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Comment Re:If machines put people out of work (Score 1) 226

This is the only real solution that doesn't wind up with either a future that looks like mad max or involves wiping out a few billion people. Buckminster fuller called it decades ago:

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

Eventually automation will reach a point where at minimum a large plurality of society, if not an outright majority, is simply incapable of working to support itself due to the sheer lack of human-employing jobs. We either accept that our technological development has led to a level of production where a basic existence no longer requires toil, or we condemn enormous portions of humanity to a truly unending and inescapable poverty.

Either way we need to fundamentally rethink how we view economics and society, especially given that we're almost certainly not going to meet any reasonably livable target for managing global climate change.

Comment Re:Tips for new statisticians (Score 2) 160

Hoisting the AC for asking a good question.

To add on: R is gaining massive traction in graduate programs but so many professors teach it like it's SPSS, almost as a cargo cult coding language, and so much of the documentation is written for people who are already experienced coders. Is there any decent introduction to R for someone that doesn't already know it (or another programming language) fluently?

Comment Re:oh ffs already (Score 2) 291

There's a whole article that I can use to teach undergrads about how fraudulent methodology can fabricate any result you want. Their methodology is, as usual for a socjus "study", total garbage and their results are neither statistically significant nor are their conclusions based on sound logic.

Comment Re:oh ffs already (Score 2, Insightful) 291

You're absolutely right. The fact 50% of domestic violence victims have 0% of federal funding and shelters, and 50% of rape victims aren't even legally recognized, is a real and serious problem.

Manufactured "discrimination" about pull requests is neither real nor serious.

Comment Re:Windows Phone Keyboard (Score 1) 118

Except ever since they went "free" swiftkey's performance has been absolute shit. It lags even my S5 so badly that it would take almost a minute just for the screen to respond to the power button and turn off. I finally got sick of waiting 30s-several minutes just to type something or close a messenger bubble that I switched to the stock keyboard.

Comment Re:Two types of Error (Score 1) 555

The problem with smart guns is that you get the same failure from each path: Somebody gets shot that wasn't supposed to. Either someone gets shot by your gun when they weren't supposed to, or you get shot by somebody else's because you couldn't shoot them first.

This is going to be a battle decided entirely by the media. Either they stir up massive outrage over the first cop/owner to die when his smart gun fails during a time of need, or they continue stirring up outrage over negligent discharges while enforcing a media embargo over smart-tech failures.

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