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Ontario Launches Universal Basic Income Pilot (www.cbc.ca) 333

Reader epiphani writes: The Ontario Government will pilot universal basic income in a $50M program supporting 4,000 households over a 3 year period. While Slashdot has vigorously debated universal basic income in the past, and even Elon Musk has predicted it's necessity, experts continue to debate and gather data on the approach in the face of increasing automation. Ontario's plan will study three communities over three years, with participants receiving up to $17,000 annually if single, and $24,000 for families.

Comment Re:CueCat all over again (Score 1) 191

I still think "why would anyone want something like that?" and don't understand the alleged success of the Eco / Home. I say alleged because I don't know anyone with one nor many people aware of them. But one thing for sure, next time I'm on the radio I'm going to yell "OK Google, order a barrel of lube and a dildo. Confirm."

Comment Control/command ? (Score 4, Insightful) 510

What do you mean by:

I just need something to work with the mechanical equipment it controls

Apparently you just don't need a run of the mill desktop linux distro, but some special purpose to control some hardware, right ? The good news is that all linux systems are more or less equivalent for that. The bad news is: what is you equipment ? Does it support Linux ? Do you need to write software for it or are you provided drivers ? If the latter you should ask your hardware provider what they recommend, not us.

Comment Re:They are concerned about lost tax revenue? (Score 1) 366

Where is it written that a government *MUST* tax sales?

The way I see it is that if your taxe system is simple, plenty of people find workarounds and don't (legally) pay taxes. Then you close that loophole and tax what they were doing. Rinse, repeat and you end up with a 5 thousand page tax system only experts working for Apple understand and they are the only ones not (legally) paying taxes at this point. In other words I see this complexity of the tax system as necessary evil and advocates of 'flat tax' or other 'simple' systems as idiots.

Businesses

App That Lets People Make Personalized Emojis Is the Fastest Growing App In Past Two Years (axios.com) 36

From a report on Axios: Bitmoji is the fastest-growing app in America, per comScore, with a more than 5000 percent increase in monthly unique visitors over the past two years. E-commerce apps OfferUp and Letgo are the 2nd and 3rd fastest-growing apps. The findings from comScore's latest study highlight three of the fastest-growing mobile market trends:

E-commerce: Letgo (3), OfferUp (2), Flipp (4), Venmo (5) and Wish (7), are facilitating real-world marketplace transactions.

Travel: Uber (6), Waze (8) and Lyft (9) all help users travel from one point to another via auto.

Social connectivity: Tinder (10), Bitmoji (1) and GroupMe (11) all facilitate gatherings and social interaction.
FastCompany wrote a profile of Bitmoji and why so many people seem to be a big fan of it.

Comment Are billboards illegal in your parts ? (Score 1) 110

There are entire countries where billboards are illegal (Brazil), countries where they are illegal outside of cities (France), and many cities where they are forbidden (like my own). Why ? Well, it breaks down to this: either they work or they don't work. If they don't work, then what's the point ? Get rid of them. If they work, then it means they steal some of your attention span while you should be paying attention to your driving, so they should be illegal. And they are ugly.

Comment Re:Sick of the trick questions on interviews (Score 1) 1001

As an embedded developer I've been asked to sit on interviews a few times. I usually ask one 'trick question': "what is a volatile in C". If they don't know, then I'm pretty sure they have never read a hardware register. And none ever answered. Obviously we ended up hiring the asshole with fascist and complotist views... Sigh...

Comment And yet still used as cattle feed (Score 2) 91

No matter how many studies about antibiotics resistance, still in the US they keep on feeding antibiotics to cattle to make them grow slightly faster to make slightly more money. All this at the long term risk of killing most of us. No, that's not hyperbole: before the invention of antibiotics, one skin infection out of 9 was deadly. Yes, a bit of pus in a scrape, deadly one time out of 9, let that soak in (the idea, not the pus).

I remember a discussion about that here on ./ a decade ago where a moron was defending this feeding, saying "no studies have shown any risk". Then a few years later some studies started tracing out the DNA origin of some resistances and pinpointed them to some US industrial farms, I wanted to find our exchange of posts and rub it in "told you so", but ./ message search sucks ass and I could never find them.

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