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Comment Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 342

If you have a supply chain that can go all the way from raw silica to installed solar panels with no labor costs, then energy is free.

"If wishes were horses then beggars would ride."

Even in your utopia, you're forgetting that labor is not the only cost in producing "installed solar panels". You're going to run into a wonderful wealth redistribution system called "carbon tax" or "cap and trade" and that is a cost, too. But "no labor costs" also ignores the maintenance people and others involved in the process.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 342

Compared with the minimum wage?

Yes. Minimum wage does not remove potential workers from the labor pool, it increases the number.

Someone who makes $10/hour today but gets a UBI equivalent to say $8/hour would be better off just making $5/hour at work.

"I'm already providing for my family with UBI, why should I give up precious time with my children for just $5/hr?" Do you really think that nobody will consider the value of their time in making the decision to work or not? And hey, you're employed, so now you get to pay income taxes so other people can get UBI and not have to work.

And the company is paying less even as the employee comes out ahead.

Except the minimum wage is $10 so they're not paying less than that. Or they won't find anyone who wants to work for $5/hr and they'll wind up paying $10 anyway.

No, UBI is not the benefit to employers you seem to think.

Comment Re:Bad data from poor implementation (Score 1) 342

Instead this project reduces that income at the rate of $1 for every $2 earned. Unlike the real deal this provides a reasonably strong motivation NOT to take low paying jobs since you only get a benefit of half the wage you earn. It also means that you now have to start means testing people to see how much they earn which requires bureaucracy and officials and incurs expense.

Sounds very much like how income tax disincentivizes working more, and how being paid $2 isn't actually keeping $2.

When a full-blown UBI is introduced, you're going to have to "means test" (i.e. have income tax forms which result in some or all of the UBI being taken back), and have bureaucracy and officials to mange that income tax system, as well as the UBI system.

The whole point of basic income is to cut the administration expense because everyone gets it

Nope. Can't be. Who is "everyone" and how do you keep track of them? Hint: if we were already keeping track of "everyone", there would be no need for a census.

while also preventing the disincentive to work of typical unemployment schemes

I think handing everyone enough money to live on is a huge disincentive to work already. I'm pretty much just waiting now to be handed enough money to live on so I can retire. A couple of years more and my SS check will be maxed out.

Comment Re:Not in Canada... (Score 2) 342

Apparently, being "at or just above the poverty line" is simply not enough for most people.

Or perhaps the words "three year experiment" are sufficient to suggest to people who would otherwise give up their jobs to live on the UBI that they ought to keep a job now to avoid having to find one again when the experiment is over and the free money stops coming in? Imagine if they are in a plight with a low paying job now, how much more trouble they will have finding a job in three years when other, younger people have snapped them up and businesses have downsized because the economy has shrunk.

Comment Re:Why won't the drug dealers and criminals just (Score 1) 342

I knew lots of drug dealers in prison that would never have been there if they had had UBI before they started selling drugs.

And everyone in prison is innocent, according to everyone in prison. All you have is what they say, and they're already convicted felons. What's lying compared to bank robbery?

UBI isn't going to get them anything but a basic income. Selling drugs and robbing banks will get them the things they see other people who work getting and think are theirs by birthright.

On the other hand, decriminalizing most drugs (which is one of the places that I see eye-to-eye with Libertarians) guts the profitability of drug dealing,

Really? I live in a state with legal recreational pot and the prices for the legal stuff are ridiculous -- with more taxes on the horizon as the government sees the profits the dispensaries are raking in.

It's interesting how we have legal tobacco, and yet it is profitable for criminals to forge tax stamps and sell illegal smokes.

but you'd be amazed how UBI would stop bank robbery.

UBI changes nothing about the one reason that people rob banks: because that's where the money is.

Comment Re:minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 342

UBI is more pro-business than minimum wage because it relieves businesses to have more freedom in hiring.

Freedom in hiring who? The people who don't need or want to work anymore? There will be less pressure on people to work, thus employers will need to pay more for lower skilled labor to hire them. And someone has to pay all the taxes that will go to the people who aren't working, so ...

Comment Re:Energy is the problem (Score 1) 142

Do you really not see Musk, Ellison, Trump, Bezos, Gates, Ma, or any other name on the Forbes 500 not buying one of these?

I do not see any of those people buying a "flying car". They may buy "a big quadcopter that can carry a person" just for fun on their estate, but "flying car", no. First of all, they aren't going to want to have to waste their time parking this thing so it will have to be big enough to hold the driver. It will need to get them from A to B in/over congested areas. And it would need to have the range of a helicopter to be useful.

And in the long run, if they buy one and try to use it where it would be useful to them, they will become a marvelous target for lawsuits, either just for nuisance (noise, invasion of privacy, etc.) or when a mechanical failure brings them down on top of someone who hires a lawyer to help empty the owner's deep pockets.

Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 2) 378

I remember back in school writing a (very rudimentary) MIPS emulator for a class assignment. Since most of the students had never used C before school (and were, in any case, more used to C++ references than pointers), apparently I was the only person in ~10 years that implemented the emulator using an array of function pointers (indexed on op codes). I thought it was a pretty cool innovation, then I read about jump tables.

Still cool :-)

Comment Re: No brainer (Score 1) 171

Ok, so I should have said there is no legal definition of pirating concerning copyright.

Most people would have read that into the comment seeing how the entire discussion being replied to was about copyright. But I guess I should admit that I did not account for the one interpretation by someone not following along.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 171

Check out section 108 of the US copyright law. It provides exceptions for libraries and archival libraries. You really have no "copyright" say in the matter with Internet Archive is a bonafide library and your legal rights granted by copyright do not apply to them.

Other sites, yes. But not for the internet archive.

Comment Re: No brainer (Score 2) 171

Internet Archive is recognized as a bona-fide library organization recognized by the library of congress and US copyright office and as such is immune from most copyright laws in their pursuit of archiving and allowing access- with some restrictions of course.

Section 108 lays out the framework but US regulations provide more specifics in the exemptions and uses. As far as I know, they fall completely within the scope of the laws and limitations even if they ignore the robots.txt because the copyright law creates an exception to the rights imposed by law concerning libraries.

Even though there is no legal definition of pirating, I don't think they apply to even the common definition if translated to legal means as they are exempt from the restrictions normal people and organizations are subject to.

Comment Basic / Pascal (Score 1) 616

I guess my very first programming experience would be Logo sometime in elementary school, but about the same time I was learning GWBasic. My dad got me a book from the library that had programs you could type in and run. I've never forgotten typing in 500 lines (supposed to be some kind of space shooter) and then program didn't work. I never figured it out!

Soon after I started using Qbasic (the version that could compile EXE files).

My next programming language was Pascal through Delphi and then C++ through Borland's C++ Builder. I picked up a copy,of the K&R C book around the same time that today is very well worn!

I was very interested in different languages around high school and so I picked up a smattering of Visual Basic, a senior high school independent study in Visual Studio C / windows API (why?!), x86 assembly, OS/2 REXX scripting, etc. I wrote an ecommerce site for a local business in 1999 using PHP and a perl cgi-bin cart system.

Picked up Java in college, one course with Prolog, etc.

Today I'm not a professional programmer, but I end up using PHP, Python and Perl for text processing, SQL, etc with some regularity.

Comment Sour the milk (Score 2, Interesting) 214

Fuck you Microsoft. Fuck you for allowing OEM copies of Office to be purchased with a machine, but require it to be activated against an email address!!

Pro Tip: create an email distribution group of say and make IT staff members of it.

Fuck you for now allowing us to mix Office365 apps with OEM!

And Fuck you for making this such a miserable experience to deploy across the network as needed.

Oh, and FUCK YOU...just because for good measure!!!

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