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Comment Re: Better be ready to be beat up when layed off w (Score 1) 535

you seem to be implying that, to compete with automation, humans should be willing to be treated like dirt.

- no, I am implying that the cost of litigation is a consideration for any employer *regardless of the merits*. Anybody can sue anybody else if there is merit, that's one thing, however the labour laws make it too easy for an employee to sue an employer for things like 'wrongful termination' and that's a garbage claim. Same with 'human rights' related lawsuits, there is no such thing as a 'human right to work', human rights are protections against government oppression, not entitlements for the employees and obligations upon the employers, yet that's exactly what 'human rights' lawsuits against employers are: they didn't do something the government puts an obligation on them to do, to satisfy an entitlement that the government deems an employee is supposed to receive from an employer.

Being treated like dirt is one thing, and nobody has to work for an employer who treats people like dirt, being provided government entitlements because an employee and employer are working together is something else, that's one of the 3 main reasons why I outsource most of my development to a different country.

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 1) 207

Conservatives have been out of power and influence for so ling, this is stupid. But you're excused,since most assume Republicans are Conservatives.

They are mostly not. And to stomp out the flames in advance, neither is Trump. But he's not part of the Establishment, so we can hope for some minimal changes.

If we had elected any Establishment candidate, we would have no reason to hope.

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 1) 207

Oh, dear, let's go to this now.

Computer buying of performance tickets enhances liquidity in that market. Instant sales, the venue and exhibitor are guaranteed sales, the artist(s) are ensured of their fee, all is well. The market then is extended as buyers pile in and buy at markup, and only the original seller(s) suffer in not sharing in the markup.

Or do they? Perhaps there is a raging business in brokered resales, and the venue/exhibitor/performers are the ones most cheated, if none of them share in the markup?

HFT is pure arbitrage. Liquidity isn't the primary feature. Automated ticket purchasing is even worse, in that the systems purport to open sales to buyers at a point in time, but the truth is very few human buyers are *permitted* to purchase - the bots win.

This is a good thing, enhanced only if the law could permit bot sales when disclosed in advance by the original sellers, putting you and me on notice that we are wasting our time queuing up to click and fail. At least be honest, so I won't bother, but will know that those tickets to the concert I want to go to won't cost $65, they will cost $125. Each. No matter.

Than I can make choices in an informed manner. And know that I'm actually enriching the scalpers. Then i can choose.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 396

you want everyone to be forced to pay into

- I completely disagree, individual freedom is more relevant and more important than individual life, i.e., an individual should be able to do with his or her life as he or she pleases, but they should not get any subsidies from anybody based on the oppression of any government apparatus.

This is not about GDP, this is not about society, this is about individual freedoms and I am 100% against anybody being forced to subsidise anybody else, under those conditions buying health insurance is a decision that would be taken much more seriously than if everybody was oppressed by the state and forced to pay into it.

Comment Re:Apple PAYS for your SS, Medicare, Welfare and W (Score 1) 240

So, there is zero risk.

- :) You are being sarcastic I hope, I had a great chuckle (for real) reading this, hopefully you were smiling while writing that, yes?

The only 0 risk in buying government bonds is this: risk of getting back the value of the money you bought the bonds with.

Comment What about all of the other toys? (Score 4, Interesting) 66

I've got to say, this seems creepy to me. It's not just spying on kids, it's spying on whoever is in range. It's basically an open mic in your home, transmitting to god knows who.

So is a "smart" TV, a laptop computer, a tracker (a more appropriate name for a cell phone or mobile phone which recognizes the activity it does the most), and so many other voice-activated gadgets with network connectivity all running proprietary (read: untrustworthy by default) software. And a lot of these devices have cameras in them too, also under proprietary software control. And virtually all of them have been used by kids for years. Some of these devices have geolocation hardware in them too, that must make it easier to geotag the data the proprietors can acquire, keep, and share. I think it's great that people are finally getting around to thinking about the security and privacy implications when this is presented to them in the form of a toy but really this is far too late in coming.

Departing from the parent comment, situations like this are also a constant reminder of the profound inadequacies of modern-day IT experts who choose to surround themselves with these things, not in an experimental way to investigate them but as consumers who apparently value minor convenience more than their own privacy.

Only software freedom helps you enjoy all of these devices in a way where you, the user and owner of the device, can have a real say in what gets recorded, where that data is copied, and thus who gets access to that data. It's not about shutting these things out of your life entirely, it's about respecting who should control this data.

Comment Re:Thank goodness (Score 1) 84

- Podesta in constant danger of somebody proving what "pizza" he's talking about

It's entertaining watching the 13 year old 4Chan/The_Donald not understand why anyone would talk about Pizza that much.

It's fairly evident they've never worked in an office. I'd say a good 80% of my work related e-mails are "WTF are we going to eat lunch on Friday".

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