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Comment Re:No we can keep working instead (Score 1) 894

Who owns the restaurant? Do they work for free too? Seems like a scheme for the rich "haves" to employ an unlimited pool of poor "have-nots" for free, allowing them to get richer while the poor stay poor on a fixed income.

What is going to entice those restaurant workers to actually work? If they can get their UBI check only in exchange for work, then it's not UBI, it's communism: everyone works for the government and the government contracts out its workforce to capitalist owners, or assigns them as desired. But that can't be, as the whole premise of UBI is that there are not enough jobs to go around; the purpose of UBI is to provide for those that cannot work. So work becomes voluntary as people compete for the privilege of working. But who is going to volunteer to do the dirty jobs?

Seems like you want UBI + wages. You get your UBI automatically just because you're alive, but workers still get paid wages. Get fired, no wages. That incentivizes work, spreads the wealth out from the owners who don't get to just keep all the profits for free, while still supporting those who are unable to work. Only the best will be employed, and wages will mean more since they are pure profit -- UBI covers your cost of living. On the other hand wages can be very low since they are gravy, still letting the fat cats make obscene profits, and since it is an employer's market they can exploit workers with long hours and mistreatment. After all, there is a long line of others willing to endure the abuse in exchange for an extra buck or two.

This looks very dystopian no matter how I slice it.

Comment Re: What does Netcraft say? (Score 1) 515

That is why the web (as we know it) will die. It is a visual medium being consumed by devices that are too small to be visual, or are used aurally. Because let's face it, phones truly suck for web browsing. We're just unwittingly waiting for someone to come along the the disruptive technology that will replace it.

Comment Nope (Score 2) 103

Sure bring on the competition, it will be a good for Steam. I'd prefer a third party but we all know by now that capitalism devolves to a dual monopoly. Facebook will be the Microsoft of the online gaming world, and Steam will be the Apple.

But, I need to log into Facebook to play a game? They already want me to log in to post comments on news articles, to participate in the local railroad club or RPG community, or increasingly to gain access to assorted websites. They want Facebook to be the "universal login to the internet." I can swallow logging into Steam, because they don't have their slimy tentacles connected to everything else.

So nope, I won't play. Gaming is not that important to me, and I certainly don't need TWO Steams eating my hard disk and chugging CPU cycles.

Google is intrusive enough but somehow they don't feel as skanky as Facebook. Google is an over-eager octopus, but Facebook crosses the line into hentai. In theory they are the same thing and I should be equally concerned with both, but they sure don't feel the same. Maybe it's Zuckerberg's smarmy grin.

Submission + - SPAM: Use Hypnotism to Make Your Kids Behave?

kheldan writes: Apparently someone thinks hypnotizing kids to make them do their homework, chores, and otherwise 'behave' is a good idea. Lisa Machenberg, a professional hypnotist, has been using this on over 1000 kids in the last 23 years. “I hypnotize my children and my husband to do things for my benefit all the time,” she says.

But hypnosis can have serious side effects, including tiredness, crisis of identity, insomnia, irritability, fears, panic attacks, deficit of attention, distorted sense of self, confusion, sexually abberant behaviors, unexpected trance-like state, delusional thinking, depression, dizziness, syncope, fearfulness, feelings of guilt, histrionic reactions, impaired memory, nausea, obsessions, changes in personality.

Panacea, or child abuse? You be the judge.

Comment Verizon can't handle it (Score 1) 422

So Verizon is basically saying they are unable to provide adequate service unless they kick off some users. They should lower their prices then. In the last couple of years the quality of my Verizon services has gotten noticeably worse. Dead zones, slow response (should it take 24 hours for an SMS to be delivered to someone 10 ft away?), etc. I have actually wondered if they are removing cell towers in the area because coverage is so spotty, where before it seemed excellent. Verizon used to be good but they are turning into a third-rate provider. I'm considering cancelling my mobile altogether since U.S. technology companies seem unable to provide the service they charge me so much money for. As a benefit I would no longer have a phone number so so more cold calls. Ugh.

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