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Comment We won't. (Score 1) 625

"At what point will we start seeing legislation forbidding the automation of certain industries?"? We won't. The decision on automation will be put squarely in the greedy, greasy palms of business owners and administrative bean-counters, who will see only the bottom line, while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves, widening even further the gap between the very rich and the very poor. Politics, being increasingly money-driven, will do what it does now, ie listening to the money and allowing those "who know their industries" to write the legislation, rubber-stamping it as "good for the country" and blaming whatever wash-out echelon it creates for any inconvenient issues... such as the customer base able to purchase whatever product it happens to be. Prices will drop, since automation will do it better/faster/cheaper, still leaving truckloads of profit for the big-wigs while the rest of us collect bottles and cans from the side of the highway for a living. Of course, before too long, THAT will become a crime too. Now that I've spread a little joy, time to move along. ;)

Comment Re: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rul (Score 1) 387

Screw 'em. I fought the same fight for 18 years. Finally I would simply back up the necessary data myself and lecture them without mercy each time (about every 5 weeks on average) they opened a script-containing email or virus loading website. Then I would take my own sweet time cleaning the machine(s) and restoring the required data... Not that I'd dog it, of course, I just wouldn't kill myself to make sure the a-hole boss could check to see if he'd need an umbrella on the golf course... so he and/or his dribbling idiot sons (He only bought the place so that they wouldn't have jobs requiring paper hats and extensive use of the phrase "Would you like fries with that?") would have plenty of time to complain about people not following the rules (it was ALWAYS someone else's fault, ya know). Hard to believe I've been looking for a job for 3 years now, huh? [chuckle]

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

The Best Robots of 2009 51

kkleiner writes "Singularity Hub has just unveiled its second annual roundup of the best robots of the year. In 2009 robots continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability. It will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome."

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