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Comment Re:MaBell (Score 1) 81

Look at the heads of AT&T back in the 80s, names of companies, names of executives spin-offs, and where the money went: AT&T was never broken up, it was just broken into a few pieces that easily colluded behind closed doors to ensure they would get back together eventually, after the people in office had left/given up/died.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 81

This should be modded up up up.
Why? Think about it: Once they have the technology to animate and create extremely realistic-looking scenes, the owners can then create and distribute their own fake news at will; they will own everything from creation to delivery with no one to get in the way of pushing whatever agenda is bought by the highest bidder.
You think people are divided into camps now? Just you wait until they wall off services and get people "on their network"

Comment Let's get some real info in here (Score 1) 293

People in India use antibiotics for EVERYTHING. Headache? Take antibiotic. Bad eyesight? Antibiotic. Bad marriage? take antibiotic. Antibiotics are cheap and people there don't know any better. They're creating horrible superbugs there because they *are* overusing antibiotics. The people here complaining about the U.S. overusing antibiotics are making a pointless argument: The bug was gotten in India, not the U.S. (though yes, there are superbugs here, but that's n ot the point of the article).

Also, this is one reason to keep up the CDC: If that superbug finds a way into the U.S. we could get well and truly fucked, and it's the CDC's job to help ensure stuff like this stays contained and doesn't contaminate the rest of the population.

Comment Re:The end of Capitalism. No Work No Consumers (Score 1) 405

Or they'll simply hire personal armies to defend lands on which they grow their own food/get resources, them give out small parcels of it to people in return for fealty... er wait, who said anything about feudalism?

Sad to say, I think you're on the right track, fluffer; it's happened to humanity before and it sure looks like we're headed back in that direction.

Comment Willpower (Score 1) 405

Companies need the willpower and intelligence, and a big fat push, to automate.

Seriously, I work in a job that I am *trying* to automate. My boss wouldn't fire me (small business) and I would get paid more for making things more efficient, plus there's lots of other work we can do.

Problem is, the company puts TONS of limits on their software, so the time it takes to hack around it is obscene. Making their systems easier TO automate would go a long way.

Comment Re: How much bandwidth per plane and how meany AP' (Score 1) 71

No, I think the issue is regulation (extremely strict, and safe)
Costs are extremely high for airlines, but they're also the safest in the world right now.
However we agree on why prices are high, it seems to me that running an airline is difficult and getting people through the air is not cheap

Comment Summary is nonsense (Score 1) 125

"By comparison, Seattle was home to just 662,400 people in 2015, according to the city's Office of Planning and Community Development."
um... total non sequitur. What does the population have to do with bananas? They say how many bananas were handed out, not anything about population numbers.

Comment A question and a little consideration (Score 1) 84

1) can someone weigh in on what kinds of image processing is out there now that we slashdotter's can get in on? I ask because of number 2 (cue The Prisoner reference)...

2) Just taking a moment to consider this...
I'd be more comfortable if this were open-source, but there's some neat uses for this idea. I've considered getting a hololens, if only to poke around with it, but the idea of AR seems much more useful in day-to-day life than VR at the moment.
It obviates the need for sensors in everything (keys, eggs, fridge, etc) and could actually, with some work, help cut down on the need for the IoT. I'll assume that our new Helper is named Harvey, since I'm not a fan of Cortana.

Harvey could be a connected series of "eyes" or sensor suites. .One might be trained on the kitchen. Every time you open the door it might have a laser sensor that measures the temp of the fridge as well as what you take out of it. If you have dumb fridge, it might recommend that the surface temp of the egg carton could be put more in line with FDA recommendations by lowering the fridge temp, or by putting it in the crisper. It could see how many you have left, or it might see what you're taking out of the fridge, stuff it in a queue, and if you ask,"Hey Harvey, what should I make for dinner?" it could sift through the web and make a suggestion, also bringing up search results on a HUD you may have in your glasses, or on a screen in your kitchen.

Harvey might be in your garage and could measure reflected light to determine if your car could be washed and waxed (I dunno...). Harvey might be able to process what a good configuration for all your stuff in a room is, showing optimized places for putting things away, or talking to a robot who can put all the things away after cataloging where it all goes, making cleaning up much less cognitively intense (I, personally, can get overwhelmed trying to put all those things away); that's a version of image processing I'd be happy with!

My issue is that it should be open source. I should be able to go in and change how Harvey works, how we interact, and see what Harvey is doing with all that data; many people won't care, I suspect. I do see a future where people like ourselves program our own Bots (hey Joel Hodgson!) to help fit our lives. If we can keep these items secure, I believe it could lead to a much more productive and probably content future where we can focus on the things we love to do (cue 50s housewife music, "brought to you by GE!")

Comment Re:Wow, took long enough! (Score 1) 635

On the other hand, could an actually free market take care of this? (I know, I know... )

If the companies who bankrupt themselves get gobbled up by those that "get it" and distribute the wealth instead of horde it, would this potentially help solve the problem?
Companies may not only have to adapt their products in the future, but also their fundamental charter and recognize themselves as redistributors of wealth?

Comment Re:Not a social safety net, please... (Score 1) 635

Wait... you mean that the government trying to legislate morality means that.... GASP! they would need to actually follow through on the end-goal of morals (a meaningful life) if they shove them on people? You mean it's not just "we get to control you, ha ha"?

If government wants to legislate morality it means that they need to provide purpose and meaning as well, not just resources.

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