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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

javilon Putin is in trouble (158 comments)

Millions of Russian hardcore gamers are now pissed off, where they didn't give a shit about politics previously.

He is doomed!!!

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

javilon Re:This silly person has no idea what will happen. (656 comments)

1. Humans are able to do physical work. This was automated away.
2. Humans are able to do repetitive manually skilled work. This is being automated away.
3. Humans are be able to do repetitive intellectual work. This is starting to be automated away.
4. A subset of humans are able to do highly creative / complex intellectual work. This will start to be automated away in about 20 years from now.

Then what? I mean, as long as you define work as "something useful that needs to be done in order to solve some problem or improve the situation" all of it will eventually be automated so we can achieve the goal in a more efficient way than using humans.

But even if 4. takes a very long time to arrive, what do you do with the rest of the people that can't do intellectual work? do you starve them? do you designate them as "underclass" and keep them on charity forever? do you share the available wealth in a mostly equitative way?

I would go for the last one, if anything because all of us are going to be in the "underclass" eventually, when our level of ability can be matched by automatic tools.

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

javilon Re:This is not the problem (656 comments)

In fact, we may be experiencing this trend right now. Economic growth is not needed anymore by the elites to increase their wellbeing, where it used to be neccesary.

The elites used to need an army of servants to clean their clothes, cooke their food, keep their houses, drive them around, manage their wealth and most of all, work on their factories... This is all being automated, and the new luxury is not based on people laboring for the elite, but on technology and resources available to the elite. The fact that labor was needed, and the unionization of workers, forced some redistribution of wealth during the past century. But it may be that in the history of humanity the past century is an exception and the "natural" state of society is to have a higher concentration of wealth than what we had in the sixties.

This would allow the elites to escape the general economy. They will build their luxury cars on automated factories, clean their houses with robots, be driven by robots (when they feel like not driving), manage their wealth with software and highly automated consultancy, shop on the internet... so what it matters that the economy is contracting as long as the luxury part of the economy grows? they don't need the goods made by the general economy as much as they used to. They will only need the highly skilled workers that produce new technologies, lay out new automated factories, build new medical procedures, manage their wealth, entertain them and teach their children.

They can be wealthy without having to spend a dime on other people, just on technology. This leaves the door open to a split in society where the wealthy people achieves "escape velocity" and they become a different class, or even a different species. The can manage the underclasses with the very powerful media and manipulation tools they have. They have all of the details about each one of us and the analytical tools to process them so they will be able to find the soft spots that can be used to convince a statistically sufficient part of the rest of us that "this is the only way it can be".

And we may be seing the beginning of this already...

3 days ago
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Cardboard Hits Half a Million Mark, Gets an SDK

javilon Translation (28 comments)

The head tracker API returns a 4x4 matrix from the sensors:

public void getLastHeadView (float[] headView, int offset)
Provides the most up-to-date transformation matrix.
Parameters
headView An array representing a 4x4 transformation matrix in column major order.
offset Offset in the array where data should be written.

I wonder how reliable the translation information is. The angle seems to work quite well from the apps I have checked, but no app is trying to use translation information. Having it available, if it is reliable enough, would enable a whole lot of new cool applications.

Did anyone test this?

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

javilon Re:Censorship (183 comments)

You are right,

And in a way, this can be seen as a reaction to the raise of a political party in Spain: Podemos. It translates into "we can" and it is made up of young people that are trying to rethink the whole democracy thing, turning it into a more direct democracy. It has gone from not existing to being the first in the polls in a period of two years. It has the old traditional parties panicking.

This seems to be the answer from the old elite. Censorship and personal attacks. And it is backfiring. With each of this actions, they show how corrupted and misguided they are, and podemos raises in the polls. People do not trust the traditional media (TV and papers) anymore and seeks information directly from other sources on the web.

I don't think podemos will end up governing the country. They are far left, at least they were at the beginning, although they are moderating their statements as they become wider. But this is causing lots of changes for good on Spanish politics, with the traditional parties not being able to turn their head anymore on corruption, corporate tax evasion or undehanded lobying.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

javilon Censorship (183 comments)

I am from Spain. The most interesting thing about this is that this stupid law was rushed throught the parlamentary process by surprise, with an ammendment added at the last minute. On the same period, three of the most important reporters that were critical to the government in the big spanish media were fired.

There is especulation that the two things are linked and this was a deal between the Spanish government and the owners of the big media conglomerates in Spain. The media got this law against Google in exchange for supporting the ailing government party which is 50% down in the polls as compared to the last general election, and panicking.

So the big media owners got what they wanted in exchange of censoring news critical to the government. What they do not realize is that this is going to hit their bottom lines because Google is not going to fold down. The are going to lose lots of money and media, and other newspapers from outside Spain are going to increase their share. At the end they will run to the government asking them to remove this law. Or they may even do it before the law is in place, when they see that Google is going to shut them down. The will deserve the humilliation. And this will tarnish their credibility because of the deal they did with the government. They are fools.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

javilon Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

If you put stuff on an URL, and then you make the URL public (and put it on search engines), you are agreeing with the http protocol. The contract is:

"At this URL you can find public and freely available data".

That's the way http works. There is no click through contract to get to an URL and the standard is made so data can be processed easily (there are content, presentation and behaviour separated parts, and each part is designed so it is easy to extract only a subset of it). So, again, clearly the intent of the http protocol design is: "At this URL you can find public and freely available data in a format easy to process so you can use any subset of the data any way you want".

Seen in this way, an advertiser has agreed with the http "contract" by publishing the data. It should be illegal than an advertisher tries to subvert the nature of the http protocol and force you to consume content in a way that further's his interests.

This is similar to what is happening with net neutrality. People trying to subvert the design to convert a protocol into something it is not so to achieve control in the ways the protocol is used, removing control from the actual users of the protocol. They should call it something different, like "filtered internet".

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

javilon Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

Agreed.

The basic idea here is that the http protocol doesn't mandate what to do with the information stored on a given URL. That is left to the user to decide. It is just information you use in any way you want. Removing the ads is just one application of this concept, rendering text for blind people is another possible application.

Protocols with DRM (Digital Rights Management or actuall Digital Restrictions Management) functionality try to mandate what you can do with information. They didn't work. But even if they would, http is not a DRM protocol (except for the newly introduced video extensions). If they want a DRM protocol, then let them try to push a new standard protocol and put their shit there. See if it sticks.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

javilon Raining on the parade (172 comments)

I hate to say this, but if the virus is changing in that direction, it means it is more effective at infecting people that way. That's the way evolution works.

I guess if the virus is low key for a long time, it is detected later and retrovirals are started later, so it gets more chances to infect someone. Also, if the virus damages the body less, or the damage is slowwer, there are more chances it is not treated, so again it gets more chances to infect.

While it is good news that VIH is becoming less deadly, I wouldn't like it to become a chronic infection slowly debilitating and eventually killing its hosts. That would cause it not to be treated at all in poor countries.

about three weeks ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

javilon Re:Not a win (228 comments)

Well, I guess he means muslim countries.

Any country defined (by themselves) as "a muslim country" falls into the view: "screaming, crying, and arresting as soon as they express a view we don't like".

As a test, try to go to a "muslim country" and tell them you are gay...

There are also other countries where this happens, like Russia (recently on the news) but the point is it does happen in every muslim country.

about a month and a half ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

javilon Re:Social media (228 comments)

In other news:

Cars help terrorists: they use them as a means of transport. We should add kill switches and gps units to all cars so the goverment can track every individual car and stop it if needed.

Subway helps terrorists: They use it as a means of transport. We should force every person using it to identify and keep all this data on a database.

Houses help terrorists: They use them to hide and to stay warm and to plan new attacks. We should have a camera on every house connected to a government agency so we can track who is in the house and what is he doing.

Books help terrorists: They read them and get funny ideas. We should create a system where people would identify themselves before reading a book.

Also, this not only applies to terrorists. It also applies to child molesters, please think of the children.

about a month and a half ago
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An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

javilon Top to bottom (77 comments)

This is a top to bottom, centralized way of handling the problem.
Obviously a decentralized way of organizing the flight would work a lot better, but it would require coding some protocols on the drones and governments want to keep control.

This is a stupid solution, having to file a flight path befor the flight and waiting for the government official to give you the green light.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

javilon Then please stop snooping on us (183 comments)

"Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance."

Then please stop the surveillance. It doesn't work with the terrorists since they have changed how they communicate and you only get communications from innocent citizens.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

javilon Stupid FDA (390 comments)

It is clear that if the treatment has been illegal, the two patients should be executed so to return things to their normal course.

about 4 months ago
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ANTVR - China's Answer To Oculus Rift Is Raising Funds

javilon Re:Chinese IP Knockoffs Forgo Branding,Now Bypassi (104 comments)

If by the original innovators you mean Occulus Rift, it doesn't exist as an independent entity anymore. It is Facebook now.

Do you really want to support Facebook?

about 7 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

javilon Re:squatting (102 comments)

In fact, the actual highlight should be:

In October 2013 both Ngix and Google passed struggling Microsoft in active web server market share. Netcraft confirms.

That tells a lot more. Seen from that point of view there are three types of web servers using IIS:
Parked domains,
Default Windows server installations,
Azure

Very damming for Microsoft, I think.

about 7 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

javilon Re:funny thing is (162 comments)

The day git implements subversion externals functionality so it is easy and risk free to update from and commit to external branches, I'll swich my team. Git modules functionality is close, but you can make a mess if you commit while having a module set up.

about 9 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

javilon Re:Those damn socialist! (752 comments)

In other news, the shit of all countries stinks. Getting into a pissing contest over who is worse to prove oneself's luck as better is pointless and destructive.

Agreed. But pointing at individual policies that can improve things and are done better in one country than in another can help to compare options.

about a year ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

javilon Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

In fact, that is how it is in most of Europe, AFAIK. Even if we don't agree with the government's
policies, we still trust and respect them.

That may be in the North. Here in the south (Spain) we have the opposite. Crowded jails, corrupt politicians and a public that doesn't trust its government at all. Not that we can get rid of them. They have us by the balls.

about a year ago

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