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Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 1) 905

And yet, there are a million political clickbait sites out there that DID portray the video as really being about killing Jews. And if $COMPANY doesn't fire him for the video, the clickbait sites will report that $COMPANY refused to fire him for his "video about killing Jews". And the reports might be fake, but $COMPANY will lose real business.

Welcome to the brave new world. Anything you say online can and will be used against you, fairly or not.

Comment Re:How many lives are saved by air pollution (Score 1) 123

I hear a lot of the pollution from India in the winter is from night watchmen in commercial establishments who burn little wood fires to stay warm. Incredibly polluting relative to the benefits, but apparently they don't have a better option.

India seems to be at the "sweet spot" where they are developed enough to create tons of pollution but aren't developed enough to eliminate it. China is a little further along, they have started taking significant steps to minimize pollution.

Comment Re:Tools and movements (Score 1) 216

Non-technical end users don't run their own email servers. Email servers/email addresses come in two main varieties:

- Internet services like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, MSN - most of which now have encryption
- Businesses like your employer and your bank - which mostly don't have encrytion. That should change.

Personally, I would LOVE to get my bank and credit card statements in encrypted emails. As it is right now, I just get an email saying "You have a message". Then I have to fight through an unintuitive web site with its own flaky message system and a username/PW I don't remember in order to find out what the message is. It's a MAJOR unnecessary pain.

Comment Re:Theoretically (Score 1) 172

Of course that's affordable! If it's to be considered a cost of living in the boondocks, then the prices of your fruit and vegetables will have to rise a tiny bit to pay for it. But the average family farm probably earns $5000/month if not much more, so $125 extra would increase food prices by at most ~2%, and probably much less. Whatever the effect, the market would take care of it quite nicely, with no need for special government subsidies and the corruption that frequently comes with them.

Comment Re:You pay people to do fuck-all... (Score 1) 720

I don't think so. "Other people" will always want things done, but at the cheapest possible cost. If a robot has skills equal to a person, "other people" will probably prefer to hire it over a person, due to being cheaper.

Most human skills boil down to a few basic categories: vision, object manipulation, understanding speech. Computer science is making rapid progress in all these areas. And computer programs are cheap - you write the program once, and billions of people can use it worldwide.

There was massive employment for horses until machines were developed that could do their main skill (pulling/carrying heavy loads) better. Now, only a few horses are employed (for recreation, police, etc). The level of human employment could drop just as drastically.

Comment Re:Invest those millions to improve the FOSS in us (Score 1) 557

I'm surprised there isn't a national government somewhere funding open source software.

In the US, the National Endowment for the Arts spends $146 million a year on stuff which most Americans never see or are affected by in any way, and some of which is offensive to large segments of the population ("Piss Christ", nude "performance art, etc.).

Imagine how much quality open source software could be produced with $146 million per year? For comparison, LibreOffice has a budget of under a million euros per year.

Comment Re:Web page designers (Score 1) 325

Even Slashdot. (which otherwise has a quite sane, usable interface, thanks to user complaints at every attempt to degrade it over the years)

When I get a message in the upper right of the screen, that somebody has modded or replied to my comment - I go to click it, but then an ad loads just above it, shifting the message down so that I accidentally click on the ad instead.

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