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Comment Re:Economic malthusianism (Score 1) 883

Before using the "Cry wolf" argument, please remember that in the original fable, eventually the wolf did come.

Maybe we'll take this next round of automation in stride, we'll adapt to the technology, and the economy will adjust. Maybe the cries of "Wolf!" will be just cries, again. But maybe not. To say that the cries of "Wolf!" will NEVER be valid is actually a bigger and harder to prove conjecture than that at some point the cry will be valid..

Comment Huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 537

This problem sounds like a made-up problem. Nobody's cell phone app is going to cure cancer yet... but they ARE very useful for using cameras to deposit checks and file expense reports without any paperwork... I don't see what you're getting at... there is useless crap all over the place, everyone tries their hand if they are willing to do it, and if it's something that people want, they pay for it. If it's not, then they don't. The OP is clearly focused on one or two, or twelve apps or tech that are 'useless' but I wonder if they would stop a second and think just how fast the ENTIRE WORLD is changing right now... All the time.

Comment Re:First they have to find the cause (Score 1) 64

The November date is really a soonest-possible date, I suspect. In early discussion after the incident, I saw it mentioned that Pad 40 will likely be out of commission for a year, and that the next option would be Pad 39A, which is supposed to be ready in November.

I suspect the hope is that by the time the pad is ready they will understand the failure and have taken remedial action. I doubt they'd be permitted to launch anything without some sort of root cause and remedy.

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 1) 338

Numbers are numbers. Money paid to employees is done out of the money the university has to spend. They either have to take in more of it, or pay out less of it. Which do you propose they do? The rest of the equation is irrelevant. Pretend for a second that YOU have employees, and your costs are going up, but your workload is not shrinking... what do you do?

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