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Comment: Re:Is labor dying? (Score 2) 251

by igor.sfiligoi (#41553693) Attached to: Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots?

Not a new problem.

Every time you improve the efficiency of production, you cut the amount of human labor needed.
Think factory vs a bunch of artisan shops. Or a big agriculure machine vs hundreds of small farmers.

So far, every time we reduced the human labor in one sector, we invented another sector which required a new set of human work.
Or did you think you could have iPhones using the middle ages efficiencies?

Let's just hope we can keep up with the trend.

Comment: Re:Open Access and Old Business Models (Score 4, Interesting) 220

by igor.sfiligoi (#39408537) Attached to: Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

You need something that is independent and that will stay around ~ forever.

While I am not advocating for the "old school" business model, publishing trustworthy, referable papers is not cheap.
Try an "Open Access" journal to see their rates.

PS: And, yes, there is always arXiv.org for pre-prints, where you can get most of the papers anyhow, if you are willing to take the risk.

Comment: If only it was not running Android (Score -1, Troll) 77

by igor.sfiligoi (#39177101) Attached to: Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard

At least in theory, I actually love this thing!

it seems the perfect thing... small when you are on the go, with a decent screen + keyboard when you sit down...
(well, something better than 10" would be preferrable, but it is a step in the right direction)

However, having Android and not a real OS is a deal breaker;
I cannot see myself doing any real work with a half baked solution alla Android.


Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.