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Comment Re:No, they "saved" corp profits by Union busting (Score 1) 474

no American should EVER support Union Busting.

But should we support state laws that require employees to pay union dues? Isn't private ownership but strong government control over the means of production an aspect of fascist economies?

Yes, we should oppose Right to Mooch (aka Right to Work -- for less money) states whenever possible. Unions built the middle class and ever since the social engineering attack on them the middle class has steadily shrunk in the US.

And no, that's not an aspect of fascist economies. There is no such term.

Comment Re:No, they "saved" corp profits by Union busting (Score 5, Informative) 474

Do the math first. 400MM twinkies, 22,000 people. That is an output of about 9 twinkies per hour per employee. Even if back in the day they produced twice as many, the efficiency is abysmal and there is no way that a Twinkie has sufficient value to sustain all those people on a liveable wage.

Well, yeah? That's why the workers didn't just make Twinkies -- they also made a shitload of different types of pastries (chocodiles, ho hos, etc) and breads. Stuff like Wonder Bread, the Nature's Pride line, etc etc. And the 22,000 people probably weren't all making Twinkies to begin with.

Hostess -- under their name Interstate Bakeries Corporation -- was pretty damned huge before the Vultures got to them. Hell, before the health food kick of the past decade or so Wonder Bread was probably one of the most popular breads in the US.

Comment No, they "saved" corp profits by Union busting (Score 5, Informative) 474

While the Automation kick is an interesting angle, lets not forget what actually killed Hostess -- vulture capitalists. These are Mitt Romney style assholes who swooped in, loaded the company up with debt, then pawned it off after leeching all the money out. Somehow though, it's not embezzlement when an investment company does it.

But it gets worse. The unions that took the blame? They were having their workers give upwards of a THIRD of their paychecks just to try and save the company they helped build. And that just caused the vultures to trade the company around more and more.

That leaves the unions in one corner and the hedge funds and Hostess management in the other. Management ordered the company to stop contributing to the union pension funds, ignoring their obligations under collective bargaining agreements. They have demanded a new round of concessions, which would have doubled insurance premiums, negated all pension obligations, and slashed pay by 27 to 32 percent. Again, the 14-year Hostess bakery veteran: “Remember how I said I made $48,000 in 2005 and $34,000 last year? I would make $25,000 in five years if I took their offer. It will be hard to replace the job I had, but it will be easy to replace the job they were trying to give me.”

So yeah, the automation is interesting, but lets not forget what brought us to this point. Vultures bought the company, embezzeled a shitload by loading on bad debt and pawning the company of as well as flat out stealing from the pension fund, and passing the buck to the next leech until they couldn't pass it any further. And now instead of having good quality Wonder Bread and tasty, if not exactly healthy, sweets like the Twinkie, we get mass produced automated crap.

The local Hostess bakery re-branded as a Franz, and the quality is really good. They also have a direct-from-the-baker storefront that you can go in and get bread at a huge discount. Oh, and they're union and pay their workers a good wage -- around $17 an hour starting.

As I said the last time this came up, no American should EVER support Union Busting. Hostess is dead to me, and besides You can clone a twinkie pretty easily, which lets you do stuff like a fresh baked chocolate twinkie with cherry filling.

Comment Re: youtube-dl anyone? (Score 1) 33

Yes there were ways to do this already, but most people, especially in rural areas of a developing country, are simply not aware of such options, much less how to implement them.

More importantly this gives Google's legal team ammunition to shut down those other ways.

"We implemented a way for poor dirt farmers in India to download vids at night for watching in the morning, so your download service no longer has a legit purpose."

Comment Re:Wait.... Again?! (Score 3, Informative) 96

To be fair, at least NewScientist was better, subject-matter wise, than the more recent love affair with Forbes.com

One of the things we learned during the last few months of Gamergate is that Forbes is now a glorified blogging network that pays per click. So you have a serious economic incentive to get your article out there for clicks... and tailoring a pitch for it for Slashdot is a great way to do so.

Also, that means that Forbes.com is about as newsworthy as Wordpress.com.

Clickbait: The More You Know (TM)

Comment Re:Misleading phrasing. (Score 1) 819

But then again, the scare headlines proudly exclaiming "0.4% more Druggies in the US Workforce, are YOU at risk?" wouldn't be as impactful.

True. It would be more intellectually honest, less full-of-shit, less "i've-got-a-fucking-agenda". But definitely less impactful.

And ultimately, isn't that the real point of the news? To maximize clicks and thus advertiser and shareholder value?

Comment Misleading phrasing. (Score 1) 819

"But Quest Diagnostics, which has compiled employer-testing data since 1988, documented a 10% increase in one year in the percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs -- up to 4.7 percent in 2014 from 4.3 percent in 2013."

It's written to make it sound at first glance that it's 10%. But it's actually 0.4%.

But then again, the scare headlines proudly exclaiming "0.4% more Druggies in the US Workforce, are YOU at risk?" wouldn't be as impactful.

Comment Not thinking big picture. (Score 5, Interesting) 655

These people aren't thinking big picture. Forget a fleet of self owned self-driving cars. Yes, self-car ownership is a staple of American life right now, but it's death knell has been sounded.

Imagine a fleet of hundreds of self driving buses, vans, et cetera. Now cross that with Uber -- request a ride, and you get put on a list of stops where the bus is going to go. Picture having to wait no more than 15 minutes for a self-driving public transportation vehicle to take you anywhere in your city, with algorithms picking the most efficient route to get who needs a ride, when they need it. Who is going to buy their own car when you can just get a public transportation pass and go anywhere?

Hell, what government is going to allow people to drive their own cars when self-driving vehicles can drive for them? And when even self-driving self-owned cars turn out to be a detriment to the self-driving public transportation, welp...

We don't consider horses when designing modern roadways, outside of some very specific scenarios. We're entering an era where considering manually driven cars are going to become a similar relic of the past.

Comment Re:They deny there's a slippery slope... (Score 4, Interesting) 171

Slipperly slope nothing, they're leaping off the cliff. Their latest argument is that part time traffic court judges in bumfuck Nebraska should be allowed to authorize hacks to literally any/every computer everywhere.

Perhaps, I don't know, the FBI's job is SUPPOSED to be hard. Whenever they use that as an excuse to shit over everyone's rights I get more than a little wary.

Comment Re:booky mcBookyFace (Score 0, Flamebait) 702

For quite a while the public ballots worked, but where a group decides to undermine the process by intentionally stacking the vote, well yes, it gets undermined. All these right wing goons are doing is destroying the Hugos.

Oh boy, you're in for a treat.

1. The Regressive Left have been doing this very thing for decades. They're just pissed that some plebs who aren't "true fans" with rightthink are doing it back -- and better than them, to be honest.
2. Yes, they're destroying the Hugos. But don't misunderstand -- this is a mercy killing. The Regressive Left are going to No-Award everything out of spite, and the Rabid Puppies are going to No-Award everything just to make sure the Hugos don't get given out this year. Maybe then Worldcon will fix them.

Comment Re:Is this treason? (Score 1) 405

"Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. "

Developing a measure with the explicit intended goal to deny the US Government Legal access to any random State enemy's communications device by demanding brute-force decryption software through lawful order by making an alteration solely intended to render that as impossible could be argued as an act with the sole intention of "giving aid and comfort".

Oh, I love this game. Let me try!

And by demanding we give up our rights in the name of fighting terror, they're giving aid to our enemies. Ergo, the FBI agents pushing for this are treasonous monsters and we should ignore them.

Comment Re:Torn (Score 1) 405

That's a false analogy. The police want help from the local locksmith to get into this house, which he made the lock for, because they have a warrant to search the premises. And the tenant is dead. And the property owner consents.

Except that they're not asking for a key to that house. They're asking for a Master Key to 38.58% of the Houses in the country, along with the legal authority to demand a custom built master key for the other 60%.

Comment Re:Torn (Score 4, Insightful) 405

In a perfect world maybe, but you're not considering the real world where few lives will be saved, but the vulnerability will be abused constantly.

Especially since they immediately demanded to violate those rights 12 additional times in order to break the encryption of 12 more iPhones -- none of which had anything to do with the bogyman of the week, terrorism.

This has nothing to do with fighting terrorism or protecting Americans. The FBI decided us using our right to privacy was making their jobs annoyingly difficult, so our right to privacy, in this situation, simply has to go.

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