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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Laxori666 Bennett Haselton (235 comments)

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5 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Laxori666 Re:Lobbying aside (422 comments)

10% is a phenomenal rate of return right now.

i.e. 0% after accounting for inflation. Oh God everything's going straight to hell.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Laxori666 Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

It's not capitalist greed, it's anti-free-market greed. Note that non-essential medical services such as plastic surgery and laser eye surgery continuously get better and cheaper over time. That is, I could get the same laser eye surgery today for cheaper, or pay a similar amount for higher-quality laser eye surgery. It's much the same as with computing hardware or any other relatively unregulated market, and quite the opposite of what's happening with healthcare, namely that it gets worse and way more expensive over time. I don't know why forcing everybody in the United States to buy managed healthcare plans would improve the situation at all.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Laxori666 SkyNet is here (208 comments)

The Teslas will be the front-line soldiers when skynet finally awakes and claims its birth-right.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

Laxori666 Re:Not Funny! (274 comments)

I think it's pretty funny

about three weeks ago
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Square Market Now Accepts Bitcoin

Laxori666 Re:Buy Now (94 comments)

If you're going to get 50-80% profit in the short term why on earth would you not invest in this? Unless you don't believe your own advice?

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Laxori666 Re:Economics of scale... (400 comments)

I guess neither you nor the mod read the next 5 words: "These things go in cycles."

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

So it's not exploitation for your employer to pay you the wage you are worth to him. Why is it exploitation for a different employer to pay a different person the wage he is worth?

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

So when companies switched over from doing finances by hand with a legion of accountants to a computer-based system with a far smaller legion of accountants, they should have kept paying the same amount of tax as if they had kept the full complement of people? Who decides what that tax is? And why does the government get the money instead of the company?

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Do you make more than minimum wage? If so, why is your employer paying you more than minimum wage? Why don't they just exploit you by paying you the minimum wage?

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

I really dislike using the term "inflation" to mean "higher prices". I know people use it that way but it confuses the issue. I prefer using inflation to mean strictly "increased money supply" and deflation to mean "decreased money supply". Thus your post reads "the minimum wage certainly affects prices in an upward direction", which is pretty straightforward. If the same amount of labor now costs more then either prices go up or less stuff is produced.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Nice post. I agree in that I don't know what they would end up doing. Ideally they'd find a job doing something, but what if no one wants to hire them and they have no familial or friend-based support network? You could pay them not to work but then that also encourages other people not to work. OTOH letting them starve and die if they can't help themselves seems less than ideal given the wealth of the entire society. Damned either way. Ideally we'd get to the point where food and shelter are so ridiculously cheap that it's essentially free, but we're not quite there yet.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

What about the people whose labor is worth less than the minimum wage? At least some of those people will lose their jobs. Zero income is worse than some income. True, though, the ones that still keep their jobs at the higher wage are better off.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Do you make more than the minimum wage? If yes: why don't you have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet? Why on earth does your employer pay you more than the minimum wage when he could legally get away with that?

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Trying to race automation to the cost bottom is an exercise in futility; it's a race humans will not win. The only ones that benefit from it are the employers that get cheaper labour faster as a result.

Not only the employers. Consumers also benefit from the lower prices resulting from cheaper costs of production. Basically the only ones that are worse off are those people who did the jobs that are now automated. That's only in the short-run since increased production always ends up leading to new jobs, be it in that industry in other capacities or in other industries that wouldn't have existed otherwise (consider whether we'd ever have something like a computer industry if 90% of the population were still farmers as in 1862).

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

What would really fix a bunch of stuff is outlawing fractional-reserve banking. With anything besides currency, it would be considered fraud. It creates currency out of thin air, as you put it. Depositing money in an account should yield zero interest, or even charge a fee, as it's just providing a service: convenience and safety of your money. Loaning your money out should be a totally separate concern, which gives you interest, but your money isn't usable in the meantime since you just gave it to somebody else. Then interest rates would naturally adjust to what the price of money is, there wouldn't be inflation constantly devaluing everybody's money, saving would be encouraged. The more savings, the lower interest rates, which makes borrowing money cheaper. Lower interest rates would encourage businesses to borrow money and expand, and they would do this precisely at that point where consumers have savings, i.e. money to spend, which is precisely the time when new businesses or expanding businesses have a chance to succeed.

As it is now, banks can make profit off of something they never had in the first place, and if they gamble too much they get bailed out by the government. The net result is the screwing over of everybody else.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

That should work. People would spend that money so it'll stimulate the economy.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

The higher the minimum wage, the more incentive there will be to automate those minimum-wage jobs. If it'd average out to $11/hr to have a robot do some cleaning, and the minimum wage is $10/hr, then a janitor willing to work for $10/hr will have a job. If the minimum wage goes to $12/hr, the robot will take the job instead.

I read somewhere an essay written around the time the minimum wage was being increased a few decades ago. This was during a time when there were still elevator operators. The author predicted that after the increase, elevator operators would get phased out in favor of automated elevators. That probably would've happened anyway, but raising the minimum wage probably helped speed up that process.

If it gets really bad there will be pressure to illegalize automation of certain classes of jobs.

about a month ago
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Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

Laxori666 Re:Good news for me. (107 comments)

It's not free-to-play though it's free-to-try, as in, a demo. Like the shareware of old. They would require each game to have a shareware version, but now they have removed this requirement.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

Laxori666 Re:Bullshit (301 comments)

Yes... I know. And what would be the problem with that? If you say it's because some miners will decide to pull out, I will pull out my own hair, because that's exactly what my post was addressing.

about a month ago

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Quantum teleportation achieved over 16 km

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "Scientists in China have succeeded in teleporting information between photons further than ever before. They transported quantum information over a free space distance of 16 km (10 miles), much further than the few hundred meters previously achieved, which brings us closer to transmitting information over long distances without the need for a traditional signal."
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Google announces Chrome OS

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "Google's plan to take over the world continues. They have just announced Chrome OS. From the article:

Chrome OS is intended to be a very lightweight, quick-starting operating system whose central focus is supporting Google's Chrome browser. Applications will run mostly inside the browser, making the web — not the desktop — into the computer's default operating system.

It seems to be an extension of Google Chrome itself — an OS designed entirely to support the web browser. Didn't Microsoft have some kind of problem when they deeply integrated Internet Explorer into Windows? How is this any different?"

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Police Breathalyzer Software found Terrible

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "The defense counsel in State v. Chun have finally succeeded in analyzing the source code for the Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C breathalyzer device. The software has been found extremely faulty, citing a potential 19400 errors in the code, along with 12 major bugs where the software fails terribly. This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me. Is this another example where open source software would help?"
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Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "The Optimus Maximus keyboard, which Slashdot covered a few months ago, will finally debut in November. The keyboard comes with a 36x36 LED display on each key and promises the capability to easily and instantly switch the keyboard layout to anything that you want. It'll be a bit pricey at $1536, however."

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