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Comment Re:Give them away (Score 2) 302

It's interesting and disconcerting people can't figure anything out on their own and feel the need to ask for help online or Google answers. If the OP doesn't know what to do with found calculators yet the OP works in a school where students would benefit from these calculators, I think we're in trouble. Next time I'm sleepy or hungry and don't know what to do about it I'm going to post a /. article and ask everyone.

Perhaps its a matter of "whats the best course of action." He knows how to sell them. He knows how to give them away. He knows how to throw them out. He is looking for an out of the box solution, or third party moral justification for any of these actions.

Comment Re:Bill Gates is a Rock Star. (Score 2) 413

A lot of people would just sit on their fortunes (Warren Buffet) or piss it away on political bullshit (Koch brothers). I know a lot of the crowd here is anti-Microsoft, but it's nice to see Bill Gates doing something with his hoard and something halfway-geeky to boot!

Yeah The Oracle from Omaha should give away large chunks of his wealth to philanthropic causes. Oh wait . . .

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

Well, not quite true. If the currency fails, a strong man could TAKE POWER.

See Weimar Germany.

I can't see a Hitler taking over the entire US by persuasion. The union would split up first, and a large chunk of the contiguous 48 states might be lead by a dictator. Said dictator might reunite the country via military conquest though.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

The northeast also has cheap internet. I pay $15 a month for DSL, or have the option to pay $50 a month for highspeed FiOS or cable.

I live in Jersey city (literally right across the river from manhattan). After taxes I pay just under $100 for the FIOS double play (phone and internet). It might get cheaper if I drop the land line, but I don't think I can do fios or cable for under $50.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

I'm fine with getting rid of Social Security, just don't make me pay the 6% of my income then. (Even if you "force" me to open a 401(k) instead, which I obviously already have, because anybody that's not a moron won't give up free employer match.)

I've worked at places without matches. Its not a guarantee. That being said, its worth the tax savings.

Comment Re:No shit sherlock (Score 1) 237

Where are these cheap Americans that will work for $1.75/hour?

No where, and that's why we should hang those motherfuckers that sold us out to the Indians in a public place and leave them rotting as a warning to future motherfuckers that would do the same.

Who's with me?

Or wait for Indian cost of living and salaries to rise, while mean while manufacturing moves to third world states like Alabama.Be patient, everything is cyclical.

Comment Re:Poverty isn't what it used to be (Score 1) 696

I actually agree with you that no government social safety net is the best. Your analogy is a little oversimplified, but your preaching to the choir. The one time I was laid off and out of work for two weeks I took neither state unemployment or my companies severance package. If I was out of work for an extended period I'd take the private charity of the severance package before I took unemployment. However, accepting the current system as it is, or privatizing unemployment insurance, I do think that a system based on income makes the most sense. I also think that yes if I was a charity that offered some sort of handouts besides basic food or shelter, I might consider allowing a millionaire whose donated to my cause to "make a withdrawal" under certain conditions.

Comment Re:Poverty isn't what it used to be (Score 3, Insightful) 696

But in 2010, I had several employees in R&D mode, my net income was nearly zero, I fell below the poverty line. I actually qualified for some government handouts. That is seems absurd to me.

First of all, you were a rare edge case, so I don't think its "ridiculous" that you qualified for handouts. Your a really strange edge case if you're floating R&D people and your accountant told you not to pay yourself a salary at all for 2010. I think that if every person in America that was in your boat took advantage of the hand outs, its effect would be negligible. Secondly, lets say you continued to operate this way until you lost the house and car, wouldn't it be nice to know that you could just walk down to the benefits office and file for benefits.

Comment Re:Health issue (Score 1) 245

An adventurer taking a one-way trip to Mars could be making a contribution to advance society. When an athlete pushes his body to the breaking point and takes possibly dangerous performance enhancing drugs, just to attempt to break a record for a rule-based sport by a fraction of a percent, how does that advance our society?

Playing devils advocate, assume some portion of these athletes manage to keep enough of their fortune at age 35 so that when they have all sorts of weird medical issues then can travel to Sweden for all sorts of weird expensive treatment. Lets go on to assume that some of this treatment works, and has application in the sorts of diseases that sometimes normal people get.

I'm not saying I'm necessarily for this, I'm just saying there could be positive unintended consequences.

Comment Re:Question: (Score 1) 708

(You mean letting the dumb RAISE CHILDREN. Idiocracy was not based on fact. Eugenics is a horrible thing. Nature vs. Nurture, bitch)

So you are suggesting:

  • There is zero genetic component to intelligence. Nurture has a lot to do with it, but I find it hard to believe there is no genetic component. I've seen a lot of variation between siblings, but if we consistently remove the above average IQs from the gene pool, that can't be good long term.
  • That we force these dumb people to give up their kids to be raised by smarter people. While we are at it we somehow convince smarter people to adopt. Even if you started mandatory education at age 3 and kept the kids all year for 10 hours a day, parents are still a big influence. I don't know how you'd do that.

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