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Comment Re:Sure, to *differently skilled* jobs (Score 1) 674

It's happened many times before in many industries and it's still happening. Local butchers, greengrocers and ironmongers were replaced by supermarkets. Switchboard operators were replaced by electro-mechanical telephone systems, digital telephone networks, voice-over-data systems like ATM. Coal miners, steel workers, car making and shipbuilding and other manufacturing jobs have been offshored along with back-office jobs like medical transcription and paperwork processing. Elevator operators and telegram messengers were replaced by automated control and mail systems. Just about every manager used to have their own secretary. Then when E-mail came along, the managers discovered that they had to learn typing skills (to them, they felt they had just become "glorified secretaries").

Manual looms operated by four artisans in order to make one garment have been replaced by digital print looms that are large enough to weave carpets using patterns generated by Photoshop and require only one technician to supervise 15 machines. Print workers in newsagents (the guys who put boilerplate letters on drum printers and removed it again) were replaced by WYSIWYG systems overnight. Instead of the journalists writing shorthand articles and having them converted into boilerplate by the technicians, the journalists simply typed the text in. The print workers wanted that job as it seemed to closely match what they had been doing.

Ironically, a decade after the print-workers strike happened the Internet and the world-wide-web took off. If that had happened first, the print-workers could have migrated their skills painlessly to new industries. It would seem better to introduce technology to home users first, giving everyone time to make the jump.

Comment Re:"Pretty Much All of Them" (Score 1) 189

I dunno, for the areas where compute performance matters the most - i.e. games - I find that there's a lot of parity between the software ranges on Android and iOS, so there's a lot of reasons to compare across ecosystems. I'm an iOS owner now and I'm being swayed by the choice between a Nexus that's guaranteed to have top of the line specs and therefore a long gaming life ahead of it, or paying the same money for a rather crusty older-model iPhone.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 189

The idea that people should have to come up with less-reliable, improvised tests because the hardware manufacturers are going to crawl over each other to cheat any consistent, scientific one is kind of depressing. You kind of know that all these phone companies are first-rate bullshit artists, with Samsung running at the fore, but the idea even that their engineers are going out of their way to fake their product to the top of the specs pile is just sad.

Comment Re:Probably wont get better (Score 1, Informative) 189

The discrepancy is deliberate. For a long, long time drive capacity was quoted in the same units that the computer used for storage: binary SI prefixes, not decimal ones. The change to "1 megabyte = 1 million bytes" didn't set in until the 2000s.

Kudos to Apple for making their specs and their OS use consistent units, but it's still a marketing bullshit decision.

Comment Re:This Robot == LOL (Score 4, Informative) 149

That's just the business end. If you actually read the article, you'd know that the whole buoy-shaped contraption at the top of the page is the robot; it uses a camera to identify jellyfish and plots its own path to efficiently patrol through the swarm. It's an impressive computer vision and AI achievement.

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