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Comment: Re:Business class is a misnomer (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by wienerschnizzel (#46756469) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

You're stil going to get to the same place at the same time as the other passengers.

Not in the same shape though.

It might not impact you much if you are going to one conference, but if you fly to multiple destinations within a week, it will build up. Your back/joint pain, stress level, lack of sleep will show. It might mean that you will save 5k on the boarding passes of your exec but then pay millions for the bad decision she makes.

Comment: Re:I'm not entirely sure how it merited a patent i (Score 1) 408

by wienerschnizzel (#46691741) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

And just as you show someone is guilty by showing that they committed each and every element of a crime

You went overboard with this statement.

You don't show each and every element of a crime to get a conviction. There's means, motive and opportunity. Often proving just two of those can get a guilty verdict.

Comment: Re:correlation does not prove causation (Score 1) 137

by wienerschnizzel (#46659023) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight
No. If they measured correlation between exposure to light and *reduction* of BMI, I wouldn't mind, but as it is, interpreting that statement that way is some snake oil salesman level of dishonesty (why not say "Weight can influence the amount of exposure to the sunlight people get"?).

Comment: Re:correlation does not prove causation (Score 1) 137

by wienerschnizzel (#46658861) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

You are wrong in this case. If they just wanted to determine the correlation, they shouldn't have put the following statement in their abstract:

Exposure to moderate levels of light at biologically appropriate times can influence weight, independent of sleep timing and duration.

That's way beyond saying 'there's a correlation'

Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1) 1482

by wienerschnizzel (#46636957) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

And other can voice their objection on the objection. And in this case there are several good reasons to object to OKCupid's objection even if you completely disagree with Eich:

1. Pragmatism: Living together in a democracy requires people to work together even if they have strong disagreements in their religious or political beliefs. For this reason objections should primarily be aimed directly at the belief itself and not at the persons holding them. This enables working together even with disagreements.

How does this even make sense within the topic of gay relationships? Can you criticize homosexuality without aiming at the homosexuals? Because that's what Eich is doing. And it's way past just 'raising an objection', it's about coming up with a law that directly affects the lives of the target group Eich disagrees with. So the pragmatic thing is to retaliate with the same - aim at the people doing this and affect *their* lives as well.

2. Fairness: Even if you disagree with someone you should still not misrepresent his stance. OKCupid claims gay relationships would illegal if Mr. Eich got his way on gay marriage. But Gay relationships would still be legal, even when gay marriage are banned. So you can not claim Eich wants gay relationships to be illegal, just because he supported California's Prop 8.

Let's not pretend Proposition 8 is harmless for the gays. The fact is that homosexuality is fairly common in populations (not just human ones). The proponents of Prop. 8 say it's unnatural and that's why they want gay marriage banned. As long as the society puts this stigma on the gays and even institutionalizes it, they will have a harder life. Where's the fairness in that?

3. Proportionality: Brendan Eich donated $1000 for Prop 8. A rather small sum of money for a high profile engineer such as Eich. This clearly not the most important topic for Eich. He is not a major spokesperson against gay marriage, he is best known for his Javascript work and not for his opposition to gay marriage. The response should have a reasonable proportion to the thing that is being criticized. Brendan Eich's $1000 are now 100x more visible than the $1,000,000 by Alan Ashton.

Are you suggesting that OKCupid should ask its users not to use WordPerfect? That would be laughable at best. OKCupid just picks a fight in their domain, where it makes sense. Plus, the message should be that any support for Prop. 8 is despicable.

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by wienerschnizzel (#46591251) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
Well written. I'd say that any job that does not require creativity or empathy is on the line. There are a couple of jobs that don't require much skills that will stay, like waiters, babysitters and receptionists - everything where the very fact that the customer is interacting with a human being is valuable. But there are nearly not enough of jobs like that and too many people who can't even do those. I doubt that anybody will entrust their toddler to Swen, the oil rig worker.

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by wienerschnizzel (#46591209) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

This is not a story about bank bailouts but about job automation.

You vastly underestimate the need for demand. If all people in the US decided to cut their expenses in half and stuff their money into their mattresses today and do so for the next 5 years, the economy would shrink and a lot of people would lose their jobs. There wouldn't be enough money circulating in the economy to support all the jobs. Not bullshit artificial jobs created just so people would have something to do, but real ones. The economy would have the *potential* to do much more, but wouldn't because of the missing demand.

Automation of all low skill jobs has the potential to create a situation like described above - if a large percentage of population is replaced by automation, there will not be enough demand for the goods and services - even though the economy would have enough capacity to build and provide all the stuff (through automation), it could not sell all of it.

Sooner or later the helicopter drops will have to come.

Comment: Re:Pathetic (Score 1) 683

by wienerschnizzel (#46078829) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

All of these comparisons are ridiculous.

There were 80 - 100 protesters and you want to compare that to Kristallnacht and the French Revolution?

The closest that you could compare them to is Westboro Baptist Church - a small number of people that make the news because their cause is weird and while on one hand you understand where they're coming from, they are also spectacularly wrong.

Comment: Re:Wait so now (Score 1) 692

In the 1970's that was (generally) one persons income, in 2012 that's two people's income. In terms of physical goods I think we compare quite favorably, but factoring in things like housing, energy and food? Not so much.

That means you have double the workforce competing for the same jobs. Except even that's not accurate enough. There's 50% more population, so even more than double the work force and low skill jobs are disappearing due to technological advances and outsourcing.

If you suddenly dumped 100 million people into the workforce in 1975, the society would collapse. So the fact that the economy in 2014 can support such numbers means we are better off than in 1975

Comment: Re:Welcome to the stock market (Score 1) 356

by wienerschnizzel (#45734469) Attached to: GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

Very little, maybe none. The stock was not bought from the shareholders. The company had to emit new stock, meaning the value of the existing stock went down. Pretty drastically. So the owners of GM were hurt by the "bailout".

That might sound like a great way to punish the people who own the company who messed up - until you look at who the people are. In 2008 the greatest shareholders were the US and Canadian governments. The second greatest were the GM employees. The rich people are not stupid, they got rid of the stock before everything went down the drain.

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain