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Comment: Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (Score 1) 384

by phantomfive (#48644821) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Nobody here has the slightest clue

Yeah that's actually true lol, I have no idea what you're talking about now. Quoting the Matrix now?

I mean, you can try going without working or eating. You are free to do that. You'll die of course, but not because 'society' is killing you, but because that's how nature is. The natural state is you have to work to stay alive. That's true with society or without.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is adapting to a new role (Score 2) 135

by phantomfive (#48644783) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

Compared to Java, they decided that exceptions don't need to be declared, so you have to look up in the documentation which exceptions you have to handle. However, the documentation doesn't list all exceptions that can be thrown.

Yeah, this is a big one, and it's especially painful when working with programmers who are less competent.

If you are writing it yourself, you can just wrap everything in try{}catch{}, which is what I do, but you never no what method is going to throw an exception.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 135

by phantomfive (#48644777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

If you have a .NET focused person who also claims Java experience, how do you know what questions to ask if you don't know .NET?

If I were interviewing someone who programmed in either .NET or Java who had trouble picking up the other language, I would absolutely not hire them. They are both so similar that if you can't pick up the language, then you are incompetent.

Comment: Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (Score 1) 384

by phantomfive (#48644131) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I never dreamed that in my lifetime I would see the day when people believe that eliminating the need to be a slave to somebody is a bad thing.

Well, this is where you are wrong, as someone said, "the worst financial mistake you can make is to believe you are working for someone else." Sure, I need to work to provide myself income, but that's much much different than slavery.

We are definitely living in a sadomasochist world.

The world was created that way. It's the natural state of things. We eat other animals, and they eat us if they can.

Comment: Re:I like your world (Score 1) 384

by phantomfive (#48643153) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
Yeah. Out of all the ideas that came out of the banking crisis, there is only one that I wanted implemented (and suggested by Paul Volcker): "Any bank that is too big to fail is too big to exist. If a bank needs money from the government (and the only reason it would is because failing to give it money would ruin the economy), then it should be shut down or broken up and sold off in pieces."

Elizabeth Warren talks bad about banks, but her actions (supporting Dodd Frank, for example, which ensures banks will get a bailout in the future) are the opposite. If she really is against Wall Street, then lets hear her say that banks will be broken up if they get government money.

Comment: Re:Status still important in Voyage From Yesteryea (Score 1) 384

by phantomfive (#48643129) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

. Projects there self-organized on the basis of individuals deferring to each other based on specific competences -- not sure what the would have made of the recent "systemd" controversy?

So that's a good point, the open source is the closest to post-scarcity communism that the world has ever seen.

Still, I don't think 'competency' is enough of a measurement (although I wouldn't mind getting a competent president). A person can be highly competent at something that people don't value. How would that situation be handled?

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane

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