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WilliB posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:58 AM

teens showing some sense

Changing teen tastes send retailers reeling

Teens are getting much pickier about the brands they display on their clothes. While past generations were more than happy to wear the names of their favorite retailer emblazoned across their
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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:35 AM

Re: Bad exits only for the Fed

I can agree with the Intermittent Work, on-the-fly, scenario in the short run, since for the next 75 years or so we will need to repair work done by humans. But there will be less and less of this as construction becomes more standardized, with [more]

Tue Aug 26

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:55 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Computers can be programmed to be "creative" by using programming that mimics evolution. This can be efficient because computers can run so many tests so quickly. So being creative does not necessarily protect your job either.

Sat Aug 23

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:48 AM

Re: Another whine about lack of workers

I understand why independent truck owners put in the long-haul trips, but why don't the large trucking companies do it with relay drivers, so the drivers can do a round trip in two different trucks and go home?

Fri Aug 22

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WilliB replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:20 PM

Re: Did Dawkins just double down...

There is a difference between "suffering" and "pointless suffering."

One could debate whether it is worth living with Down's syndrome; Down's children do suffer, but they can also have joy.

If I work hard and get [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:45 PM

Re: Differences in Pronunciation in the US

And in new York, it's "youz".

Thu Aug 21

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WilliB posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:10 PM

video games, woman outno. boys

Adult female gamers have unseated boys under the age of 18 as the largest video game-playing demographic in the U.S., according to a recently published study from the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group focused the U.S. gaming [more]

Sun Aug 17

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:51 PM

Re: OT: Shadow's Run

As I understand it, the western wolves don't mate with coyotes the way the eastern wolves do; so maybe you did have a wolf there.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:48 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Tools have to be designed, manufactured, maintained and replaced.

In this case the tools can design, manufacture, maintain, and replace themselves with only minimal human supervision.

This time it is different. It is not like
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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:47 PM

Re: rich man making sense

The best non-robotic lawn mower I've seen pictures of was a big stake in the middle of the lawn. The gas self propelled mower was tied to it by a rope and went in circles cutting as it went

My dad told me they did something like this [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:42 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Of course there is no free lunch. The money ...

Money is just an accounting system. Someday the accounting system will have to change.

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WilliB replied to the Conservative Fools board. 8:30 AM

Re: Liberals: Dim Bulbs or Hacks?

I don't think this has anything to do with liberal or conservative. I'm not sure why you even bring that up.

Sat Aug 16

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:18 PM

Re: rich man making sense

If you are selling stuff at a profit, you make more profits when you sell more. I assume they aren't going to start selling burgers at a loss.

Or perhaps you haven't figured out that raising minimum-wage workers' wages does not increase [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:50 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

robots will fight the wars also.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:15 PM

Re: rich man making sense

"Go to robot repair school, young man"

robots will repair the robots.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:48 PM

Re: rich man making sense

Well, someone(s) will have to maintain and repair the robots,

Mostly, robots will maintain and repair the robots.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:20 PM

Re: OT: Security stuff

Let us know how you like the Dell. My HP is getting old and creaky.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:17 PM

Re: rich man making sense

IMHO, there are just too many variables to have a one size fits all wage.


That is absolutely true. The last "job" I had was technically "self-employed," and I was making less than the local minimum wage [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:13 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Sooner or later, human jobs will have to be protected as a social good

I don't think that is possible. However, it might be possible to protect human income and human occupations. Those two things don't have to be so [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:10 PM

Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Sorry, you can only recommend a post to the Best of once.

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