What's next? Let's all go back to watching movies on VHS and old CRTs! It's how the director wanted it to be seen, right? How about analogue cellphones and leaded gasoline?
I still have in use an old Sony 33 inch CRT with Trinitron tube. It's standard definition of course but the quality it's really good, the black is black and the colours are quide good. I don't need a soundbar to get a decent soud, because due the fact the case has to be big, it's not a proble to put in a couple of 16 cm woofers. And sit switches on in seconds because doesn't have to boot a complex OS to enable the 'smart' functions. It' has no DRM functions and the user interface is intuitive.
If I want Smart TV function, I've hooked a Raspberry Pi.
Please let me explain why I should thrash it and buy a tincan-sounding washed picture and bug ridden LCD television?
The long playing has a big advantage on CD and is that due the limitations of the medium it's not feasible go in the loudness compression war that hapens with digital formats, so and older mastering for vynils sounds better with a modern remastering with all the tracks overcompressed and a dynamic range of 6 dB on a 96 dB capable medium, and of course it's really fifficult install malware with a record even if theoretically possible https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...
Normally I listen the FM radio with my cellphone. first of all there are some news and interview programmes thar are quite interesting or *gasp* I like in the summer afternoon listen at the football and basket radio description while jogging or walking the dog.
I could surely use the streaming service from the radio but: normally I jog in the countryside so it's possible to have poor cellular coverage or only 2G coverage, but more importantly FM radio battery consumption is way lower than having to leave the 3G/4G data transfer on, not to mention to save the data cap.
Of course I have always the solution to take back my old MP3 player+FM radio and the smartphone and solve my problem, but actually the deal maker for my current cellphone was the FM Radio Option
Which is why I wish type II had a different name. There is no "cure" for type I - there is no magic combination of exercise and diet that can make it better. Diet control and exercise are required to manage type I, but the fact is the body is damaged and cannot regulate it's insulin levels (and as a result, cannot regulate blood glucose levels). People spreading misinformation like that is one of my biggest pet peeves (that, and all of the "oh, but you're not fat!" type of remarks that I get).
Actually even in Type II diabetes and MODY there's acually no cure: you have to manage it with diet and lifestyle and if you're lucky the medication you've to take are pills and not insuline shots. But the body is indeed damaged. In type II diabetes normally you've a reduced insulin production so you're going to have blood glucose swings if you don't take medications and start to eat badly.
I know some people with type II diabetes that are quite skinny and have an athletic body, due dieting and exercises, so I suppose that comment is made also with type II guys.
I agree that public works is a good alternative to GBI. It also help people feel like they are contributing. There are plenty of jobs that could be invented from making trails, to picking up trash, to tutoring. Even something as simple as paying people to volunteer at the 501c3 of their choice. Another option though (or maybe in combination) would be to start reducing the work week in sync with the job loss. If the maximum work week was 40 hours and the government mandated 39 this should in theory lower unemployment by approximately 2.5% when companies hire to replace all that lost work.
The problem with reducing working hours it that by most employer is perceived as "bad" so they'll push for mandate overtime, possibly without pay for it. Especially for things that aren't easily automated: the classic factory forker is already automated but say the maintenance operator is not and its job isn't so easily automatable
The private sector tries to automate some jobs that are not so easily automatable with automation anyway when for instance the work week is well defined and requested, for instance because worker unions are strong and a treacherous or untrained employeee could make big damages.
One example are the banks, where the clerks oprating with cash are replaced with ATM and clerks not operating on cash: this is a big disservice for customers, that if they have to make a special operation or have a problem, or simply the advanced ATM are out of order and they need a cashier' check, they have to wait in long queues or worse find the bank open, but nobody is authorized to make the transaction.
There are many industrial processes and machines running ancient hardware. Also common in the medical field.
A local radio station I service (IT) finally replaced an audio editing computer last year. This computer was running Windows 95. Why? A 'bespoke' audio editing card, which required an EISA bus. So why not some other software solution? Because this software did EXACTLY what they wanted to do, was very easy to use, and very easy to train new users on.
I think also that the fast pace of hardware innovations and ditching older interface in the IT industry in respect other field of technology and manufacturing makes different vision of what ancient is. Add to this that the older equipment still in use today after 20 or 30 years of use self demonstrates its reliability and fitting for the job in most cases. Unfortunately in the nineties the most cost effective and flexible option at the time was to use an off-the-shelf PC running a DOS-based software instead of a custom hardware solution, or a fully custom one. Unfortunately the idea "get rid of old trusty interfaces, serial, parallel, vga, audio out, whathever because there's the new fancy gimmick" and "throw away backward compatibility on software" mantra of these years if making a lot of damage because of this. Older systems using custom hardware aren't affeccted so hard with this problem
"Today's robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as 'go left', 'go right', and 'build car'." --John Sladek