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Bringing Affordable Robotics To Big Agriculture

pkbarbiedoll Re:Case for culling the human population (196 comments)

Socialism is of the devil. What makes you or anyone else honestly believe that the wealthy are going to play along with your idea? Wouldn't they just float the notion that it's better to reduce population than provide handouts?

1 year,17 days
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Bringing Affordable Robotics To Big Agriculture

pkbarbiedoll Which is it? (196 comments)

> because people aren't keen on doing the laborious work.

Or...

> two bots would cost the same as three unskilled human laborers who earn about $20k annually not to mention medical bills due to injury.

My money is on door #2.

1 year,17 days
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How To Talk Like a CIO

pkbarbiedoll Re:Easy (161 comments)

What I gathered from this article is that it is desireable in a coporate setting to be extroverted. Extroverts are rewarded, introverts are pocket-protector wearing peons.

No wonder everyone hates management.

about a year ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

pkbarbiedoll Meanwhile, T-Mobile breaks voicemail forwarding (404 comments)

The no-contract plans do not allow voicemail forwarding - so if you currently use YouMail or an equivalent, you will be SOL by using T-Mobile.

about a year and a half ago
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JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

pkbarbiedoll Linux? There's a fast, easy solution for that (268 comments)

I run several flavors of Linux at home and work and am disappointed that Netflix doesn't work natively under Linux. Rather than fudging around with a virtual machine or trying to get things working under Wine, I walked into my local electronics store and paid $70 for a nice blu-ray, internet enabled player. A Smart TV box. I now watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube and more without taking a hit on my laptop performance.

about a year and a half ago
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Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

pkbarbiedoll Re:Seperation of classes (292 comments)

Because historically, extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few coincides with recession/depression and high levels of national debt. This is not hard to understand. Redistributing wealth to a smaller group of people means the larger group of people have less to spend. The smaller group owning the majority of the wealth will not spend their money the same way someone from the lower classes will.

The reason we had such a great economy in the 1950s was in part due to the low income inequality via high taxation on the rich. Capitalism worked beautifully then, lifting the standards of practically every American. One can argue the same is not true today.

about a year and a half ago
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Spy Drones Used To Hunt Down Christopher Dorner

pkbarbiedoll Re:Scanning (498 comments)

There's a scanner in my toilet, to watch me take a bath.

about a year and a half ago
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Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

pkbarbiedoll You misunderstand his tactics. (689 comments)

batter batter batter batter batter batter batter batter batter batter batter batter SWING!

He is a master at floating policies that on the surface may appeal to one demographic or the other, but he always brings it home in the end.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

pkbarbiedoll Extraneous human population (244 comments)

As technology advances particularly with regard to robotics and AI, we're going to find that a large segment of the human population simply is not needed anymore. In today's political environment I'm simply not seeing the global community embracing strict population control as well as socialism in providing for those who no longer have jobs and are simply using up resources without providing anything in return.

What do you recommend be done with these billions of people in the coming decades?

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

pkbarbiedoll Different circumstance, same outcome (656 comments)

The group of psychopaths also known as the Roswell City Council pushed Andrew Wordes (also known as the Roswell Chicken Man) to take his life in March 2012.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

pkbarbiedoll stopbullying.gov * (656 comments)

* the government reserves the right to engage in bullying any time it wishes, for any reason. In this case parents are encouraged to teach their children that bystanding is appropriate and expected.

about a year and a half ago
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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

pkbarbiedoll Title is misleading (510 comments)

Automation is making human labor irrelevant, regardless of union participation.

about 2 years ago
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In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US

pkbarbiedoll Get back to me when (491 comments)

US property managers, landlords, real estate holding companies, grocers, farmers, and other interests and providers decide to drastically cut costs of everything they manage, manfuacture or otherwise provide.

Until then, quit complaining about Americans with large wages and outrageous benefits. That is a gross stereotype which is simply not true for the vast majority of American workers (of those who actually have jobs, no thanks to outsourcing in India and elsewhere).

about 2 years ago
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Virus Eats School District's Homework

pkbarbiedoll Why is ANY school district still using Win/Mac? (321 comments)

This could and should have been prevented by installing Linux - which is free - on all student and faculty/staff computers. With education costs soaring, going with the name brand (which is also less secure) is no longer an excuse.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

pkbarbiedoll Obviously (303 comments)

Since they are the lazy, parasitic 47%, their input and needs do not count.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

pkbarbiedoll Except there is a flaw in your logic (303 comments)

When all of the low-skill repetitive jobs are replaced by robots, and there is no work for the millions of displaced workers they are going to find unexpected ways to spend their forced leisure time, such as developing a newfound love of pitchforks, machetes, rope and guillotines.. and an unhealthy obsession with the "Job Creators" who created a new life of misery for them.

about 2 years ago
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Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII

pkbarbiedoll Oh shuddup ya crazy libertarian! (321 comments)

Oh and you Greens and go suck an egg too!

There.. now we can have our obligatory political bon fire.

about 2 years ago

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pkbarbiedoll pkbarbiedoll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pkbarbiedoll (851110) writes "In a Washington Times column from this weekend, Bill Gates writes,

This issue has reached a crisis point. Computer science employment is growing by nearly 100,000 jobs annually. But at the same time studies show that there is a dramatic decline in the number of students graduating with computer science degrees. The United States provides 65,000 temporary H-1B visas each year to make up this shortfall — not nearly enough to fill open technical positions. Permanent residency regulations compound this problem. Temporary employees wait five years or longer for a green card. During that time they can't change jobs, which limits their opportunities to contribute to their employer's success and overall economic growth.


Interesting read, but this argument is not new and is based on a distortion of truth. If US companies simply offered fair pay, good benefits, and a general sense of job security to US citizens there would be no reason to insource labor from other countries. Mr. Gates implies that US workers are not willing to work IT anymore. He fails to mention why. Most college students do not wish to throw away 4 years of their lives (and thousands of dollars) on a career in an industry rife with outsourcing. Mr. Gates acknowledges that most US companies are not interested in offering competitive wages, so the only solution in his eyes is to import coders willing to work for a lot less (or, outsource). This has nothing to do with innovation and everything to do with creating downward pressure on IT costs."

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