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Comment Re:What is up with airlines IT structure (Score 1) 111

I'm not sure about that - the 50 missing flights may not be able to re-book, but the original flights will still fly roughly on time, to the same places. Individual cabin crews know what the passenger count is to let more people on or not. There's nothing about an iT shutdown that SHOULD have to cause a complete failure of all planes to fly.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1536

It was the largest in terms of slave holding population, and white population, and one of the smallest in franchised population. But again, you knew that.

There aren't enough facepalms in the world. Seeing as you forgot what your were replying to.

For a goofy slavery era system it worked pretty damn well.

It prevented one state from throwing the election with corrupt voting exactly as designed.

Going further on

I'm well aware what the Virginia Plan is, why it was made, and how it has nothing to do with presidential elections. But again, *you knew that*.

Nope you aren't

The Constitutional Convention in 1787 used the Virginia Plan as the basis for discussions, as the Virginia delegation had proposed it first. The Virginia Plan called for the Congress to elect the president.[15] Delegates from a majority of states agreed to this mode of election.[16] However, a committee formed to work out various details including the mode of election of the president, recommended instead the election be by a group of people apportioned among the states in the same numbers as their representatives in Congress (the formula for which had been resolved in lengthy debates resulting in the Connecticut Compromise and Three-Fifths Compromise), but chosen by each state "in such manner as its Legislature may direct." Committee member Gouverneur Morris explained the reasons for the change; among others, there were fears of "intrigue" if the president were chosen by a small group of men who met together regularly, as well as concerns for the independence of the president if he was elected by the Congress.[17]

Comment Re:Maybe voice activation is overrated? (Score 1) 146

The people are psychic, too. When the door is going to open the just confidently stride through. When a virus takes over the ship (or whatever) and the door won't work the crew smoothly stops in front of it, even if they had no way of knowing it wouldn't open.

Comment Re:Sad to see Trump... (Score 0) 203

"How much is the State giving away in freebies of taxpayer money to subsidize these jobs?"

Math is interesting. If there are zero jobs, there is zero tax coming in to the state.

If there 50,000 jobs and the state has 50,000 employees each paying state income taxes and sales taxes on money they now have then YAY!. Does it REALLY matter that the state doesn't have money coming in from the company EMPLOYING these people (due to freebies and subsidies)? Because if it's too expensive, then these people will NOT be employed and the state gets a great 'ol goose egg on tax day.

So, what we've learned is that 50,000 x SOMETHING + zero (from corporation) is a bigger SOMETHING! And 50,000 x nothing + 0 (because the corporation wont build or employ anyone there) is a big goose egg.

Do the math.

Comment Jobs have been returning to the US for a while (Score 4, Insightful) 203

Trump or not, it's sure good to see at least some jobs moving in the other direction for once.

According to the Reshoring Initiative, about 41,000 jobs have been returning to the US per year for the last six years. This does not even count jobs that were planned to leave but reconsidered (like Carrier) or jobs created from foreign investment (like FoxConn).

As automation becomes more capable and wages in other countries increase, it just makes sense that jobs would start to return. Unfortunately for the rust belt the jobs which return are often not the same low skill work which was off-shored over the past few decades.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 483

It seems like what you are saying is "some jobs aren't meant to pay for someone's subsistence" My question is "what jobs are those?"

No jobs are meant to pay for someone's subsistence. Jobs are meant to fill a need of the employer. The wages are meant to provide the incentive for the need to be filled. The amount of money it takes to live a good life is completely decoupled from this arrangement. When I need a babysitter, I don't care if my wages are enough to feed and house a 15 year old girl. I only care what amount of money it will take to get the more responsible teenagers in the area to consistently disrupt their weekend plans to watch my kids for me instead.

This is why I greatly prefer a universal basic income, because it allows society to decide what quality of life everyone "deserves" regardless of their economic value. If funded in a progressive way, it doesn't lower the purchasing power of the working/middle class as much as minimum wage and doesn't disincentive economic activity which is not worth the minimum wage.

Are they "unskilled" jobs? If so, are you suggesting that there needs to remain a majority of people without proper education in order to have an "unskilled" work force so that you can go to the grocery store on Sunday or out to eat in the evening?

Unskilled really just means less skilled. Just being literate would have been considered skilled labor 200 years ago, so being "unskilled" is always a moving goalpost. Being unskilled generally means you don't have any skills which would take more than a few weeks / months to teach your average high school graduate. Just like with a business, if your skills don't create a barrier to entry for competing workers, you will probably not command a high wage. The higher the barrier to entry, whether through natural ability or training, the higher wage you will command.

What happens if everybody has an education and is competing on the same level for "skilled" jobs and nobody wants to do the "unskilled" jobs? What happens if we don't have anyone to man the register or pick your food from a field? Wouldn't you say those jobs are necessary?

If for instance the goalpost moves by every person receiving a college-level education, skilled labor will be those who have skills which cannot be quickly taught to your average college graduate (as opposed to an average high school graduate). Someone who did poorly in college and never differentiated themselves would be considered unskilled.

It seems to me that "unskilled" workers are necessary in order to provide a quality of life for the workers in "skilled" jobs.

Yes, we will continue to need many unskilled workers but as I've said there will probably never be a shortage of them since it is a relative term.

Comment Re:Welcome to the future of capitalism (Score 1) 483

The end game is near: the 1% will have everything, and you will have the clothes on your back, if you're lucky.

Naw, the 1% will need about 5% with military training to protect them and another 5% with technical skills to keep the robots working. Throw in another 9% for 3S (servants, sex slaves, and sycophants) and you have 20% with actual cash to spend. I plan on keeping the robots working.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 483

You missed option 4) Accept a slightly lower profit margin on the things you sell.

If I lose sales, I start operating at a loss. If I pay more for employees I start operating at a loss. That puts me back in the first three options, all of which means fewer jobs.

This ridiculous idea that every company is making huge profits and can afford to pay double for labor needs to stop.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 3, Insightful) 483

Well, time matters, too.

No, not really. You can spend 80 hours per week doing a job that returns $1000 in value to the company you work for, but you can't expect them to just hand you $1500 for your time. You have to do something that results in the money you get paid, it truly does not grow on trees.

If it order to pay flip burgers a living wage they have to raise the price of the burgers then so be it.

And when do you expect to get the raise that will allow you go buy the now more expensive product? Someone making $15/hr already who gets no raise when the minimum goes to $15/hr will be in serious trouble as the prices for everything that come from current minimum wage workers goes up to cover your largesse. I'm glad you have lots of excess cash now that you can spend on the more expensive products, but most people do not.

Comment Re:Progress (Score 1) 483

Home repair is getting easier for untrained people, but the big money for building trades is in new housing and major remodels. The latter require building permits and code inspections, which will always remain the baliwick of the construction trades simply because housing codes won't allow amateurs to do major work.

When amateurs do undocumented major construction projects you wind up with issues like the homeowners who bought a property with a small cottage in the back yard who wanted to improve it. Turned out there were no permits and no code inspections, and the cottage was too close to the property line AND was build on top of the city sewer lines.

Comment Re:Progress (Score 1) 483

Poor people who believe they can make the same living as their parents and grandparents with the same skillset.

It's not even that. Children grow up today expecting the things they are used to having, ignoring the fact that their parents had to work a long time to get those things. They don't understand that their parents probably lived in an apartment, saving for the down payment on a house for years before the kids were born. And probably the kids being born was a driving factor in actually getting a house. The kids grow up, move out, and expect to be able to buy a house right away.

Some of that is due to the ridiculous notions of "a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage" and that owning a house is some natural right. This is what led to banking regulations that forced banks to make loans to people who had no way to pay them back, and we know how that turned out.

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