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Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 4, Insightful) 427

by JanneM (#49184159) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

Smart article yes, but it's still incredibly stupid to buy a lottery ticket.

Unless you think it's fun to play. Idle daydreaming about what you'd do if you won; the excitement as the numbers are called; the rollercoaster of emotion as you realize you may win - no you won't - oh but you did get a small price.

It's only stupid if you see it as an investment. See it as entertainment and it's no more dumb than paying to watch a movie.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 0) 450

The word has become broken. People think doxing means to revel someones identity to the public. The days of it meaning I've collected enough evidence to prove this anonymous identity is truly this man behind the curtain are done. It now means the information I posted for public view on Facebook being posted elsewhere for my enemies to see even though they could have just used a phone book. If you dislike the change blame Gamer Gate, and the Journalists who abused the word till it had a new meaning.

Comment: Clearly Parody, and Summary Has False Information (Score 1) 252

by medv4380 (#49173649) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
YouTube took it down, and put it back up once the director, and Saban came to an agreement. What they wanted was a clear indication that Saban had nothing to do with it, and to reduce the chance that children mistake it for their kid friendly version. The video is clearly parody, and mocks the premise of recruiting child warrior a la Africa Child Soldiers. Clearly the author of the summary is under the mistaken belief that Parody must be funny Ha Ha, and probably thinks Black Comedy/Dark Comedy has something to do with race.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 409

by Duhavid (#49164967) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

In the late 1800's sure.
But they were still bloodletting then.
And just discovering that keeping germs out of wounds/surgical sites/people would help them heal better/faster.
So, I don't know how much Doctors prescribing tobacco in that era means. :-)

My mom had a Dr recommend cigarettes to her. ( 1950's when she was a teen. )
So she would be "cool" and less anxious.
So, basically, irrational.

Comment: Re:bicycles are too dangerous (Score 2) 304

by Duhavid (#49148453) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

I don't run red lights, or blow through stop signs.
I will make a left turn from the left lanes, as that is fitting, proper and legal ( where I am, anyway ).
Otherwise, I keep to the right and make sure I am predictable, and try to be courteous to all.

It is still dangerous.

I agree completely that a cyclist should obey the rules of the road. It annoys me when they don't, as a cyclist, as car drivers seem to take a "all cyclists misbehave, so I can run them over" attitude. But that is all window dressing. Riding a bike in traffic is dangerous because automobile operators, in general, don't look, don't see, and don't understand ( excluding a few that do, and a few that seem actively malicious*. ) I would expect you would know that from riding a motorcycle, I have noticed that cars seem to act the same there.

* I am alive today thanks to ( short list, there are others A, 2 metal posts I could ride between, but the car trying to run me down could not, and B, a curb that I hopped up that the car chasing me was not willing to try to get up ).
Note, just ridding my bike where I was allowed to.

Comment: Re: Cost savings (Score 1) 106

by JanneM (#49144065) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

It is ridiculous of course. It is also a common attitude among PI's toward their postdocs and students, especially in high-profile, high-pressure labs.

This letter from a PI to a worker made the rounds a few years ago. The PI claimed later it was a joke. It doesn't read like a joke, and the exact same attidude is not uncommon at all:

Comment: Re:I live in the Netherlands (Score 1) 304

by JanneM (#49134991) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

I used to ride every day. But my place of work changed, so now I walk and take the train instead. Around home we generally walk as well, so my bike sits unused for months on end.

Walking is also good exercize of course, but it does limit the range of places to go. I should fix up the bike and start using it again come spring.

Comment: Re:Black Mirror (Score 5, Insightful) 257

by JanneM (#49134869) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Automation changes the source of production from workers to machines. And that separates the source of production from the source of consumption.

To put it simply, robots produce wealth but does not consume it. Humans consume wealth, but (in this possible future) can no longer produce it. Robots have owners of course, but even if you ignore what happens to the majority of people, a few extremely wealthy people can not possibly make up for the consumption shortfall. Ten-thousand people with 10k each vastly outconsume (by necessity) a single person worth 100M.

So, if the entities making wealth and those using wealth become separate, you need a way to transfer wealth from one to the other. If not, you will see a slow-moving economic collapse, as lack of demand and cost-cutting automation drive each other down.

A basic income, generated from a tax on production (transaction tax, energy tax, direct tax on machinery) is one way, and has the benefit of being simple, straightforward and having low administrative overhead.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell