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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

jythie Re:good (358 comments)

Is it actually confirmed they got fired? I would not be surprised if M7 went on to other projects.

5 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

jythie Re:Sigh (735 comments)

Yeah, but the effect of disliking powerful idealogical groups is pretty different from disliking weak inherent groups. One, while having a persecution complex, is generally safe from actual effects of that dislike, while the other has legitimate fear of how that dislike will impact their life.

about a week ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

jythie Re:Sigh (735 comments)

Nah, that is conservatives.

about a week ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

jythie Re:Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

That is one of the downsides of having a 'DIY justice' civil suit oriented legal system. At no point in this process is criminal law brought in, at no point is guilt even on the radar. It is purely agreements between companies and the crippling cost of engaging with the legal system. One can not even get a public defender if one can not afford to defend themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

jythie Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

well, as the saying goes, "democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others".

Swarm moderation is the best of the worst.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

jythie Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

Choosing to not be anonymous among others who are also open is not giving up a basic freedom, it is exercising it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

jythie Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

It has an effect on people's speech when they really might be in danger of being outed or some other minority concern, but yeah, simply being exposed as having an unpopular but still wildly backed opinion does not stop people and facebook is a good example.

I have seen plenty of cases of people using 'real name' information on facebook to harass people in weak social positions and those people no longer being willing to say much publicly, so their speech was quite chilled. The trolly jerks however simply seemed to act vindicated and had lots of support from others like them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

jythie Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

This is one of the common problems in moderated forums, esp when there is only one mod or a close knit group of mods. Someone being considered a troll or not ends up being deeply wrapped up with the mod's personal feelings. Thus I am skeptical that a 'no troll' pay site would actually be any better.

about two weeks ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

jythie Re:Rise of the middlemen (127 comments)

It is not unusual for game developers to start at around 30k. There is such a supply glut, and so much of it is kids coming out of 2 year schools and still essentially being high schoolers in their ability to think things through, it is a situation ripe for abuse.

about two weeks ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

jythie Re:Rise of the middlemen (127 comments)

Depends on how tight your budget is and how many people that has to cover. I am not familiar with Unity's setup, but that price might include having to cover artists, level designers, etc, which can add up quickly if you have a moderate sized team.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

Problem is if it is too diluted you end up with a 3rd world shithole. In actual capitalistic countries we tend to see this, a small number of massively (by local standard) wealthy families and wide spread poverty elsewhere with a high unemployment rate. Wealth continues to concentrate, good land and trade opportunities end up in the hands of a few and things stagnate. Generally the only way to break the cycle ends up being violent revolution, it really is not pretty.

So yes, there will still be some sort of economy, but it produces a horrible life for most people. Labor can only get so cheap before there just isn't a enough demand, people are paid poorly and that money immediately gets used for necessities that are provided industries owned by the wealthy, so it flows strait back to them without getting passed around the poor communities much.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

I am guessing you have not actually taken economics 101. When you get away from pundits and people who make a living selling pop-economics books 'minimum income' systems work pretty well. They tend to not get implemented for political reasons, they 'feel' wrong, but the math and effects are pretty positive.

It should also be noted that 'unplanned economies' do not work either, individuals working with their own interest and desires produce destructive economic results. Actual economic theory dropped that idea nearly 50 years ago since we have plenty of historical examples of how unstable and suboptimal such economies are. Which is why any economy outside 3rd world expletiveholes does a balancing act between the two structures with planning and regulation.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

One thing to consider though is that even if a robot can not handle parts of the creative process, it can significantly reduce the number of people needed to produce and distribute content. This is partly a good thing since it opens up opportunities for people who could not have afforded to strike out on their own before. However, media gets saturated pretty quickly. If you take a team of 10 people and reduce the labor required to only 1, you might end up with 10 people producing entire chains, ,but consumers can only absorb so much so 8 or 9 of them are going to experience a significant drop in standard of living while 1 ends up doing much better. While not an absolute 'there are no people' problem, from an economic perspective that is not a good situation and eventually results in a lower total size.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

We have not had 'industrial revolution' for all that long, so assuming that everything will work out and new jobs will be created is not that safe. The whole point of the argument was that as robots improve they will displace more and more jobs without creating sufficient new ones. It also pointed out that the 'new economy' jobs that have been created over the last few decades make up a small percentage of the workforce while the largest job types right now are ones that people are trying to develop automatic systems to replace them.

It should also be noted that historical cases did not go very well. They tended to produce a certain number of middle class benefits and significant upper class benefits, but with each leap forward poverty becomes a bigger and bigger problem. While the middle class dominates forums like this, we are not the whole population and stuff that benefits us can have consequences elsewhere... and every year there are fewer and fewer people in the middle class. So in the next big leap, a non-trivial percentage of us middle class people will end up dropping below the poverty line. A few will move up into upper middle class or even upper class, and they will look around and talk about how wonderful things have gotten, but others will not be so fortunate.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

You would think that the existing real world examples would give them pause. In industries that have replaced workers with robots, owners and customers of the direct company benefited, but the companies that catered to the workforce as customers went under and you end up with blighted towns.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

jythie Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

That is the general problem with a lot of 'do it cheaper' moves, they work best when your company does them but others continue to provide good wages. In the medium term profits sore, but the economy collapses around them.

about two weeks ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

jythie Re:The Discovery channel? (103 comments)

One of the problems is that as a network gets moderately successful catering to a niche, new management comes in and sees niche markets as a resume stain and thus try to go after the same 'mainstream' demographics as all the other networks. Niches are reasonably profitable, but they will not get you laid at parties. So I would say it is not even about money, it is about status and transient executives wanting a shot at being known for taking a niche channel and making it a respectable success at great risk to the company.

about two weeks ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

jythie Re:The Discovery channel? (103 comments)

I have a feeling they are doing their market research by looking at youtube popularity....

about two weeks ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

jythie Re:The Discovery channel? (103 comments)

How do you know? Maybe the poster is an alien attempting to discredit these truthful and insightful networks who are just trying to educate us sheep. Think about the risks they are taking just to get this programming to our eyeballs, they are under constant threat of shadowy government figures kidnapping them in the middle of the night and making it look like a simple normal moose stampede. Heros I tell you!

about two weeks ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

jythie Re:Japan is still pretty backwards in some ways (144 comments)

Because some people are under the delusion that if the IRS can not grab your records electronically then taxes become unenforceable and would go away, or at minimal they dream of dodging them... even though our current system is self reporting already.

about two weeks ago

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