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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Uberbah Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (627 comments)

and it's clear that the Democrats are going to keep demanding that the government force low-skilled workers out of work... sorry, increase the minimum wage

All businesses always minimize their payroll. If McDonalds needs 12 people to run a shift, they will hire 12 people to run a shift, whether the minimum wage is 25 dollars or 25 cents an hour.

You could pay these people a quarter an hour in company scrip and the company would still replace some employees with automation if it would save them a nickel.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Uberbah Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

Translation: it's only a societal problem if the gender getting the shit end of the stick is female.

Women don't self-select out of their area of interest, they are persuaded out of it by parents and colleagues.

Score: 9.7 in mental gymnastics.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Uberbah Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

Maybe because society (in the US, anyway) spends a lot of time, directly and indirectly, telling women they aren't cut out for this kind of work and should focus on being "hot" and be quiet?

On some other planet where you don't see governments and schools pushing the "empowerment" of girls, nevermind that girls are more likely to graduate from college and have always graduated high school at higher rates? Where girls are overdiagnosed with ADHD and overmedicated instead of boys?

Women get pushed around a lot in our culture, overtly and covertly

By other women.

I got raised by smart, educated, strong-willed women (mom, aunts, great aunts, godmother) who had professional lives in the 50s and 60s when that was rare.

As those aunts, great aunts and godmothers what it was like to be drafted into Korea or Vietnam.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Uberbah Re:Nurse were men (765 comments)

Speaking of perpetuating lies, most men behind on child support are in arrears because they cannot afford to pay, not because they don't want to. Non-custodial women are much fewer in number, but have more in arrears, percentage wise, than non-custodial fathers do. Yet no one calls them "lying dead-beat moms" when they cannot make the payments.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Uberbah Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

You are talking the same position as the old guild members, fighting to keep their privileged position as more productive factories raise productivity and living standards for everybody.

Except when you need such a guild to push back against a government increasing the size of the labor pool without increasing the number of jobs open to said labor pool. Because the real purpose is to boost corporate profits - see the H1B visa program.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Uberbah Re:Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (397 comments)

I'm a big fan of both red light and speed cameras, so long as it's clear that the goal, and the only goal, is to improve traffic safety by getting people to abide by speed limits

On some planet where speed limits have some vague relation to how fast you can actually drive at a safe speed? Parts of Canada are notorious for having speed limits 30 kph or more under where they should be. And red light cameras are invariably set up not at intersections with a higher accident rate, but at busy intersections with short yellow light times.

The point of these cameras isn't increasing safety, but increasing revenue for the city and the company collecting the fees. Which is why Chicago haz a sad.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Uberbah Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Of course there is a legal process, it says right in there

That "legal process" is for you to prove your innocence to get your shit back, not for the state to prove your guilt to take it away. It's a complete inversion of the Takings clause and the concept of innocent-until-proven-guilty.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Uberbah Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

Your ISP is already metering your traffic.

Only if you're stuck with a shitty provider, usually a monopoly.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Uberbah Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

But if it's anything else, taxes are so great. "Pay your share!"

There's another term for self-important elitists paying their share of taxes: guillotine insurance.

Despite the fact that the government doing the taxing is just going to use those resources against you in the form of militarized police, warrantless wiretaps, and drone surveillance.

Despite the fact that the largest post-Vietnam increases in war spending happened after Reagan's budget busting tax cuts and then again after Bush II's budget busting tax cuts. Anyone who thinks a tax cut is going to somehow reign in the Pentagon or the NSA needs to Google "deficit spending".

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Uberbah Re: Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

There is nothing but IOU's in the "trust fund"

This nonsense again? Those are Treasury Bonds, not IOU's. If the U.S. up and declares trillions of bonds to be null and void, what do you think is going to happen to it's fiat currency? The USG would rather deal with an invasion than let that happen.

2 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Uberbah Re:Republicans Control Michigan (294 comments)

Republicans believe in states rights,

I'd believe that, if I were born yesterday. "State's rights", like "small government", are mere marketing terms for agendas, and go out the window the second they conflict with said agenda. In this case, helping the big business of car dealerships.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Uberbah Re:A government picking the winners and losers? (232 comments)

I'm sure.

Then either all this talk of you owning a business is just that, talk, or you've never faced closure due to a gigantic, "terrible" corporation setting up shop where you do business.

A Walmart that isn't allowed into a city because of zoning issues (the usual reason) hasn't invested money in building and stock and hiring people.

Or because they offer terrible service and cheap products while killing wages and smaller businesses.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Uberbah Re:Who consumes more? (838 comments)

Perhaps I'm missing something. What is it?

The obvious. What's going to be better for a local economy: a rich person spending $100 million to build themselves a Downton Abbey castle, or hundreds of working class families spending $90 million to build thousands of homes? What's going to have a bigger impact on an economy: some Facebook exec dropping a couple mil on a Bugatti, or a bunch of working class people buying 70 Honda Civics?

The Richie Rich might be "consuming" more in terms of dollars, but the consumption of the working class has a broader impact and creates more jobs.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Uberbah Re:A government picking the winners and losers? (232 comments)

If I operated a company and was looking at moving into an area, and found out that the local government had the power to shut down companies based on some arbitrary definition of "terrible", I'd think more than twice about going there.

Sure about that? If you wanted to opened a store featuring goods carried at your typical Wal-Mart, would you be more or less interested in moving to a jurisdiction that refused to let them in? If you wanted to start an ISP, would you be more or less interested in moving into a town that kept out a huge city monopoly like Comcast?

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Uberbah Re:next up (232 comments)

Next you should point out where there's an actual connection between those two dots. Keeping out a huge, shitty, monopolistic company would make other companies more interested in moving in, not less, no? Like opening a store in a town that refuses to let Wal-Mart in.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Uberbah Wow. A Bushbot. (376 comments)

Didn't think there were many of you left - you must have epic Twister competitions with Obamabots in contorting yourselves into rationalizing this stuff.

"Bush Lied People Died", while they went around having tourettes fits if you mentioned anything good about the man.

Have you sued Obamabots for ripping off the Bushie "criticism must first be balanced by acknowledging accomplishments" shtick? They've been shamelessly ripping you guys off for years.

You could point out that President Clinton bombed Iraq first to stop the WMD program there

You could also point out there's no comparison between that an invasion that ended up with a million dead Iraqis and thousands of American deaths, but that would sail over your head.

The most mind boggling thing is apparently both sides are singularly polarized on the current president who has been implementing the exact same policies as his predecessor.

Not the same - Bush got Congressional authorization for his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama, not so much for his wars in Libya or Syria. Make sure and taunt the Obots with that factoid at your next Twister game.

Albeit, a Republican president might have permanently stationed troops in Iraq and prevented ISIS.

Obama wanted to extend the Iraq occupation, but had to follow Bush's SOFA with Iraq when, for some odd reason, the Iraqis refused to grant continued immunity to U.S. forces for war crimes.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Uberbah Re:Leftovers from Iran-Iraq War (376 comments)

That and chemical weapons degrade over time. That warhead that could have killed hundreds of people in 1980 might give the same population a bad skin rash 20 years later. It's not a weapon of mass destruction if it's not capable of mass destruction.

Which is why even some of the Bushies are poo-pooing this latest Foxbait.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Uberbah Only if they give you immunity. (220 comments)

"If you give us the password and let us prove you're innocent we'll let you go. If there's anything in there that would prove you guilty we'll reduce the sentence. If you don't give us the password and we have to crack the encryption ourselves and we find out you're guilty, you're going away for a very long time."

If they were able to send you away for a very long time then they would have sent you away for a very long time. Prosecutor isn't cooperating with your defense, why would you cooperate by slipping the noose around your neck?

Since it hasn't been spammed here enough: never talk to the police.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Uberbah Re:Article ignores variability (610 comments)

The article discusses wind power vs. coal and other types of power purely on the basis of cost, with absolutely no discussion of reliability.

IOW the "baseload power" chestnut. Nevermind that energy demand is the highest on hot sunny days and cold, windy ones.

about two weeks ago

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