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Comment Sounds good... (Score 4, Insightful) 263

Putting aside "we-will-all-be-replaced-by-robots-soon", this is actually a good idea, and the company making them has the right strategy; much better to charge an hourly rent instead of a huge upfront fee!

Apart from the employment issue, I can see a lot of benefits, robots aren't racist and robots aren't rude, and I assume security to actually be better with the robots in place.

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 5, Interesting) 263

This was up for debate in EU a while back, and it was the british who blocked it. However, with the panamapapers being leaked, and Cameron's own involvment, it might not be so easy to block it this time.

The timing isn't an accident, and the british commissioner leading it isnt an accident either, its all designed to maximize the chances of it going through.

I think this is a good start, you pay taxes where you earn the money...

Comment Re:Better yet... (Score 1) 543

have them pay the wages of the displaced worker

There are legitimate reasons to take in foreign workers, that help fuel the economy and keep other jobs in the country; making the assumption that every visa given is also a displaced worker is just wrong.
Even Ted Cruz isn't asking for a complete stop to the visas, which indirectly is what you are asking for.

Limits its one thing, blocking them is another!

Comment Re:which market (Score 1) 182

You may not be in their target audience, but I am, and I am not "a console gamer who cannot be bothered to build a gaming rig". Instead, I'm an "old" gamer who now has kids and not enough space to have a room filled with computers... like I used to.

A machine underneath the TV, where I can play the games I like (got 100+ steam games) on my TV, by hiding away a little box, is really appealing to me.
Currently I have a laptop for gaming that I hook up to the TV (unless I play directly on it but 17" is not enough), but still, playing with a wireless keyboard / mouse isn't the best. I like the steam controller idea. I like a machine meant to be used on the TV, I like the idea of playing the games I already have.

Submission + - HBO Asks Google to Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player (torrentfreak.com) 1

another random user writes: It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but their targeting of open source software is something new. In an attempt to remove pirated copies of Game of Thrones from the Internet, HBO sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular media player VLC as a copyright infringement. An honest mistake, perhaps, but a worrying one.


Usually these notices ask Google to get rid of links to pirate sites, but for some reason the cable network also wants Google to


The same DMCA notice also lists various other links that don’t appear to link to HBO content, including a lot of porn related material, Ben Harper’s album Give Till It’s Gone, Naruto, free Java applets and Prince of Persia 5.

Submission + - Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists Graduate (patheos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: the republicans in AZ are trying to force kids to swear an oath to get a diploma.

A quote from the proposed bill Arizona House Bill 2467
"Beginning in the 20132014 school year, In addition to fulfilling the course of study and assessment requirements prescribed in this chapter, before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited the following oath:

I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God. "

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