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Comment: Re:What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Wor (Score 1) 621

by Daemonik (#48642585) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Socialism is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system.

Communism is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order.

No, he meant socialism.

Comment: Re: So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by Daemonik (#48592815) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Steve also said that American businesses should operate like Chinese ones, shortly prior to the overworked, underpaid and essentially imprisoned in company bunkhouses Foxconn workers started jumping off the building's roof to finally escape their hell.

Steve Jobs was an entitled a-hole that looked down on everyone else on the planet.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532773) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Oh well, as long as YOUR utility company is behave then everyone else's is too! Glad that's settled.

Many utility companies are starting to raise their rates, blaming solar and wind for lower demand. They're also fighting to stop having to pay for electricity pumped back into the grid from home solar installations. The amount of homes that can afford to install solar power systems is still fairly small, but utilities are already taking steps against them.

You would have to be deluded to ignore the historical precedents of how an industry threatened by competition fights that competition to believe that all the power companies are cheering for the day they're obsolete.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532675) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

It's fine if they wanted to ensure you have electricity, but not when the law is specifically worded to only accept an account with a power utility as proof of electrical hookup. So you could have all your electrical needs met by solar collectors and still have to pay for a utility installation to 'prove' you have electrical power.

Comment: Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 1) 523

by Daemonik (#48487599) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
Yes, because if a small segment of humanity have a skill then obviously every human can achieve that same skill level. *rolls eyes* Electronic calculators, and the mechanical ones that preceded them didn't come out of nowhere for no reason, and it wasn't "let's dumb down everyone".

Comment: Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 2) 523

by Daemonik (#48486721) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Finland is also dropping the handwritten long division algorithm in 2016.

Now that's just stupid. People will need to use their smartphone's calculator to figure out everything from restaurant tips to spacing between items to make them look equally spaced to adjusting the ingredients for a recipe.

It seems that the smarter our devices get, the dumber we get.

Say that again when you're using an abacus to do math, in Roman Numerals.

Comment: Re:Dumps, you say? From the anus? (Score 3, Insightful) 523

by Daemonik (#48486699) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
A lot of historical documents are written in Olde English or Saxxon.. how far back do we go before we cut the cord on what is 'general' knowledge? Only a complete idiot would expect every child to be able to read Fraktur script in several languages for records that have minimal impact on their day to day lives.

Comment: Alternatives? Same problem.. (Score 4, Insightful) 572

by Daemonik (#48220207) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

FTDI's chip is popular, and heavily counterfeited. Right or wrong they felt they had to go to these lengths to protect their business, and it has had the effect of bringing counterfeited chips into the public consciousness.

The problem however, is that switching to another chipset won't eliminate the counterfeiters and the people who slip these chips into the supply chain to save a few bucks.

So the better question is how can we improve the system to ensure that counterfeit chips aren't being secretly swapped into our products.

Comment: Re:Misleading Headline (Score 1) 246

by Daemonik (#47866465) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

You are a seriously disagreeable person. Not because of your argument, but your entire attitude and personal attacks. Frankly you're an ass.

Nobody is saying that a product is immediately profitable the day it springs forth from someone's creative mind. But that's beside the point, and if you weren't such a clueless self involved ass, you'd realize it. AT&T didn't kill off it's nascent answering machine because it couldn't be profitable, they killed it off because it was a threat to their phone business. They killed it off, in fact, because they felt it would be profitable and popular.

As for your example, of how stupid you are, Toshiba didn't invest in flash as a hard drive replacement. It was a portable storage medium for cameras, as well as chipsets soldered onto boards. The idea of flash hard drives only became feasible in the last decade or so, but flash has been a profitable business venture for Toshiba and other companies long before technological advances allowed it to be used as a hard drive medium.

For that matter, early mechanical hard drives were not exactly impressive by today's standards. The first hard drive was created in 1956 by IBM, it was the size of 2 refrigerators, held 3.75 Mbs of data and IBM leased them at $3,200 a month, and made a nice profit off them for 13 years. So half a million dollars in revenue each over their lifespan and people were happy to have them! You braindead moron.

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