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Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 630

The autoignition temperature for H2 is almost 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. It's actually hard to ignite at STP and normal oxygen levels without specialized equipment. Gasoline fumes are are more reactive (ie lower autoignition temperature) than H2 but nobody causes much of a fuss over storing gasoline is properly designed containers at home. Pressurized containers are a hazard by themselves, but safe solutions could be engineered for mass use.

Comment Re:It's all about leverage... (Score 1) 1116

It works both ways. If everyone has a basic income, now an employers no longer need to pay anything resembling a living wage. The entire workforce because the equivalent of teenagers who are just working for some extra spending money. As long as the job itself isn't too unbearable, lots of people would be willing to work at low wage for a few hours a week just to have some extra luxuries. A job that has a pleasant work environment could be far more competitive than a job that pays a higher salary.

Comment Re:Terrifying stupidity (Score 5, Interesting) 1116

Robots. Every time raising the minimum wage comes up, people are quick to claim such a raise in labor costs will just accelerate adoption of automation. But if we had basic income in lieu of a minimum wage, then such automation would be unequivocally positive.

Comment Re:Divisive and offensive (Score 1) 581

What a bunch of false equlivance, white guy pity party.

There is a world of difference between "conscription practices, naval military recruiting practices, and industrial labor practices" (all of which also inflicted on the descendants of slaves) and actual laws on the books based explicitly on race and ancestry.

Were the descendants of serf banned from voting? Were the descendants of serfs banned from buying property? Did the descendants of serfs have to use separate drinking fountains? Were the descendants of serfs lynched by hooded mobs? These were substantial discriminations still taking place one hundred years after slavery.

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