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Comment Re:We already have a useless class (Score 1) 414

For all of their faults (and there are many to be sure,) most large (and even mid size) corporations would fall apart without CxOs or some equivalent to keep everything moving in the same direction.

If you haven't read Marshall Brain's short story Manna, or similar things, it may be worth investing some time. Some people put forward the idea that these manager/director jobs can be done one day by PCs, mostly using existing technologies. It's an interesting idea with far reaching consequences for our societies of today if it were ever to happen.

Comment Re:OR (Score 1) 227

97% of workers now are doing jobs that didn't exist 100 years ago, and I am fully confident that 100 years from now 97% of people will be doing jobs that don't exist now. Who knows what crazy shit people will dream up to busy themselves with when robots and AI do all the menial things?

Funnily enough that sounds a lot like the old Soviet Union, where people found things to "busy themselves".

Comment Re:So how's the whole female CEO thing working for (Score 1) 141

[Marissa] took some positive steps, like ending the one day per week of "working from home" that most Yahoos referred to as their "day off". My neighbor works for Yahoo, and it is nice that he no longer starts his lawnmower at 9am every Friday.

Ah yes, good that the slacker neighbor is forced back to work. Probably deserves a good whipping halfway though the day to keep him on track... Hey, wait! What are you doing around the house at 9AM on a Friday to hear his lawnmower start up? Shouldn't you be at work?

Comment Re:Looking forward to Juno mission (Score 1) 27

I thoiught current thinking was that Jupiter and Saturn formed pretty far out then were drawn in, swapping places with each other and collectively with Uranus and Nepture (and possibly ejecting a fifth large planet) going closer to the Sun than their present locations before finally settling down.

I think that was the idea before large numbers of Jupiter-sized exoplanets were found orbiting close to their parent stars. Then the new idea came up that Jupiter and Saturn may have formed close to the Sun. In a 3-body-problem manner, Saturn might have been pushed out and took Jupiter with it (similar in part to how our own moon is moving away from us). Then, with the space close to the Sun cleared of debris and pushed into clumps, Mars-sized protoplanets started to form and were pushed into orbits around the Sun. If the orbits were too close, because not entirely circular the differential pull of the Sun would have sped up or slowed down planets on the same orbits causing a collision. This may have occurred for Venus, knocking it so that it now has virtually no spin, for the Earth, giving us our current size and moon(s), and also to create the asteroid belt past Mars.

It all ties in with the bombardment phase when/where the inner planets received water, possibly from the motions of Jupiter away from the Sun pulling in the distant icy comets from the outer solar system towards the Sun. It's an interesting model where the actual reality might even be more intricate or different. However, this is a gap in our current understanding that we may begin to solve by analyzing Jupiter in detail.

Comment Looking forward to Juno mission (Score 4, Interesting) 27

The Juno mission to Jupiter this year looks pretty interesting. We should find out if Jupiter has a rocky core, some nice polar images, and detailed measurements that might shed light on the early solar system formation. As far as I understand it isn't known if Jupiter formed near the Sun and moved out or not, and this has huge implications for Earth's early history and more generally for systems around other stars.

Comment Re:Version number (Score 1) 116

Having a large number does not make it more comprehensible or give you much useful information other than what is newer than before (*see Firefox).

Open source versioning is "somewhat" standardised and I am glad that they are sticking to it (1.x for meeting all major milestones, .odd for development, .even for public release). It actually makes sense.

The other versioning scheme that makes sense is for ongoing software by year and date release, such as Ubuntu releases.

Comment Great game, confusing web hosting (Score 2) 116

I enjoyed playing Supertux with a younger family member some years back and have some good memories of the game. This includes some of the addons and the early developments into the forest levels with advanced features that were fun.

Two things I'd like to ask if anyone knows:

Firstly, why can't the development team put together a single website with up to date info about this game? There was a move to Berlios De and git from SVN if I remember from lethargik, and now it seems to somewhere else. However, no information is left on the other websites that explains where the current stuff is happening or which pages are now obsolete. It would make a lot of sense to clarify this even for people just downloading the game.

Secondly: What the hell happened to Nolok? Did he really get replaced by a yeti as the main evil guy (as also in the unrelated game SupertuxKart)?

Comment Re: RECORD MAKING !! (Score 1) 242

But they did not expect to live in their boat once they arrived, never venturing out. They'd have a normal life like the one they left behind. Chopping wood, growing their own crops, chasing butterflies, swimming in lakes, having lots of kids.

If you think about it that's not a good argument with respect to today's people (especially those on /.)... So they get to Mars, live a normal life sitting inside all day on a computer avoiding natural light like they would at home on Earth, shuffling from one internal room to another for work and rest, not having any kids, etc. There'd be a large Internet lag to Earth, but if you had enough people go they could set up an alternate Martian Internet, ala the early days of AOL and geocities (this would be the tough part to live with).

Comment Re:For some of us, it works (Score 1) 258

You may be missing the implied point of some of the comments. It sounds like you can make this work for you and you aren't barely scraping by renting a place where if you lose one of these jobs worry about taking a crippling pay-day loan and then what? Some people really do live like this today.

There is a fear that future generations will be by and large unable to have a choice. They have to compete for a first job out of college for possibly meagre hours with more experienced people that don't yet want to retire, against other people in the same situation, and also large scale automation. With it more common to stay living with your parents and sharing with other people rents where in the past one income was enough to purchase a (modest) place, more commitment possibly being tacitly asked for at work over contract type employment with no security it doesn't look so rosy.

I figure a solution could be to move from a 7.5/8 hour day to a shorter day with the same pay and continue down this path to match the employment opportunities and pay. Automation alone could render most jobs not necessary and some (possibly most) of the jobs we have today don't really do anything for society other than pay people and keep them from mischief.

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