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Comment Re:Lots of bad assumptions here. (Score 1) 1127

You're right, all of those jobs will still exist. Just as a horse shoe ferrier, clock maker, shoemaker, taylor, and even the farmer still exist today. The difference is that all of those jobs are fractions of a percent of what they were. Some of those jobs used to sustain significant portions of the country. Every town of a any size at all had those people. Now, a lot of people don't even know what those jobs are. Yes, they still exist, but automation has replaced most of them except for a few niche specialists.

Comment Re: Half arsed (Score 1) 921

Stop producing people. The population will decline to match the number of available jobs.

Except people with no money for entertainment, education, and birth control and a lot of time on their hands tend to do things that are free and fun a lot. And a lot of those activities create more people (due to our outrages over providing birth control).

Comment Re:Medical hacking (Score 1) 104

They'll tell us that's what it's for, but let's be honest profit is the real motivator. The inhibitor to innovation is the 0 risk game we all seem to want to play, and I agree the FDA testing procedures do slow that down, and with reason. Yes, if I buy an "approved medical device" then I want to be assured that it is as safe as it can possibly be. However, some people are willing to take a risk/reward gamble. Trying to outlaws that does not make things better for anyone. As he stated, the condition is dangerous anyway, so tinkering with a device may be worth the risk to some people.

Let people make those *INFORMED* decisions themselves. We can't assume they don't have the power to understand their decision. The balance right now with it being illegal to sell/distribute but legal to tinker with for your own use seems like a perfectly valid line. Let them work it out, let an industry come along and distribute a "proven open source design". After all, the "medical industry" is always using "R&D" as their scapegoat for ridiculously high costs on everything. The open source community is removing that cost. Now all you have to do is refine the design into a neat little pager sized case and profit, but you better do it at a more reasonable price point because you don't own an exclusive patent now!

Comment I don't believe them (Score 1) 192

The entire reason to make it free was to resolve the split user base, which costs them money by maintaining old versions as well as all their development partners for having to support multiple versions. My suspicion is they're trying to get everyone on a common base and start moving to a model more like Mac, with more frequent, far cheaper upgrades. I think the "deadlines" are mainly to encourage people to "hurry up and get it done"

Comment Re:grr (Score 5, Insightful) 496

The filter encouraged the driver to travel at 107 mph in a 55 zone. It doesn't matter who was holding the phone.

How do you figure? Let's accept the fact that there is a 100mph trophy, which appears to be in debate, but let's just accept it as true. Then snapchat encouraged users to go fast. Are there many legal and safe ways to go that fast? Yes. Plane, train, passenger on a racetrack (yes there are options for that), etc. It is not an achievement for going 107mph in a 55mph zone. It was not for going faster than the speed limit. It did not encourage illegal behavior. It encouraged, at best, behavior that is the users responsibility to determine a safe time and place to perform.

My fitbit encourages me to run. It does NOT encourage me to run into traffic. It does not encourage me to plow others out of my way so I can run on a crowded path. My scuba computer tracks my max depth, so is it encouraging me to dive deep? Sure, especially when combined with online dive logs. Is it encouraging me to go deeper than I know by my training to be safe for my training and equipment?

No. It is my responsibility as a human with a brain to determine when activities are acceptable. It wasn't a death toll counter or encouraging anything with no legal opportunity. It wasn't financially incentivizing illegal behavior (the equivalent argument to paying someone to punch someone else).

The driver is responsible for their actions. They drove a car at nearly twice the legal speed limit. That was their decision, and that responsibility is on them.

Comment Re:Steam/Valve are not accepting Bitcoin (Score 3, Interesting) 54

A fee of 1%, which is half or less of what a traditional credit card fee charges. Steam/Valve don't accept Credit Cards either. Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, etc will provide a service (for a fee) of turning your credit card number into the actual money that Valve demands.

What's your point? All currency exchange is just agreed upon IOU's for goods or services. This is just one more that opens up new markets to them as well as decreases processing fees for them if existing customers jump on it.

Comment Re:Is this still true? (Score 1) 391

Hahahaha, you're funny! Running as non-administrator accounts. Windows doesn't even make this the slightest recommendation when you setup a new PC. Who cares about the 1% of PC's that will require an admin password. For 99% of them you just send the enter key after an action that will require elevated permissions.

non-admin accounts. . . you kill me :D ! What are people going to think of next?!?! Having your password secured somewhere other than that post it next to the screen?

Comment WE MUST BAN TEH PREPAID PHONES! (Score 4, Funny) 161

ZOMG, can you imagine the threat? Why, I just returned from the UK, and when I landed there was a vending machine just FULL of SIM cards. I got a phone number and full service without ANY question, and I don't even have any of the terrorist training. I was just, able to buy something normal without ANY background check or inquiry into my plans. When I came back to the US, I saw another machine offering similar things. This is the way the world ends, not with world war 3, but with anonymous, prepaid cell phone service.

Comment Re:Hm, (Score 1) 137

People that have dependents are also apparently more valuable to the company. I never understood that. All my coworkers with spouses and kids get a bump (in terms of insurance premiums paid for and in some cases family leave, but I don't get any "equivalent value" by not having those things. I know people will point out that they don't really "get extra" because their wives shop, husbands buy toys, kids are expensive, etc, but as an employee working for my company how does that make them worth more?

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 602

I agree. During the day I think they are absolutely worthless, your sight distance is your indicator. At night, one would assume they indicate that "if you see no headlights ahead, you've got room to pass". You don't necessarily. So, if they're not needed during the day, and untrustworthy at night, what purpose do they serve?

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