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In Half-Life, I was navigating through a long-unused transit system in the Black Mesa Research Facility. At one point, I had to disembark the rail cart and proceed on foot. I met with one of the security guards (which, thanks to unusual employment procedures, were all named 'Barney') and asked him to accompany me. "Okay," he said. "We might live longer if we work together."

As we proceeded, a rattling came from an overhead vent, and several headcrabs fell out. I was quick to draw, and shot them all dead before they could leap at us.

The security guard drew his weapon too, and proceeded to shoot a vending machine and blow it up.

As the remains of the machine smouldered and cans rolled across the floor, the security guard looked proud. "That'll look nice in my trophy room!"

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What will happen to the people put out of work if this technology is perfected? Note the quote at 1:39. This type of technology was meant to usher in free time and happiness for people and utopia etc. etc. but what could happen? Will there be new jobs running, manufacturing, repairing these robots? That requires training, how is that going to work? I'm concerned about the potential human cost.

 

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Good question... I suppose that as long as we share all the profit those robots make - after deducting cost for maintenance, investments etc - in a somewhat fair fashion, it will be alright. But that's not gonna happen right? I suppose the population of people who will actually have enough money to buy what the robots produce will be diminishing unless they/we get money from somewhere.. so... it's really dead end unless consumer power is upheld.. 

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Ideally, we'd move into a post-scarcity economy, where one won't need to work the 40-hour-a-week grind just to survive and have more time and energy to devote to activities that they actually enjoy. Supply and demand - with an excessive supply, the price of everything will drop, and less money will be needed - a bit of an overly-simple explanation, that is. That's the ideal situation, though, and a bit optimistic even for me.

I do like the advent of 3D printing though. Those old anti-piracy "you wouldn't steal a car" PSAs take on a whole new meaning now that you can actually download the plans for a car and 3D print one!

(That whole 'piracy is stealing' analogy sort of falls apart, though, as while stealing deprives the owner of said car, piracy would be more along the line of making a copy of it and both you and the owner having identical cars...I'm not going to think too hard about this or I'll end up with another headache.) 

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Good. Now you want to find whatever's causing the browser to crash.

First I'd focus on the extensions. If you don't have a lot of them, the best thing to do is disable them one-by-one, test if the browser crashes: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/disable-or-remove-add-ons#w_how-to-disable-extensions-and-themes

Alternatively, if you're not too worried about the extensions, there's a handy option called Refresh Firefox that keeps all your bookmarks, passwords, etc, while removing the extensions: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings

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My random thought is that it will be nice to put March in my rear-view mirror.  A broken arm for me, and a couple of kidney stones for my wife.  We're trying to catch our breath.  April can't come fast enough.

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19 hours ago, nobodyinparticular said:

Good. Now you want to find whatever's causing the browser to crash.

First I'd focus on the extensions. If you don't have a lot of them, the best thing to do is disable them one-by-one, test if the browser crashes: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/disable-or-remove-add-ons#w_how-to-disable-extensions-and-themes

Alternatively, if you're not too worried about the extensions, there's a handy option called Refresh Firefox that keeps all your bookmarks, passwords, etc, while removing the extensions: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings

 I used the thing that temporarily removed the extensions.  I don't have that many - maybe two.  Then, I think I had to uncheck the performance settings.  After I did that, I restarted the computer with the extensions and I was able to view the video of the day pages without the browser crashing.

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5 hours ago, TomFest said:

My random thought is that it will be nice to put March in my rear-view mirror.  A broken arm for me, and a couple of kidney stones for my wife.  We're trying to catch our breath.  April can't come fast enough.

 Sorry to read this.

 I know people who have suffered through kidney stones. I hope your arm heals up quickly and so does your wife.

Hang in there!

 

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