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Comment Re:What makes someone a Troll? (Score 1) 150

"Microsoft has tons of patents. Excel would not have existed if Microsoft had not cloned it from Lotus 1-2-3."

Was Microsoft a big company back when it "cloned" Lotus 1-2-3? (even if it had cloned it, which it didn't). No, it wasn't: therefore it is not an example of a big company eating the lunch of a little one because of patents.

Did Microsoft relied on patents for the success of Excel back then? Also no, and despite of that, IBM (the big fish in the pond, back then) didn't eat its lunch either, therefore an example of the world not working the way you think it should.

In fact, IBM, being "the big fish" is a very nice example of the world working in exactly the opposite way you stated: IBM wanted the PC market for themselves, after all, they invented it, and thought they could control it by means of patents. It ended up in the ISA wars utterly lost by IBM against the compatible alliance led by Compaq.

Comment Re:Being a sysadmin is a career grave. Don't do it (Score 2) 160

"Imagine you tried having sysadmins work Agile ten years ago: you would have been seen as mental."

You don't know what you are talking about. Sysadmin has always been agile: it has always been about pipelining and automation. True: tools and mindset had a boom very recently among the masses (virtualization on x86 in the early 200x was key for this) but you can go to (back to 1994), or have a look at cfengine (back to 1993) to understand that agilism has been always the case.

Maybe your confusion comes from Windows *operators* that bastardized the term "system administration" so it looked like the kind of things they were doing back then (and even today, for the most part).

Comment Re:What makes someone a Troll? (Score 4, Insightful) 150

"Yes, terrible!
1) The large, non-innovative company simply steals the work of another company expending neither effort, nor time, nor money, nor creativity.
2) Other startups refuse wasting time and money building new products.
3) Customer lives with the same crap product for decades."

Sensible rationale. It makes sense.

But real world seems to probe it doesn't work that way: software development, for instance, has flourished without the need of a strong patent chest. Neither Microsoft, nor Oracle, nor Google, nor Facebook, nor Twitter, nor SAP, nor Red Hat, etc. made their way into big companies thanks to strong patent protection for their innovations, but by being innovative, fast to implement and with good business acumen. It's arguable, though, that they acquired a strong patent portfolio once they were big as a war chest against other big companies also with large patent portfolios and to increase the entry barrier for new competitors.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

"If you have an apartment that costs millions I'm pretty certain you have a garage you can use and charge in."

My ~1000 sq ft apartment doesn't cost millions while it's not cheap either (quite centric on a major city), I have a garage (rented) but still no power outlet anywhere near nor, probably, any chance to get it without non-trivial investments. Probably just like the millions of people leaving in cities.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

"Or do you believe that we'll always find something new for humans to do no matter how automated our world becomes?"

Maybe yes, after all.

Asimov (surely not the only one) envisioned the end result of that trend in the Solaria-style worlds (10.000 robots per human and very low human population density): you see, it seems countries tend to reduce their natality rates as they progress social and economically so, as long as the "robot revolution" doesn't happen overnight if may very well happen that as more and more jobs are automated, the more the population gets reduced.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

"In Marxism, you work or starve. Since you have no capital of your own, you are totally reliant on the State to feed you."

So, by your own confession, In Marxism is obviously NOT that you work or starve. You could try something along the lines of "In Marxism, you do what the State tells you or you starve" and then, the State will tell you to work, or to praise the wonders of the Marxist system, or to stay at home all day watching the government propaganda. But you are too biased for even such a simple rational process.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

"The morality of: 99% votes to take the most from 1% is obvious for what it is - highway robbery. Under such circumstances any methods of fighting against this oppression are justified."

OR, we can make the 99% to own the means of production instead of just 1% and therefore those 99% will not be taking an unfair share from the 1% but will take from their already owned 99%.

"Let people build new companies"

Yes. And then allow the people to own them. Taxes (at its current levels) can be used to build roads, pay for foreign wars... and also to build companies.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

So, while my automated factory dismantles the solar system to build my trillion robot army, where you expect to get your resources from?
Only those with a massive lack of imagination (like, say, Marxists) believe there are plenty of resources."

I'm one of those marxists and before you could start your robot army we already built one (is good to have a whole country's resources at your disposal) and crushed you.

One can think that human race will learn sooner or later and my marxist country will be an utopian land of freedom, or we can think we won't learn and my marxist country will be something resembling a mix of Stalin's USSR misery with China's modern efficiency. Nevertheless, you Mr Lone Ranger, will be crushed anyway.

Comment Re:K-CHAT (Score 1) 173

"I read the article, and failed to see how this had anything to do with IoT"

The robots, of course, are things, right?
But how the robots know their position within the warehouse? How they know they are picking the right package? Maybe because the robots, the shelves and the packages have microchips (i.e. RFID) that allows them to interact, both among themselves and the central provisioning systems?

Comment Re:Usually the individual is not seen as important (Score 1) 300

"If someone in a role is is important to the success of the company, then you can't do without someone in that role."

Good try, but no candy.

On one hand, you are confusing the role being important with the one in that role being important. Yes, if you are not important you have no leverage to ask for anything. No news.

On the other, we were talking here explicitly about someone being important because of his talents, not because of his role: "I'm sick of the way this industry requires the best people to work eighty or more hours a week." remember? The best, by its very definition can't just be replaced "with a different one".

Again: if you have no leverage to ask for decent labour conditions, you are not important, no matter what you think.

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