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Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 205

Woodworking is a perfect example: pick a cabinetry project that requires perfectly square edges, exact lengths, and absolutely perfect joints with no gaps. A great craftsman could eventually get the job done with crap tools. But in the same amount of time he could have made three (and a profit!) using good ones.

Comment Re:The above is informative ? (Score 1) 576

Lets track the jobs instead. Next time you apply for a job, you first go to a govt office have to have your I-9 updated to include your biometric data (fingerprint or iris scan: your pick). The biometric data kept will not be enough to uniquely identify you, just good enough so that subsequent fingerprint/iris scans have a false positive rate of ~1% of identifying someone else as you and a false negative rate of less than 0.01% (chance of not identifying you as you.)

Now: apply for your job. State your name and address and get your iris scanned. The employer's scanner encrypts the info and sends it off to the feds. The Feds match you correctly (99.99% of the time), sends back your taxpayer ID and starts the correct W2 or 1099 paperwork for your employer. The employer checks that you gave the correct taxpayer ID and hires you. The Feds can subsidize cell phone sized scanners that work on current cell phone networks, so if folks can send a text they can check whether farmworkers or babysitters are eligible on the spot and within seconds.

Sure, it could be hacked and people would still be hired under the table. But so long as the penalties for hacking or hiring under the table are steep enough most employers won't want to mess with it.

I remember telling a law student this idea and she said that it was awesome. Then I emphasized that it wasn't just for immigrant labor: for it to be useful it would be for CEOs, lawyers: all jobs. Her expression turned sour and she said it wouldn't work.

Comment Re:Meh... (Score 2) 85

I was never a big gamer - probably because what I want most from a game is to be amazed, or at least surprised. The vertigo from stepping onto the bridge in Half Life 2 - stuff like that. Some of those moments do require a moderately decent setup, and for that the ~$150 price point for GPUs has generally fit the bill for FPS games for quite some time now.

Comment Re:Flying Car (Score 1) 158

Hundreds of billions of machines will be sensing, processing and transmitting data without direct human control and intervention."

Cell phones, cars, kettles from China that come with hidden hardware for plugging into botnets ... we'll be up to a hundred billion easy.

Comment Re:With those figures ? (Score 1) 131

If the society you belong to has not released its legacy content, ask your leadership, Why not?

Probable answer: Because we gave an exclusive license (with an option to renew) to that content to the publisher, and because the society gets some of that $30 to $50 per article that no one actually pays.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.