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Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 259

I think this Friedman quote still has relevance though:

Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it's jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.

Does it really serve a purpose if you make it harder than it needs to be? And self-driving cars will be a benefit to everyone else. I can go down to the store and get a liter of milk for next to nothing because of milking robots and other automation, if I had to pay a living wage for someone to pull a cow's teats it would cost a *lot* more. All those stores who transport goods will get cheaper. The money people don't pay on taxis will be spent on other things. Everyone can spend their commute watching TV instead of wasting home time. It'll be more practical to live further from the office. Elderly might get around more and live more fulfilling lives. Large groups of people would have the benefits of a private driver, previously a rare luxury. In ways perhaps even better, since you get total discretion and it's always at your whim 24x7.

Assuming you can still find a job, of course. But we've been pretty inventive about creating new needs and services once we could afford to. The burger flipper might be on the way out, I doubt the chef is. A robot vacuum cleaner isn't scrubbing the bathroom or dusting the furniture. The electric lawn mower doesn't do flower beds or trimming the hedge. The washing machine doesn't pair my socks or iron my shirts. Of course you might say that one day we'll have a "I, Robot" assistant that'll do absolutely everything a human does cheaper and better but that's not in 10 or 50 years. Neither is self-repairing, self-replicating and self-evolving robots that work almost by themselves.

Real wages in the US has been flat for quite some time now, but at the same time you've had a massive influx of cheap labor on the global market depressing wages. You don't get a zillion Chinese or Indian employees working for a pittance anymore, when you look at the whole world workers are getting better paid. If it keeps going up, sooner or later it will return to growth in the US too because US wages are normal wages and not super expensive wages anymore. There is no magic that makes Americans stay far ahead of the pack forever, even though that how it's been in the past with the old world destrroying itself with world wars and an illiterate, primitive third world. There are smart people other places too, when they get the opportunity.

Comment Re:Milton Frieldman? (Score 1) 259

So.......we just had an article on Slashdot that showed there are more jobs in America now, at the end of the Obama administration, than there ever have been in the entire history of the US. More people working.

First, I'm not about to claim that Trump is going to improve anything for the common man. Having a populist revolt that emplaces a Billionare cabinet...

Yes, Obama got more people to work than anyone else ever. However, middle-class well-being has not correspondingly increased (meaning wages aren't great for a lot of those jobs) and the disparity between the most rich and everyone else has become much larger.

I haven't researched AI job reduction, but I think we could be no more than two decades away from the point where much menial labor is robotic and where professional drivers are for the most part replaced with machines.

Comment Milton Frieldman? (Score 4, Interesting) 259

Both Brexit and Trump can be seen as the final stage of neoliberal economics: it ends in a populist revolt.

It's not as if labor is just now facing the threat of automation. But nobody in the US - not the unions, not the companies, not the government - is solving the education gap that might help future workers.

Comment Re:Mozilla's 990 Form (Score 1) 103

MoCo could have paid as little as $1 for the license, along with an agreement to return profits, and that would be fair value. There's no question that the profits were returned.

However, there was never any possibility that any other entity would have been offered the license regardless of what they offered, and IMO had they considered that transaction based on the amount returned rather than achieving their purpose of a free internet, they would have disqualified themselves as a 501(c)3.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 2) 103

Fogle was a company spokesperson, who got fired before the trial started because whether or not he had actually committed any crime, the appearance of his behavior made him unsuitable as a spokesperson.

Was Eich similarly a company spokesperson? You need only look at Mozilla's press releases. He's quoted in them while he's CTO, and if you go on Youtube, you can see that he makes a number of conference keynotes representing the Foundation. Once he's CEO, he writes this piece on inclusiveness which is linked to in this Mozilla Foundation press release. So, there's Eich representing the Mozilla brand on exactly the issue they already know he has a problem with. He doesn't get a chance to represent the foundation again, as they know they have a problem.

Comment Re:OK, now pull the other one (Score 1) 481

Actually, it's nowhere near that simple. For example, my wife is a "stay-at-home mom". Thus she's on the "bad" side of the labor force participation rate.

The numbers of "stay-at-home moms" includes women who are doing it because they cannot find work.

She's doing this because 1) we think it's better for our younger-than-school-age kids, and 2) she can't make enough to pay for the daycare we would have to buy.

She chose to be unemployed rather than underemployed? Thank you for making my point for me.

Comment Re:Plenty of low-wage jobs to go around... (Score 1) 481

Well, I have no great love for CNN, but I liked the look of this article. Let's see, there's a Forbes link on millenial underemployment, let's skip that one just in case. Hmm, there's an article on Monster with... no date? hmm, can't cite that. Here's one from time which says 46% of Americans Say They Are Underemployed, that's a fun idea. The federal reserve's estimate is "fairly close to the trend derived from CPS data, but at a much higher level".

IOW, the direction of trend is accurate, but the numbers are bullshit. Like always

Comment Re:I prefer emby... (Score 1) 81

I have just read about emby after reading your comment, and it has made me excited. Not in the TMI way, but in the this might be what I am looking for way, even though it depends on Mono. I'm going to download an Ubuntu image for my Pine A64+ stat. Hopefully that has enough gusto to do what I want to do with it. The data is already connected to the network via another ARM SBC (a pogoplug) which also has GigE.

Comment Re: If a drone came in your yard uninvited ... (Score 1) 44

"Nobody knows where all these cool drone parts came from. There's a chassis over there in the dumpster of the Shell Station on Richmond Street with a scratched off label. Nobody know how it got there."

No doubt if nobody saw you do it, you're golden. On the other hand, Slashdot is going to get a subpoena for logs if someone actually does find a scratched off label in the dumpster of the Shell Station on Richmond Street one day...

Comment Re:Koran 9:29 (Score 1) 371

Well, not entirely. I mean sure, it's fine to stone to death those who worship false idols etc. But if you're not from the right tribe, you can never become one of God's chosen people. So, you're basically boned either way.

Actually, that's part of the point of Christianity, as opposed to Judaism. If your mom isn't a registered Jew, neither are you. But anyone can become a Christian and even go to Christian heaven if they just repent their sins and accept Jesus into their heart at the last minute. Jews also expect you to do certain things while you're alive if you want to be favored by God when you're dead, and so do the Muslims. The Christians are the only ones for whom belief is sufficient. In that way, if in no other, Christianity is less bigoted than its fellows.

You don't have to be a six footer...

Comment Re: I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 1) 371

Oddly enough, those three chemicals are also very useful to etch PCBs. But thanks to our SWAT team, I now know an additional use for them...

This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts. What year is it? Can't they just look up your blog and find out you're making whosiewhatsits with homemade pcbs? Who knows, maybe this was a while ago. But that sort of thing is still going on.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 371

If you read the study (I just did), you will find that the way they measure alcohol consumption disregards a lot of the ways people consume alcohol.

Last time I checked, the average alcohol consumption in this country was something like four times what it is now at the time of the founding of the nation. Is that not true any more? Changing history, and whatnot.

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