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Comment: Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 102

by kaatochacha (#47495489) Attached to: "Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

I'm becoming less and less of a fan of the "buggy whip" example. Mainly because we currently feel it's so easy and simple to point and laugh at those archaic, buggy whip makers.
The concept changes drastically when you realize how much of the middle class has/will be gutted by automation, and now it's not just buggy whip guys losing their job, it's YOU. In the position you thought was too intelligent and necessary, you're suddenly automated out of existence and somebody else is making jokes about whatever it is you do being eliminated, times are tough, suck it up.
Society needs to figure out a way to deal with this before it becomes rioting, heads on poles serious.

Comment: Re:No real surprise (Score 1) 706

People who look fondly on Communism view themselves as the policy makers in that system, when they imagine it implemented. They never see themselves as the slave being told to toil away in the coal mines.
Just as anyone who thinks they could be a "benevolent dictator" is wrong.

Comment: Re:user error (Score 1) 706

I do this as well, and there's one case where people are reasonably upset: If you're coasting up to a light that's red, but are in the left lane, you may block someone from making a left turn signal at the light that's green. I try to be accommodating if I see that and not coast to the light.

Comment: Re:Ah (Score 1) 69

by kaatochacha (#47379963) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

There are illegal companies that do exactly this. They send formal looking bills for vague services to large companies, usually in smallish amounts.
Often, the person receiving the bill, rather than research why "XYZ Consulting" is charging a $22.45 fee for consulting services, will just pay them.
If only one out of ten gets paid, they're still ahead.

Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 1) 299

by kaatochacha (#47377531) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

Were you beaten by a Christian as a kid? I bet you're fun at parties.
You know what? I don't believe what Mormon's believe. However hey're nice, kind, generally thoughtful. Why would I actively disparage them? I KNOW what I know and what they think. Why make it a fighting point? But I'd rather sit around with a bunch of Mormon's discussing religion than half the people trumpeting self-important "I'm right, you're wrong, fool." statements.

Comment: Re:Champagne corks pop at Amazon (Score 1) 51

by kaatochacha (#47334755) Attached to: Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

Oddly enough, were they dead tree books, you wouldn't even have been bothered by the whole thing.
I can get paper books from my local library for .50-$1.00. Searching by specific authors is difficult, but on a sidenote I often find other things to read.
The technology is selling us supposed convenience at the cost of control and access.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.