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Comment No examples [Re:One problem] (Score 1) 86

Intellisense is not AI.

It didn't give a single concrete example of AI helping coding in significant ways. The AI of Siri-like assistants had been in labs already in the mid 70's. That's a 3+ decade lead between lab and commercial success. If code-helping AI is coming soon, I would expect drafts of it in labs already.

I can envision AI identifying possible bug candidates by analyzing code (to be verified by humans), but I wouldn't call that revolutionary.

Comment Re:Fake Title Alert (Score 1) 78

TRUMP! Was Most 'Talked About'

Indeed! Love him or hate him, he is entertaining. If you love him, he's entertaining at Making America Great Again; and if you hate him, he's comparable to one or more of the following:

1. Slow-motion train wreck
2. Batman villain in action
3. A 5-year-old who's had too much cake and ice-cream

Just can't turn your eyes away.

Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 1) 134

Obviously the only difference between her and someone else is because of her political leverage, but while that is most definitely not fair to others who may have had something similar happen and had to deal with the lengthy process that you had just mentioned, no actual laws were broken with Trudeau's hand-waving of the matter as it were, and she was therefore not an illegal immigrant.

Comment home cinema (Score 1) 314

The main reason left to go to a cinema is that the screen is bigger and the sound system is fantastic. Everything else you can have at home.

With a good home cinema setup, you can come close, and you have none of the expensive popcorn, queues, guy next to you getting on your nerves, obnoxious advertisement and other bullshit. Plus you can pause the movie to get a drink from the kitchen and cuddle your cats while watching.

Cinema is on the way out. Once Hollywood understood the lesson that the music industry had to understand, things will get better.

Comment Re:Gotta say (Score 1) 65

I'm sure if they shop around they can find a rubber stamp somewhere. Then they'll come in and literally rip the sheet rock off the walls looking for drugs. Then they'll leave without so much as a vague grunt of apology haven broken literally everything in the house. Be sure to board your pets with friends first if you don't want them shot. Probably should send the kids off too, just to be safe.

Comment Re:Be careful how hard you squeeze (Score 1) 321

The equivalent of "stop outsourcing" would be like Wyoming blocking imports of almonds from CA just because it wants its own local almond farmers to have business.

I agree that the question isn't borders. If you are in Texas, northern Mexico is more "local" than NYC. But in either case, China is not local.

People *are* permanently unemployed. Not a large percentage of the population but unemployment has never been 0. Ever. I'd say what well-intentioned tariffs we've passed to try to keep unemployment down aren't working very well. And with the upcoming onslaught of automation...I don't see how you *can* keep people from being unemployed for long periods of time.

The part that's never zero is called "structural unemployment", and was mentioned in the part that you cut. People between jobs, people who are moving, etc.
But unemployment-because-you-cant-find-a-job is not god-given, and in fact in various countries around the world there have been periods when this unemploymend was zero.

"the upcoming onslaught of automation" - the 60s called. They want their argument back.

Rather than cling onto the idea that everyone needs to be employed (when reality obviously isn't letting that happen), perhaps it's time to revisit how we make sure every citizen is taken care of in a post-industrial society and this idea that "everyone needs to work".

Oh, I agree on that. I've had periods in my life without a formal job (self-employed, my own small company, not working very much) that were wonderful except for the not-much-money part. If that were somehow covered, I'd immediately go back to working 20 hours a week, or 80 hours a week on stuff that I love.

Trade and technology are the 2 pillars that create wealth

How we are all caught in the Silicon Valley mantra and the Venture Capitalist religion. Most of the really large and powerful companies in the world are not called Google and Facebook. They are energy companies, food companies, and a dozen others. Trade and technology matter, but you buy an iPhone every year while you buy food every day.

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