Archive for June 3rd 2013

My laptop is now running Linux Mint 15 on a new Intel 520 SSD. Boots in a few seconds and pretty much back to the old Gnome 2 interface with some enhancements.

So far it seems to work well other than some odd behaviour by my wireless card, and the process was relatively painless. I had to update a few OS configuration files, install missing packages, and then put the old hard drive in a USB box and copy /home over to the SSD.

But for some reason the 8192SE wireless card won’t run at more than 18Mbps even when it’s two feet from the wireless access point. I didn’t actually check what speed it was running at in Ubuntu 12.04, so this may have always been the case. It’s consistent with the throughput I’ve seen between the laptop and my home server (around 1-1.5 megabytes per second).

Or something.

I was reading a funny thread on a web forum where one of the forum socialists was bemoaning the future of 3D printing and nanotechnology and how it would destroy jobs so the government would have provide jobs for the unemployed to do things no-one else thought worth doing.

I could only shake my head and wonder: why would anyone want a job if they produce anything they wanted in their garage?

Mass employment is a relatively recent invention as part of the industrial revolution. In the early era of human hunter-gatherer life, we would hunt or collect the things we needed at a good time to do so, and then relax the rest of the year. In the farming era, there would be jobs available for those who didn’t have their own land to farm at times where the farmers needed more hands than they had in their own family, but life-time jobs in the modern sense were rare. It was only with industrialisation that we needed millions of people to do the same boring, repetitive things all day, every day.

Jobs are bad. Many of us have jobs that we find inherently interesting, but that doesn’t mean we want to do them eight hours a day, five days a week forever. We should look forward to a future where few people have to work and we can leave the industrial anomaly behind us.

The problem is that socialism is inherently an industrial-era philosophy, so that would make them irrelevant. Socialism made no sense before the industrial revolution because there were few workers to own the means of production. Socialism makes no sense in a future of home 3D printing and nanotech assembly because everyone owns their means of production.

They should be celebrating. They’ve won. The fight between workers and employers is irrelevant in a world with no workers and no employers. But they’ve been ranting about the need for full employment for long that they simply can’t understand or accept that employment itself is going away; not to mention that such a world destroys an entire power base of people who have no desire to lose the power they have.