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Comment: Re:Landline (Score 1) 229

by Chrisq (#48665615) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

My landline doesn't have text - how are you going to get my information or money for your service?

From what I see in the responses - If I don't have text, than the place you work for is useless to me.

If your landline doesn't do text to speech and you don't have a mobile number or email address you are probably too small a demographic to worry about

Comment: Re:Incidentally... (Score 1) 83

by Chrisq (#48650785) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

The harvesting and storage of naturally occurring ice was so successful that, for a somewhat surprising amount of time, it made manufactured ice uneconomic and, for an even longer period, on-site refrigeration hardware a very niche item(even after ice manufactured on large scale ammonia based systems replaced harvested ice, it still fed the same local market of that natural ice deliveries had)..

I don't know if it was the same in the USA but my dad tells me that dry ice was used for quite a long time after electric refrigerators were available because the electric supply was unreliable. Mind you he did live in Wales!

Comment: Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (Score 1) 677

by Chrisq (#48617409) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Somewhat later they'll put up insurance for human drivers.

This makes not sense at all. Why would they increase insurance for humans? Do you think humans will become more dangerous and reckless than they are now?

I can see this happening through increased costs of accidents. There seems to be a trend towards increased litigation anyway, and once self-driving cars become the norm there will be an assumption that there is culpability on the part of the driver. They chose to drive themselves, despite having a safer option, so crashing and injuring others will be seen as something that could have been avoided. There is much likely to be a punitive element to compensation.

Comment: The problem is the way we share the work (Score 5, Interesting) 677

by Chrisq (#48615863) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Back in the 60s and 70s they used to say that computerisation would give increased leisure time, with many of us working a 4 day week with a 7 hour day. I read that the predicted reduction in employment happened. The only problem is that it is shared out in such a way that some people can't get work or have to work on "zero hours" contracts for whatever time is available. The rest are over-worked and spend even longer in the office than they did in the 60s and 70s.

Comment: underwater ridges (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by Chrisq (#48608489) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography
If being connected to land by underwater ridges gave right of ownership the map would look very different. Besides which it looks as though the other end of the ridge connects to the Siberian Shelf. Push this argument too far and you could find out that Russia owns Greenland!

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