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Comment Re:Is convenience really worth that much for last (Score 2) 109

> Couldn't you same the same thing about a cheap DVD player and used DVDs

Not really no. When you play a game you're going to spend dozens of hours playing it (if it's a good game you like), whereas once you watch a movie in a couple of hours you're done with it. Netflix's strength is that you're going to blast through a few movies a week and then go on to other things, whereas with a game system you'll play a game or two that month and then will play them again some other time. So there's more value with a game system to having permanent copies of the game.

Comment Re:If You're not rich, have a bright future! (Score 3, Interesting) 365

The other 997 people do something else entirely, or work at some new company at some *new* site as their operators/techs/engineers. That's just "economic growth".

But the new site will just hire 3 and have a bunch of robots instead. And 994 still need to eat. This is the problem a lot of people seem to have trouble grasping. In 20/30 years we're not going to have specialized robots that weld a steel car frame and every time you want to change what it welds you need to pay a CAD engineer and automation tech for a couple of days of work for the new car frame layout. Instead there are going to be general purpose AIs and robots that will be able to adapt to a number of tasks with minimal reprogramming. Companies won't be hiring new workers, they'll be buying new machines, paying to have them set up once and then that's it. Low skill jobs the world over are particularly vulnerable this time around. There are legions of people working nonstop to automate every aspect of the working world and things like a burger joint are the perfect starting point because there will be so many buyers for that equipment once it works sufficiently well.

Comment Re:If You're not rich, have a bright future! (Score 1) 365

Yes and they moved into other human skills jobs created by new industries. That new job market doesn't exist in this shift. Where's everyone supposed to go? Become software engineers? As part of that AI shift, a lot of software engineer jobs are going to be automated as well. It's already starting. Analysts? Same. The oft repeated chestnut of "hur hur, robot repair tech!!" ? Great. Automation just replaced 1000 people at a site, and needs 2 people to look after it, and a 3rd person part time to maintain/repair it. What about the other 997 people?

Comment Re:If You're not rich, have a bright future! (Score 2) 365

Unfortunately there's a difference coming this time around. There aren't going to be replacement jobs to take the displaced. Self driving cars are just the tip of the machine thinking revolution and many future "jobs" will just be filled with other general purpose thinking machines. There are going to be a LOT of unemployed people in the next 30 years.

Comment Re:Stupidity to follow: (Score 1) 209

I'm no fan of the movement to force people to give up passwords but there isn't a physical real world comparison that is valid. If someone forgets their safe combination and LE wants in, they can use a variety of tools to go at the safe in anything from a quick brutal manner all the way up to an expensive careful opening and they will get in if they want.

With a password and sufficiently capable encryption, LE will never get in, no matter how much time and money they throw at the problem. That's what outrages them, that there is a way to resist them 100%.

Comment Re:Yes, because it would be (Score 1) 213

/.ers tend to forget that they are generally far more comfortable doing things like that than the average person. Would your grandmother, or sister be comfortable doing that? Or your wants-nothing-to-do-with-wiring-stuff son?

But that sidesteps the bigger point in that this shouldn't even be a concern. It's a thermostat, this feature creep crap is getting out of hand and we'll be lucky to live through it.

Comment Re:How about humans? (Score 1) 177

For WAAAY less than 90K I can easily cause a human to not see something is there... because the $300 high powered laser would have blinded them....

This article is dumb. There are as many attacks against human drivers that are just as cheap or cheaper that would work better. Want to crash a car at highway speed? Get a slingshot and a piece of spark plug ceramic and take out the poor bastard's windshield on a tricky corner at night. Or shoot a tire out. Or hit them with a 20000 lumen spotlight.

Comment Re:Don't buy a Mac for Specs. (Score 1, Informative) 472

I'd say that a Retina Display addition to existing hardware makes it prettier but also downgrades the performance and battery life. Adding Retina is asking the same hardware to work harder to push the extra pixels. Which is another reason TFA is right to call them out on using outdated processors and GPUs. They're negatively impacting the user experience to make things look shinier, all while upping the price tag. It's like buying a bigger truck with the same engine. Looks impressive until you need it to actually do hauling.

Comment Re:Meanwhile..... (Score 5, Insightful) 177

And when Tesla announces a model at a price people do want, they do 325,000 pre-orders in a week. At $1000 per, that is $325M in deposits in a week.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/7/11385146/tesla-model-3-preorders-375000-elon-musk

So the truth is there is a demand for a low cost Tesla, now we wait and see if Elon and Co can deliver.

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