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Comment: Re:Which party is scummy? (Score 1) 297

by HBI (#48411713) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

So, "journalists" get to make noise in the sphere of public opinion but are to be immune from the negative repercussions of said attention? Quite a deal for them, I say. Especially when many take money to alter the focus of their writings, or otherwise have a political axe to grind.

Your attitude is naive in the extreme.

Comment: Re:You're screwing it up devs (Score 1) 468

by HBI (#48409921) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

There is seriously no point in explaining to these nimrods that they are being (semi-)expertly fleeced by con men. Con men suitable for their dulled senses, at least. They'll either learn with time, or they won't. The fact that they are still willing to dump tons of money on games - moreover, with Kickstarter, even worse than the usual 'prerelease' scam* - indicates the foolishness beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Imagine an alternative situation where a food retailer crowdfunded "Christmas Dinner". You donate your money, and they remove the previously promised turkey and replace it with Spam on December 23. Would these same morons argue that Spam was better for you at that point? I think they would...

* Why on earth would you ever give money to a retailer or even a manufacturer for a vaporware product? Ever.

Comment: Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (Score 1) 40

by HBI (#48333407) Attached to: Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

Because multicast is complicated. You think it's easy - it is not. The professional tools for distributing multicast are not ready for prime time and the consumer hardware doesn't know how to deal with it at all. It's not as simple as sparse mode vs dense mode, even. Try doing multicast with multiple links not run by the same provider, for instance.

Comment: Re:medieval (Score 1) 495

by HBI (#48267151) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

You are missing the point. Attacking "denialism" doesn't advance the cause even a bit. Most of us have come to the conclusion that something is happening with climate. The thing is, no one is willing to take on a vow of poverty to stop an ambiguous threat that we can't even quantify is amenable to being stopped by humans.

An asteroid can hit us tomorrow and despite all of our grandiose schemes, my feeling is that we won't be able to get our shit together to do anything about it when the time comes. Ditto climate. It's just not worth crippling economies for decades, perhaps centuries, to try to affect the problem. Idealists can drone on about the need for immediate action, but it'll never get traction as soon as it hits pocketbooks, employment and food supplies.

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 1) 720

by HBI (#48223015) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Markets are the most efficient way to find the value of anything. Setting an artificially high value for labor harms those seeking jobs, minimizing the number that become available. The government is a blunt instrument and cannot possibly adjust the value appropriately.

  Moreover, those who want to raise the minimum wage, like you, are looking toward the forlorn hope of a "living wage" being the actual minimum value of labor. It is not, and never will be equivalent. Minimum wage means minimum requirements - educational, responsibility and social requirements all bound into one. If you are making minimum wage that means that you aren't expected to have any distinguishing characteristic. If your level of ambition and accomplishment is to be entirely undistinguished and achieve nothing more than the absolute minimum, then living in poverty is what you deserve, since you aren't interested in doing better than that. In this way, we encourage effort on the part of all that are capable of same.

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