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I prefer to remain a nonny moose but you may have seen me elsewhere on the web. Primary interests are math and computer science. I don't have much education in either but I'm getting some.


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dingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Kids can't use computers

>TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with its head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal your friend just stuffed in their mouth. "nom nom". This blog post is not for you.

How dismissive. TL;DR descriptions are excellent for determining if something is worth reading or not.

Besides that, yeah, pretty spot-on, at least in saying that kids don't understand technology. I don't consider it a real problem, though. It's just that most of us don't get technology, and it doesn't really matter but it's an annoyance that people think we do.

You'd think they'd be able to do as well as Cuba, what with all that oil.

I camp in the desert frequently, so I've got some experience with really high temperatures(not in the 50+ range, but in the upper 40s). It's not so bad if you take it really easy, but without a good supply of drinking water and shade you get problems fast.

Still have to choose between non-poverty and supporting what I believe in. Not a good choice.

dingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: When Did Optimism Become Uncool?

First -- Just because we're better than we were 30 years ago does not mean we're good. A huge chunk of the world is still in poverty, and we have the capability to eliminate that completely but we don't use it. We still have climate change, overfishing, et cetera wrecking long-term environmental havoc that won't be fixed by simply decreasing our CO2 output. The middle east is still a bloodbath and it doesn't look like that will end any time soon. Workers around the world, even in America in some places, are being exploited as much as they were in the 20s. So no, it doesn't seem to me that the world is just peachy right now.

Second -- I can't speak for liberals, but we on the far left are still fervently optimistic. We're seeing all this shit going on around us, and we still think we can make it better if we try hard enough. However, the writer of this article seems to define 'optimism' as 'faith that everything is all right'. In that sense, no, we're just about as pessimistic as can be, and we've been pessimistic since the 19th century. All the problems we have today are fixable, but most require radical solutions that 'optimists' like the author of this article would probably shy away from.

I don't like the concept of 'voting with your wallet'. It essentially says, you have the choice of having enough money to live or being an ethical person. In almost all cases, those are mutually exclusive.

Instead, we should get rid of the system that means people have to work 12-hour shifts to feed themselves, and you have to put up with that because otherwise you can't feed yourself. It's all a vicious cycle that we have the power to break, if we choose to.

In a way it's almost as bad for them as for someone making minimum wage. Home prices in the gentrified parts of Silicon Valley are ridiculously high, so you end up "house-rich cash-poor", or you go off to gentrify another part of town and restart the cycle.

Or maybe, just maybe, we could make the loss of jobs a good thing. Who actually likes work anyway? Why do we need to do it if robots can do it? Why do we allow the Capitalists to reap enormous profits at our expense, then blame the migrants(who, let's be clear, are also shafted by the Capitalists)? Why do we hold on to this insane idea that the "free" market is a sacrosanct entity that can only be nudged one way or another, never defeated?

aeon.co, but I don't know if that counts.

I dunno, plenty of people are already in the 'increased discomfort' phase right now. A recession can only make that worse.

Also, I'm reading Disrupted right now. You're right, I think several of the lines in the show were taken straight from the book.

I think it'll happen between election cycles. Trump and Hillary are both widely hated, and neither of them is going to do much good. The bubble is gonna pop, maybe accompanied by another major recession(maybe not directly in the US, but a bad enough recession in Europe will still cause major problems), and people are going to get mad. Already, most people know that the political system does nothing for us. It will just be more and more evident.

The real question is, will it be France 1968 or Russia 1917(February, of course)?

It felt like reading an sadder version of Silicon Valley.

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