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Comment Re:bezel-less curved edge (Score 1) 41

F that! I already have a hard enough time holding my phone with a bezel without accidentally touching the edges of the screen. Forget putting adding a protective case to protect your multi-hundred dollar toy as you won't be able to use the edges of the screen.

I traded in my S7 Edge specifically because the curved edges were so damn annoying. I would almost constantly trigger functionality on the edges of the screen, interrupting what I was doing. Adding a case did not help: the pressure the case put on the edges actually made it worse. Touching elsewhere on the phone would distort all the interconnected pieces of the case just enough to trigger a touch in a random place. It was also annoying when playing games where I might need to touch near the edge of the screen: the curvature made it harder to read the screen and touch the edges.

Upgrading to an "old-school" flat-screen phone eliminated all of the annoyances caused by the curved edges. I will never buy another curved-screen phone. Since Samsung is committed balls-deep to technology that actively pisses me off, I doubt I will ever buy another one of their phones.

Comment Biggest Lie: We know better (Score 1) 442

than the people paying for it.

Ultimately software is supposed to solve a real world problem. Its a means not an end. If you focus on writing the greatest, most stable software of all time and the company goes bankrupt around you because you never released and you feel it doesn't reflect badly on you - after all your code was perfect- than you are lying to yourself.

Comment Re:who wants a job, anyway? (Score 1) 361

At some point the rich have to pay the "Dont kill and eat me " tax. If its a choice between living with a tax and becoming lunch even 99% doesnt seem confiscatory. Especially if its 99% of billions earned from robot factories. But even before we get to that point at some earlier point a basic income will have to be introduced as otherwise who will all the factories sell to? There is only so much that a small elite class can consume.

Comment Re:who wants a job, anyway? (Score 1) 361

We could go to the Kuwait Oil Company model. every child born in Kuwait gets 1000 shares of Kuwait Oil Company stock. With free housing, schooling,medicare, subsidized food the living expenses are low enough that the dividend from those shares is enough that no Kuwaiti needs to work. All work is done by expats. Replace expats with robots and you have a similar situation. Of course it does need state ownership of the KOC.

Comment Re:It's not just low skilled labor (Score 2) 361

Actually software that writes software was the big new thing in the 80s but then in the 90s offshoring happened. When its 10x cheaper to hire a software engineer you can just throw 5 people at the problem and get the result cheaper than any AI software writing software. However over the last 20 years salaries offshore have grown so that the advantage is only 3x instead of 10x and now again software that can write software is coming back in vogue.
The thing which can save software employment is the massive deployment of hardware robots, the amount of software product needed will be so huge and needed so fast that companies will go back to throwing bodies at it instead of trying to build AIs which can do the job. This will generate 10-20 years of software employment. In the meantime cost of living should go down with massive unemployment in other fields so software engineers should be able to have a decent standard of living for another 20 years even if their salaries stay stagnant or even go down (but go down slower than the cost of living)

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