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Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 1) 72

A real attraction to that future is the probability that a fair number of people will take advantage of the ability to devote their time to pursuits that don't have to pay off in the short term and as a result create great advances for our society. There's probably a lot of great ideas out there that will never come to anything because people have to wear themselves out meeting basic needs.

Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 2) 72

The problem is that such work quite often doesn't pay as well or offer as much opportunity for advancement. The result will push an ever increasing share of the population into the bottom quintile.

There would need to be a significant hike in the minimum wage to prevent turning that into a powderkeg of social unrest.

Comment: Re:A Serious Deficit, You Say? (Score 1) 321

by Reziac (#48214083) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

This is why I think government's revenue should be limited to export tariffs. That way it's directly dependent on people doing well, and having the wherewithal to generate a surplus. Which is what our own gov't depended on for a century and change, and was thereby kept in check. The income tax and property taxes changed everything, because gross income is always greater than net surplus.

Comment: Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (Score 1) 332

by MightyMartian (#48213265) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Microsoft cared so little about scripting that they left everyone for fifteen years with CMD.EXE and VBScript. I made them work, of course, because what choice did I have. Throw in some third party tools, and you had a solution, though an often very klunky kludgy one. But yes, in general, the notion was that you would just go into Administrative Tools and everything you needed was there... but everything never was there. Frankly, I don't even think GPOs became relatively complete until Server 2008.

Comment: Re:No chance (Score 5, Insightful) 447

by MightyMartian (#48213217) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

The problem here is that the word "troll" has subtly shifted in meaning. When I was first on the Internet in the early 1990s, it was basically online assholes who would make rude comments, try to start flamewars and the like. I don't remember anyone who actually made threats against other people being referred to as "trolls". Back then being abusive like that could get you kicked off of mailing lists, sent you into-moderation hell on moderated newsgroups, and possibly even having your newsfeed terminated by your provider.

This new definition of "troll" is very recent; Twitter-age nomenclature.

Comment: Re:This won't end well (Score 1) 154

by sjames (#48210935) Attached to: U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

you'd have to be stupid or shameless

You have just described a significant portion of the population.

The booth in the video was enclosed, so would be no more exposing than a dressing room. The files are sent off for the actual printing with the result sent back a week later. So by the time anyone sees what you did, the (possibly illegal) deed is done.

It may not come to anything, or it might be the next internet fueled fad.

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