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Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 91

by phantomfive (#48912109) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

There is a time and place for everything, but there is no case in history where the rich kept getting richer while the poor got poorer that didn't end in pitchforks.

That's not happening now. Right now everyone is getting richer.

If you find someone who says otherwise, dig into their numbers, because they have some mistake. Either they didn't take into account inflation, or they compare wealth and income inappropriately, or they don't consider total compensation, or they don't consider the payments we are making from the rich to the poor in the form of welfare.

Those people probably made the 'mistake' on purpose, because their goal is to manipulate you into pulling out a pitchfork.

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 91

by phantomfive (#48911959) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

I'd speak for yourself if I were you. I'm not aware of anyone I know with a net worth of $800K or more - or even half that. Maybe a few in the $200k range, that have a bit of equity in their house, but that's the limit.

Then you are probably young. As you approach retirement, more of your friends will be approaching that net worth, because they've been saving for a long time.

Comment: Re:Contribution? (Score 1) 181

by phantomfive (#48911949) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

The trouble, of course, is that it's impossible to produce an operational definition to which a suitable number of people will agree. I can type until my fingers bleed, but I can't escape the simple, yet perfectly reasonable, response: "Well, that's not really OOP."

I don't know, the definition I've heard that I think covers every OOP ideology is, "the functions get passed around with the data."

Comment: Re:Coding vs. literacy (Score 1) 89

by phantomfive (#48911909) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Gone are the days of programmers who actually devised algorithms and discussed them, instead of Googling for something that might be pressured into service. People who would understand what an OS call actually did, instead of treating it as magic. Something as simple as describing what happens behind the scenes when doing an IO request is beyond many newer coders (some of which I work with). Programmers, they aren't.

Yeah, this is sad, and your last sentence true.

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 91

by phantomfive (#48911869) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Time to put the cool-aid down. You are told that so you don't pick the pitchfork up.

Inequality is not a good reason to pick up a pitchfork. There are causes I will die for, but that is not one of them.

And not many other people are willing to die for that either, which is why people like you are safe at home behind your computer complaining about inequality, rather than out wielding a pitchfork somewhere.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 92

by phantomfive (#48911861) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The key here is not a ten percent tax rate but ten percent of wealth.

It's surprising how little wealth there actually is in the world. If most of us decided to take a year off and live off the savings, the world would collapse. It depends on us constantly creating new value.

So if we followed that suggesting, and took 10% of the wealth from everyone in America, including corporations, then spread it around to each person in the US evenly, it would be about $70k per person. Most people would spend it quickly and be back where they started.

If we took 10% of the global wealth and spread it around, each person would get much much less.

The other line moves faster.

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