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Comment Small print (Score 4, Informative) 33

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9. Compensation. You will have no right to compensation in connection with the exploitation of rights you grant under this Agreement.

I'm not sure WHAT they could possibly change to rape screenwriters harder, in this, but by God if they think of something, you've already agreed to it! :D

And so another field of human endeavor is Uber-fied

Comment Re:NYC taxi system could DESTROY uber (Score 2) 210

It's different in that when Paris was attacked by terrorists, regular taxi drivers rescued victims and people in danger of being killed, and Uber shut down and was gone during the crisis.

I suppose it could've been worse, they could have hit new highs for surge pricing.

Odd how Slashdot hasn't seen fit to mention this interesting data point...

Comment Re:Fuck the unions. (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Meritocracy only works if it's not a lie. It doesn't magically happen out of nowhere, it's a consequence of a system that can cull bad actors.

Real life is not that system. In real life, bad actors, con artists and CEOs run amok exactly as much as they're allowed to.

Completely deregulate and go full retard (to use what ought to be, but isn't, a more politically correct and inoffensive term for 'free market') and you only guarantee without a shadow of a doubt that your OCRACY is the farthest possible thing from MERIT.

In the best of all possible hypothetical worlds, the best you could hope for is that merit is not actively a disadvantage: nobody's penalized for wasting time and effort getting good. In this world, that's time better spent learning to con people, or building up a social media herd of suckers to fleece, and choose wisely.

Please never all-capitalize meritocracy again. As it is a malicious lie in the absence of a serious and well-organized and administered system with coherent goals and definitions of 'merit', it doesn't deserve even one capital letter, really.

Next you'll be telling me Google, and YouTube, are meritocracy in action. Or Uber.

Comment Re:The general consensus amongst many Americans (Score 5, Insightful) 488

...and that Angels exist, and Elvis can get your wash whiter with this one weird trick.

Science is INTERESTING, chaos theory even more so, and it's easy to see the changes if you know what to look for. The increased energy in the system is already turning all of weather to a parade of freak outliers and unpredictable quirky events that occasionally spike off the charts, and that's exactly in line with the 'chaotic system' model.

I wouldn't have called the 'Earth turning to an alien planet that doesn't support life' thing in thirty years, but if you specify it's to happen in particular (unusual areas) then I'll believe that. Some areas of the planet are already close to uninhabitable and it doesn't take that much to push 'em over the brink. The thing to watch for is not places being rendered uninhabitable by weather extremes, it's more about masses of people/animals displaced because the change is a new thing that nobody's prepared for.

You can probably, right now, buy a 40-year lease on land that might as well be the Moon in 40 years. If you want a real picture of the plausibility of man-made global climate change, don't check scientists or Al Gore, consult actuaries and insurance companies. Pretty sure you'll find they're believers, because they have to actually pay for it if they choose wrong.

Comment Re:Sheesh Dice... (Score 1) 289

I found it very disconcerting that the primary Google search box, as seen on Chrome's empty page, had an advertisement under it. I automatically thought, 'whoa, this must be bad news if anybody's spent THAT MUCH MONEY to promote it'. If it's not money but influence, that's just as worrying.

I don't remember electing Google to dictate the course of society. Some of us are trying pretty hard to elect for instance Bernie to do that, which is a legitimate path to take toward that goal. Getting really chummy with Sergey Brin to have as much of an effect doesn't feel like how society should work.

Comment Re:That settles it (Score 1) 500

Thought experiment: if we did, would it become easier to start a business selling stuff to Americans?

I've been self-employed for close to a decade now, and see a good correlation between people's general state of broke-ness and whether they can spend money on MY stuff. They could increase the minimum wage to $70K and leave me OUT (as I'm an entrepreneur and earn no wage but hopefully my net profits) and I would bet you anything there is to bet, that I'd be doing better.

We're in the future, I can sell over the internet. I have ALWAYS made a significant amount of my global sales to people in 'socialist' Scandinavian countries. They have money to spend.

Comment Re:SO when you pay people... (Score 1) 500

Just a thought, but if I built (or wanted to build) lifted trucks, I absolutely extremely want you to earn 70K or more a year. You being frugal is no use to ME.

Everybody's on one side or another of this equation. There's somebody out there who'd really love to give you a luxurious existence, because their dream job is yacht-maker (or lifted truck builder).We gain nothing from you living small if your dreams would support US (and we in turn would get to dream and support who knows what).

Comment Re:In other news.... (Score 3, Insightful) 500

What's even funnier is, macroeconomics works the same way. See Mark Blyth: everyone who's done austerity has had their GDP collapse to where their debt percentage is higher than it was when they started. If you're a country, you can only spend your way to solvency by pumping money into the economy for people to do things with, and 'invest in swiss bank accounts and offshore tax havens' DO NOT COUNT for this.

People are idiots who want a very primitive sort of moral justice, but the world doesn't actually work that way. Often the world is unjust in people's favor.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long