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Comment Re:The Average Viewer (Score 1) 434

Some don't though. I remember a conversation I had with my grandfather (who used to repair TVs) in the pub when he was in his 80s, somehow we got onto talking about the new stuff that was coming out. HD wasn't really a thing yet - and he commented it didn't seem worth getting a large TV because how visible the lines would be (and additionally, it'd be even worse for people in NTSC countries with about 100 fewer lines).

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 280

Windows is great for those people that want to get things done and want to treat the computer as a productivity tool.

Windows 10 has an ugly UI with smaller, less-colourful icons, spits ads in your face, keeps resetting your telemetry preferences (which can't even stop all telemetry), and forces you to reboot regularly. If that's good for productivity, what the hell is bad?

Comment Re:Anonymous Overlay Networks - USE THEM :) (Score 2) 116

You really should move all your operations exclusively onto the anonymous overlay networks and never ever touch clearnet again.

What would you say about cjdns? It claims to fully encrypt everything and only communicate with trusted peers, and people using it say it is very fast, but it still seems to be quite small and obscure. Does anyone here think it looks like a viable future protocol?

Comment Re:Not everyone is the same (Score 1) 297

Worse yet are the people that are not on facebook missing all the opinions and interactions of those that are. Sometimes that means missing out on current events or the latest gossip

Are you joking? Not being on Facebook so you can get their daily pro-establishment propaganda in your face and keep up to date on the latest "gossip"? How about, no, I don't need that shit and I'm better off without it. And happier. That's the kind of social interaction I don't need.

Comment Re: Finland (Score 1) 441

How so? Take someone that's being paid, let's say, $5000/month at the moment, and let's take a UBI of $1000/month to have a neat number to work with. With the UBI they'll be getting $6000/mo, but paying back $1000/mo for a net of $5000/mo. That's exactly what they were already getting, so where's the subsidy for the employer?

The $1000 less they have to pay the person to do that job because that component of their worth in the market is being met by the UBI not the employer.

The minimum wage is not the same thing. It is a required minimum amount the employer must pay, not a minimum amount paid by the public.

It's a good point. I quite like the general idea. None of this is going to be viable long term though, because we can automate all of these things too.

Yes. But there needs to be a transitionary step so the people who can't handle the idea of "getting something for nothing" can get their head around it (or die).

Comment Re:so is there a good theory? (Score 1) 470

It's happening anyway, every last joule of that tidal energy is already being used, it's just being used up by crashing up and down shorelines rather than turning turbines. Tidal power merely extracts some of the energy that would have otherwise been dissipated on the shoreline, so there's no net effect on the moon anyway.

Comment Re:Work done=kinetic energy (Score 1) 470

> Now connect it to a generator and extract enough power such that it doesn't accelerate any more, but doesn't slow down

This here is the impossible bit. Just because you can /momentarily/ extract 6-odd kw at the shaft, it doesn't mean you can keep doing it forever. You may find that any more power extracted than just the friction in the bearings will slow your hypothetical wheel down.

1000Nm torque doesn't say anything about the power you can continuously extract.

Comment Re: Finland (Score 1) 441

They can't just pay $X less and hope to still have people working for them though, unless the resulting wage is high enough that the employee will be paying most or all of their UBI back in taxes, in which case the $X reduction is mostly or completely just a regular pay cut.

That doesn't really address the point ? Even if someone is being paid relatively a lot, the UBI still represents a subsidy to their employer who will be paying them roughly the equivalent of the UBI less than they would be if it didn't exist.

A job guarantee relies on there being jobs available, which as we've established is kind of the problem. I guess you could invent some pointless work for someone to do, but forcing them to spend a significant chunk of their time doing meaningless busy work doesn't strike me as being better than not forcing them to do it.

There is arguably plenty of work that is not so much "pointless" as not particularly profitable. Someone to help little old ladies on and off buses, for example. Or more teachers. Or take back all the jobs around publicly funded services that have been privatised and improve it (eg: cleaning staff).

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