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Comment Re:That huge cost (Score 1) 1126

Figure in savings in the criminal justice and healthcare systems, and those 3 trillion are a real steal. From a real-world experiment:

Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies, and teenagers worked less because they weren't under as much pressure to support their families, which resulted in more teenagers graduating. In addition, those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did. Forget found that in the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 percent, with fewer incidents of work-related injuries, and fewer emergency room visits from accidents and injuries.[9] Additionally, the period saw a reduction in rates of psychiatric hospitalization, and in the number of mental illness-related consultations with health professionals.

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Savings in decreased hospitalisation and prison time alone should be substantial. UBI done right goes way beyond a monthly payment.

Comment Re:Cue the lawsuits. (Score 3, Informative) 443

And your answer is relevant how? MS has no God-given right to their users' telemetry data. They may politely ask their customers to volunteer such information (as they did with that Office improvement dialogue thingy, as far as I remember). But the way they are clawing for it shows they do not understand who they are and what they produce. There are many environments where it is undesirable or even illegal to simply throw around data so detailed as what I have seen in Windows telemetry to a third party over the internet.

And do not forget that those issues that need fixing are not God-given, either. They are defects. Some in Microsoft's products, some in someone else's products. It is not the customers' job to help fix them. If anything, the whole tech industry should be infinitely grateful for the incredible leniency it receives regarding product faults. Imagine the smoldering ruins in Redmond and Cupertino (and some other places) if Microsoft and Apple had to operate under the same regulatory regime as GM and Volkswagen. I know, we as consumers get to play with shiny toys that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive and incredibly boring. Still I think especially Microsoft urgently needs to be reminded that they do not rule over a lawless wasteland but operate under the same laws as everyone else.

Comment No, it did NOT! (Score 1) 180

This must have been submitted by someone who does not know how law and politics work in Germany. The federal government has forwarded a proposal to regulate fracking. Not to ban it. And it ultimately leaves the decision to the individual states, most of which are in dire need of more funding. Some of the state governments have already expressed support for fracking – this is the enabling piece of legislation they have been waiting for.

And in contrast to the praise some AC showered over our social democrats, I am delighted to be just as disappointed as I expected to be by the Traitors' Party (as the moniker for that particular party goes around here) for the sell-out they committed here. Again.

If only someone invented a machine that recovered electricity from broken political promises, all our current and future energy needs would be fulfilled by year's end.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Many atheists treat the non-existence of god(s) like a fact just like the religious treat the existence as fact [...]

There is a very important difference here: With most atheists I have met so far, your first usage of "fact" could be defined as "assumed to be true based on available evidence until a better proposition is presented". With most theist I have met so far, your second usage of "fact" could be defined as "declared true even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary and defended the more vigorously the more evidence against it is presented". Belief means different things in theism and atheism. Atheists usually believe in the absence of a higher power in the same way as they believe in the second law of thermodynamics: as the best available hypothesis currently at hand.

Comment Re:M$ Sales at it's finest... (Score 1) 328

[...] Windows 10 runs better on machines made in the past 5 years than Windows 7 did.

Please define "runs better". Apart from the utterly retarded installer, which parts of Windows 7 run so poorly that they warrant an upgrade to another Windows-based OS in spite of that OS's considerable downsides? I hate Microsoft, I have been running Linux on my laptops since 2005 or so, but I do find 7 quite tolerable. And those things that annoy me about it have not been fixed in 10.

So what exactly runs better in 10 than 7 that has an impact on real-world every-day usage (not benchmarks or hypothetical security gains)?

Comment Re:M$ Sales at it's finest... (Score 5, Funny) 328

[...] A week later she's telling me how Windows 10 is just as good or perhaps even a bit better and easier to use than Windows 8 and she's glad she upgraded.

Well, going from 8 to 10 is indeed an upgrade. Going from 7 to 10 is better than going from 7 to 8. Better as in "being deported to Siberia instead of Auschwitz" better.

Comment Re:Predictable and self-inflicted (Score 4, Insightful) 921

Firstly, deduct expenses (health insurance, housing etc.) and that $31k will melt away like a snowball in an oven.

Secondly, the fact that we pay many professions insultingly low wages is not an argument against paying burger-flippers $15 an hour. It is an argument for paying other undervalued professions more.

Thirdly, whether someone spends 40 hours a week transplanting hearts, laying bricks, nursing the elderly or flipping burgers, none of those is a leisurely stroll in the park. Anyone working a full-time job deserves to be able to afford a modest standard of living in my book. Otherwise, what is the point?

Comment Re:Your legal argument falls flat (Score 2) 296

[...] And, like it or not, current US law requires them to follow the court order, under 18 U.S. Code 2511, which reads, in part, "Providers of wire or electronic communication service...are authorized to provide [stuff] to [law enforcement]" [...]

It literally says "they are permitted to hand over stuff, nevermind what other laws say", and most likely equals "they have to hand over all the stuff they can get their hands on". But I do not see a legal basis for anything more than that. There is a limit to what a court can force you to do to help with an investigation. A landlord cannot be compelled to demolish a whole block just because a LEO thinks there might be a weed pipe under a couch. And being asked to tear down the security mechanisms in your proprietary operating system comes quite close in comparison.

Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob (live.com) 4

mykepredko writes: My product communicates with a host system via Bluetooth (using the Serial Port Profile) and each time a device is connected to a PC a couple of serial ports are allocated. Windows has always had a problem with not automatically disposing of the allocated ports when the connection is removed, but until Windows 10, there were processes for deleting them. This isn't possible for Windows 10 (which apparently has new Serial/Com port and/or Bluetooth drivers) — but individuals, who are apparently working for Microsoft, periodically reply with useless suggestions or attempt to promote questions and ideas as solutions to the problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/e... I suspect that this is an issue for all Windows 10 users (although I guess few people are plugging/unplugging devices) — so how do we get Microsoft to take notice (and not have to pay for them to fix their bug)?

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