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Comment Re:Livable minimum wage makes a difference (Score 1) 403

The fact that a lot of people in the US have multiple jobs working many hours just to be able to buy food and pay rent is not something you should be proud of.

Those people already collect EBT and welfare. Frankly if they have the tenacity to work multiple jobs then I really don't worry about them. The ones I worry about are the 95 million people presently out of work entirely.

Comment Look, here's how it works. (Score 1) 894

It's like I keep telling everyone. Jobs aren't going away... employers are.

That doesn't mean that we're looking at a future without jobs. It means we're looking at a future where the investors and the management overhead is mostly cut out of the picture. There will be groups of consultants that hire people, but these working groups will be small, and concise. Most work, at least as it relates to tech and service oriented work will be remote.

Massive corporations are going away. Nobody realizes it yet, but that's the trajectory we're on. The organizational structure doesn't make sense, and they won't be able to compete with well organized groups of consultants who can do the same jobs, for less money. These companies bleed money, and they simply won't be able to survive when the dynamic of the workforce changes, which it's already doing.

If we're lucky, we've got another eight years of "jobs" as we know them left. This is the time to invest in your future. Know your trade, build a social network. Broaden your skillset, and take some business and sales training. When the time comes, you're going to need to be able to articulate your unique value add, because you'll be competing on a global scale. But all is not lost, you can win this. There's huge upside opportunity for those that get serious now.

You can call me a communist, or a crazy man all you like. But this is where I see it going.

Comment Re:that would be the opposite of intelligence (Score 1) 70

well, yes, the word intelligence means to choose based on comprehension. But this is choosing from data. Having data is very much the opposite of intelligence.

Figuring out how to drive across the city by reading a map, is all that this is doing.

I'm intelligent. I can navigate my way across a city without a map -- even without a compass. I can hike across a wooded area without a trail too. It's getting from here to there without knowing what's in-between; that's intelligence.

This is data.

But you can make those choices because you have previous experiences (data) for doing so. You learned what a sign is (data), and how to read said sign (data). You learned what streets are and sidewalks. All of this is data.

Intelligence is just stringing together all of the previous data, such as what you've learned, memories etc. and coming to conclusions. I'm not calling Deep Mind intelligent yet, we're just not there. But your interpretation I think is off.

Comment Re:surprising lack of coverage (Score 2, Informative) 357

The large-media coverage on this has been near nonexistent. NYTimes is carrying one AP wire story about it, but no editorial comment. CNN has literally *nothing*. This has been news for weeks (thought the charges were changed from trespassing (after it seemed hard to make that stick) to rioting). Rolling Stone had been reporting on it, but really? Why do I have to get important political news from a music mag (or from, say, a tech website)? Why do I hear so much more about Trumps hand size and sexual escapades than I do about obstruction of freedom of the press? I mean, yeah, I know why, really (a generation fed on intellectual pap); just whining, I guess. Now GTF off my lawn, 'k?

Because the press doesn't care anymore. James O'Keefe broke a story today with video evidence of Hillary's campaign working illegally to create violence at Trump protests and the media won't report it. Wikileaks has broken so much info the last 3 weeks that Hillary should already be under indictment but the press won't report it.

If you look at who runs the news orgs, every single one of them are either a brother of a DNC operative or married to a DNC operative. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Who's in power right now? A Democrat President. No way are they going to report anything negative to the political power base that they favor right before an election. Our media is now just Pravda for the US. It's pathetic.

Comment Re:Does anybody ... (Score 1, Insightful) 474

There was no rigged election. The Democrats have a system built explicitly to prevent people like Sanders from winning.

You managed to contradict yourself within the first two sentences. Yes, the democrats have a system -- a rigged system. But, please, describe what you mean by "people like Sanders". In this case, the definition was: people who aren't Hillary.

Comment Re:Time for the average folks (Score 2) 212

To start running OpenVPN and letting anyone they know personally abroad connect in and view the content they want. My connection should be able to handle 2 or 3 more regular HD Netflix streams in and out. They block my IP? Big deal, I can convince the ISP's DHCP server to assign me a new one. Once they've blocked enough dynamic residential IPs to piss everyone off, they'll most likely just give up.

It's easy to play whack-a-mole when there are only a handful of very visible moles. Put millions of them underground and see how much effort the rent-seekers are willing to spend on blocking.

1) Securing your own network from a foreigner connecting to it would be a pain.
2) Data caps in the US make this untenable.
3) Why should US citizens pay so that foreigners can watch our videos? Shouldn't you just unsub from Netflix and let them know why?

Comment Re:Augmented Reality... (Score 2) 55

...isnt iPhone specific. Technically any smartphone with a camera can become "augmented reality" with the right software.

In the phones case its simply just 3D graphics overlay, with plane/movement/motion tracking software.

You're missing the part about the headset. Microsoft really kicked this into gear with HoloLens. Apple sees the writing on the wall with that. Google Glass was pretty inspirational, if you look at the videos they put out early on where glass was constantly reporting to you visually things in your surroundings. Those things never came to pass unfortunately.

Apple has a real opportunity here. If they can put all of this together (which is their strong suit) then we could really see a revolution in tech. VR has no appeal to me and I suspect most others. Its really only useful for gaming. AR on the other hand has so many possibilities that it is really incredible if we can truly get there. In a sense AR will do for us what internet searches originally did. Truly AR feels like the logical extension of todays technology.

Google failed to do it and Microsoft is slowly doing it. Apple is looking to make a big splash for the iPhones 10th anniversary next year so I wouldn't put it past them to do something like this.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 0) 352

If Putin will kill a critic with polonium, imprison three young girls for making fun of him and enact legislation making being gay a crime, do you really doubt that he'd take the relatively low-cost step of trying to help out his pal and debtor Donald become president? Especially if he can gin up a new cold war to distract his subjects from the Russian economy which is in free fall?

If the dems will fabricate a narrative that a US embassy was attacked and the occupants murdered because of a YouTube video, and then arrest the creator of that video in an attempt to add credence to their lie, do you really doubt that they'd take the relatively low-cost step of to trying to tie Trump to Putin by blaming the Russkies for the email hacks? Especially if they can gin up a new cold war to distract their constituents from the content of the emails and Hillary's credibility which is in free fall?

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 1) 195

The Affordable Care Act did a couple of things - dropped the 'pre existing condition' clause for private insurance (if you're sick, we aren't going to cover you, but you're certainly welcome to pay into the program in the event you get some other illness down the road - while you're still healthy enough to pay the premium), made insurers create lower (not low by any means) marginally useful insurance policies and tried to force everyone to get some sort of medical insurance. It also gave insurers the ability to lock in double digit profits for another decade. And gave me even more reasons to write run on sentences.

We don't know just what insurance he had (TFS implies that he had some) but if he had a standard commercial policy with a 1-2 million dollar limit, let me point out two interesting points:

- A year long illness can easily kick you into the million dollar club. A bad MI, a couple of weeks in the ICU, a couple more weeks in a step down unit, rehab, a few more procedures, a couple of expensive drugs and a host of billing errors and you're there. Hell, I'm an ER doc and I can run up $100,000 easy peasy. That's for the first couple of HOURS.
- MOST insurances have a 20% copay. Crappy ones don't drop the copay until you get to the quarter million dollar range although most have an out of pocket limit of at most $10,000 or so.

So, lets say he had 'OK' insurance. He's limited to $10K out of pocket plus an enormous number of 'little' expenses. Things that weren't covered, billing errors (did I mention that before>?), lost time, wages, home assistance, family issues .....

He's a lawyer, but probably not that kind of lawyer that has 20K sitting in his savings account.

Yeah, the money goes fast. The most popular thing at our local Elk's Club is drinking, the next most popular is various fund raisers for somebody or others medical bills.


So maybe lead the charge as an ER Doc to bring those costs down? 100,000$ for a few hours? That's criminal, nothing on Earth can possibly cost that much without someone committing a crime. The fact is hospitals charge the fuck out of everything they can. I've never seen people so rich as hospital administrators. They know they have everyone by the balls and don't care because the ones their billing are to sick to do anything about it.

People bitch about Martin Shkrelli but he's got nothing on the hospital admins I've met.

Comment Re: Can we see this evidence? (Score 1) 491

I can't keep with the various theories - she's a demon, she's a lizard person from the planet zorg, she eats babies, she is personally responsible for the deaths in Syria. Just *insert random theory here*

You're the first retard deflector I've seen say any of those things. The truth is, she's a lying sack of shit criminal. No need to make up stupid alien demon shit.

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