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Comment: Re:Automation is Dependent on Design for Manufactu (Score 2) 186

by Pinky's Brain (#49158637) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

Fish gutters are more impressive than simply doing portioning with straight cuts ... but these machines have years to earn their costs.

For mobile phones you'd be designing new manipulators all the time, we don't have something as generic as the human hand which can work magic with relatively simple tools. We'll get there, but not in 3 years.

Comment: Re:Service Sector (Score 1) 307

by Pinky's Brain (#49072317) Attached to: The Software Revolution

I think living standards is a better word for the ability to consume. I count wealth in m2, not in the ability to consume. Land generates rent ... iPhones do not. When land ownership shifts to the top, government has to make up the difference through redistribution to not let everything snowball up.

IMO we have been able to improve median living standards through increasing government redistribution ... do you disagree? If not, are you willing to let that redistribution continue to increase?

Comment: Re:What's the term for a prophylactic prediction? (Score 1) 677

by Pinky's Brain (#49039973) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

If you have a formal education you have heard of his name for A*.

If you don't you will at the very least have heard the sentence Goto Considered Harmful ... and I think we can all agree it's a snappy turn of phrase, hard to forget and by now iconic. Unless you lock someone up in a cave with The C Programming Language before they learned any programming I think they'll have heard of it by the time they are proficient with C.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?