Wouldn't those workers be replaced by labor cost saving robots?
I like the way Facebook say they don't use HVAC... yet their entire BUILDING is a huge HVAC unit!
Amazon just hires local surfs to peddle bicycles that power belt-driven fans. When a surf drops, they simply hustle them out and replace them with another. Communities are so glad to have such a huge employer, they look the other way...
You know this because you run large-scale datacenters running millions of machines?
Is first-hand knowledge required to make a factual statement? You manage a large-scale datacenter, Mr. X?
HervÃ© Villechaize used to say ze Plane ze Plane.
I was thinking more of a hideously obese Marlon Brando chatting it up with Elvis over clam boats, while Google Mutants shamble around servicing them.
Kinda pisses people off that nothing is actually broken but the service bill is tendered, just the same.
There is a bill because there was "service". If the homeowner wants to hassle with tracking down the issue and clean out the dead ants, they can.
I do have cable. But since I'm no longer 14, I've moved on from South Park.
I think you are losing perspective of the original article. Yes, crime is bad, mmm-Kay?
"mmm-Kay"? What the fuck is that?
Contrary to recent reports, data broker Acxiom is not planning to give consumers access to all the information they've collected on us.
Who are "dilitants"? Dilettante militants?
People with very dilated eyes.
"a secure information-sharing platform called DeadDrop, built by Aaron Swartz shortly before he DroppedDead."
There is that. But also, The New Yorker is not really the first publication that comes to mind when I think of imparting secrets to a "news organization".
I mean, what would I send them? The inner secrets of socialites, dilitants, and various beat arteeests?
Even the BlinkFeed missed it, it came and went so fast.
Who? I'm sorry, I'm not surgically attached to Internet Blogs...
That's a very erotic take on my comment, Mr. Cornelius. I am intrigued, please sign me up for your newsletter, and let me know where the "key parties" you attend are being held.
Oh please! Mythbusters did this five years ago...
The problem is that those people are being replaced by welding robots and tooling machines etching from 3D.
The machine tools for building complex tool and die work may be computer controlled, but in fact humans still run those machines and assemble the complex dies and service / manage / feed the machines. Cars still need to be fixed, HVAC still needs to be worked on, engines (car / generator / other) still require humans to keep them going, elevators are mechanical, toilets flush, computers need service, and robots need oiling.
One problem here is that for some reason we as a society have said *everyone* should attend a four year school and aim for a BA and then perhaps a Masters.
But many people - many who do attend a four year school - simply are not cut out for it. For some reason, we have decided that a skilled "vocation" is down-scale and to be avoided.
Fewer and fewer people study Machine Tool, complex welding, mechanical trades - but these areas can be as well or better paid than many "white collar" jobs, they are needed skills, and fit for many people.
Indeed, I know a number of people with advanced degrees that over time decide that it just isn't worth in, and go back to vocational school to learn a trade.