Only the people who see nothing wrong with such monitoring would be doing the job.
Just tax a small bit of the wealth flowing through the country and give people part-time jobs fixing potholes or whatever.
Why the make-work? Just go with basic income where everybody gets a check that's enough for food, shelter and other necessities, with no means testing or anything. If you want a bigger house or flashier car or a lawn greener than the neighbors', then you can go out and get a job (profit motive) to supplement your income beyond this. But you still take the "or die" factor out of employment.
The content of interest here starts on page 22.
It'd be nice if TFA actually included a link. Or even cited the fucking source of the graphics they lifted.
But then its harder for a bar to find staff
Not in this economy.
I think you're missing several points here.
First off, the most environmentally sound solution would be for these tech workers to live in the suburbs to begin with. The jobs themselves are in the suburbs, and the workers are commuting from the city to the suburbs simply because it's hip and trendy to (be able to afford to) live in San Francisco proper.
Worse yet, this ends up putting more cars on the road, not fewer, because the people who do work in the city can't afford to live there. They are the ones who have to commute from the suburbs to the city. The clerk at the trendy organic grocery store or the bartender at the hipster bar, the stuff that gives "living in the city" its pricey allure, are faced with impossible rents or stiff commutes, and you can be sure as hell it's not their employers paying for a private coach to collect them from the sticks.
OP said Bitcoin lost a third of its value this week, i.e. the exchange rate went up 50%. The numbers you link to show the Zimbabwean dollar typically took an entire month to drop that much.
The price initially plummeted, but has already stabilized at 2/3rds its previous stable value.
Thereby making the Zimbabwean dollar look stable in comparison.
I'm not sure how they calculate their liabilities are only $60m either, if they own depositors $700m worth of BTC. Maybe they are hoping that their own collapse will devalue the currency so much their liabilities will fall that far.
Creditors owed in Japanese Yen will only accept payment in Japanese Yen. Debts owed in Bitcoin will probably be cloaked by an SEP field as far as Japanese financial and bankruptcy law is concerned.
A small percentage of the people who lost money at MtGox will learn from this and be more careful and picky as to where they place their money in the future.
Yeah: they'll keep their money in Yankee dollars instead.
It'll be interesting to see if the courts will restructure debts when the debts aren't delineated in "real money."
Building your cryptocurrency to be outside the regime of banking regulations may mean you can't seek the shelter of those same regulations when you get into trouble.
some geeks at a tech conference
They're called "enablers."
The ocean is a harsh environment and ships work hard and maintenance and upkeep is a constant chore day in and day out both in port and while underway.
Except the number of people needed to perform that upkeep has been on a marked downward trend for decades. As it is it only takes about two dozen people, at most, to crew a quarter-million tons of ship for weeks at a time.
It's that big a leap of the imagination for that number to finally reach zero.
In the above book, a Martian space elevator fails (more specifically, is induced to fail by the deliberate application of high explosives.) The result is highly destructive. The Martian equator is no longer an imaginary line, but rather a prominent physical feature.
There are plenty of scientists out there who poach free online data sets and mine them for additional findings.
And this is a good thing, despite your word "poach". Analyses which would not have occurred to the original experimenters get done, and we get more science for our money. For many big data projects (e.g. the human genome project, astronomical sky surveys), giving 'poaching' opportunities is the primary purpose of the project.
A former boss of mine once, when reviewing a paper, sent a response which was something like this:
"This paper should absolutely be published. The analysis is completely wrong, but it is a wonderful data set, and somebody will quickly publish a correct analysis once the data is available."
Now I need to stop wasting time on
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