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Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 5, Informative) 439

My very first post was specifically discussing quality of life, especially arguing that making everybody equally poor doesn't make for a better society. And that is in fact what GP was arguing against, though admittedly my second post did go on a tangent, but that was because of the few points the article makes about civil equality (i.e. mention of voting rights.)

I understand what your point was, but it was refuting a strawman argument no one made. The article does not state the world is better off because wars reduced income inequality. It merely states the wars reduced income inequality. It then goes on to say it will be much harder to reduce inequality in peaceful times than it was in the middle of the last century. It does not make any claims that we are worst off because of this, only that we will need to work harder to reduce inequality without outside factors which made it easier in the past.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 439

So you're telling me that we were all more equal before the civil rights era? Before gay marriage was a thing? Because that's what the article is saying.

Please read the article before your next post. The very first sentence makes it clear it is referring to income inequality, not equality in general.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 439

Seriously this article makes it sound like life just after a devastating conflict is better than economic prosperity because most people are equally poor.

The article says nothing of the sort. It makes no contention that we are better off because wars reduced income inequality. It only contends that without similar struggles it will be far more difficult to reduce this inequality. That is a completely different viewpoint then the one you attribute to the article.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 1) 143

> gig work is a very good living to anyone worth "economic value"
No. There are plenty of "worthy" gig workers that aren't making a "very good living".

Even for the laughable "worthy" metric in your head.

Who are you even quoting. I never used the word "worthy" in my post.

But you seem to be mixing together someone's inherent worth as a human being with their economic value to society. They are often very different, which is why a universal basic income is such an attractive way to close the gap.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 0) 143

A life-changing car accident. A cancer diagnosis. A pregnancy. The problems I describe are often in the realm of accidents, which no human can accurately predict when that may happen to them or how often, and have jack shit to do with workers being overvalued. This is also why so many of us value those critical insurance benefits, along with the stability of full-time employment; to not only prepare for when life happens, but also create a career that will hopefully fund the concept of retirement.

You can get insurance policies which aren't paid for by your employer. If you are self employed they are also tax deductible, just like they would be for a traditional employer. There are certainly gaps in our current insurance industry, especially for self-employed disability insurance, but a growing independent contractor / gig economy is likely to create a larger market for this kind of product.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 2) 143

The "gig" economy is a bullshit attempt to glamorize and hide the real issue, which is a population outpacing the availability stable employment that provides necessary benefits. And as the parent pointed it, this bullshit is a slippery slope we don't want.

Society needs to start coping with the reality you describe instead of pretending we can continue to force employers to pay people more than the economic value they can provide. I for one welcome the gig economy, along with a universal basic income, so we can allow employment opportunities to exist whenever there is a willing employer and employee.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 1) 143

Given the impacts I've pointed out, I won't have to say a damn word to those who seem to "like" this.

Life will eventually slap them in the fucking face, as wisdom and experience have taught many.

I know plenty of people with wisdom and experience who make a very good living as independent contractors. They have plenty of opportunities to find full time positions but vastly prefer their current arrangement.

The problems you mention seem to only be the case when current workers are being paid more than the economic value they provide.

Comment Re:Reckless endangerment (Score 1) 204

Had someone actually died, it would match the definition of "depraved-heart murder", which is second-degree homicide in many states. Depraved-heart murder is killing someone through actions not actually *intended* to kill them, but by reckless disregard for their safety.

One really messed up part of our judicial system is that punishment is often more interested in the results of the perpetrator's actions instead of the intent. There is no sane reason why attempted murder and murder have different punishments, since the intent was the same. Similarly, there should be no difference in the punishment for depraved-heart murder and reckless endangerment.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

If by, "primarily the responsibility of government not private investors" you mean, "what only governments seem to realize is important and has a high ROI" then sure.

Most investors don't have 50 years to wait for their investments to pay off. I'm only in my 30's and would be considered a long term investor, but I still need my retirement investments to be fairly liquid in 30 years. Probably more like 20 years so I can start re-balancing to a lower risk portfolio.

It is not the fault of short sighted investors that they won't invest in basic research. It really is something that is most suited for institutions that have the luxury of planning 50 years ahead instead of just 20. Sadly our governments rarely think 50 years ahead anymore.

Comment Re:It will be used for the traits that pay the mos (Score 1) 159

The best way to handle it is to only allow modifications that are available to everyone, so we can create a large market for Chinese genetic conception tourism.

People need to face facts. With a new world government mandating these laws across the globe, you cannot stop the wealthy from finding some country which will allow it. If they can afford some $500k procedure to improve their children, do you really think they cannot afford a $10k vacation to China?

Comment Re:More Sleight of Hand... (Score 1) 17

It used the original MySQL SQL parser in its 1.x release, which is still released under the GPL. MaxScale 2.0, which is BSL-Licensed, no longer contains any MySQL code any more.

I don't understand why any company would use parts of the MySQL code base when the PostgreSQL code base has a far more open license. Just use the Postgre SQL parser instead. Maybe I'm confused about the Postgre license but it seems like a pretty easy choice, and the one I would make if I was developing a new open source or even commercial database (in the 1.0 release anyway).

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 5, Insightful) 225

With Musk the right question is never 'will it work?" but 'will it make any sense factoring in the costs?'

That is the great thing about having billionaires with the curiosity of engineers. Musk is willing to find out if these 'crazy' ideas make any sense factoring in the costs. Let your average VCs fund the companies whose ideas will most likely work. Men like Musk are the ones with the freedom to investigate the ideas which will probably not work, but would be phenomenal if the general wisdom is wrong.

IMHO Musk is filling in for governments who aren't spending enough on basic research and grand innovative ventures. For these projects it is expected that you will fail far more often than you succeed, which is why traditional investors stay away. I hope Musk keeps up his current pace of innovation for the next 30 years.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

There are thousands of people with the next Big Thing, but because their product isn't advertising or analytics (read, more ways to spy on the user), their stuff is ignored by VCs.

Considering how much valuations of these companies are ballooning in recent years, it seems VCs are getting pretty desperate with finding companies worth investing in. I doubt there is this massive pool of people with truly marketable and executable ideas that simply cannot find funding. Nearly everyone has some idea they think could make millions, but having an investable idea is far different than that.

If your contention is that we need to be spending more money on basic research which is unlikely to pay off for many decades then I completely agree with you. But that is primarily the responsibility of government not private investors.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

Typical - get a big idea, get resources together to make it happen, get it off the ground and running, empower others to complete your work, then lose interest. On to the next big idea.

FTFY

If only there were more successful serial entrepreneurs in the world. We would have our flying cars by now.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 1) 641

0.04625% (or 1 in 2000 10 mile drunk driving trips)

If you drive drunk once a week, that makes an accident a near certainty over an adult life.

If you drive 10 miles while very drunk (0.2 BAC) once a week, it becomes very likely you will have an accident because of your drunkenness over an adult life.

For reference, for a 150 pound individual they would need to drink about 7-8 drinks over a couple hours to reach 0.2 BAC. That is pretty drunk.

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