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Comment Fix my problems, invest the rest (Score 1) 829

First things's first, I'd hire an accountant, a lawyer, and an executive assistant, have them all keep each other in check and keep me financially and legally secure, and let me direct the use of that money more easily than having to spend it all myself. But that settled, I would fix the problems that personally affect me the most, first:

My mom is presently homeless and in terrible physical health, and her mom (my only living grandparent) likewise; grandma at least can stay with another of her kids for now, but I live in a tiny trailer and can't really help mom. But simultaneously, the first childhood home I can remember, near where I live now, is for sale. I'd buy that house in cash immediately and let mom and grandma live there, with in-home nursing care and a personal assistant to help them with anything they need, and instructions to help enroll them both in creative and social programs (painting classes, book clubs, etc) to help bring them both back into good enough mental shape that I can have positive relations with them again.

I'd buy my dad's underwater land off him, and basically redevelop the entire thing into a proper house, rather than the decaying frankenstein partially rebuild mobile home and unpermitted slapdash structures it's made of now. It would include a lot of garden space, so that dad could grow his own food, which he loves to do already, and which would save him a lot of money. I'd probably also buy him a lot of musical instruments, and let him retire to the music he's always wanted to do his entire life.

And lastly I'd buy the property at the top of the hill from where dad lives now, the ruins of the huge old house I grew up in as a kid, before the mountain fell on it. I'd have the whole place rebuilt the way I remember it, and retire there myself. I'd finally be able to live with my girlfriend, and we'd get married and live happily ever after in there.

Of course, new cars and computers and phones and such for all of the above, and physical and mental health care and therapy for everyone involved until everyone's in as good a shape as possible, but that's all trivial on the scale we're talking about.

I'd then invest enough money in some stable long-term investment like index funds, such that the returns are enough to fund the upkeep of all of the above and a comfortable lifestyle for everyone involved indefinitely. I would then spend my time completing the life's work that I've had to put off until retirement.

I'd probably finish the mod for an ancient video game that I never quite completed, and then make another mod for another ancient game that I never even got to start, just for a warm-up. I would likely hire a bunch of my old friends who wanted careers as video game developers to help me with this, and maybe fund a startup for them to bring their own projects to fruition together and realize their own life dreams.

Then I would finish writing my philosophy book (probably hiring a philosophy student or graduate from the local university to be my sounding-board and fact-checker, since I'm so out of practice in that world now). Then I would probably spend the rest of my life fleshing out the speculative fiction series I've been very slowly developing in one form or another my entire life. I'd probably also study a lot on my own, or take classes or hire teachers when I can't teach myself something from books.

I might want to make the personal-funding investment large enough that I could afford to travel while I do all of this, and then I'd buy a boat and sail from port to port along all the coasts (and up all the rivers) of the world, maybe traveling by horseback up the rivers where boats can't fit. Bringing an entourage with me the whole time to make sure we can communicate with the locals, get us through customs, stay out of trouble with the law, don't miss any important sights, etc. See the world, while doing my life's work, since all I need to write is a laptop and I can do that from any hotel room anywhere.

Any money left over would go to further investments granted to a foundation I would create to fund charities, and to create a charity. The charity I create would be a general-purpose help center, where people come first when they need any kind of help. It would direct them to other existing charities where they exists to help with those kinds of problems (and direct funding to those charities for the good work they do), and also offer custom help, including both guidance and as necessary (and affordable) funding, to solve problems not covered by existing charities. It would gather, in essence, emic ethnographic data from its clients, figuring out what it is that people in general are suffering the most from, and aside from publishing that information for the charitable economy (and private businesses who may see opportunities for new niches to serve), either boosting existing efforts to solve those problems, or founding new charitable organizations to address those problems specifically. Where possible, such new charities would operate by subsidizing the purchase of relevant services from private businesses, and then invest in those private businesses, using the proceeds from those investments to further fund subsidize the purchase of their services by those in need of them, creative a positive feedback loop that grows the charity's ability to give over time and helps keep it self-sustaining.

Comment Re:Why is Blackmailing illegal? (Score 1) 213

I can totally see why someone would be furious if someone was threatening to release embarrassing information about them, but what I don't see is why it's not a crime to just release the information, but it is a crime to agree not to release the information (in exchange for something from the other party).

Say I'm in a mostly-empty public place and I see someone who thinks they're alone doing something really embarrassing, like picking their butt or something.

I laugh and say I'm gonna tell everybody what a ridiculous butt-picker they are. That's legal, right?

If they say "no, please don't!", and I take pity and agree not to, that's still legal of course.

But if I don't agree, and they say "I'll give you $20 if you just keep your mouth shut!"...?

If I say "no" and tell anyway, we're back in case one which was legal, but if I say "ok sure"... now that's not legal?

Or maybe that is, but if I say "nah I'm totally telling... unless you make it worth my while not to". Now that's a crime?

Comment Re:Aha! (Score 4, Insightful) 449

I've met plenty of women who've bemoaned their ability to get laid.

Of course, that's because they have standards, and aren't willing to sleep with just anyone.

A man who's willing to sleep with just anyone, including women he finds from attractive, can get laid with the same frequency as women with those same standards.

Seriously, go find a lonely ugly fat girl somewhere, don't call her a lonely ugly fat girl, and insinuate that you would like to have sex with her. Pretty sure shot at getting laid.

That's about what a woman has to do to guarantee she gets laid too. Just drop all standards and be open to fucking anything with a pulse, and bam, boorish contemptible assholes will be all over her, terrible people she hates, but at least she's getting laid right?

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

It occurs to be that the solution to this problem is simple, but you're not going to like it.

First thing I do when I get my hands on robots is build an army of killbots capable of telling anyone who threatens me to fuck right off. And then I stay here and happily get ignored while my robots service me.

Of course everyone else is going to do the same thing and humanity will go extinct in a robot apocalypse.

Unless we fix the fucking problem ahead of time and avoid the need to have killbots telling people to fuck off and die.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

Do not reply to me again you thick-headed stupid fucking troll who apparently has nothing else to do but sit on Slashdot all day (seriously, five fucking pages worth of comments since yesterday?).

Your reading comprehension problems are too fucking thick and your UID is too low, you punk-ass fucking kid. Get a fucking job and shut your ignorant fucking pie hole.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

You still don't fucking get it. This isn't hunter-gatherers vs farmers. Read the fucking large print, and get it through your thick fucking skull:

I AM NOT ARGUING AGAINST AUTOMATION.

I AM NOT ARGUING AGAINST AUTOMATION.

I AM NOT ARGUING AGAINST AUTOMATION.

I'm arguing that when everybody shifts to "farming" instead of "hunting and gathering", we can't let some people claim all the arable land and kick everyone else off of it. YES, let's fucking farm instead of hunting and gathering; but NO, you don't get to say that ONLY YOU get to farm, and everyone else has to die because you won't even let them keep hunting and gathering on "your" farmland. IT IS NOT YOUR FUCKING LAND. THE WORLD DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU.

And you especially don't get to say "then get some farmland of your own" while actively hoarding it from everyone else. THEY'RE TRYING TO GET FARMLAND OF THEIR OWN, SO WHEN THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION HAPPENS THEY CAN JOIN IN ON IT TOO, AND YOU'RE KEEPING IT FROM THEM.

Now why don't you fuck off and die yourself you goddamn genocide apologist. I hope someone skins you alive in your sleep you despicable filthy fucking monster.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

I'm not challenging the freight train, I'm challenging the guys who pushed me onto the tracks and are keeping me there at gunpoint.

And you're probably on the tracks too, facing the same gunmen, and too fucking obsessed with the train to realize you'll be shot when you try to step out of its way.

Unless, as I'm beginning to suspect, you're one of the gunman keeping everyone else there, in which case I hope someone murders you as slowly and painfully as possible you despicable worthless waste of oxygen.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

I am not saying I personally am going to make all of the necessary changes to save humanity myself right now.

I am urging other people to realize what is necessary if they don't all want to die when the time comes, and to collectively do something about it now while there's still time.

And you seem to continue under the misunderstanding that I'm advocating something against robots. Not at all. I'm pointing out a socioeconomic problem we already have, that we have a bandaid over, which bandaid will go away when the robots come, so we need to fix the underlying problem before that happens.

And you also fail to realize that I'm advocating largely the same endgame as you are, and only highlighting a problem with the means you propose. "Get to high ground", yes -- by the time the robots here we all need to be financially independent or we'll die. Well right now the high ground is guarded by men with guns who keep most people from getting to it. I'm not trying to bargain with the title wave, I'm saying both "goddamnit, let the fucking people up the hill already" and "hey everyone, if they don't let us up the hill we're gonna have to do something about it soon or drown else when the tidal wave hits"

You're ignoring the armed guards obstructing the way up the hill and telling people "just get up the hill" like it's simply a matter of choice and if they don't then they were just too dumb to live.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

In this scenario they're not attacking you. They're ignoring you. And because you can't live with them ignoring you, you will attack them because they have resources you need.

No, they're not, and repeating that and ignoring when I point how how they're not just ignoring me doesn't change the facts.

Let's look at my case in particular here to illustrate. I own everything in my possession and have no debt to anyone and paid for it all with cash that I got from trading my labor fairly to other people in exchange for that money. I even own the structure I live in. But I don't own the land under it. So long as I keep giving some of the money I make from trading my labor to the guy who owns that land, he ignores me and leaves me alone. I am paying him off to ignore me, to leave me alone and let me be. What I want is for him to continue ignoring me. That would be great.

Then the robots come, and let's say I can even afford one, and I no longer have to pay anyone for services anymore, but nobody has to pay me for services either, and I lose my job. For the most part that's OK because everything I would get with the money from my job, I get from my robots instead. Except now I'm not paying off the landlord to ignore me and leave me be, and he stops ignoring me, tells me I have to leave, and eventually police(-bots) are sent to force me to go somewhere else.

Except everywhere else will do exactly the same thing, because there is no unowned land; if there were, I'd already be living on some of it instead of bribing someone else to ignore my existence on his. So anywhere I go, even if all I want to do there is exist alone inside my home and let my robots serve me, someone is going to come and threaten my life, because it's "their" land, not mine.

That's not ignoring me. That is forcing me into servitude at gunpoint and then telling me that my services are no longer required so here comes the gun. All I want is to be released from that forced servitude and allowed to just fucking exist somewhere.

If all I was being threatened with was being ignored, that would be no threat. But that's not the case, and sticking your fingers in your ears doesn't make it the case.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"

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