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Comment Re:shit post (Score 2) 284

Look beneath the surface and you will see that this is about grabbing a larger share of the merchant's fee.

Indeed. This appears to be an Australian issue only, because they have only a few banks that collude and fix the prices of transactions. Apple is cutting into their precious monopoly. While I'm in the US and am unlikely to visit Australia anytime soon, it's my opinion that these banks can EABOD.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 2) 904

But, I fear that something this radical is a non-starter for a lot of reasons, not least of which is because it is the much feared socialism which every Mercan knows is synonymous with evil...

Much like socialized medicine (we have the VA), the US already has UBI. We have food stamps, welfare, and a couple other subsidies. Socialism isn't what made these previous incarnations horrible failures. It's was the overseers that run them, and the people receiving them. If there is even the slightest manner in which a government organization can be abused, people will abuse it on both sides of the line.

Comment Re:Alternative (Score 1, Insightful) 904

There is an alternative. The whole notion of UBI depends on the assumption that goods must be purchased. But if they are getting made for essentially free (after costs of capital investment have been recovered; also think in terms of renewable energy and resource-recycling), then why should there be any charge for those goods? Logically, if the goods can be made for free, and obtained for free, an income isn't really quite as important as the OP indicates.

This conflicts with the notion that we should not punish those that have done nothing wrong in order to reward those that have done nothing right. What you're doing isn't avoiding an armed revolution, you're attempting to put the government on the wrong side of it.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable (Score 4, Funny) 196

The driver could well be a deaf and dumb guy who can drive, and that would be it.

So what happens if the passenger or the driver has a medical emergency, or the vehicle is involved with in a wreck?

If the deaf and dumb driver has an accident that causes him to lose sight, I have it on good authority that he'll sure play a mean pinball.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 5, Insightful) 272

Where it runs is irrelevant. You still need architects and user support. You still need migration consultants. And you still need custom code written...

Indeed, and all of those positions rule out a huge percentage of IT workers. If you cannot code, interface with humans, or are not an SME, then you're out of the game. IT workers with the initiative to evolve their skills into devops survive. I personally want to thank AWS for making the EC2 API so convoluted that it is too challenging for normal humans to operate.

Comment Re:Obviously needs to change (Score 2) 145

Re: Recycling electronics needs to become profitable

That's an extremely capitalistic take on the issue. An equally capitalistic take would be that recycling needs to be cheaper than sourcing materials from the ground. I'm not really for or against either.

A better approach would be something along the lines of Apple's LIAM, where the philosophy is simply that old phones need to be recycled so that future manufacturing can be sustained if resources become unavailable or scarce.

Comment Re: Silly humans (Score 1) 146

Laws, oversight and openness.

The group is a quite arbitrary list of jobs but what's BLM doing there?

Any population. I simply felt that references to the Free Masons, DARE, Boy Scouts, or Lions Club would fall on young deaf ears. When you see BLM on the news, you usually are confronted with the 15% I'm talking about. When you see cops on the news, you're usually seeing the 15%. When you see debt collectors on the news, you're seeing the 15%.

Comment Re:Silly humans (Score 1) 146

Will try to find it. IIRC, It was released shortly after the "Stanford Prison Experiment" when everyone was cashing in on the fed funding for behavioral sciences. The crux was that 15% of humans will willingly abuse any power you give them, 15% will always do right, and 70% will go along with whatever their superiors and/or peers are doing.

Comment Silly humans (Score 3, Interesting) 146

~15% of all humans will willingly abuse their position, violate laws, break rules, etc, for their own benefit. Judges, cops, lawyers, BLM, fast food workers, auto workers, toll booth operators, priests, tax collectors... The group is quite arbitrary. Does anyone have suggestions on how to deal with this portion of the population that doesn't simply recreate the problem? For example, exterminating them will simply create a new ~15%.

Comment Re:We've heard this before (Score 1) 63

Doing new things harder than expected! ... Don't even ask how much I spent on my first headset, IIRC it was '98

Something that was being done in 98 is a new thing?

FWIW, I had five of the Virtuality pods in my shop back in 96. 2 Dactyl, 2 Boxing, and one Zone Runner. the only new thing that Oculus did was....... Um... Nothing.... Nothing at all.

Comment Re:don't get your hope up (Score 1) 261

Anyone? Even people who put 100+ hours into the game? It shouldn't take that long to determine that the game doesn't live up to expectations.

Ultimately, yes.
The seller is already protected by a statute of limitations, and additional magical-made-up temporal barriers are unnecessary and will harm the industry. HG 'needs' to fail, and should fail, in order for the free market to thrive.

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