Neatly ignoring the millions already doing bullshit makework jobs, simply because our ethical structures can't deal with the concept of people not needing to work.
88 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009
Seemingly programmers have a high chance of being automated. Apparently no body bothered paying enough attention to programmers to realise that's what their job is - hence compilers, libraries, etc.
If it ever gets to the point where humans are no longer required in that process, then humanity's probably boned.
The one about having already paid for European tolls - classic Clarkson, from likely over a decade ago.
That said, since you're a tax dodger, you haven't *actually* paid though, have you?
Have you always planned to rely on the charity of others to prevent your Libertarian utopia from falling into dystopian anarchy?
Well done on recycling Jeremy Clarkson's joke. Did you pay to license it?
Is it really contamination when it's blatantly intentionally been added?
Only the finest fedora wearer would think "or die on the street" constitutes a choice.
Others have pointed out that's not enough money to replace welfare. Much of that money is spent on rubbish like donkey sanctuaries and other similarly thinly veiled cons, so it's not even equivalent. To add insult to injury, charities are exceptionally inefficient, so the overall cost to society for the same quality of life will be even greater.
Never mind the fact that without safety nets, people will have to weave their own. With employment rights thrown out the window, they'll by necessity have to be even stronger and more comprehensive. Instead of giving money to charity, they'll start stockpiling it against the bad times.
People never think it through - as well as fluffy happy commie reasons for benefits, there are plenty of good *right wing* reasons to maintain the benefits system. Would you want to work with benefit scroungers? Do you want them stealing your TV? Do you want to pay even more to put them in prison? Do you want them dying in the street from diseases they can't afford to treat, causing a massive public health hazard? Benefits are a really cheap way of keeping them in their place.
Even if we come down to libertarianism, the argument's flawed. How can there be the honest promotion charity really be born out of a doctrine that can be summed up as "Wahwahwah! I'm a selfish bugger and don't want to pay my taxes!"?
There's the standard libertarian fallacy here - that people are nice, charitable, etc.
Paid holiday won't be replaced by negotiation, because the individuals will have no bargaining power. We live in the era of zero hour contracts - people will be given the choice of working every hour the employer wants, or being replaced by another unit of interchangeable exploitable schmuck. Only those with unique, irreplaceable talents will have any flexibility in the resultant system.
It's the same problem with removing welfare: the reality is that it won't be replaced by charity, because the vast majority of people are selfish jerks. They'd much rather watch someone die in a gutter than give up a few precious pennies. It's not like this is hypothetical - welfare was born out of such an arrangement, as a solution to the problem.
I regularly turn up to work in a rainbow tie dye dress, neon accessories, and a bright pink mohawk, but I'd still go to interview dressed smartly, with a bunch of piercings removed, regardless of whether it says casual is OK for interview.
It's about focussing attention on my skills, and what I'm saying, *not* my visual presentation.
Re: Reg Standards
But how many grapenuts?
Re: One of the few modern automotive inventions that I applaud
Not to mention be half-cut and not care.
Re: Add more complexity
Funny, normally, they have problems finding skilled talent willing to work for so little money, and are then puzzled why their only option is expensive contractors...
But does it run RISC OS?
Like every car here, it's intended for an over paid contractor as compensation for his shrinking appendage. As long as it can run paupers down, it's fine.
Re: most changes you make will be irreversible/lack of non destructive editing,
It means it allows you to go back and change stuff you did in the past, without having to undo the stuff you've done subsequently.
Re: Getting a good cup of coffee?
It'll be an Italian roast - it provides a consistent product, but tends to bitterness and annihilates any terroir. The overly hot extraction process then magnifies the issue.
Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"
Came here to say the same thing - I moved into a house with no gas, so stumped up for induction hobs and pans. I'm never going back - the heat is so well spread out and finely controllable that I rarely ever bother using a double-boiler any more.
Re: Wotcha driving Simon?
Bless, car driver ideas of quick 0-60 times! Sooo cute ^_^
Pretty sure the defining feature of a range rover is the chief behind the wheel.
And here was me thinking it was simply because the people with the brains to actually implement this stuff get paid a quarter what they would elsewhere, and then have twice as much of it nicked by the taxman.
But no, it's obviously all down to the suits. Obviously.
Only in America...
Magstripe? What is this? The 80s?
Re: If it's meant to last a lifetime...
High child mortality?
Isn't a significant moon required to keep the core molten, in order to provide magnetic shielding from the atmosphere stripping solar radiation?
Simply Yes :P
Publicly owned infrastructure, then service providers can charge to provide end points for IP, telephones, subscription TV, etc. over it. FTA radio and TV can just be another high level service, delivered by multicast. That way everyone gets the same types of stuff as they do now, but with a better service, and we don't have all this nonsense with multiple masts, spectrum allocations, and notspots.
Re: reducing energy consumption
If you're going to give up comfort, why bother to live at all? What really is the point? Why bother to breed, for that matter - all you'd be doing is condemning another soul to a life of misery, a grossly selfish and wicked act just to satiate your animal instincts.
Or we could ignore retards, spark up a few nuclear plants, and everyone could live in luxury.
I know which sounds more tempting to me.
Re: One question and a comment
OS X scaling isn't stupid - UI elements will scale, whereas images will retain their original glory.
Re: Value for money?
Legibility? You mean your operating system is too shit to scale the UI so that it's legible, regardless of the resolution?
The point of 5K shoul dbe obvious - display a full 4K image AND the user interface required to manipulate it.
This needs a physical toy! Time to bring back the turtle!
Re: Bottom Dock/Panel
Cool story, bro. Ever considered that other people might use their computers differently?
Everything full screen, multiple monitors, Alt-Tab to task switch between the tasks in hand, and dive down to the hidden dock to pull up anything that's not been used in a while.
Re: Another view...
Or maybe just a realistic impression of an average user, and why you should explicitly disallow such a password, or send both encrypted?
An ignorant rant - reminded me of A-level computing: grossly out of date, irrelevant, and unwilling to update.
The author didn't know whether modern processor had all these stone age memory management techniques? Here's an idea - use the internet, and look it up! Of course they've got all that gubbins, it's just malicious hackers are a good deal sneakier than the friendly people who might attack a 60s mainframe.
A fist bump is for when you say something intensely cutting or amusing, as a mutual show of respect. It'd be wasteful to use it as a mere greeting.
"AM OLD. CAN'T COPE. LOL D:"
Yeah, nice one grandad
Next you'll be complaining it doesn't have a gramophone slot for your olde timey vinyl.
DVDs were obsolete the moment it was less hassle to download a film you owned off TPB than it was to pull it off the shelf behind you and wrangle the tele into playing it.
Re: On sapphire...
Blendtec blades are actually dull already - they combine high power, high speed to bludgeon the contents to itty-bitty pieces. Looking at one of their jugs, it breaks pretty much every rule of blender design, but still induces a head-slapping "why wasn't this obvious?!" response.
Where I work is great - it's the industry at large that's full of tossers. If you can't understand within about 10 seconds of reading the slashdot comments why no minority would want to work in tech, then you're probably part of the problem.
As a female coder, I'll tell you for free that the most off putting thing getting here was the people already doing it. Not only is it a complete sausage party, but it's full of libertarian, fedora-wearing douchebags. HTH, HAND, etc.
Re: non story
" I don't remember being able to play a man in Tomb Raider..."
No, you got to play as a male w*nk fantasy instead.
308 people right now, according to the *poll*.
Shame El Reg didn't consider asking gender in the poll would be relevant, given how many have found it hilarious.
Obvious solution - disallow human driving.
Re: A storm in a tea cup
The GIMP resynthesizer plugin does the same thing as Content Aware. It also did it before Photoshop did.
Re: The real problem is C
After Mistress has kicked the 10 shades of shit out of you and your miserable poor excuse for some source, she might deign to generate a binary from your code.
It's pretty dark days for education if decompiling and disassembling is truly frowned upon.
Re: beats me...
I think you mean "+++ATDT"
Re: Why Do Apple Think They're Different?
How do you know how valuable the data on the iPad is without analysing all of it?
Re: I'll stick with sh & vi, thank you.
Wouldn't know, I write RTOSen for a living. Rarely surface long enough to deal with users.
Re: I'll stick with sh & vi, thank you.
It's probably something to do with how both vi and emacs are old, unpleasant, user hostile programs used as a masochistic rites of passage by wannabe UNIX nerds.
If I need to prove how big my cock is, I'll get it out of the night stand and bludgeon you round the head with it. For everything else, I'll use sublime text and actually get some work done.
Does anyone visit Bletchley for the dry and boring war museum? TNMOC is the jewel in the crown - the rest takes about half an hour to look around tops. I can only imagine breaking the link must have decimated their visitor numbers.
Re: There are other reasons for not using a phone on holiday
Cool story, Grandad. Some people just ignore/block the pesterers for the duration, and make their tech work for *them*.