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Comment Re: fuck tipping (Score 3, Informative) 140

And that's why it needs to be included in the price, the way it is in most of Europe and Japan. Idiots like you believe that tips aren't necessary to earn a living wage, but when minimum wage is halved simply because someone *might* give you more income, that's BS. Tips are essential. Moreover, other customers are subsidizing your tip-free existence, and on top of it, there's a good chance the employees aren't including all of their tips in their taxable income, which means we're all subsidizing them even more. Honestly, that shouldn't be your responsibility anyway, or mine -- it should be the employer's. So yeah, fuck tipping, once it's not necessary. Until then, fuck you.

Comment Re:Taxes are for dummies (Score 1) 903

That's not what the article says. It says 45% of households pay no or negative taxes, but it doesn't say where they fall on income brackets. Some (many) could be retirees. It *does* say that the bottom 40%, on average, have a negative tax burden, but that's not quite the same thing, as some of the people paying no or negative taxes are undoubtedly in higher income brackets, or would be if not for clever accounting.

Comment I'm on BK's side (Score 1) 606

I actually blame Google for allowing this attack vector. If Google, Amazon, and Apple won't focus on security on their own, then hopefully some deliberate prodding will help them focus on it. That may not be Burger King's intent, but it should be the outcome. As easy as it is to play audio from a website without user consent, it's just a matter of time until we see these methods used for truly malicious attacks. An out-of-band attack to identify Tor users, perhaps? A late-night ad that advised viewers to say "Ok Google, call 1-900...," which "inadvertently" triggered just those calls? Using Wikipedia (which anyone can edit, of course), to create a custom page that exploited a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Text-to-Speech engine, perhaps? Rule number one of security is to never trust arbitrary user input, but from all appearances, these voice recognition devices and apps do just that.

Shame on these companies for not having better security from day one. Security must be a forethought, not an afterthought. Apparently that's a lesson that needs to be learnt over and over again.

Comment Re:Sounds like their parents aren't parents, (Score 2) 152

Addiction is mostly about getting that dopamine hit, and anything that can trigger it can become addictive. In most of life, that hit is moderated by something -- eating has fullness, playing and exploring have physical fatigue, and repeating the same thing over and over (even sex) becomes boring after a while. Addiction can happen when there's little or no moderating factors. Addictive substances continue to provide a hit no matter what (although it may take increasing quantities to achieve the same result). Eating has a physical limit, although some people push that limit as far as they can. So-called adrenaline junkies (really dopamine) take larger and larger risks, sometimes with fatal consequences.

Rehab is all about finding different ways to find enjoyment, which really boils down to less self-destructive dopamine hits. Bonding with others in healthy ways, engaging in physical activities, creative projects, and then cementing those behavioral changes with first external and then internal reinforcement. Addiction isn't a flaw of character, it's an inherent vulnerability in our dopamine-motivated existence.

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