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Comment one-way laws (Score 1) 144

No don't think that you as a citzen can do something similar. These laws were made to ensure that the noble class rules over the peasant class for all ... what? Yes? ... ah... ok... sorry to interrupt, there was a mix-up in the time scale. So as I said, these laws were made to ensure that the corporate, legal entity rules over... what? oh? ok, apparently we don't say that anymore, the proper phrase is "can create more jobs".

Comment Re:Gartner, enough said (Score 1) 91

One has to admit the possibility is there.

Mathematically, yes. Realistically, you would have to be a complete idiot to bet money on it.

The one area that MS consistently fails in, for all its existence, is usability. Everything they make has always been just barely usable. Their interface design is inconsistent, constantly changing and at best tolerable. But for a small screen on a phone, the interface is the king. It is the one thing you have to get right.

Comment Gartner, enough said (Score 1) 91

Nobody except Gartner believes most of what they predict anyway. Did anyone really think that Microsofts n-th attempt to make a phone OS would be any more successful than the previous ones?

I'm surprised that Blackberry fell so deep, because it still has a strong foothold in the finance and some other highly security-conscious industries (military, etc.) and some of its security features are still unique.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

Synergy in business context is another word for "efficiency", which is another word for "profit". If you pay me enough, I will work whatever hours you want. Since I'm an expert in my field, I do have that negotiation power. But when I see minimum wage people working crazy hours, I ask myself which unfortunate life conditions force them to do so. UBI would allow these people the same negotiation power.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

Only if you are intentionally trying to read something into it. The example I put immediately behind it should make it clear. Many people - myself included - do not like to get up early. I would rather work from 10 till 6 than from 8 till 4. Same hours, but better hours for me. Other people want to be home to their families early. They might prefer a 5 till 3 shift.

With UBI, you do not have to work in order to not starve. That gives you a tremendeous amount of negotiation power. Not just about salaries, but also about working conditions.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

You desperately need to pick up the skill of reading comprehension.

I would most likely work more - but spread it out into different areas. Your overly narrow definition of "work" is false-to-facts as well as stupid. I worked as a freelancer for some years, and many of my friends have turned their hobbies into their profession, and in either case the line between "work" and "spare time" begins to blur and the narrow definition of "work" as being the time between punching in and punching out at the company clock disappears.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

All of that has been done extensively already.

I know how I would act under basic income. Work as much in my sphere as I enjoy, and spend more time on side-projects that I enjoy a lot (writing, making games) but that bring in less money.

Also, I would work better hours. A lot of shops would have different opening times because a lot of people would say "sure I can be here at 6 - but not for this money".

Comment Re:Too low (Score 2) 723

I wasn't aware that robots were invented by bank CEOs. Or computers. They certainly did invent cutting away the social security systems that held society stable.

If you think that only the owner of a company deserves the profits that the company makes, you just busted the top end of the idiot scale. Trade unions should go on strike more often to remind those owners who is actually generating the profits of the company.

You are right, the people who earn the profits should get them. That means the sales clerks and the bank tellers, the pilots and the stewardesses, the guys on the factory floor, the repairmen and the driver, the nurse and the doctor.

Comment Re:work less (Score 4, Insightful) 723

Talk to long-time unemployed people and ask them if they would work given the chance. Most of them will answer in the positive. Sitting around being lazy is wonderful if you are a working person, because it is a change from your usual routine. Once it becomes your routine you absolutely want to work again.

Of course there are exceptions. Many of them have other problems (alcohol, drugs, etc.) that are unrelated to UBI.

Comment Re:Too low (Score 1) 723

560 is low, but it is higher than social security in most European countries. And it isn't far away from a reasonable sum. During some times when I was a freelancer, I lived for about 1000 Euros a month, without cutting much into my lifestyle. Granted, no holidays or weekend trips were included, and I was already set up with a home, computer, etc. etc. so I didn't need any major purchases. I also know people who manage with much less, who would be perfectly ok with 560.

How to find the money is trivial. Right now western economies are bleeding crazy amounts of money into tax havens, casino^H^H^H financial market investments and into the pockets of super-rich and multinational corporations. These profits are the results of automation, international trade, economy of scale, etc. etc. - basically, all the profit that these recent developments in trade and economy have generated are distributed unfairly. Distribute them fairly and you will find you have a lot of surplus money.

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