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Comment: Obviously written by a non-farmer (Score 1) 124

by pubwvj (#47706663) Attached to: FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

"Farming has been stuck in a bit of a rut, when compared to other industries. Businesses across the globe have been innovating for decades, while farming has been using techniques that have been handed down from centuries ago."

That was obviously written by a non-farmer. Farming is one of the leading places of innovation and technological advancement both at small and large scale farms. I take it from the writer's obvious ignorance that they live in a box in the city.

Comment: Proof of Intelligence on Earth! (Score 1) 68

by pubwvj (#47690899) Attached to: Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

Proof of Intelligence on Earth!
Here we have proof that plants communicate. They have feelings too. Plants are sentient! Time for those namby-pamby vegans and vegetarians to stop killing plants. Please give peas a chance! Lettuce stop the senseless violence against the great kingdom of plants - eat bacon!

Comment: It's all funny money... (Score 5, Insightful) 267

by pubwvj (#47690817) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

All of this is funny money.

Bitcoins are just in your imagination.
USDollars are merely imagined by the USGovernment.
Gold has no real value other than using it for things like electrical contacts, etc.
None of this is real money.
If you want real value, get a basket of eggs, hatch the chicks, raise them up, feed them pasture, your other asset - you are landed I hope - and they'll lay more eggs. Now you're in business and can feed yourself. When you succeed at that start feeding other people and they'll give you something of real value like a pork chop or firewood to stay warm with. What ever you do, don't accept cash, bitcoins, gold or other fraudulent currencies for your eggs. You want real value for your real things.

Comment: What is a Robot? (Score 1) 303

by pubwvj (#47681421) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

Luddites have complained for millennia that machines were replacing people and putting workers out of work, denying their rights to income. It's all a farce. What is a machine? What is a robot?

Early man grubbed in the dirt with his hands to dig up a tuber to eat. Then along came the rock and stick for easier digging! Egads! People were digging up more tubers faster using this new machine! This put some people out of work as tuber diggers. But wait, some of them became story tellers, potters, shaman, etc and society and the individuals were all better off.

The potters made vessels for carrying water which reduced our labor freeing up more people who discovered flint napping and made better spears. Suddenly we were able to hunt better, eat more protein and lipid rich meats that kept more people alive through the brutal winters letting us expand northward despite the ice age. Dam those flint knapped machines that threw all those rabbit stranglers out of jobs - of course they liked being able to catch bigger prey easier.

Later the wheel came along and let us carry more than we could on our back. Voila! People were out of work as transporters but those people found new work mining iron ore and the next revolution was born. (Pun intended.)

Each advancement of machines has let us move forward to new heights. Yes, some people get upset. Some inventions aren't so great too. But over all, over time, it works out. You may be out of a job when the floor sweeper machine takes your post but maybe you can do something new and different. After all, like the cockroach you are a survivor, right?!?

Comment: Distortion is a Real Problem (Score 1) 103

I used to think of the Discovery Channel as being good - I've bought a lot of their DVDs for our kids over the years. But the distortion is a real problem.

These are presented as factual, scientific documentaries but they're filled with sensational half-truths and outright lies. I have had seven different documentary companies approach me about documenting our family farm in made for TV specials or even a 13 week series. But because of the distortions I've read about (e.g., Mermaid incident and others) I don't trust them to do it right so the answer has always been no.

Besides, I have farming, homeschooling and family time to attend to. I don't even have or watch TV.

Comment: No shortage of Arrogance (Score 1) 165

by pubwvj (#47667471) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

"Kindle Unlimited is stocked almost entirely with indie titles, with a handful of major titles thrown in."

My, my, your arrogance is showing. The big publishing houses have no monopoly on good literature. "Indie Titles" represent a tremendous amount of really great reading. Broaden your mind.

Besides, the public library is way the heck in town. That's a long drive for many of us in rural areas and those public libraries that are that mere long drive are not very big.

Fortunately, the web, iBooks, Kindle and public libraries and our own bookshelves can all happily coexist. It is not a matter of either-or. We can have it all.

Comment: People are not Pigeon Holes (Score 1) 557

by pubwvj (#47662653) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Ethnicity surveys are bogus.
They almost always want us to pick ONE (1) box.
I am many ethnicities.
Most of all, I'm American.
My people met my people at the shore, interbred and mixed it up.
That is how it is for a great many people in our great country.
That mixing is part of what makes America great.
We are a blended family.

Ethnicity questions should be deleted from all these sorts of reports and surveys.

Skip the optional ones. Lie to the rest. Give them the data they deserve.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang