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Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 618

by Shortguy881 (#49801303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
There is always an exception to a blanket statement and in this case its altruism. That being said people in those positions are usually volunteers not getting paid or are working for someplace like the pace corps. That has its own form of reward and I would never say someone doing what they love or helping others is inferior to me. Also, I know plenty of people in that boat as teachers and social workers, none of which make minimum wage.

However, I doubt the guy flipping burgers at that fast food joint is doing it for altruistic reasons. Now what is it that entitles that burger flipper to a two bedroom house in the burbs, a cell phone, internet, healthcare, gourmet food and alcohol, a retirement plan, and to top it off a chunk of my paycheck every year?

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 618

by Shortguy881 (#49801095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
There are really two arguments that can be made:

No one is entitled to anything. A fair argument can be made for this.

People who contribute more to society are entitled to a better standard of living afforded by that society than those who don't contribute.

I am ok with either of these really. The one that is harder to make an argument for is people who don't contribute to society get a better standard of living than those who work.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 618

by Shortguy881 (#49798559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
I have not met anyone making minimum wage that was not lazy. Period. When I joined the work force at 15, I didn't make minimum wage. It was a typical fast food job, but when they hired me on, I immediately told them I wanted more than the minimum and I got it (not much but it was still higher).

On the flip side, one person I know has worked at minimum wage for 5 years at 39 hours a week. 5 years! In that time she didn't look for another job, ask for a raise or ask to be full time. Any one of those simple three things would have moved her further out of poverty. I don't know what you call it, but I call it lazy.

That being said, there are people that cant work and people that cant do anything higher than menial labor (more specifically the mentally disabled). We can included safety nets for these people, but what entitles them to a life better than poverty?

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 1) 393

Interestingly, autonomous vehicles follow that same rule. They will break the speed limit when the flow of traffic is. So in theory if you go to pass a bunch of them, they would speed up to account for your disproportionate speed. Sounds like a fun experiment: can you govern a flock of autonomous cars by altering your speed? Program them to go north in the summer and crap on other cars and we have the AI equivalent of birds.

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 2) 393

All available sources for collecting data should be used to help enforce safety.

Brilliant! Lets turn the entire country into Camden NJ. Not to beat a great quote to death: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Your whole post really shows a naivety of power, corruption and human nature.

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 1) 393

Traffic authorities? As autonomous vehicles increase, traffic cops will decrease.

Besides if we let the government collect all autonomous vehicle data, we are in for some serious trouble. If they use that power to enforce something as frivolous as traffic violations then we have really f***ed ourselves over.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by Shortguy881 (#49717899) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
Racist or not, there is a valid question brought up by Chas: at what point do we end AA? Is it when we get a black president? Is it when 40% of CEO's and small business owners are minorities? Or when 50% of Ivy League enrollment is minorities? Where is the line drawn where we can say success?

Sadly, AA isn't about equality. By its very definition, it is racist. If you want races to be treated equally, you need to start dismantlement legislation that treats them differently. We've legally re-segregated races in this country. We need to get rid of programs like AA and tackle the real issues of poverty and income equality.

Even worse, because of this sentiment, I'll probably be labeled as a racist by some people on here.

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 2) 393

But imagine driving after all the idiots who ride in the fast lane, going 10 under the speed limit, swerving because they are texting, are off the road in self driving cars. It will be some time before self driving cars are mandatory. I'll relish in those years where I can drive like a mad man and all those self driving cars will part like the red sea.

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