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Comment: Total Job Loss (Score 1) 478

by Jim Sadler (#48617911) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
AI machines will rapidly eliminate almost all employment and it is coming on quickly. Also effects can be seen to have harsh effects in specific regions as well as in specific ethnic or racial groups. One only needs to have seen what happened to black folks in the deep south when cotton went to mechanical farming. Untold numbers of black people were condemmed to lives of poverty when the cotton fields no longer needed much manual labor. The university is looking at the wrong issue. The real issue is the mode of support we will offer displaced workers. If we fail to make provisions of support of the work force that becomes displaced we will face riot and revolution. In essence the government will pay all of us and industry will pay all of the tax load. There is no alternative. The traditional auto industry is about to vanish. And the home building industry is also posed to be a totally automated industry. The real problem is that people want to be blind as to what we all understand is about to happen.

Comment: Tech Writer (Score 1) 254

by Jim Sadler (#48612933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
Have you considered being a tech writer? People with decent writing skills who have a sound knowledge in science and technology should be making a living. Also advanced programmers do need people who are able to make the development process understandable to management. That gives an opportunity to program but makes you more valuable in that you have verbal and people skills to stop management from making blunders.

Comment: Resist Progress (Score 1) 295

by Jim Sadler (#48599455) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
Uber has a good idea and it is of use to the public. Many other trades have fallen to progress. Can taxi cabs be any different? And we have seen nothing yet. Just wait until the housing industry is smacked down by 3D printing of dwellings. Matter of fact how much is there in a Tesla type car that can not be made by 3D printing? The frame and body and interior should be a cinch for 3D printing. I suspect that small boat building will fall to 3d printing as well. There has already been a canoe made by 3D printing. How long before a rugged 3D printed bass boat is available?


by Jim Sadler (#48592811) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse
That is total nonsense! The Nazis were not leftests at all. They were right wing extreemists. Germany had a deep fear of the left in the form of communism and that was the reason behind the formation of a rabid dog type of right wind nation. Bothe the communists and the Nazis threw individual human rights under the bus. American liberals operate in the exact opposite way with a very high emphasis on justice and human rights. If you knew a bit about what happens in South America you would get a clue as to the nature of the problem. Many ministers, priests and nuns have been tortured and murdered simply because the teaching of Christianity insists upon basic human rights and condems greed. The wealthy have for many decades hired killers to eliminate anyone who suggests fairness and decency for anyone other than the rich. These aristocrats are highly associated with Nazi beliefs and practices.

Comment: Instant Dismissal (Score 1) 512

by Jim Sadler (#48587097) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
Fire them and stop all pension benefits as well. Cops who deliberately violate the law are criminals in every sense of the word. If they control their behavior there would be no problem with cams recording them while they work. The fact is that many cops break the law every day and feel as if they are immune. One answer is for federal agents to pose as civilians and trap cops who are ugly or abusive to the public or to suspects. Frankly the cops are acting up because it is now obvious they can not hold back the wave that is sweeping over the nation. Many people at the lower levels are on the verge of acting out. They have not been rewarded for work or given a fair shot at making a better life. That turns them towards crime. Law enforcement is actually creating criminals these days.

Comment: Use Caution (Score 1) 1037

by Jim Sadler (#48587083) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?
When it comes to those folks who have religious objections to vacination we need to be very cautious. There may be those that argue that the scientific mode should dominate law. In a way they are saying that you must prove your religion is correct in order top follow it. I take all the vacinations that are available to me. But I doubt anyone has the right to force others to do the same. Many other issues have similar disputes. For example any use of alcohol or tobacco harms society in many ways. Should society be able to insist at force of law and arms the right to live a life free of the influence of alcohol or smoke? After all some drunk might run over my kids and some smoker can start a fire that wipes out a hotel with me and my family inside.

Comment: Contrary Thoughts (Score 2) 134

by Jim Sadler (#48580445) Attached to: Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts
There are many people who suffer from a lousy self image. They may feel that they are the only ones who have ever done stupid things. It can be quite theraputic to realise that almost all people have really humbling moments and actually be able to see people that you deal with every day during those moments. If you had the flu and found yourself on the bathroom floor spewing from both ends your mind has a snapshot of what you felt you looked like. How about being able to see your boss under very similar conditions? Or how about the night your banker got drunk and punched his wife and left home in cuffs in a squad car? I doubt there is anyone out there that has not had times when they looked or acted like they belonged in a trash dump.

Comment: Save Our Backsides (Score 1) 329

by Jim Sadler (#48563575) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane
Sadly if we abbreviate save our backsides we end up with SOB which just won't work well. Maybe a word that means the same that starts with an A would help. We'll call it the SOA association. In order to save our A we need to consider just what actions to take. One is to use our minds and the other is to sit back and quietly wait for science and technology to save our A. My humble, adled, mind suggests that using our brains is more reliable than waiting for tech to bail us out. Therefore the issue is simple. Pollution is a result of human activity. This includes heat as a pollutant. The more humans, the more pollution. That is very simple to grasp. Less babies means less pollution. Knowing that does very little unless we have enforced, birth control. We have reached a moment in time where many people should not be allowed to reproduce at all and those that are allowed should be limited to one child in one marriage for life. Doing this will reduce world population until we get to a level at which the consequences of human activity have very little effect upon the planet.

Comment: Demand Is Falling Hard (Score 2) 280

by Jim Sadler (#48561059) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables
Germany and other European nations are quickly eliminating fossil fuels and nuclear. In the US we are behind in applying solar, wind and water energy both in a collective and individual way. But the handwriting is on the wall. Big energy will do every corrupt trick in the book to keep sucking at your wallet. As homes and businesses go off grid we will see much higher rates for homes still on the grid. This is Future Shock. It is rather like Uber threatening to eliminate the taxi industry. It is quite like Tesla threatening to cripple gasoline and diesel producers and the cars and trucks that use gas and diesel. And it is like robots replacing fast food workers. It is all happening at a very high speed and some social chaos will follow.

Comment: War Crimes Trials (Score 2) 767

by Jim Sadler (#48559571) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
The people who ordered this deserve to be tried for war crimes. Some individuals were actually tortured to death. Baby Bush would be first in line for a hanging. It makes me sick that the lowest level guards who were following orders were the ones who were drummed out of the service etc.. And the public should know that we caused other nations to apply even worse tortures within the same prisons. I would rather be loyal to humanity than loyal to any nation.

Comment: It Works For Me (Score 1) 107

by Jim Sadler (#48555257) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past
It makes sense to me as two objects attracted to each other close the gap between them over time. The action of gravity supports the notion of time. It could easily be causal to the existance of time as well. Imagine two objects attracting in a system in which time did not exist. The joining of the two objects would be instantanious and violent.

Comment: Duh! (Score 1) 90

by Jim Sadler (#48555173) Attached to: Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator
Is it me or is a quadrillion watt laser just something that I can not really grasp? That sounds like a whole bunch of energy applied over a very short period of time. It is sort of like trying to imagine how many grains of sand exist in the world. After the first billion or so the numbers don't mean much to me.

Comment: Vulture Capitalism (Score 2) 33

by Jim Sadler (#48553125) Attached to: The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers
Profiteering is a gentle term for a disease that plagues America. The right wing does not feel that capitalism has anything to do with economics. They view capitalism as a religion. To them raking is huge sums for the least effort is the meaning of life. Materialism is a natural fruit of capitalism. This is what happens when you restrict the faith community in the schools. We have all heard of the Israelites worshipping the golden calf. It should be called the gold calf. It represented and abandonment of God and a worship of wealth. Today we see people worshipping money in every way. Worse yet governmental forces enforce this greed by requiring people to have money. One way or another the govrnment will insist that you agree to have money. If you want to wander about with a tent and not sign up as a member of modern nonsense the land will be called either private or public and your little tent will not be allowed. As my Haitian friend remarked those corporate types belong to Satan. She is sort of right.

Comment: Re:prevents big 3 from controlling. Tesla monopoly (Score 1) 137

by Jim Sadler (#48547059) Attached to: Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened
One major purpose of car dealerships is to confuse buyers concerning the cost of driving a mile. For example offering a $4,000 cut in price for any trade in that can be dragged in on a garden hose gives the buyer and illusion that the cost per mile of operation is reasonable. If one takes the cost of the vehicle, the interest on the loan, the compulory mainetence fees, the optional maintenance fees, the insurance, repairs, and gasoline over the life of tye car then one can get the cost per mile driven. For example you buy a $30,000 car and the instant depreciation is $10,000 and you only drive 10,000 miles that year the depreciation alone is $1.00 per mile. You first year per mile expenses when totaled may exceed $2.00 per mile. If people calculate the true cost per mile they may suddenly be confronted with the reality that they should not own a car. Dealerships use all kinds of gimmicks to cause people not to understand the cost of driving.

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