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Comment Re:It's your choice (Score 1) 684

How about a different scenario... (first fix the math, 30/2.5 is only 12 per hour to break even so selling only 24 per hour won't break the bank) Your minimum wage customers now have more disposable income so they're willing to splurge on a hotdog more often, so you invest in a more modern, higher capacity, more efficient oven that partially automates the bake/basket/sell cycle and that supports your one (now more experienced and productive employee) to do business of 36 units per hour at a cost of only $0.4 per unit, bringing you more profit. It's a win for the employee, for you, for the staff at the oven factory.

Rose tinted specs, sure maybe, but better than the shit tinted ones, I get that there is a division of the spoils between capital and labor, but the capital has to up the ante from time to time too, not just sit back and expect the return to be infinite

Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 562

I think it's the other way around, they had no agenda one way or the other on who won, they just looked at who they had the most dirt on and rooted for that person. After all, dishing the dirt on the loser makes you a kingmaker, keeping the dirt on the winner makes you a king controller.

We need a better wikileaks, this one has been hijacked.

Comment whole life (Score 1) 495

It would be interesting to see a whole life estimate, something that takes into account (perhaps) reduced burdens on Milllenials for caring for aging parents if the parents are so rich or increased contributions from parents towards education healthcare or housing. I don't see boomers keeping in the money away from their kids to the same degree that the top 1% keep the money away from the lower 99%.

It would also be good to see this in a global context rather than just for a small geographic area

This shouldn't be cast as boomers vs millenials, if society were working properly we would all live to see our children prosper more than we did and not just inside some arbitrary historical border, but for everyone

Comment ideas (Score 1) 129

I like that these languages all bring new ideas and are a great learning opportunity; erlang and go have interesting programming models and CSP/actor functionality. But I feel I should be able to enjoy these things in other languages after they have a while to get absorbed, that's not generally the case though, for example I've been reading about using akka in java for a while now and the syntax looks clumsy to my eye compared with erlang and I've totally failed to get my head around scala.

same thing with improvements in the build/deploy chain. If transpiling to golang is significantly better then I'll take that win, and simply use go as a stepping stone to deploy the python syntax that I like.

I'm fumbling to say that I think that once several years have passed and a new programming idea has become accepted and proven its worth, them most of the major language syntaxes should grow support for it. There should be a simple CSP syntax for Python, it should be possible to compile erlang for the JVM, to reasonably implement actors in java etc..

Then I won't have to endure so many eye rolls when I suggest erlang for that highly concurrent system to the diehard python or java devs or to the managers that want nothing to do with anything too shiney

Comment pricing (Score 1) 504

Just let electricity prices vary more dramatically throughout the day depending on supply. People will soon enough adapt. I can remember overnight storage heaters full of bricks that were heated with less expensive off-peak electricity, people will install their own in-home or in-community storage facilities when they get sick of paying the premium for non-solar electricity.

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