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Forum: The Barbie
Yesterday, 11:18 pm
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Not really bullish, just seen what they can do firsthand.

Let's go through the necessary elements for a telephone based salesbot.

Ability to talk in a 'human' voice - check, Google Duplex does...
Forum: The Barbie
Yesterday, 1:38 pm
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Basically anything that requires pattern matching and responding to patterns can be done at least as well as humans. eg https://www.bbc.com/news/health-38717928

Obviously reproduction of set...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 13th 2018, 7:29 am
Replies: 61
Views: 6,735
Posted By GarryP

Re: Space Space Baby

You may remember that Elon have been trying to catch the fairing to reuse them (at $6m a pair, it's worthwhile). However he's not been able to catch them as they come down on parachutes, so they...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 13th 2018, 7:23 am
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Which is why I said it was a daft example at the beginning. However I can definitely see ways in which the pub service environment COULD be automated whilst improving the experience (hands up who...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 12th 2018, 3:07 am
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Economists don't half talk some cr*p.

In your fairyland, for growth to be infinite everyone would basically have to live in the pub, drinking all the time.

The point is, this, like most...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 12th 2018, 2:52 am
Replies: 6
Views: 140
Posted By GarryP

Spud'u'like

Not sure if this is new or not, but in Coles yesterday I found them selling Maris Piper spuds (beloved of chips & roasties) at a reasonable price. Not sure if this is general (they don't appear on...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 12th 2018, 1:51 am
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

OK, not that it makes much sense, but let's take your barman example.

Staff costs for the average pub amount to 20.2% of turnover. Trading profit is 19.5%, then minus rent/mortgages, etc. (these...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 11th 2018, 12:14 pm
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Thing is, the difference in cost structure forces a fast pace of change.

Any example where manpower is a significant cost element, let's say 30% of the cost base, is somewhere where the first...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 11th 2018, 9:35 am
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

Worse. Unemployment rate rises, so less customers and less sales. Therefore Company A automates more of it's operations, getting rid of extra staff. Company B has to rapidly follow, least it go out...
Forum: Australia
Jul 11th 2018, 1:49 am
Replies: 67
Views: 2,206
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye Bye Decent Shopping - Amazon to block Australian customers

My guess is it is a shot across the bows of every tin pot dictatorship that thinks it's going to impose national tax laws on international entities. 'Try it on and we'll cut you off', is the message....
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 10th 2018, 4:00 am
Replies: 362
Views: 29,975
Posted By GarryP

Re: All the Gear

For those still stuck in a Windows/Mickeysoft bent, the newly announced "Surface Go" looks closer to what they should have done back at the beginning. US$399 for a 10" surface laptopulike but the...
Forum: Australia
Jul 8th 2018, 2:18 am
Replies: 67
Views: 2,206
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye Bye Decent Shopping - Amazon to block Australian customers

Can I also point out that http://camelcamelcamel.com was working on the Amazon AU site a few days ago. Seems to be broken at the moment, but I'm sure it will be back soon.
Forum: Australia
Jul 7th 2018, 6:33 am
Replies: 67
Views: 2,206
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye Bye Decent Shopping - Amazon to block Australian customers

Nope, basically because it means there will be a 10% margin for the more dodgy providers to exploit, meaning more people getting ripped off. In the end most will get around it to remain competitive....
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 7th 2018, 12:13 am
Replies: 210
Views: 10,661
Posted By GarryP

Re: Amazon incoming ...

With the GST heist coming in, plenty were putting in orders to Amazon US before the end of June, and since then the 'order from the US via AU with no postage' offering has been undercutting the usual...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 3rd 2018, 8:08 am
Replies: 1,346
Views: 55,344
Posted By GarryP

Re: The world of automation

That's nothing to do with automation. That's the reality that middle east and SE asia airlines have been snapping up pilots to expand their operations. It takes a *long* time to train someone up such...
Forum: The Barbie
Jul 1st 2018, 6:28 am
Replies: 47
Views: 1,038
Posted By GarryP

Re: Where have you been today?

Enjoying sunshine (first time for a long time) in Melbourne. Just got back from walk,
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 29th 2018, 9:23 am
Replies: 61
Views: 6,735
Posted By GarryP

Re: Space Space Baby

Another SpaceX launch in ~20mins. No landing this time, it's the last Block 4 to launch something to orbit and they are trying to litter the seabed of the Atlantic with them (cheaper than storing...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 26th 2018, 1:23 am
Replies: 1,373
Views: 57,861
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye bye Liberal Government..... will you ever learn.

Yeah, problem is people tend not to be very good at identifying them, the coalition paymasters want a surfeit of trained individuals in core jobs for the reason I stated, and in an age of automation,...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 25th 2018, 1:03 am
Replies: 1,373
Views: 57,861
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye bye Liberal Government..... will you ever learn.

Actually funding more courses can actually make things worse. If there are lots of graduates of such courses who can do the job, new positions aren't going to magically appear. Rather the wages and...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 24th 2018, 12:49 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By GarryP

Re: England V Panama (only for Perthites)

Half time scoreline looks like a Rugby score.
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 24th 2018, 10:05 am
Replies: 22
Views: 570
Posted By GarryP

Re: Hellooooooooooooooo.......!?

It's a proven fact that the best thing you can do, environmentally, is to not have kids. So we should be implementing a baby tax rather than baby bonus if we really want to save the planet.

And...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 24th 2018, 4:16 am
Replies: 22
Views: 570
Posted By GarryP

Re: Hellooooooooooooooo.......!?

Not so much "Comfortably Numb" as "Bloody Cold".

Thing is, you can't talk politics because of the nonsensical junk you will get back. And the social thing gets anodyne. Even the football is just...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 21st 2018, 6:14 am
Replies: 1,373
Views: 57,861
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye bye Liberal Government..... will you ever learn.

Assuming Trunbull can't manage to lie his way to a win (which seems unlikely given the polls) then the overpaid end of town are unlikely to ever get their flat tax rake off. In fact by trying to...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 20th 2018, 7:21 am
Replies: 45
Views: 1,455
Posted By GarryP

Re: Optus Sport?

Looks like Optus have basically thrown in the towel.

World Cup: Optus hands over remaining group matches to SBS - FIFA World Cup - Russia 2018 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 20th 2018, 12:09 am
Replies: 1,373
Views: 57,861
Posted By GarryP

Re: Bye bye Liberal Government..... will you ever learn.

OK, we get it. You are so far right you've lost contact with reality, but for the rest of us the ABC is if anything a bit conservative and not holding the government's feet to the fire anything like...
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