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Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 1) 59

This is a very narrow and shortsighted outlook. No one person or company can innovate infinitely. Take, for instance, the novel Dracula.. one author could never have done all the adaptations, revamps, plays, movies, games, etc. that has grown over that one concept, and Stoker didn't even invent vampires, he borrowed them from folk lore.

America's founders knew that ideas and innovations belonged to the public not locked up behind laws, that's why we have limited copyrights, so that eventually works will go into the public domain to spark new ideas.

Comment Re:Logical conclusion. (Score 2) 387

Amazon actually gives small companies a place to market their products to a larger audience. If you want to blame a company for killing Mom & Pop shops, Wal-Mart has done more to kill American workers than just about anyone. Not content to destroy their competitors in large swaths of the country, they've pushed companies into offshoring to China to guarantee they get the prices they want.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

Maybe you join a club, start a band, discover an aptitude for art, start your own business.. who knows?

The problem is not all "work" is equal. The value of the work you do is how much useful economic productivity you generate - how useful what you produce is to other people. The market modulates this by overvaluing productivity which is in short supply (STEM workers), and devaluing productivity which is oversupplied (musicians, artists). This differential pricing then encourages people to "work" in the more productive jobs like STEM, rather than the less productive but more fun jobs like joining a club, starting a band, discovering an aptitude for art (these things are often so unproductive that people have to pay to be able to do them, rather than be paid).

That's the big problem with a UBI. The market prices labor to encourage people to do jobs that are needed, rather than jobs that are fun. A UBI encourages people to do what they find fun rather than what's needed. At first glance, layering a market economy on top of this seems like it would work (i.e. you can still get paid extra on top of a UBI for doing a STEM job). But if you crunch through the math, the pricing for the STEM job then leads to non-UBI income following a divergent series.

Considering how much of what you call "useful" economic productivity is generated by "fun" jobs like art and music, your entire premise feels backwards, especially as it does not consider there is a very real drive to push "useful" economic productivity towards zero cost with ever increasing automation.

A small group of artists at Marvel has become an economic juggernaut as armies of artists and artisans translate the comic page into movies and then toys and other banal products for the, as you call them "useful" economic producers to manufacture. A couple of musicians messing around in a garage share their sound and it catches on with clothes, jewelry, etc. geared to the people who want to be part of that scene. Again, giving the, as you call them "useful" economic producers something to take to market.

Yes, a lot of artists are overlooked and underpaid, but that's attributable more to how they are disadvantaged by people who are inclined towards business rather than their true economic potential. Most creative people aren't good at promoting themselves or taking charge of their works and the businessmen who control what you call "useful" economic productivity take full advantage of that. You need look no further for a prime example than the music industry and how a typical record contract is structured to see how artists receive a fraction of the real economic reward their works generate.

The rest of your argument just reads like the typical "Get a STEM job!" mythos you always see on Slashdot that devalues any form of liberal art.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

It's already started, you haven't noticed because you're just looking at metrics like unemployment. People are being down-shifted into lower paying service jobs by automation already. Stock Brokers are leading the charge, then there's automated legal offices who've done away with paralegals, automated warehouses...

The real tipping point will be self driving cars. Say goodbye to hundreds of thousands of taxi driver and delivery jobs once they've proven that technology is efficient and safe. Then hundreds of thousands of semi drivers will be forced out. Then all the services that cater to those jobs will go under, etc.

Comment Re:work less (Score 5, Insightful) 723

The question is, however, define "work". Would you labor for someone else? Probably not. But you likely wouldn't sit on your butt all day doing nothing either. Maybe you join a club, start a band, discover an aptitude for art, start your own business.. who knows?

The inescapable fact, however, is that what you conceive of as "work", going to a building someone else owns and laboring for them, is going to decline as automation, AI and robots improve, so something has to be put in it's place that's better than "labor a robot won't do".

Comment Re:I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 3, Informative) 105

Yeah, T-Mobile is fine if you never leave the city limits, it sucks in rural areas. AT&T or Verizon are the big carriers with most rural coverage or there's the rural off brand MVNO's but they typically won't sell you a contract unless you live in their area.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 4, Insightful) 498

The same professor in a world where Microsoft doesn't force updates: "Microsoft's continued refusal to automatically update users computers has put the entire industry at risk from hackers and viruses! Users are clueless drones who don't know to keep their computers updated and Microsoft should do it for them!"

Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 5, Interesting) 498

Can't remember the last time I picked up a phone or a tablet and wasn't greeted by a system update screen, or a notification that 30 apps need to be updated minutes after walking away from a wifi hotspot.

The real problem is that software developers exist in permanent beta, adding and removing features whenever they please. I kind of miss the pre-network days when software was delivered complete and didn't significantly change between versions.

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