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Comment Fried Chicken King (Score 1) 223 223

Let me know when they make a Soylent that tastes like Harold's Fried Chicken (One Bite and We Got'Cha).

Seriously, let me know.

[By the way, if you're ever in Chicago and looking for some terrific, delicious chicken or cat fish - and I mean really really good - try Harold's. Stuff is amazing. But be careful the really hot sauce is really hot. There are a bunch of Harold's around town for your late-night post Hawks/White Sox/Bulls game enjoyment.]

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 510 510

I did: The claim is bullshit because it computes meaningless numbers ["hourly wage"] for a meaningless group of people ["all workers"].

The NELP paper is misusing that number in its own analysis, by multiplying by the nominal number of work hours to arrive at an annual full time income and then reasoning about that.

Furthermore, if the number meant what the NELP paper implies it means, it completely contradicts their argument for raising the minimum wage to $15/h: if in some sense "40% of workers" already make that much money, then $15/h is a solid, middle-class income, not a sign of poverty.

If you think the number has meaning, why don't you clearly state what that meaning is.

No matter how you slice it, rationalize it and just straight-up bullshit about it, more than 40% of the people who are working are working for less than $15/hr.

then $15/h is a solid, middle-class income, not a sign of poverty.

What part of "40% of the workers make less than $15/hr" do you not get? The "less than" part is kind of important.

The current minimum wage is less than half of your "solid, middle-class income" of $15/hr. And if you add up the incomes of everyone making minimum wage in America it comes to a little more than half as much as the bonuses that get paid out to Wall Street bankers in one year. And we're talking about full-time minimum wage workers ($7.25/hr). And by "Wall Street", they don't include investment bankers in Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, etc etc. We're only talking about the swells that do their business on a few square blocks on Manhattan island. And we're not talking about their entire incomes, but just the bonuses. So they find more money in their Christmas fucking stockings than all the full-time minimum wage workers in the United States put together. And don't forget, Wall Street bankers don't produce a goddamned thing.

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 223 223

cooking my self I can manage a (I hope) tastier alternative for less,...

Sorry, but I really don't get why this is interesting at all

You answered your question in the first word of that quote. Soylent buyers don't want to cook. Many of them don't know how to cook. Few of those are interested in learning. I spoke with a man who literally gets anxiety just walking into a grocery store and seeing all these things he has no idea what to do with.

I think it's nutritionally foolish ("science" has a moderate but incomplete conception of nutrition), and I think with my stomach, but that doesn't mean there's no use case.

Comment Hindsight and lessons. (Score 1) 179 179

I don't blame Google for trying. There are too many variables to say what will work and won't. Social networking is too big of an industry to not bother making a play for. Honda started out a successful motorbike company, and successfully pushed into automobiles even though that industry was full of established players.

However, I do blame Google for forcing their services to be or act like a social networking site, where private info magically showed up elsewhere in unexpected ways. That's just desperation and/or forceful denial in play, ticking off your user base. They forgot "Don't Be Evil". Obsession made them stupid.

I hope Google goes back to what it does well: lots of specialized little services that can OPTIONALLY share info between each other as the user sees fit.

Comment Re:Talking points? (Score 1) 255 255

"Last time we had a Clinton, we shrunk the deficit down to zero and grew the middle class and the economy."
We had an internet bubble, and Clinton failed to prevent the attack on the WTC... It happened right after Bush became the president but the planning had to happen during Clinton's term.
Actually who ever replaces Obama will probably have an easy term. Oil prices are low which drives the US economy. The US could actually start exporting oil which would lower our trade deficit. China's stock market is imploding which will drive investment to the US.

Comment Re:Talking points? (Score 1) 255 255

"Will it turn out well? Hard to say, we won't really know without trying, but at some point we either try something new, or accept the current situation forever."
I have never set myself on fire but I really don't need to try it to see if it is a good idea.

Comment Re:Answering calls? (Score 1) 55 55

I have something like this with Google Voice. I can mark an incoming call as spam and block them from ever calling me again. Just like with spam e-mail filters, other people can do this too which can result in a phone call not even ringing my cell phone. And when a spammer tries calling me, they get a "This number is no longer in service" message.

Comment Tales of Customs (Score 1) 53 53

cut the cables between the two boards [of a TRS-80] and send them separately to avoid getting caught in customs.

Reminds me of the story of Richard Garriott's Sputnik 1. It's an actual spare probe prepared by the Soviets in the 1950's as a backup.

When Russia was having a hard time transitioning away from Soviet rule in the 90's, Soviet space stuff was being auctioned for ridiculously low prices.

Richard snapped up the spare Sputnik for a bargain, and disassembled it to get it past customs. His team unscrewed the metal sphere into two halves and presented them as "new-age salad bowls" to customs officials.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 258 258

The problem is not want to buy but can afford to buy. Tesla is at the high end of what I would consider the car pricing range if you leave out the super premium and exotics. As a result, many people who might preferentially buy one simply can't afford one.

Sure, but that's only an issue if the regulations specify Tesla levels of performance and efficiency. I'm suggesting the regs could be written with the most efficient ICE automobiles on the market *today* as the benchmark for what is feasible. These are by not necessarily fantastically expensive, nor are they hair-shirt city cars. The Mazda 3 is a four door sedan that seats five and has an engine that delivers 184 hp at 26 mpg city/35 highway; MSRP is 18.8K$. If you need a people mover you can get a seven passenger Mitsubishi minivan rated 25 city/31 highway for 23.2k$.

It's clear that the current state of the art in ICE makes affordable, practical cars that exceed the current average mileage technologically feasible. They're being sold now. If on the other hand you want high performance, e.g., to go 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, then you're talking big bucks and exotic technology.

What manufacturers won't be able to do is slap a tarted-up body on a primitive $26,000 truck chassis, call it an SUV, and charge $50,000 for it. I'm talking about the Silverado based Suburban. I think there's a place in the world for such vehicles, but it's insane to charge an additional 24k to slap two rows of seating in place of a pickup bed; there's plenty of headroom to charge a gas guzzler tax on that one.

Comment Re:My experience (Score 1) 179 179

Apart from the real name policy, that was my biggest complaint about Google+. I can post to Twitter, Facebook (if I used it), and other social networks using one program. Why not Google+ also? Posting to Google+ meant going to their site and opening a new post. It's adding extra work to the process. Anytime you add extra work to things you want users to do, you'll lose users. Google needed to make it as easy as possible to post to Google+ which meant third party service integration, but that conflicted with the "We want them going to Google+" mentality and so Google+ lost users.

Comment Re:"there was no acknowledgment that ..." (Score 1) 179 179

I actually liked Google+ in theory. The idea that you could assign a post to be viewable only by a certain subset of users was perfect. What kept me off was the real-name policy and the lack of third party tools. Slashdot is one of the few places I use my real name online. (This is because I set up my Slashdot account a long time ago and I didn't care who knew my real name then.) I didn't want to link my pseudonym postings with my real name for various reasons - not least of which was because I've been the victim of an online stalker whose potential for damage was limited by her not knowing my real name. However, even when Google relented and allowed pseudonyms, it was in the form of "First_Name Last_Name (Pseudonym)". That doesn't help at all! Why couldn't they let me use my pseudonym and hide my real name. Even better, why not let me assign different visible names to different groups. "Pseudonym" to the public at large, "Real Name (Pseudonym)" to close friends, "Real Name" to family, etc.

As for the third party tools, I would use one application to post to Twitter. Were I on Facebook, I could have used that tool to post to Facebook too. But to post to Google+, I would have needed to go to Google's website. The easier you make it for people to post to your social network, the more posts you will get. The harder you make it, the less posts you will get.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 510 510

And we need to keep in mind that the fundamental characteristics of these countries is not that they happen to have socialist policies, but rather that they have capitalism, rule of law, and democracy. The combination of those three pretty much guarantees that they'll have comfortable and to some degree, affordable socialist policies.

Did I just get khallow to endorse some level of socialism? Please wait a second while I skypoint for a bit...

Unfortunately for those European Socialist countries since the EU was formed, the new late-stage capitalism financial aristocracy is using disaster capitalism to create all sorts of havoc. I don't know if they're taking after us, or we're taking after them.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.