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Comment Re:No. Give the control to the users (Score 1) 256

I have had the privilege to block slashdot ads for ages.

We all have, all you have to do is install adblock plus. (Or, now, one of the better adblock plugins). A bonus using external ad blockers: it can block the ads that slashdot's "disable advertising" checkbox doesn't affect.

Comment Re:The difference between an 'event' and a 'race' (Score 1) 142

And most people don't go to gyms, so this is an irrelevant point.

People who are not active are going to be very unlikely to start biking rather than driving.

You're the one who was whining about people making assumptions without appropriate data. Unless you have data to demonstrate that most of the calories consumed by people switching to biking are going to be added consumption, you can't pretend that it's an irrelevant point.

Comment Re:The difference between an 'event' and a 'race' (Score 1) 142

Your analysis is missing a very fundamental point. The only calories that it makes sense to count are the extra calories that someone consumes as a direct result of cycling. There's no guarantee that it will be 100% of the calories used, and it could easily be zero. An obvious case -- if you bike to work instead of going to the gym, you could save a car trip with no net increase in calorie intake.

Comment Re:Your point is simple; the language is tortured. (Score 1) 1291

Okay, fine. I think we should redistribute wealth from the top to the bottom. There, I said it. I honestly wasn't aware that my comment made it unclear that I support that idea.

But I say it with two qualifications:

1) More importantly, I think we should redistribute income from the top to the bottom, and

2) I'm not proposing that we redistribute wealth equally or anything like that, a common strawman. I simply think that the system that has been rigged for at least the past three decades should be rebalanced so that, for example, CEOs are making a few dozen to a hundred times the salary of average non-management workers at a company instead of thousands of times the salary. I think that companies should be penalized for moving jobs out-of-country. I DEFINITELY think that the minimum wage needs to be raised and pegged to the cost of living so that we don't have to address the issue every few years. I think that the capital gains tax rate should be pegged to the top marginal income tax rate so that no one ever has to pay a higher tax rate because they make their money by working instead of making money from having money.

In short, I think that the harder and smarter you work, the more you should enjoy the fruits of your labor and productivity. But I think that you should reach a point of diminishing returns so that as you prosper, you're directly helping to provide others the opportunity and environment in which they can prosper also.

I've always said that I'm not jealous of those who are wealthy. If my company's CEO is making a billion dollars a year, more power to him or her. But then if they start laying off people, moving jobs overseas, freezing raises, cutting benefits, undermining worker's rights, lobbying congress to pass anti-worker legislation, etc. so that they can make just a little bit more, then we're going to have a problem.

Comment Re:The phrase 'consumer economy' seems a little si (Score 2) 1291

This is oversimplified to the point of being incorrect. Your flaw is thinking that $1 corresponds to some unit of effort. In reality, $1 corresponds to some unit of productivity, whether it's you, a robot, some technological innovation, a new business process, or whatever.

Currently when companies realize gains in productivity, all of the additional money either gets paid out to the people at the top or reinvested in the company, which essentially pays it out to the investors. The employees get little or none of it, which is why the past three decades productivity has been skyrocketing and we've experienced an average of around 3.5% growth per year, but real wages have been stagnant.

One of the premises of a UBI is to ensure that some of that 3.5% growth ends up in the hands of the people who are working longer, harder hours, taking on multiple jobs to make ends meet, and actually creating the productivity gains that companies are benefiting from but not passing down.

Comment Re:What other choice is there? (Score 1) 344

A lot of people are going to vote for her because she seems to be the only Democrat that is going to have a chance of winning...

Anyone who votes for her based on that logic is so stupid that they don't deserve to live, much less vote. Hillary being the Democrat nominee is the absolute best way of guaranteeing that we end up with a Republican president.

Comment Re:Am I the only person... (Score 1) 194

... who still thinks being able to get a wireless internet link in an aircraft doing 600mph at 35K feet is pretty fucking amazing. I can't believe people complain about the bandwidth - they should be grateful this tech exists at all.

Yeah, but the problem is that the service offered today is exactly the same as the service that was offered in 2008. There has been basically zero progress over the course of over seven years, and the price has been steadily going up for that service.

Imagine if computers had the same capabilities, the same CPU speed, the same RAM, the same form factor, the same monitor resolutions, as they did in 2008 but cost a lot more. Who would still be buying them? (Basically the same people who buy airplane wi-fi service--business customers who have to.)

Yay, monopolies!

Comment Good! (Score 5, Informative) 528

In this day and age of malware being delivered even by supposedly reputable third-party providers, using an ad blocker is just plain responsible browsing. I'm sorry that web site owners are out some revenue for it, but if you want to make money off of me, you're going to figure out some way to do it other than leaving myself open to attack from malicious users.

There are a handful of web sites that I actually support financially specifically for this reason.

Comment SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 21

But I started with an LED light just a Happy Light in the morning. I found that if I was able to drag myself out of bed, make it to my computer desk, and flip on that light, within ten to fifteen seconds itâ(TM)d be better than a cup of coffee. And now I have the ability to get that very same effect without even leaving my bed.

You know, you could have just bought a $10 timer and used it to turn on the light too...

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