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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit Re:The issue was raised before. (638 comments)

signal propagation speed in copper wire is 0.70c, same as it has been since Edison had his "A-Ha!" moment.

I think GP was talking about physical commuting, not telepresence.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit Re:ask the Luddites (638 comments)

no, the norm will have been near zero unemployment, compounded record high domestic spending power and equally high GDP. Instead we have record unemployment, record low spending power (reflected in the fact that the consumer price index has NEVER fallen and in fact has always outpaced both inflation and the wage index) and stagnant or falling GDP DESPITE the steadily increasing and aging population.

Google the terms I've used, they're pretty self explanatory.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit Re:Does the job still get done? (638 comments)

This. So much, this.

*getting away from dependence on currency is hard, particularly if you rent, but learning to let go of unnecessary bulk might be an important step in letting go of that square box cave that someone else owns anyway. Maybe to move forward, we need to take a step backward and shun fancy things like debt economy and go back to that quaint little thing called barter where the real value in a thing was entirely dependent on how much value you as an individual placed in it using whatever you use as currency, be that apples, planks, gold or an hour of your time, not what some corporate nobody places on it for the sake of imaginary profit.

**Will work for a hot meal.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit Re:Does the job still get done? (638 comments)

it's probably less about the nature of the job and more about reconnecting with other meatbags on a basic level, without the antiseptic radio interface.

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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

ihtoit Re:Sandbox before browsing (78 comments)

I'm running a browser in a VM. Everything that happens happens inside the VM. Shit goes south, kill the VM, start it up again from a read only image. What malware?

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit ask the Luddites (638 comments)

Those were the people who actually had the balls and the guts to go and destroy the machinery that put them out of work - because they were literally redundant as soon as those machines were switched on.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ihtoit Re:This is not the problem (638 comments)

you don't want to destroy the redundant people, they're what really makes your economy. What you want to end up with is a compliant population which accepts a barely survivable standard of living. Those who work (ie haul bricks and shovel shit) get a little more. Only a little though, but enough that they think their aching backs and calloused hands are worth it. Enter, stage left: zero hours contracts, minimum wage, and a deliberately broken welfare system which forces people to start relying on food banks (as is happening in Britain right now, on a scale not seen since 1943) and the few who know how to forage and what to forage for (as this is NOT taught in school and hasn't been for at least thirty years). The UMC and the State do not give a fuck about the "99%", who as far as they're concerned can actually fucking starve, but as long as they don't leave their corpses rotting in the streets - notwithstanding the fact that homelessness is at an all time high as well.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ihtoit Re:And this is why there's traffic... (593 comments)

wouldn't that be illegal on a motorcycle? It's certainly illegal to ride a motor down the shoulder in England, though the police are much more forgiving of pushbikes on A-road shoulders*.

*Rode from Nottingham to London down the A1/A1[M] and *then* up to Newcastle, back to Nottingham in six days - 840 miles all in. I miss I-Don't-Care trips.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ihtoit Re:And this is why there's traffic... (593 comments)

I've used bikes since I could walk. Not motos, pushbikes. I've had the option of a car or ten, but I just fucking hate driving (been there, didn't like it). I hate public transit as well. Hell, I'll take a trip to London (from where I'm at that's a 260 mile round trip) on my bike, that's Monday out, Wednesday back and I'm ready to go again Friday. Commuting? I can piss 20 miles each way in an hour, even in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ihtoit solution (593 comments)

install physical obstacles such as chicanes and speed humps to slow traffic down. These are surface streets, so getting planning clearance should be a local issue. Once the permanent slowdowns are in place, the app should soon catch up and stop directing traffic from the interstate to roads that should be fucking slower anyway!

2 days ago
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BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

ihtoit so BT sell Cellnet, then buy it back? (39 comments)

Let me run the numbers, in 1999 Cellnet was worth around £7bn - right around the time that BT bought out Securicor's stake, giving Securicor a return of many thousands of times its original capital injection of £4million in 1983. In 2002 Cellnet demerged from BT and relaunched as O2. Year on year, Cellnet/O2/EE has consistently compounded its profit margin.

Makes perfect sense.

Fuck me...

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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ihtoit Re:Check your math. (872 comments)

yes, he absolutely did.

"George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month." (emphasis mine - I mean, Blues Brothers much?) http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

"President Bush's reference to a "crusade" against terrorism, which passed almost unnoticed by Americans, rang alarm bells in Europe. It raised fears that the terrorist attacks could spark a 'clash of civilizations' between Christians and Muslims, sowing fresh winds of hatred and mistrust." http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/...

Non-Christian Presidents of the United States:

(Unitarian)
W. H. Taft
M. Filmore
J. Q. Adams
J. Adams

(No formal affiliations)
A. Johnson
A. Lincoln
T. Jefferson

(Source: Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia)

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ihtoit uh... can you say "false flag"? (872 comments)

someone tried claiming it's Islamic State, problem is it's not the IS flag and it's the wrong colour to be the Saudi flag.

  So pardon the previous pun, but this is either a flase flag or just a nutjob with a shotgun.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ihtoit Re:Anything that's OS independent? (258 comments)

LAMP it with a Mediawiki service (go cloud or local). No need to back-n-forth with any usb key, just drop a shortcut on her desktop and make her an account, it's just a case then of upload the picture, create a page for it with the metadata on it, job done.

My images are organised on a mediawiki stack, paged by date. it works fucking brilliantly. Text search on what I type on the page next to each image, boom motherfucker.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ihtoit Re:Google Plus (258 comments)

sure, until they pull it.

Have you heard they're planning on pulling the plug on GMail and putting up something called Inbox that's supposed to integrate with the desktop??

The fuck?? I've used GMail for fucking years, I think I better start thinking about buying my own domain and running my own email server... the whole point of GMail was that I didn't have to run my own mail server!

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ihtoit Re:Image Organization (258 comments)

6D even. Hard to see these keys in near total darkness.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ihtoit Re:Image Organization (258 comments)

short answer: yes, it does.

source: I process my brother's 5D cards.

4 days ago

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Amazon to open data centre in Germany

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 2 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "News from the London Financial Times: Amazon will offer its corporate customers the option of running internet services and holding data in Germany as it addresses concerns from European businesses about the threat of online spying in the US.
The retailer’s cloud computing arm has unveiled plans to build centres in Frankfurt as businesses and governments in continental Europe have shown increasing alarm at revelations of widespread internet surveillance, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden."

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  1 year,19 days

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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