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Comment Re: Thanks, *hats (Score 2) 74

Well, for a lot of uses, slap-dash is "good enough". I don't really need my $30/month prepay service that I use to get phone calls from my wife telling me to pick up laundry detergent to be bulletproof - it just needs to work well enough that I get by another month without getting too pissed off. If they went all space shuttle control software on my phone and the network, it probably would all drift outside of my price range. I suspect for high-security applications, there are already bolt-on solutions that let you securely communicate with your basement email server.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 505

Agreed, it has been far too long for the refresh on the Pro models - and it's very hard to recommend them at their current price.

With that said, they might not be letting them die a slow death, but rather been unhappy with that particular generation of Intel mobile chips in a "Pro" model.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 505

To be fair, some of us like Macs because it's a super-easy way to get a smoothly operating unix laptop. The hardware is generally within +/- 10% of equivalent Windows gear - though that calculus got difficult for a while when Apple fell behind the Intel upgrade curve. I run Linux all day, every day, but it's in a VM, so at the end of the day I don't really care what the underlying OS is.

Comment Re:Typical Conservative Response (Score 1) 630

My base ideology is libertarian, so I'm all for individual freedoms. I honestly believe that, in the vast majority of cases, a system that emphasizes strong individual freedom and personal responsibility will leave humanity better off.

With that said, all ideologies eventually smack into reality, and none to date deal with it perfectly. One of these realities are germs. Disease does not respect the individual model and demands a coordinated approach. Absent a 100% safe and effective vaccine (which would be compatible with individualism), the only way to stomp out a communicable disease is to reduce the population with it to such a degree that it fizzles out.

As such, I feel that we can and should make allowances for individuals to act selfishly or in ignorance, but only up to the point where the vaccines are no longer effective in wiping out the diseases. At that point, you have to make the pragmatic decision to set your failed ideology to the side for the moment and solve the problem at hand.

Comment Then prepare a fiery desk for Watson, too. (Score 1) 894

That's all fine and good but what you are proposing will only stave off the inevitable for at most a year or two. Automation is coming, it is already here and covering more ground faster and faster. Read "Rise of the Robots" it is an enlightening read.

AI is fine and dandy, but only when it is an intelligent companion, not an existential threat.

If multi-disciplinary automation (such as current-day AI) wants to become a threat, treat it no differently. Nothing says that today's Watson can be treated the same way Mr. Patterson treated the original one.

How would you propose penalizing anyone that overlooks the long-term unemployed/discouraged? Who would you propose get penalized?

The party/parties that overlook the unemployed, including all third parties and contracting services.

What would be the mechanism for detecting and punishing these despicable beings?

The lowest bar of proof constitutionally allowable for the unemployed (that meets criminal/civil standards), such that no "safe reason" can be formed.

As for punishment? A golden ticket to work directly with the organization in question for a guaranteed minimum term measurable in decades, with provisions to survive existential events - including but not limited to acquisition, offshoring, bankruptcy, and/or reorganization. It might put the staffing industry out of business for being a favored benefit dodge, but it's not as if they've been of much use for regular people these days.

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