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I'm most interested in robots that will...

rwv Fight Crime... but (307 comments)

I would have picked "Automate basic jobs" except for the added caveat "so I don't have to talk to humans". Why the fuck would I be bothered to get robots to do repetitive, boring, time consuming tasks if I wanted to spend less time talking to other people? I want to get robots doing the boring, trivial stuff so that I have MORE TIME to spend talking to other humans. Where the heck is that option?

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

rwv Re:I appreciate you not labeling yourself (551 comments)

I picked the top option, though I identify as Independent. It wouldn't take much for a Republican to get my vote... but with the majority of candidates spending most of there campaign dollars on mudslinging I'm not likely going to be changing how I vote anytime soon. To clarify -- I agree with the parent about being in favor of smaller government unless the cuts that get made end up hurting the middle and poorer classes. And I'm in favor of government regulation of businesses that are seen as abusing their customer base with monopoly practices (i.e. Internet/Cable/Telecom).

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

rwv Re:Not really true AI we should be worried about. (583 comments)

I'm going to jump in here because this is the sort of discussion that fascinates me. Science fiction calls this type of thought experiment world "Post-scarcity" which is a counterpoint to 1984 which was more of a regulated scarcity economy. My thought is that when the world goes "Post-scarcity" there will still be things that are scarce such as ocean-front property or awesome tickets seats to see a live performance. The things that will NOT be scarce are food, water, electricity, comfortable sleeping quarters, wireless network bandwidth, clean clothing, and advertizements on the video program platform du jour. This is by no means a correct list, but to answer the question, "what do you do when you only need 50% (or less) of the available people to actually work?" my answer would be to ensure that they have the minimum "Post-scarcity" list and that in their free time they aren't causing trouble. Since a lot of these people will cause trouble, though, the alternatives are to stick them in jail or make some kind of fulfilling occupation available to them. So yeah, certain jobs that robots replaced humans would revert back to the humans. The economics basically becomes a muddle at this point.

"If all those things could be provided to me without working, I wouldn't work." There is a degree of leisure activities that becomes available if you stop working. You'd have time to do more things in your newly found spare time - some free like running outside - some not free like playing a round of golf. So if you wanted to golf, you'd still need to work (i.e. earn money) so that you can trade with the golf course to reserve your tee-time (this example works because I think there can never be a high enough supply of golf courses to meet the demand is playing a round is free and people have infinite free time).

"If you make it too low, they will be unable to survive." I think the greatest threat is making it so low that they organize, rebel, and destroy the companies who shifted from human labor to robot labor. It is tough for me to imagine a scenario is a 1st world country where technological advancement leads to people who are displaced gracefully exiting the human race.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

rwv Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

I can't tell from your message tone if you think fewer women in CS is a problem that should be solved or if you think it is ingrained in human nature for men to be to majority of CS workers. I feel like it is on the human nature side of things, but mainly I just wanted to post this link which illustrates Female/Male occupation splits by percentage and shows CS somewhere in the middle of occupations that are male dominated.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

rwv Re:Space Loonies (219 comments)

Money is basically created out of nothing.

The emphasis you putting on being crushed by debt is in discord with this other statement that you made. Allocation of resources - including the time of scientists and the hundreds of thousands of acres in the Midwest - can cause to new resources to be made available or it can backfire. I have to disagree with the general tone of your thoughts since it seems like you may believe that all of the major allocations of resources over the past decade or two in America has somehow backfired and gone up in a puff of smoke... which is not the case.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

rwv Re:I give the Chinese 30 years (219 comments)

I think you're right about ~30 years, but I went with the Price Is Right strategy of taking the option that is +1 more than the others and picked "Sometime after 2050" since narrowing it down to a specific 5 year interval seemed petty. I think Unsuccessful manned missions could very well happen before that, though. I think the greatest hurdle we face is blasting enough cargo into space to sustain men and women permanently on Mars (Let's face it - There and Back Again is not a winning Mars strategy at all). The temperature control systems and air-quality monitoring system alone are going to be very expensive in terms of weight since a successful Mars mission will invariably necessitate some kind of under ground biosphere enclosure.

about 2 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

rwv Re:Of course! (571 comments)

What the article fails to mention is that the new reactor has to be 800 feet tall or buried 400 feet in the ground. Or 400 feet tall and 200 feet buried. It's pretty complicated figuring out the math here.

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rwv Re:Try Kickstarting A Novel (215 comments)

I'm not sure I see the point in paying any significant amount of money for eBook cover art, but to each his own. The average cover art for an eBook is going to be shown Icon Size on an eReader menu. No?

I agree editing is key and being able to pay editors frees an author to do other things. But wouldn't high editor fees equate to the equivalent of the "unpolished/lousy prototype" type project that this thread is saying shouldn't go through KS anyway?

My KS pet peeve is seeing typographic errors in project descriptions. What chance is there that the end product will be polished if the requester doesn't have sense to polish the request for money that they are putting out there?

about 3 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rwv Re:Try Kickstarting A Novel (215 comments)

Sell an eBook on Kickstarter and keep 95% of the sales (or whatever KS skims off the top which I think is 5-10%). :-)

about 3 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rwv Re:Yeah, so? (215 comments)

A video game of a card game is still fundamentally a card game. A KS project to implement a video game based on a card game that already exists (whether it be published or not) is a more attractive KS than one to invent a new video game card game that only exists in the "idea phase" of the designer's head. Right?

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

rwv Re:3GB extra data usage per month! (131 comments)

An extra 3GB of data sent to a casual users ought to earn Facebook some kickbacks from cellphone providers!

So maybe that's their new business model? Deliver content, earn kickbacks? This actually seems much more lucrative than being an advertizing company since cellular phone companies have been clamping down on Monthly Allowances for the past few years.

about 4 months ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

rwv Re:Nathan Fillion is speechless.gif (286 comments)

I don't get what the .gif is supposed to mean. Are you trying to reference an image? Why didn't you hyperlink to it?

Fucking puerile moron.

Boy, that escalated quickly!

.jpg :)

Whatever... I learned a new word today! puerile.png FTW.

about 4 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

rwv Blinker Light for Car (196 comments)

Cost $7 for two bulbs at AutoZone so I choose the $5+ option. I figure I bought 1 bulb for $7 and got a backup for free (so next time the blinker needs replacement I won't need to make another purchase).

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

rwv Re:Bad? (435 comments)

Are you trolling? I neither mentioned "white" or even "minorities". Hiring based on certain factors is illegal. Period. There are laws that exist. I don't care to reference them. Go look them up yourself. Company's need to take minimum steps to ensure they follow these laws. End of discussion.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

rwv Re:Bad? (435 comments)

Are you accusing these companies of racist hiring practices?

No. Speaking generally.

General demographics of the company's employees is not evidence.

Correct. But Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and every other big company with complicated organizational structures where hiring decisions aren't centralized should be aware that the people they trust to make hiring decision sometimes have selfish motivations behind their decisions. I don't think you'd disagree with the generalized statement that "racist people exist" and extrapolating that to "racist people who make hiring decisions exist" isn't too much of a leap of faith. I'm not saying Google, Facebook, or Yahoo employ racists who make hiring decisions. I'm saying they ought to have some checks and balances in place to guard against allowing illegal practices from occurring within their organizations.

My post was a reply to the question "Why should company's care about this at all?" because I think there are very real reasons why companies should care even if they have no real reason to suspect their hiring managers are acting unlawfully.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

rwv Re:Bad? (435 comments)

Why would Google/Facebook/Yahoo or any other company be paying attention to the race, gender or religion when hiring?

Company's aren't supposed to be racist. People are occasionally racist. People do hiring. Hiring is liable to be racist if the people doing the hiring are racist. Company's have a responsibility to monitor the people doing the hiring to minimize racism within that process. If a company does pass over a better qualified minority because of racism (or sexism, for that matter) that is a problem for the company.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

rwv Re:Barnes and Nobles still lets you preorder (210 comments)

The usual villain here is Walmart. They have been abusing suppliers long before Amazon got in the act.

Point of consideration that Walmart bullies around smaller suppliers while Amazon is taking a stand against one of the major publishers with Hachette and Warner Bros which is operated by Time Warner who is currently seeking Anti-Trust approval to merge with Comcast.

If anything, Amazon's ability to stand up to Big Media seems to be in the best interest of consumers. Big Media is where the evil monopolies seem to be. Amazon's power over online sales relies on convenience, their customer supplied rating/feedback system, and their pricing policies. Amazon wants to charge small for high quality because cheap crap will be rated as such on Amazon and nobody will buy it. Meanwhile Walmart wants to charge small for low quality because who cares about customers and suppliers if they can earn 20% of half a Trillion bucks each year (http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/wmt/financials).

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

rwv Re:Redbox Instant (364 comments)

As a policy Netflix doesn't promote or advertize Redbox Instant.

about 6 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

rwv Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

If I had a dime for every dime I have...

If I had $2 billion for every time you've said that...

about 7 months ago

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rwv rwv writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There's a phrase in the programming world that is customary when you're using something for the first time.

It is, "Hello, World."

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