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Comment Only if we're lucky. (Score 1) 111

Only if we're lucky will we be able to automate all the tasks and scrap the need for human labour. We will also need a socialist or communist system of wealth distribution if we scrap all the paid jobs. The biggest fear is a partial but not full automation occurs, where millions to billions of people get put permanently out of work, but there's still a worker class. Assuming we kept the current economic models, we'd be driving millions of people into poverty and creating a super stratified ultra-rich class.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 4, Insightful) 155

Yes me me me me me and fuck the disabled, because the almighty dollar should rule everything. Uber/Lyft are examples of he worst of the free market system. Just bully your competition into having crap labour laws and screw anyone who falls outside of fit, high rate, low risk riders. Uber/Lyft are going to fire all their drivers as soon as driverless cars come in and they're trying to build monopoly empires right now. Americans are so gullible they'll fall for convenience for most at the expense of everyone else.

Submission + - Recycling is Dying 1 writes: Aaron C. Davis writes in the Washington Post that recycling, once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, has become a money-sucking enterprise. Almost every recycling facility in the country is running in the red and recyclers say that more than 2,000 municipalities are paying to dispose of their recyclables instead of the other way around. “If people feel that recycling is important — and I think they do, increasingly — then we are talking about a nationwide crisis,” says David Steiner, chief executive of Waste Management, the nation’s largest recycler.

The problem with recylcing is that a storm of falling oil prices, a strong dollar and a weakened economy in China have sent prices for American recyclables plummeting worldwide. Trying to encourage conservation, progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have made matters worse. By pushing to increase recycling rates with bigger and bigger bins — while demanding almost no sorting by consumers — the recycling stream has become increasingly polluted and less valuable, imperiling the economics of the whole system. “We kind of got everyone thinking that recycling was free,” says Bill Moore. “It’s never really been free, and in fact, it’s getting more expensive.”

One big problem is that China doesn't want to buy our garbage anymore. In the past China had sent so many consumer goods to the United States that all the shipping containers were coming back empty. So US companies began stuffing the return-trip containers with recycled cardboard boxes, waste paper and other scrap. China could, in turn, harvest the raw materials. Everyone won. But China has launched "Operation Green Fence" — a policy to prohibit the import of unwashed post-consumer plastics and other "contaminated" waste shipments. In China, containerboard, a common packaging product from recycled American paper, is trading at just over $400 a metric ton, down from nearly $1,000 in 2010. China also needs less recycled newsprint; the last paper mill in Shanghai closed this year. "If the materials we are exporting are so contaminated that they are being rejected by those we sell to," says Valerie Androutsopoulos, "maybe it’s time to take another look at dual stream recycling."

Comment Star Citizen started this. (Score 1) 102

The long held dream of Privateer 3/Wing Commander: Online is what started all this. Frankly it's a good thing. Many old games deserved good HD remakes. Remaking a Dos game using HD is like reshooting a black and white film in Colour. Nothing wrong with that. The main thing to ensure is that the originals aren't trampled with too many modernisms. Dune2000 was a lot better than Dune 2. I'd like to see more of the old artwork adapted/modernised same with music. Some games had excellent soundtracks that deserve a refresh like street fighter 2.

Comment Why not 2025? (Score 1) 298

Why not make it 2025? Melbourne University did a study on it, it only costs $400 billion to decarbonise all of Australia. Surely we can afford $40 billion/year for 10 years. After which point we don't have to spend a single cent on it and can stop spending that money or redirect it elsewhere in the economy.

Comment Crap resolution (Score 1) 227

So I've used the DK1, the DK2, and the Samsung Galaxy GEAR VR. Of these the Gear VR had the best picture, but even it looked like a 1990s dithered image. VR needs to be at least 4k+ before it's going to look good. I'm really underwhelmed by the Occulus rift at this point. Sure they might have cracked the high refresh rate stuff but the resolution staying bad means it won't be an experience with anything close to presence.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.