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Comment A Different Angle... (Score 1) 625

Suppose automation brings manufacturing back to the U.S. What happens to all the Asian manufacturing countries who can't employ their people? I think the U.S. has a lot of figuring out to do to figure out how people can get along without jobs if automation can handle most of the labor, but I think the vacuum left in the export countries would be a more immediate problem.

Not that I'm against it. I've always thought robots doing all our work for us would be fabulous. I don't need a job to fulfill myself, but as of this moment I need one to feed, house and dress myself for about the next 10 years or so.

Comment Re:I can see it (Score 1) 625

Technology companies like Google and Facebook already give us things for free. I imagine that some day maybe they'll do the same with tangible things like food or an apartment.

Goddammit! You mean they're going to start changing the interface to my meals and home, too? Shit shit shit shit shit! I'll come home one day and find the door on the roof and ice cream with sprinkles in a taco shell. Damn these companies and their free products!

Comment Re:"letting you play previously purchased games." (Score 1) 158

You CAN run the games if Steam goes away. They have promised to release patches to remove DRM if they ever go out of business.
Please inform yourself of the facts before you spread your gut feeling as the truth.

Let me run a thought experiment. Valve files for chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy. The trustee will do which of the following?

A. Release the patch so all customers can play their games for free.
B. See control of the DRM as an asset to be sold to pay off creditors.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 287

Of course, this study didn't find out what types of soda the children had consumed.

Another study finds that living children are 100% more likely to "destroy things belonging to others, get into fights, and physically attack people" than dead children..

My study shows that kids and parents who lie about their soda consumption also lie about their destructive and aggressive behavior.

Comment dafuq? (Score 1) 191

I'm sure dispatch systems are a different animal entirely, but long ago I worked at a place with a centralized walkie-talkie repeater; it had two units and rotated which was master every 12-24 hours so the backup was always tested. It was a Motorola system.

Comment Re:news for nerds (Score 1) 413

If even 1/10 of that number (much less %) got out on the streets in the USA, there'd be dozens of /. posts as it impacted the largest block of slashdotters on a daily basis.

Hell, SOPA was killed by people raging on Twitter. U.S. elected officials would change their religion if people actually took to the streets in droves.

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