Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Money stores value (Score 1) 119

The American Revolution is proof that you are wrong, as they won the war using only paper money.

Might want to brush up on your history a bit. They won despite the paper money, which was a major hindrance. Google for the phrase "not worth a continental". When the constitution was written, the memory of America's first hyperinflation was very fresh in their minds, which is why the gold and silver clause in the constitution forbids fiat currency.


Comment Re:Back in the 1990's, you only needed 4GB... (Score 1) 89

My phone as 6GB Ram. It rarely uses more than 4, occasionally 5. But phones are funny, they prelaunch apps you use, until most of the RAM is used. Because it is less battery bringing app to the foreground, than launching it from storage. I suspect that if you had more RAM, your RAM usage would go up.

Comment Re:BETRAYAL (Score 1, Troll) 356

US secret services know more about this than has been revealed

You trust the same secret services that lied to us about spying on Americans ... repeatedly? If you believe anything they say, you're the idiot. Until someone OTHER than Secret Services (and gets their info from them) says so, I won't believe anything they say. Because they have already lied, under oath, about spying on Americans. And this appears to be another case of that, except that nobody really cares about our Government spying on us, Soviet KGB style ... on steroids.

The political statists (both D and R) are flat out ignoring the repeated claims that our government is who hacked the election, literally, and figuratively, and everything in between.

And as for the Russians, their "hacking" of the DNC, Hillary Campaign and various other people related to HRC, if anything, is proof that the Email server scandal is probably worse than what we believe. You think that Hillary could secure her top level secrets, when she couldn't secure her own campaign? AND people wanted her in office in spite of being completely idiotic with security? Not to mention Uranium One Deal, quid pro quo Bill Speaking fees to Russia, and deposits into the Clinton Foundation?

Politics makes people stupid. The truth is, it is more likely it was Seth Rich that leaked most of what WikiLeaks release. But he is dead, from mugging where nothing was taken. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Comment Re:BETRAYAL (Score 2) 356

TBH, I didn't vote for Trump either, but I would like to point out that a large part of the people who did vote for him, were sick and tired of being called "troglodyte haters". Hillary's "Basket of Deplorables" comment was just another symptom of the stupid elitism of the useful idiots of the left. And they are idiots, because they continue the same tired name calling, and repeating debunked claims. It is as if they are completely devoid of any other means of communication.


Luckily for them, most of the Republicans are inept stooges who are more concerned with "tightening their grip, while systems slip through their fingers"

Many Americans are tired of the two existing parties and have completely given up politics as a solution to any real problem.

Comment Re:I have always wondered... (Score 1) 114

...but our immune systems do it in a couple of days, no sweat.

Except that's not always the case. We don't do it sometimes, see the various plagues and incurable infections like HIV, and in other cases, our bodies fuck this process up, and create for themselves autoimmune diseases. There are a surprisingly large number of autoimmune diseases out there, some minor and some debilitating and deadly, and these are the result of our bodies screwing up this process of developing antibodies.
Even as we can replicate this process better, we're going to have to be very careful that we're not causing issues like these. Last thing we want is to start injecting people with cold and flu antibodies that turn out to be a latent T-virus.

Comment Re:More Propagandists Claiming to Be Non-Partisan (Score 1) 261

People lose the ability to recognize that they are on an extreme end of a spectrum

I know that my views are way outside of "mainstream" in a lot of cases. Extremism isn't really a problem until people use "emotionalism" and force their views on others. I am an Extreme Libertarian, but my views are that as one of an extreme, I should be able to win my argument using logic and reason, not vain emotionalism. I recognize that my views are on the extreme end of someone else's spectrum, it is what powers me to try to be effective at communicating WHY my views should be compelling.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 0, Troll) 261

So, what you're saying is rather than live in Leftist paradises like ... Venezuela with the natural wealth that country has (big OIL), people will flee to the Tyranny and Oppression of the US?

Yeah, I am sure the "next time" socialism will get it right. And that wasn't a good version of Socialism ...

"... the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina .. " - Sen Bernie Sanders

Socialism works, until it fails ... miserably, often catastrophically.

So, yeah, I don't see the world working quite the way socialists in ivory towers (and VT Senate seats) view it.

There is a reason why people come to the US, because for all its flaws, it is still (more or less) free to make it on your own.

Comment Re: Revolution (Score 2) 127

As a vague theme along what is being described here, I don't see why that's a bad assumption. Most technological innovations have been about shifting where human labor is applied. What we're talking about here is outright replacing it. Anywhere it could get pushed to, we can replace that with robots too.
We're not too far off from robots handling almost all commercial agriculture, and almost all packing, shipping and delivery. Our robots will build other robots, and other robots will service those robots. Or just recycle them so the first group can rebuild more robots.
Robots already make a tremendous amount of the food we eat - if it's pre-packaged in the store, good chance that human hands never touched it. Self-serve kiosks, touchless carwashes, Siri, tax prep software, ATMs and online banking, etc., etc., etc.
We've still got our fingers in the art pie, at least for a bit now. Although we can now synth entire orchestras well enough for movies and video games that even those are getting squeezed. It will be a bit before we have robot opera singers and ballet dancers, painters and graphic designers. But how many people do these things?
What jobs are there for the tens of millions of people who drive something for a living? Who work in the food service industry? Who work in investment and tax fields? Law? When machine learning does a better job of medical analysis, do we still train doctors to do that work? Do we still need that many doctors?
It's not going to be a fast shift, but this isn't like the other technical advances in history. I honestly don't know what jobs people losing their jobs to automation are going to find. Because anything I can think of could likely be done better and cheaper by a robot.

Slashdot Top Deals

"The following is not for the weak of heart or Fundamentalists." -- Dave Barry