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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

itsenrique Re:Terrible names (376 comments)

Im taking a class on Windows 8.1 client administration and its very hard to actually learn this shit for exactly this reason. So many of MS's new names are not even self-descriptive! It's horrible! The MS Press book is written half like a sales pitch. The FOSS world is very far from perfect, but at least the conventions make sense once you learn why they are the way they are. Microsoft's latest round of technologies to lock everything down (a large % of the class) and confuse the shit out of users with marketing gobledeegook! I swear I'd rather be back on 95 than use this latest shit they are serving up (8.1/8), if only there were more viable competitors.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

itsenrique Re:oh good grief (820 comments)

Some people buy loud motorcycles, or modify the exhaust on a bike because they're under the (somewhat) mistaken belief that it will make them safer. I'm not talking about harley or superbike guys who rev for no reason (not good for engines). These guys draw a lot of attention to themselves but are not the majority of motorcyclists.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

itsenrique Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (820 comments)

Smart motorcyclists WEAR EAR PLUGS! Trust me. Not everyone wants to go deaf. You might think "Oh but i can't hear impending danger", but you can, you just won't fatigue from the insane wind noise, your own engine noise, and of course traffic.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

itsenrique Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

It's spooky on a bicycle because you can hear EVERY other vehicle coming from behind you.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

itsenrique Re:Why just IE? (165 comments)

BYOD?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

itsenrique Re:Every time this subject comes up... (551 comments)

This whole systemd thing is largely irrelevant to desktop users anyway. It's system administrators (read: people who use the console all day to do Advanced Stuff) who have a bone to pick. There's nothing wrong with being glad you are a Windows user, but it probably has nothing to do with Systemd. These news stories don't affect Joe Ubuntu much, just as news stories about HyperV nested virtualization don't affect grandma and her email even though she's on Windows.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

itsenrique Re:not that weird (159 comments)

Only the "elite". At most top 30% would be my guess based on a few documentaries seen and wiki entries read. Probably more like ~10% or less (I mean power is really shitty unless you are in Pyongyang). As for how many can reach the public internet? Only their "cyber warriors" I believe. But if you make it to South Korea they have better broadband infrastructure and pricing than us from what I understand.

about three weeks ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

itsenrique Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (628 comments)

What are you proposing that does even a little bit to stop this? How is not employing people at all better than employing them at low wages?

You still fail to deal with the fact that automated "labor" will get cheaper over time while human capital really can only get so much cheaper. Those huge up front costs you imagine will shrink and shrink. You know it's true and so do I. How do you imagine that human labor can do the same? Just get cheaper and cheaper? And why should it, to make the wealthy wealthier as we make less and less to compete with robots. You think this will work?

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

itsenrique Re:Old (628 comments)

Bingo. Politicians allow the stats (and encourage them) to be taken this way so that they can claim they are making progress on the economy. Or even that joblessness isn't an issue! But look around, talk to people, the numbers don't match the reality.

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

itsenrique Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (628 comments)

The fundamental flaw is that you imagine "high" minimum wages (I hope you aren't talking about the US national minimum), and "plush" benefits are the cause of underemployment/stagnation in employment. I disagree, but, I also think it's a red herring. You miss the bigger picture: you can't compete with a robot. That's what the recent harvard business review article was about, what happen's when your job is replaced by automation. You can't find work in the same field for obvious reasons, so you look in another field: it's been automated too, or it has zero vacancies because everyone else wants that job. Historically, when buggy whip manufacturing went away, we started making cars. People that is, built cars. But when you and all your coworkers are replaced by machines that just *keep getting cheaper* you will never be able to compete. The developed vs developing world comparison you make is also not really valid to the topic at hand. We know human manufacturing jobs aren't coming back here, but the ones in asia are being displaced by robots as well. What NEW jobs does that make? Over time this is very likely to cause societal tension at bare minimum, bloody revolution and quality of life going backwards at worst. Do you get it? You could take away minimum wage, people would still not work for you for less than $5/hr for very well or long in any part of the country. They couldn't afford their basic needs. A robot needs only electricity and perhaps occasional repairs (but not enough to even come close to make up for the net loss in jobs).

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

itsenrique Re:income redistribution, shorter work hours (628 comments)

But our current system means that companies are essentially punished (by lowered stock prices) if they don't make MORE every quarter. When automation comes so far, jobs are not cut to 20 hours a week at the same pay. Instead, half the people are simply fired!

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

itsenrique Re:What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Wor (628 comments)

I think what he means is more like what some call "socialism" in Europe. And it's not worker's necessarily controlling the means to production: it's about providing more of a "safety net" via social services. Communism as an economic theory and communism in practice are obviously two different things.

about a month and a half ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

itsenrique Re:So let me get this straight... (628 comments)

Cable subscription rates in the US are about 68%. Most of the truly poor I know do NOT have cable TV or a smartphone. They have a digital antenna if they have TV and an "Obama" phone as you republicans call it, this is a super basic phone that looks like it came from the year 2000. You need to actually go talk to poor people and turn off the TV that is feeding you this mind polluting garbage.

about a month and a half ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

itsenrique Re:Old (628 comments)

I'm not going to deny the problems in Europe (especially in some countries) are worse, HOWEVER: our labor statistics are quite cherry picked and that has been getting worse. People have been re-classified as "not looking for work" that are in fact looking for work. You can't compare our "unemployment" rate now to the numbers we used during the great depression.

about a month and a half ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

itsenrique Now, the other good and bad news: (628 comments)

Good news: Bennet Haselton is going away. Bad news: He is being replaced by the Ramble-bot 1000.

about a month and a half ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

itsenrique Re:Again with the girls? (208 comments)

The cynic in me says they just want to flood the market with cheap labor. The bottom on many other skilled trades has fallen out. They want a piece of the profit action. Why? Because they have to remain ever more profitable every Q.

about a month and a half ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

itsenrique Re:Sorry, poor Appalachian white boys (208 comments)

The hilarious part is the double standard of a lot of these people. "There is no racism, there is no sexism. More post-racial, post-feminism blah blah blah", but then if they hear mention of a program like this that caters to any group they are not in: it's racism or sexism and so unfair. They literally whine like they were the dis-empowered ones.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

itsenrique Please, learn to summarize (190 comments)

No one wants to read this much about a service that didn't work by Benny Horribleton.

about a month and a half ago

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