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Submission + - Ontario launches Universal Basic Income Pilot (www.cbc.ca)

epiphani writes: The Ontario Government will pilot universal basic income in a $50M program supporting 4,000 households over a 3 year period. While Slashdot has vigorously debated universal basic income in the past, and even Elon Musk has predicted it's necessity, experts continue to debate and gather data on the approach in the face of increasing automation. Ontario's plan will study three communities over three years, with participants receiving up to $17,000 annually if single, and $24,000 for families.

Comment Re:As far as a journalist can tell? (Score 4, Interesting) 217

You'll note there's nothing to not believe. The journalist was simply pointing out that there is no apparent reason for this announcement to come from Intel's CEO while he's in the Oval Office. Nothing in the announcement, brief, or subsequent details suggests this has anything at all to do with Trump. Except the location of the announcement.

H's just confused about why it took place in the Oval Office. There's two possible reasons really:

(1) Trump did something to prompt this decision. In which case, I would expect, based on Trump's personality, that he'd be telling everyone who will listen how he did it.
(2) Trump didn't do anything except arrange for the announcement to come from inside the Oval. I personally think this is the case - it gives people (like you) that want to believe he's doing something a talking point, valid or not - and two, it gives Intel the perception of being both pro-trump and meh-trump at the same time.

The short version here is that we're being fed something. I hesitate to call it bullshit, because nobody said anything weird - but it certainly looks like people are trying to play some kind of game here.

Comment Re:They don't get it. (Score 5, Informative) 437

Speaking as someone who has spent thousands of dollars in legal assistance getting the appropriate visa in place allowing me to work in the US (but luckily am not from one of the countries in the executive order)... go fuck yourself. This isn't about American jobs, its about screwing over people you don't like and trying to win political points with morons.

People have spent years getting those visas. People may have even been living the in US for decades. This is not a moratorium on new visas, this is retroactively screwing people who have followed the process to get into the US legally.

Comment Re:Never saw the point of github (Score 4, Insightful) 227

This is one of those cases where VC's are killing github. They should never have gone anywhere near VC money.

There are all kinds of companies that should seek and acquire VC money. But a company that's comfortably running a small, scalable service pulling in reasonable revenues... VCs will demand far more growth and market penetration than may be reasonable to expect... so you build a massive enterprise sales organization, burn cash like nothing else, and end up running a perfectly good, small company with solid revenues into the ground hoping to make billions instead of tens or hundreds of millions.

Lots of companies should go this route. Github was never one of them.

Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 4, Informative) 90

Thankfully, they've ported the hub (and other tools such as the virtual keyboard) to android, and they're available on the play store. I've been using them for some time now - and the $1/month subscription fee is quite reasonable for what it gives me. I love the blackberry virtual keyboard, and the hub is far better than any other alternative that I've seen.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 5, Interesting) 497

I wouldn't call one launch failure "regularly". If you want to be specific, he also had one "pre-launch test" failure. So two failures on the Falcon 9. Not bad for 28 launches, considering the rate they're improving.

I don't understand the hate lately. It's as though the astroturfing on SpaceX has kicked up recently. At least they have a vision.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 2) 497

All trips are return.. optionally.

Each ship that goes to mars will have to return to earth - after having being refueled on Mars. This is relatively easy thanks to the supercooled methane/oxygen engines, as CO2+H2O availability on Mars. Elon quipped that the return trip is free - since the ship has to come back anyway.

Comment Guys. Stop... (Score 0) 105

Two apple related posts in the first three hours of the day? One about a new rumor, and the other about how someone on fortune thinks people will skip this version? The event is happening in a few hours. How about you report on THAT.

These stories? I don't care. It's not news. It doesn't matter. Stop.

Comment Re:I wonder what (Score 2) 100

The traditional products SGI was known for are gone... this new company, Rackable, which lifted the SGI brand in 2009, does some pretty interesting integrated rack products, both on density and power consumption.

What I don't understand is how HPE bought a company that did over $500M in revenue for $275M. This doesn't make sense.

Comment hows about some citations (Score 0) 693

manishs, I don't come here for some random single paragraph from you with no citations, references, follow-up reading material, or even a basic inclination about why we should care. Yeah, the brexit stuff is big news. You've done exactly nothing to try to shed light on the very questions you ask. How's about you find something, then post it.

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