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Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 3, Insightful) 216

And yes I realize that finger print technology will reduce deaths.

It may reduce deaths by the gun's owner, while causing more deaths OF the gun's owner.

So, no, we have no real idea whether it will cause a net reduction in deaths. We can be pretty sure it'll produce some change in the identities of the people killed though.

Comment Has nothing to do with opinion (Score 1) 545

There you go, this is proof that you can't even have an alternative opinion.

You are right, you can NOT have an alternative opinion, because this is not about an opinion. If I put a knife in your kids head and you say that that killed your kid, I am not aloud to say "But that is, like, just your opinion." So if you do the same with my kid, I will not allow you that excuse either.

Comment Late-Breaking News from the Council: WTF G'RANEE? (Score 2) 244

>K'Breel was deposed and executed after his repeated failures in repelling the Terran aggressor. We don't speak of him. All hail mighty G'Ranee, Supreme Leader for Life!

LATE-BREAKING NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL: VICTORY! The Council of Elders has confirmed the blueworlders' resumption of aggression upon our noble red sands. K'Breel, Speaker for the Council of Elders, addressed the planet thusly: OKAY. Okay, so I'm K'Breel (even though anyone on Slashdot can assume the mantle merely by declaring themselves Speaker for the Council), and I'm late, but I'm merely chronologically late, not as in the Late Second Adjunctant to the Council Formerly Known As G'Ranee.

But domestic politics is beneath us tonight -- just take a glance at the blue world beneath us for a look at how bad that can get -- and let us focus on what's important: over the past sol or so, our Planetary Defense Force has been so good at pre-emptively distracting the blueworlders with tasks like landing comets, grabbing their prospective mates by their genitals, low-planetary orbit missions, and just general tribal infighting that we haven't had to shoot down any robotic invaders in quite some time. But when the opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it, and so, we did. Hence the trivial elimination of yet another putative invader from elsewhere. We'd do it every day, except that the blueworlders lack the gelsacular fortitude to send us more targets. Now as to gelsacular fortitude, on to Second Adjunctant G'Ranee...

When a junior reporter pointed out that the destroyed invader was merely a technology demonstrator built on the cheap to see if a landing was possible, and that the blueworlders' actual payload was safely in orbit, K'Breel had the reporter's gelsacs launched into orbit alongside those of G'Ranee for a closer look.

Comment Re:Capitalism of exploration (Score 1) 403

I live in Belgium and Belgians (Flemish) are not the same as Belgians (Walloons). And the difference in working laws and mentality between Flanders and The Netherlands is so great that many companies have a hard time operating in both.
The way you adress people (be it customers or workers) is so different that where it is polite in one place, it will be felt as an insult in the other.

And also: it is al about being efficient. This might be great for managers and companies. Most people I know in Europe are not interested in efficiency. They are interesten in their free time.

Comment Re:Obvious takeaway here? (Score 1) 41

What is the CIAs goal? I am going to take that as "Why would the CIA do it, if it doen't even work in a school."
The reason is "We weren't really seeing a lot there."
The 'not a lot' means that something was seen. For the CIA that something might be an attack that will be prevented or identificaation of a network they were not aware about or even info on a person who now can be seen as dangerous and needs closer observation.

1 in a million is worth it for the CIA. 1 in a million is not worth it for a school.

If you agree that they do it or not and/or if it is legal is a whole different question, but that is why they want to mo,itor everybody and everything. Because it makes their job easier.

Comment Re:the real reasons for this (Score 3, Informative) 403

European here:
1: 35-40 IS a work week. And if you work half time, you are still insured for that period. For the company having somebody work full time or two people half time will cost about the same. Part time might even cost more. The reason to get part time people is
a) Because people want to. e.g. moms who want to work part time and still have time for the kids
b) You have hours that need it.
There will be people who are willing work 4/5th (4 day week) or 9/10th (e.g. every wednesday afternoon off) or other situations were they decide to work less in agreement with the employer

2. If by schedules you mean fixed hour weeks, then yes. Working overtime in Belgium is just not worth it. The taxes on your over time are about 85% or more. So you would be stupid to do it. So how do they deal with situations where overtime can not be avoided? You get paid in extra days off. e.g. working 1 (unplanned) Saturday will get you 1.5 or 2 days off. Sunday will be 2-3, depending on where you work. As a company you will learn very fast that most unforseen days are not really unforseen. It is just bad planning. And the situations will suddenly happen less.
And yes, there wwhere situations where I did a lot of extra work one month and had 2 weeks vacation extra.

3. It is about living wages. Where I work and in many other places, public transport is not only an option, it is paid for by the company. Imagine if you would not need to pay for your car. No taxes, no payment, no maintenance, no fuel. Look at it financially, not practically, because that is not possible. For me that was 200-300EUR difference per month, easy. If you are at the low end of earning, that will be a HUGE difference. So all of a sudden, I make 200EUR more per month.

4.. Credit is obviously available in Belgium and other countries as well. And some people fall into that trap. However top get a credit (in Belgium) the credit company will be forced to look how much other credits you have, how much you make and how much you need to live. Give credit to somebody who should not get a credit and he does not even need to pay it back. Not ever. Not when he starts making money. Just no pay back at all. Complete write off for the credit company. So how does this work?
a) You need a minimal income to get a credit. Below 1100EUR per month netto and no credit.
b) Deduct from you income a standard for living. e.g. food, rent and such. Not sure what the amounts are, but say 750. That leaves 250 per month. Now look at every other credit. Not: a credit (card) is calculated as if iut where maxed out, because that is what you would have to pay back in the worst case scenario. So a CC for 2000EUR would be 100EUR as there is a minimal payback of 5% per month. That leaves you 150EUR to buy a car.
So many people will say: If I ditch the card, I can buy a bigger car. Many will even have to ditch their cards to be able to buy a house.
So you do not build credit, you get it when you work and things are not added, but deducted.
Interest rates are fixed by law. Charge more and they will close you down without blinking and good luck trying to get your money back.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 886

Lets say we pay out 100% of current federal revenue as UBI (setting aside the fact we'd still need Medicare etc). That's just over $10,000 per citizen.

First, why should we still need Medicare? A major point of a UBI is that we can eliminate the existing social programs and replace them all with UBI.

Second, $10K per citizen translates to $40K for a family of four (what, you weren't counting children as citizens?). Which is about median income these days. I fail to see a problem....

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

The amount of cards to me makes it reasonable to at least look into it. Just like when I get stopped and I have a suitcase of 20USD bills with me. There could well be a very reasonable explanation, but I would understand if they start asking questions.
As for "what is too many" I say that that would differ from situation to situation. If you are a beggar sitting on the streets and you have 10.000 with you, to me that is suspicious. (and yet legal, but it would be understandable if there are questions asked). If you walk into a second car dealership, having a larger amount with you is more normal.

I live in a country where I have to have an official ID with me and I have been stopped in the street and have been verified and I have no problems with that.

Imagine that there is abuse by the police person, I can file a claim. If I am the only one, it will most likely be seen as in favour of the police officer. If there are more, you can bet that there will be an investigation and he will be reprimanded. So no, you can nu just ask how much money have people on them and even then it does not mean that what they have is illegal.

The real problem is that there is no real accountability for police officers in the US. Change that and I am sure that the rest will become reasonable as well.

And again: no, you can't put exact numbers on these kind of things what is reasonable. Yes, that will mean that you have some false positives and false negatives.

Comment Re:No we can keep working instead (Score 1) 886

Nah, that won't work.

We need to repeal the last couple centuries of progress first. Drop back to, say 1800, and we'll be fine.

Well, except for the lifespans being reduced by ~30 years, and the diseases and regular starvation.

But that's a small price to pay to keep people working, right?

Seriously, we're heading into a period that makes the transition through the Industrial Revolution look minor. And, yes, we may find that a UBI works.

Note that a UBI should replace all the myriad existing government handouts, so it actually won't cost nearly as much as might be expected. Yes, it'll require higher taxes, but not exorbitantly so....

DIsclaimer: yes, I'm one of those conservatives that /. is offended by. So I should probably be opposed to a UBI on general principles. I'm not. Get over it.

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