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Comment Re:They also have much better stuff (Score 1) 482

You can't pay the rent or eat with a free download. And your job is at risk - you not only can be replaced, it's pretty much certain you will be replaced. And with more people competing for jobs where humans haven't yet been replaced, do you really think you're immune? Nobody - not even politicians, judges, lawyers, cops, and soldiers - are immune.

Sorry to say you're missing an important part of reality/politics - politicians, rich people, leaders, etc., will in fact be immune. They have power, and even if they choose not to prevent change from happening, you can be damned sure they'll be insulated from any ill effects that change brings.

Some people (good people) will be working towards helping the rest of the population adapt to the changes, but they're getting drowned out by people yelling "everybody is bad! nobody can be trusted!" at the moment. (Gee, I wonder who benefits from that?)

Comment Re:They also have much better stuff (Score 2) 482

Quality of life is better because you can get entertainment instantly? Wow, talk about pacifying the masses.

You know I've started having similar thoughts as I've watched our society evolve over the last 3.5 decades. (Disclaimer: I am a seriously hard-core socialist.) It seems like we're heading towards Roman bread and circuses, specifically with talk about basic income. We already have the circuses (there's more cheap/free entertainment than ever, it's really mind-boggling), and now we're demanding bread (basic income).

A lot of people think basic income is a great idea and I think on balance I do too, but what will happen when 90% of people just don't contribute economically? Why bother educating them? That's where we were for most of our history - entrenched aristocracies ruling over the ignorant masses, typically with shocking abuses. How badly you prospered or how badly you suffered was a question of whose vagina you were lucky enough to be born out of.

We should be careful of what we wish for.

Comment Re:Curing Greed. (Score 1) 468

"Hawking warns...Humanity must come together if we are to overcome these challenges..."

So, in other words, you must cure humanity of the pure unadulterated, narcissistic greed that has created the chasm between the elitists and the rest of the human race.

Fat fucking chance of that shit happening.

Defeatism will definitely prevent anything from happening!

That said: good people working hard can limit greed and its ill effects, though obviously not eliminate it.

Greed in particular is a fucking "mortal sin". How the hell did we go from "mortal sin" to cheerleading it? WTF?

Comment Re:Et tu, Slashdot? (Score 1) 158

The current "media narrative" stories are probably the single most important issue of the day, underpinning pretty much everything else. Without a functioning media (and everybody agrees it's dysfunctional), we collectively and individually lack the data necessary to make good decisions, and the people as a whole lack the focus to support good decisions and decry bad ones. Good job Slashdot editors; GFY, konohitowa.

Comment Re:This is interesting (Score 1) 711

So basically you're saying you're a gigantic gaping asshole? Gotcha :) (The guy was just making a joke, and a reasonable one - Trump portrays himself as a braying donkey of doom. And the real frothing-at-the-mouth liberals are just trying to help make the world a better place and can't understand why such a large proportion of the population are dicks like you - of course they get worked up :)

Comment Re:Silly rabbit (Score 2) 813

The idea that "all politicians are terrible and useless and evil" is almost certainly being deliberately spread by the worst politicians - they don't want us to figure out which ones good so we can support them to the hilt. I also believe they deliberately promote the attitude that "all politicians are equally bad" because when they do ultimately get caught with their hands in the cookie jar, people will just shrug their shoulders and move on rather than holding the guilty parties responsible (because, after all, they're all equally bad :).

Comment It's too soon! (Score 1) 1052

It's way too soon for this. We're just not there yet. Consider the example in the original post; Australia spends $3 billion on its "CentreLink welfare system" (which I assume is what they spend on welfare). That works out to $130 per person per year, if everything was just distributed out as basic income. If we try it before when we're _obviously_ not ready for it, it'll just fail and it might even discredit the idea. (I wonder if that's a contributing factor to the really rather sudden appearance of these trials.)

Comment Re:You're not removing hate speech, just hiding it (Score 1) 405

Europe seems to fundamentally "not get" how democracy works. When confronted with something unpleasant, they try to ban it.

The only cure for unpleasant speech is more speech. Anything else ultimately makes it worse.

Or, maybe, Europe has had its fill of radical fascist ring-wing asshats and the problems they cause (read: death, destruction, war, poverty, etc.), and this is one of the tools they use to keep a lid on it.

Comment Re:Canada gets screwed by the AGW scam (Score 1) 327

I predict these views will be censored and modded to -1. For a community that supposedly favors the free and open exchange of ideas, Slashdot isn't very tolerant of opposing views. Voicing my opinion that AGW is a scam will result in my post being censored to -1. If AGW were real, there would be no need to censor dissenting views; the facts would prove the point far better than any moderation. The censorship is necessary because the facts aren't on the side of the AGW evangelists.

Some of us are tolerant of opposing opinions, when they're not outrageously harmful. Hopefully most of us are intolerant of misinformation and FUD, and I hope most of us aren't even tolerant of opposing opinions when they're both clearly wrong and actively harmful. At this point it's fairly apparent that anybody touting anti-global-warming "opposing views" are either pathologically misinformed, or astroturfing.

The Military

Israel Thwarts Attempt To Smuggle Commercial Drones Into Gaza 312

An anonymous reader writes: The Jerusalem Post reports that the Shin Bet intelligence agency recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into Gaza, Israel authorities announced on Sunday. The inspectors stopped an Israeli truck carrying toys at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where drones of various types and sizes carrying high quality cameras were found. Additional attempts to smuggle commercial drones were intercepted by the Shin Bet in recent weeks. The drones were earmarked for use by Hamas group in Gaza. Close inspection of released images reveal what seems to be a Syma X5 FPV quadcopter. Those toy-grade multirrotors have a onboard wifi camera. Once you've downloaded the streaming app to your phone you are able to connect the on board camera to your phone and use it to give you FPV footage.

Comment Before vs after (Score 1) 105

So anybody have any before vs after pics?

In particular, I'm wondering if we're going from 1-2 in-line ads and 1-2 sidebar ads to 3-7 in-line ads. (In other words, is this "cleaning" just an excuse to put more ads in-line with the search results? Let's not forget this is Google, who won market-share in part by way of putting ads on a noticeable yellow background. Anybody noticed the background colour for ads these days? :)

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