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Comment Re:Oh noes (Score 1) 234

Capitalism will work better if sellers are forbidden to discriminate among buyers. It would be even better if buyers were forbidden to distinguish among sellers

First off, you are confusing capitalism with a free market. They explain different aspects of the economy.

That said, you then created a straw-man argument by providing what you consider a perfect free market and then shooing down why it is not economically realistic. I made no claim that a perfect free market is an achievable or even desirable situation. I merely provided a quid-pro-quo pithy aphorism to highlight different techniques each side of any economic exchange uses. If buyers want to take advantage of quick and easy access to price comparisons, they are hypocritical to also complain when sellers take advantage of similarly available information to perform price discrimination.

Comment Re:Oh noes (Score 1) 234

I'm confused. Exactly how does my asking another store for their price on a product somehow make it okay for a single store to charge different prices to different people for the exact same product?

If it helps to use an analogy, take offense and defense in any sport (sport may be a poor choice in Slashdot, but its the first that came to mind). Offense and defense and the rules which govern each both exist to create a competitive balance within the sport, but the techniques and rules used by each are almost always quite different. For instance if a linebacker tackles someone it is okay, but if an offensive lineman does the same it is a holding penalty.

Maintaining competitive balance does not mean everyone plays by the exact same rules. Each side plays by whatever rules are deemed necessary to maintain competitive balance.

In the case of a seller and buyer relationship, both sides are trying to maximize the value they extract from each sale. Buyers comparison shop, and sellers price discriminate. They are different tactics which are both used to level the playing field.

Comment Re: Cultural ethics won't allow work-free life (Score 2) 281

Nah. It's quite easy to ignore how we treat old and sick people, too. So what you're suggesting is we'll end up with a system that sure is good for people who have small illnesses (take an antibiotic, sleep a few days), but the truly sick might have several month delays in getting care.

Not really. There are slightly sick and truly sick, young and old, etc VA members too, so the order of magnitude difference between the VA and a universal single payer system still hold.

The only thing we know for sure is that on a global scale single payer systems perform better. On a dollar for dollar basis the difference is even more drastic, with single payer systems being an order of magnitude better than our system. We have worse health care outcomes than most OECD countries, but spend more than double per capita. We can quibble about why the VA has been mismanaged, but there is no honest debate about whether single payer systems have outperformed our system in nearly every metric (they have).

Comment Re: Cultural ethics won't allow work-free life (Score 3, Insightful) 281

So what's different? Why is it so great in some countries, whereas the single-payer systems that exist in America (like the VHA) are so problematic?
I think healthcare is just a hard problem.

Visibility. It is quite easy for most of the population to just ignore how we treat our vets. There are less than 10 million VA enrolled veterans which is only around 3% of the population. And veterans are not spread evenly throughout all socio-economic groups, so many more affluent groups are quite separated from groups where veterans are more common.

This makes it much easier for problems to go unnoticed. If 350 million people were being serviced by a VA like organization, there would be far more pressure to improve.

Comment Re:CEO's now ... (Score 3, Informative) 281

If CEO's were actually replaced with robots, it would be because the "old boy's network" has been transitioned to a network of AI executives. The hardest thing to replace about executives is their existing network of contacts. Their decision making could be transitioned to machines, but they lose the ability to sidestep regulations, waiting queues, red tape, or whatever by calling their old Harvard college buddy. I work in the financial industry now, and just two weeks was in a meeting where the IRS was holding us up and we had to go to our CFO. It wasn't his knowledge which removed our problem, it was an old coworker who is now claiming we are at the top of the queue (we shall see). This happens quite frequently.

What will really make AI CEOs take over is when they start disliking working with companies not run by AI. Once they feel a meat bag cannot be trusted as a business partner, human CEOs are toast.

Comment Re:FSF = not practical (Score 1) 165

The most popular distribution of the most popular OS kernel is wrapped in a tightly controlled ecosystem in which everything you can do, which by default isn't much, is tracked and logged.

What percentage of operating systems in the world are running in an open and "free" environment as per FSF definition? Less than a fraction of a percentage? How can you consider that winning?

AmiJoJo is mostly referring to servers running Linux, not consumer devices. Either that or he/she is just wrong.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 1) 223

But the diet soda drinkers were more likely to have diabetes (9% diabetes among the people drinking 0 diet soda, and 26% among those drinking 1+/day)

Most likely, these people were drinking regular soda, got diabetes, and then switched to diet soda. The diabetes was damaging the blood vessels and leading to stroke and dementia.

As you allude to, those cited statistics are meaningless. We would at least need to know how the percentage compares to those drinking 1+ non-diet sodas. Of course even more importantly we would need to see the figures when adjusted for eating habits, exercise levels, and prior drinking habits.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 1) 223

Perhaps it is just a semantic argument, because when I hear someone is a soda drinker I assume at least a few sodas a week, if not an average of at least one per day. I guess that should be called a regular soda drinker instead of just a soda drinker.

And to the OP's point, every regular soda drinker I know that I can think of who is not obese almost exclusively drinks diet sodas. It is just too hard to consume an extra 150-300 calories per day via drinks and still be in good shape.

It does seem as though overweight people tend to *always* be drinking diet soda, though.

Certainly most people drinking diet sodas are overweight, but most people who like the color blue are also overweight (hint: because most people are overweight, at least in the US). I would be surprised if you know many regular soda drinkers (about one drink per day) who are both in good shape and primarily drink non-diet sodas.

Comment Re:Attitudes (Score 3, Insightful) 81

Me: I don't want your clouds, why should I waste my bandwidth and endure slow access times when I can store my files and my backups locally?

If you're storing your files and backups locally, then you don't really have "backups", you just another copy of data that will be lost in the fire/flood/tornado, whatever.

When I read his comment I can't tell if he was mocking anti-cloud IT folk or actually is one. It's too hard to tell.

Comment Re:Staying still can lead to financial suicide... (Score 1) 214

Are you taking into account benefits? Sick time. Vacation time. Employer matching 401k.The peace of mind that comes with stability.

You still get all of those benefits when you move between companies. If you're in demand enough to bounce between companies, you can negotiate for more PTO. I have been at my company for 2 years and I have the same PTO than my counterpart with 14 years seniority only because I negotiated to get the 5 extra days you get with 10 years experience up front.

And the piece of mind of knowing you can easily find another job with similar pay is much better than the illusion that seniority will save you from layoffs.

Comment Re: Millennials AREN'T a Bunch of Job-Hopping Flak (Score 1) 214

It's mostly millennials who buy Apple's products. Without them camping in a line around the Apple store when the new iSuck comes out, Apple would be out of business

Millennials make up about 30% of iPhone owners. Half are Gen X or older, and the rest are kids. Millennials are certainly not the majority of Apple customers. iPad demographics are a little older than iPhone users, as are most other non-phone products.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 4, Insightful) 262

However, for the most part, the party/ideology from the left in the US that promotes itself as the party of diversity and tolerance, is ONLY tolerant of viewpoints they hold and not only will put you down for what you think

Ah, the old intolerance of intolerance argument. The paradox of tolerance is that if society is tolerant of intolerance, you ultimately allow that intolerance to destroy tolerance in that society. Ultimately tolerance is useless without the right to not tolerate the intolerant. (you might need more than two hands to count the double negatives there)

Comment Re:Old (Score 1) 80

I predict in 2 years we'll be buying AI cards in addition to our GPUs. If you're a gamer that is.

You may not need that "for gamers only" qualifier in a few years if AI becomes more ubiquitous in consumer applications. While its possible most if not all of that processing would be done in the cloud, there could certainly be a need for local deep neural network processing to run the personal assistant apps of the near future.

Comment Re:It already bears fruit (Score 2) 619

Only hours after the announcement, corporations all over America started hiring lawyers to find new loopholes in the law.

Most of that hiring was done months ago by lobbying groups involved in crafting the executive order. Now those lawyers will be working as consultants for the large corporations.

No looking for loopholes necessary, they were already baked in purposefully. And this is a case where Trump is no different than any other politician so no Trump bashing is really appropriate.

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