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Comment Re: More JUNK flourishing (Score 1) 110

I can't remember the last time I received a music recommendation that wasn't any good at all. Have you considered that maybe you just don't like music very much? Or maybe you need some new genres?

YouTube is full to the brim with great metal and chiptunes. Not only can I find lots of good new stuff, I have the entire history of classics to directly compare it to. Shitty music can't survive in this environment.

Comment Re: More JUNK flourishing (Score 1) 110

Yeah, if you haven't found any good musicians on YouTube, you aren't trying. I don't try and I still find some good stuff. The assertion regarding the quality of "reporting" is certainly fair, but the niche of people who sincerely want relevant facts more than bias confirmation is small enough to be economically insignificant.

Comment You Can't Kill Culture (Score 5, Interesting) 110

The music industry is defunct. Music flourishes. Newspapers are irrelevant, but awareness and engagement with current events is so high it's probably deeply unhealthy.

Media as a business is effectively on hiatus while society sorts out how to monetize things and what problems those monetization schemes cause. Media itself is in a golden age.

Comment This would be a near-godlike power. (Score 1) 383

Why? Because it would need to be able to run on all possible future hardware, regardless of whether that hardware is aware of needing to be backward compatible with anything. The code would need to somehow be able to look at its hardware environment and modify itself to be able to communicate and fulfill its purpose within that environment, even if that environment is some kind of mushroom from an exoplanet three galaxies away. NP-completeness would be this thing's first trick, and it's arguably a form of mind control.

I mean, that's obviously stupid, and I'm obviously drunk, but be careful with the word "universal."

Comment Re: They were indeed doing just fine. (Score 1) 319

I want them to make good on their obligations, ones they agreed to take on in exchange for being allowed to create and protect their de facto monopoly. If doing so at reasonable prices makes them insolvent, they shouldn't have relied exclusively on regulatory capture and other forms of grift all these years. Their assets can be sold off to other companies who will hopefully engage in actual market competition.

Comment Seriously? (Score 3, Interesting) 278

It sucks that this was lost, because it's cool research.

Despite that, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to think this is a big setback for technology? You have to press it between two diamonds harder than they can stand it just to force it to continue existing. The consumer technology that might've fallen out of this will arrive in 2455 instead of 2450. Oh no.

Comment There is one thing only a CEO can do. (Score 1) 181

They rarely actually do it, but it remains an essential function of the office, and I'm sure they'll feel a need for it at some point.

By virtue of being nominally responsible for anything the company does, the CEO serves as somebody to blame when shit goes wrong. Other people get blamed more often in practice, but this is because one of a CEO's other main functions is delegating.

Comment Re:Of course unions oppose it. (Score 1) 723

When I look at the quality of handcrafted stuff today, I feel even more certain that the labor market will soon disappear. There's a reason very few people in the US make a living by making things: doing it well is difficult, expensive, difficult and expensive to learn, and a machine can absolutely always do it better and faster, period.

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