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Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 755

In my mind, governments were setup with the ideology they'd be the biggest kid on the block in terms of raw income through taxation.

They have the media on their asses to keep them honest and are required full disclosure of almost all public funds(military spending somewhat grey there). But along comes the accountant in a private corporation, sees his opex is cut into heavily by wages.

So they capex some fancy robotic automation overlords to do job x that wage taker did and then 'right-size' a giant chunk of workforce. Suddenly a massive amount of people arent getting taxed, because no laws are in place to tax robots(unless im missing something obvious). The few top end of the corporations are earning more and more so they get to lobby and _donate_ money to government policymakers disturbing basic democracy.

I see the only answer coming from the government increasing a generalist tax(like GST) in order to cover a basic income for the... robotically displaced meatbags... and also to pull into line some feisty corporate meddling.

Comment Finally (Score 3, Interesting) 755

After all this time reporting on our robotic overlords, somebody realizes they don't get paid, desire no sleep nor suffer as many inaccuracies as us meatbags!

Eventually people will get off this train of consumerism for the good of economic growth, which in the end doesn't mean much for peoples real needs like shelter, food and water. All humanity needs to contribute is entertainment(our only true want) with our overlords taking care of the rest.

Comment HTML5 is it (Score 1) 93

I feel like this term HMTL5 is misleading - its a codec war between h.264 and vp8. Google threw down with buying On2 and open sourcing it to escape paying for h.264 which microsoft owns. It's inside the webm container with vorbis which is under rapid adoption.

Adobe still has its clutches on flash, and its premiere which refuse to support it officially, same with apple. But lets take a look at what does support it. Wow, only apple and IE, fancy that.

Adding to the fact imgur and 'gfycat' try and fence sit by creating a wrapper and container both an mp4 and webm file with the latter offering a baseline profile on their h.264 inside the mp4 for wider support and imgur shitting the bed.
The multiple amounts of profiles available for h.264 might create better quality/size comparisons on benchmarks with vp8 but does the codec a disservice when trying to become a standard. Plus, its still licensed code.

Comment Re:America = snowball (Score 1) 126

Good news, physical exertions are majority used to build muscle(including smooth muscle of your heart).

You can't blame a lack of physical activity when the average BMR(sitting in bed all day) is 6500kj(1550~kcal) and the average recommend dietary intake is 7500kj(1800~ kcal). So bodyheat is claiming the vast majority of every human beings energy output, keeping us at 37c.

During exercise, a well known a side effect is heat generation, this increases the efficiency of that output. Cardiovascular exercise is lauded because doctors the world over read the number of deaths caused by heart disease, something which is cut by at least 50% with regular heart pumping activity.

So whats the main problem? The walls between 'entertainment' and 'food consumption' are being crumbled, thats all. If you're finding food to be your main activity, you're definitely gaining weight. Look at artists those fuckers are poles and its not just all the meth, they barely eat.

Comment Govermental oversight (Score 2) 343

Just like water and power, internet needs regulation on a governmental level; a service utility provided at a fixed wholesale cost which the government
takes its share to maintain a standard contention ratio that ISPs can retail their services on top of.

Connectivity should not be left in the hands of corporations with shareholders to please.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.