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Comment Re:robots can't be dissidents. (Score 1) 127

The question isn't whether these are cheaper to run than having people walking around the warehouse floor putting packages in the right chute. That's a given in all but the most wage-depressed places.
The question is whether this is cheaper to operate than a conventional automated conveyor system.

Comment Re:News for nerds huh? (Score 1) 399

I'm not sure how/why income would dip by that much if you're working a regular job.

For starters, a regular Mon-Fri job has as few as 20 and as many as 23 work days in a month, with an average of about 21.7 days per month. So February would represent almost an 8% dip, even with nothing else going on.
Then, if you get paid time-and-a-half for overtime, average 5 hours OT a week, but overtime varies from 0 hours to 10 hours per week, a month without overtime would be a 15% dip from average.
Then, especially for lower paying jobs, there's unpaid time off, varying work schedules, etc.
Still hard to see that happening 5 months a year .

Comment Re:And here's the issue with excessive regulation. (Score 1) 168

They don't really have a minimum pricing, at least not that I'm aware of.
The maximum price is regulated, and all the taxis charge the maximum, because charging less would not be an advantage: When you're hailing a cab on the street, it would be pretty hard to know which cab had the lower price (and it might be the only cab around, anyway).
Now that even the taxi companies are starting to use phone hailing apps, maybe they could get rid of the maximum pricing regulations.

Comment Re:Electric jet? (Score 1) 163

A standard Jet can take as much as an hour to refuel. It takes time to put several tens of thousands of gallons into something, and generally, refueling is not done during boarding, because it represents a theoretically higher risk.

Then how does Southwest airlines achieve a turnaround time of under 30 minutes?

Comment Re:H-1B Workers (Score 1) 267

I would consider the US to be progressive in the sense that I would face workplace discrimination there for being white and male (under Affirmative Action), which is one reason I prefer to remain in Europe.

As a white, male worker in the US, I call bullshit. I hate to admit it, but in many, possibly most, cases, being white and male provides an advantage in the workplace, even accounting for Affirmative Action initiatives.

Comment Re: H-1B Workers (Score 1) 267

There is nowhere in the U.S. where employers are not required to be fully insured for such accidents.

Employers are required to have worker's compensation insurance. Worker's compensation includes a list of injuries and what compensation will be paid for them. The employer's liability is limited to what worker' compensation insurance pays, unless you can prove criminal negligence or the like in court, which is unlikely.
On the other hand, your personal health insurance, whether bought by you or provided by your company, might cover hospital bills - or they might not, depending on what they are required by law to cover (nothing if the repeal & don't replace crowd get their way). Usually they start off denying coverage and force you to complain before reluctantly paying some of the bills.

Comment Re: Sounds like it's working as intended. (Score 1) 245

Rather than holding on to that surplus (or even taking some of that surplus and converting it to interest-earning instruments) it was earmarked as funding for other projects and policies.

That's just not true.
In the 80s, SS income and distributions were adjusted, and the surplus was invested for the day (now) when retirees would become more numerous. Except for minor adjustments needed because of retirees' expected lifes being a little longer than expected, Social Security, per se, is solvent. The real problem is that congress required SS to invest in US Treasury bonds only, so that while SS has the money on the books, we, the people (a.k.a. the US government) will have to pay SS back, and we are broke.

Comment Re:Well lets see... (Score 1) 239

1. Visual previews of tabs in Microsoft Edge. - I'd like to avoid this.
2. Edge now has built-in support for ebooks. - not intersested
3. Microsoft Paint now lets people create models in 3D. - wouldn't ever use
4. Picture-in-Picture mode for videos. Essentially you can now have a small window with video playing on it placed on top of any other application. - might be OK if I used my laptop to watch TV, which I don''t
5. Night Light: A baked in feature in Windows that will allow you to change the color and tone of display so that it doesn't pain your eyes to look at the screen at night. - ho-hum
6. Dynamic Lock: The feature first requires you to pair your phone or tablet with the computer. Once done, it will automatically log you out everytime you're away from desk (or technically speaking, the device is out of the computer's proximity). - sounds like something I'd like to avoid, but I'm not sure
7. Native support for surround sound. - Might be useful if I used my laptop to listen to music, which I don't
8. Ability to scribble and make notes on Microsoft's Maps app. - Might be useful if I ever used Micrsoft's maps, which I don't
9. Game mode: It "ensures" your computer is always maximizing its resources for an optimal gaming experience. - completely uninterested
10. Built-in support for mixed reality handsets. - I would never use this

So I guess I'm sticking to Windows 7 on my laptop (not that I could change it anyway, since my work dictates what's on my laptop.)

Comment Re:Shipping (Score 1) 396

You are generally correct. But, in addition, Sears at it's heyday was a conglomerate with a number of successful businesses held: insurance, real estate, banking, credit cards, etc. Then, to please shareholders, they started selling or spinning off those businesses one by one, in order to concentrate on their core competencies. If you owned Sears stock in the late 80s, you ended up with valuable stock in those spin-off companies that way. In the meantime, they could never decide what their core competency was, one year trying to compete against Macy's, Marshall Fields, and Niemann Marcus, the next year trying to out-cheap Kmart; then switching between thinking their strong point is hardware and appliances and deciding, no, the money was in the fashion goods. Lather, rinse, repeat, over and over, getting a worse reputation each time. After a while they got bought by the owner of Kmart out for the value of their real estate holdings (Before the 80s, most of their stores were owned by them, after that, they mainly opened leased stores attached to malls)

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