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mdwh

Member Since 27 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 26 2016 04:16 PM

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In Topic: The Problem With Capitalism

08 August 2016 - 03:06 PM

 

This seems to be the Luddite argument that people have been making for a long time about new technology, but new jobs appear to replace those lost, and so the claimed criticism never happens. And are you seriously saying that it would be better if we didn't strive to do that? It'd be better if we didn't have robots and computers and factories replacing all that human labour?
 

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Could you please list all these "new jobs" that can sustain over 7,400,000,000 ( 7.4 billion ) humans? ( roughly 5,000,000,000 [ 5 billion ] workers )

Last year 131,000,000 ( 131 million ) new humans were made.

It seems like thousands of "old jobs" are being replaced with a handful of new jobs ... AKA "diminishing labor returns" .

 

 

I don't need to list every single job, I simply note that they already exist in today's world, jobs weren't swept away by machines from the Industrial revolution.

 

In the meantime, cost-of-living is going through the roof. Apparently "better living conditions" is being homeless ?
No one is claiming that there aren't issues of poverty or inequality today.

 

Are you seriously suggesting that life was better for most people in developed countries before say the 20th Century? If not, why is your argument today different from the Luddites'?

 

Another problem with your argument is that striving for scientific and technological advancement, or greater efficiency, is hardly specific to capitalism - though if it excels at promoting it, that would be a good point imo.


In Topic: The Problem With Capitalism

05 August 2016 - 07:47 AM

This seems to be the Luddite argument that people have been making for a long time about new technology, but new jobs appear to replace those lost, and so the claimed criticism never happens. And are you seriously saying that it would be better if we didn't strive to do that? It'd be better if we didn't have robots and computers and factories replacing all that human labour?

That said, if ai can replace virtually all human jobs, we may get to a point where even new jobs created are still done by ai. But that's going to be a massive revolution in itself - I don't think it's a criticism of capitalism today. Yes when all human can be done by ai, there will be many changes.

Btw, in the new ai controlled society, I bet that AIs will still be striving to continue to make things more efficiently with less resources, even if capitalism is no longer around.

In Topic: Stackoverflow And Money

30 July 2016 - 04:46 PM

It's a lot compared to the UK - well, maybe I'm being ripped off (I've only had one full time job, so haven't looked around at rates in years), but the general perception is that the US pays a lot more (and I don't work in finance).

OTOH I'm thankful to have a reasonable amount of holiday, I can't put a price on that. And I'm still paid far more than the median in the UK, so I'm not complaining.

"There are far too many people in this industry who accept lowball offers."

But all the people commenting earning less seem to not be in the US, so statistics about the US are meaningless. It's nothing to do with accepting lowball offers.

In Topic: Statute Of Limitations Justifications Making No Sense

23 July 2016 - 04:34 AM

Generally I think they make sense, and the length should vary by the crime.

But it is odd if the statute of limitations here was less than the 25 years that the victims were in prison for. Put it another way: if we accept that after time, people are rehabilitated even if they didn't get punished at all, why is it that in the US, people are locked up for decades?

In Topic: Does Windows 10 have compatability issues?

14 July 2016 - 06:52 AM

I'm happily using visual studio (even the older 2012), virtual box (I think I had to upgrade for some reason, but that was when windows 10 had just come out). Don't know about android studio, but doing android development with eclipse is fine.

More generally, I found it smootger than upgrading from XP to 7 (which had some issues does to the 32/64 bit transition, and improved security model). The only issues I had with 10 were a couple of applications showing glory fonts, which were all fixed by upgrading the applications.

On licences, the only thing I'm unclear on is what happens if you upgrade a full retail version - do you then have a full retail version of 10 that can be installed on a new machine? I've seen conflicting sources saying opposite things. What I want to know is, if I upgrade a retail version to 10, how do I then move that installation to a brand new machine, without first installing 7 and then upgrading (given that 10 no longer has product keys, and instead recognises the hardware)? Has anyone actually managed to do this?

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