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  • Commented on Generation Z
    If that's the future you want, you should be getting really excited about fighting antibiotic resistance; more antibiotic resistance means more chance to die because of a surgical procedure, and so is likely to imply less elective surgery in general...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Massively Multiplayer Online College?...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    This is the second time someone has cogently laid out their situation and the forked stick their country's social welfare system has them caught in, and you've responded with "but computers!" I advance the idea that computing is in a...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Remember IBM's Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy? Guess what; the first place that tech went after the win was decision support for diagnoses in hospitals. How long before gainsaying "computer says..." is professionally dangerous?...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Github's here. The project's run by Moxie Marlinspike, who's expert enough to beat SSL like a pinata for the last 10 years - and who's got way too much invested in his reputation to risk it on mere NSA mass...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You're not-quite describing TextSecure, which was recently integrated into the CyanogenMod version of Android....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    While I've come across a few exceptions, there are very few short stories I've read that I haven't thought "That would be better as at least a novella, if not a novel." On the other hand, some stories would completely...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    A farm measured in the lots of square miles can't optimize production to conditions in the 3 square metres around the spot you're standing in without essentially becoming lots of little farms with one boss - and at that point...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    You didn't read down far enough to come across it being used to allow a council to spy on a family to confirm they weren't sending their children to the wrong school, then? From my (distant, ill-informed, and blackly cynical)...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    The site's jurisdiction isn't the problem; it's that Charlie is resident in a RIPA infected site. Yahoo's move works because the it's the company that's moving....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Quite possibly. I'm just saying battery swapping is almost certainly not going to be a major part of that solution (there may be some cases where it's used; perhaps police forces and other emergency responders would standardize on one battery...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Yes, people not caring about format wars 'cos they'll throw out the tech in a few years anyway makes sense. Except this tech will cost you ~£10,000, not £400, should last you at least 10 years, and losing formats will...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    Also: because it's got a nice, evocative name ("Goto FAIL" vs. "Heartbleed"?), a pretty website, and there's something users have to do (other than "wait for the patch")....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Unorganized reaction, as I apparently don't have the concentration to shape a proper response right now: Do you really want to re-run the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray/VHS vs. Betamax/pick your format war with your car's fuel system? Imagine you pick the...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The business model requires a monopoly, or some other method of forcing every electric car manufacturer selling models that might try to use your network of service stations to build their batteries in the same form factor and make them...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    An on-chip HWRNG apparently weakened by the NSA. Thanks, guys!...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Battery leasing's been tried. Said company got told to take a hike when they tried to move into the Irish market, as they essentially demanded a monopoly as a side effect of their model....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Read it again; it doesn't say "Toyota replacing robots with humans" it says "Toyota setting up workshops to allow their bot-herders to learn how to do the job their bots do and drive the bots better." No more humans will...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You're forgetting that a chunk of the benefit of a basic income is the ability to throw out the bureaucracy needed to conditionally deliver benefits....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I give to charity, too; no need to get heated. And that's not Wilde's objection. His objection is giving to charity and, thinking you've done good, stopping there: The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I do think that one can - sometimes, only sometimes - try to compensate. My job sucks in terms of social impact (financial sector, 'nough said). But I donate a fair-sized chunk of the income to a local charity, one...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    What did the ancient Athenians do with their time, when all their day-to-day work was "automated"? They somehow found ways to fill their days. There's much fulmination about basic income producing mass idleness; it might, but we have examples that...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    IIRC the income instrument was inalienably yours (no market in income futures), but the money paid was money, as fungible as any....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Yes, but those unpaid interns aren't learning exciting things about stacking shelves....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Apparently the plugged-in humans were supposed to be used by the Machines as processors, not power sources, but the Hollywood machine thought filmgoers wouldn't understand a comparison to a CPU, but could just about grasp the idea of batteries....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    And Milton Friedman. You're not the only libertarian endorsing it, aggray!...
  • Commented on Because people keep asking me ...
    Equoid is set pre-Fuller Memorandum, which is when Bob acquired the Jesusphone. So more "still" than "again."...
  • Commented on Implications
    It's on Bezos' Book Emporium here. And the dragons are very good....
  • Commented on Implications
    Except there's no spinning whatsoever in the method I pointed out; it's a three-person firesaw....
  • Commented on Implications
    Take a look at the second method listed here. What precludes elephants from doing their firestarting in teams?...
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