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Comment Re:Dude (Score 1) 122

What he is saying is not really new, it's something many thinkers have considered through the 20th century. The Technocracy_movement predicts that a price system based society must eventually be replaced as the multiplier for work an individual can do increases to a point that only a few people are necessary to cover the production needs of the entire world population. That has deep cultural implications as to how we may change how we consider the value of an individual to society. And this particular example is about 70 years old, so not a new idea by a long shot.
What is new is that the change may happen within our life times, maybe not Hawkings. He's only 74, and maybe he'll be with us for another 25 years, but I think most of us can agree that this isn't going to directly affect him.

Comment Re:OK, now pull the other one (Score 1) 462

Actually, it's nowhere near that simple. For example, my wife is a "stay-at-home mom". Thus she's on the "bad" side of the labor force participation rate.

The numbers of "stay-at-home moms" includes women who are doing it because they cannot find work.

She's doing this because 1) we think it's better for our younger-than-school-age kids, and 2) she can't make enough to pay for the daycare we would have to buy.

She chose to be unemployed rather than underemployed? Thank you for making my point for me.

Comment Re:Plenty of low-wage jobs to go around... (Score 1) 462

Well, I have no great love for CNN, but I liked the look of this article. Let's see, there's a Forbes link on millenial underemployment, let's skip that one just in case. Hmm, there's an article on Monster with... no date? hmm, can't cite that. Here's one from time which says 46% of Americans Say They Are Underemployed, that's a fun idea. The federal reserve's estimate is "fairly close to the trend derived from CPS data, but at a much higher level".

IOW, the direction of trend is accurate, but the numbers are bullshit. Like always

Comment Re:I prefer emby... (Score 1) 81

I have just read about emby after reading your comment, and it has made me excited. Not in the TMI way, but in the this might be what I am looking for way, even though it depends on Mono. I'm going to download an Ubuntu image for my Pine A64+ stat. Hopefully that has enough gusto to do what I want to do with it. The data is already connected to the network via another ARM SBC (a pogoplug) which also has GigE.

Comment Re: If a drone came in your yard uninvited ... (Score 1) 43

"Nobody knows where all these cool drone parts came from. There's a chassis over there in the dumpster of the Shell Station on Richmond Street with a scratched off label. Nobody know how it got there."

No doubt if nobody saw you do it, you're golden. On the other hand, Slashdot is going to get a subpoena for logs if someone actually does find a scratched off label in the dumpster of the Shell Station on Richmond Street one day...

Comment Re:Koran 9:29 (Score 1) 364

Well, not entirely. I mean sure, it's fine to stone to death those who worship false idols etc. But if you're not from the right tribe, you can never become one of God's chosen people. So, you're basically boned either way.

Actually, that's part of the point of Christianity, as opposed to Judaism. If your mom isn't a registered Jew, neither are you. But anyone can become a Christian and even go to Christian heaven if they just repent their sins and accept Jesus into their heart at the last minute. Jews also expect you to do certain things while you're alive if you want to be favored by God when you're dead, and so do the Muslims. The Christians are the only ones for whom belief is sufficient. In that way, if in no other, Christianity is less bigoted than its fellows.

You don't have to be a six footer...

Comment Re: I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 1) 364

Oddly enough, those three chemicals are also very useful to etch PCBs. But thanks to our SWAT team, I now know an additional use for them...

This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts. What year is it? Can't they just look up your blog and find out you're making whosiewhatsits with homemade pcbs? Who knows, maybe this was a while ago. But that sort of thing is still going on.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 364

If you read the study (I just did), you will find that the way they measure alcohol consumption disregards a lot of the ways people consume alcohol.

Last time I checked, the average alcohol consumption in this country was something like four times what it is now at the time of the founding of the nation. Is that not true any more? Changing history, and whatnot.

Comment OK, now pull the other one (Score 2) 462

The unemployment rate fell to levels not seen since August 2007, before a bubble in the U.S. housing market began to burst. The fall was driven partly by the creation of new jobs, and partly by people retiring and otherwise leaving the labor force. The labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7 percent.

So uh, inflation is still a thing (at a fairly steady rate) and retirement plans have imploded and people have less savings than ever, so they should be having to work longer, right? Unless those people are actually dropping dead, a reduction in the labor force participation rate at this time equals an increase in the actual unemployment rate, as defined by the number of people seeking employment. People who are partially employed and either going farther into debt or neglecting their health because they can't afford deductibles and/or time off (or both) are not only a growing segment of the population but also not represented in the unemployment rate.

Last I checked, a million new jobs hadn't made any improvement in the number of people seeking work. This is really the only relevant statistic of this bunch, and it's not presented here. Hmmmmmm.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 364

Are you implying that the US no fly list has entries based on web-browsing history? I'd genuinely like to see evidence of that. I looked briefly but didn't find any that seemed credible.

Since they won't give reasons for the people they've added to the list thus far, we're free to make up whatever we want and imagine that it's true. I'm going with aliens. I mean, I'm not saying it's aliens...

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