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Comment: Re:Security? (Score 1) 122

by 0123456 (#48647907) Attached to: NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

And I'm pretty sure there's already plenty of material at hand with which to make clubs and shivs with minimal effort.

Rather pointless to worry about, since the Russians have a gun in every Soyuz. A Soyuz launch abort is likely to end up dumping you in a forest full of wolves and bears, not a beach in the Bahamas.

Comment: Re:Good luck to him (Score 1) 80

by 0123456 (#48647865) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

We don't even have supersonic passenger flight right here on Earth, and that engineering was solved 40 years ago.

Well, duh. That's because governments banned supersonic overflights of their territory, and left few financially-viable routes that could be flown at high speed.

Supersonic airliners aren't an engineering problem, they're a political problem.

Comment: Re:um.... (Score 1) 80

by 0123456 (#48647839) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

They do when they're forced to pay for pensions for people not even born yet!

Pre-funding pensions and benefits only accounted for about a third of the losses, last I checked. They'd still be losing billions a year, regardless.

And the continual losses kind of reinforce the fact that it should be pre-funding pensions so the money will be there to fund them after it goes out of business.

Comment: Re:EZ (Score 0) 529

by 0123456 (#48642677) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

The thread is populated by leftists, whose entire ideology is based around the industrial revolution. They can't even conceive of a post-industrial world, because it would put them out of business.

And, yes, the transition to digital and home manufacturing will make the cost of living implode. If I don't need piles of DVDs and books, because it's all just bits on a hard drive, I don't need rooms to store them. If I can build most of the things I need on a 3D printer when I need them, I don't need to keep many things at all around when I'm not using them. I may not even need a house at all.

But, no, rather than deal with reality, the leftists fantasize about the GLORIOUS WORKERS RISING UP TO SEIZE THE ROBOT FACTORIES FROM THE EVIL 1%!

Which is why anyone of clue should just laugh at them. Who needs the Glorious People's Resource Allocation Committee telling them what to do when they have a 3D printer in their garage?

The real story here is automation putting leftists out of a job.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 1, Interesting) 529

by 0123456 (#48642563) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

That is an article of faith, not fact.

Are you seriously claiming that humans won't be able to find anything useful to do that others will pay them for?

Take a look at documentaries from the 40s to 60s, at the peak of the making-humans-work-like-machines era, marvel at how much utterly monotonous work people used to be forced to do because we didn't have the technology to replace them with EVIL ROBOTS TAKING OUR JOBS! and then marvel again at how, despite replacing all those people with EVIL ROBOTS TAKING OUR JOBS!, most people who want to work can still find a job.

It's the people who claim that EVIL ROBOTS ARE TAKING OUR JOBS! who are basing their position on faith, not facts. It's just another tiresome leftist ploy to steal money from the productive to give to the unprductive.

Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 1) 529

by 0123456 (#48642529) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Lowering or removing the minimum wage means that the poor will either starve or receive food stamps.

No, that's what happens when you raise the minimum wage while keeping interest rates so low that the cost of capital makes automation much cheaper than humans. Rather than pay people to do stuff, you just borrow money to install machines that do it, instead.

You and your comrades in government are effectively paying corporations to get rid of human employees, just so you can whine about it afterwards.

Comment: Re:Give a universal hourly wage subsidy (Score 1) 529

by 0123456 (#48642511) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

And the funds for this 'universal hourly wage' comes from....where, exactly?

You don't get it, you see. The leftists I know tell me that the factory owners won't be able to sell stuff if the rest of us don't have money, so they'll give money to the government to give to us, so we'll be able to buy their stuff and they'll get rich.

It's clearly insane, but it apparently makes perfect sense in Lefty Logic.

Comment: Re:So basically the Nazis are taking over (Score 2) 74

by 0123456 (#48602401) Attached to: Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Here's the actual Godwin's Law, as stated by Godwin:

"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"

That's it. It's true, it's kind of amusing, it's otherwise pointless.

The new, improved, Godwin's Law is: "If anyone says anything about Nazis, I can shout 'Godwin's Law' and shut down the discussion".

The only people who benefit from that are Nazis, because they can shut down any discussion about Nazis. No sane person should ever use the fake 'Godwin's Law', or defend it.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.