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Comment free market economy is based on the right price (Score 1) 248

Look the way I learned it, when you have a semi functional free market, prices will tend to go toward what the market will bear : too high and consumers go away, too low and firm don't make enough benefit/don't innovate/don't invest/go away. Since when is having firm trying to go for the maximum price the market CAN bear about "sucker" ? This is madness.

Comment Re:Unemployment (Score 1) 510

"Automation has been going on since the industrial revolution, yet new jobs seem to keep on being created"

The problem is, the rate of stable unskilled and skilled job creation does not cover the rate of destruction in some countries. Note I said stable : interim job , gig job, part time job are anything but stable. And now we are entering an era where full automation of some previously unskilled job is a pretty damn possibilities. When that will start, I predict that if by then we don't have a way to provide basic income to everybody, the society will quickly disintegrate : our western society can't be sustained if the rate of stable job destruction continue.
GNU is Not Unix

Richard Stallman Interviewed By Bryan Lunduke (youtube.com) 169

Many Slashdot readers know Bryan Lunduke as the creator of the humorous "Linux Sucks" presentations at the annual Southern California Linux Exposition. He's now also a member of the OpenSUSE project board and an all-around open source guy. (In September, he released every one of his books, videos and comics under a Creative Commons license, while his Patreon page offers a tip jar and premiums for monthly patrons). But now he's also got a new "daily computing/nerd show" on YouTube, and last week -- using nothing but free software -- he interviewed the 64-year-old founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman. "We talk about everything from the W3C's stance on DRM to opinions on the movie Galaxy Quest," Lunduke explains in the show's notes.

Click through to read some of the highlights.

Comment Explains a lot (Score 1) 148

I do this a lot actually.

Its very rare that I do this because I want the boss person to get involved. I do to keep them from swinging by my office and interrupting whatever I'm doing so they can ask how that particular activity is going (at which point I have to dig up that exact email to refresh my own memory). It also keeps them happier with me, which in the long run keeps me happier.

If I want them to *participate*, I'll add them on the recipient list, not the cc's.

Comment Nitpick (Score 1) 114

Each one customized to do a very specific task

Rather I would say each one was selected for and ended having the function they have now, rather than customized. We even have some protein which started at some function, then with each different selection ended having a different function, which was more important for the survival of the organism, in addition of the original one. IIRC flagella in bacteria was originally a transport protein between intra/extra membrane environment.

Comment Siri (Score 1) 158

I only have experiences with Siri and I must say it's horrendously bad. The worst one she pulled was when I had a tire blow whilst driving on the motorway. I parked the car and waited in the dark for help, and to pass the time I thought I'd ask Siri how long I still had to drive to my home. She told me that it was less than 500 m to my current location.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

The proposed Oregon legislation that I linked to earlier would make this use of your mobile device illegal.

As does the already passed legislation here in Oklahoma. One interesting facet of this is that using my mobile phone (which I already own) with Google Maps or Waze as a GPS navigation device is illegal, while using a $100+ Garman device mounted to the exact same spot for the exact same purpose is legal. Garman has some offices here in Oklahoma...

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

Well the phone is different because it was not designed to be used while driving. Compare the phone to the climate control or radio controls in a car. The radio controls are in a fixed place on the dash

My stereo has Bluetooth access, and I use my phone (mounted on a secure spot on the dash) as its head unit. That way I've got the same music options (including my entire 200+ CD library) available wherever I am. In this configuration, futzing with it is exactly like someone futzing with their stereo controls.

Now you may argue that it isn't designed for this use. However, it is far better designed for this use than most modern electronic car stereos. Many of those are designed so badly, with unnecessary extra menus, clicks, and delays you have to watch for (with your eyes), that Consumer Reports has started removing recommendations for the cars they come with.

There are a couple of options here. We can be Luddites and just try to blanket ban new things because some ways they are used are dangerous, or we can acknowledge that people will be doing it anyway, and try to do what we can to make what they will be doing safer. Standards for "car-safe" apps when hooked to a BT source would be a really good start.

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