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Comment Re:Short term: yes, long term: even more (Score 1) 736

That idea is flawed.

As soon as we can do more with less, we simply go and do much more.

And if you wanted to live a life by the average standards of a 1960s household, you could actually do that with 10-15 hours of work per week as far as products are concerend, that are actually affected by automation. The things that would keep you from achieving this are most likely exactly the things that did not get much of an efficieny boost through automation: services and basic resources.

Comment Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (Score 4, Funny) 322

"I would really like to know how the U.S. fatality rate of 11.4 per 100,000 compares to that of other nations, like the Dominican Republic, Iran, and Thailand, but I'm too lazy.
Ah screw it, I'll just make it a news topic on slashdot and wait until someone else does it for karma."
- timothy

Comment Re:Even at peak it is inefficient (Score 1) 687

The cost of electricity has gone up, because electricity companies have to buy renewable energy from the producers for a set (high) price.
Then they push this price on to the customer.

So not the inefficiency is pushing up prices, but the actual amount of energy produced is.
If those things were more efficient, energy prices would be even higher.
Yes this is a stupid system.

Comment Re:Details from the English report (Score 1) 687

Yes, it would make much more sense to go for the 'non polluting' option of renewables + nuclear.

Sadly this is not possible, because the political driving factor behind the rise of renewables (the green party) was also founded (!) on anti-nuclear sentiments.
It is hard to imagine them giving up their very core believes now that they have almost reached their goal.
On a general note, people who are in favor of renewables are usually also politically close to the green party, which hates on nuclear by principle.

So we are going for the 'green' option instead, even though it does not make much sense and will cause more pollution in the forseeable future instead of less.
Good idea + political dogma = mediocre results

Comment Re:Same price ? (Score 1) 323

There is no DRM on the books I bought so far.
I can lend them whoever I want.
But I sure as hell won't lend them my Kindle. They got to bring their own.

Oh and my local library is lending out ebooks. Which you have to return. I still don't understand how that is supposed to work, because there is no DRM on those books either.
But yes, lending ebooks is a thing apparently.

Comment Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (Score 1) 323

The paperwhite with backlight on is only for reading in a situation with dim lighting.
Which is has always been an eye-strainer, even with conventional books.
At least with the backlight, you have the option to increase lighting a bit. Not as comfortable as natural lighting, but better than reading a book with little light.

However, when there is ambient light, the backlighting of the paperwhite adds almost nothing.It looks exactly the same on a sunny day outside, sitting in the shades, with backlight on 100% and 0%. It looks like a piece of paper, readable, but not glowing.

So it is not meant to be used with a backlight.
but you have the option to do so.

Comment Re:oh man, what a mess (Score 0) 290

From the article (yeah, i know...):

"This is not an OCR problem (as we switched off OCR on purpose), it is a lot worse"

The machines are altering the scanned pictures.
And they seem to do this in locations where there are numbers in the picture.
AND they seem to do it so that the altered image still contains numbers at the same location. Just different ones.

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