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Comment Re:It's a start (Score 1) 250

you've given them a penalty for having kids

Nonsense. I've subsidised their lifestyle choice and the market has accurately rewarded their work based on their experience and hours.

Women can choose not to take time off to have children. I know some that have made that choice. I have no issue with others that prefer a different life, as long as they accept that there are trade-offs involved.

A thought experiment - take a married couple, put them in the same job. If they wish to have kids, the woman will suffer at least some lost time. You can argue that the man should take some of the hit on parental leave, but that doesn't change the fact that regardless of both the man and woman choosing to have a kid, only the woman is guaranteed to take a penalty to her "hours" and "experience".

This may be a cultural difference, though - Canada provides paid parental leave, so the perception may be different here. Or maybe when men take leave (I took three and a half months the year my kid was born) it doesn't get counted as a gap in hours or experience. At least, there's never been an instance where it's come up.

Comment Re:It's a start (Score 1) 250

The problem is that they're not. Women get paid on average the same as men, once you factor in experience, hours worked and contribution.

OK, I'll bite. Experience and hours worked I will accept with the caveat that you've given them a penalty for having kids. But exactly how does one measure "contribution" in a meaningful fashion?

Comment Re:Not AI (Score 1) 149

That's because most AI researchers are quite happy to call anything involving a machine doing something "artificial intelligence" even if it's just the speaking clock.

That's because most researchers have to deal with undergraduates, so they've had to relax their definition of "intelligence".

Comment Re:Has the systemd problem been addressed? (Score 1) 147

I'm no Linux expert myself (my hotrodding days are behind me; I just need stuff to *work*, please and thank-you), and I can't say I have particularly strong opinion of systemd yet, beyond wondering what the benefit is. And I mean that in the simple sense of - OK, we're breaking some of the old cardinal rules of *nix (multiple small programs that each do one thing well, use plain text because then everything can talk to everything else), so what are we getting in trade for it?

My problems with Linux boxes over the years have almost never been boot-related (OK, the one time when I didn't realize that *nix "are you sure" prompts are waay more serious than the Windows versions), so I likely will never have a particular problem with it. But in the same way I don't jump to buy the newest thing, I'm not sure why we're all jumping here. What does it get us that the old way didn't?

Comment Re:Government should not pick winners and losers. (Score 1) 298

Well, unless you're "the government or a public body", then you'd be correct - you're not a subsidy.

But assuming that you are the gov'mint here, there isn't really a difference between you paying for $10K worth of cars from Don's Dealership, and you giving Don 10K upfront. You've still given Don 10K, and presumably I got a slightly cheaper car. (To answer what I expect to be the obvious rebuttal - that paying for part of the car reduces the price - you only need to look at private universities for examples where the cost mysteriously rises by roughly the amount of the subsidy. There's no guarantee either way, barring regulations, of making sure that the subsidy money isn't ending up in Don's pocket rather than indirectly going into ours. Even if you give me the money directly, if it's a known that buying a car gives me an $X subsidy, that's incentive for you to raise your prices to capture part of that 'free' money.

Comment Re:You've made your point...now shut it down. (Score 1) 127

And realistically, Shodan is offering a more useful service for free - showing people that their webcam is broadcasting to the entire world.

The fact that the "solution" is "hey, block this one provider" and not "holy crap, unplug that thing NOW and get one that isn't broadcasting our cash register to anyone with half a brain.

I suspect this will get fixed when someone gets hurt or robbed, and decides to take it out on the manufacturer. (I'm guessing there's a (media) case to be made in "hey, the webcam you sold me isn't secure, so the crooks watched my register to pick the perfect time to rob us")

Comment Re:Government should not pick winners and losers. (Score 1) 298

He is pointing out that the paper is intentionally misleading in how it uses the term subsidy.

No, I think it has it right. A subsidy is "a sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business so that the price of a commodity or service may remain low or competitive". Any time the government cuts them a break (whether by just handing them the money, or choosing not to tax them at the regular rate, or choosing not to apply regulations to them.. that's all subsidies.

And I'm not horribly opposed to the concept (the power grid is kind of necessary, after all). But those dollars should be accounted for and compared to their profits. In particular, if a companie's profits > their subsidies, some questions should be asked.

Comment Re:Why retail? (Score 1) 298

Why should you be paid retail for generation? That totally ignores the part the grid takes in handling your energy...

Because that's what the going rate for electricity is?

I can see the argument for it being cheaper than retail (to account for power grid and such), but at wholesale you're effectively just another generator for the electric company (who will pocket the margin for themselves for no additional work).

The upside is that I can see the power companies suddenly becoming *very* enthusiastic about private solar if it becomes "free" power that they can charge someone else mark-up on.

Comment Re:Where Was Leonard During All This? (Score 1) 139

Here I am! Or at least, I have no idea what they're talking about.WoTC bought TSR and keep D&D alive basically as a pet project because they love the game. It certainly doesn't make enough money to keep their Hasbro masters happy, but they are allowed to have such pet projects as long as Magic does bring in the money.

While I would agree that Hasbro and WotC don't expect D&D to contribute much to the bottom line (although I suspect it does better than we might think), I imagine the current value in the property is the IP. The ability to have in your legal filing cabinet a bunch of prior art from the 70s goes a long way to keeping competitors out of your stuff.

Comment Re: Trump just says stuff (Score 1) 875

According to Polifact, Trump's four bankruptcies were all chapter 11s (restructuring to prevent liquidation). What caught my eye is the manner in which the bankruptcies were cleared - in three of the four, his personal hit was simply loss of shares in that company (he had to sell a yacht and airline as part of the '91 Trump Taj Mahal deal).

To my mind, that's *awfully* close to walking away scott-free - giving up shares in a failing business isn't really losing money IMO. And in some of the deals he was still left in charge or received licensing fees for use of his name afterwards. So, I think Trump is right in that it was a smart move... for him. He starts up these businesses, and if it makes money he owns a majority and cashes in. The four times it bombed out, he seems to be largely able to walk away and let someone else clean up the mess.

Makes him a smart businessman, but that's not exactly a skillset I'd like to see in a political leader.

Comment Hmm... (Score 1) 532

"The license plate's identifiers are ignored most of the time by law enforcement."

Well, except when you automatically photograph them and store in a big ol' database till you need it.

If the US wants to force it's citizens to take an Internet Driving Test, fill their boots. But I wonder how they think they have jurisdiction to force the rest of the world.

Comment Makes sense (Score 1) 412

Rents in those areas are hilariously high, and they don't need space for more than the 4 S anyway (sleep, shit, shave, and shower). So you can get the space you need, save money on rent without having to spend the money on commutes. The social side is just basic condo perks.

Now, here's hoping they don't skimp on the soundproofing...

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