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Comment: Re:Old (Score 1) 621

by hitmark (#48643483) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

If only. The whole concept hinges on there being mental tasks that only a human brain can perform.

Except that even the lower rungs of those are now being automated. Things like the task of sorting through the reams of paperwork that is the building block of a lawsuit. Normally a task of a near army of paralegals. These days you can get a computer to do it.

http://singularityhub.com/2011...

Comment: Re: How soon? (Score 1) 153

by hitmark (#48642689) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

That was perhaps the Statute of Anne take. But the version we have now globally is that merged with the French "rights of the author". This is where the whole life+X comes from, as the French worried about the authors social rights. That is, the right to control in what context ones creation is used. Don't want your play or similar be associated with a certain dictator, deny anyone that want to use it in his honor. Never mind that those laws came into being when you were lucky to live past 40 with your health intact.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 3, Informative) 621

by hitmark (#48642621) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Yeah, the modern statistical definition of "unemployed" is "having been actively searching for work in the last week before survey, and is willing to take the first job that they find". If you don't fill those criteria then you are not statistically speaking unemployed, but at the same time you are not employed either. From the point of view of the unemployment statistics, you basically don't exist.

Comment: Re: What's happening to Linux? (Score 1) 257

by hitmark (#48488941) Attached to: Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

The latter is not unlikely. Corporations seems to love policy management, and shit seems to have hit the fan with the into of policykit. A xml monstrosity delegating limited "root" abilities based on various criteria (like consolekit/logind "seat" status).

Never mind that whole debacle with Puleeaudio, that started with a simple set of usb headphones...

Automagical turtles all the way down.

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