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Comment More Robot Nonsense (Score 1) 396

Of course if you look at the language they keep referring specifically to "manufacturing jobs" or "local jobs". To hide the people who moved in to jobs other than local manufacturing. Which is exactly what they predicted in their previous report about people finding employment in other sectors. Meanwhile the employment rate (not to be confused with the unemployment rate) continues it's long term rise.

The NYT is just pushing more nonsense about robots taking jobs. I'm sure they will follow up will some article about Mincome or Basic Income or some other free government hand out program to solve the 'problem' of robots. Strangely the solution to this 'problem' of disappearing jobs is never to cut back on immigration. I guess once all the jobs are gone we will just start cutting free money cheques to people as the step off the proverbial boat.

Comment Non-story. (Score 1) 513

Seems like a non-story to me.

The man was offered a job based on the expectation that he would be available 24/7, and he got the job because he agreed to those terms. Usually those term include a probationary period of 30-90 days. Then he shows up on the first day and asks to change those terms. His manager is fine with it but HR is not and

Davis was informed his job offer was being rescinded. Don Davis had been in the office all of four hours.

What did you think was going to happen? You can't sign a contract and then demand major changes in the first four hours. This is the kind of thing supposed to be settled before the contact is signed. And based on HR's reaction they would have never signed the contact if he had made these conditions known up front. This guy just tried to pull the old bait and switch. He negotiated that contract in bad faith. I suspect what is really happening is his lawyer sees an 'evil' big corp with lots of money and a man who's wife just tragically died of cancer, and figured he/she can play up the sympathy angle. Get the company to settle to avoid bad press rather than win on the merits of the case.

Comment Re:Can't trust the CIA (Score 1) 236

10 Times today it was repeated on CNN that the CIA "Only spies on foreign citizens, not on US citizens"

Which is obviously bullshit. In 2013 the CIA was caught spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. The CIA spies on the people who are supposed to keep them in check. If they are willing to do that spying on average citizens isn't going to give them pause.

Comment Re:Nope, nothing to see here (Score 2) 445

However, President Trump using an unsecured Android phone [businessinsider.in] even after he'd been issued a secure replacement by the Secret Service is nothing to be concerned with. Is nothing like Hillary's email server. Right, Trumpster?

You're right it is nothing like Hillary's server. The Hatch Act makes it illegal to use government email accounts for political campaigning, so just about every politician is going to have both a government and private email. Trump having an andoird phone for personal use is completely normal and expected.

What busted Hillary wasn't the private server. It's that she used that private server to send classified data, failed to hand over the emails to the state department, and deleted documents under subpoena. It's not like she broke a law. She violated multiple laws repeatedly.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 644

There doesn't need to be any new sectors, there is lots of room in the existing market.

When those farm hands at the turn of the last century got replaced by machines they found work doing and making things that would have been too expensive for the typical farmer to buy before automation. As automation makes things cheaper it frees up money to be spent on other things. Things that now too expensive. There is lots of room in education to make class size smaller or more specialize. There is lots of room in the entertainment industry to make book, films, and TV shows, ever more specialized to smaller fan groups. There is lots of room in the healthcare industry for senior care. Lots of room in the video game industry for more, bigger, better written, better looking games.

We've heard the cries of luddies calling for the end of labour for over a century, yet workforce participation is near all time highs.

Comment Re:More likely they will pull out (Score 1) 131

The playing field is fair. There is nothing stopping an Uber competitor (like lyft) from creating their own app and contracting their own drivers.

I think what you really mean is you want Uber to compete in a highly regulated market like taxis. But that highly regulated market is the very reason why Uber is so popular, cab companies have become a bunch of rent seekers. They artificially constrain the supply and jack up the price. If the taxi market wasn't so broken Uber would have never gotten off the ground in the first place.

Comment Not Much Of A Test (Score 1) 399

But it's really not much of a test of UBI is it?

The tricky part about all of these free money schemes isn't giving out the money, it's getting the money. Giving away money is dead simple, no one is doubting that the government can give money away, that's the easy part. The tricky part is making the scheme work in a closed system where the taxes supply all the free money you are giving away. All this is doing is taking outside money and pumping it into a small local economy. So of course it's going to work, its like winning a "cash for life" lottery.

I'll never understand why people keep pushing these useless UBI and mincome "studies". We have a huge source of data from the former communist block. The whole point of communism is "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". All this is doing is removing the first part and giving us "to each according to his needs", but from where does that money come? Who cares, free money! It's just playing the game of "if I won the lottery" at the whole society level.

Comment Re:Not what he said. (Score 4, Insightful) 594

It's one thing to join a company and want to form a union. But it's another thing to join a company with the purpose of getting it's employees to join an existing union. If Musk's accusations are correct, then this man is an agent provocateur sent by UWA. He is there calling for unionization to help UWA expand it's business, not improve the working conditions at Tesla. It's a fake grass roots movement, aka astroturfing. And that is morally outrageous. I don't see that kind of shady business dealing as being any different than taking a bribe.

Comment Re:Malignant narcissist upset, news at 11. (Score 5, Insightful) 760

I'm not an SJW

Good god man you must be joking. You're not just any SJW, you are the SJW. You're easily the most famous SJW on slashdot. I knew even before clinking on the story that half of the comments would be you flame warring with someone. Even on stories that aren't political you're waging a culture war, your old sig was something like "SJW: Someone I disagree with and by the way I'm an idiot" and now your new sig is anti-GamerGate. I don't know if maybe you don't know what a SJW is, or you do and just don't like the label. But you fit the mold to a T. If you honestly don't think you're a SJW I suggest you go back are re-read some of your own comments because the pattern of aggressive social justice advocacy is plain for all to see.

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