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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

hitmark Re:Old (623 comments)

If only. The whole concept hinges on there being mental tasks that only a human brain can perform.

Except that even the lower rungs of those are now being automated. Things like the task of sorting through the reams of paperwork that is the building block of a lawsuit. Normally a task of a near army of paralegals. These days you can get a computer to do it.

http://singularityhub.com/2011...

about a week ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

hitmark Re: How soon? (153 comments)

That was perhaps the Statute of Anne take. But the version we have now globally is that merged with the French "rights of the author". This is where the whole life+X comes from, as the French worried about the authors social rights. That is, the right to control in what context ones creation is used. Don't want your play or similar be associated with a certain dictator, deny anyone that want to use it in his honor. Never mind that those laws came into being when you were lucky to live past 40 with your health intact.

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

hitmark Re:Good news, bad news (623 comments)

And therein lies the rub. We are no indoctrinated into the whole "for pay" mentality that we can't see the walls of the cell...

"there are five lights"

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

hitmark Re:Old (623 comments)

Yeah, the modern statistical definition of "unemployed" is "having been actively searching for work in the last week before survey, and is willing to take the first job that they find". If you don't fill those criteria then you are not statistically speaking unemployed, but at the same time you are not employed either. From the point of view of the unemployment statistics, you basically don't exist.

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

hitmark Re:Old (623 comments)

Bingo. The thing now is that paralegals etc can be automated by software. The "knowledge economy" is dud before it got off the ground. And not everyone that can swing a wrench should be allowed anywhere near customer relations...

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

hitmark Re:Revolution (623 comments)

The biggest trick those rich has managed to do, is to convince the rest that they are "temporarily embarrassed rich".

As such, before the pitchforks go after the rich, it will go after each other for considering to go after the rich...

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

hitmark Re:It's hard to take this article seriously (623 comments)

Thing is that if they don't do it, someone else will and run them out of business by offering a slightly lower price.

A certain bearded German called it "the coercive laws of competition".

about a week ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

hitmark hrmf... (156 comments)

seems to be the pattern of media in general these days...

Deep articles are going the way of the dodo. Not enough ad impressions etc on those as they appeal to a narrow audience.

Shallow product "reviews" and flame baiting on the other hand...

about two weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

hitmark Re:Eliminating the bus driver is Pareto-stupid (257 comments)

All well and good, if everyone was afforded a small parcel of land where they could erect a shelter and maintain a farm.

If not then people have to work to earn the money to buy the foods and shelter they need to survive.

about a month ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

hitmark Re: What's happening to Linux? (257 comments)

The latter is not unlikely. Corporations seems to love policy management, and shit seems to have hit the fan with the into of policykit. A xml monstrosity delegating limited "root" abilities based on various criteria (like consolekit/logind "seat" status).

Never mind that whole debacle with Puleeaudio, that started with a simple set of usb headphones...

Automagical turtles all the way down.

about a month ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

hitmark Re:Why not UselessDebian? (647 comments)

To paraphrase a curse, may you live in exciting times.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

hitmark dunno... (613 comments)

The original idea was to get more out of the extra hours of daylight. But that was suggested before the introduction of electric lighting.

These days it seems like mucking with numbers for no good reason.

about 2 months ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

hitmark One question... (555 comments)

Can Systemd be used to start one script that do all the actual starting etc, and just sit back and shut up?

Right now Sysv init can be used to do just that. Get started by the kernel, then fire up whatever process is listed at the requested runlevel (said process will handle the rest). Then sit back and wait for the shutdown to the called.

If Systemd can be used in this manner, it is a full drop-in replacement for Sysv init.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

hitmark Re:Stay Classy Microsoft (304 comments)

except that the kind of "marxism" that they tried to implement in Russia and elsewhere (honestly, China and later are reinterpreted "Stalinism") may well be quite contrary to what Marx actually envisioned.

First off, the envisioned a nation like Germany, that was heavily industrialized via capitalism, to be the starting point. Not Russia that at the time was mostly still agrarian.

Also, he did not envision centralized state control. More likely he envisioned worker run factories and such. That is, the board room was not filled up by shareholders and venture capitalists, but the actual workers of the factory, bank and so on.

So in essence the transition would be form a capitalist run work environment to a worker run work environment. That is, the workers would be working for their own benefit, not some suit and cigar overlooking it all from a posh office.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (497 comments)

Actually, MS more or less invented the tablet PC. Gates seems to have had a old dream about pen based computer input, and so they came up with the UMPC and tablet pc concepts and presented them around 2001. Problem was that the CPUs at the time too power hungry, and so one could not really get any work done. There was also some resistance from inside MS, resulting in MS Office lacking integrated pen support. So rather than notating directly into Excel or Word, people had to make do with a input box that was really meant for "legacy" programs.

And i think OSX picked up steam in CS and various science fields because of the UNIX/BSD core. This especially once it ran on x86.

more than 2 years ago
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Kenyan Chief Foils Robbery Via Twitter

hitmark Re:I can relate (50 comments)

Then find someone else to follow.

Still, it seems most of the tech heads are moving to G+...

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:Products (497 comments)

It is if they drop the cost below expenses to keep the competition out of the press.

more than 2 years ago

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general purpose linux distro?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 9 years ago

do that beast exist? or is it a evolutionary dead end?

sure you can use the same basic distro for a workstation install or a server install. but thats for office use where you have a dedicated admin that you can turn to. a user in a office enviroment have to reason install stuff on their own.

but on the home desktop box this is a diffrent story. 99% of the time the admin is the user and will therefor spend a lot of time trying to set the box up and installing software.

and the last point is where i worry. the thing is that 99% of the problems i see come from people that want to install stuff after they have gotten the box properly set up.

sure they can use the distros install system and wait for the vendors package server or some contrib server to get hold of it. but often this can take time, at times very much time. so what then? install from source? maybe, but its not as easy as it sounds (go away you longbearded assembly reading code-wizards, i know your rant) for someone that may find a electronic version of solitaire a challange.

so maybe they should not install, but thats the office admin speaking. and from my experience they look down on anyone that dont have root (some even look down on anyone they have to share root with).

but remeber that at home the user most often is the admin.

so is there a distro out there that is desktop simple but allso server safe? im starting to think its a engineers dream.

so to all you that look down on the gobolinux distro, have you stopped and taken a look at what its attempting? its not trying to make the next workstation or server distro. they are working on a distro that they themselfs want to use on their desktops, one that give them minimal amounts of trouble when wanting to install something.

one thing that they could maybe do better tho would be to combo in the rootless system that was the basis for the distro. this so that a user can install a app into their home folder for personal use and maybe into a shared folder that dont need root access. oh, wait. just pop the user into the right group and get sudo going, my bad ;)

and why im not doing the easy thing and telling them to go mac os x (even more so after apple have gone intel)?

1) its not a linux distro, its at best a *nix distro :P

2) even with a intel cpu you will still need a specialy chiped motherboard to get the os going on your hardware. and the only company thats going to sell machines with that motherboard is apple.

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micro computer resurrection?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 9 years ago

or maybe turn next gen consoles into it?

lately i have become more and more troubled with the state of the it world.

the os's have become harder and harder to config and maintain.

so how about going back to the days of the amiga or even the c64? basicly instead of having the os stored on a hardrive one stuffs in something like a live cd (or maybe loads it read only from a chip. maybe make the chip a flash for upgrade ability but allso keep a second rom chip arond so that you can re-flash if something tryes to insert something) and then have the user run software from some source or other as self contained ro packages. this will make it very unlikely that a virus can get a foothold on the system.

user data and configs can be stored on a flash device.

every addon to the system (baring memory, or hell, even that) should be inserted into outside ports. and given the size of current firewire and usb ports one can fit a nice number of them on the base unit. even better is that with usbs you can expand the number of ports with hubs, and with firewire you can chain the devices together.

another thing is xen. put a bare bones linux as the base system onto a flash. then boot a secondary system of a xen image onto this. with the right setup one can have the linux system do a mem dump to a external hardrive or something if you tell it to suspend the session and then you can bring the same hardrive over to a diffrent computer and resume the session there.

2 or more users on the same system? seperate xen images. totaly seperate enviroments. no real need for logins (alltho having the ability to password and encrypt sensitive user data is advisable).

application can have full access inside the xen image its living in so basicly its dos/windows 9x days again (simpler for the user that way). only that you cant do anything more then screw up your "virtual" computer. and as the image is read only you can do a virtual reset by having it discard the current state and re-read the base image.

another thing is to keep the startups simple. like autoexec.bat/config.sys simple. the commands and done, one at a time from the top down. want to bring up the network with a special config? insert a line into the boot file that defines the parameters and store it in your user files, bash.rc like. all config files should be ascii and human readable.

ok so there is a way to insert a trojan in this. when it get inside it puts itself somewhere and insert a boot line for itself into the boot file.
still, cleaning it out should be no worse the accessing the user files as a removable media from a controled enviroment (preferably a rescue boot/live cd) and then delete the entry and so on.

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