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Comment Re:UBI or a similar mechanism is inevitable (Score 1) 879

If you are producing something at a price that your unemployed population can't afford, you will either stop producing it or utilise technology to make it cheaper.

If there is a demand, or indeed need, for what you produce then it will get produced one way or another. If there are people unemployed who could produce it, they will be employed to produce it. If robots can do it cheaper, then it will be done cheaper and people can go do other things.

Your great-great grandfather worked on a farm and spent his days ploughing behind two horses. Modern agricultural mass-production means you don't have to do that. Does that make you unemployed and the farmers no longer have anyone to sell their corn to? No, it means you work instead in a job in IT producing web-sites for companies selling fitbits that people buy to wear in their leisure time. An unimaginable way to earn a living to your great-great grandfather.

It it ridiculous to imagine that the changes brought on by automation and robots will be unique and something never seen before. Like previous automation, industrialisation and mass production, all that will happen is change. What was previously labour intensive to produce will become easy to produce. What was once exclusive and expensive will become common-place and cheap. Jobs that were previously impossible, impractical or uneconomical will become viable. Products for which there was once no demand, will come into demand. So people will go produce other things in other jobs that no-one ever imagined could be a job previously.

Comment Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 146

"Defendant": "I admit I run www.microsoft.com and posted horrible things on it, but I refuse to shut down www.microsoft.com!"

This statement contains three falsehoods. Are you saying it's not the court's job to check or notice that? It's not much different from;

Plaintiff: "Your honor! 'Bob' here represents Microsoft and they owe me $1 Billion!"
"Defendant": "I admit it all. I represent Microsoft and we owe him $1 Billion, but I refuse to pay!"
Judge: "Oh yeah? We'll see about that. I hereby order Microsoft to pay $1 Billion."
Plaintiff: "Cool. I can now go to debt collection agencies, show them this order and collect my money from Microsoft. Kaching!"

Comment Re:Forward in the other direction (Score 3, Insightful) 205

The point of leaving Yahoo is to stop your email going to Yahoo (and by proxy the US government and any passing hacker that would like a look). If I had a Yahoo account, the last thing I'd choose to do is set up another email account elsewhere, and continue to forward it to Yahoo. I'd set up another email account, and immediately start switching to it ASAP. Starting with the important and sensitive stuff.

The only reason to have the Yahoo account still active, and forwarding, is to catch the stragglers and any other email you don't really care about or have forgotten to switch.

Comment Re:Shame it doesn't mention the engineers name (Score 1) 127

"She" is a member of the BBC staff who was there to do the recording for the "Children's Hour" radio programme. Mostly likely a professional broadcaster with a trained voice and an easy familiarity with the process.

You're falling into the trap of assuming that broadcasting of the time was like modern day. 1951 did not put microphones under the noses of common people, who then responded naturally to such an alien object. The microphone was the property of the broadcaster, and she did the talking. You didn't speak until you were addressed, and then, petrified at the very idea and no idea how one addressed the nation , you sounded like a stilted idiot.

Comment Think of the Hardship! (Score 2) 497

I like it how Elon's opinion of his passengers is so low that he assumes the fact they are going to Mars won't be enough of an attraction for people. He has to make sure that the trip is "really fun" as well.

I was thinking of booking myself on this. But even though I'll be getting the chance to stand on another planet, the trip sounds really boring. 80 days without access to a good restaurant and the latest Hollywood blockbuster? Who's going to put themselves through that kind of hardship?

Comment Re: So it was warmer before (Score 1) 221

some negative effects in the short term

The Earth is going to be just fine with it being hotter. I don't think anyone is worried about that.

However, your life, and that of your children, and your children's children may be one of increasing water shortages, mass population movement, famine and wars over resources. All due to warming and drought. All in all, a pretty shitty next 100 years coming up for everyone.

But good for you for looking at the bigger picture and not worrying about the minor personal details.

Comment Re:Consumers (Score 1) 310

That's strange. I can recall off the top of my head at least half a dozen websites that do exactly that. You are being given what you want, so what exactly is stopping you from paying? It wouldn't be the fact that you are a tight-ass and will cling to any excuse available for getting stuff for free, even when that excuse is long invalid?

Comment Re:wow, completely clueless... (Score 0) 612

Which is as good as a suggestion as any that this guy had nothing to do with Clinton. He's either just some clueless sys admin getting grief from his CEO, or someone making a very subtle joke that no-one got at the time. Are we to believe he's working for Clinton, is clueless, doesn't even know where to start looking for the right advice, and when he does go looking for help he almost purposely draws attention to what he's doing, when it's all supposed to be top secret? It doesn't add up. Seriously, what evidence is there that this post has anything to do with Clinton? None. It's all total conjecture.

Comment Re:Smeg (Score 2) 153

How many comedy series from Britain can you name that made it past their second season?

'Allo 'Allo! - 9
2point4 Children - 8
Absolutely Fabulous - 5
Are You Being Served? - 10
Birds Of A Feather - 12
A Time Goes By - 10
Blackadder - 4
Bottom - 3
Bread - 7
Butterflies - 4
Dad's Army - 9
Father Ted - 3
Goodnight Sweetheart - 6
Hancock's Half Hour - 7
Hi-De-Hi - 8
It Ain't Half Hot Mum - 8
Just Good Friends - 3
Keeping Up Appearances - 5
Last Of The Summer Wine - 31. Yes, Thirty One
Men Behaving Badly - 6
One Foot In The Grave - 6
Only Fools And Horses - 7
Open All Hours - 4
The Good Life - 4
Yes Minister - 3

I could go on...

The big difference between UK and US situation comedies is that US sitcoms are written by teams of writers, and go on for as long as money can be wrung out for them. UK sitcoms are usually written by one or two writers, and end when the situation has wrung out all the comedy to be had. That's bound to mean shorter series and fewer of them.

"Last Of The Summer Wine" is, of course, the exception that proves the case. It avoided ending by repeating the exact same plots ad nauseum.

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