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Comment Re:Highest Profit (Score 1) 642

Agreed. I did amateur eskrima when I was a kid. I used to practice with a cut broom handle because it was heavier than the rattan we used. One of my friends picked up one of my sticks as a joke and rapped a guy on the back of his hand which was resting on an arm of a couch with what he thought was a light flick of his wrist. It broke 2 of his fingers.

That's someone with zero training who was absolutely mortified when he found out how much damage he did with what he thought was a harmless prank. Imagine what happens when you get someone who knows how to use it properly.

Comment The bigger problem (Score 1) 532

People begin to use the charging stations as their personal parking spaces. Instead of charging their vehicle and moving to a regular parking space, they park there all day long. Around here I know a few people who live very close by to a charge station, and do exactly this when they go to work. Nobody else can use the spots because they're always occupied.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 538

I think the oxygen analogy is bad because it's a renewable resource that we literally will never run out of unless we manage to destroy all the natural mechanisms in place for producing it. The fact that there is a finite amount at any given point in time is irrelevant. As long as it is perpetually produced faster than we consume it, it's infinite.

Comment Re:relative wealth (Score 3, Insightful) 538

"Post scarcity means that you have the basic needs of life met with no work requirement. We are quickly approaching the ability in the western world to provide that."

No, we really aren't. If anything, basic necessities in the western world are getting more expensive. Just because we have a lot of things doesn't mean people will start giving them away for free.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 538

Exactly this. As long as value is placed on anything, it can be bartered. Even if you eliminate the problem of resources, the knowledge of the individual is finite and it becomes the new scarce resource. I may know how to make unique sculptures, but you know how to fix my broken replicator. Services will continue to have value unless we hit a point where resources are infinite, and automation is so good that we don't have to even get out of bed in the morning because our robot slaves did everything for us already.

You've been Berkeley'ed!