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Comment Win 10 (Score 0) 180

is fine with 4. I put another 2 gigs in after the upgrade and didn't notice any difference. When Vista hit it was barely functional with 6. Win 7 fixed that so it worked with 4 again. Hell, I've got an old AthlonX2 5600 I play Streetfighter IV on that's only got 3. Basically, there's not a lot of demand.

Comment No (Score 3, Interesting) 143

Because what good is being rich if there aren't plenty of poor for you to enjoy. Hell, look at the Scandinavian countries, they're doing public service announcements begging their population to breed. They've tried everything except paying people enough to raise a family on comfort...

Comment Bullying (Score 3, Interesting) 446

And shortsightedness of youth. It's hard to see past your immediate problems. You not only see no future for yourself but you also can't see our comprehend the socio-economic causes for your misery. Only the most obvious ones are apparent to most folks, and that leaves the bullies. People love picking on nerds. Even teachers do it. We didn't stop bullies until the nerds started packing heat...

Comment As I think has already been pointed out (Score 1) 218

Taxis are a quasi public service in most regions. The gov't requires taxi drivers to take fares that are virtually impossible to do profitably. Either the fare is so expensive that no rider could afford to pay (Think $300 to get home) or there are no drivers because there's so few fares at that time that the fares don't cover operating costs. You could argue that this is the way it should be, but only if you ignore that reality you like so much. How many of these late night fares are from folks that would otherwise be driving drunk?

The other bit of reality that Uber likes to ignore again rests on the quasi public nature of our civilization. Specifically we base the quality of life on several job perks Uber is actively trying to get out of (Minimum Wage, Health Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, Taxes to pay for social services, Business and Drivers Insurance, etc, etc).

Basically, Uber is only profitable when they externalize their costs, similar to what Walmart is doing by paying their employees so little they qualify for food stamps and local gov't's free healthcare. We could tax Uber to make up for this, but it's almost impossible with all the tax shelters unless we're willing to start making direct attacks on our Ruling Class (good luck with that).

Uber will go one of two ways: Either the whole house of cards will fall when people decide they have to uphold their end of the social bargain or an entire generation of workers will be driven into abject poverty by the race to the bottom.

Comment Because lawsuits aren't for justice (Score 1) 134

they're to put money in a lawyers pocket and a $5 off your next phone coupon in yours. It'd probably be too hard to sue over something like this. It's too hard for a jury of 50 somethings (who are the only folks that could take 6 months off for the trial) to understand. How's that joke go? 10 people too dumb to get out of jury duty...

Comment Um.. have you actually _read_ anything (Score 1) 177

written by Marx. The only thing he gave a shit about was who owned the means of production. You can still own crap. It's OK. Nobody's coming for your BMW. They're after the factories that make the BMW. Marx saw all this automation shit coming. It's a logical extension of the factory system. He also figured out that capital (ownership) was going to pit labor against each other in an endless race to the bottom. And finally he figured out that a smaller and smaller group of assclowns would end up owning all the capital. Seriously, what the fuck difference does it make to regular joes like you and me? We're screwed either way, either the state owns everything and abuses it or the 1% own it all and abuse it, right?

There's another way you know. It's called Democratic Socialism. Instead of bothering with all that messy ownership crap (and the shitstorm that comes with the Revolution of the Proles) you just regulate ownership and prevent people from abusing it. Wanna say you own the fuckin' earth? Go right ahead. Fat lot o good it'll do you when we tax you 99% and use Basic Income to distribute it so that nobody's dependent on you for daily bread.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell