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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 21, 2017, 13:21 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 21, 2017, 11:48:
Audeze makes $2,495 earbuds only a audiophile fool could love.

Super cheezy name for a super expensive product.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
24. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 21:12 jdreyer
 
GothicWizard wrote on May 20, 2017, 20:02:
About a century ago I am quite sure there were a bunch of blacksmiths pinning for the good old days as they watched the industrial revolution swallow up their job. The old economy changed with the new. Now we are undergoing a massive change again and the industrial revolution, blue collar jobs are now the old economy and tech, services are the new.

Same difference here those die makers and retails jobs (blacksmiths) are giving way to the tech revolution to IT jobs, robotic engineering, solar tech, etc. Hot tip all these automated robots they need someone to design, test and build them and then service them. yes you lost a $8 hr job flipping burgers but gained a $18+ service repair job or a $30 robotic engineer job.

The economy is changing and nothing is going to stop it. People need to accept it, stop living in the past and realize those 'blacksmith' jobs are not coming back. BUT new job markets are being created or expanded in this new economy. All change like this is difficult and there will be growing pains. So let's work on re-training programs and related education programs rather then trying to stop progress, because history shows that's a futile waste of time.

I agree we shouldn't stop progress, but eventually automation gets to the point where there's simply not enough work to go around for everyone. What do you do when the vast majority of work is done by machines? You can't overcome that with retraining.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 16:32 jdreyer
 
KS wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:15:

"I hate capitalism!!!" he typed out onto his iPhone, and pressed SEND, where it went out on the Internet, which was turned from a university toy into a massive, high-speed, worldwide phenomenon by trillions of dollars of private investment, and his message was read by dozens around the world, on other phones, and computers, and tablets like Star Trek had, these driven by still more trillions of dollars of private investment, where, had it been up to a government official rubbing his chin and pondering the next step, we'd still have vacuum tube TVs, and only that because of previous, un-stepped-upon capitalism.

Not what I said at all. Capitalism is necessary to provide innovation and motivation through competition for rewards. Even socialists and communists these days admit as much. The problem is that the end game for unregulated capitalism is monopolies and corporatism, which is what we're experiencing currently. Capitalism absolutely needs regulation to provide what's best for a country's citizens. And corporations, with their vast sums of money, need to be banned from influencing government, or else government will serve corporations, which is what we're currently experiencing. I'm suggesting remedies to undo these problems, while retaining the benefits of capitalism.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 20, 2017, 15:56 jdreyer
 
qsto wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:22:
KS wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:07:
Why would Netflix care? They want their app spread around freely. It requires a paid account to use.

More importantly, why would any developer want to impair a potential customer from using their app? It makes no sense whatsoever
Not sure but maybe it's driven by the studios? Maybe it's easier to download Netflix vids on rooted phones?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 15:01 jdreyer
 
Kxmode wrote on May 19, 2017, 20:20:
NKD wrote on May 19, 2017, 12:53:
Kxmode wrote on May 19, 2017, 10:50:
Dacote wrote on May 19, 2017, 07:39:
You sir are a gentleman and a scholar, well put.

A gentleman and a scholar wouldn't wish for the death of anyone.

We don't have the advantage of magic underwear and door-to-door religious sales experience.

Never begin your point with ignorant and baseless rhetoric.

While in general, I agree that wishing death upon or killing anyone should be avoided, are there never any circumstances where killing is morally permissible? Time travel paradoxes, slippery slopes, and butterfly effects aside, would you not go back in time and kill Hitler or Stalin if you could? Or I'm curious how you would handle the trolley scenario.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 14:30 jdreyer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:37:
Im going to make an educated guess and say that it's not an alien megalithic structure that's causing the dip in the star's brightness.

Occam's razor says it's aliens. Obviously.
 
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7. Re: knowing is half the battle! May 20, 2017, 14:22 jdreyer
 
Fantaz wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:36:
that Alien: Trilogy mod looks glorious!

Bonus points for it running smooth as butter on my ancient laptop.
 
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6. Re: etc. May 20, 2017, 14:21 jdreyer
 
Task wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:08:
I don't get why they added Predators that are fighting with Aliens in that mod.

1. Because Imps fought Demons in the original Doom game?

2. Because Predators fought Aliens in the franchise crossover Aliens vs. Predators?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 14:04 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:12:
Otherwise, though, for skilled manufacturing, the talent pool is also slim, even disregarding substance abuse. Those jobs moved to China 30-40 years ago. The people that knew how to do it in the US are now past the age of retirement. The next two generations don't have that skillset. All that institutional knowledge dried up. In China, there's a huge workforce that understands manufacturing. In the US, we are extremely skilled from a white collar perspective, but not even slightly from a blue collar.

I hear you on the nasty cycle. Some of the jobs have moved to China, I've heard it's about 17% of total job losses. The vast majority of job losses in the USA have been to automation though: 80%. So, while Trump ran on bringing jobs back, it's just not possible, and the press corpse did a shitty job of making that clear.

EDIT: Also what Creston said: corporations undercut salaries to excuse offshoring. Esp in the software industry, where offshoring is completely unregulated. Funny how we inspect, tax, etc. goods from another country, but import software development without oversight or tariff.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 14:01 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on May 20, 2017, 12:36:
Cutter wrote on May 20, 2017, 12:02:
And as always when robots replace all these people who's going to have any money to buy anything? It's self-defeating. That was one of the major reasons for the downfall of Rome. There were so many slaves in the empire that citizens couldn't find work. And that started the whole downward spiral of bread and circuses.

So we're all going to be gladiators for the robots? :o

No, we're going to be batteries. Duh.

In any case, I do agree that it's so short-sighted the way every single corporation RUSHES to automation. Have fun not selling anything and watching all your robots just sitting there doing nothing.
Well, this is the result of largely unregulated capitalism. We have a concentration of wealth that we've not seen since the robber barons 120 years ago. Basically, only government can overcome this trend, as it's in each individual corporate interest to be as efficient as possible, and robots are cheaper and more efficient that people for most jobs. Right now, laws are 98% correlated to what companies want, and only 50% (random chance) to what people want.

At minimum we need:
- Complete ban on corporate lobbying
- Total public funding of all elections
- Double the capital gains tax to help fund Medicaid/Medicare for the increase in the roles that job loss will create
- Remove the $100K cap on the payroll tax funding Medicare.
- A 30 hour workweek, to spread remaining work among more people.
- Increase the minimum wage to $16 per hour
- Subsidize retraining programs

That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there's a bunch more stuff that can help ameliorate this situation.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 20, 2017, 13:44 jdreyer
 
This sucks. I wonder if some enterprising developer will write a workaround for this.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 19:52 jdreyer
 
WarPig wrote on May 19, 2017, 19:43:
As some of you may remember I used to visit and post fairly regularly here at Blue's but have pretty much turned into a lurker for the last few years. That being said, I don't know if I missed something that everyone already knows or if nobody knows the following...

what the hell happened to nin?

Who's nin?





He's on haitus. Blue checked to make sure he hadn't died. Nobody knows why. Miss the guy. He'd perfected the one liner on this forum.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 13:44 jdreyer
 
Pigeon wrote on May 19, 2017, 13:11:
RedEye9 wrote on May 19, 2017, 10:04:

It's been decades since I was in a public pool, now if I could only say the same for gas station nacho cheese.

Gas station nacho cheese like the movie theater hot dog, a mystery surprise of exciting and possibly undiscovered microbes. As for the pool parasites, tough little monkeys to survive in that much chlorinated water.

There is at least enough chlorine in pools to get me busted for sneaking out while grounded. It was a great plan, parents at work for the day, it was summer and I wasn't gonna let a little grounding stop me from an awesome day at the pool. I even took, and frequently used sunscreen so a burn or heavy tan wouldn't give it a way. What I didn't count on was that 6 hours in the chlorinated water and sun was going to partially bleach my hair, oops .

Heh, funny story.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse May 19, 2017, 13:41 jdreyer
 
When Republicans speak of helping poor people, always look for the rotten lining that enriches themselves and/or their paymasters:

"I want Free Basics for the USA," (Future FCC Commish Rosalyn) Layton said. "There is a subset of people who are truly poor… who need access to basic kinds of services, and I don’t think they should have to pay for them. If companies want to pay for them to do it and put advertising behind it, I don’t see the harm."

Also:

It's limited to those sites that are on the platform—it doesn't provide access to the whole Internet.

Lastly this incredible condescending bullshit by Layton:

"To be sure, Ars Technica readers are savvy and well-educated people who know how to play complex online games with advanced devices," she said. "First-time Internet users don’t."
 
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1. Re: etc., etc. May 19, 2017, 03:21 jdreyer
 
LOL @ Cooking Witch.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 19, 2017, 02:40 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 18, 2017, 22:15:
GothicWizard wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:50:
The silence of the FCC actions from trump supporters speaks volumes.
Err? So you are saying their silence indicates they are really against this decision? If that's what you are saying (and I admit I'm not sure what you are saying) I think you are mistaken.

Trump supporters believe what the right wing media tells them. And I have little doubt the removal of Net Neutrality rules are being characterized as a liberation of the little guy from excessive federal regulation.
It's like when Republicans support repealing the inheritance tax, which applies only if you inherit more than $5M. That law will never apply to 99% of Republicans.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 13:18 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 18, 2017, 09:14:
Ailes deserves no rest or peace.

Yeah, kind of hard to imagine someone who has contributed more to the current social and economic issues we have had over the past 30 years.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 13:09 jdreyer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 18, 2017, 12:08:
Creston wrote on May 18, 2017, 11:48:
Star Trek Discovery looks pretty good.

Let's just hope it was written and produced by people who are actually Star Trek fans and have some respect for the lore.

I'm sure they are, but that won't be the problem. Studio execs will check the script, or the dailies, and say "Needs more splosions! Needs more pew-pew gunfights! Needs more miniskirts and cleavage!" and that's the path straight toward the black hole of suckitude.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 18, 2017, 13:02 jdreyer
 
Pigeon wrote on May 18, 2017, 11:36:
As I said earlier this week the big ISPs just want to be able to do whatever the fuck they want without the threat of any competition. And the current FCC can't ride that pole any harder.

Why would they? They made huge six figure salaries at those companies before entering government, and expect to make 7 figure salaries at those same companies when they leave.
 
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News Comments > Raiders of the Broken Planet Video Diary
2. Re: Raiders of the Broken Planet Video Diary May 18, 2017, 13:00 jdreyer
 
Looks a bit too console-y, not my style.  
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