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Comment Re:Pity there isn't a -1 ; Conspiracy Theory mod (Score 1) 246

You: "I'm your new owner, don't call home"
Windows 7 et al: "OK"
  "Hmm... it obeyed me"

You: "I'm your new owner, don't call home"
Linux et al: "OK"
  "Hmm... it obeyed me"
  "Hmm... its meant to obey me"

You: "I'm your new owner, don't call home"
Windows 10: "OK, jump through these extra hoops"

  "No, not obeying me"

Comment Re:Foresee MIT offering affordable online degrees? (Score 1) 55

Regarding their goal, its in their charter:

[...]for the purpose of instituting and maintaining a society of arts, a museum of arts, and a school of industrial science, and aiding generally, by suitable means, the advancement, development and practical application of science in connection with arts, agriculture, manufactures, and commerce; with all the powers and privileges, and subject to all the duties, restrictions and liabilities, set forth in the sixty-eighth chapter of the General Statutes.

Comment Re:This will sound harsh, at first... (Score 3, Interesting) 243

The sad state of things is such that even though they are using H-1B improperly, those affected are mostly college-educated white males.

I disagree. Given the disproportional representation of Asians in STEM fields, I would say that those affected are mostly college-educated Americans - yes, more white than black, but certainly includes Asians and women.

Obviously, this depends on the location (e.g., more Asians in California and East Coast vs. Midwest), but I think this affects all skilled Americans in IT.

And I think the mistake is in characterizing it as something that only affects white people. It's all about narrative -- bring in other groups, then see the magic unfold.

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 412

"You are thinking like an angry manager that does not understand money.... I have to spend $24,000 on this new checkout lane, my customer will pay dearly for this."

But I am no angry manager - just a manager of my personal time and resources. :) My thinking actually goes like this: "I just wasted $2.4 worth of my time, energy and stress bagging groceries - my supplier will pay dearly for this."

Yes, a SINGLE automated checkout lane is less than the yearly cost of an employee and will operate for years. But the only reason it is, is that it offloads the burden of scanning and bagging to the human customer. If the store actually bought a robot that truly scanned and bagged my groceries, the capital payback period would be several centuries.

Its the same stupid mentality that costs me $2.95 to pay a bill online but sending a check that an employee has to handle is free?

Yes, that mentality is stupid. No, it isn't mine.

Comment Re: Inevitable (Score 1) 412

For me, farmers markets are both cheaper and better. I'm not contradicting what you say - I've been to farmers markets before where the choice and the produce weren't quite there. But keep looking: markets change and mature.

Lets think about food a moment - Amazon is a middleman, typically several relationships removed from the actual producer. So when a *local* farmer sells *local* produce in the *local* area, when its *in season*, he has an advantage in geographic and temporal locality that Amazon will struggle to match.

> At some point people will have to adjust to the fact that there will be technicians and programmers to fix everything and no more banal labor like cashiers or farmers.

All work can be "banal labor". Its the specific situation and your attitude to it that matters.

For example, a farmer actually deals with sophisticated self-replicating nanomachinery out in the wild. So when...
(a) the farmer owns land (i.e. has some security)
(b) is excited about applying his knowledge to improve his produce and the land
- he is as engaged with his farming as Stallman is with computing.

Cashiers? Yes, a bit harder to get excited about those role. :) And if it can be automated at truly no cost to the consumer, it should. But again, the 'augment versus replace' rule applies when humans are useful. For example a bank cashier performs roles a machine cannot. So if an ATM-like slot next to a bank teller's window actually counted out and exchanged cash, the transaction would be sped up tremendously.

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 3, Interesting) 412

Automation is replacing human labour, but its not free - the cost is being passed back onto the customer.

Automated grocery checkouts have *you* scan and bag groceries while machines weigh and cross-check everything. McDonalds ordering touchscreens have you enter data entered by employees earlier. The bank phone line has you authenticate ID and passcode while on hold - versus employees in a branch checking IDs.

Instead of augmenting humans, big capital is getting greedy and opting for replacing them. There's only so much clerical rubbish the customer will accept before pushback. I eat better and shop at farmer's markets now.

Comment Re:Lawyers are Going to Love This! (Score 1) 223

> So let me get this straight - Brave strips ads off of websites, replaces them with those of Eich's choosing? Ha ha, fuck no.

I get that you are irate about this, but ...

- these are my eyes
- ... and unless I am contractually obligated otherwise...
- ... websites can't sue me (or my agents) for choosing what to see

> Brave is a dumb, dumb idea.

Sort of ... it doesn't go far enough and just ends up moving ad content from one platform to another. Unless Brave transforms into some sort-of hyper-personal Siri/Cortana, not enough users will find value in it -- they will just use ad-blockers.

But the underlying problem it addresses is serious enough for it to be somewhat successful. Ads have become obnoxious. My eyeballs automatically skip parts of the screen by habit. Something has to give. Brave is just being gmail for the web. Sure - you can run your own mailserver, but you'll be inundated with spam. People opt for sites like gmail because (a) cost (b) spam filtering. Expect other browsers to follow.

Now - there'll be a lot of sound and fury once website publishers realise the old model is dead, as browsers finally hand control to the user. This has always been possible (e.g. older browsers gave a prominent place to 'User CSS')

> And advertisers would just need to count hits from Brave browsers to assess legal damages.

What legal damages? :-) And can Brave browsers be distinguised from, say, Chromium with Privacy Badger? The only option a website has is anti-adblock technology. i.e. if a browser fails to load ads (say, when the page is halfway loading), or if you can't fingerprint the browser, block it. Expect ad-aggregators like Double-Click offer this as an option to some customers.

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