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Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 1) 720

A lot of people don't want to see this. You can see the assumption everywhere here: those displaced workers will just find another job! Well no, at some point they won't. Automation is well on its way to eliminate certain types of jobs entirely and not all of those people will be able to find new jobs elsewhere. Even if they were to educate themselves, they'd come into a job pool which is already too small for the number of applicants, so at best they'd cause wages to go down and conditions to worsen (since corporations can pick and choose). That's assuming they can, which, especially in the US, usually involves thousands and thousands of dollars on something with no guarantee of a return on investment.

Well, this happened in the past, when people moved away from agriculture and they did not have enough jobs in manufacturing at that time. But that was inevitable part of growing into modern technology age. Automation is going to free the workforce for another purpose like internal combustion engine and agricultural science created workforce that propelled industrial revolution. Today only 3% of population is employed in agriculture and sun did not fall from sky because of that.

Comment: Re:Distributed is hard because of the asshole prob (Score 1) 269

by burbilog (#48219917) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

The latter is the real problem. A system where anyone can join anonymously and can have as many identities as they want will be overrun by spammers and jerks. Facebook has some pushback in that area, which helps. Facebook also started by getting people from big-name schools, so they didn't start with a loser-heavy population.

Avoiding spam is difficult, but possible. If default model is pulling data from people you trust then you can revoke trust if somebody turns to be a spammer.

Otherwise, the network is overrun with fake accounts.

If nobody trusts these fake accounts and nobody fetches their data then it makes zero sense to generate them.

But such system must be as easy in use as Facebook and that is the main Problem.

Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 1) 95

Basically, a post-industrial society will either unconditionally pay its citizens their upkeep with no strings attached, be a more or less horrible dystopia where that upkeep comes with submitting to arbitrary rules like taking drug tests or doing pointless busywork, or collapse in a violent uprising. And I think we all know which one Americans will never, ever, under any circumstances allow their neighbours, even if that means denying it to themselves.

Yes, and horse corpses and horseshit are going to fill all streets and we will drown in that horseshit. Linear extrapolation, huh?

Some years ago most of the population spent its time working in the field. Now agriculture employs about 3% of population. So, do these 97% of other guys starve or what? Did they loose agricultural jobs at some point in 19 and 20 century? Yes, they did. But they found another things to do and capitalism did not die. Now automation is doing the same to manufacturing that gasoline engine and agricultural science did to agriculture. So what? We'll need human jobs anyway until develop AI (and that's not going to happen in any foreseeable future). People will find another values that can't be produced by robots.

Comment: I wonder why parent was modded as +4 insightful? (Score 1) 109

by burbilog (#47669213) Attached to: Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

Stenography relies heavily on a highly-trained stenographer to do the recording, and on a similarly highly-trained individual to turn the record into recognizable English. Trying to use that for writing code, where you don't have the redundancy and patterns of English, is a bit like trying to use Swype to transcribe telephone numbers. Wrong tool for the task, period.

I wonder why parent was modded as +4 insightful? There is no need for "similarly highly-trained individual to turn the record into recognizable English" because transcription software (commercial like digitalCat or opensource like Plover) converts keystrokes into the text. On the fly.

Nobody is going to code at 220 wpm. But what about writing decent documentation? I wish I was able to write documentation, comments in code and emails much faster then I do.

Comment: I need all-in-one case, not complete computer (Score 1) 211

by burbilog (#44666935) Attached to: All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs
I wonder why they don't make such thing like a monitor-case with power supply and room for regular mini-itx motherboard and few horizontal extension slots. That's something that I would buy on spot, immediately. It's good to eliminate cables (that's reason #1 why non-tech people buy notebooks, not because of portability), but buying all-in-one or notebook takes away almost all possibilities of upgrade. Universal monitor-case could solve this problem.

Comment: Elop can't fire all linux developers at once (Score 1) 199

by burbilog (#37584912) Attached to: Nokia Preps Linux OS For Low-End Smartphones
Is there any level on which this decision makes sense in light of Nokia's direction?

It makes a perfect sense because Elop can't fire all linux developers at once. It's just impossible under the law. So he has to find them a useless work for an year or two.

Consistency? What's that?

Everything is consistent. They are going to kill linux devlopment, just can't do it in one month.

Does Nokia have any strategic direction at all?!

Yes. Microsoft.

Comment: Google does enforce identity here in Russia (Score 1) 373

by burbilog (#36906658) Attached to: Security Expert Slams Google+ Pseudonym Policy
I just tried to create google plus account and they won't continue unless they either: send me an SMS or call my mobile phone. And all mobile phones are registered to person here in Russia. It does not matter what online name the profile has, it's enough to tell the police mobile phone number and they know exactly where to go to beat the shit out of somebody with dfferent political views... Of couse it's extremely easy and cheap to buy anonymous SIM card and an old used phone (to avoid leaving my personal communicator's IMEI in cellular tower's logs). I think I'm going to do that just to have a spare identity.

Comment: Does it support adblock list subscription? (Score 1) 318

by burbilog (#29330121) Attached to: Meet Uzbl — a Web Browser With the Unix Philosophy
No? Then it's not a browser at all. Today it's impossible to browse the net without eazylist & co. It makes NO sense to change your browser if you switch and immediately get hit with shitloads of ads. That's exactly why I did not switch from Firefox to Opera, no matter how fast Opera is (and was). I don't want to maintain my own list of adblocks, other people did it well. I just want to be subscribed to the best up-to-date set of rules and only Firefox does this seamlessly.

If God had a beard, he'd be a UNIX programmer.