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Comment Re:Illegal labor (Score 1) 81

Your ECON 101 course did not prepare you for the reality of the world around you. Supply and demand are both multi-dimensional and they may well never intersect in the real world. Or said another way, even if you were to offer the entire global GDP for the next 20 years, you will still not find someone able to supply you with the NCC-1701D.

Comment Re:AKA "snowflake syndrome" (Score 3, Insightful) 261

Might I submit for your consideration that you "anonymous coward" might just be the kind of co-worker making people feel mistreated. Labeling people "snowflakes" doesn't exactly demonstrate empathy and solidarity.

Even "good natured ribbing" can be cruel when the humor isn't shared.

Comment Re:minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 518

I'm certain you'll possess that opinion after I write the software that drives the robot replacing your job. Humans are and will be replaced by automation at ever increasing rates. Unless you're prepared to euthanize all of the "un-needed" people, something will have to give. Traditionally economic disenfranchisement begins with crime and eventually to war, death and destruction. Personally I'd prefer to avoid that.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 518

Actually it's not as expensive as you believe. It's actually cheaper than the already existing social support services. UBI isn't a drag on the economy it's actually an enabler. So many very expensive societal problems run lock-step with poverty; crime, health, education, pollution, geopolitical stability, etc.. History is replete with examples of economic disenfranchisement being at the root of the fall of a great many empires. UBI removes the boot from the neck of the people.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 518

Historically there has always been the possibility of emigrating elsewhere. Finding a place where you can settle to provide a subsistence level of survival for yourself or a family is a thing of the past. The Earth has been measured and claimed for a long time now, anywhere that you might think to go is going to have an owner already who is unlikely to just give it away.

So Mars, or Luna then?

Comment Re:Aka "The Trump Muzzle" (Score 5, Insightful) 173

Anyone can gin up nonsense to fit a curve. That's what fake news largely is. The biggest error I see in most mainstream media is the assumption that details and context can be omitted. It is far easier to digest a simpleton falsehood compared to reality when the audience lacks the foundational information to understand it. You cannot communicate the complexities and nuance of reality in 30 second sound bites.

Comment Re:Lights on vs someone being home (Score 1) 288

Is that the whole staring at and pontificating upon a pile of steaming dog poo and going "dude" a lot thing? I guess my take away of such things was that pot, LSD and their relatives simply in effect re-wired the perception of simple things; making them seem profound while in fact meriting nothing of the sort.

Comment Re:Status Quo (Score 2) 227

Complete with the extra $$$ to subsidize ESPN again. When are they going to get a freaking clue? Not everyone wants ESPN. Make the bloody network an add-on like HBO and give me a fair rate. Better still, make all the freaking networks (channels even) a la carte. Sell packages of points where each network/channel costs a certain number of points and let me pick what to fill it with.

Comment Re:We've seen this coming... (Score 3, Insightful) 155

Tell that to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Crunchyroll, etc. al..

Professional sports leagues will continue to charge what ESPN is willing to pay. What cable co's have been long ignoring is that ESPN is an anchor that's just dragging them down. A very substantial component of the compulsory part of everyone's cable bill is basic access to ESPN. Sports fans might mind less, but everyone else is stuck with an excessively high subscription rate that subsidizes the cost of channels they rarely watch. It's the stuff cable cutters are born from. We're not talking about healthcare here. Many of us don't mind pulling up the disadvantaged when it comes to such matters. But, we surely do not view the consumption of sports entertainment that way. Pay for your own add-ons.

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