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Comment: "Hiding Things" (Score 3, Insightful) 473

by Sir_Eptishous (#49172397) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
I hear the faint and cryptic laughter of Steve Jobs echoing in the distance...

Hiding Things?
Well of course, because modern UI design is all about obfuscating control over your device and interface.
Microsoft and the rest(this includes Linux desktops) don't want a "cluttered" user experience. UI designers seem to forget that people to need to modify and control their device and interface.

UI designers are too quick to "googlify" interfaces to such a degree that vast uncounted eons of time are wasted simply trying to modify simple things because UI designers have mandated a "spartan" and oh so Sprockets-like look and feel.
Users are tricked into thinking they shouldn't see the nuts and bolts.
Users are treated like idiots, and then become idiots.

Comment: Re:what is your favorite Nimoy scene? (Score 1) 407

by Sir_Eptishous (#49149445) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
1. Any scene where he raises an eyebrow and has a mockingly surprised look.
2. Any scene where he uses the Vulcan nerve pinch or mind meld.
3. Any scene where he laughs or smiles.
4. Any scene from Amok Time when he fights Kirk and smiles at then end when he finds out Kirk doesn't die.
5. Any scene where he is dressed up in strange period costumes such as classical greek, nazi germany or 1930's gangster.

Comment: Legacy (Score 4, Insightful) 407

by Sir_Eptishous (#49148351) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
Though it can be viewed as sad news, he lived a long and "prosperous" life by any measure.
Think about his legacy.
He masterfully played a character who willfully disdained violence and used his massive intellect for the good of sentient beings everywhere.
A brilliant "avatar" for the future.

Leonard Nimoys legacy will live on and is probably the most iconic of all the Star Trek characters.

Spock is right up there with Gandalf and Yoda in the Nerd Trinity.

Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 3, Interesting) 301

I have a good friend whom I've known for years who is a Teamster. To be honest, I feel your ridiculous and long winded account of Teamsters is quite off the mark.
Perhaps if you saw and heard things from the other side you might change your opinion. But I doubt it. It appears you already know everything their is to know about what it's like to be a Teamster, and what they put up with. Thanks for that shower of wisdom.

Again, my knowledge about their job isn't first person, just coming from what my very good friend has told me for the last twenty years or so. I can tell you this though, your 1970's era opinions of unions being all powerful are about as anachronistic as holding up your lighter during Freebird at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

My friend has described in detail how they continue to "get fucked" everytime their new contracts come up. And yes, he tells me the details of thier contracts, what has changed, how it used to be, etc; He actually doesn't like telling me most of it, but I'm quite interested in how that process works, how they negotiate, etc;

The Teamsters don't get their cake and eat it to, as those with a Mussoliniesque political bent would have everyone believe.
Unioins, and especially the Teamsters are a pale shadow of their former selves.

Now to the real point.
Yes, we will have driverless vehicles in the not too distant future.
Yes, most if not all of the driving professions will disappear quite rapidly after that happens.
Yes, that will put even more people out of work, with no or little hope of a future profession now that their livelihood has disappeared.

Comment: The Big Picture (Score 1) 257

by Sir_Eptishous (#49137307) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken
When the cost of automating the factory jobs in places like China is less than paying humans to do it, then you will see big problems.
Right now the talk is about, "they will move the jobs to Indonesia or Africa", etc; How would the CCP deal with Billions of unemployed? How would the US govt?

The problem starts when large groups of people lose their jobs to automation and robots.

What would happen to those employed in the Ag industries if tech showed up that could pick and process produce much quicker and cheaper than people could?
What would happen to those employed in the janitorial services if tech showed up that could clean offices, hotels, etc much quicker and cheaper than people could?
What will happen to those employed in the food service occupations when tech shows up that can cook quicker, easier and cheaper than people can?

Yes, the white collar job losses to automation, robotics and software will continue and are alarming, but when large groups of lower income and less educated people become unemployed due to technology, then you will see the robotic "security forces" used in all their glory to control a dispossessed and desperate human population.

You can guarantee "think tanks" around the world are already planning for this inevitability.

Comment: Re: Deal of the century? (Score 1) 241

Unfortunately, all of the really good replies to your banker apologist riff there were done by AC.

I'm going to reply to your post, which has been modded up by some of the real idiots of /., to point out, as others have, that regardless if they paid the loans back, what they did wrecked the lives of lots and lots of people. Not only that, they were never prosecuted or jailed for these crimes that wrecked the lives of lots and lots of people. For someone to have to point these things out to you, shows your complete lack of comprehension at what those douche-bag bankers got away with.

For someone such as yourself to defend those douche-bags, and then get modded up for it, not only shows the ridiculousness of your politically motivated apology, but also shows the deep callousness towards common middle class Americans who bore the brunt of the The Great Recession.

Comment: All it will take is (Score 4, Insightful) 580

by Sir_Eptishous (#49042693) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities
for a bunch of these kids to get chickenpox or pertussis and everyones tune will change on vaccinations.

I grew up with a grandmother who was a nurse during the 20's - 60's. She told me horror stories of what medicine was like before things like penicillin and vaccinations. People died from the simplest things, as they do still, but back then it was more dangerous. We take for granted that we live in a time with less disease than ever in human history.

People need to wake up.

Comment: Re:What stopped Senator Joseph McCarthy? (Score 1) 239

by Sir_Eptishous (#49025873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?
Apparently none of the McCarthy apologists on /. have read or seen your post. You would be surprised how many there are. They would love to point out to you how there really were commies around every water cooler in government, and that all the evil McCarthy did was worth it to ferret out such an abomination.

Comment: Coronal Mass Ejection (Score 1) 239

by Sir_Eptishous (#49025733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?
A sufficient Coronal Mass Ejection / EMP event, similar to or greater than the Solar Storm of 1859 could disable the electrical and digital means of surveillance, except for maybe those who live near 10-15 degrees of the equator.

The way I see it, unless something like that happens, which essentially means bringing modern 21st century civilization down, nothing is going to change. It really is only a matter of time until ubiquitous and omniscient surveillance happens, probably sometime in the next 20-30 years.

Comment: Re:There is no hope. (Score 1) 223

by Sir_Eptishous (#48982947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?
You just wrote one of the best descriptions of "smart phones" I've yet to read on /.
Well done.

On a side note I've read that many people here don't browse on their devices, whether Android or iPhone.
I thought I was only one.

I rooted my Galaxy a while back, etc; to gain a little control over it, but to be honest, the "browsing of websites" is utter dreck on any smart phone. Just annoying as hell, and not just because of ads. Also because of how the sites look in the different browsers is just really bad and not worth the hassle. Apps are alright, but really the only reason I have a "smart phone" with data is because of my work, not because I'm another screen zombie who looks at their phone all day.

Comment: FTFA (Score 1) 379

by Sir_Eptishous (#48981415) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression.

Keep your fingers crossed:

Originally, I believed that the FCC could assure internet openness through a determination of “commercial reasonableness” under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. While a recent court decision seemed to draw a roadmap for using this approach, I became concerned that this relatively new concept might, down the road, be interpreted to mean what is reasonable for commercial interests, not consumers. That is why I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections. Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply—for the first time ever—those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.

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