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Comment Re:"people largely irrelevant" (Score 1) 541

True but it hasn't affected enough people to change things yet. Look at the bailouts that occurred. The 1st vote attempt didn't pass because a massive amount of people called their elected officials screaming to them to vote against it. They had to vote a second time to pass it making arguments to ignore the voter's wishes.
It's sad to say but too many still have a lot to loose at this point.

Comment Re: Better be ready to be beat up when layed off w (Score 1) 541

Here's the problem . . . . these CEOs who are so in love with A.I./ Robotics are slowly putting themselves out of business.

Once you've eliminated all the workers, and nobody has a job any more (no job = no money), who exactly is going to buy your company's products? Have you considered what happens when 90% of your customers no longer have any money?

No, CEOs have not considered and probably won't see it until it hits them hard.
Look at it this way. The first companies to automate will see their profit margins increase because the remaining sectors continue to employ people where most of the profits are coming from since the workers at that company probably don't purchase much of the products they sell. Or the small amount they purchase is offset by the cost savings. So it will look positive on paper for these companies while many end up on the unemployment line. It will send a signal to shareholders and CEOs that this is a good thing pushing to expand this practice. As it expands into others areas replacing jobs faster than new (human) jobs can be created you'll see the unemployment numbers shoot up and then the profits start going down. It will probably go unexplained at first as the robotic replacement continues as a cost saving measure before someone making the correlation that all these lost jobs have destroyed the consumer's ability to buy anything is heard in the media and governments. I say heard because we are discussing it now as we will for years to come to come and won't be heard or simply waved off as unfounded worries.

And if you think Universal Basic Income is the answer, where do think that money is going to come from? From the businesses and the wealthy? The same people who do everything they can to hide their money and avoid paying taxes? Good luck with that.

I don't believe a basic income will be the solution and don't believe anyone currently has the answer but I do believe that ultimately all this will be a good thing as it will cause a demand by all to rethink how everything is done but not before we hit a 20s style depression if not worse.

Comment Re:"people largely irrelevant" (Score 1) 541

In the short term, you will be seeing people end up in massive debt as the problem gets ignored until we hit a point where too many are on the streets and probably protesting at best, looting and rioting at worst. Then when it can no longer be ignored that's when how the economy works will have to be reconsidered/reformed and things for the people can start improving again.

Comment Re:It's pointless (Score 1) 260

The amount of "pollution" cause by viewing a PDF is negligible. It is orders of magnitude less than the environmental cost of printing the same document on paper.

If you don't know, then you're an idiot.

Excuse me but I don't recall calling anyone names. Keep your insults to yourself buddy.

As I said before, it's not just about the electric consumption. It's about how some places using coal to create the electricity also destroy the local environment so now you not only pollute the skies but destroy the forests too so you loose your trees as well.

So ya, I do know.

Comment Re:It's pointless (Score 1) 260

The only thing that is pointless here is the unending desire to kill trees for no valid reason.

You have no idea how many times I watch office workers print something only to scan it back to a digital format again.

And yet we see endless people who print out from those same digital copies.
As for killing trees, well unless you live a place where the energy is from a renewable source such as hydro. Well you're trading killing trees to burning coal which pollutes the atmosphere and the mining of coal destroys the forest to a point those same trees cannot grow back because the soil is contaminated with the coal (looking at you North Carolina). So what's worse?

Comment Re:That's because the payment terminals are outdat (Score 1) 206

It's not from a want to use my digital wallet. In all aspects, it's far superior to the chip and pin system that the credit card companies want us to use. Those things are terrible and the deployment in the US is atrocious. Whenever I can pay with my phone, I do. It's so easy, much faster, and more secure than anything the credit card companies are offering.

I'm sorry but how is Apple Pay more secure? I haven't used it but from what I am reading, you upload your credit card info to your iPhone and then wave it near an NFC device to pay. That may sound faster but not more secure unless you need to enter your iPhone's PIN number before the transaction can occur but that wouldn't make it that much faster than punching a pin number. Credit cards also have NFC capability as well but limited to a certain amount and can be disabled to limit to using a PIN number which I find far more secure.

Comment Discovered after 33 years? Really? (Score 1) 97

You know, I think looking at this that it's a little easy to say it was discovered now.
Who's to say it wasn't discovered by people playing back when it was published?
Let's face it, it's not like records of the period are detailed. I can imagine folks posting about it on their local BBS which in turn would get lost over time.

Comment As a Canadian I must say.... (Score 4, Insightful) 197

... it was long overdue. I'm not a fan of the Liberals but this is a good 1st step in the right direction.
Thank you must also be given to the voters who finally were able to rally and kick out the Conservatives.
Too often we do not feel our votes make a difference but it did make one here.
Now the only question to us is, how far will these changes go? We'll see over time.

Comment Re:Hurd.. why? (Score 1) 129

I would think if they can get to a point where it works properly, has a certain ease to be installed on PCs and software can be ported to it with a reasonable amount of work that it would then come down to the communities to supply the rest. Drivers mainly for hardware that it doesn't support. This is how Linux got started where people made drivers to make it work on their systems. The problem now is that Linux has most of the attention of developers working in the open source world so the Hurd's challenge would need to be able to get people's interest once they achieve that milestone.

I'm sure there are plenty of other things that I'm missing as I am not following the Hurd much but I do believe that getting to a point where it works well enought that drivers are a bigger issue that getting people to create them would be the key to moving fast on everything else. More people able to use means more people able to contribute back code.

Submission + - Clippy makes a comeback to Microsoft Office

substance2003 writes: Microsoft spoke person Alexandre Pavelgotchavisky said in a statement We are pleased to announce the return of Clippy, the Microsoft Office Assistant in a forthcoming update to Office 365.

Microsoft made a presentation showing the new Clippy features using updated and gritty looking graphics and enhancing the experience of interaction by using Cortana voice features making it possible for Clippy to actually talk to people in a way that was never possible before. This developement prompted the company to bring back the feature.

Mr Pavelgotchavisky mentioned how his division kept getting asked What happened to Clippy? on an almost daily basis and even went so far as to call Clippy The most beloved character Microsoft ever created.

One technology reviewer who assisted the demonstration was more skeptical of this new Clippy mentioning how the Mickey Mouse style voice might seems like a good idea for kids but would put off business users who just want to have a normal adult conversation.

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