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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Damn, nannies are hypocritical idiots (154 comments)

You are completely missing the point. Raising the minimum wage does NOT reduce the number of poor households, because most minimum wage earners are NOT poor.

I completely see your point. You've skewed the statistics (actually repeated an argument made by the conservative Heritage foundation and the collection of political bloggers) to make it look like minimum wage doesn't affect the poor. The problem with your slight of hand is that its obvious that your argument falls flat when you realize that total population of minimum wage earners is not the same as the total population of poor households.

To put it another way... You are arguing that the plurality of minimum wage earners aren't poor, instead of the more applicable argument that the overwhelming majority of poor employed households are minimum wage earners. Your argument has the convenient side effect of ignoring the current problem with encouraging people off of welfare by getting a job that pays less than what they get by simply staying home.

3 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Damn, nannies are hypocritical idiots (154 comments)

Someone else who hasn't bothered actually reading stuff written in support of minimum wage legislation...

Your worst fear has come true. I'm reporting the arguments given by conservatives that support the minimum wage hike. They make very credible arguments about how not raising the minimum wage to match inflation is nothing more than a government subsidy to industry that only pay their workers the minimum wage (Ron Unz made the argument when talking about the minimum wage in California) .

3 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Damn, nannies are hypocritical idiots (154 comments)

Except that you are taxing the creation of low wage jobs. That is probably not smart policy. People are poor, not because of low pay, but because of NO pay. Most poor households have no earned income at all.

You are trying to subdivide the poor in order to push a solution that isn't necessary good. All poor households have low pay and this includes the ones with no pay. Creating more low pay households in order to reduce the no pay households do very little to help the population of poor households and instead continues the status-quo that benefit business at the expense of tax payers who have to fund government services that make up for the difference.

I would counter your argument by saying that if we reduced the total number of poor households with an increased minimum wage, even if we increased the number of no pay households in the poor household population the overall governmental cost would be lower.

3 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Damn, nannies are hypocritical idiots (154 comments)

Yet they think raising the minimum wage will increase the demand for low skill workers, they think wage and price controls will reduce demand and increase supply, they think capping surge pricing will increase supply and reduce demand, on and on the hypocrisy goes.

Wrong. They argue that by raising the minimum wage, we lower the amount of corporate subsidy in the form of welfare and medicaid. If they pay their employees a livable wage, we as taxpayers wouldn't be spending as much government money to make up for the difference. The idea they proposed was not to reduce the total unemployment, but instead the number of under-employed workers.

The money not spent on subsidizing the living standards of the minimum wage could (in theory) be used to subsidize new jobs by redirecting that money into actual job creation in the form of subsidizing job training and education or helping with start up costs for industry that serves the nation's long-term strategic interests.

4 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Bill_the_Engineer Re:only trying to help? (154 comments)

Neither of you needed to be on the road anyway.

4 days ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Sayonara glassholes!! (141 comments)

I think the product is dead because of the douchebag glassholes.

I don't think all Google glass owners were obnoxious jackasses, but unfortunately it only took a minority that are to ruin the product for the rest of them.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Bill_the_Engineer Re:One mile? (784 comments)

I think a lot of us walked that distance to the school bus stop.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

Not really. They say they would like to enforce net neutrality but the politicians won't let them.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Bill_the_Engineer I have Comcast... (448 comments)

I have comcast. Can customer service get any worse or the prices get any higher?

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (400 comments)

Don't forget the rude people in the crowd who can't pull themselves away from their smartphones or keep their mouth shut.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Bill_the_Engineer Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (681 comments)

TBH, it doesn't matter, though you are incorrect on more than a few points: Saturnalia ends a few days prior to Christmas. Traditionally, Christmas begins on December 25th and lasts until Epiphany (January 8) - well outside of most pagan calendars, which centered around or ended on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21).

You fudged the dates a bit. "Dies Natalis Solis Invicti" (Birthday of the unconquered Sun) was celebrated on Dec 25th. It was replaced by Christmas during the reign of Constantine.

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Bill_the_Engineer Re:I never have understood (265 comments)

I never have understood the world's fetish with the US dollar.

It's because the US has both a stable government and a large economy.

about a month ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Bill_the_Engineer Bringing 70s tech... (123 comments)

Continental finding innovative ways of bringing 1970s technology to customers today!

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Bill_the_Engineer Re:What the fuck (221 comments)

Slashdot didn't pick the submission because you would read the article. Slashdot picked the submission because it would attract a lot of comments.

about a month and a half ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Bill_the_Engineer Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

He confused "Copyright" with "Personality Rights". Twenty six states in the US recognize "Personality Rights" and yes the constitutionality of this state-based right has been upheld by SCOTUS.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Knowledge is power (611 comments)

The neighborhood needs to petition their local government to allow for the street to be closed on one end or even the mid block during rush hour. The neighbors can still get in and out, but the street becomes completely worthless as a route for folks passing-thru.

about a month and a half ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

Bill_the_Engineer Didn't change my default search engine... (237 comments)

Just wanted to report my own anecdotal observation that after updating Firefox to 34, my default search engine remained set as "Google" and did not require me to change the setting.

I assume only users installing Firefox for the first time will get the "Yahoo" search setting.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Where does the money go? (400 comments)

Firefox being open source doesn't mean that there aren't any paid employees working on it. Also Mozilla still has to pay for hosting and other business/foundation related expenses.

about 2 months ago

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Bankrupt municipality seeks revenue from speeding cameras on interstate

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "According to the Mobile Press Register a new speeding enforcement program was adopted by the Prichard City Council today that could generate at least $200,000 a year for the cash-strapped city.

The council, with a unanimous vote, endorsed a program that will add four additional patrol officers to monitor traffic speeds primarily along Interstate 165 and 65 within the Prichard city limits.

The program, administered by South Carolina-based iTraffic Safety, is set to start in January and will be monitored for three months before the city determines whether to increase regulations by adding speed cameras along the interstates. "I think we should try the officers first," Ephriam said. "There could be issues on whether the cameras can accurately depict speeders right now. There are things we have to address with potential liability with the cameras.""

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LibreOffice 3.4.2 for enterprise users released

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targeting both private individuals and enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2 fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most enterprises."
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'Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator dies

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "CNN is reporting that David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.

A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer.""

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