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Comment Re:You're being a bit naive (Score 1) 231

It would be child's play to maintain artificial scarcity. If you're a member of the ruling class who's power, wealth and prestige depends on that scarcity it's in your best interests to maintain it.

That's where the Cyberpunk comes in. Tribes and groups building alternate societies and cultures utilitzing technology salvaged from the mainstream or built as an alternative to established ways of dealing wiht things. This always happens. Only the revolution in tech is rarely violent in a classic class-warfare sense. It's simply people building alternatives to systems that don't work. As technology get's cheaper that becomes easyer for more and more people. One trait of the age of cyberpunk is that cultural and economic spaces aren't spacially divided but stacked on to each other and basically spread out globall - which is a side-effect of current developments. As further advanced technology gets, the easyer it is to actually implement marxism, because it becomes easyer and easyer to take what I need without taking away from others. See FOSS for a prime example.

Likewise, maintaining artificial scarcity is pointless when what I need can be provided faster and easyer by robots than the people I would want to control. There is no incentive anymore to control people beyond a certain point in such a society. It would be more trouble than it is worth and is much better done by netflix and facebook than with all-out opression.

What I'm doing right now I can do in just about any part of the world thjat has an internet connection. A sign of things to come. Yes, sure, Google or some other megacorp will own everthing but it will be so dirt cheap to use it and so costly to deny it to people that we can very well have an Utopia.

Comment The post-scarcity economy is coming either way. (Score 3, Interesting) 231

I think what many people don't get is that the post-scarcity economy is coming, one way or the other.

Point in case: I do web development in an agency, and while my work isn't always all-out pointless like that of some of my peers who produce power-point presentations (no joke - they produce presentations for a living - we make quite an amount of money of this), I also see clearly that most of my work comes from LAMP and WordPress being so shitty that building something that resembles a useful model often requires hours of custom programming per project. I work part-time, 5 hours/day, so I don't go insane and even that remaining work is mostly a classic "bullshit-job".

We are moving into an all out cyberpunk post-scarcity economy - that's a plain and simple fact. Meanwhile the luxury problems I have come from cellphone manufacturers artificially inflating phone-storage prices or not offering the exact type of phone I'm looking for, the girls I meet often being to tied up in social media to be useful for quality time and me being to lazy to book my surfing vacation for late summer.

Money in it's current for is either becoming worhless (negative interest) or being removed alltogether (sharing economy, access culture).

The problems that await us will stem from people and societies who can't deal with a post-scarcity economy and turn fanatic - religiously, politically or otherwise. That is the problem Jack Ma is probably talking about.

Other than that I personally see no problem with the rise of robots.
If we play our cards right, we can have an utopia in a century. But probably the nutbags are going to screw this up again, using religion and/or totalitarianism, as usual.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment Functional Programming is a good thing. (Score 1) 369

So is knowing and understanding it.

FP basically forces you to do multiple steps in one and trains your brain to think faster. Getting rid of state wherever possible is a neat thing too and enables more complex programms and routines that are less error-prone and more vertasile.

As long as you can wrap your head around what your doing FP is great. I've made a habit of using it whenever I can. ... Although sometimes I'm just to lazy or tired and start wittling about with variables again.

Comment Errrm, yes. ... And? They're friggin' CHROMEBOOKS! (Score 1) 84

They run Chrome OS. Basically an extension of Google into your lap. Like android phones are a extension of Google into your hands and pockets.

Complaining that Google is observing it's users is like complaining that water is wet. Observing users is Googles freakin business model, that's what they earn money with. That's why you get all the neat stuff including cloud storage basically for free. This is also the reason Google is not another MS or Apple. They are a different league. They don't care what your device costs and which software it runs, as long as you use Google. Plain and simple.

And because of this, Google could offer services for minors no other company could. Like, for instance, warning parents when the child is communicating with a person that is obviously an unknown middle-aged man posing as a teenager.

I guess the EFF get's the Captain Obvious Award for stating that Google observes it's users. ... Allthough I do like them basically doing public education on the matter - probably needed in the US I presume.

Comment I bike. Never owned a car ... (Score 1) 227

... and I'm usually judged 7-12 years younger than I actually am (47). I even feel that way too. Given, I also dance a lot. But I combine my biking with PT, so that evens it out.

I offen get angry seeing avalanches of SUVs and full sized cars with only one Person in them. Germanys cities are clogged to the Brink with Cars and it's a freakin' Pita for everybody. We even start seeing the push for larger Bike Infrastructure at federal Level ... two decades or so too late imho.

Everybody I know who uses the bike as a main means of transport is a healthier happier person for it, including myself. We have too many cars. We need less better cars and caresharing at national level. And a private car limitation for cities.
Everything would improve. ... Probably even peoples sexlives.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment And yet it's not Amazon that creeps out Oracle (Score 1) 81

I see two ends of the spectrum:
Want an own DB?
MariaDB, MySQL, Postgres, Mongo, Couch, ... tons of really cool stuff, all of it industry-grade software.
I see virtually no usecase at all for non-FOSS DB technology in a fresh project these days.

Want to do the cloud DB thing?
Use Google Spanner.
That's what Oracle should be afraid of ... and probably is.

Comment Bullshit. X11 sucks for different reasons. (Score 1) 226

"X11 has network transparency." If I got a dime everytime I heard this, I'd be a billionaire by now.

Screw X11 Network transparency. The network transparency X11 offers (draw this pixel there, take this input here) can be redone in 2 days and bolted on top of a well designed system as soon as anybody needs it. If X11s hand-made cast-iron NW transparency is the only thing it has going for it, that is sad.

As for efficiency, I get your point. Computers are so insanely fast these days, no one really cares if you need 1 or 3 cycles to draw a desktop. Especially if a better design takes a little longer. Gamers have their own thing for displaying anyway.

The problem with X11 is that it is ancient (in itself not a problem) and because of that was built around problems and requirements that nobody has today and in turn offers zilch to address todays demands. Modline configuration are relics of the steam age of microcomputers and 16-bit color CRTs and turn any X11 config session into an arcane ritual from yesteryear with no way of knowing if it will work out.

If X11 would fix that and make it easy to set up systems with todays technical traits, be it only with feasible tooling, I'm sure it would still have a chance of sticking around for another few decades. Until that happens, people are always going to try and replace it. And for good reasons too.

Comment We should finally replace Facebook. (Score 1) 54

I always have been of the opinion that Facebook is only so successful, because all other Services and protocols are so bad. Usenet and E-Mail ancient don't fit in todays Messaging needs. I would argue that even fidonet was a better solution for that.

conclusion: We, the FOSS and Internet community finally need to come up with a distributed Service and protocol that does what Facebook does and get rid of this proprietary data-hog abomination. And we need to build reference Implementations for all Major Plattforms that work and are usable für normal people.

my 2 cents (sorry, German Spelling due to Swipe)

Comment Facebook is not a social network ... (Score 1) 150

... it's a global mental illness.

That aside, we all know that what Facebook does should be a regular Internet protocol and service and not some commercial website. The only reason FB took off and still is going strong is because E-Mail and Usenet and to some extent IRC are so very shitty and we, the Inet and FOSS community haven't built a viable modern communication service yet.

And no, Diaspora is an implementation of a non-service and not really a replacement. Yet.

Once a protocol and service that does what FB does is finished, FB eventually willbe replaced.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment Narcissistic leaders are the second best. (Score 1) 339

"The best rulers are those the people barely know, after that those they love after that those they despise and fear."
- Konfuzius (paraphrased)

In an ideal society the leaders are barely known. But we don't have that yet - that would be Star Trek or something. ... So in broken or non-optimal societies people lean towards the popular.

As far as humble leaders go, I think Uruguay, Buthan and Germany are good examples.

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