Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 138

It isn't a bubble. it is the full extent of the Reality Distortion Field. This is why people in Bay Area have a very distorted view of the rest of the country, you know, people in "fly over country" who are nothing but rubes and hicks. They won't move, because they can't fathom living on 75K a year, when they are virtually poor making $150K. They think 4000-5000 mo House Payments is "normal".

Comment Re:Journalism (Score 5, Insightful) 143

Real Journalism is dead. Those things you speak of died in the age of headline news and twitter posts of simplistic nature where viral is the new meme.

Must report something before anyone else, who cares if it is accurate or not. Publish or perish. This is the world we live in.

The fact that Hillary and crew were decidedly evil, caught via "hacked" information, that led to her loss isn't news, the "RUSSIANS" are the news. It doesn't matter how evil the bitch is, "RUSSIA" hacked the elections!!!!! People found out how evil she was, and voted for the "lessor" of two evils, and that doesn't matter "RUSSIANS" hacked the elections.

Russia hacking the DNC and Hillary campaigns (no real proof or evidence ever presented, only Dark Shadow Government agencies saying so) is the news!

This is how "fake news" is generated. Alternative facts parroted until they are more important than the actual real news .... Hillary and DNC actually conspired with the News Media to toss Bernie under a bus and rig an election. BUT RUSSIA HACKED THE ELECTIONS!!!

Comment Re:Unemployment (Score 1) 478

Your claim requires a factory job that could comfortably support a middle-class single-income household is the same as a low-wage service sector job that can not do so even with a dual-income household.

1st one required people show up, and work the job, even when they shouldn't have, verses the latter which can't be filled today, because the average idiot can't figure change out in the drawer or pour a latte without fucking it up somehow.

Because the latte maker isn't going to take one of the millions of unfilled blue-collar jobs that require something more than metro-sexual with hair gel problems. You want to fix the problem? Stop promoting "college" as the "only" way to better incomes. Start with promoting trade schools that teach people to do jobs that are actually needed, rather than the "Snowflake Crybaby" degree from university.

Comment Re:start by lowering full time hours / makeing OT (Score 1) 478

Why should jay have to work 60-80+ hours a week doing the work of 3 people for the pay of 1?

Why should you be taking hours Jay needs away, to give to people who won't work nearly as hard as Jay? Who says your view is best for Jay or even the three other people supposedly gaining a job? Have you never worked in a job where someone was paid to fill a position no longer needed (see Oregon Gas Pumpers)? If it wasn't for a state law, there would be no gas pump jockeys AND people would pay less for gas.

Make work jobs don't provide anything valuable to society, The solution isn't more government regulation and market manipulation, it is less. Otherwise, we're slowly moving to "centralized economic management" which was tried and failed in Soviet Union (and others).

Yeah, the feel good ideas of the socialist left have all be tried, and failed. Why do we keep trying? We're insane!

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score -1, Troll) 478

Poverty doesn't cause crime. Lack of morals causes crime. There are all sorts of poor people who don't steal, and all kinds of rich people who do.

That being said, the greatest contributor to poverty is removing peoples ability to produce goods and services because of artificial rules and regulations. The number one cause of these issues, is government creating artificial barriers to entry in the name of "safety" and "security".

You want to start a business? Can't because you lack the funding to buy the $150 business license. Want to sell home made foods stuffs (lemonade stands) ? Can't Because you didn't get the proper permits and health and safety inspections, and that business license and the taxes and fees ......

BUT if you happen to have a job, you're taxed and regulated to the point of wanting to quit, because the government has all sorts of programs to help you out, often with "no questions asked".

This is why socialism is always doomed to failure. Eventually, you run out of other people's money. I know, this time it will work, because you've worked out all the bugs. Yawn

Comment Re:Can't a magic 8 ball replace most CEOs? (Score 1) 276

In my experience with ceo's and senior executives- the "numbers" have a funny habit of changing to match projections. I saw them waste at least 6.5 billion dollars over 5 years in failed project after failed project. All based on unrealistic assumptions. And in every case, the failures were redefined as successes except for the failed SAP rollout.

A large corporation can cover some terrible errors and CEO's (and executives) are paid for changing things- not for running them well as they are. So you can have a good business practice and it will be removed and replaced with something else which is much, much worse.

If the change works- yea! Big bonus for the CEO and/or executives. If it fails- yea! Big golden parachute. If it's in the muddy middle- there will be a lot of pressure to say the change worked. Because deadlines, definitions- sometimes reality- is subject to intense pressure and manipulation to say the change worked.

Actual reality doesn't set in until they leave or the company goes tits up.

Comment Re:The pain starts in 2030... (Score 1) 276

OTH, as of 2024, the boomers will already be dying in large numbers. Roughly 4 million a year by that point.
60% of men and 43% of women boomers born in 1946 will be dead by 2026. Actually, those who are not well off are more likely to be dead at that rate by 2023 and that's 80% of the population.

But going by the more conservative figures...

By 2030, almost 5 million boomers will have already died.
By 2040, about 30 million boomers will have already died.

The biggest crisis we really need to address is medical care expenses for the last 90 days of life. Speaking as a boomer myself, we cannot afford to spend over a thousand dollars a day to keep someone alive for an extra three months. That's were we need to cap our spending and limit our losses. If someone wants to spend their own money or has insurance- fine. Otherwise, we have to make some hard rational choices.

However, if we destroy 30% of jobs for young people with automation and AI, then there won't be tax revenue to pay.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 276

Actually, there has only been a job if you speak of humans generically.

Sure, the generation after the luddites had jobs. But most of the luddites died homeless or exposure and starvation years earlier than they should have.

We *may* have jobs again 30 years after this hits but the most likely scenario is 33% unemployment for decades. And almost all manual labor jobs suitable for people with low drive or low iq being replaced by robots. And many high intelligence jobs being replaced by automation. And many skilled jobs replaced by a combination of automation and robots.

Over the next 10 years, it looks likely that 10% of jobs will simply go away. This includes m ost retail clerks (4 million jobs) (as you simply pick up the goods and walk out of the store with an rfid charging you automatically) or you order it online (for less- and no gasoline or miles on your car and no going to the store to find it is sold out), drivers (3 million jobs), most manufacturing jobs, and most manual labor jobs.

In the end- taxes will have to be collected from those who still have incomes. And overall our productivity will be higher than it is today- so providing for everyone should take a smaller share of gdp. But if people are left without jobs and without safety net benefits- it could become a hell hole and possibly fall to civil disorder and even civil war.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 2) 276

Climate change is serious but not as serious as the limits to growth coming up. They are going to hit harder and sooner.

No more cheap stainless steel will be a big one.

We could see a billion people die ahead of time over a single decade sometime between 2050 and 2100. Likely to threaten civilization, provoke wars, and be a period when the carrying capacity of the earth drops by a couple billion people over 50 years.

Our usage of many resources continues to grow exponentially as the population continues to grow and the standard of living continues to rise. We consumed more chromium in 2014 than we did from 1901 to 2000 combined. And similar for many, many other resources.

At the same time climate change might destroy our ability to raise grain as it destroys viability of many of the worlds major growing zones and pushes the climate into areas not capable of growing. And changes the pattern of rainfall.

Climate change is dangerous and big- but limits to growth are much bleaker. And the most likely scenario is they will hit way to fast for us to mitigate them so we'll still be accelerating as we hit them head on.

Slashdot Top Deals

The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.