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Comment Re:Now with more distortion (Score 1) 319

I remember the maps changing over in the mid-Eighties. Seventies and early-Eighties all the world maps in school were centered (left to right) on Kansas, with Asia and Australia on the left, and Europe and Africa on the right. That meant there was a split somewhere in the middle-east. If you looked carefully, you could tell that the left and right edges overlapped a little bit.
In the mid-Eighties the "old" maps slowly got replaced with "international" maps with the Americas on the left and Eurasia on the right. Some grumpy old conservatives complained (yes even back then) that this was all a plot to take away American pride.

Comment Re:We've known this for years (Score 1) 352

I work in a pretty broad cross-section of industries, and the start time for almost everyone is 7:00am. If they don't start at 7:00am, it's because they start at 6:00am.
It's only office types (which I know are over-represented here on Slashdot) that get to wait until after the sun is up before work starts.

Comment Re:Bull (Score 4, Insightful) 644

At some point though, the rich won't need money from the masses. They will be able to just directly order their robo-factories to directly build their yachts and mega-mansions, using robo-manufactured components built from robo-harvested raw materials. If they don't personally own robo-companies that have what they need, they can just trade with other 1%ers who do own the right robo-resources.

They probably will need a few lesser humans (at least in the beginning) to fill in the gaps that robots can't (yet) do. But that will just be an issue of enticing the best of the best non-1%ers with the opportunity to live in the servants' wing of their robo-built mansion and eat the leftovers of their robo-harvested food.

Right now they only need money from the masses so they can use that money to employee the masses. That dependancy goes away of you already own vast armies of robots that serve you for free.

Comment Re:Or course not. (Score 1) 406

Ever felt guilty about not doing anything on a lazy Sunday

Um, no? On the rare occasions that I get a lazy Sunday where I don't have to work and I don't have a bunch of chores back-logged from not being able to do them when I was working, the thoughts I usually have are "why can't every day be like this?" and "Damn, it's over already?"

Comment Re:One reason: (Score 1) 406

It makes a cute quote, but it's not really the type of activity that makes work suck. What I "love doing" is not dealing with deadlines, stress, or the responsibilities of other people depending on my work.

Take away those pressures and even stuff like digging holes or cleaning is fun. Because as soon as it stops being fun you move on to something else.

So really the only way to "love what I'm doing" is to not "have to" do it, and be able to stop doing it and move on to something else whenever I want. Which describes no job ever, pretty much by definition.

Comment Re:The Ghost of Ned Ludd (Score 1) 414

There is clearly something wrong with that article's math. There are about 300,000,000 Americans, out of about 7 billion people on Earth. Which means Americans are over 4% of the world's population. So even if the poorest American is richer than the richest non-American (obviously false) you would still have to be in the top 25% of Americans to be in the world's top 1%. So do you honestly think $33k per year puts you in the top quartile of Americans?

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 5, Informative) 471

Allow a business to invest all its money in itself and it's employees.

Any money they invest in themselves (as capital expenditure or R&D) or employees is already not taxed, since those are expenses. Only profits (going either to shareholders or sitting in reserve), after all the expenses are paid, get taxed.

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