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Comment Farming (Score 1) 174

> This will be an interesting challenge for the 21st century, what do we do with all the people who are no longer required to make stuff?

Those people will still need to eat, need a place to stay.The answer is farming - either collective, or individually - everyone has the option to own in a piece of land and grow food to feed his family

Comment Re: Very sad - but let's get legislation in place (Score 1) 706

"Why not make it really simple? If your system gets broken into, it's your fault. "

So your home gets burgled, and its *all* your fault? Not the burglar's? Regardless of the precautions you took?

Though in this case, it was not an innocent home burgled , but an Alibaba's cave full of stolen goods.

Comment Re:Now that's just evil (Score 1) 515

At least Google offers up both open-source Chromium and Chrome. And free alternatives exist - from Lynx to Opera to Ice Weasel.

But its the *Operating System* keeping tabs on you now; and that, closed-source, so you're not sure exactly what "telemetry" it publishes back to the mothership.

Comment Re:Life imitating art? (Score 1) 480

> Needless to say, it did not work out well.

Thanks - but that's a story.

Here's how real life 'worked out' for the author -- she who collected social security cheques as one who “regards it as restitution and opposes all forms of welfare statism”.


Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1974 after decades of heavy smoking.[95] In 1976, she retired from writing her newsletter and, despite her initial objections, allowed Evva Pryor, a social worker from her attorney's office, to enroll her in Social Security and Medicare.[96][97] During the late 1970s her activities within the Objectivist movement declined, especially after the death of her husband on November 9, 1979.[98] One of her final projects was work on a never-completed television adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.[99]

But to your main point - 'to each according to his needs' (Rand's story) is very different from 'set minimum wage' (Gravity Payments).

In fact, the story it should remind you of is this one (at least that's what Gravity's CEO states was his inspiration behind his move):

Comment Re:Guess they haven't been reading the news (Score 1) 418

Hahah.. how did you get this so wrong? Netflix is pretty much the diametric opposite of Gravity Payments in employee treatment.

Netflix's leave policies may *look* like an 'eat what you want' buffet. However the manager at this diner has been known to grab diners he don't like and turf them out. Something that may encourage moderate eating.

Returning to Gravity - I'm pretty sure it'll be doing better than its industry peers within the year.

Comment Re:Netflix already had that policy for holidays (Score 1) 418

Ah, *that* famous slide deck. Here's a ground report on how it works in practise.
High pay, high stress, no job security
Sr. Manager (Current Employee), Los Gatos, CA – July 28, 2015
Pros: High salaryCons: Culture is cut-throat, not collaborative
They live their Culture Deck and people are disposable. The smallest mistake could cost you your job, particularly if the overly-powerful HR business partners take issue with it. There are some good people there, but by and large the complete lack of job security (they don't hesitate to fire people) creates a CYA culture whereby senior management (directors and above) line their organizations with potential "fall guys" that they can lay the blame on (and fire) in the event that anything goes wrong. At least they pay good severance (4-9 months of salary, depending on level).

Pay is high, but other benefits are pretty weak. Healthcare is particularly expensive if you have a family.

Comment Re:Existing Law (Score 1) 312

Of course, this guy may have done all this in the middle of his private ranch of many square miles where he lives alone and nothing can go wrong. But walk down this slope with me for a minute , will you...

Is it legal to climb your roof, and point a loaded handgun at your neighbour's head? As he walks on his lawn? Then wave your gun around, loose a shot into your own porch, wave it around some more, then point it at his head? Rinse and repeat?

If its legal, that's where we're headed. "But its a drone!" does not make it any better.

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