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Comment Re:Hope he's right, but I doubt it (Score 1) 156

This was the first time we didn't have a ready answer for what people could do next when they no longer needed a typing pool, etc.

So much this. And it's not just semi-skilled work like pool typists. It's skilled work like accountants, draftsmen, and engineers. It's not just blue collar work, it's white collars as well. Our economy is in the process of going through a Second Industrial Revolution - and the first one tossed millions into grinding poverty for the better part of a century. I don't foresee the coming one as being much better.

I hope executives like Benioff don't just assume everything is going to work out.

The problem isn't just executives like Benioff. There's plenty of nit brained conservatives who quote the "80% to 2%" statistic you do, but don't follow through the logic. There's plenty of conservative nit brains who don't grasp how the earlier revolutions played out. There's plenty of conservative nit brains who claim that there will always be "plenty of manual labor required", but who can't grasp that most unskilled jobs are gone and most skilled jobs are filled - there's insufficient demand for the millions facing unemployment or underemployment, now or in the coming decades.

And the worst are the conservative nit brains who presume that everyone un- or under- employed is only in that state due to their own personal choices.

Maybe 10% of them have the aptitude to move up to the "robot repairman" level of employment, so where does the other 90% go? While growing up in the Rust Belt, I saw factory closures that dumped thousands of low-skilled workers out onto the job market all at once. Sadly, the answer to this question in that case was that the 90% ended up moving away, employed in menial minimum wage jobs like home health care aides and fast food workers, or perpetually broke.

Ayup. And that's another problem with the upcoming deluge - the job market (at a national level) is already abrim with just that kind of people.

Comment Re:No Gut no Glory (Score 1) 67

A particular aspect that concerns me about them getting failure rates down into the lower tenths of a percent is their use of unlined COPVs.

The thing is... Even by the rather loose standards of the launch industry, that's not extreme reliability. It's only a modest improvement over the Other Guys. (And not worth very much unless they can also correct their ongoing inability to maintain schedule.)

And the 'lower tenths' are nowhere near airplane like reliability - which is down in the lower millionth of a percent.

And on top of that - they don't use unlined COPV's. There's not even such a thing as an unlined COPV NAICT.

Comment Do you know how to read? (Score 1) 405

What you're describing (between pointless insults?) is the dwindling need for unskilled manual labor.

No, complete idiots like yourself display the point of the insults. (Hint: The construction trades are *not* unskilled.)

There will still always be a need for manual labor.

What part of "less and less as the years go by" was too complicated for that wad of half rotten cabbage you carry between your ears?

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 0) 405

There will always be a need for manual labor

In the fantasy world of the wingnut maybe. Here in reality, just over the course of my lifetime, the need for manual labor has dropped dramatically. When I was a kid, ditch digging was a widely available last resort job. Now two guys with a small backhoe accomplish the job. In construction, a guy with a nailgun can outperform four guys with hammers. Someone with a power saw can outperform ten guys with handsaws. (Etc... etc...)
When will the wingnuts grasp that the world has changed? When will they grasp that it no longer resembles in any significant way their fantasy of what the world 'used to be like'?

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 88

But you can get financing on the basis of the income stream you can show you are going to have on the basis of the pre-orders.

And if you can convince prospective lenders you can actually produce them at a cost where you'll have sufficient profit to repay them when you do receive the income. And convince the lenders that you're competent enough to do so. Etc... etc...

Comment Re:1,000 episodes? (Score 1) 114

$5/month for what has to be an incredibly thin selection with only 1,000 titles is just not a good deal. Maybe if they were financing a bunch of their own series this would make sense, but as is there are much better options out there for Anime fans.

Their current selection is thin - but with their exclusive contract with Fuji to distribute shows from the noitaminA block... there's quite a few hotly anticipated shows that Amazon is going to be the sole legal source for.

Comment Re:Stiff competition. (Score 1) 114

It will be interesting to see if they can manage to pull people away from Netflix and Crunchyroll.

Probably not, as Amazon only carries a fraction of the content. But I suspect a lot of people are in the same boat as me - having cancelled their Funi subscription in wake of last years quasi-merger, adding Strike on top of our Prime subscription doesn't sound like a bad idea.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 3, Informative) 88

FFS, you had $34 million dollars in your pocket and couldn't ship one fucking product?

IIRC there are legal limits on when you take that money out of (what is essentially) escrow. That is, the $34 million wasn't actually in their pocket and they (legally) couldn't put it in their pocket until they had a product to ship. That's one of the reasons why Kickstarter brands products to be delivered in the future as 'rewards' rather than 'pre-orders'. (Which doesn't stop people from seeing or using those rewards as pre-orders though.)

Comment Re:I heard about this in South Park (Score 5, Insightful) 305

There is truly some disgusting pornography that will make me gag - but if I were watching it professionally as a job, I imagine I'd get inured to it, the same way that sanitation workers, septic cleaners, etc get accustomed to the sensory unpleasantness that they are exposed to.

There's a difference between sensory unpleasantness - and the depths of human depravity. In normal human beings, it's almost impossible to unsee the latter and it gets inside your head in ways chest thumper he men like yourself can't seem to imagine or grasp. And this isn't the first time this has been reported among image moderators, or (and the individual above comments) among jurors for trials concerning this material.

I've been in two wars fuckers. I've been shot, I've killed, I've had friends killed - I know PTSD. Complaining that you get PTSD from watching porn (even fucked up porn) is like saying that watching Saving Private Ryan entitles you to entrance to American Legion and VA benefits.

I know several people with PTSD (not just combat vets but other vets from high stress positions, as well as cops and and emergency room medical professionals). One thing they all have in common is they don't brag about it. Nor do they use it as an excuse to put other people down. (And that's setting aside the idiocy of the false equivalency you set up.)

Comment Re:Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 123

"Why are they changing the pieces?" is not the issue. "Why are they still producing this?" is the more pressing question.

Only to someone not stupid enough to already know the answer - because it's still selling in significant numbers.

Played by the rules as written, it's a mediocre game at best. Played how most people want to play it from sketchy childhood memories, it's fairly dire. Either way, if you want to play boardgames with your family, pick one of the many thousands of titles available that are better than Monopoly.

Exaggeration, hyperbole, and confusing a personal opinion with a law of nature... Man, you hit the trifecta there.

Comment Re:But where's the chain of custody? (Score 3, Interesting) 389

My instructor, a retired police officer, knew that being in possession of child porn regardless of the source is going to be problematic.

Yup. There was a case a few years back where a person found a bag full of unmarked CD's... took 'em home, stuck 'em in his computer, and found child porn. He turned them into the local PD, who eventually found and arrested the perp.
For being a good citizen, the finder was rewarded by being convicted for possessing child porn and sent to prison.

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