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Comment Re:Who is Kurzweil? Why should I care? (Score 1) 203

Indeed. These people want to believe something very much religion-like, bit are somehow smart enough to see how ridiculous traditional religion is. So they invented a surrogate that is not one bit better, but a bit less obvious.

On one side you have wishful thinking, and on the other side you have people actually doing research to make things happen. Even if the promises of either side never pan out, one is quite a bit better than the other.

Comment Re:If they didn't want unlimited use (Score 1) 421

If they didn't want unlimited use, they should never have offered it. It has pretty much always been a lie from many of these companies, and they should be fined for it. Unlimited with an asterisk defining the limitations of unlimited is not acceptable.

Verizon doesn't offer unlimited plans, and I don't believe offers contracts longer than two years so no grandfathered unlimited users are guaranteed service for any specified period of time.

It appears Verizon is finally admitting to the definition of unlimited data, and is adjusting their policies to be more honest about what service they are willing to offer. Obviously that does not include offering unlimited data anymore, even to grandfathered users.

Comment Re:Unlimited. You keep using that word. (Score 1) 421

But I do not think it means what you think it means.

What does unlimited mean? And why do you get penalized if you actually use it as such?

Verizon doesn't sign contracts guaranteeing unlimited data (they have in the past, but how is that relevant?). This is Verizon's final admission that they will no longer pretend they offer unlimited service. People complaining about these definitions should be happy about this. Verizon is finally being honest with their users and giving them a choice of contractual options Verizon is comfortable with.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 5, Interesting) 421

The important term here is not "Unlimited", it is "Out of Contract". If you haven't signed a recent contract with Verizon and are just paying month to month on a grandfathered plan, they can cut your service at any time. Well, there may be regulations on how much notice they need to give, but apparently it isn't a long notice period.

The only reason Verizon has kept these grandfathered users this long is because they were hoping regulations would allow them to throttle or otherwise limit usage. They were unsuccessful at that, so cancelling service is the natural alternative.

Comment Re:Somebody didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 280

The gist is that there is a lot of BS floating around as science that is really nothing of the sort.

This is mostly a problem because of press coverage which thinks every published paper means something has been proven. The practice of science has a pretty good filter for junk science. Research results which don't hold up as future researchers build on the findings end up being rejected or simply forgotten (same thing really).

No research findings are the end of scientific inquiry on the topic. Replicating exact experiments may be rare, but building on past research is quite common. This is where inaccuracies are most likely to be found. Another filter is when engineers actually try to implement research. Its unlikely false results will turn into working products.

All of this can turn into wasted money, but not more wasted money than the cost of treating every scientific paper as if it needs to go through the equivalent of FDA approval.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 460

I think you really aren't the norm.

He is the norm, or at least closer to it than anyone who thinks $2640 is an expensive vacation. A 2010 American Express survey found that the average family of four will spend $4,000 on a vacation, including airfare.

You may think all but the thriftiest vacations are expensive (and I would agree with you), but that doesn't change how expensive average vacations are.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 460

You should check reality before spouting off with a derisive rant. A 2010 American Express survey found that the average family of four will spend $4,000 on a vacation, including airfare. It is not just my opinion that a $2640 vacation is very reasonable, it is an objective fact. I personally believe almost all vacations are expensive, since I can just as much fun with a $500 video card and a few games, or a $50 board game, but that's just my opinion.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 460

I have a wife and child and we have never spent that much money ($2640) on a vacation. At most, maybe $1500.

And yet, we've had very wonderful trips every year.

I never said all vacations have to be expensive, just that a $2640 is not relatively expensive compared to average vacations in the US (I think almost all vacations are expensive myself, but that's a personal vacation).

And it is not my opinion that $2640 is not an expensive vacation. A 2010 American Express survey found that the average family of four will spend $4,000 on a vacation, including airfare.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 5, Insightful) 460

Yeah all those ones you mention, I find pretty dull. Especially Dare Devil and Jessica Jones, normally I love action hero stuff but those just bore the pants off me. I tried Stranger Things recently, couldn't get past the first 30 minutes.

Maybe I'm just strange.

Even if you don't like these programs, the positive reviews from both critics and viewers objectively show they are quality content. If you had originally said you stopped watching Netflix because of dull original content that is your opinion, but claiming people are leaving Netflix because of that is simply objectively wrong. I'm not saying no one leaves because of dull original content, but clearly that is not a major driving factor.

I find it more likely that emails notifying users about the price hike reminded people they were paying for Netflix when they were never using it. I've worked at two subscription based companies which avoided reminding users of their service like the plague since it only incited some users to cancel (I don't condone the practice, and yes one of the companies is bankrupt now).

Comment Re:Yes it is a straw man argument (Score 1) 1140

Someone making $15k a year is working at a rate of about $7.50/hr. If he only makes $21k after being handed a free $10k, then the hourly rate must be about $5.50. You think minimum wages will go down to $5.50 instead of up? Really?

I firmly believe we cannot have a significant UBI and a high minimum wage. UBI is partially a replacement of the minimum wage and can probably only work with a drastic reduction of our current minimum wage. We probably won't actually reduce the minimum wage, but will gradually reduce it through inflation. I support raising the minimum wage today only because no one in power is seriously considering UBI, but I would certainly love UBI over a minimum wage.

Will it be more likely to be viable if that number is 300 million people "or so"? The recipients of UBI would be six times the number you talk about.

As I said in my original comment, the vast majority of people receiving UBI would have their taxes raised by an amount equal to or greater than their UBI payments. Probably only about 20-40% of adults would receive any increase in net income, similar to the amount of adults currently not paying any federal income taxes. And only those seeing a net increase of income would need to be subsidized by higher earners.

It is physically impossible for them to break even. Giving them $10k and then paying them $10k means they break even. Where does the money come for the 50% of households that pay no income tax currently? It has to be extracted from those who do.

That is exactly the same thing I said when stating they certainly would not break even. Other than to use more inflammatory language what was the purpose of typing this?

Comment Re:Yes it is a straw man argument (Score 1) 1140

Why do you think you'd get less crime? It's a dumb assumption. I would think the criminals will be emboldened because their extortion worked.

Crime is primarily a product of lack of opportunity. Criminals are not all part of a large conspiracy to raise your taxes, they are just people who either don't have opportunity or don't see it.

Comment Re:Yes it is a straw man argument (Score 1) 1140

I don't know, I think that the UBI is pretty drastically unrealistic as I think $10K is far too small a number. I thought the idea behind UBI was that it gave everybody a bare level to survive on and I don't know many places $10K does that. Even in the middle of nowhere Nebraska, I don't think it would get you any sort of living space and food. But then maybe I'm not thinking in the right terms and maybe shared living spaces might become a thing for those who subsist only on UBI.

UBI is not intended to make it easy for a household to have no working adults. It is intended to make people less dependent on their job by giving a significant safety net when they are out of work, or for them to survive comfortably making less than the current minimum wage.

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