The leaf By Susan Richardson my wife was published by Sick Lit Magazine please have a read.
I have lived in Los Angeles for twenty four years, to this day I cannot understand why some lunatic decided to give pedestrians right of way over cars. I remember stopping at a corner not long after I arrived and I saw school children (teens) crossing the street in front of me. None of them actually looked at me to see if I saw them, they assumed that as they had right of way I would stop. Aside from the fact they are putting that faith in a person they have never met in a vehicle weighing three tons with brakes installed by a person they will never know.
I see people crossing at cross walks making furtive looks at the drivers as they have forced them to stop, we all know how patient drivers in Los Angeles are don’t we!
How many people are killed or injured in Los Angeles every year because they decided they had right of way! The person moving a few tons of metal at high speed disagreed with them, There will always be only one winner in this stand off and my question is why do it?
In countries where Cars have right of way people take a bit more care when crossing the street. They have cross walks that are clearly marked with traffic lights that take the choice of (who has right of way) out of the equation. Cars and people should never have to share the same space of street at the same time.
I see junctions in Beverly Hills and now in Hollywood Blvd where Pedestrians get to cross at their own time, all traffic is stopped. Brilliant idea and leads to less tress for the people crossing and for the drivers as they don’t feel like they are being forced to give way.
The law in itself has people confused as it’s designed to assign blame to both parties in the event of an accident. And I am sure there are many instances a day when a person is trying to get traffic to stop, the traffic doesn’t want to and now they are scared to walk out in front of cars to assert their rights & I don’t blame them.
To teach kids it’s ok to step out in front of traffic was dumb, and it should be changed!
Published on Foxglove journal a touching poem by my wife.
The End Of Windows 10
First I do say that Windows 10 wasn’t terrible, but it has some major issues which I will tell before I talk about Linux.
I had a clean install of Windows as my computer XPS dell notebook became a brick not too long after the free upgrade from windows 8.1. I liked it as a clean install and was content for a short while. Start times were long and with virus software it really slowed down the machine. I tried a few different virus programs to see if I could speed it up & in the end went back to windows defender. Which was fine, not that I was going anywhere to get a virus & I am careful about that kind of stuff anyway.
I held out before changing as I had purchased software for windows which wasn’t cheap and I was reluctant to give it up. But even with being careful one fateful day my computer decided to not see the optical drive, I tried various ways to sort out the issue but in the end it was going to take a reinstall of windows 10. My issue is although I forget the reason I had reinstalled windows 10 about two weeks prior & this was the last straw as the saying goes!
Well having decided I was done with windows my decision was which Distro of linux was I going to use? I have tried a couple in the past & Ubuntu struck me personally as too much work for a newbie, I wanted something that works out of the box. I decided to go with Linux Mint 18.1 Serena.
I cannot tell you how much I love this operating system, it’s familiar yet different. It starts up & shuts down faster, I don’t need virus software, and it comes with practically all the tools you need to function with a computer. I have installed some software that was open source that I liked and I was lucky that some of the software I had purchased the license was good for a linux version, which was wonderful!
As I mentioned I was concerned that I would have to discard windows software now that I was in Linux world. My worries were unfounded by a piece of software called Wine. This wonderful software allows me to install a run windows software & I didn’t even have to install a windows OS, it makes moving to linux a no-brain-er.
Okay so the major difference switching to Linux is how you install software, it is a learning curve but there are resources available to find answers. I am still very new to the terminal, but after a few weeks I am getting the hang of it a little. It does give a me a sense of accomplishment when I get it right, but it is a learning curve; it’s also the reason you don’t need virus software, which is great!
I personally will never be going back to windows on my personal computer again, it was a decision that I did anguish over, but I was so frustrated with having to fix issue practically weekly I had gone through enough frustration. If you ever find yourself questioning what operating system might be the best for you I would highly recommend checking out linux, mint might not be for you but as you can run all the different distro’s from a disk there is no excuse.
It would seem self-evident that robots and artificial intelligence will be taking a bigger place in our lives in the not too distant future. There is much discussion on how this will impact society, and how this may be addressed.
First & foremost is the question of where the money will come from, which in our present society is a relevant question. In a way it’s like giving a caveman an iPhone and expecting him to know what to do with it. Removing the idea that my identity is connected to my work and gives me value is indoctrinated in western society. So to think that people made redundant due to a robotics takeover can just be paid off is putting the issue too simply. There will be a loss of dignity, of value and a feeling of injustice.
Governments must come to terms that there will be jobs that people will no longer do, and what it will require its citizens to do instead of those jobs. Until this question is answered there will be a conflict between the working and non-working citizens.
It’s fair to say that different countries around the world have different attitudes toward government and its role in society. I am originally from Europe so I can accept government healthcare and other social benefits without crying socialism or communist, because I know that’s not what they are. Having society provide a safety net when things go wrong isn’t an alien concept even in the united states, Medicare and Medical are government safety nets, as is social security. And I am sure many Americans are pleased to be getting their benefits after paying into them their entire lives. The only difference is in Europe you don’t have to wait until your 67 years old to get some benefits.
And this difference in attitude lends itself to people in Europe being more accepting of a basic wage for all citizens. So it’s probable that countries in Europe will go down this path quite soon, as half of the jobs done by humans will be replaced by machines before 2025.
But make no mistake, this question will need to be answered in the United States as the people out of work due to machines will be a reality in the next ten years, if society doesn’t act to provide a safety net businesses will suffer and it will be much harder to change attitudes after the fact!
Which brings me to the questions this new world order bring up:
In country “A” every citizen gets a basic wage and training to do work for the community or they have the time to start a business when the machines take over jobs; so there is no feeling of desperation in paying the bills.
Country “B” hasn’t yet adopted the idea of a basic wage, so when you lose a job because it’s cheaper for machines to do the work, you are left out in the cold with very few options.
It would seem obvious that as a citizen of country “B” I would be much better off in country “A”. But will I be able to move to country “A”? How will immigration and border control be managed?
In this world where there is already such a difference in attitudes and education from one country to the next, is it correct to think that such a new paradigm will even more alienate the progressive countries from those that struggle with change. And how will this difference be addressed by government and business leaders of the world?