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Comment Professional conduct (Score 1) 486

"When students started calling me by my first name, I felt that was too far, and I've got to say something," Mark Tomforde, a math professor at the University of Houston said....

Explaining the rules of professional interaction is not an act of condescension; it's the first step in treating students like adults.

Every single work supervisor I've ever had has introduced themselves by their first name and preferred to be addressed that way.

Comment Re:Never fly in the USA. (Score 1) 696

There are entire industries that are completely dependent on a pool of workers that are able to be paid a low wage, such as seasonal farming, retail, and restaurant staff. If UBI were implemented, it would an easy choice for the median-to-low wage earners in the industry to forgo work and take the basic income, when many were relying on assistance anyway. As for the owners of the industries, either they would forced to close shop or raise wages to the point where a full-time worker would receive a living wage.

Comment Re:Lol no (Score 3, Insightful) 451

Most humans, especially Americans, already hate automated service of any kind. Being served by an actual human is a luxury that signifies status whereas being transferred to the automated voice answering system, no matter how sophisticated, only serves to reinforce the relative insignificance of the person receiving the "service".

Call me a counter-example, but I generally order take-out once a week through a website rather than calling in the order. When I go see a movie, it is preferable to order the ticket online or use the automated kiosk than waiting in line. I would say a good portion of my shopping is done online as well.

Comment Moral question of emulation (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Of course, there are moral concerns here, as you are often downloading the games illegally -- unless you own the physical copy, that is.

These games have often been out of print for decades, and legally exist in the wild only on outdated hardware. Is it not equally immoral to wait for the copyright to expire on these games to copy them, when the technology to do so may not exist in the future? Why is protecting a copyright on something that has been out of print, presumably determined by the publisher to be unprofitable somehow "moral".

Comment Competitors working together (Score 3, Insightful) 50

Where I live, the only broadband offerings are 1.5Mbps DSL from Verizon, or Comcast Xfinity. Although Verizon had made a deal with the state government to provide broadband service to all residences, they've since reneged on the deal since by arguing their LTE coverage should count. It's been pretty clear that these two companies have made some deal to not compete with each other, and cooperate to maintain high prices and limited service.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

Governments should favor local companies to protect their economy. It looks like Austin has developed their own ride sharing companies in absence of Uber and Lyft. Meanwhile, Uber is short-changing their fees to US drivers so that they can subsidize rides in other regions where they are not dominant yet. Basically, it's taking money out of the US economy and dumping it elsewhere.

Comment Re:Content owners are forcing the rules (Score 2) 137

You're saying there's no choice like that status quo has no alternative. It could be made illegal to geo-restrict streaming from overseas in the spirit of free-trade agreements. If consumers could connect to streaming services in Asia that have lower fees, American companies would change their practices.

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