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Comment: optimization (Score 1) 252

by umghhh (#49135233) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Lets face it - the drive to optimize and automate things cannot be stopped and its natural consequence is that most jobs will be optimized out of existence making it the first time in history possible to live off of the rent. This does not have to happen today but some day in the future the automation may come to a stable point.
The question is then who possess it all. The other is what will happen with out-optimized people. I think great SF works show it all - intelligent ones in societies that share and redistribute may have a life of art and science leaving the lower classes to indulging in chemical and technological stimulants.

Possibly you can also have a situation where you just leave the majority to itself. If they have no means and cannot acquire any (no jobs) this will lead to violence.

The other interesting point is this. Automation and optimization is nice but it has a weak spot - it is optimized for a given set of parameters and given ranges. If something major happens the qualities of humans that have not been put into automated infrastructure may be needed to survive changed environment. At the end it is as it always was - something big happens (Toba blows up or 1% goes for soylent green solution etc) and the survivors have earth for themselves.

Comment: Re:How do you confirm somebody's gender online? (Score 1) 286

by umghhh (#49106923) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating
I actually tried. What I found out is this: time and money spent do not justify the results.At the end if a hooker does not do a blow job well I just wasted a good hour and 50E. Most of traditional dating sides require a fee from males (and lesbians). You also invest time into finding and negotiating a date then you go on one. There are different people of course - some will score every time they want and they want every time - I would not turn to dating site if that were my case. Thus after some time I concluded that instead of frustration and rejection I can go for hookers. If one pays well one goes above the level of misery - that is of course if hookers are legal in your country. For me they offer the best deal. Again for me the dating BS is for people that have too much time on their hands and interest in fellow humans that justifies the risks and costs. OC this approach does not suite some. I tried all the other options except abstinence and this seems the best. ymmv of course.

Comment: Re:Boring (Score 1) 286

by umghhh (#49106787) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating
I think this is changing at least in civilized countries it does - for years now German couples that split have to support the financially weaker side independently of gender thereof. There are also limits for how much a side that takes kids can ask for help - courts tend to believe that if a kid is healthy and kid caring parent too then if there are no other obstacles this side can go to work thus reducing financial strain on the other. This of course does not mean you go off the relationship scot-free. If she did trick you in producing offspring you are out of luck - you have to pay. Having offspring is a risky business. If you did not produce one then it is easy. Especially if you had a premarital agreement. If things are that uncomplicated you can even save on a lawyer and take one the last one time together.

Comment: Re:He Was The Disease (Score 1, Troll) 132

by umghhh (#49090095) Attached to: Resistant Bacterial Infection Outbreak At California Hospital
I seriously doubt that he had anything to do with freeing me from tyranny. These were my fellow citizens who kicked the collective ass of communist party plus communist parties themselves by running their economies to the ground and seeing everything as danger to communist ideals thus suffocating all non-governemnt initiated activity except resistance. He happened to be just at the right spot to take the glory.
US were sick when he took office. I am not sure they recovered all that much unless of course you take that the status of US finances is perfect.

This is a bit OT but still. I saw a documentary about him not long time ago where they said that although he was a right wing anticommunist radical there were only 3 'marines sending events' at his watch - the smallest number since WWII. No wonder nobody likes US and US embassies have to look like fortresses. But hey this was apparently not his fault!

Comment: Re:Or how about no jobs? (Score 1) 307

by umghhh (#49072397) Attached to: The Software Revolution
Housing, food, drink and entertainment - one still need that and I do not see how this is going to be provided to people that have less work as he over-occupied uber-class (the one just below the owners of it all). If you do not provide that you will first need some powerful security forces - these could be quite automated so not so much occupation for a joe sixpack who will miss his sixpack altogether probably. Still even if masses cannot reach the 1% they still cause enough mayhem to make life of 1% unpleasant. So at the end - whatever happens there will be some jobs at controlling of the masses involving beating up the crap out of them and dealing with corpses. Gosh this can even be a ceiling for 'natural' civilizations.

Comment: wrong summary? (Score 1) 249

by umghhh (#49072371) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question
So they found out that sometimes populations get stuck in situations without cooperation and that this is not beneficial for their payoff and for the population as a whole. So how is this showing cooperation is bad or impossible? It just shows that sometimes you get stuck and there is no way out. How does that calls cooperation into question? Only in /.tards eyes maybe?

Comment: Re:I never thought it did. (Score 1) 305

by umghhh (#49033231) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits
Actually I recall study that showed that most of the time - the more you work, the shorter your lifespan is. There are of course exceptions - working on own farm in a fresh air of Kaukasus was one. Working on a small farm in India is not.Or to put it bluntly - roof maker is not going to work till official legal pension age because of health issues, a white collar guy is not going to work till official pension age but his life is still going to be shorter and more miserable than those of the '1% elite' - those that can afford to work as much as they want and take care of their health when need be.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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