comments)

And recently, the The New England Journal of Medicine reported depression meds have no effect.

That's patently untrue. The Huffingtonpost article you link to is wildly inaccurate, self-contradictory and much more about sensationalism than the actual NEJoM article.

about 5 months ago

The New York Times Has Lessons For Others Making the Slow Transition To Digital

dabadab Re:The NY Times overlooks the fundementals (67 comments)

Just take a look at this article. If you see the same in the print edition then you should come off your acid trip. And it's not that it is gorgeous in its full glory - it is also implemented correctly. On the desktop it does not overload the CPU, it is absolutely enjoyable on mobile devices, hell, it renders OK also in lynx. And note the correct use of videos: you are not expected to watch it like TV, it just enhances the text.

about 5 months ago

AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

dabadab Re:Is it HDMI 2.0 or 1.4?! (212 comments)

That's great, but my 4K TV only has HDMI inputs

That most probably means that those HDMI inputs are NOT HDMI 2.0 ports (especially because the HDMI 2.0 specs were released this September).

about 6 months ago

Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

dabadab Re:Please read the PCWORLD disclaimer (148 comments)

I fully expect these to be a re-built subset of applications, not binary compatible but code compatible.

Actually they are most probably talking about the "Windows Store apps". These contain both x86 and ARM binaries, run sandboxed, fullscreen with the Metro UI, so I see no reason you could not run them on the X1. However I also do not see much reason to be excited by this functionality - only time will tell, but I do not see huge potential in running dumbed down, simple apps on a gaming console.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

dabadab Re:No algorithm should mean no patent (338 comments)

Incidentally, having a patent also means no patent, since algorithms are not patentable.

about 8 months ago

US Horse Registry Forced To Accept Cloned Horses

dabadab Re:Greed knows no bounds (164 comments)

They're not the government. They have no "fairness" obligation to everyone.

But they are a business and as such, they are subject to business regulations.

I don't see how they can be accused of holding a monopoly when "no other horse breeding registry allows cloned animals ..." indicates that they ain't the only game in town.

To be a monopoly, you don't have to have 100% of the market - just like Windows does not have 100% of the desktop OS market and there are quite a few other desktop OSes, yet it definitely has a monopoly in that area.

about 8 months ago

Fukushima Decontamination Cost Estimated $50bn, With Questionable Effectiveness

dabadab Re:Hmmm (221 comments)

That statement is just as silly as if you said 'OH, well bullets kill, and are made of metal, maybe no one should use metal there either?!'

Yes, that's silly. Just as silly that because of the A-bomb they should not use nuclear powerplants, for exactly the same reasons.

I don't believe they should have huge petro based power plants that should something go amiss incinerate exceptionally large areas and make them un-livable well beyond your life span, causing slow deaths to large populations with birth defects years to come.

You know, the problem with oil-burning power plants (and in Japan that's what they are using to substitute the currently off-line nuclear power plants) that nothing has to "go amiss" for them to cause slow deaths and birth defects (and, I should add, currently there's nothing to suggest that the Fukushima incident will result in slow death or birth defects).

about 9 months ago

Apple and Amazon End Lawsuit Over the Term 'App Store'

dabadab Of course (79 comments)

Yes, I can totally see, how a misguided Apple user would download stuff from Amazon to his iPhone instead of using Apple's app store - well, except for the minor problem
, that their phones do not allow them to do it.

about 9 months ago

Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

dabadab Re:Not much of a sample size. (224 comments)

She should just grow up and accept that she's not as special as she thinks she is.

But there's a little problem there: she is.

about 9 months ago

3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

dabadab H2G2G (242 comments)

OK, so who will be the first to post the phrase "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"?

Oh, it was me.

about a year ago

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

dabadab Re: Equal rights (832 comments)

That 51,1% certainly does not include a lot of the things you have listed - like the 25% VAT (sales tax), the egregious taxes on anything related to cars and don't even get me started about liquor taxes in Sweden. If you factor all that in, it comes a lot closer to 75%.

about a year ago


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