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Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 531

Of course there is. The part of communism that does not work is the command and control nature of it with no price mechanism. Basically you were assigned to a job and told make 100 red tractors. If you ran out of red paint you didn't make any tractors because you were told to make red ones. Totally dumb system as crops would rot waiting for tractors that would come to late. (this shit really happened in the USSR)

Economies need a distributed system based on markets and prices.

UBI maintains the price system. You get your $1,000/month or whatever and you spend it as you see fit. Supply and demand and the price mechanism still work regardless of where you got your $1,000 from.

Think of it this way. All economic growth ultimately comes from productivity gains. Productivity is units of output per unit of labour input. Last year a single baker could make one loaf of bread per day, this year he can make 100 loaves a day, next year he can make all the bread for everyone on the planet.

Over the last couple of decades US manufacturing output DOUBLED. Yes, not only are things still made in America, but you are actually making TWICE as much stuff every year that you used to make in 2001. But your doing it with a third less workers...because of productivity gains. (not trade deals).

So what does 2040 look like? Will USA double its output again with another third less workers? and so on and so on.

You tell me where that leads?

Comment Re:We viral marketers now? (Score 1) 76

Its interesting to me that these dystopian stories are all about a central authority "watching" and "listening" to us so they can intervene and control us. But as witnessed in 2016 rather then listening, it is more of a case of personalized narrow casting into our filter bubbles which then "creates" the reality for the individual. So instead of millions of "SeeChanges" its millions of invisible hooded worm tongues whispering into the ears of citizens convincing them of a reality that is sometimes at odds with what they can see with their very own eyes. http://scontent.cdninstagram.c...

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 531

How about two levels of UBI. Don't have to do anything and you get... Level 1: Getting high and playing video game subsistence level of income If you volunteer at least 40 hours in a month you get... Level 2: Three times the amount of level 1... In this way to preserve what is good about the market in both ways. UBI is not "command economy". With UBI consumers still vote with their dollars in the marketplace. And with volunteerism individuals and communities decide where to put their time and resources.

Comment Re: These wackos are cows with guns (Score 1) 773

It's all a conspiracy. You're a troll on the Russian payroll, tasked to create chaos. I'm a monarchist pretending to be a confused bleeding-heart liberal to create chaos. Obama of course is a lizard pretending to be a muslim pretending to be an American, all the better to create chaos. Or maybe you're just nuts.

Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.

They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.

Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.

Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Santa Killed My Dog!

They say that Santa's coming,
He comes 'round every year.
He comes he'll meet a shotgun slug
'cause he ain't welcome here.

Five years ago this Christmas
The fatass came around
With jingle bells and ho ho hos
And looking like a clown.

He came in for a landing
As I let out a yawn
My house is pretty little
So he landed on the lawn.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 555

Those were all bad presidents. My grandmother, born in 1903, said Coolidge caused the depression but Hoover was a terrible president, too. Most historians consider Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, .was history's worse.

I never thought I'd ever see a worse president than Carter, but GW proved me wrong.

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 4, Informative) 555

You can always kill the phone's sound before bed, and check messages when you get up. You kids just don't understand that answering your phone, whether talk, text, email, amber alert, or presidential alert is NOT MANDATORY. If you're driving, leave the damned thing in your pocket, whoever is attempting contact can wait until you get where you're going.

Stop being a slave to your phone!

If it looks like there may be tornadoes that night, you might want to let the presidential/amber alerts annoy you.

Previewing this, I laughed; this font makes "tornadoes" look like "tomadoes" (I've seen "tomatoes" misspelled like that before).

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 106

Do you work for Maxtor or something? I've had hard drives for decades, few have failed and the failures weren't brand specific, and all were old when they died.

Did you have it sitting next to a heater vent or something? Solid state electronics hate heat. I've had a 3TB Seagate for a couple of years now.

I do avoid Sony like the plague, because if you buy digital electronics from someone who deliberately vandalized your PC with malware that came on a Sony-BMG music CD your daughter bought in a record store, you're a fucking moron.

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