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Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 282

In short, tell me how all it all gets "better" when you and the other 40% of the human race find yourselves unemployable.

I gather you're an optimist, or you're thinking relatively short term, say 10-20 years out...

I'm not an optimist about this particular topic at all. The 40% estimate was short term, likely no more than 20 years out. It will eventually become closer to 90%, but society cannot accept that fact, so they dismiss it and call people crazy and overly pessimistic about the future.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 2) 282

The true problem to solve for is the Problem of Greed.

The answer to this is taxes and redistribution of wealth to provide a basic income for everyone.

Ah, because taxation of course has always made sure that the billionaires of the world are completely honest and ethical about paying their fair share today, because tax havens are a myth and don't exist, right?

Greed will guarantee that those you wish to burden with taxation to sustain the unemployable masses will lobby, cheat, and lie to ensure "basic income" is nothing more than Welfare 2.0, and not a penny more. For many, that isn't an acceptable answer to this.

As I said before, Solve for Greed.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 282

humans are incapable of driving cars without getting intoxicated first

No, you stupid piece of shit, THAT IS JUST YOU. Stop pouding twelve-packs of Keystone Light every day you stupid alcoholic piece of shit! NEWS FLASH: Automobiles are MADE FOR HUMANS TO OPERATE and we've been doing so VERY SAFELY for a HUNDRED YEARS NOW. Accident figures are overblown by the media because PANIC SELLS ADVERTISING DOLLARS. We do not need 'self driving cars', they are a MEME, stop falling for it!

Instead of simply addressing the alcoholics, perhaps you should be addressing the MUCH larger portion of the population who is addicted to their smartphones and cannot stop texting behind the wheel.

Autonomous driving is being driven far harder by that audience due to a constant need to address social media demand and not be bothered with that "driving" bullshit.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 4, Insightful) 282

...It can only get better.

The problem being outlined here is specifically addressing the automation that will be obliterating human employment in the coming years. Without a drastic shift in how we enable a human to sustain themselves and survive (meaning employment), there will be considerable pain that no robots-do-it-better/faster/safer analysis will be able to overshadow.

In short, tell me how all it all gets "better" when you and the other 40% of the human race find yourselves unemployable.

The true problem to solve for is the Problem of Greed.

Comment Sync cirriculum changes to textbooks (Score 1) 123

Since the recurring gripe regarding the cost of textbooks seems to center around the fact that a "new" version is required every fucking semester, which artificially inflates the textbook costs, I propose a rather simple solution. Institutions are not allowed to enforce a new textbook requirement unless the actual curriculum changes by a significant amount.

In other words, still teaching the exact same shit you were teaching 10 years ago in that English course? Then the exact same 10-year old textbook should work just fine. Used books are a hell of a lot cheaper, and cycling them through many students would maximize recycling efforts instead of killing trees for greeds sake.

Comment Re:Millennials AREN'T a Bunch of Job-Hopping Flake (Score 2) 214

You're asking why the elderly at-risk generation who is statistically suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and obesity is not eating a bowl of salt?

Don't get me wrong, I like a good bowl of pho, but there are few dishes that you can ingest three days worth of sodium in less than 15 minutes. Go figure the generation who's probably been chastised by their doctor about shitty eating habits shuns it.

This is like asking why vegans aren't eating McDonalds.

Comment Re:Decimate? (Score 1) 114

And that meaning changed since Roman times. Actually, it gained an additional one.

Guess what: Language develops. Let's ask someone who should know.

If I "decimate" 1 in 10 of an approaching army, I've not even won the fucking battle, let alone the war. Common sense.

If you're looking for what has truly changed over time, that would be mans ability to warp the shit out of language and definition.

Is there a medical breakthrough here? I certainly hope so. Can't tell yet 'cause someone "killed it" in the marketing department.

Comment Going straight to plaid? Yeah right. (Score 4, Interesting) 97

We've watched companies like Dragon Systems struggle to perfect speech recognition software.

Decades later, we watched Siri struggle to understand the proverbial brogue associated with converting various languages to English, falling victim to parody videos.

Now, I'm supposed to believe we've magically eclipsed all that to type with my brain? This is like NASA claiming we've gone straight to plaid with regards to fast space travel.

There's a valid reason we're all still banging away on keyboards in the year 2017.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for... (Score 1) 230

Replacing cheaper hardware every year or two tends to add up, which confirms your initial statement; you get what you pay for.

I'm not going to cry over a pair of $10 to $20 headphones when they self-destruct from day-to-day use. I'll toss them out, pull another one out from the storage closet, and order some more if I need to. Why spend more money on something you're going have to replace anyway?

My point was more centered around the fact that headphones are not a product you have to replace often if you get a quality pair, unless you tend to beat the shit out of them during day-to-day usage. Mine sit on my desk and I use them quite often, which is why sound quality and comfort are key factors for me. To each their own. Cheers.

Comment Re:Why the ignorance? (Score 1) 437

This will likely be a considerable disruptive move within the industry that has made traditional heat-based machines for decades now. A monopoly driven into the industry secured by patents may not prove to be a benefit for all those employed in the industry. For consumers, neither will a $5000 price tag.

Good grief, listen to yourself. How can a $5000 product be a "disruptive force" competing with products costing $200 and doing the same thing?

How can an $5000 television set become a "disruptive force" within the industry competing with products costing $200 and doing the same thing?

Let's not sit here and pretend that HDTVs didn't cost thousands of dollars when they first hit the market. The simple fact is most never-before-seen-too-cool-to-be-true technology is initially sold at considerably higher prices.

To use the infamous car analogy, there's a reason people are collectively losing their shit over the thought of a a $35,000 Tesla automobile; because it ultimately saves money by not having excess run costs related to traditional power sources. A dryer performing five times better than a traditional heat-based design does present an ROI argument when you consider a dryer is an appliance you keep for a very long time.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for... (Score 2) 230

I typically spend $1 to $2 for headphones.

Those usually fall apart pretty quickly. The $10 to $20 headphones give me the durability I need for the year or two that they are usable.

My Sennheisers are over 15 years old now. Paid $150 and they still sound great.

Replacing cheaper hardware every year or two tends to add up, which confirms your initial statement; you get what you pay for.

Comment Re:Why the ignorance? (Score 2) 437

It was stated it consumes less energy, does not produce unnecessary heat.. I get you are fine with your current machine, but why shouldn't we improve what we have?

We should look to improve on what we have.

The problem is often how we go about introducing it. This will likely be a considerable disruptive move within the industry that has made traditional heat-based machines for decades now. A monopoly driven into the industry secured by patents may not prove to be a benefit for all those employed in the industry. For consumers, neither will a $5000 price tag.

Comment Re:It's for a stock bump (Score 1) 120

They took a hit when Trump announced "Cancel Order!" to their Air Force one bid. Our entire economy is built around short term stock bumps because most CEO pay is in bonuses and stock options (so that they don't have to pay income tax on it).

Boy, it sure is a good thing that their projects don't last long, and they never have to think about the impact of short-sighted stupid decisions in the long run. I mean, how long do you really need an engineer to design an airplane? Surely no longer than a fiscal quarters worth of stock bumps, right?

/sarcasm

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