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Comment X1 Carbon^W Quartz Redux (Score 1) 339

Schiller, Apple SVP, said it was time Apple gotten rid of the dedicated function keys

So they're just making an X1 Carbon with a white frame and fancier button strip.

Both that and the touchpad failed so badly that Lenovo reversed course on both (amongst other things). With respect to the function keys, the Carbon now has them while all models can force a startup default of function keys. The touchpad has been replaced with a model having actual mouse buttons, and can be retrofitted to older Thinkpads. Unlike Apple, Lenovo (for once) listened to their customers and gave them what they wanted.

Oh, and they have the Escape key. No need to chord Ctrl-C at a terminal or to enter a complex OSX preference to get vi commands!

Both systems include new Intel Skylake processors... ....with Intel Iris 540 GPUs, while the 15-inch models ship with Polaris-based AMD Radeon graphics at the high-end.

While more fully-featured competitors such as Lenovo are already past Broadwell and ship with much better GPUs at their high end (Quadro M5000M anyone?). Nice to see them at least try to make Skylake work though.

Comment Trust & Safety/Abuse needs to go. (Score 2, Insightful) 105

How many from Trust & Safety/Abuse? Their Abuse/Trust & Safety department has helped cause Twitter's losses through arbitrary enforcement (or even defense of harassers such as Leslie Jones).

Cut those departments, remove the blocking tools, and make Twitter a better company.

Comment Then prepare a fiery desk for Watson, too. (Score 1) 910

That's all fine and good but what you are proposing will only stave off the inevitable for at most a year or two. Automation is coming, it is already here and covering more ground faster and faster. Read "Rise of the Robots" it is an enlightening read.

AI is fine and dandy, but only when it is an intelligent companion, not an existential threat.

If multi-disciplinary automation (such as current-day AI) wants to become a threat, treat it no differently. Nothing says that today's Watson can be treated the same way Mr. Patterson treated the original one.

How would you propose penalizing anyone that overlooks the long-term unemployed/discouraged? Who would you propose get penalized?

The party/parties that overlook the unemployed, including all third parties and contracting services.

What would be the mechanism for detecting and punishing these despicable beings?

The lowest bar of proof constitutionally allowable for the unemployed (that meets criminal/civil standards), such that no "safe reason" can be formed.

As for punishment? A golden ticket to work directly with the organization in question for a guaranteed minimum term measurable in decades, with provisions to survive existential events - including but not limited to acquisition, offshoring, bankruptcy, and/or reorganization. It might put the staffing industry out of business for being a favored benefit dodge, but it's not as if they've been of much use for regular people these days.

Comment Not everyone is an entrepreneur. (Score 1) 910

The people who would sit on their asses with a UBI are the same people who pretend to have autism and get social security disability checks, i.e. they would amount to nothing anyway

Between the ones that do and the ones that don't, it'd be far better to entice them with a good job on good terms versus the pittance of a Social Security check.


Not everyone is fit to be the proverbial Richard Branson. They would be fine with their 30ish years of office work as a direct hire at a respectable company, with good benefits and increasing levels of responsibility. Consigning them to 60-70 years of squalor just for not having the startup bug in them is far from optimal.

Never mind that some people have a perfectly fine mindset that does not work well with startups, but works well with established organizations. Unlike some people of my generation, I saw how the latter can work well for people.

Comment Or how about recruiting people that we have? (Score 2) 910

Instead of allowing employers to have an entitlement mentality to perfection or desperation, why not make it harder for them to not hire citizens, especially the ones looking for work? Get rid of guest workers, make offshoring a royal PITA, and penalize anyone that overlooks the long-term unemployed/discouraged.

Entrepreneurship doesn't provide a steady income or a good upward path (unless you like casino-level risk), and UBI would serve to reward laziness.

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