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Comment Re:It's automation (Score 0) 354

Gosh.

Maybe all that talk about learning a skill, a trade, getting an education, etc. wasn't all bullshit after all? Seriously, nobody is entitled to free money, so you get a skill and then use that skill to prove your worth and get to the point where people will pay you to utilise that skill.

Sure, if your job can be replaced by a robot after decades of doing it, that's annoying. So you re-train, no? Get another job doing something else. Hopefully something not so dull and mindless that a little bit of metal and a motor can do it for you and always could have?

I'm being facetious, but people who whine about jobs not being available for them are often the people who are not suitable for, or interested in, the jobs that do exist.

And, yes, I have worked stacking shelves. I did it when I was in my 30's on a night-shift, while also working as an IT Manager for an exclusive private school during the day. I was the only one hired who stuck it out for any length of time, the others who were all hired with me all dropped out because it was hard work, were moonlighting, or plain quit. One of them said the job was "beneath her" because it meant moving boxes and putting them on the shelves (she was otherwise unemployed on benefits for her entire adult life).

And the benefits system had number of weeks after which they class you as "obviously trying to get a job" and will then start to pay your benefits if you lose it. People knew the rules inside out, and would work for PRECISELY the number of days necessary to have their benefits reinstated and not a second more.

Maybe if they'd put that effort into learning a trade that people would find useful, they could figure in the official statistics more.

If anything, in my country, the politics covers up quite how little people need to do to be given free money, quite how much of my tax is paying for that, and quite how well known the scams are, and how easy they would be to crack down on. There are literally enough people doing it that it would affect voting if they proposed changes, so they don't dare mention it for fear they'll be made to do something about it.

Comment Sigh (Score 2) 162

Android phone.

Hold on the notification.
Block all notifications.
Never hear from that program again.

I haven't yet allowed one app except those that actually NEED to inform me (e.g. a mail app) and even there, I paid for TouchDown so I could put on working-hours to turn off work-email notifications when I just don't care about them (i.e. outside of work days/hours) - maybe the default mail app does it now, but it didn't years ago when I bought TouchDown.

And if a program doesn't allow me to fine-tune notifications so I get spammed with "product updates" when all I want is the message my friend sent me? I just uninstall the app and - usually - use their website instead.

In the same way that the telephone is the rudest device known to man (ANSWER ME NOW, ANSWER ME NOW, I'M GOING TO KEEP RINGING, ANSWER ME NOW), notifications are the spam of the modern era.

Turn them off. How to do so on an iPhone/iPad? Don't ask me but surely there's a was as simple as the above.

"UNWANTED NOTIFICATION!" - hold finger on it, say "Fuck off" (purely for frustration venting), turn off app's permission to ever post a notification again.

Oh, and stop installing dozens of apps for unnecessary shit that you could just use the website (again - same thing, never allowed a "desktop notification" in my life on a browser).

Comment Re:It's actually much worse (Score 4, Insightful) 84

Well, things are somewhat different for developer tools than they would be for end-user tools. As a developer you can always pull the code for the latest release and comment out annoying bit. Unless the annoying bits are part of some extensive rearchitecting, it should be straightforward.

Contrary to being "contrary to the open source spirit", this is exactly the open source spirit. I do what the hell I want with my code, and if you don't like it you can change it. For ordinary users the freedom mantra can sometimes ring hollow, but it shouldn't for a developer.

Comment Well, you can always make your own. (Score 1) 314

Before routers were appliances, they were computers with multiple network cards. If you google "router distro" you'll find plenty of feature-ful choices. You'll have to learn a bunch of stuff like iptables; that doesn't make sense for most people. But if you're the kind of person who's worried about having complete control of your router's operation, it makes sense for you.

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 161

Modern cruise missiles have a radio link, often via satcom, that is up almost the entire flight. Many can be re-targeted until they self-destruct.

With handfuls of devices communicating via a very difficult-to-access network, you can have some reasonable security. But what happens when you have many devices operating within "reach" of attackers?

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 4, Interesting) 161

There already are sentry guns, so we already have killer robots. But note that they are stationary. That limits their potential to do harm. Making mobile killbots is a whole other thing.

It's highly true that we cannot make a network completely secure and also use it at this time. It's just too complicated. Killbots have to be stupid. If they are autonomous, the only way to "make sure" nobody else is hacking them and using them against you is to have them sever their radio connection after accepting an order, and to not accept any further communications. And lo, the oldest form of killbot is the cruise missile.

Comment Re:Capacity planning (Score 2) 193

An experienced event planner would likely have made the situation worse. At a typical event,

An experienced event planner would have seen atypical events, that's what makes experience valuable.

An intelligent person would have asked cellphone companies to deploy temporary cells for the event, or even had some partner come in and blanket the park with free Wi-Fi. It could have been an opportunity. Instead, it was a disaster.

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