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Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 770

by laie_techie (#47503037) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Until the country is filled with a larger proportion of people with consciences and sanity installed in their hearts and minds than it is filled with self-serving individuals who, for some mysterious reason, *want* and *enjoy* the thought of others suffering, then we will live in a miserable place which punishes people.

I obviously make more than minimum wage (I think that's true of most, if not all /.ers), but am still in the middle class. The proposals raise the minimum wage without addressing those earning more. My buying power goes down for every dollar per hour more that minimum wage increases, unless my salary also increases. I don't want or enjoy other people suffering, but I must first meet my own needs (and I do mean needs and not wants).

Maybe we should get contracts where are salaries are X times minimum wage (or cost of living) instead of a strict Y dollars.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 770

by laie_techie (#47502843) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

But the point of the article is that the argument that 'raising the minimum wage will kill jobs' has been disproved.

The article cites data which shows that locally raising taxes doesn't destroy local jobs. The people who argue that higher wages means a loss in employment (or higher cost of living) rely on it happening universally. The locals earning a higher wage can purchase goods produced in an area with a lower wage, thus costs to individuals and companies haven't increased. If all states raised the minimum, there wouldn't be any domestic low-wage alternatives; people and companies would have to pay more or import from other countries.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (Score 1) 1330

by laie_techie (#47360111) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

The way to prevent their resources being used for things they disagree with is to lobby for political change, just like any other individual.

Hobby Lobby's owners find it religiously objectionable to provide health care to its female employees that includes birth control. However, they apparently have no religious objections to investing 401K money in companies that make birth control. Making money off birth control = religiously fine. Providing access to birth control = sinful and must be stopped!

Does Hobby Lobby choose which stocks are included in their 401k, or do they outsource to a financial institution?

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by laie_techie (#47360005) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Go get all the abortions you want, but private businesses have the option to not pay for it.

Funny, that's been my stance my entire adult life. My sect is fine with contraceptives, but sees most abortions as sinful (obvious exceptions exist, such as terminating a pregnancy caused by rape). I share this view, but recognize that others may disagree. Just don't make me pay for it.

Comment: Re:So much for that idea... (Score 1) 404

by laie_techie (#47314605) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

If you have a parking space for renting there, I'm pretty sure that would be illegal. Same if they decided to rent your bedroom to a tourist as a B&B. Your rental agreement provided you with your place (I'm guessing an apartment) and a parking spot. The landlord is not able to then legally rent out to someone else what you are already renting. ianal, but damn, there are some things that are pretty bloody obvious and well documented to even the public.

We didn't have assigned stalls in the parking lot (indeed, the stalls weren't even numbered). In non-game days it was first-come first-served. Each resident was allowed to register a single vehicle with the office. Temporary passes were available for visitors, and parking stickers were only enforced after hours or on game day.

Comment: Re:Of course it depends... (Score 1) 163

by laie_techie (#47305963) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...

It depends on the total travel time, time zone difference, and whether going east or west. I have almost no problems traveling between Utah and Hawaii (3 or 4 hour difference), but it took the better part of a week to adjust when flying from Sao Paulo to Honolulu (more than 28 hours traveling, 8 hours time zone difference). It took three days getting used to Sao Paulo when I flew there from Utah the first time (20 hours travel; 5 hour time zone difference), but only one day the second time (3 hour time zone difference).

Comment: Re:So all of South America belongs to America, rig (Score 1) 192

by laie_techie (#47297849) Attached to: China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Not to weigh in on the south china sea thing. But we have been the "United States OF America" since we were founded.

I have my own theory about the naming of "United States of America": the US of that time wanted to eventually take over the whole continent of America, so the name "United States of America" made complete sense at that point. For one reason or another, they stopped at the border with the current Mexico, after taking over Texas and California. I know this sounds overly ambitious now, but it was a different world back then.

Please read up on Manifest Destiny before making such a claim. This idea of expansionism didn't really take off until the 19th century.

Comment: Re:Emoji? (Score 1) 108

by laie_techie (#47255101) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

Great, Unicode is already a fragmented mess, and now the standards organization justifies its existence by adding characters that do not exist.

An earlier poster asked why anyone thinks Unicode is fragmented. The answer in one word: fonts. Different fonts support different subsets of Unicode, because the whole thing is just too big. If you expect your font to mostly be used in Europe, you are unlikely to bother with Asian characters. if you have an Asian font, it probably has only English characters, not the rest of Europe. huge. If you have a font with complete mathematical symbols, it will include the Greek alphabet, but actual language support is a crapshoot.

You are correct in the reason that most fonts only contain a subset of Unicode code points. There are thousands of code points. Most documents will only use a small subset. Why should I have to have all those Chinese or Arabic characters when I only write in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hawaiian? People who read and write Hawaiian have fonts which support the Hawaiian letters `okina and kahako. Chinese have fonts which support the Chinese glyphs.

As for language support, that isn't a font's problem. It's up to the writer to know how to intelligently combine glyphs into words, and words into coherent thoughts.

Comment: Re:Latin unification too (Score 1) 108

by laie_techie (#47254957) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

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Even in HTML you only get to set one language for the entire document. Good luck writing a page in Chinese about learning Japanese. The ones I have seen tend to use GIFs to represent the characters that Unicode can't differentiate, but that means you can't copy/paste them and the fonts don't match.

Most elements in HTML accept the lang attribute. Please refer to the W3C

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by laie_techie (#47205225) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

First, that the "natural language" requirement was gamed. It deliberately simulated someone for whom English is not their first language, in order to cover its inability to actually hold a good English conversation. Fail.

That just shows the need of Turing tests in other languages. Intelligence isn't bound to a single language. I speak intelligently in English, but am only conversant in Portuguese, and would have the language skills of a 13-year-old in Spanish. I may pick up words in French or Italian, but I couldn't answer any better than a "I don't speak ___" answer. The bot claimed to be from Ukraine, so why not hold the test in Russian or Ukrainian? Make a new requirement that participants must indicate a natural language enough in advance as to find judges competent in that tongue.

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by laie_techie (#47205135) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

The point of the Turing test is that questions such as "what number rhymes with LIVE" or "in which city did the twin towers stand" are hard for a computer to understand and answer but easy for most humans. Good judges can easily invent hundreds of questions that no current AI (with perhaps the exception of Watson) could answer. What this bot did is answer all those questions with "I'm a 13 year old boy and don't speak English very well, so I don't know the answer to ". That's not a pass, that's a cop-out.

Perhaps they should have Turing Tests in different languages? The human or bot must indicate a test language before hand so that judges well-versed in that language can be assembled. I probably couldn't do any better if I was given a Turing Test in French. Having a judge familiar with a particular region would also make it harder for a bot to pass (Can you imagine trying to get an emotional rise out of a Brazilian-based bot on the topic of futebol?).

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