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Comment Two centuries of job destruction (Score 2) 58

aaaaaand we move one step closer to a world where everything is done by machines. What do we do when anything that isn't "art" is doable by (non-human) automotons? The good answer would be "relax and let our robot slaves do everything" but realistically, with our current social, political, and economic systems, soemonwe would own the machines and make all the money while the masses would be left to pursue an ever-diminishing job pool. Name a job that cannot be done by robots and day your answer will be wrong. MIlitary? nope. we have predator-like systems that are automated and even use facial recognition software to pre-authorize a "kill-shot" Manufacturing? 3d printers. CAD design? not too before computer-aided becomes computer-run. Not that this is the best topic to rant on, but the japanese have nurse and childcare robots, right? If I recall, there's even a programming language written by a computer. politicians are talking about job creation when nearly every scientific and business researcher out there is actively engaged in the pursuit of job destruction and has been for nearly two centuries. How can we continue to base an economy off the idea that everyone should attempt to be gainfully employed when we continue to replace every possible job with automation?

Comment Re:Exploitation is the most prized product (Score 1) 944

The purest form of economic freedom exists when all forms of robbery are "legal" *f it is economic freedom to pay-for-wages what will not allow existance, it is economic freedom to secure life-sustaining goods by ANY means. The economic freedom posited by those with econmic "means" is simply an excuse to use force-of-law to procure goods via economic "violence" while other forms of procuring goods are made illegal. If it is accepted to use law to force the poor to starve their children, that becomes legally sanctioned economic violence. Just as we have laws to protect the goods of the wealthy agaist "gun barrel economics", we can and should have laws to protect the lives of the poor against "pocketbook violence". The ultimate result of prolonged economic violence is physical violence, in the form of bloody revolt. Just ask Marie Antoinette.

Computer-Aided ESP Transmits Binary Numbers, Slowly 148

High-C writes "Dr. Christopher James of the University of Southampton has demonstrated what is being termed 'Brain to Brain' communication. In binary, no less. In essence, one person imagined a binary number, which was picked up by an EEG and transmitted via the net to another PC. The received signal was displayed on LEDs flashing at two different frequencies. The receiver's EEG correctly deciphered the string, resulting in a 1:1 transmission of binary data via thought. The throughput isn't great so far, at .14 bits per second, but it's an incredibly geeky proof-of-concept all the same."

Comment Re:is it infringement? (Score 1) 247

Not at all what was/is done...what is done is akin to paying the telephone company so that when someone calls 411 looking for dave's car repair, the operator is paid to say "I can give you the number to joe's car repair if you like, they're really good, it's 555-1234...oh, and if you still want dave's the nubmer is 555-1357." It's a bit shady, and to be honest, it does strike me as a misuse of a company is profiting from the use of a trademark, and it is not the company using it.

Comment It's the money, stupid! (Score 1) 1322

Whereas a master's degree in business administration if often enough for a $200,000 per-year job in the private setor, a PhD in education rarely nets $80,000. We have an "industry" of low pay. When the argument is made that CEOs must be paid 10 million per year to attract the best, is it less reasonable to assume that low pay attracts lower quality educators? We have a relative shortage of teachers. If schools were flooded by applicants, bad teachers could be fired. As it is, we spend so little on education my child's kindergarten teacher asked us to donate crayons so the kids could color. No business will ever look to fire bad apples when they are already short on manpower. I worked in such an industry, and the sad fat was that the easy work was given to the incompetant, and the competant looked forward to starting their own business and getting out as soon as possible.

Comment Re:2% were lost... (Score 5, Insightful) 114

In the USA, there is often a dramatic difference between early morning voters (usually elderly or thos who work in schools) Mid-day voters (usually unemployed or work non-standard hours) and evening voters (usually work a regular day job) if the 2% was spread out evenly over space and time, representing a random sample, inference is acceptable, but if it represents, let's say, the several thousand factory workers who voted right after work in a district that is abuzz with fervor for a new labor-friendly candidate...yeah, you can't base that 2% of the other 98%

Comment Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (Score 1) 492

What's annoying to any non-jingoist is that people are condemning this as an evil agressive act....yet USSR and USA did the same thing 50+ years ago. It is obvious that the USA won't invade any nation actually capable of fighting a decent war. So long as the USA picks on weak nations and attempts to keep them down, then the first goal of any reasonable small nation will be to get their military capacity to the point that the USA won't have absolute imperial control if they so wish. The only way to achieve that parity for most small nations is a nuclear program. Once they have their nukes they will simmer down and be less agressive.

Office 2007 Fails OOXML Test With 122,000 Errors 430

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Groklaw is reporting that some people have decided to compare the OOXML schema to actual Microsoft Office 2007 documents. It won't surprise you to know that Office 2007 failed miserably. If you go by the strict OOXML schema, you get a 17 MiB file containing approximately 122,000 errors, and 'somewhat less' with the transitional OOXML schema. Most of the problems reportedly relate to the serialization/deserialization code. How many other fast-tracked ISO standards have no conforming implementations?"
The Military

F-117A Stealth Fighter Retired 476

zonker writes "Nearly 30 years ago Lockheed Martin's elite Skunk Works team developed what would become the F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter. A few of their earlier projects include the SR-71 Blackbird and U2 Dragon Lady spy planes. Today is the last for the Stealth Fighter, which is being replaced by the F-22 Raptor (another Skunk Works project)."

Patent Chief Decries Continued Downward Spiral of Patent Quality 179

Techdirt is reporting that Jon Dudas, head of the US Patent Office, is lamenting the continuing quality drop in patent submissions. Unfortunately, while this problem is finally getting the attention it deserves, the changes being implemented don't seem to be offering the correct solution. "When you set up a system that rewards people for not actually innovating in the market (but just speculating on paper), then of course, you're going to get more of that activity. When you set up a system that rewards those people to massive levels, well out of proportion with their contribution to any product, then of course you're going to get more of that activity. When you set up a system that gives people a full monopoly right that can be used to set up a toll booth on the natural path of innovation, then of course you're going to get more of that activity. When the cost of getting a patent is so much smaller than the potential payoff of suing others with it, then of course you're going to get more of that activity. The fact that Dudas is just noticing this now, while still pushing for changes that will make the problem worse, is a real problem. Patents were only supposed to be used in special cases. The fact that they've become the norm, rather than the exception, is a problem, and it doesn't seem like anyone is seriously looking into fixing that."

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