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Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 381

by ArsonSmith (#48644677) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

The scale may be different but one man with a backhoe still displaces 100 men with shovels. Now it may be one man with a factory of robots displaces 1000 assembly line workers. Or one man watching a console of automated farm machines displaces 100 tractor drivers. In the past it was one man with a cotton gin could replace 100 slaves. or one caveman with a wheel and cart could carry back three knocked out mates to his cave.

(*) except for the last example, man is used in the non gender specific man-kind form.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 0) 121

by Grishnakh (#48644603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

but I'm guessing a lot of it is from open source fanboys that love to hate Microsoft and have never taken time to use the recent (last 3-5 years) iterations of it's products.

All you have to do is try out Windows 8/Metro to renew any hatred for MS products that may have subsided.

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 381

by Tablizer (#48644491) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I'm not stopping anybody from re-examining the various acts.

And your statement of the reason behind the DB act is only an opinion. Further, even if an act was created with questionable intentions, it may sometimes be kept or used for other purposes beyond the original. Thus, original intent alone is not a reason to keep or discard an act.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 118

by Opportunist (#48644233) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Actually I have on more than one occasion. Funny enough, never in front of a traffic light.

I don't know about your country, in mine it's easy: You rear end someone, you're guilty. Period. There is no good explanation you could possibly give why you couldn't keep enough distance that you had enough time to react and stop your vehicle before slamming into another one.

I know exactly one case that didn't end like this, and only because the rear-ending car could PROVE that the other one was slamming into him in reverse instead of the other way around.

Comment: Re:Once a week forever (Score 1) 197

Yes they do. Scammers, like everyone who runs a business (and scamming is nothing else to them) need to make money with their time. All you have to do to be considered poison to them is to steal their time. That costs your time, too, once or twice, but usually after a few runs they'll never bother you again, simply because you're not worth the time.

Plus, it's fun to screw with them.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 118

by vux984 (#48644037) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

All you've done is argue that its not the presence of red light cameras causing accidents; its the screwing around with the yellow timing that is.

Screwing around with the yellow durations -- that leads to an unsafe intersection.

Nobody has to drive poorly if red light cameras are installed and the intersection is setup properly.

Comment: Re:Good news, bad news (Score 1) 381

by fyngyrz (#48644027) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

That is unmitigated, blinder-driven nonsense.

Art can be an expression of joy; of nothing; of interest; of form; of function... and it can still be art, even *great* art, no matter if some particular critic or consumer finds it unworthy, or not. It can be found in paintings, weapons, carved shells, code, fiction, sexuality, clothing, history, religion, philosophy, architecture, pottery, bonsai, the manner of one's death, kitchen appliances, on stage, in music... and a whole lot of other places... and all of it can arise with -- or without -- struggle. Struggle is not a required foundation, it's just a circumstance that in some part gives rise to some artworks, as can be said for virtually any facet of the experience of life, of the nature of reality, of the nature of fantasy.

Your view of art is so narrow I'm surprised you even admit there is any.

And *I* am a bloody Philistine, lol.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 3, Insightful) 118

by vux984 (#48644003) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

They could just get tickets I guess.

While I don't care for the cameras I do live in a city with red light cameras. I've NEVER had any difficulty stopping safely; and I've never gotten a red light ticket.

As long as the city isn't screwing with the yellow light duration, if you were driving safely then red light cameras really don't affect you.

just to drive the way they were driving before that was safer.

Running red lights is not safe.

What the cameras force are sudden stops and accelerations. You can't avoid it.

Again, around here, that's just not the case. When the light turns yellow, people prepare to stop for the red. Unless they are moving at sufficient speed to enter the intersection while its still yellow. Its basic driving 101.

If red light cameras make you are slam on the brakes then you are driving poorly.

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