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Comment Re:Oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 615

The problem with that is that the transition can't happen all at once, and it certainly isn't fair to only expect some people to work.

The ideal solution, as I see it, is that as automation lowers the cost of living, less labor is expected from the average person. That would mean a shorter work week, or earlier retirement. That presents two issues though. First, I don't see a way to get there. The preference for both employees and employers would be to have fewer employees who work more hours, rather than many who work fewer hours. Second, the reduction of the labor force isn't going to happen evenly. Job markets that are already short on labor won't be seeing that decrease.

But even then, a reduction in work for (almost) everyone would be a less bumpy transition than just eliminating it for some and going whole-hog into socialism, even if socialism is seen as an inevitable endgame.

Comment Re:Not sure, if this is much better (Score 3, Insightful) 121

Smells like plausible deniability to me.

Up to now, we've seen plenty of evidence that the intelligence agencies don't seem to have major qualms about violating US law, as long as it's done quietly. Who's going to prosecute? This is just Congress realizing that it does not need to take the political heat for broad surveillance that it authorized. Once in place, NSA will happily continue the operations without overt permission to do so.

People who are high up in government intelligence are going to bank on not being caught performing illegal surveillance over not being taken to task over the first thing they "miss" due to inadequate coverage.

Comment Re:Slashdot, Stop Spinning the GamerGate Content (Score 2) 571

GamerGate will never be covered "fairly" because it's not in the interest of anyone with a soapbox tall enough to do so.

Journalistic integrity is a fat fucking joke, and probably always has been. We've been buying the lie for decades because, surprise surprise, the people who benefit from that notion are in the perfect position to broadcast it to the entire world. They've got it great, so no one wants to risk exposing an ugly truth just because a few individuals weren't discreet enough about collecting their benefits. You bet your ass they're going to censor it and pretend it didn't happen!

I mean, really. The Hollywood types have got nothing on the self-important assclowns who call themselves "journalists", whether they roll with "New" media or "old".

The SJW "movement" is vile, but it's also extremely naive of the opposition to think that they'll get anywhere by exposing abuses of the press. They don't care, and they never cared. That battle is lost.

Maybe someday, with the democratization of news that's been brought on by the internet, average people will finally learn to engage ALL media with reasoned skepticism and critical thinking. THEN we can start thinking about ways to make the journalists honest.

Comment Re:Ads (Score 2) 330

Minecraft is already well established, there's no need to bother with gimmicks like DLC or any need to pay for development with an upfront purchase price. Such an approach would be a waste of the game's convenient addictiveness.

After corporate meddling pisses off most of the core Mojang developers enough to jump ship, Microsoft will drop in a new default resource pack, maybe add another boss or two to the game, and sell it as "Minecraft 2.0". Realms will be the only multiplayer option, and the game will be sold as a monthly subscription rather than an upfront purchase.

The game's popularity will probably tank at that point, but not so much that MS doesn't get something for it. Much of the existing community will probably stick with the latest 1.x release, or perhaps the latest Bukkit-supported version

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

Perhaps a percentage-based tire tax? It covers hybrids/electrics well, Correlates to usage, is less regressive (cheaper cars usually run cheaper tires), and does a better job of addressing the truck/bus issue, without tracking.

I think the base price of gas does enough to encourage efficiency. The tricky thing is that cost per mile of road tires is really low, so the tax would have to be pretty steep. Still might be less unpopular than a gas tax, though.

Comment Re:Only incompetent teachers need tenure (Score 1) 519

There is zero intersection between the "They" who are being pushed to denounce science to whom you are referring and the "They" who are now easier to fire without tenure. This is a ruling in California. Teachers will probably get fired for petty and political reasons, but I'd think it far more likely that a Californian teacher will get canned for insisting on teaching creationism than for refusing to teach it.

If Oklahoma or some other very red state rules against tenure for public school teachers, then we'll talk. But I'd imagine that those states are already less sympathetic to the teacher's unions, and there are fewer perks to fight over. I also don't think that California has established any precedent outside of California, as the ruling pertains to the state constitution.

And while it is indeed troubling that certain school curricula are increasingly trying to pass off religious hogwash as science, addressing it with that kind of generalization and paranoia really doesn't help the case for purely secular instruction.

Comment Re:Enlightened Employers... (Score 1) 216

When I was younger, I had a summer job at a Subway. Obviously, the presence of customers ensured the place was kept at a comfortable temperature. However, one day, our A/C broke down. It was rather unpleasant, especially since we were baking bread continuously through the day.

Customer complains didn't help the issue, obviously. At one point, an African-American co-worker had had enough, and answered one such complaint, "You're telling me?! It's so hot in here it done turned me black!" Good times.

Comment Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 798

And, what if this kid commits a Columbine-esque revenge scenario? They'll blame it on some other bullshit, not their own lack of souls...

They'd blame it on mental illness, and they'd be right. A mass shooting is not a rational response to bullying, even if it's severe.

What happened in this case is deplorable, but no one deserves to be killed over it. The amount of apparent sympathy for perpetrators of "Columbine scenarios" in this thread is a bit frightening. I get that this is Slashdot and most of us were probably tormented to some degree while we were growing up. Many probably even fantasized about doing something similar, but there's a huge gap between fantasizing and actually going through with it.

Bullies are pricks, but that doesn't make them responsible for the actions of victims who happen to be mentally unstable. It's the same thing as the notion of "making someone kill themself". As evil and disgusting as that degree of bullying may be, at the end of the day each individual is responsible for their own actions, not the actions of others.

Also, while the prevention of school shootings is an obvious reason that bullying needs to be dealt with, I find it rather insensitive to refer to this in the context of a specific case. "What if this kid goes Columbine?" sort of insinuates that he's not right in the head, which isn't very nice.

Comment Re:Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe Apri (Score 1) 322

True on both points. However, It doesn't change the fact that software still "ages" in a way, and that software that works acceptably at one point in time may become unsafe to continue using at a later date. GP seems to think that the intangible nature of software means that its utility can't diminish over time.

Comment Re:Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe Apri (Score 5, Informative) 322

All software has defects, it's the nature of the beast. If vendors were liable for every last bug in their software, the commercial software industry would not exist. (I'm sure there are freetards who feel that would be a good thing, but let's not go there.)

It's not like Microsoft deliberately released XP with 2,722 flaws with the intent to fix them gradually over the next ~12.5 years. That's the problem with security vulnerabilities- they need to be discovered. Odds are, there are plenty more in Windows XP that have yet to be found. XP EOL isn't going to make your XP machine explode and kill your family. Before long, though, unpatched XP systems will be rife with exposed vulerabilities. Browser updates will drop support for XP. It will become unsafe to use any XP machine in any capacity that involves internet connectivity. Advising your clients to continue using XP is irresponsible at best.

Really, since you're so convinced that MS is outright evil, I'm surprised you're not trying to push some linux-based XP replacement. Though, for what it's worth, even free operating systems often have an end of support life, absent any profit motive.

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