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Comment Re:For certain values of "basic needs" (Score 1) 1116

Obviously, because we're not discussing the number of crappy physicians in the USSR. We're discussing the role financial reward plays in the creation and/or development of smart and ambitious people in the context of the effect a basic income guarantee would have on modern society.

Comment Re:For certain values of "basic needs" (Score 1) 1116

Sigh... such a communist mentality. It's why the USSR paid medical doctors the same as laborers. Did they get more good doctors? No. They got crappy doctors, since the smart, ambitious people weren't motivated to spend all that time and effort to be competent MD when common laborers earned the same amount.

Sorry I need to call you out on this. People took pride in their jobs. A lack of money doesn't stop people from being smart and ambitious. Unless you're the entrepreneur type of smart and ambitious rather than scientist kind, I'll give you that. Although even then you could argue that people would just chase power rather than money, because for the truly ambitious money is just a means to power. Social standing depended on more than money then, it depended on character and class (because everyone was poor anyway.) Also you should realise just because the best and brightest didn't make didn't make millions of dollars doesn't mean that there weren't huge perks that came along with it, both social and financial.

From this perspective the "Eastern Block" is much worse now. Scumbags, thugs, crooks and politicians makes millions while doctors make $500 per month. At least back then the elite doctors, scientists, and engineers got to live in the best apartments and go to all the fancy parties. Not anymore.

One of the big problems with these systems wasn't the lack of reward for effort, it was that loyalty to the system was rewarded more highly than performance which is indeed demotivating. But this condition is not unique to socialist or communist systems. It happens everywhere. When was the last time the Western world had a real fucking leader?

Comment Re:not a good idea (Score 1) 166

+4 Insightful? Really?

Thin laptops are vulnerable to being bent and cracked in half.

Really?

They're not very durable.

Where do you get that idea?

They also tend to have shorter lifespans because there's little room for adequate air circulation and the overheating shortens the life of the components.

Come on some kind of citation is appropriate if you're going to make that many assumptions.

This probably isn't a good way to spend your money.

Thank you for your wisdom Mr Anon.

Comment Re:Price tags are the greatest innovation of retai (Score 1) 439

Negotiation is fundamental to our economic system, and life in general when you consider negotiation not relating to money. I mean it's fair enough that you feel your own time is better spent on more important things which you're probably very good at, but it's not correct to say that negotiation in general is a waste of time and energy. The cost of all the expensive equipment and materials you use in your professional life has been negotiated. Had it not been negotiated by someone within your organisation, you would have fewer resources with which to do your job with; and it's not a particularly nice attitude to have toward your colleagues that are working to support you in your profession.

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