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Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by Jeremi (#48227025) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Yes and we could also elect a dictator who would set price controls and order stores to sell certain items. It worked great in Venezuela.

I didn't suggest government mandates of anything; I was just commenting on the fact that when companies set their budgets, they consider employees' wages to be optional, but the other categories I mentioned are always considered untouchable.


Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic 185

Posted by Soulskill
from the doing-the-wrong-thing-badly dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits. "Any website can easily track a user, regardless of cookie blocking and other privacy protections. No relationship with Verizon is required. ...while Verizon offers privacy settings, they don’t prevent sending the X-UIDH header. All they do, seemingly, is prevent Verizon from selling information about a user." Just like they said they would.

Comment: Re:Here's one reason (Score 2) 497

by Overzeetop (#48225265) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

It's a correlation/causation problem, though. Most engineers are in the top 10% of compensated workers in this country and are of the delusion that since they work hard and get paid well than anyone can work hard and get paid well. They also tend to be predominantly male and white. They also, generally, come from higher socieoeconomic backgrounds. That doesn't necessarily make them right of center, but those tend to be the demographics of the right side of the aisle, regardless of their "logic" or "critical thinking" ability.

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 1) 658

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.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by Jeremi (#48221727) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Wages won't pay for themselves - those increases WILL be passed on to consumers.

... or the increases could be taken out of corporate profits, shareholder payouts, CEO compensation, etc.

It's not clear to me why these alternatives are never considered. (Actually, it is pretty clear -- because the people in power like money and would rather keep more of it for themselves)

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 1) 658

by Jeremi (#48221551) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Sadly, the likely outcome is drop in the quality of life for everyone involved.

Well, not everyone involved... the owners of the super-productive job-automation hardware will likely see improved profits because they've cut their costs.

I do suspect that sooner or later they will be forced to start sharing some of those profits with the rest of the population, though, one way or another. A scenario where 90% of the population is starving while the other 10% is rolling in money is not a politically stable one.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

For example, FedEx and UPS could not handle the volumes of packages that each handles per day without automation.

OTOH, FedEx and UPS don't look like the sort of places where you'd want to eat.

McDonalds took a 30% hit in earnings. It didn't help that they were passing out pamphlets to employees on how to apply for food stamps. I had a friend who took her kids there all the time, but even she was revolted when she heard that and they never went there again.

Comment: Re:In bankruptcy, information is an asset (Score 1) 165

by Overzeetop (#48221479) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

Data is not copyrightable. Your posts extolling the virtues of free living and your treatise on the need for end to end encryption in email would be completely safe from sale, but your height, weight, dog's name, friend list, favorite meal, phone number and the fact that you spoke often of your hemorrhoids is all just data about you which is non-copyrightable.

The ability to even write a licence where you retain your data and still give them permission to transmit it to a third party (the entire reason for a site with more than a single user) without potentially opening them to liability in the case of a disgruntled user would have to be a masterpiece of lawyering.

Comment: Machines cost less (Score 1) 658

The simple fact is that humans are expensive. Even the cheapest human is going to cost you $20-25,000* a year, and you'll need 3-4 humans to provide a single labor slot for full time service in a business which is staffed 5a-9p 7 days a week. Account for downtime, scheduling, and turnover, plus the continuing reduction in cost for complex robotic or electronic replacements, and you'd be a fool to think humans have any chance at competing for these jobs.

This is the 10 hour a week that computers and robots promised us in the 70s. Except that it's not a 10 hour week, but rather a 40 hour week with only one in four people working, because it makes no sense to hire four people part time when you can get one to do the job.

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