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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

sir-gold Counselling? (61 comments)

How is a child raised by a robot any more traumatized than a child raised by a television (AKA the electric babysitter)?

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

sir-gold Like a Public Library (192 comments)

How is renting a book for a month any different than borrowing that same book from the library for a month (as far as the publisher is concerned)?

As long as Amazon has bought enough "copies" of the book to cover everyone who is reading that book at any given time, then the publisher has already made their money.

It's possible that amazon IS screwing over the publishers, by either paying too low of a price per copy or by not paying for all the copies in circulation, but that has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the rental service itself.

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

sir-gold Re:Reason I installed addblock. (415 comments)

I have seen video advertisement captchas as well, where you actually have to watch the video (or atleast most of it) to answer a question.

about two weeks ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

sir-gold Re:Remote areas? (89 comments)

It's easier to fix alien tech if you are living in an alien junkyard.

I don't know about those areas specifically, but there are many extremely poor areas of the world that are drowning in 1st world waste like plastic bottles and broken electronics.
Maybe the solution could use those "resources"

Some of this already exists, like the 20oz-bottle skylight (fill bottle with water and 2 cap fulls of bleach, drill hole in tin roof, stick bottle half-way through, and seal it somehow) The end result is a bright light that fills the area like a light bulb, and lasts pretty much forever.

If this new hydrophobic layer could be cheaply painted onto bottle plastic, it would take care of a large part of the raw material cost, especially if the hydrophobic layer could somehow also be made from whatever chemicals are in those old electronics.

It's cheaper to make lemonade if life hands you free lemons.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sir-gold Re:Completely useless for me. (204 comments)

Where do you live that they ban gas-flame cooking?

about three weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sir-gold Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

Wouldn't a standard pressure cooker set to sea level pressure solve this problem?

about three weeks ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

sir-gold Secret Copyright (157 comments)

How can you make a DMCA claim, while withholding both the name of the copyright holder and the particular copyrights involved?

If there is zero burden of proof, then what is to stop someone from sending a DMCA takedown notice for EVERYTHING on youtube?

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

sir-gold Only copyright (311 comments)

Since she herself created the images in question, and shared them with at least one other person, does this not count as the creation of an artwork for private distribution?

By this standard Pinkmeth (and by extension Tor) are guilty of, at most, copyright infringement.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

I went college for a technical degree, not a liberal arts degree, so I haven't had any courses on the subject at all.

I wasn't sure exactly which "94 million" you were referring to, and assumed you just meant all the people killed by the USSR in general.

Stalin might have have killed more people, but it was Lenin that started it all. That's why I called it Leninism.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

The world wasn't (and still isn't) ready for communism. Any attempt to establish communism before the means of production can support it is doomed to spectacular failure.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

All of the people displaced by automation now have jobs in the "service" industry, but that can't continue indefinitely, especially as automation begins to creep into that field as well,

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

You can't find it anywhere (other than in a book), because it requires mechanization beyond what is currently possible.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

There is no real communism...

True, there is no such thing as real communism yet.

and there never will be.

That's a pretty bold statement, especially considering that the industrial revolution (the thing that originally inspired the invention of communism) hasn't actually ended yet.

It's impossible to increase efficiency indefinitely without causing rampant unemployment at some point. Communism is a solution for a problem that hasn't quite happened yet (but it's silly to think it won't happen eventually).

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Basic income means that everyone lives at the same economic level, retirement accounts allow you to live at a higher economic level than everyone else, depending on how much you save.

Some people just aren't happy unless they are better-off than everyone else, no matter how comfortable the "average" might be.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

It works quite well, only because you happen to be on the winning end.

Social Darwinism is unnecessary in an age where we can literally afford to burn corn to power our cars.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

I would like to see a world where companies are not expected to be their employees' mommy.

Why?

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Since when is work the only way to distinguish yourself from other?

Be a better painter, be a better musician, be a better flower arranger. Distinguish yourself by being better what YOU want to do, not what someone else wants you to do. There is more to life than being a "hard worker"

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

sir-gold Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (530 comments)

They don't need to produce.

Would the world starve if mcdonalds or starbucks suddenly went away? Are the workers there actually producing anything? If nothing of value is produced though a person's labor, then nothing of value is lost when that person stops laboring.

about three weeks ago

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