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Comment Re:Ya, Sure, So What's Slowing Owners Up? (Score 1) 940

On an individual level it may not make sense but business rarely runs at that level of granularity on a day-to-day basis. A manger should properly be looking at the overall sales... say 100000 hamburgers, and notes that the labor cost for cooking those might be $250,000 per month if the hamburgers are $5 each. If the restaurant owner can automate and reduce the cost to $200,000 by purchasing a $100,000 machine, and releasing two people. they will in a heartbeat. There are externalities like employee turn-over etc that dramatically increase the cost of labor to a restaurant that we haven't even considered.

Comment Re:Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

For the most part I agree with you in concept but the spiral does go downward as not all jobs are equal. There has to be an economic incentive to automate a job, and that usually means "expensive." The jobs that can not be automated are generally those jobs where the prevailing wage is lower than the cost of the automation. I am speaking in generalities here not trying to find examples of jobs only "humans" can do.

Comment Re: Here we go again (Score 4, Insightful) 496

It isn't that Amazon decided to pay women less one day, it just doesn't work that way. Here's the scenario:
Amazon attempts to pay each employee as little as possible on a per-employee basis. The job description only defines what the upper range of the pay will be but NOT the lower end. Experience, demand shifts in the labor market, education, internal connections at the company, and a bazillion other influences exist to determine pay. I'd suggest that there is a wide pay gap between men doing the same job too, and that we are getting a heavily curated view of what's happening. By illustrating the problem the way the article does it is like shooting a piece of paper and drawing the target around it and then claiming LOOK AT THE PROBLEM. It isn't a problem that has a solution in a market where salary can be negotiated.

Comment Error (Score 1) 698

Unfortunately, with school crisis situations, it's about mitigating loss.

The police largely prevent crime only by accidentally being in the right place at the right time or by use of inside information. Otherwise all police work is about filing reports and mitigating loss. The fact that it's an incident at a school isn't relevant.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 310

You have no idea what you're talking about. Unless you can site specific studies or first person experience in a majority of school districts then you can stfu. No... being a student or occasional visitor to a school does not qualify you to have any opinion about gcommon teacher attributes any more than being a patient qualifies you to write prescriptions.

Comment No sir. (Score 3, Informative) 152

The governement does not own the highway, the public owns the highway in common. The government is nothing more than a steward of the public's property and if the public decides to change that they certainly may. As a matter of fact the public doesn't need the governments consent to change how our highways are managed either; the public can vote and make it happen.

Comment Re:Coming Soon (Score 1) 223

I'll go so far as to say that 95% of people are probably biologically capable of going to college.

With all due respect you're about 70% too high. If you honestly believe that all we need to do is "straighten out" our education problems by fixing only the educators you will be very disappointed by the results.

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