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Star Trek Economics

mill3d Re:Basic Income (888 comments)

For the Google impaired readers of the parent's comment:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income

Some real-life have taken place in different parts of the world, with positive outcomes (further down in the linked article).

about 10 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

mill3d Re:Just another dreamer? (888 comments)

I'll leave this here for you to read, especially the parts about actual small-scale experiments :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

You are right about existing power structures fighting against such reforms, as it happened in Namibia. That kind of thinking MUST go.

about 10 months ago
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Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology

mill3d No drafting (109 comments)

As TFA pointed out, no actual drafting is shown. While it's a nice way to visualize a part, I can't see myself using this to do any actual modeling work with this kind of input (gorilla arm, etc...). We might get there someday, but that'll take a smart input system that doesn't defeat the flexibility of the software in the process.

Nothing to see here.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

mill3d EFF (583 comments)

EFF in the White house, ASAP please.

I understand there's a legitimate need to conduct surveillance when justified. But having people from the EFF and/or ACLU running, or at least supervising things will likely act as a filter to prevent further abuses and level the playing field.

about a year ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

mill3d Re:Hmmm... (339 comments)

Speak for yourself, we're using ROT-208 here. Please do keep up.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

mill3d Re:Don't use Microsoft (193 comments)

Replying to self since more conclusions dawned on me after posting :

Beyond having to think about everything you do on a device, I would argue that this is exactly how you "imprison" peoples' minds. Freedom of speech is gone as a consequence as everyone starts hesitating about what they'll say using a device.

Going even further down this rabbit hole, well past Orwellian realities, this kind of surveillance could also allow our "leaders" to selectively cull the herd of those that speak against and oppose the "system". It's a known fact that this was already going on during the days of the KGB, individuals singled out wouldn't be able to find work etc... The next few years will be quite interesting indeed.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

mill3d Re:Don't use Microsoft (193 comments)

That's exactly the problem with this situation : trust is broken. Now that the general public is aware of the surveillance system built into each and every electronic device, how can anyone look at those the same way ever again?

For instance, Microsoft pushed a 20MB update to the "malicious software removal tool" on Wednesday, after all the patches that came out on Tuesday, on its own. I found myself wondering whether it could be the next Stuxnet. Do we, users, have to suspect everything coming off the internet now? What kind of crap is that? I , for one, want my computers and internet back to the way (we thought?) they were before becoming tools of tyranny. Having to second guess anything one does on a device is an exquisite form of torture on its own...

PS : Frank Zappa had an excellent song about this when watergate happened : "Dickie's (Nixon) Such an Asshole".

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

mill3d Re:The demise of an empire (193 comments)

Spot on, I'm glad to see this opinion is shared. Maybe it'll help kick the boomers out of their lethargy and get them to do something about it with all the money they have stashed and are hell-bent on keeping for themselves.

about a year and a half ago
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Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

mill3d Re:like anything else.. (580 comments)

I had a heck of a time with the more abstract math concepts I learned in high school and college until I saw them at work while using Maya ; then it just all made sense.

Using modeling and animation software to illustrate the math concepts might be a good way around the abstraction problem.

about a year and a half ago
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GCHQ Tapping UK Fiber-Optic Cables

mill3d Re:Terrorists! (157 comments)

In the end, Muslim leaders blame the West for their trouble and western leaders blame Islam for their trouble. The problem isn't a religious one : most people on the planet are inherently well meaning regardless of differences. The problem that the majority of the population on either sides seems to be oblivious to is that our "leaders" blame each other while sitting back and enjoying the show and will come up with some new reason to blame the other camp whenever the time comes to squeeze the people a little harder.

If the majority of the world's population were to realize that, the situation should change for the better quite rapidly. Unfortunately, I fear that most can't see past the "weapons of mass distraction"... However I still hope that word of mouth and common sense will prevail given enough time.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Thinks Apple Will Lose E-Book Price-Fixing Case

mill3d Re:Good (150 comments)

"And now, for this week's spank the CEO sponsored by BigRod (tm)..!"

Can't wait for that shit.

about a year and a half ago
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Hollywood Studios Fuming Over Indie Studio Deal With BitTorrent

mill3d Re:Indie - pendent (187 comments)

+1 informative.

about a year and a half ago
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Hollywood Studios Fuming Over Indie Studio Deal With BitTorrent

mill3d Re:Indie - pendent (187 comments)

I second that. We CG people sure don't get to see the kind of money the major production houses flaunt and only have our jobs shipped out of country as ultimate reward. Many would be better off if it wasn't for overly-greedy middlemen ; we might actually see more cultural diversity as well. CG work is gruesome, constant focus work with short deadlines and low salaries for the amount of skill required. If Cinedigm opens an alternate route that turns out to be viable, new life can be breathed into the suffocating US film and animation industries and add some extra fluidity to the economy as a consequence.

This should be an interesting fight.

about a year and a half ago
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Millennials Willing To Share Personal Data — For a Price

mill3d Re:Millenials? (88 comments)

"The problem with the gene pool is that there are too many lifeguards."

FTFY.

about a year and a half ago

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