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Comment: Re:This has nothing to do with sexism (Score 0) 639

by Tom (#47513701) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

The difference here as usual is that women expect to be treated differently. They don't think that's what they want but it is actually what they want.

The real truth is something that most men have trouble understanding: That women, like lawyers, have no problem at all holding two mutually exclusive opinions at the same time. They want to be skinny and make a diet and they want to eat that cake. To many women, there's no conflict in that.

And when it comes to equal rights and stuff, they want to be equal, but treated specially, and they don't notice that these two things cannot co-exist. You can be my equal or you can be my princess, but you cannot be both.

I'll hold the same position here for the same reasons. If the girls want to be treated like girls then that's fine. If they want to be treated like men, that's fine. But stop trying to eat your man cake and have your girl perks too. Its either/or.


Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 770

by Tom (#47506291) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

unions pushed for this legislature,

Anyone can push for anything in our society. If you hate Free Speech as well, just come out and say it. Also, unions are not deep sea monsters, they are groups of people, so claiming that people didn't, but unions did is just more handwaving.

The democracy is broken specifically because it allows large organisations to destroy individual rights of people that are not organised that way,

I'm not a big fan of our current political system. But you're a lunatic. Individual people have the right to form these organisations and have them push for legislation. It's how the system works. It's actually a pretty great part of the system, because through unions and other organisations, groups of individually weak people can accumulate enough voice to actually be heard.

Unions destroyed competition in the job market.

Yes, that's their job. It's because total competition is good for the bottom line, and bad for absolutely everything else, including society, freedom, health. Read a history book about when and why unions formed. You want to go back to the times before that, when people worked 16 hour shifts and serious health issues or death were regular results of your work conditions?

as many other horrific things that were pushed through during the FDR

This is the first time ever I've heard anyone call the New Deal "horrific". You do realize that even the hardcore Keynesians who argued strongly against it at first later on agreed that it was a success, yes?

which is what destroys the economy when the majority (employees) are pitted against a minority (employers).

You could've said that earlier, it would've saved me a lot of time if you had admitted that you are completely delusional and honestly believe that in the employee/employer relationship, the employers are the weaker party. Now I understand why you're afraid of majorities dominating minorities - you are a member of a very, very tiny minority with that POV that the real world refutes every minute of every day.

- I am not part of the majority on anything, when you find yourself to be 'part of the majority' that is the time to reform yourself. Majority rule is 2 wolves and a sheep voting for what is for dinner.

And your advise to the wolves one sentence before that is to become sheep. Priceless. :-)

- the facts are in, I am an employer

anecdotal evidence isn't, and a single data point is meaningless in any and all statistics.

including the fakes with the PhD behind their names, the likes of Krugman, who only proves that illiterate fools can too get Nobel prizes

Sorry, can't answer, I'm laughing too hard.

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 770

by Tom (#47501219) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

First of all this wasn't "society",

hogwash. It's a law. Laws are passed by elected representatives, which is the form that we, as society, have agreed upon. Saying "this wasn't society" is the same handwaving as saying "it wasn't me who pulled the trigger, officer, it was my finger".

Minimum wage is a vestigal expression of racism in the US.

Which is why it exists in a hundred other countries who don't have the US racism, yes? Try again, maybe with an argument that survives for three seconds.

Secondly there are plenty of people that [...]

If you don't like democracy, how about you say it outright? If you have a couple million people, then no matter what you will always find "plenty of people" who disagree. You could pass a law that says the sky is blue and you'd find people who dislike it. That doesn't prove a thing and it's not an argument. We live in a society that has agreed that majority decides which way we go. If you don't like it, at least say you hate democracy. But I'm pretty sure you don't - you only hate it when you're not part of the majority, right?

The minimum does not apply to various categories of people, for example the mentally retarded (medical term).

Yes, but in that case there is an objective, rational reason for it. That's quite a different category from "I and some other people don't like it".

economically horrid idea

You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts. Unless you have actual evidence of economic damage, you're spreading lies here.

and the likes of you are so economically illeterate,

Maybe you shouldn't throw cheap ad-hominem attacks on people whose educational background and profession you don't know. There's a real danger it'll make you look like a complete idiot later in the discussion. ;-)

Comment: Re:bad design (Score 1) 100

by Tom (#47501131) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

We can agree that X units of currency will pay for a shovel, Y units for a cow, and Z units per hour for weeding the garden.

That's true.

The drawing, and more importantly, who made it, has value; but that puts us back to "how many Garfield sketches does a cow cost?

It depends. What you basically end up with here is custom fiat money. It's the digital version of IOWs. It is worth what I say it is worth multiplied by your trust in me actually holding up my bargain. It's interesting, but we agree that it goes too far on the customizability end.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 770

by Tom (#47498779) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

The idea that people will move is just a scare story that the rich use to try and maintain the ability to pay less in taxes or employers use to justify being able to pay as little in wages as possible.

Basically: Most of the rich really like having their money in some tax heaven, but they don't want to live there.

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 770

by Tom (#47498771) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Minimum wage is actually minimum ability.

No, it is not. You are complaining that people who are "worth" less than X cannot be differentiated out. But that, exactly, is the point. Society says that below X, we do not want to differentiate anymore, because the cost to society for doing it is higher than the benefit. We should probably do the same at the other end of the spectrum, but that's a different discussion.

but it can prevent people with abilities that are below minimum wage from finding jobs.

It works the other way around. If your business needs the job done, it will pay minimum wage. Your decision is not between different people, your decision is whether or not this job is worth hiring someone for at all.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 770

by Tom (#47498747) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Now, after the neoliberal Hartz "reforms", the unemployment rate has decreased,

Not really. Lots of people are stuffed into projects, short-term contracts that pay next to nothing, or encouraged to start their own business even though they know nothing about business and will certainly fail - all so they drop out of the statistics.

There's a huge amount of actually unemployed people who don't count, but the exact number is everyones guess.

Give us back protectionism, big state-owned companies, the welfare state and "socialism", please. We don't like this alleged new "freedom" (of the rich from the poor).

In everything, there is good and bad. While the past 20 years are largely bad, there are some good things I'd like to keep. For example, privatization is a huge failure at massive costs in most industries, but in telecommunications it worked pretty well and gave us DSL and three mobile networks to choose from. (though I agree right now half of the telcos have become scumbags after realizing their own price wars have driven them to the brink of not being profitable anymore).

Comment: Re:advertisement doesn't work (Score 1) 383

by Tom (#47496377) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Most of the time when advertisers do a campaign, they study the effects to see what it did to sales.

Of course, but it's far from scientific. As I said: Controlled tests are difficult. You know that you did your campaign in this week and these are the sales figures for the week, and the weeks before and the weeks after.

But firstly there could be other effects and secondly it's very hard to establish what worked and why. That's why many companies these days simply run image campaigns - they're not promoting a product, they're just pushing a brand name into your brain.

Comment: Re:advertisement doesn't work (Score 1) 383

by Tom (#47492899) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Yes, for the people making and selling it.

For the other 50%, if you follow studies and publications, the exact effect is unclear. Yes, we know that advertisement in general does have an effect, but it is very hard to quantify it and controlled tests are difficult.

I could go into details, but what for? We're talking about ads as pollution here, and if half of what you put out into the environment has no effect except making the place dirty, then that is pollution, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 1) 288

by Tom (#47491487) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax


That's why they power a million homes, yes? It's all an illusion, or all those people just pretend that they have light and warm water. I'll tell a friend of mine, she works in the industry, and runs the numbers on wind power generators for a living.

Wind power generators work fucking well. In fact, they cover about 9% of Germanys energy use. Oh wow, 8 GW of new installed coal power plants, that's your argument? You argue with 8 GW as proof that 35 GW of installed wind power capacity somehow "don't work" and nobody has ever noticed?

Germany has been a NET IMPORTER of energy.

Of energy, yes - because phrased that way, oil also counts and we don't have much of it. But of electrical energy, which this is all about, nope.

For example, we just broke records:

Germany has so much electrical energy generation, that most days of the year, a considerable part of our power plants are shut down because the grid can't handle it.

Here's an article in german that explains most of your non-questions:

Comment: advertisement doesn't work (Score 3, Interesting) 383

by Tom (#47491127) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

...except, of course, for the ad companies selling it to companies who try to get sales. I'm not in marketing, but I got some insider information from people who are, and they all say that about 50% of all the money put into advertisement has basically the same effect on sales as burning it would have. The only reason it is wasted this way is that a) many customers don't know it and - more importantly - b) they don't know which 50%.

But, as in so many things, when something stops being effective, the first answer to the problem is to do more of it. The enemy has built bunkers against our bombs? Drop more bombs! The virus is becoming immune to our medicine? Raise the dosage. People have begun to ignore or block advertisement? Throw more ads their way.

Yes, it is pollution, the term is spot on.

Comment: bad design (Score 3, Insightful) 100

by Tom (#47489839) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

A quick scan of TFA is enough to convince me this is fundamentally flawed. Case in point: He doesn't even bother to prevent double-spending, instead relying on an ill-defined concept of "people will notice and devalue you", which is basically handwaving. And that for a problem that's been solved 20 times over.

The idea is cute, but I wouldn't trust his implementation one inch.

Comment: Convergent and Recurrent Evolution shows this (Score 1) 63

by deathcloset (#47483385) Attached to: The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting
I think that convergent evolution would be a very high-level example of how the results of selection can be predictable and are in fact repeated, even if the actual underlying mechanisms and specific genes involved in the convergent adaption in different species differ, the results are the same. Recurrent evolution also seems to support the "non-random" or "predictable" nature of evolution. In other words, if you put a square organism in a round environment, we know that its successful decedents will have rounded edges.

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann