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Comment: Re:people still watch that crap? (Score 1) 42

by Grishnakh (#48643693) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Enterprise was actually surprisingly good, with a few exceptions; I only watched it a few months ago, since I had turned my nose up at it when it was new. It did start out a big rough and had a little too much gratuitous sexuality at first, but when it settled down it was pretty good. The main problems with Enterprise are: 1) the opening theme music. It's absolutely horrible. I don't know WTF they were thinking with that whiny emo crap. But there's an exception here: the two mirror-universe episodes in Season 4 had excellent music and intro scenes of humans blasting everything and conquering. And 2) the whole Xindi attack plot arc in Season 3 was too much. It was an obvious parallel to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and just didn't go over that well.

I also didn't bother with the second Abrams movie; the first one was too much of a disappointment.

Comment: Re:Conservatives mostly don't like the involvement (Score 1) 195

by Tom (#48643409) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

However, if another company wants to lay cable on that street... what is the problem?

That tearing up a street is expensive, inconveniences a lot of people and these costs to both the parties involved and those around the event far outweigh the benefits. It's the same reason that we have one publicly owned street and not 20 parallel roads owned by different companies competing for your car to drive on them. It's stupid, that's why.

With telcos, the only reason we have the last mile problem at all was because initially telecommunication was built as a public service, like roads. Then someone decided to make it all private, because free market magic. The proper decision would have been to keep the last mile as public property, but it wasn't made, because idiots.

You're basically just saying

That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that visions are a dime a dozen. Realizing them is the hard part, and it takes more than a few "look, a three-headed monkey" sentences to do that.

Comment: Re: of course it wasn't NK (Score 1) 130

They gain more by claiming that the Americans are idiots who make wild accusations, and offering their technical assistance. At the same time their primary goal, stopping the release of the film and drawing attention to their displeasure with it, has been achieved.

Comment: Re:And OJ offers a reward to find the real killer (Score 1) 130

On the other hand, we know for certain that the US has launched cyber attacks against other countries. They hit Iran with Struxnet, for example, and are suspected of various other attacks. We know that the NSA has infested many, many systems. We know that their British partner agency, GCHQ, hacks other countries on a regular basis.

Any complaints from the US are at best hypocrisy. It's hard to believe US intelligence after all the lies of the past, so I'd say it's equally likely that North Korea is telling the truth. Would be a nice bit of misdirection by the hackers.

It will be interesting to see what the US does. Any retaliation would open it up to similar retaliation over its own hacking.


Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the getting-googled dept.
ideonexus writes: Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has called for a "time out" in his perpetual fight with Google in response to the company filing a lawsuit against him for conspiring with the movie industry to persecute the search giant. Leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails and documents obtained under FOIA requests this week have exposed how the Motion Picture Association of America was colluding with and lobbying state prosecutors to go after Google, even going so far as to "assigned a team of lawyers to prepare draft subpoenas and legal briefs for the attorneys general" to make it easier for them to persecute the company. Here's the full complaint (PDF).

Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 1) 331

by ultranova (#48643091) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

No, that's what happens when you raise the minimum wage while keeping interest rates so low that the cost of capital makes automation much cheaper than humans.

No, that's what happens when you pay your employees so little they require public assistance to survive.

Rather than pay people to do stuff, you just borrow money to install machines that do it, instead.

Those people will require food stamps either way, which I'll end up paying for. The only difference is whether you get free labour or have to shell out for machines. So tell me: why should I subsidize your business?

You and your comrades in government are effectively paying corporations to get rid of human employees, just so you can whine about it afterwards.

And the alternative you're proposing is me effectively paying the payroll of those corporations. Even if I'd be willing to do so, which I'm not, it'll become impossible when my job is replaced by automation in turn.

Comrade me all you want, it won't change the fact that the system is breaking down. All defending status quo does is make the crisis deeper and the resulting changes more drastic.

Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 1) 331

by khasim (#48643087) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

What makes you think those places will still be more polluted than the US by that time?


There's this magic assumption on your part that the current state remains unchanged.

No. But YOU have not explained WHO would clean up the YEARS of pollution or WHY they would do so.

Greece is first world too.

Yes, as I have specifically pointed out to you.

Those Greek workers aren't pursuing opportunities in Greece. They are actually chasing opportunities in the developed world.

Again, as I have specifically pointed out to you.

You are restating the points that I have made while ignoring your own claims.

If the EU ceases to be developed world, ...

HOW would that happen?

Also Greece isn't an unusual case of a first world country with net emigration. The article mentions Ireland, Spain, and Portugal as well.

And, again, it is the WORKERS who are pursuing jobs in other 1st world countries.

It is NOT the OWNERS OF THE COMPANIES moving to the 3rd world. The OWNERS OF THE COMPANIES are moving the manufacturing jobs to the 3rd world while they keep their families in the 1st world.

You seem to have a problem understanding the difference between a WORKER and a person who OWNS THE COMPANY.

Comment: Re:Math author dies rich... (Score 1) 165

by nbauman (#48642861) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

It's too bad the Soviet Union didn't survive under Gorbachev. I think you would prefer Gorbachev to Putin, and probably to Yeltsin.

When Gorbachev came in, Ogarkov was out. Gorbachev didn't have any problems making computers, or free speech, widely available.

I've never been able to understand why the Soviet people (with the encouragement of the West) threw Gorbachev out. It's as if for 70 years the Soviet leaders weren't willing to take a risk of more freedom, because they were afraid the West would stab them in the back. Finally, along came Gorbachev, who was willing to take a risk for peace and freedom. Sure enough, the Westeners stabbed him in the back.

I read samisdat. They were circulating in the U.S. for a while after the thaw. One of the problems was that they were too long and didn't get to the point. That's why, when Solzhenitsyn finally came to free market America, he complained that, under capitalism, nobody wanted to read his books. When they finally had freedom of speech, nobody was interested in them.


Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 3, Interesting) 331

by khasim (#48642709) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I already noted the developed world as a counterexample.

It isn't a "counterexample". It is where the people who own the factories that are deploying robots live. 3rd world companies still use people because they're 3rd world and people are cheaper than machines for them.

This is a non sequitur.


Of course, when portions of the developed world are no longer developed, then the people who own companies and many other people as well, will move to places where basic services are still supported.

So when the USofA becomes "no longer developed" then the rich will move to the countries that have been polluted by their factories.

No. That is not going to happen.

That need not remain the case, as Greece has demonstrated (they already are emigrating at a substantial rate to other parts of the EU).

The Greeks looking for work are moving to other 1st world countries where the job opportunities in their fields are better. So they chase those opportunities ... in the 1st world.

The Greeks who own companies that were moving manufacturing to the 3rd world are not moving to the 3rd world.

Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 1) 362

Yes, if you substitute one belief for another you greatly change the outcome of the extrapolation. "I beleive AI will never exist so that won't happen." Thanks for supporting my point that this sort of extrapolation is not science.

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