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Comment Re:What kind of jobs? (Score 1) 285

Maybe it's because they aren't doing it right. Takes a special sort of snowflake sensibility to automatically conclude that your own lack of success must be someone else's fault, and then when you can't identify that someone to save your life, to move on to the "the system" being the problem. At some point, The Russians(TM) will be the reason of the week (month?) for why Johnny is still living in his mother's basement at age 28. If I were a betting man, I'd place my guess on about two slots after "systemic racism" being the problem, but a little bit before "global warming."

Comment Re: Basic income (Score 1) 594

False. The probability that a business will fail is not random chance; it is a function of the quality of the business plan, the product, the market need, and the capability of the business owner to follow through and execute. Investors who withhold capital from obvious stupid do so based on their judgement of these factors. Take away that signal, and you will have a lot more people who can barely string two thoughts together "starting a business," and thereby distorting the market for labor and capital. Not good.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 594

Option 4: learn basic economics and stop pretending that there's a big pot of "wealth" somewhere out there that the evil one percenters are keeping all to themselves.

No one is making these guys do this to themselves. If they made a poor decision, then this article does a valuable service to society by publicising it. If you take the ouch out of bad decision making by subsidizing it with free money and free stuff paid for out of the pocket of people who make good decisions, then

1. More people will make bad decisions out of ignorance
2. Fewer people will feel the need to keep themselves on the straight and narrow and make good decisions
3. The pie will get smaller for eveyone.

Comment Re: Population density (Score 1) 467

I'm sorry, what? Since when is a product that meets all realistic use cases of a smaller portion of the population expected to sell better?

I have a sedan. It gets me 20 miles to work and 20 miles back every day, and 50 miles to the remote site once every few weeks. It also gets me 300 miles to the parent's house and 500 miles to the in-laws once or twice a year. On the rare occasion I need to go farther, I fly. On the rare occassion I need to haul a big load, I use the wife's station wagon or rent a truck. I sure as shit don't want to be borrowing a vehicle too often or renting a truck more than maybe once a year or less. So an electric car that causes me to have to do that wouldn't be on my radar. I'm pretty sure a good fraction of your 40% would agree, let alone my 60%.

Comment Re:Just for once (Score 2) 467

1. Range (as noted)
2. Refuelling time (as glossed-over)
3. Energy carrying mass and volume density
4. Safety. Not interested in riding on about a quarter ton of fuel and oxidizer packed close together, thank you.
5. (Not that I care, but) "icky-ness" of manufacturing process. An engine block is just aluminum. Batteries and high-current semi-conductor devices use some pretty nasty chemicals.

Comment Just for once (Score 1) 467

It'd be nice for these self-proclaimed globalist elites to latch on to something that isn't an obvious failure. I mean, a quick back-of-the-envelope will tell you that an IC engine burning gasoline wins in just about every utility metric you can come up for a personal automobile (buses and trucks are a whole other matter). Yet they're declared the Wave of The Future (TM) by the Davos set.

I would love it if these knuckleheads chained themselves to something real, like roads, bridges, power lines, or any one of a dozen other things that aren't sexy at first blush but where real attention and real monetary investments are called for.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 498

No kidding. I'm typing this on a 2 year old slim desktop PC (ie laptop board in a large case), behind me on the wife's desk is a 6 year old mac, on the shelf next to that is a 10 year old laptop that I used regularly until a few months ago and keep around to do taxes on. In my briefcase is my company-issued laptop (3 years old) and in my other case is my new laptop (6 months old) that I got because I needed something fast for once. So out of five machines, only one is younger than the typical replacement time the PHBs expect for an i-device. If all you know is power points and excel, I suppose you could spin that into 'the PC is dying'.

Comment No shit. (Score 1) 495

If half of the safe space dwellers were to take half the energy they devote to figuring out how oppressed they are and instead put into learning a useful skill or trade like physical science, engineering, welding, or woodworking, then maybe there'd be more wealth created here so that we're not all dragged down by the dead weight of talking heads and grievance mongers demanding that we hire more degenerates and mental defectives at 15/hr to sit on their asses and preen in the proverbial mirrors of their facebook pages.

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