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Comment Fungi are doing the same thing FYI. (Score 1) 291

I got something at the gym which resisted every OTC anti-fungal.

The doctor finally prescribed me something for it that killed it.

Fungi are creepy because they live on you as a food supply like you are walking dirt.

If you get enough and have a fungal bloom tho, they can kill you quickly.

Likewise, medicating a bad infestation too aggressively results in a toxin overload and can kill you.

I quit the gym when I got a second fungal infection about six months later that was also resistant (I was able to use the prescribed stuff to kill it).

Comment Re: Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 529

Most of the money leaves the economy to pay for the automation which is not provided locally- and many of the robots are manufactured overseas in part or in whole anyway until robots start building robots due to labor costs.

So a small amount goes to construction locally. The job "savings" for automated is typically on the order of 100:1, so the 700 jobs saved might turn into 7 locally plus another couple dozen as overseas factories are also closed and their manufacturing is brought home.

Meanwhile trucks still carry the same amount of product over the roads. The factory uses the same amount of water, eletricity, etc. Police still have to patrol around the factory and provide police protection. The fire department still has to provide fire protection for the factory. But less money goes into the local economy to pay for these services because (currently) automated factories don't pay income taxes. So the remaining humans with income must subsidize the company by paying higher taxes to maintain the roads. By removing human workers, under our current set of tax laws, the company's billionaire owners (who probably live in another state or country) will have externalized almost all their costs onto the populace while offering almost no local employment (after construction ceases).

On the plus side, I also oppose helping NFL billionaires wanting new stadiums so we share that.

The wave of automation coming is going to more than decimate jobs. It's likely to destroy 90% of trucking jobs over the next 15 years. After 20-40 years of job destruction, we'll reach a new steady state. But the nearest comparable situations are the luddite situation and the horse situation. Most luddites were refused training and as a result died of starvation and exposure after the army killed a bunch of them during their revolt. And the horse population dropped by 95% in under 30 years after automation destroyed their job categories. Many of them were simply put to death tho the bulk was from restricted breeding since there was no profit in breeding as many horses.

Comment Re:No Gut no Glory (Score 1) 66

A particular aspect that concerns me about them getting failure rates down into the lower tenths of a percent is their use of unlined COPVs.

The thing is... Even by the rather loose standards of the launch industry, that's not extreme reliability. It's only a modest improvement over the Other Guys. (And not worth very much unless they can also correct their ongoing inability to maintain schedule.)

And the 'lower tenths' are nowhere near airplane like reliability - which is down in the lower millionth of a percent.

And on top of that - they don't use unlined COPV's. There's not even such a thing as an unlined COPV NAICT.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 529

It's already been reported that shops see increased sales and profits greater than their increased labor costs when the minimum wage is increased.

It's a complicated problem, but in countries without a minimum wage you see violent civil unrest break out. You really don't want half the population to be hopeless.

Comment 100k is a bad solution. Use a quintile or percent (Score 1) 529

Firstly, it should be 108k adjusted for inflation since it was first set but whatever.

More importantly, it's going to be a waste of time if they fix it because it'll be broken within a few years (unless we have deflation in which case things are much worse anyway).

$100,000 is basically top 20%.

So instead of setting it at $100,000, set it at "Must pay a salary equal to the lowest income in the highest quintile for the prior tax year".

That way it will naturally increase with inflation. When $60,000 was originally set, it had purchasing power of over $100,000 today.

And if these are so special, rare, and talented then shouldn't they be making top 20% pay?

Keep in mind that Google and similar companies are often unable to hire the truly rare genius's they need because all the slots have been taking by bachelor's degree candidates with "C" averages for that year by large consulting firms.

The goal of H1B was to bring in labor unavailable in the U.S. at any price- not to bring in labor that undercut local market prices.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 265

Manning's freedom was lost because (s)he thought that the public knowing what was really going on in Iraq was important enough to make the risk worthwhile. In return, i'd say it's the least we can do to refer to her by her preferred gender. It's a lot easier than losing your freedom, don't you think?

Comment Do you know how to read? (Score 1) 403

What you're describing (between pointless insults?) is the dwindling need for unskilled manual labor.

No, complete idiots like yourself display the point of the insults. (Hint: The construction trades are *not* unskilled.)

There will still always be a need for manual labor.

What part of "less and less as the years go by" was too complicated for that wad of half rotten cabbage you carry between your ears?

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 3, Interesting) 200

Improper Government is bad. Just that most modern governements are involved in way more than they should be (arresting people for serving food to the homeless??? WTF??)

My solution is much more simple. Government manages not just the Conduit, but the actual Fiber in it. Bring it all back to a COLO facility where the competition happens. The "cable" companies no longer control the cable, only the content. And since each customer can get the services they want, from the provider(s) they want, it is all open to anyone who want access to those customers. All they need is a feed from the COLO to whatever they are offering.

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