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Comment Re:Note to self (Score 1) 98 98

It's so weird... I go to the bank, I get cash, I buy stuff. I use my credit card, I buy stuff. I send checks to pay bills. All with this worthless fiat currency that you rant about. Remind me, what's wrong here? The fact that what it can buy tomorrow may be different from what it can buy today? If you can point me to ANYTHING whose worth hasn't changed over time, I'd love to see it.

No, no, the thing is if we still had the gold standard, then you could withdraw all your money in gold (when the nuclear/zombie apocalypse happens) and it would have absolute value in gold when you went to buy some food and ammunition because it's gold.

See? By definition, gold is gold, whereas fiat currency is just paper. You will always be able to use gold to, um, make jewellery and high quality electrical connectors and stuff.

Comment Re: Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 163 163

You don't get a right to get paid for your work. You have to market it and hope someone will pay for it.

You have a right to put a copy for sale at a certain price. Other people can either pay that price, or decline. If they decline, they do not suddenly get the right to a free copy.

Other people create stuff, too, and some people even distribute their work for free.

So what? Some people volunteer to do charity work, does that mean no one should get paid a salary?

Comment Re: Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 163 163

How about forcing these descendents to donate their parents' assets to the public domain, just like copyrighted works?

We do. We impose taxes on inheritances, because inheritance of substantial wealth is harmful to society. We impose taxes on property, because ownership of large, unproductive estates is harmful to society

We don't impose 100% inheritance taxes though. If my billionaire dad only leaves me three quarters of a billion instead of the full billion, does it really make any difference?

Comment Re: Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 163 163

There are many descendents of people who owned real estate, farms, businesses, hotels and restaurants that are enjoying the fruits of their parents' hard work and investments. How about forcing these descendents to donate their parents' assets to the public domain, just like copyrighted works?

People here usually weasel out of this by banging on about "natural property rights" as though there were any such thing.

Oh, and of course, you can steal physical property, but copyright infringement isn't theft.

Comment Re: Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 163 163

Can you explain how innovation is stifled if copyright duration is infinite? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn't quit their company after making their first billion. A billion dollars is a lot for one person and his family. So why did they continue to work?

I think a lot of people on slashdot think of creative artists in the romantic "starving poet in a garret" way. They're not doing real work (like creating giant advertising companies such as Facebook and Google) so they don't really deserve to make any money from it.

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 163 163

Now, last thing I heard about "happy birthday" was that it makes 5 grand a DAY for Warner. Now, imagine you made "happy birthday". And got 5 grand a day from it. Where the fuck is your incentive to EVER create anything again? 5 grand a day? Fuck, I couldn't be assed to do anything but sit there and rake in the money for the rest of my life. Why bother work ever again if you already get more money than you can sensibly spend without doing anything?

Which is why all income over, let's say, two million a year should be taxed at 100% - no one needs that much money.

Or should hard working software entrepreneurs (for example) have a different standard applied to them?

Comment Re:A myth built upon a lie (Score 1) 231 231

I can bet with some certainty that autonomous cars won't go over the speed limit. I find it highly doubtful that a majority of the population that now enjoys driving 5-10mph over the speed limit will allow that. And I doubt if autonomous cars are going to include a 'drive over the speed limit' function.

At least in theory, autonomous cars will allow higher average speeds. First, their reaction time will be quicker than a human driver, so you will be able to bunch together closer. Second, with some sort of AI, you could get an over all flow control that avoided stop-start driving.

Although, frankly, this all seems unlikely in the near future.

Comment Re:Insurance is but one upended industry (Score 1) 231 231

Somehow people think autonomous cars will only leak pixie dust, and that people will happily throw away their drivers license and just take Johny Cabs everywhere.

Jesus fucking Christ, for the last time Uber's Autonomous Ride Sharing Experience is not a cab firm!

Comment Re:There will be change... (Score 1) 231 231

Seeing as I'm never going to own an autonomous car, or any car at all once we've switched over to autonomous tech, I'm not going to have any specific insurance premium to pay at all.

The future is that most travelling will be done via uber/zipcar type auto-taxi services. The companies and manufacturers will bare the direct cost of insurance and pass it on to consumers as part of the per-trip rate.

Most people who could survive without a car do so already, and tend to live in big cities with decent transport infrastructure (or London). That's fine, but it is not everybody.

If you need your car for two hours a day commuting, I don't see how it's going to be that cheap, but if it is, then great.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.