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Comment Re:Depends on the industry and work environment (Score 1) 375

I for instance work for the government in IT and during holidays when the non 12 monthers are out, I am basically a paper weight at my desk all day. So I take online classes,

This time of the month is always slow for me at my job, every month. So I've started going through edX courses during working hours to learn more skills I can use at work and, more importantly, move up or into different positions within my company. In my opinion, if it's legitimate business skills there shouldn't be an issue.

Comment Re:out of touch (Score 1) 148

Poor people are not renting anything for $5-$10 a day, they're buying a bus pass. .

Exactly. "Riding the bus is for poor people, and we're not poor. Better off subscribing to UberAir for $200 a month. That way I might actually get a few hours to sleep while I catch a ride from my regular job to my night job."

And cars do not cost that much to buy or maintain. My total car-related expenses last year were $1056.

I'm with you there. My car is paid off and I spend maybe $30 a month on gas, plus insurance. But many people aren't like us. They have $250-300+ 3 year leases, or are paying $350 a month on a 10 year loan for their newest Super Heavy Duty Extra Wide body Crew Cab F-1000 (which they will probably trade in in 3 years anyway for the latest model, extending their loans even more). And they are paying for Gas, maintenance, and insurance on top of that. When you take all that into account, subscribing to a service for a couple hundred dollars a month saves them money.

Any transportation/self-driving car unicorn worth their IPO would be salivating over the opportunity to have both of those groups of people as customers.

Comment Re:out of touch (Score 1) 148

and who's going to pay to ride if they're broke and out of work?

Hello!

You can't kill the golden goose (US Middle class) and expect to keep getting gold.

Middle class owns things. Poor people have to rent them. Even $5-10 dollars a day (and not necessarily every day) still comes out to a cheaper monthly bill than paying for payments on a vehicle loan, insurance, and upkeep/gas. Autonomous cars are putting companies in place to profit when there is no more middle class.

Comment Re:contradiction with self-driving cars (Score 1) 148

With self-driving cars putting vast numbers of people out of work, WHO will afford the flying car?

The goal ins't to sell them to people. The end game is corporations owning autonomous flying cars that people then use either through a subscription-like service or pay per use. The first step is to get people used to autonomous transportation (driverless cars). Once this is done and commonplace and people are used to it (and the accompanying decline in automobile ownership) the next big step is safe and reliable 1-4 person flying transportation. Once that is perfected you move to autonomous flying vehicles. By this time they hope that individual car ownership will be almost completely eradicated, because who will pay $50k for a car when you can pay a couple dollars a day or subscribe for $200 a month and get a ride to wherever you need to go just about whenever you need to? Why pay for a car that will spend 20 hours a day just sitting there?

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 85

I've been wondering for quite a while when we could have something like this. The question is how the processing works for the card, for example a) Does it process against a chip in the card which allows the card to pass information to the pin-pad or not (good to prevent use of stolen cards) b) Does it process against the pin-pad allowing a transaction to be verified (good to transactions from cloned cards)

The first choice is good to reduce the more immediate impact of card theft, and better from a privacy perspective. The second is more effective against somebody cloning your card - which around here is more common - but it means that your CC company presumably needs your biometric info. It also allows the use of fingerprints as a password replacement (pin-pad)

It could be built in to the opposite end of the card from the chip. So as the chip is inserted in the reader, your finger is over the built-in scanner authenticating that the person using and holding the card is the person that owns the card. Might help for stolen/cloned cards, but it wouldn't do much for cards that were fraudulently issued due to identity theft, as the thief could just open and register the card using their own fingerprint.

Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 1) 342

And why is that such a bad thing?

I passed no judgment, actually. I just pointed out, the deck is not stacked in Trump's favor — certainly not "entirely".

Sadly, in US politics these days if you are seen even eating in the same restaurant as someone from the other party you are vilified and torn down the next time you come up for re-election as a traitor to the party.

Apparently, people are periodically shifting in their opinion on whether or not party-loyalty (and consequent predictability) are a good thing. For every time you blast one's sticking to the party line, I can counter, that it is good thing, that a politician not doing that is not fulfilling the promise his party-affiliation made to the electorate.

The best example I can think of it that damn loyalty and support pledge the Republicans were demanding all Presidential candidates take, promising that they would support the nominee no matter who it was. How can you stand there one day and tell people that someone is incompetent, wrong, and unfit to rule, and then turn around and declare your full and unconditional support to them the next? Either you lied to the electorate or you are giving up on your principles, both in the name of party loyalty.

Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 4, Insightful) 342

With the deck stacked entirely in his favor he still can't deliver.

About half of Congressional Republicans hate him with passion — and would rather collude with the opposition than with him.

And why is that such a bad thing? In a responsible, reasonable government there should be collaboration between the ruling and opposition parties. How else do you expect to actually get things done that can actually last instead of just getting scrapped as soon as the next party comes into power? Sadly, in US politics these days if you are seen even eating in the same restaurant as someone from the other party you are vilified and torn down the next time you come up for re-election as a traitor to the party. It's pretty sad, really, how much American political parties operate like the Soviet Communist party did, where loyalty to the party supersedes everything else.

Comment Re:Let's define terms here (Score 1) 359

The bags are not filled with juice, they are filled with pre-chopped fruit and/or vegetable pieces. Or at least that's the idea behind the bags. I have a little difficulty believing that you could hand squeeze vegetables as effectively as a machine, but fruit should be easy enough.

Look at the little GIF in the article. As easy as that juice is coming out with the hand squeeze she either had to have pounded the bag with a meat tenderizer, or it was already pulped up or liquefied. While a person can,albeit inefficiently, hand-squeeze juice from fruit, I have a hard time believing that person could squeeze vegetables hard enough for juice to come out. With the coloring of that juice being as green as it is, there has to be a significant amount of green/leafy vegetables in it, which means they were already liquid.

Comment Let's define terms here (Score 4, Insightful) 359

It's not a juicer if it doesn't even make juice. All it's doing is squeezing already made juice out of a fancy bag. So if anything, it is a $400 (after the price drop, looks like it was originally $700) juice dispenser, not juicer. Looking at the photos in the article, it looks like what we would have if CapriSun was made by Apple.

Comment Re:Fake movie (Score 4, Insightful) 487

Erdogan did not run as a dictator. During his initial rise to power he was actually a very moderate politician. He called for EU membership for Turkey, and under his direction the country did enter negotiations with the aim of getting that membership. He pushed major labor reforms too, giving employees substantially greater protections than ever before in the country and introducing non-discrimination law. He changed later on, slowly, over the course of the 2000s at 2010s, depending increasingly upon tighter control of the media and repression of opposition to stay in power and growing steadily more conservative and Islamist in his social policies.

Culminating in quite possibly orchestrating the coup last year and using that (and the very fortuitous rise of ISIS in Syria) to justify the sweeping grab for power that he just pulled off, effectively guaranteeing he will be in control in Turkey at least through the next decade. He used the coup to purge the military, leaving only loyalists who he can trust not to fulfill the Turkish military's customary role of maintaining secularism in government. You have to give him credit: for a politician he played the long game very well.

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