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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

meta-monkey Re:The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (208 comments)

What's wrong with using the term "microcode?" America does lead the world in microcode. Intel and AMD are American companies.

10 hours ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

meta-monkey Re:Wow (143 comments)

Why do you hate job creators?

yesterday
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

meta-monkey Re:Let us redefine "progress" (105 comments)

But then you're arguing for inefficiency to make-work.

yesterday
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

meta-monkey Re:Let us redefine "progress" (105 comments)

About half the cost of building a house is labor. They say in the article that aside from the guy running the printer, there are no labor costs here. I don't believe that's necessarily true, because there's still got to be somebody wiring the electrical and installing windows, but regardless, it could dramatically decrease the cost of building a home. It could also be a lot faster. Imagine that, just rolling up two trucks to a construction site: one carrying the printer, another with all the crushed rock, setting it up and letting it go. A week later, a finished home ready for a family to move into at half the cost. That brings the dream of home ownership within the reach of a lot of people who wouldn't have been able to afford it before. We live in exciting times.

yesterday
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

meta-monkey Re:We need ...... Solar? (295 comments)

We are going to be stuck in this era for a very long time, unless someone outside of the corrupt energy group can step in and start the ball rolling.

That's what Elon Musk is doing with SolarCity. Combine his cheap solar panels with his cheap batteries from the gigafactory they're building and you've got your fantasy.

2 days ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

meta-monkey Re:not true at all (133 comments)

I would still like to see a fully automated farm, that requires no labor except robot maintenance. Robots to till the soil, plant the sides, harvest the crops, process them, load them on to automated trucks and ship them off to market. That would be amazing. I think a stable society in the future is going to depend on "free" food. There simply is not enough work for everyone to do, so we have massive unemployment and underemployment. We're eventually going to have to let go of the idea that you have to have a job in order to have food and shelter, but people are so scared of "socialism." "It's not fair that some people sit around and eat for free but somebody else is working in the fields!" But if you can show that food can be produced with zero human labor...wow. That's a game changer.

2 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

meta-monkey Re:We're stuffed. (304 comments)

Paraphrasing Tom Morello, "Freedom is the freedom to starve."

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

meta-monkey Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

I will be impressed when you can show me a robot write an original, funny joke. But can you run an economy on jokes and poems and songs? Maybe.

Then again, how original is most anything? There was a story on slashdot a year or two ago about a guy who wrote a book describing the exact formula that 90% of Hollywood movies follow. Like, page for page. I wonder if one could train a neural network with scripts to every sitcom, every movie, identifying humor, tension, the range of emotions each scene is designed to inspire and then let it go. Could a computer write an entertaining movie? A sitcom? I wonder.

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

meta-monkey Re:Energy (304 comments)

I heard that the human body produces more bio-electricity than a 120V battery and over 25,000 BTUs of body heat. Perhaps we could use that to power the machines. We might get bored, though, sitting around letting our bio-electricity and body heat be absorbed, so maybe we could hook in to some kind of simulated environment to keep us occupied.

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

meta-monkey I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords... (304 comments)

For once that meme is actually on topic!

I think something like basic income is inevitable. We have it now, it's called Section 8 and food stamps. And as joblessness increases those programs will steadily expand until, well fuck it, just give everybody enough money to buy basic food and housing and be done with it. There's no reason for anybody to go homeless or hungry in America. We pay farmers not to grow food and we have more empty foreclosed-on houses than we have homeless people. There's got to be a way to match that up.

"But teh socialisms!!11!one!1!!" Well, the alternative is teh riotz!!!1!!

The transition is going to be ugly but it's bound to happen. In the meantime, we computer programmer types will be fine until the singularity, and it'll still be quite awhile before robots can fix a busted water pipe so the trades can still provide a living. But transportation? Gone. Manufacturing? Gone. Knowledge work? Gone.

The future will be awesome or terrible.

about a week ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

meta-monkey Re:TFS isn't precise (454 comments)

I think the definition of trolling has also changed. I don't think those things really count as trolling. That's shitposting, but trolling is a art.

about a week ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

meta-monkey Re:So ... (213 comments)

Fuel-air bomb maybe? Kill it with fire?

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

meta-monkey Re:Mostly useless (254 comments)

It's one thing to think your minimum wage job at McDonald's suck and barely pays enough to make a living. But it is really enough to want to start a revolution and throw the world as you know it into chaos? I don't really think so.

Part of the problem, though, is that the elites see this and think "Oh look, they're in this shit and still not rising up. Let's see what else we can get away with..." Eventually the camel's back will take no more straw.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

meta-monkey Re:Can't leave (254 comments)

But even at the end of the The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, you see the natural tendency of government power to grow and intrude. Right after they've thrown off the Authority, and the loonies' congress is meeting, some woman stands up and starts saying that "Oh yes, all this freedom is great...but we really should restrict X and Y because of the children..." And so it all begins again.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

meta-monkey Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Loading webpages faster? Sure. Loading a video on youtube? Sure. But torrenting (and thereby also uploading) a 1.2GB Blu-ray rip? Come on, man. That's not what cellphone data plans are for and we all know that.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

meta-monkey Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

I can't necessarily disagree. I know, I know, the /. refrain is "if it's not unlimited they shouldn't have called it unlimited!" Fine. Maybe they should say "almost unlimited." What they're trying to say is that you don't need to watch a meter when you're checking your email and surfing the web on your phone. But come on, torrenting movies over your phone data plan? Really? You think the network can handle that?

Yeah, McDonald's says "free refills." But I'm pretty sure if you try to hook up a garden hose to the soda fountain and pump gallons of coke into a drum they're going to kindly ask you to leave.

about a week ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

meta-monkey Re:Typical great government idea (118 comments)

How about instead of paying them to turn the exploits over to the CIA, we pay them to publish them publicly? Then the developers can see them and patch the vulnerability.

about two weeks ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

meta-monkey Re:He didn't hack (134 comments)

But he had every right to attach his computer to that network. MIT has (or had?) a free and open network. It was open to everyone, not just students, faculty and guests. So there was no problem with him connecting to their network, or stashing his computer there.

JSTOR's contract with MIT allowed access to their papers to anyone on MIT's network. Not limited to students and faculty. Just anyone coming from their network. So there was nothing illegal about him downloading papers from JSTOR.

However, JSTOR's terms of service limited the number of papers one could download in a given period of time. I think it was something like 25 a day. Aaron, however, wrote a script that would download all 4 million in rapid succession.

The only thing "wrong" that he did was violate JSTOR's terms of service. Yes, if everyone did that the system would collapse. What he did amounts to bad manners. For that he deserves to be threatened with up to 50 years in jail? That's the kind of abuse Aaron's Law is intended to stop.

about two weeks ago

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