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Comment Farming (Score 1) 173

> This will be an interesting challenge for the 21st century, what do we do with all the people who are no longer required to make stuff?

Those people will still need to eat, need a place to stay.The answer is farming - either collective, or individually - everyone has the option to own in a piece of land and grow food to feed his family

Comment Re:Same reason we're looking for earth-like life (Score 1) 275

At present, human scientists are attempting to communicate outside our species to primates and cetaceans, and in a limited way to a few other vertebrates. This is inordinately difficult, and yet it represents a gap of at most a few SQ points. The farthest we can reach in our "communication" with vegetation is when we plant, water, or fertilize it, but it is evident that messages transmitted across an SQ gap of 10 points or more cannot be very meaningful. What, then, could an SQ +50 Superbeing possibly have to say to us?

How about, "Hello"? My cat is sentient enough to say "Hello" in a primitive form that I can understand. Sure, an alien civilization much smarter than us wouldn't be able to discuss topics such as advanced quark interaction with us, but why couldn't they say, "Hello"?

I don't think that the problem with communicating with alien life is an intelligence issue. It is far more likely to be impossible, or be an issue of the wrong communication medium.

Comment Are prions a life form? (Score 1) 53

If you define viruses as a life form, then I think prions ought to be considered a life form. They work by coaxing something else into reproducing themselves.

I'm probably not the first person to have thought about this. To me, it sounds like this could be a model for theories of abiogenesis.

Comment Re: Very sad - but let's get legislation in place (Score 1) 706

"Why not make it really simple? If your system gets broken into, it's your fault. "

So your home gets burgled, and its *all* your fault? Not the burglar's? Regardless of the precautions you took?

Though in this case, it was not an innocent home burgled , but an Alibaba's cave full of stolen goods.

Comment Re:Now that's just evil (Score 1) 515

At least Google offers up both open-source Chromium and Chrome. And free alternatives exist - from Lynx to Opera to Ice Weasel.

But its the *Operating System* keeping tabs on you now; and that, closed-source, so you're not sure exactly what "telemetry" it publishes back to the mothership.

Comment Re:Life imitating art? (Score 1) 480

> Needless to say, it did not work out well.

Thanks - but that's a story.

Here's how real life 'worked out' for the author -- she who collected social security cheques as one who “regards it as restitution and opposes all forms of welfare statism”.


Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1974 after decades of heavy smoking.[95] In 1976, she retired from writing her newsletter and, despite her initial objections, allowed Evva Pryor, a social worker from her attorney's office, to enroll her in Social Security and Medicare.[96][97] During the late 1970s her activities within the Objectivist movement declined, especially after the death of her husband on November 9, 1979.[98] One of her final projects was work on a never-completed television adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.[99]

But to your main point - 'to each according to his needs' (Rand's story) is very different from 'set minimum wage' (Gravity Payments).

In fact, the story it should remind you of is this one (at least that's what Gravity's CEO states was his inspiration behind his move):

Comment Re:Guess they haven't been reading the news (Score 1) 418

Hahah.. how did you get this so wrong? Netflix is pretty much the diametric opposite of Gravity Payments in employee treatment.

Netflix's leave policies may *look* like an 'eat what you want' buffet. However the manager at this diner has been known to grab diners he don't like and turf them out. Something that may encourage moderate eating.

Returning to Gravity - I'm pretty sure it'll be doing better than its industry peers within the year.

Comment Re:Netflix already had that policy for holidays (Score 1) 418

Ah, *that* famous slide deck. Here's a ground report on how it works in practise.
High pay, high stress, no job security
Sr. Manager (Current Employee), Los Gatos, CA – July 28, 2015
Pros: High salaryCons: Culture is cut-throat, not collaborative
They live their Culture Deck and people are disposable. The smallest mistake could cost you your job, particularly if the overly-powerful HR business partners take issue with it. There are some good people there, but by and large the complete lack of job security (they don't hesitate to fire people) creates a CYA culture whereby senior management (directors and above) line their organizations with potential "fall guys" that they can lay the blame on (and fire) in the event that anything goes wrong. At least they pay good severance (4-9 months of salary, depending on level).

Pay is high, but other benefits are pretty weak. Healthcare is particularly expensive if you have a family.

Comment pseudo-base-prime (Score 1) 63

OEIS is great. I started working on a project and was able to find some other work done on the same sequence(s)... ,3,5,9,7,15,11,27,... -- my project concerns representing the positive integers in terms of their prime factorization and then examining the properties of various operations on this representation. =)

Comment Error at the start (Score 1) 485

I tried to use Windows 10's Media Creator to create a .iso I could burn to upgrade multiple computers. It threw the trending "Something happened" error message. Great start.

I later figured out that this error is thrown if you try to save the .iso to a directory junction. It's probably not the only cause, since directory junctions that aren't preinstalled are rare, but it is one of them.

The disks are getting full; purge a file today.