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Comment Re:Perhaps they should stop chasing pokemon (Score 1) 614

I imagine there's a correlation between Gen X people who aren't well off and media consumption as well.

Media consumption is far more plentiful. Cable was not something everyone had back in the Gen X days. There was not 24 hours of content available every day.

The problem is simply getting worse.

The solution, as always, is to find something productive to do in your youth.

Comment Perhaps they should stop chasing pokemon (Score 2, Insightful) 614

There is plenty of money to be made if young people would stop squandering their youth.

Generation X had to learn how to make the things that the current generation just consumes today.

Having a computer in the early 90's or late 80's meant you had parents who cared about technology and spent a huge portion of their income to get it.

Despite the amazingly cheap and plentiful access to technology today to learn anything for almost nothing, the current generation spends the majority of their time watching YouTube and Netflix.

And they wonder why their income is low.

Gen X isn't dead yet. If you'd rather watch YouTube and be useless, we'll happily make buckets of money that you could be making as well.

Comment Creativity and Community (Score 1) 254

Having a machine mow your lawn may be all well and good but if some kid down the road wants to make some money you may be inclined to pay them anyway because it's for a good cause. Machines may be able to plant community gardens but the residents may opt to pay humans to do it instead to get the community involved.

You can learn from books all day long but there's still a market for good teachers.

What will more likely happen is what happens with all "kept" people since the dawn of time: they pursued the arts and their own creative interests.

Robots build cars. Humans also build cars because humans can inject creativity that robots can't.

Ada Lovelace wouldn't have been Ada Lovelace if she had to spend all her time making a living for herself.

There is always something to do and humans with ambition will figure out what to do and be well off for it.

Comment Re:Zoning laws are bad? (Score 2) 524

It's pretty ridiculous that I as a software developer have virtually unlimited income potential working out of a $600 a month apartment, but other people have to struggle because zoning laws force them away from potential customers and force them to pay for a place to live and a place to work.

And their customers are forced to travel miles just to go buy simple things that they're neighbors could have more easily sold them.

I like to see people out looking to make an honest dollar.

The government is run by idiots. More people should ignore them in their pursuit of an honest living.

Comment Apparently (Score 2) 170

x86 requires more power than ARM which requires bigger batteries and produces more heat.

It's a fundamentally different architecture. ARM will never be able to compete with x86 in terms of computing power and x86 can't compete with ARM in terms of efficiency and low power.

You can never do more for the same cost of doing less.

Intel is making a good decision to just focus on what they're good at. If they want to compete in the mobile market they need to try to come up with a better ARM chip.

Comment Which low wage workers are getting screwed? (Score 1) 271

Can you describe the supply chain and figure out which employee isn't getting paid what they're worth?

The McDonald's CEO makes $10 per year per employee.

So where is the money to pay these low wage workers who are getting "screwed?"

Where in the supply chain is someone bleeding funds off?

The government takes thousands per year per employee.

Can you describe this "living wage" and show a sample budget that accounts for quality of food, travel (car, public transit, etc), commute time, living arrangements, clothing quality, etc?

Comment This Is Why I Work for Lots of People (Score 1) 271

Forcing companies to pay for overtime just means you're going to get fewer hours or a lower base salary so overtime doesn't affect the company's bottom line.

I'd rather work for a handful of companies and between them completely blow away overtime limits because none of them have to pay me overtime and all I care is that I make my hourly rate which means none of them are complaining and neither am I. Not everyone is interested in only working 40 hours a week.

The people this benefits are the managers who take on salary and end up being a slave to the company. But then, this just bumps their salary up marginally and doesn't change anything.

There's no way for the government to set employee / employer agreements in such a way that everyone benefits. The sooner you can excel at something to the point you move past these income brackets of government meddling, the better.

Comment Re:"mass market affordable car" (Score 1) 430

The original Model T was considered mass market affordable and cost 1 year's salary.

The median income in the US is around 45,000 per year.

That alone tells you how much damage the government has done to our money through excessive taxation, inflation, etc. And how much other stuff people buy that makes it impossible for them to buy a car that's worth 1 year's salary anymore.

Comment Re:Aw, come on ... (Score 1) 372

What's happening is that the framework is converting the string "null" into the null value. Now that it came up that would also happen in my own PHP framework because it's a lot easier to convert the string "null" into the null value when generating queries in the ORM than to try to check for null values.

If you handle "null" values you have the issue of setting things to null when what you intended was that those fields were not changed. If you use the string "null" then anything that has the value of null in the object is not updated in the database.

There are other cases that also come up which incline you more to use the string "null" to indicate a null value should be stored in the database.

I don't know what language or framework they're using but that's very likely the same general method they're using.

Comment Re:Liar, liar, pants on fire! (Score 1) 164

Actually, they do stop selling tickets at a certain point.

This will help control crowds by not only making it cost more to get in, but also by informing them ahead of time that it's going to be busy and they may want to pick a different day.

What really drives park usage is the locals with their season passes who can show up whenever.

You really have to be willing to go during the non-peak days in the off season if you're not from Southern California if your goal is to ride on all the rides rather than just hang out. If you go on a major holiday, you're not there to ride rides. You're there to see the parades and the displays and just hang out and maybe do a ride or few.

It's not really a theme park that you're going to get to see all in one day. And you need to bring friends to hang out with in line. Or make friends in line.

If it's not your kind of theme park then oh well.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to the do not call list? (Score 1) 253

It works. I successfully settled with a telemarketer for $300. Suntasia out in Florida. I'm in Arizona. They later got raided by the feds.

You have to tell them not to call you, document every call they make to you and track them down. I managed to find Suntasia's lawyer and got the ball rolling. They hired a local firm so I made it a point to divide responses between the states to waste their time and money.

After they gave me $300 I told the lawyer that I really didn't care who got their money, I was happy that the lawyer made some money as well. I didn't hire a lawyer. I think it cost a few bucks to file. So basically they probably spent 3-4 hours of their money on very expensive lawyers and lost.

You have to read the telemarketing laws and match up your documentation with the laws they broke and then file the paperwork and follow through.

It takes awhile and they'll fight it but you just have to stick with it until they cry uncle.

Comment Re:The national average is 15.9 students per teach (Score 1) 162

Right, my point is that the average is 15.9. So if some classrooms have 30 kids and the average is 15.9, that proves the point that there are a lot of classrooms with less than 15.9 kids so that the average is 15.9.

That's the whole point of averages.

Every classroom could have 15.9 kids, but because we like paying people not to do anything, we have 30 kids in one room and (30 + x) / 2 = 15.9 which works to 30 + x = 31.8, x = 1.8

For every 30 kid classroom there can be a classroom with 1.8 kids and the average is 15.9

Which is my whole point that we have a lot of half empty classrooms with teachers collecting a full paycheck while other teachers have overflowing classrooms for the same pay.

Comment The national average is 15.9 students per teacher (Score 1) 162

When you talk about overloaded classrooms you're talking about STEM classrooms.

We have plenty of teachers. In fact, we could fire a lot of them and still be below 18-20 per class.

The issue is that we specialize in worthless teachers who collect full paychecks with empty classrooms because they're not competent enough to step in and teach a STEM period or two. As if the standards for becoming a K-12 math teacher are even particularly difficult.

As a bonus for firing a lot of worthless teachers and actually having full classrooms, we can give significant raises to the teachers we actually need. Which will in turn attract a lot more competent teachers who can solve other issues.

Comment Re:Follow the money. (Score 2) 234

This is brain dead capitalism. This is Scarlett O'Hara exploitative, short sighted, moocher stuff where you go in, get what you want and have no concern for the people or big picture view. When things fall apart you go cry and run off to the next batch of suckers.

This isn't Ayn Rand, understand your interdependencies, work together and support your highly competent support structure to build a larger ecosystem where everyone wins and improves in their core competencies to the benefit of everyone else.

Uber doesn't just need researchers. They need Google. They need Tesla. They need other car brands that are working on the problem. And they certainly could have used the money that the government and students were putting into the school to fund those researchers and give them access to other projects which may have given insights to the project they cared about. You can bet the government is interested in autonomous vehicles. Now that's gone because those researchers won't be given money or access to work already done in that area for the government.

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