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Comment: Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 257

by Baki (#49140617) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

You shoudl imagine the following: you invest $50k to replace yourself (on the job) with a robot. Now you have 100% free time and the robot earns your income, produces stuff etc. Everyone could be happy.

But the question is: who gets to buy and use the robot and its income?

In the end, automation should be able to produce more than enough for everyone. The only remaining question is how we distribute all that wealth.

But I have the feelig that this is not what's going to happen, due to greed and hunger for power of todays "happy few".

Comment: Who will profit from automation (Score 1) 389

by Baki (#49085333) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job

Suppose I could invest $50k and get a kind of robotic copy of myself. I could send that to work and do my job for me, enjoy lots of free time and the same income.

On the other hand, suppose my employer would invest these $50k....

In the end, the question is how the "spoils" of automation will be distributed about the population. Indeed that doesn't look good now.

In the future we will have more than enough production capacity to fulfull our needs and wishes, but if we use that capacity to any good, that is compete redistribution of all of it, is questionable. The current trend doesn't look good, but I think economists will see, sooner or later, that the alternative is for the rich to live in a state of siege, military protected and guarded against the masses.

Comment: You cannot tell (Score 1) 389

by Baki (#49085315) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job

Economic laws do change fundamentally, it is hard to predict. However, suppose a robot could do the 10-fold work of what most people could do. Indeed we would not run out of ideas on what to do, but if you could replace yourself, would you continue to add your 10% "output" for 10% extra income, or would you rather have 100% spare time for about 90% income? That is the trade off that will be made in the end.

As robots get more powerful compared to man, and the "pseudo-intelligece" will surpass that of most humans for most tasks, I find it really hard to see how most people would still have meaningful jobs.

It is not about imagining the output, it is about imagining what extra significant contributation most men could make in relation to robots.

Comment: Re:in other words, manufactured ailment. (Score 1) 201

by Baki (#48994365) Attached to: Testosterone Increasingly Being Used To Fight Aging In Men

Sometimes there are benefits and risks at the same time. The suppliers seek big profits and will always emphasise the benefits. It is not that black and white, and therefore not so easy to get a fraud judgement when suppliers skew the opinion of the people through large marketing budgets. The profits easily pay for a lot of influence.

Sometimes politics has to regulate, and especially neutralize the unwanted pressure from commerce. There are various means, such as diminishing the lobby influence over politicians, to having a strong public television system to counteract skewed information from commercial parties.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

by Baki (#48648507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

Working at a large bank, we have 75% java and 25% .net for new server software. Old software is on the mainframe.
Recently it was decided to drop .net and go 100% to java.

We'll keep .net run-time capabiltiy for the occasional 3rd party software that requires it, but I think, java has won in the enterprise. At least in banks, all large payments infrastructure software and the likes are JEE packages.

We used to have .net for more front-end stuff. But HTML5 has made that superfluous. Fat clients are still losing ground, and web-based apps using HTML5 with rich GUI's can be served from a JEE container very well.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 515

by Baki (#48588429) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Indeed and many other civilized countries show that it can be different. In the UK the police don't even carry guns. Their job is much less dangerous than the para-military job the police is in the US, obviously.

Violence and agression provokes reaction. The first job of the police should be to calm down and de-escalate, not behave almost like an army.
But most US citizens probably don't remember (and never look abroad for guidance) that it could be different.

Comment: Re:Fire them. (Score 1) 515

by Baki (#48588421) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

If any cop that can be proven to have abused his power is fired, it will stop.
If the root of the problem here is actually not the policy, but the individual cops not sticking to the policy, firing is the only thing you can do.
If the root of the problem is in local politics indeed, then these people are lying and those have to be fired (and locked up).

Comment: Re:Not necessarily good news (Score 1) 172

by Baki (#48511565) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I read that we have lot of old retro-virus material in our DNA. Maybe this is how it went before, we get into a kind of symbiosis with the virus until it somehow merges into our DNA permanently? I'm not a microbiologist though, just guessing.

In fact, the (my) first google hit for symbiosis retrovirus was, which superficially seems to think in the same direction w.r.t. past.

Comment: Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (Score 1) 284

by Baki (#48478719) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

At my first employer we had exactly this situation. The secretary used to change the backup tapes on the server. We, as a team of 10 developers had been working around 6 months developing software modules when we got a crash. It turned out the backups had been made on cleaning tapes.

This was in 1992, noone had the opportunity to make multiple copies, we only had our disk and the backup. 60 man months of work gone.

Comment: Re:Global market for talent (Score 1) 441

by Baki (#47736419) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Race to the bottom then, for all employees? Corporations, even though they have not been elected or are properly under democratic control, have more negotiation power than the employees?

That cannot work for too long, sooner or later a revolution will come. Either that, or massive military suppression of the people.

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