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Comment Math doesn't work out (Score 5, Insightful) 1023

Guess what? Those $35K robots are also cheaper than paying people $8/hr.

Human beings are incredibly expensive. They're also the economic engine that turns a single business into part of a functional economy, but I digress.

There are very, very few positions that could be automated in a way that makes sense financially at $15/hr that wouldn't also make sense at $5/hr. Either a position is automatable, or it is not, and at 4000-5000 hours per year (plus benefits, etc) that's a lot of money for a single position that could be thrown at a robot if that's the way you wanted to play it. Basically, automating that position will either be super-cheap or super-expensive.

Automation is a very important discussion point. Its disingenuous to tie it to the current debate over moving the minimum wage back up to a living wage.

Comment Re:wait, is this a siri issue or an apple pay issu (Score 1) 223

Not true. Liability has always been with the business. The credit card companies want to make some more $$ from the transaction fees and from selling new hardware.

No, grandparent was correct. If you take a trackdata swipe on a card that had a chip on it, and the data gets intercepted, you (the merchant) are now liable. Previously (and currently with chips) the network ends up taking the hit and chalking it up to the fraud percentage.

Comment Re:It really is about security, not repair (Score 2) 381

What's to stop them from keeping the data encrypted, not allowing access, and just using a second account (call it a guest account like on a PC) that has no access to the stored and encrypted data but does allow then to use a second profile until it can be replaced with a proper sensor?

Technically nothing, but security is a really touchy area. The more code that you have that says, "Well, we think there's been a breach, but let's be super-clever instead of just shutting down," the easier it is for someone to escalate and gain privileges, which in this case includes the ability to generate Apple Pay tokens at will.

Comment Re:Shouldn't be an issue (Score 1) 260

Not really. The idea behind some regulations is in fact to promote a level playing field. Remember that restrictions that are lifted from "Transit Companies" like Lyft and Uber are also lifted from the next guy to come along, even though they're policies don't necessarily match. Or Uber will run low on drivers and drop some of their policies, because there's not any kind of legal requirement for them not to.

Comment Front Page News (Score 1) 92

Dupers are annoying, sure, but at least its understandable when something gets reposted a few days later. Maybe there are other source articles with fresh perspectives, for example. This one, however, is still on the front page (admittedly it is below the fold, so there's still room for "improvement"). I mean, really?

Comment Re:Prior art? (Score 1) 129

And yet, there are literally millions of assholes like me who use Uber constantly, and would take a ride managed by Uber over a taxi any day.

Yup. And so long as investors are willing to pump billions of dollars into those services, they'll be good value too. Of course once the money dries up they'll either get very terrible or very expensive (or both), but for now it shouldn't surprise anyone that they're nicer than the alternatives that have to pay for themselves (while actually being externally measured to make sure that they're not overcharging you).

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