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Comment: Re: Whence the trend? (Score 1) 688

by donstenk (#48620711) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Actually there are a lot of (metaforical) burgers to flip. With the increase of free time and disposable income tourism has boomed since the 60s and whole nations are dependent on service sectors.

There have not been so many restaurants, bars etc in history as from the second half of the 20th century onwards.

If everything is automated but nobody there with an income to buy good or services those automated facilities will be pointless and ultimately self defeating unless implemented in a society that accommodates this development. Think Mincome or such things.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 395

by donstenk (#48485533) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

This is how it works in the Netherlands. Taxing and tax breaks make many people choose environmentally friendly cars like hybrids and electric. In this country is Tesla costs about 18.000 euro's if you factor in the tax breaks over a period of 3 years. This is also the reason the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most sold SUV.

Comment: Rtfa again: it's about rejecting not filtering! (Score 1) 265

by donstenk (#48134301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Unbelievably only one poster appears to have read the article correctly: the poster is asking why does google bother letting all the spam through to spam folder rather than simply rejecting it.

It's a very valid point. Spam folders can be so crowded you can't spot a a misfiled email easily anymore.

Comment: Re:e-Ink (Score 1) 333

by donstenk (#42301429) Attached to: Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers?

I actually got off dead tree books by starting reading on an iPad and quickly upgraded to a dedicated ereader with E-ink as it was lighter to hold, easier to read and less distracting than a fully networked device.

Since then I am not whacked on the head anymore by an annoyed spouse every time a mail comes in whilst reading in bed. I know there is an offline mode but it is easily forgotten.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 291

by donstenk (#38574534) Attached to: Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

Same thing in Italy, I do not believe sim-locking is allowed, and for sure all phones I bought in recent years were unlocked, including my iPhones. I know, as I like to change SIM when travelling.

My contract however, is another story, and contains a clause for a hefty penalty for changing provider before 36 months, so yes my phone is unlocked but I am paying around 3600 euro for it (including practically unlimited calling minutes also abroad). So my next iPhone, by my own calculation, will be the iPhone 5s.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.