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Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 385

It's time to start thinking about how a society which want a social safety net can incentivize people people to not have children they can't afford.

Because we have such a problem with criminal lawlessness and uncontrolled breeding among trust-fund kids?

You already have a segment of people with, effectively, no need to ever provide for themselves. They don't seem to be causing any more trouble overall than anybody else, and most of them seem to manage to find something worthwhile to do with their lives.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 3, Interesting) 385

Your argument says more about you than the basic income.

Are you saying that if you were given a basic income you would just sit on your ass all day watching TV? That you have no marketable skills whatsoever? That even if you did something for free the consensus would be that we're better off if you stop?

Or do you imagine that everyone else is like that but you're a uniquely talented special snowflake in a field of dirt clods?

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 2) 385

The problem with the old welfare is that the recipient is made to feel like a parasite. They're not paid enough to DO much of anything but sit in front of the tube and if they accidentally make too much spare change, they end up with less than ever. That's what kills them and makes them bad neighbors.

If the basic income provides enough money to do something and they aren't afraid of accidentally doing too much, they will probably be able to find something better than sitting on the couch. Since everyone would get it, there's no shaming people for it, so they might actually feel like they can be a part of something. It may take a generation to fully work that out, some people are already too damaged by the current system to find their way out of it.

People have generally been able to find a purpose. Our current economic system is what prevents that since they have to make enough money to live before they can even think of something more meaningful to do than make someone else a lot of money.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 585

I stopped reading at your very first alleged quote. It's a misquote, it ignores his full statement which in context is factually correct. It is not racist.

It's exactly shit like that which has done the damage. Pull your had out of your arse and try and provide some objective accurate facts. Shit, you may even have had some in that list but since you threw away all your credibility at the outset I'm not wasting my time trying to find out.

Comment Re:See??? (Score 2) 339

You're missing the point. The mechanical possibility that the car can lock someone in is a safety hazard. Sure, it's great when it locks a car thief in on purpose, not so great if it locks someone in accidentally on a hot day or if the car has been in an accident (especially if it's on fire).

It's not a theoretical matter, people have died that way.

Comment Re:Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 358

You have a reason, it's just not a good one.

In 1994 "Concrete Mathematics" came out by Knuth, to assist mathematically-challenged readers of TAOCP. You've had 22 years to read and understand that book, in order to read and understand TAOCP

Put another way: if you haven't decomposed your problem with tackling TAOCP into manageable tasks, programming may not be for you.


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