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Comment Re:Our Future. (Score 1) 60

Coming to the conclusion that automation and AI would target countries with higher wage costs seems to be rather obvious. The real question is what will be done to control unending Greed from turning the planet into a Welfare state.

Which will never work, UBI will never work. Why because people will never be satisfied with what they have. They will always want more. The planets resources remain limited. If its no longer a question of how hard they have to work for X; the answer to "why should I not have finer clothes, travel further faster, be warmer or be cooler, eat something nicer, etc will be that I should!"

There may be a short era of good feels, a generation that grew up working a no longer needs to and is simply satisfied with a life of comparative ease; but their grand children will demand free super sonic airline tickers, I promise you!

I am not going to pretend to know where any of this is headed. I don't think its UBI and I don't think its welfare state 2.0. I would be more worried about the collapse of states. You point out corporations are already paying armies of lobbyists to avoid taxes. You really think a group of top tier capital owner class types wont employ an army or robots that looks much more like the armies of the past and simply refuse to pay the taxes? What does for example Amazon need the government for once they can hire/build their own fully automated asset protection?

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 60

Money ceases to be an essential functional commodity in such a circumstance, as people will invent alternative methods of exchange to obtain necessary services.

Nope at least not until large numbers of people have so much they decided stopping anyone else from taking some if it isn't worth thinking about. We are a looooong way from such a time.

Who knows maybe a day will come where people here on earth just sit back an enjoy free the great riches showering down upon the earth from return of the giant space harvestors their great great great great grandparents sent out to gather resources across the galaxy and beyond.

Until there people will indeed need a form of exchange. If not some fiat currency funny money than it will be something else. The trouble is the barter system really won't work. If the capital class already has a robots to work their fields, maintain their other robots, transport them from place to place, print whatever durable goods they want, etc what exactly will you offer them in exchange?

I don't know what the answers are and I don't know what is going to happen but it simply can't look like the world you are envisioning. It violates far to much of what little we do know about human nature and economics.

Comment Re:deploy this, and you arent a state anymore. (Score 1) 70

Government the bigger and more remote it gets the more it looks upon the population as a herd to be managed, rather than as their friends and neighbors.

This why our system was originally designed to have powerful states and keep a lot of administrative control with even smaller units counties and cities. Modern federalism is nothing more than a system of abuse. The very fact that almost all of us have a higher federal tax bill than state tax bill tells you the system is probably corrupted beyond fixing.

Comment Re:deploy this, and you arent a state anymore. (Score 2) 70

But wait a moment, were you under impression that people a are *not* expendable trash for the purposes of any and all governments out there? People are expendable trash, they are to be taxed, sent to fight in wars and military conflicts that are one way or another profitable to those in the government offices.

Comment Re:Take whoever came up with this (Score 1) 108

I can see why American businesses would want to monitor their employees for insurance purposes, not only to try and prevent slaking off. With all the ambulance chasers, sexual harassment lawsuit, firing related lawsuits, etc., makes sense. If the laws are such that the employer can be taken to court just to try and get money out of an employer, this service can provide some level of protection by presenting some type of evidence that may quickly prove many allegations to be lies.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm just out-of-touch... (Score 1) 223

1. This has nothing to do with my ego. With all that babble about 'high standards,' I think it might have to do with yours, however.

2. These 'web stack' applications eat far too much host resource for given tasks, don't integrate well with targets, and, with all that extra often-redundant boilerplate code running, are more bug and exploit prone as a result. So much for meeting high expectations.

3. Dumbing down the development process to make programming more 'accessible' to less capable people costs too. These costs are passed to the customers. They (and their support staff) are then stuck running/supporting this slapped-together spaghetti code garbage linking a half dozen runtimes and frameworks that were never intended to do what they were kludged into doing. Again, so much for high standards.

4. You wanted examples of C/C++? What do you think those "polished interfaces" and "secure communications channels" are written in? Same goes for many of these runtimes you hold dear. The fact you think C programmers never use libraries (and even frameworks) shows your ignorance.

5. You talk about user experience yet you seem to have no idea what that means. That does not mean huge fonts, annoying transition animations (that can't be turned off), lots of wasted space, extremely limited functionality, no configurability, and custom tacky widgets that don't integrate with the target system's UI conventions. Oh and don't forget the here-today-changed-tomorrow-fuck-it-we-got-em-now user-hostile mentality that is central to SaaS. 'appy guy' here on slashdot parodies guys like you for a reason.

6. So does yours. 'The cloud' is a system too, complete with its own drawbacks, as I've partly illustrated. It's obvious you're quite blind to them. Perhaps you should do your users and the industry a favor and take your own advice.

Comment Re:The self-driving car is blamed for human error (Score 1) 177

So people should just go around crashing into people who cut them off then?

Note that the Uber car did NOT crash into the car that cut them off. The car doing the "cutting off" ran into the Uber car (I'm assuming it hit the Uber car on its side, since TFA refers to the Uber car being knocked over on its side).

Now, it the human driver of the other vehicle decided that the Uber car had "cut him off" and crashed into the Uber car on purpose, that would fit your description nicely.

Alas, the Uber car had right of way, so it's really hard to get terribly upset at the EEEEVIL self-driving vehicle that got hit by a human who failed to stop/slow down when he was required to by law....

Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 1) 86

Did you type that on iPhone or android or PC? You would have none of that relying on communism, which institutionalizes the dictatorship you lambaste.

There is no such thing as real communism that has never been tried. It is a dictatorship at its core. People are not free to satisfy the needs or desires of others, so it will always lag and fail at even the basics.

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