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Comment: Re:Is someone trying to replace COBOL? (Score 1) 96 96

by u38cg (#49930527) Attached to: Bank's IT Failure Loses 600,000 Payments
No. You don't get to just make changes like that in that envirnoment. It's probably more likely to do with the fact the crusty old COBOL is running on several layers of emulation (really) because the hardware is generations old, and someone somewhere slipped a unicode character into the message stream, or something equally daft.

Comment: Re:negativity (Score 1) 246 246

by u38cg (#49789553) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...
What do you mean "lately"? It's always been shit. It's always been going downhill. The rot set in the day they introduced moderation. Or Katz. Or when it stopped being chips & dips.

Unemotional & rational, hah. Never seen such a bunch of overprivileged whiners with zero sense of proportion as this place.

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 1) 743 743

by u38cg (#49769601) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
Actually, historically default is quite common and not particularly harmful in the long term. Yes, over the near term it causes horrendous disruption but I have to say if I were Greece, having achieved a primary surplus I would be thinking very carefully about the medium to long term benefits of defaulting.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094 1094

by u38cg (#49742357) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
You're basically saying that anything you don't agree with can't be be studied, which is self-evidently bullshit. There is a massive literature on minimum wage effects which you're welcome to pick holes in. You can't just ignore it, though.

As for stickiness, your argument seems to be that residual stickiness is worse than the harm inflicted by widespread low pay, which seems to be overdoing it somewhat.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094 1094

by u38cg (#49736375) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
There are good arguments that wages, especially at the lower bound, are sticky and don't reflect a "true" market rate. The theoretical models are complex, but the evidence is simple: almost everywhere the minimum wages are imposed or increased, the predicted negative consequences invariably fail to materialise.

Comment: Re:Fine for me, but not for thee (Score 1) 776 776

The difference is that #killallmen is a (dark) joke, and the SCUM manifesto is a raving from the lunatic fringe. Whereas the womanbeating subreddit has 34k subscribers. But as soon as feminism shows any hints of diversity of view, or of not being cuddly and friendly, it's seen as grounds to attack it.

The men's rights crowd do have some valid arguments but frankly they could be a lot better presented and they could be a lot more careful about the company they keep.

Comment: Re:"6.41%" (Score 1) 113 113

by u38cg (#49716219) Attached to: Schools That Ban Mobile Phones See Better Academic Results
The thing that you're missing is that employers only care what school you got into, not what you did once you got there. As long as you graduated, you learned enough, and the school's admissions procedure forms a handy part of the firm's recruitment process. The farmvillers are the rational ones, not you.

Comment: Re:The two things that have led me to oppose the D (Score 1) 649 649

by u38cg (#49706355) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
In addition, murder is the crime that has the lowest re-offending rate (where we count *any* crime) after release. Most murderers kill for very specific reasons under great stress and regret it later. Indeed, you could take that argument to its conclusion and say that most murderers should simply be released once found guilty.

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