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Comment Asinine. (Score 3, Insightful) 369

We have a system already whereby you can carry a little tiny card of plastic around with you to buy things. It works almost universally. It's already somewhat "killed cash".

And this idiot thinks that now being able to use something that's slightly more difficult to use at best is somehow going to "kill cash" more than it already is?

He's a moron and he's talking stupidly. Debit and credit cards "killed cash" already about as much as it will be killed anytime soon.

Comment Re:Right (Score 1) 286

Why would it be difficult to manage over high latency, when you can use powershell or even SSH for everything? And it plays quite nicely with other OS's these days in my experience.

I think the main issue is for people who don't do it full time or don't have a lot of experience. It's not any worse, it's just different. And once you've spent 20 years working with bash, shell, perl, etc...and lately puppet and similar tools then of course you're going to find the experience of managing a Windows environment foreign.

Used to be back in the day you could find any old schlub to manage a "Windows Environment" and it was hard to do and they did a shitty job, while finding a Linux admin was hard but they tended to be high quality. Now if you find a good, experienced Windows administrator they can manage a Windows environment very efficiently, but it needs to be someone skilled and experienced not just a click and drooler.

Comment Re:I logged in for this. (Score 1) 910

Sure, Johnny, sure. The last 50 years have been _just like_ any other given 50 year period in history.

I need no evidence for a logic based analysis and you are begging the question. Pointing to the past is not a fact based approach, pretending it is means nothing. It's amusing to me that you think nothing will ever happen differently "becuzz history!"

As you watch what happens over the next 50 years (hell, 10 years) remember how foolish you sounded pretending to be a history professor and thinking that a series of historical events happening in a completely different context can accurately guide you in a completely and utterly different set of circumstances.

Comment Re:I logged in for this. (Score 1) 910

I get it. The Johnny Student of History perspective. Why, because things happened in the past they are sure to happen the same way now!

If it's not clear, I'm dismissing 9/10's of your post as meaningless. Appeals to history mean nothing in the context of the massive, accelerating change we are seeing now.

Sorry, past performance is not, in fact, indicative of future potential. As efficiency ramps up you get 1 dude, supporting the robots and other automation, doing effectively what 100 did before. And I don't know if you've noticed, but we already have a UBI of sorts called welfare, among other things. It's just going to keep growing.

Comment Re:I logged in for this. (Score 1) 910

Mythical fairytale? I don't really follow. Where do you think, assuming the wheels don't come off the whole system e.g. WW3 or some other catastrophe, we are heading?

If we proceed at the pace we are now, that time will come. It's when, not if.

I'm far from a socialist hippie but the fact is that as more and more automation comes into play efficiency will skyrocket and profits will be even further concentrated. At that point the choices get fairly stark. UBI or something like it, or strife and war.

Now, it's a long ways off. But the question is what do you do in the interim? Let's say we hit Utopia in 100 years. That road is tough because you have the jobs going away but no mechanism (ultra cheap, almost free things) to compensate.

Comment More like "10nm(TM)" (Score 2) 49

The "nanometers" game is a big scam. You can call your process whatever you want based on any of various parameters and based on how you want to market it.

Not sure how Samsung's stacks up, but TSMC is claiming they will soon have 10nm (TM) soon and their process is more like a traditional 14-16nm process.

It's all a bunch of fakery and lies. The proof is in the pudding of performance, yield, and profits due to density.

Comment Re:Entitlements? (Score 1) 170

Amazingly we used to live even on 14.4k modems. ISDN lines seemed like a super-highway.

Internet access is not your stove, water, or anything else. If you can get online at all for things like jobs hunting, basic web browsing, and streaming a show then you are fine.

Don't get me wrong, I love my 150Mbps shit, but I pay a lot for it and I would live just fine with 5Mbps if I had to.

Comment Re:"""Fact check""" (Score 1) 367

It's implausible to come to any conclusion other than it was a bribe. They got access and favorable treatment during e.g. water pollution investigations out of it. What they apparently did was file two contracts, one for the futures to go up, one to go down. Whichever made money they gave to Clinton, the other one they ate.

Comment Re:"""Fact check""" (Score 1) 367

No. They don't. This is just nonsense lawyers throw up when you call out their bad behavior. You do not have any legal or ethical obligation to lie on your client's behalf, or do anything else you find unethical.

I don't know who first sold people on this "but lawyers have to do anything to defend their client" nonsense. They don't and they shouldn't. If you get a rapist/murderer/whatever out of prison by doing anything beyond the bare minimum ("My client pleads not guilty", fact-checking, etc...) and you know he did it, you are evil scum.

Comment Re:"""Fact check""" (Score 1) 367

Wow, if I didn't know what an unimportant place Slashdot and didn't want to sound like a shrill Slashdotter claiming e.g. Microsoft was paying shills to come propagandize I'd almost think that Clintons propaganda force was really out here fighting...

She did laugh, it's on tape. She did assert exactly such. Since I'm not a robot, I know what laughing about not trusting a polygraph means - she knew he was guilty. She did actually get him a reduced sentence. All objective facts. In context, none of them is really that bad of a thing, however, so I agree this story doesn't really mean much.

But can you guys explain that $100k bribe she took from Tyson foods? I'm all ears... You know, the one where Tyson filed double contracts for her then ate the ones that lost money and fulfilled the ones that gained money?

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