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Comment Re:Automation and Unemployment (Score 1) 602

1. Grinding attrition to reduce their numbers through geographic isolation (prisons, slums, ghettos), violent crime (police abandon these areas and leave them to be ruled by gangs), and various poverty related causes of death (famine, malnutrition, lack of healthcare).
2. Revolt and forcefully take enough to survive from those who have surplus resources
3. Get folded into some sort of peaceful wealth redistribution system that provides for their needs and allows them to reach their personal potential, become educated up to their ability, raise a family, and live with dignity.

Good post. I believe of those options #1 is the most likely; the surveillance society will be perfected soon and it will be too late to revolt when killbots are patrolling the streets.

There is one more possibility under capitalism, though: service jobs and entertainment. The kinds of jobs where people can compete with robots - because they can elicit emotional responses that robots can't. Prostitutes and gladiators are canonical examples... so if you're starving you can always go to the Arena and duke it out with another pencil neck for a hot meal!

Comment Re:No one cares (Score 1) 234

Oh, the humanity! HOWEVER did our ancestors COPE with 8 pixel fonts?! Imagine being able to see individual PIXELS on screen - it's horrible, just horrible!

If 1200 lines is okay then you should be fine with 1080p, after all resolution is a non-issue. I use a cheap 42" LCD TV as monitor and wouldn't go back to anything smaller.

Comment Re:Much more than that (Score 1) 211

But real aliens can in reality substantially different than humans.

You mean aliens that are real are... in reality? Gulp.

Has anybody noticed the missing verb syndrome? It seemingly appeared a few months ago and is everywhere now. I swear it's fucking making me dyslexic and I'm now re-reading sentences just to make sure I didn't miss a verb.

Comment Re:Yes and no... (Score 1) 276

Somewhat misleading. While the CPU power of the Wii U most certainly lies in the realm of what you see in the 360 (rumor is it's basically a 3 core, overclocked Wii processor), the video power is a decent step up. We're talking about a semi modern GPU that supports all sorts of bells and whistles none of the last gen consoles did. The Wii U will most certainly be left in the dust by the PS4/720, but the beautiful thing about it is that it should probably be able to play next gen multi-platform ports in 720p.

It won't. The GPU might just cut it but it has an incredibly wimpy CPU, not even on par with X360.

It's the other way around, I'm afraid. The Wii U will receive X360/PS3 ports at 1080p and when those two become irrelevant it will be effectively abandoned by 3rd party developers.

Comment Re:Game Controls (Score 1) 368

A mouse is superior to a pad in the sense that it's faster and more accurate. That doesn't, however, make it better for gaming. In fact, a mouse is unrealistically fast and accurate for FPS games - gameplay easily devolves into pixel hunting. I prefer a pad myself as I like firefights to last more than a microsecond. Also, using a mouse makes me feel like I'm playing the Office suite or something.

Comment Re:It's not that it's underpowered... (Score 1) 188

Yes, exactly. Many people think improvements in next gen, for example in graphics, will be incremental, much like the advantage PC games now have over consoles. What I'm expecting instead is a full-on revolution once the money starts flowing in. Well, at least if M$/$ony don't skimp on power. If there's some kind of saturation threshold for gaming awesomeness, then I don't think we're anywhere near that point.

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