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Comment Re:Threshold (Score 4, Insightful) 401

But by not having a social safety net for everyone, this kind of thing looks like it might ruin the US.

Why is it the government's or society's responsibility to support those that refuse to support themselves?

Because the alternative is that a large number of people will be unable to feed themselves. And one of the major lessons of history is that when large numbers of people have no other way to survive, they turn to robbery or outright revolt. Some of us enjoy living in a modern civilization and would like it to remain that way.

Comment Re:That quote says it all (Score 3, Funny) 94

The problem with a lot of SV/Tech startups is that the people involved appear to believe that their income comes from VCs. Their business plan is effectively "Get VC Money, Then Sell Company!"

It's hard to tell for sure, but you seem kind of surprised by this. If so, you must be pretty young, since this has been true for almost 20 years now.

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