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  •  They like to blame crashes on 'pilot error', to (6+ / 0-)

    remove liability from commercial aircraft manufacturers, so ’naturally’ there’s going to be no way they can have an engineer pointing out design flaws.
    Just gotta know how the greed-industrial-complex works.

    •  And even when it is pilot error (3+ / 0-)

      It's often because the airline failed to adequately screen or train their pilots or give them enough down time, like the Buffalo crash.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:57:46 PM PST

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    •  That's why we'll never switch to robots (4+ / 0-)

      The lead story on Kos right now is about the danger of workers being replaced with robots.

      Your comment reminded me why this will never happen--companies will always need low level employees to take the blame.  Seriously.

      Think about it.  Think about every time you have been told to do things by your boss that were mutually exclusive.  Lets say that you have to check 17 items and assure that they're working. You know that you can't check all 17 in the time allotted so you give the 12 less-important ones a once-over.  You know that if there's a problem with one of the 12, you probably won't detect it but you take a chance in order to keep your job.   Odds are, one of the 12 less-important items won't fail and you won't be held responsible.  But if you are unlucky you lose your job.  On the other hand, if a robot fails, the company has to fix something.

      Another great use for people is bigotry.  In Phoenix, AZ they placed cameras all over the city to catch speeders and red-light runners. There was so much uproar that they took them out.  I suspect that those red lights were trapping too many reg'lar guys in pickups and soccer moms in minivans.  Now, with the cameras gone, police officers can go back to focusing their attention on brown people.  

      In short, human beings serve an excellent function of obfuscating the selfish motives of corporations.  If anything, this employee was acting like a robot-- doing his job and giving the proper warnings.  People hate computers when the computer doesn't do what they want it to. But, the computer is actually doing exactly what you've told it to do.

      Welcome to the job of the future-- covering up for the entitled class.

      One man gathers what another man spills

      by John Chapman on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:37:06 PM PST

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      •  probably some hideous invasive cyborging (0+ / 0-)

        Replace the suboptimal components (eyes, arms and hands, etc.) with superior mechanical devices dedicated to the organic production unit's function, and eliminate superfluous locomotion, but leave the brain, heart, and other organs not cost-effective to replace.  Organic production units can be fed, hydrated, and ventilated (no need for workspaces to be habitable) artificially with supply being controlled by profitability algorithms.  Pain compliance can be achieved through electrodes in the brain, and termination in event of unprofitability (from burnout, market shifts, etc.) is as simple as disconnecting the organic production unit from its mechanical support system.

        That's the future of the worker.

        In that world, the rich will become nudists and spend all their time working out and having sex to celebrate their pure, unaugmented humanity.

        Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

        by Visceral on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:22:38 PM PST

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        •  You know (0+ / 0-)

          I have an outline for a novel that matches your comment fairly closely.

          Now I just need to be able to quit work for 6 months so I can work on it!

          One man gathers what another man spills

          by John Chapman on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:19:41 AM PST

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