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Comment Re:Who buys the output of the robots? (Score 2) 285

In a world where no one works, and no one earns income - who is left to buy the output of the robots?

Capitalism driven production REQUIRES consumers with disposable income. The one cannot exist without the other. To save capitalism, you need to save the consumer.

Good point. Also, states need tax revenues, so they need someone or something to tax. Not much to tax if most people are out of work. AFAIK, there are no social modes suitable for the future we seem to be heading towards. This may get ugly.

Comment My guess: Kindergarten workers will be hit by this (Score 1) 285

The knock-on effect of automation will make more people stay at home, reducing the need for services like kindergartens. Same goes for other businesses when people return to their homes and do more stuff themselves: Looking after their children, cooking more at home, gardening, cleaning and such.

Just guessing here, but if I'm right, this may not be all bad. Back to the fifties? ;)

Comment Re:This is normal. (Score 3, Interesting) 299

And what we're seeing in Turkey isn't looking too hot either, and the Europeans have long been trying to make Turkey out to be a European nation.

Actually, the US has pressed on for Turkish membership in EU for decades:

Washington's support for Ankara on the issue of Turkish membership in the EU became part of the agenda of U.S.-Turkish
bilateral relations in the late 1980s. However, it vvas during the course of the next decade that American offcials began to engage in
intensive lobbying efforts among key U.S. allies in Europe to promote Turkey's EU aspirations.
[...]

http://dergiler.ankara.edu.tr/...

Comment Re:C strikes again (Score 1) 87

If you're a gambler, you could use malloc everywhere and initialize nothing and accept the fuckups that happen with uninitialized memory, or you can be a responsible coder and use memset everywhere, but wait, since "responsible" and "coder" are contradictory, why use malloc and memset when you can use calloc which explicitly allocates from zero filled memory, so you can maintain your reputation as a badass rockstar who doesn't give a shit about initializing anything, ever!

Calloc! The drop in replacement for malloc that makes your code safer while also making it look like no fucks were given!

Sometimes, initializing memory -- just for the sake of initialization -- creates or hides errors. This includes, but is not limited to, allocated memory. For example, Valgrind will not be able to detect reads of uninitialized data if all data always is set to 0. Valgrind is an extremely powerful tool which can track down really obscure bugs, so it's wise to play ball with Valgrind.

Another example may be to initialize a local variable to some default value, blocking the compiler from emitting a proper warning.

Comment Re:And the crowd goes mild!!! (Score 1) 226

"For years, decades even, people have been saying that you can't run an economy on renewable* sources of electricity but Costa Rica is showing that it can be done. Some countries in Europe have a high percentage of the electrical generation from renewable sources at times but nothing close to 100% for 76 days."

Norway generates almost all its power from hydro/renewables, year in and year out. (It rains a lot here too.)

source: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/... (in Norwegian)

Comment Re:You know... (Score 3) 323

"Looking at U.S. economic growth rates since 1947 [stlouisfed.org] shows that the net rate of economic growth has declined since the start of the Reagan era."

Not sure what your point is, besides being a distraction. The graph you link to, shows growth deltas, not absolute growth rates. IOW, it doesn't show that the growth has declined, just that the GDP is less volatile.

Comment Re:You know... (Score 4, Informative) 323

AFAICT: You're quoting Reagan out of context. He was speaking about farming and government subsidies. This is what Reagan actually said:

"When I first started traveling abroad as President, especially to our annual economic summits, I suggested that the best foreign aid or development program the United States could give the world was a crash study in free enterprise. And this idea was, to say the least, greeted with skepticism. But when America's economic miracle took over and as we created during the past 67 months 17 million new jobs, I noticed that the idea of fostering growth through encouraging the entrepreneur began to take hold -- even to the point where the emphasis on agricultural subsidies, once so sacrosanct in other nations, is giving way at these summits to ideas on how to develop more free enterprise. There seems to be an increasing awareness of something we Americans have known for some time: that the 10 most dangerous words in the English language are, ``Hi, I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help.'' [Laughter]

Well, of course, sometimes government can help and should help -- natural disasters like the drought, for example -- but we need to look to a future where there's less, not more, government in our daily lives. It's that philosophy that brought us the prosperity and growth that we see today. That's why we've proposed nothing less than a total phaseout by the year 2000 of all policies that distort trade in agriculture, and I'm speaking of worldwide. This proposal reflects one of my abiding beliefs -- I think it's a belief that you share: The solution to the world agricultural problem is to get government out of the way and let farmers compete."
https://reaganlibrary.archives...

Comment Re:My B.S. meter is in the red (Score 1) 298

"Please also note the graph in the article. That looks more like a trading issue/glitch (energy gets traded much like stock on a stock market) because the actual power generation was higher later on without a massive dip."

The dip happened on a sunday, whereas the "non-dip" was on a weekday (monday 9th). Since power consumption is much higher on weekdays than on sundays, maybe that's why the prices didn't dip?

Comment Re:Apparently (Score 1) 170

ARM will never be able to compete with x86 in terms of computing power and x86 can't compete with ARM in terms of efficiency and low power.

Be careful with words like "never", I remember very well when ARM was running circles around 80x86 in terms of computing power: back in 1987, ARM's selling point was speed rather than low power.

AFAICT: The Wikipedia article you link to doesn't mention x86 processors at all...

Comment Re:The future of dosage? (Score 1) 113

For that matter, the machine would not be producing the drugs, it would just be packaging them. The drugs go in to the machine in some sort of loose form and the machine prints them into pills. Manufacturing is serious chemistry that would be hard to do in a fully automated manner in the field.

AFAICT, the machine would actually *produce* the drugs.

The chemical reactions required to synthesize each drug take place in the first of two modules. The reactions were designed so that they can take place at temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius and pressures up to 17 atmospheres.
By swapping in different module components, the researchers can easily reconfigure the system to produce different drugs. “Within a few hours we could change from one compound to the other,” Jensen says.
In the second module, the crude drug solution is purified by crystallization, filtered, and dried to remove solvent, then dissolved or suspended in water as the final dosage form. The researchers also incorporated an ultrasound monitoring system that ensures the formulated drug solution is at the correct concentration.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/porta...

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 1) 1011

Your comment is just feelgood bullshit. Why? You don't propose a solution. "but we need to deal with them as a problem", you write. What does that even mean?

And your car analogy, that one is so flawed I don't even know where to begin. Few things are as regularized as cars and driving them. You need a license to drive them, the driving process is heavily regulated, you need to adhere to physical requirements (be sober and healthy), there are road side cameras monitoring you and fining you if you break the law. Not to mention the requirements car manufacturers have to live with.

All your words "feel good", but hold no meaning. It's just bullshit. The victims deserves more.

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