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Comment Re: It's a status thing (Score 1) 717

Further, you eliminate the underclass who now have more disposable income to spend.

and their expenses have gone up because everyone else has raised their prices too so . The "but minimum wage in Australia is $15" argument ignores that everything in AU is bloody expensive. That's ok if you're in the mining industry and get a six figure income for a job that can't be exported, but not so good if you're in a manufacturing company trying to compete with other places. Ford, Holden, & Toyota have announced that they're all going to be shutting down plants in the near future because it's just too expensive to operate there.

Comment Re:It's a status thing (Score 1) 717

Or they have to cut employees which raises unemployment for the segments of society that aren't skilled enough yet to get anything other than a minimum wage job. Many of these jobs are helpful in getting job experience, so if they can't get any experience, they can often be stuck until they find someone willing to give them a chance.

Comment Re:It's a status thing (Score 1) 717

Again, bull. There's never going to be a lack of demand for food-servers and store clerks. And those are jobs that don't export easily. What we're already seeing happen is the opposite - employers pushing for "temporary foreign workers", importing folks who *will* work for those cheap-ass rates and can be deported at the first sign of trouble.

There will also be a lot more automation. Chili's has already put an automated system in 1000 of its locations, other chains are looking into similar systems. The typical fast food place has very standardized procedures and processes, so it's not too far fetched to think that they will have machines doing those jobs in a few years. I know of a totally automated convenience store too.

Comment Re:Dead end (Score 1) 191

that's not really the point though, the point is that it has to charge under 15 minutes while eating after 500km to do another 500km for it to be a long range replacement.

I don't stop to eat, so it needs to be charged up after everyone in the vehicle is finished with the rest room.

Comment Re:Definition of "computer geek" has changed. (Score 1) 158

I would agree that the "tech worker" classification used in this study includes a lot of people that wouldn't classify themselves as "computer geeks". I don't know any guys with "mail order" brides, but I know some that were probably arranged marriages. One guy in particular said his mom and sister sat him down and told him "look, you're over 35 and you haven't found a girlfriend yet, so we're going to find you a wife and that's the end of it".
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps 374

cultiv8 writes: "The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), a unit in the California Department of Consumer Affairs charged with licensing and regulating postsecondary education in California, is arguing that 'learn to code' bootcamps fall under its jurisdiction and are subject to regulation. In mid-January, BPPE sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance."

Comment Re:It's about time! (Score 4, Insightful) 1431

First I'm an NRA member myself. Second I didn't read the article, but by the summary this was in no way a self defense shooting and the perp should rot in jail. I am one that believes that self defense is a right granted by God the same way that freedom of speech and freedom of expression is granted. Wasting a life because somebody got pissed is not a good excuse. Now when it comes to movies personally I only go to the drive-in or watch Blu-Ray anymore and I even turn off my phone at the drive in as I don't want the distraction. The last time I was in a regular theater was 2007 when I watched The Simpsons Movie.

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