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Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 454

It's not welfare, per se; it's paying people to pursue their own "goals."

Obviously no, it isn't. Or else, UBI would be tied to the success on their pursuing. No: UBI is paying people for them (ideally) not to worry about making ends meet, economically-wise, within a capitalistic society, that's all. What people do with its time is not under consideration.

"the American capitalist economy is a burden, not a release."

And then, if you really think so, why do you push for a "solution" within the American capitalist economy (our society runs on money, but people won't have enough money in their pockets, so let's give them some money for free so our society can still run on money changing hands) instead of looking to get rid of that burden (i.e.: we can consider our world is already in a post-scarcity situation with regards to basic services, so let's provide those services without money involved in the transaction)?

"If we release them from the machine, they'll be working for their own joy and not for the bottom line of some giant corporation."

Are you aware how wishful thinking that is? The truth is that "if we release them from the machine" they might "be working for their own joy" as much as they might "be masturbating all day long like chimps at the zoo" and you did absolutely nothing for one outcome to be more likely than the other.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 454

"This is why the principle of automation and machine intelligence goes hand in hand with the concept of the Universal Basic Income and free education. So we can create an educated workforce, and those who cannot work have a strong societal safety net that's easy to administrate."

No, it isn't. Under a capitalist society, UBI can only lead to inflation and, because of that, being well below basic coverage (despite of its name).

What we need is Universal Basic *Services*: nothing is easier to administrate: food? free; healthcare? free; shelter? free; education? free.

On one hand, this has already been tested as workable as most countries but USA already successfully provide socialized healthcare and education, and even USA provides socialized government, army or police so it's just a matter of extending already provided services. It is inflation-free, at least on a monetary sense, while not from an expectations point of view: even today, on a country like mine were socialized healthcare works quite well (or it worked quite well, before last decade's explotion of ultraliberalism) there's always the expectation of making it covering more services (i.e.: dental health is not covered) or more areas -i.e.: isn't internet connectivity a necessity right now? maybe we should cover it too...

And, for those lacking either the knowledge or the imagination about how a basically ocious society might end up looking like, just take a History book, as it is not as if it hadn't been tried before: ancient Athens might be a perfect example, and we still remember some of its people and their achievements 2500 years later.

Comment Re:Not mine, you won't... (Score 1) 238

"Once you get outside the rabbit warrens of the upper Atlantic coast, the cities are large enough physically that conventional mass transit as Europeans think of it does not work as well."

Isn't this a self-inflicted problem? People density on those "large enough" cities is quite low, isn't it? You build wide, not high, just because you count on personal transportation (cars) to the point of making it basically mandatory. No wonder public transportation doesn't fill the bill if you make your urban design explicitly against it.

Comment Re:I thought diesel ran cleaner (Score 1) 238

"Typical compression ratio in a Diesel engine is somewhere around 20:1, vs a gasoline engine that's running 10:1 or there about."

And then, typical engine regime from a diesel is about half that of its gasoline counterpart (i.e. 1500 vs 3000 RPM) which exactly compensates for the higher compression ratio.

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 238

"Not only that, these are cities which are political subdivisions of larger governmental entities who hold power and control over them."

I don't know other cities, but Madrid's council certainly holds enough authority to introduce such a ban. In fact, both Rome and Madrid already have similar bans in place (albeit not as tough, yet): Madrid has some streets on its downtown you can't enter your car into unless you hold a special permit, and Rome a policy for odd/even license plates to control air pollution.

What still they don't have, is power to introduce legislation to come into effect in eigth/nine years in the future, since current council has no guarantees to hold power then. And, in any case, Madrid's major already said she has no such plans.

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 238

"I haven't visited the other 3 but it certainly is possible to live without a car in Madrid."

Maybe that's your point of view. On the other hand, I never had a car -not even a driver's license, and I lived in a 650.000 people town, till I came to Madrid and I understood I couldn't live without one.

But this forgets the most important point: policy-makers are chosen every four years, so there's no way you can seriously say anything about what will or will not be allowed in Madrid (I bet it's the same for the other cities) by 2025.

Comment Re:Will it stand? (Score 4, Insightful) 154

"If I am a business and I want to put a non-disparagement clause or review gag order into my contracts, I don't see why I can't."

Because:
a) you are allowed to be impersonated as a business under the understandment that you'll abide to the laws of the land.
b) business are ultimately allow to do their stuff for as long as it fits the common benefit.
c) the legislator understands there's a strong assymetry of power between the business and the individual and so chooses to protect the individual under the light of a) and b) above.

"Nobody is forced to do business with me, and they entered knowingly (presumably) into the agreement."

By making your contract a single non-negotiable entity, you are open to a) the contract to be understood in the most favourable way for the party that didn't have a saying on its redaction and b) for parts of it to be nevertheless considered void and null without this meaning, on its sole support, for the rest of the contract the rest of the contract not being enforceable.

Comment Re:This is why I don't contribute to many foreign (Score 1) 89

"In a country that does not truly have rule of law, there is very little you can do to help the people and nothing at all remotely."

And your plan is... corrupt the rule of law at that place?

Please note the allegations are "the nursery and primary schools were not licensed, the teachers weren't qualified and that there was no record of its curriculum being approved"

That's quite easy to fact check: they either are licensed, and then there will be a paper track showing it, or they aren't, and then they have no place running an illegal school.

Provided they are not licensed, *then* you can start on why they are not (maybe they are not bribing the right people) but you still can't run a service requiring licenses without them. That *is* the rule of law.

Comment Re: Tesla builds shit cars (Score 3, Insightful) 145

"Tesla cars are the most advanced and fun to drive. Go to a tesla store and see for yourself, test drives are free"

Probably you didn't figure it but you just made the parent's point: "most advanced and fun to drive" coupled to being expensive has proven time and again to be good enough for the luxury market, it's far from sufficient for the consumer one.

The same can be said about your "test drives" point: millionaires are served if their toy cars can manage the equivalent to a test drive once a month (go see how many miles have a second hand luxury car on its odometer) but consumer cars start to make sense only once you can reliably put 100K miles on them.

In the end, Mr Anonymous Coward, you don't own a Tesla and you are the kind of fanboy that most probably will queue for hours to own the next iShit that comes properly marketed to you. For Tesla to reach the masses, Musk will need to understand not all the people are like his west-coast millionaire early adopters.

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