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Comment Re:has it come to this (Score 1) 193

I'm not disputing government oversight is required. I'm saying I have no reason to trust Google. After all, the US Constitution is more enforceable than Terms of Service, and it is also a limit on what info they can use (e.g. they cannot use your communications with your lawyer or priest) and what they can do to collect the data). Google may value trust now, but it only takes one time when they calculate it's worth the risk x chance of being caught to overstep. And then claim they had to to maximize shareholder value.

Comment Re:has it come to this (Score 1) 193

The guards see a good looking male or female and force them to unlock the phone just to gain access to their most private moments

To focus on a small part of what you said: if you store it on your phone, it's not one of your private moments. Even if the government wasn't the one looking at your data, it's stored and monetized by, e.g. Google.

Comment Re:Leave it to the scientists.... (Score 1) 93

every one of those apps starts with the disclaimer "Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise or dietary regimen"

Fuck disclaimers. Stand behind your product or don't release it; I don't believe in disclaiming responsibility for harm when someone uses the product as intended.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 1) 512

He's someplace I wish I could be, with resources I wish I had. To me, that's pretty damn successful.

It may be successful, but that hardly says anything about him. By that same definition, you can say King George wassuccessful, but that doesn't speak to his particular merits as opposed to say, what he was born with.

Comment Re:They will when he obstructs (Score 1) 895

Why would the Democrats help override his veto to push a conservative agenda? Maybe on the budge and certainly on the debt ceiling. But they will be in the driver's seat. Because anytime things fail... well... with thr R's controlling both houses and the white house, they're the ones people will blame.

Comment Symptoms right, cause seems backwards (Score 3, Insightful) 95

They say that all these engineers made "Fuck You" money, so they quit working on self-driving cars.... and promptly moved to other start-ups working on self-driving cars. I would make the case that clearly Google didn't reward them enough. After all, why would you leave the huge resources Google will throw at the problem in favor of going it alone, if not for the bigger payday.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

And the nice thing about UBI is it lets people opt into luxury items, e.g. the pedicure world. If you do work like that, you get more money, which can pay for work like that. If you just want to hike alone, well, you don't have to make more money to pay for that lifestyle.

But yes, all in all the "need for work" is fairly elastic - but removing the "do a job or die of starvation" motivation should help tune the amount of work done to a more socially optimal level.

Comment Well duh (Score 4, Interesting) 139

News aggregation (including Flipboard, nice slashvertisemnet) will always show what it thinks people want to see. And as much as people "want" to be challenged when asked, in reality, it's mentally exhausting and they don't. Therefore, all new aggregation will trend towards echo chamber status. The only defense against echo chambers is actively trying to break out, and that's a difficult task.

Comment Re:Apple needs sideloading and a real file system (Score 1) 65

Wait, what? I didn't know this. I'm astonished and excited.

But it looks like the sideloading is via pretending to be the developer of said application. How do I distribute a side-loaded application? Can I still use the app-store for IAPs? Any more details on how to actually deliver sideloaded apps as a developer?

Comment Re:Being a member of a union (Score 1) 594

What if the group is negotiating for something I don't agree with?

I suppose there are times when that's true. For instance, limiting the work-week to 40 hours, and after that time-and-a-half. You may prefer a 50 hour week or a 30 hour week. On the other hand, standardized employment packages have a huge benefit to the company (less negotiating) and to society (can make reasonable inferences about a person's work schedule). And, frankly, a lot of negotiations like that only work out better for you if most people don't do it, e.g. if everyone is willing to work 50-hours/week, we go from that earning you an extra 25%, to that being the new normal and the salary for everyone remaining the same.

But, long story short, I view that loss of freedom as similar to the loss of freedom living in a society. You miss out on some autonomy, but in return you get a range of benefits that should more than compensate you. And a voice (via elections) in what those benefits are. While occasionally you'll be screwed some, it's hard to imagine how a system could work that didn't do that to anyone, ever.

That particular right prevents anyone else from competing with them on negotiations, which in my opinion gives them an unfair amount of power.

It may be "unfair", but it is definitely the results of a free negotiation between two parties. Now, if you want to discuss limiting their freedom to enter into contracts with each other, that's fine. I don't think that freedom is absolute. But as most people professing your beliefs are fairly libertarian in outlook, I'd like to impose on you to explain why it's okay in this case. Especially since the right you think it is imposing on is your right to enter into a contract with one of those parties under your preferred conditions.

I'm certainly against any laws that would prevent them from doing that.

I believe the original intent was to try to damage unions by allowing free riders, and also make it harder to have a de facto union shop.

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