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Comment: Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 348

by AK Marc (#48623639) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
Hosts would work today.

And I'd see "shadow DNS" as being DNS hosted by registrars and ISPs. I don't see why there'd be such a problem if the US was removed from the Internet. example.co.uk would still survive on the (presumably) UK-based nameserver of authority for that domain. Or do all the domains in the world get served from the US and only the US?

Comment: Re:Economists shconomists (Score 1) 571

by dgatwood (#48622525) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Why multiple jobs? Because they're only getting so many hours each job, because if they'd work more they'd be elegible for benefits.

This is why we need to just have a government-provided baseline health insurance system, with the ability for folks to buy insurance to supplement it, if desired.

With that said, you could go a long way towards fixing the problem by making proportional health insurance coverage mandatory for all employees regardless of hours. Working 10 hours per week? The employer has to pay 25% of your health insurance costs, as a separate line item, above and beyond your wages. The entire notion of benefits being available only if you fall above some arbitrary threshold is just plain silly, and is practically designed for abuse.

Comment: Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 348

by AK Marc (#48622505) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
Everyone selling IoT I've seen doesn't use Internet connected devices. They are all private networks, secured and firewalled off. This helps them charge for people administering the devices they've already bought.

And you are assuming real-time updates. As you note, DNS isn't today (because caching). For most cases, it would work like today. My home router doesn't know how to get to the Internet, but doesn't need to. It knows its next hop, and that hop knows the next, until someone finally knows the whole thing. It isn't me, and I don't need to know. That's how DNS works today. I don't ask the authoritative server every time. I don't want that, and they don't want that.

So why are you assuming a replacement that ignores decades of learning and does it in the worst possible manner?

Comment: Re:Good, we're not trying to create more work (Score 1) 571

by dgatwood (#48622417) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Lawrence: Well, you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he's broke, don't do shit.

This describes completely what most people would do if they had the option.

The problem is, there are two magic lines. The first magic line is the point where you no longer need money to survive. Above that point, you can goof off and not do anything, and because most people are only self-motivating in groups, unless you happen to know a bunch of other people, you're unlikely to do much. Yes, you'll work on projects, and you'll make some progress on some of them, but you'll also end up goofing off a lot. The second magic line is the point where you have enough money to ensure that a dozen other people also don't have to work to survive. When you pass that point, suddenly you're able to form groups of people to work on interesting projects. Those groups tend to be self-motivating, so you start to accomplish things.

As a result, you're right that most people would do nothing, but that's mainly because so very few people have the option of not working. Once you get a critical mass—once you have enough unemployed people in a single area who aren't panicking trying to find jobs so they can eat and have a roof over their heads, things just start happening in ways that are wildly unpredictable, and often quite useful and interesting.

If you need proof of that, just look at all the cool things people create at a typical college. That's a perfect microcosm showing what a world would be like if everyone could survive without working. In college, the majority of people either don't work or do minimal work-study jobs related to their field of study to get extra spending money. Sure, some people spend their free time partying, but others create really cool things like independent films, small businesses, Facebook....

Comment: Re:Go ahead (Score 2) 348

by AK Marc (#48622203) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
You can't manage it. I was on The Early Internet. You'd be surprised how many people advertised blocks they didn't own, and got away with it because there were so many to choose from, you'd probably not accidentally step on one in use. The locks on advertising addresses to ensure ownership and such came after. With IPv6 and no authority, we'd see people randomly use addresses, without allocation. And it would work pretty well, given the V6 address space.

Comment: Re:Good, we're not trying to create more work (Score 1) 571

by dgatwood (#48622115) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Second people who don't actually own any property -- Renters of all kinds, the cost of property taxes on the occupied property are passed on.

Yes, and that's why taxes on businesses don't work, either. They end up getting passed on as a glorified sales tax, and the people at the bottom pay all of it, while the people who own the business don't pay any of it.

The retired -- never mind retired folks that still live at home probably consume the least in terms of local public resources they stuck paying the taxes even without the income to support it.

Most sane property tax laws have limitations on valuation that kick in when you hit 65, precisely to ensure that seniors don't lose their homes.

No property taxes are pretty much bullshit. The only fair taxes are consumption based taxes.

See, that's where you lost me. Most participation in our economy is not in the form of sales, but rather the exchange of services for work, stock and bond exchanges, etc. And yes, I see that you plan to treat stocks as sales. The problem is, taxing sales regardless of whether you make or lose money causes people to hold securities longer and decreases speculation, which results in stocks having less liquidity, and basically breaks the market.

IMO, we should instead treat capital gains as ordinary income, with a small exemption sufficient to cover saving money for retirement. Because you only take the hit when you actually gain money, such a scheme is much less likely to significantly depress the stock market. Also, by making the taxation be proportional to your gains, you have the advantage of making the people who have the most money pay the most in taxes. By contrast, your scheme will lead to exactly the same sorts of abuse that we've seen with California's prop 13—businesses buy property and hold it forever, leasing it rather than selling it, to ensure that they never pay any taxes. The people with the most money end up paying the least in taxes, and the people at the bottom end up paying the most.

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