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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Wildclaw Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

No, but my health insurance (individual, not through my small-business employer) goes up about 30% per annum...

That would be about a 400% increase in a 6 year period..

about 6 months ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Wildclaw Re:PCI-DSS (217 comments)

Remember that PCI-DSS is a fairly new standard. A quick search got me a VISA document that listed january 1, 2008 as the date for phasing out old payment systems that didn't manage card numbers securely.

The plain text credit card number was apparently used in a transaction from 2005. Still a bad idea to use a plain text card number. But ompanies doing stupid stuff like that.is kind of the reason why PCI-DSS became mandatory in the first place.

about 6 months ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Wildclaw Re:Crazy (778 comments)

My issue is that you dont want a free market

The very core of free market theory is consensual trade. Without mutual consent you can't have a free market. And that is why the low end labor market is in no way a free market. The worker is not consenting to work, he is figuratively forced at gunpoint.

So the only negative impact the minimum wage has on the free market is imaginary as there wasn't a free market to begin with. Well, unless you had some kind of basic income to remove the figurative gun from the picture.

about 6 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Wildclaw Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Anyone calling the current economy a free market is spouting bullshit. The core of free market theory is consent between seller (employee) and consumer (employer). But you can't have proper consent when the seller is under duress.

Unions are kind of a solution, but that is essentially fighting duress with duress which is a negative cold war strategy. Not what I would call a free market.

The better solution in my opinion is an unconditional basic income, that directly tries to solve the problem of sellers being under duress to begin with. All without having the government doing any extra regulations of the market. In fact, with a proper basic income you can even remove regulations such as the minimum wage.

about 6 months ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Wildclaw Re:Good! (619 comments)

Taxes real have four purposes for the federal government. or any other sovereign fiat currency owner.

The first two purposes are similar, namely to manage inflation and create a base demand for currency. You do those with general taxing and failure to do it leads to inflation and a devalued currency.

The third purpose is to punish externalities. You could outlaw things instead, but that is a very blunt solution. It is better to punish excessive usage via taxes. The gas tax is one such tax. Failure to properly implement these taxes makes the society as a whole worse off thanks to people exploiting externalities.

The final purpose is to ensure money circulation. This is done via wealth, land and progressive taxes. Failure to properly do that forces the government to issue more and more money as the existing money keeps accumulating in the top 1%, Since most modern countries use a bond system, that is equivalent to subsidizing the top 1% and going into an ever increasing debt.

Oh, and as technology improves, the return on capital will as well, causing money to accumulate upwards even faster. The most extreme example is when one person owns all the capital and can press a single button and produce enough for the whole population. In that case, that person will have to be taxed at nearly 100% if you want to keep the economy functioning.

about 7 months ago

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

Wildclaw Re:Stupidly tricked, not clever (309 comments)

The test is whether a computer can, in an extended conversation, fool a competent human into thinking it is a competent human being speaking the same language,at least 50% of the time.

That is the completely non-scientific populist version. It is basically worthless as it sets no baseline for the jury.

The scientific version of the test includes one human, one computer and a jury. The goal for both the human and the computer is to convince the jury that they are human.

about 7 months ago

The Road To VR

Wildclaw Re:VR (61 comments)

a flat 2D surface in front of your eyes is *not* like a 3D world when your eye tracks (no matter how close it gets). It does not "curve" the same way. So now you need a tiny, bright, hi-res, portable, low-power FLEXIBLE display too which doesn't distort the image too much. Oh, two of them.

Or you could just use lenses combined with a shader that corrects for the lens distortion.

about a year ago

Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

Wildclaw Re:Cut Out The Middle Men (118 comments)

Umm, the middlemen looks to be the music stream services. All they have to do is distribute a product that someone else has produced to the consumer, and for that they are getting to keep a whole 30-40% of the total sale.

Sorry, but if they can't make a profit on that, then they are doing something seriously wrong, or there are too many companies competing for too small of a market.

about a year ago

Andy Rubin Is Heading a Secret Robotics Project At Google

Wildclaw Re:Going to change everything (162 comments)

Yup. Too many people confuse minimum income with basic income/negative income tax.The latter two are what economists generally recommend because of incentives and easy of management.

Basic income and negative income tax are nearly economically equivalent (with different tax scales). But basic income is probably the better solution of the two. The problem with the negative income tax is that taxing happens on a yearly basis, while income works better on a monthly basis (and even that is overestimating the judgment of some people). So you really want something to fix the general disconnect.

And the absolutely easiest way is to simply pay out a basic income to every adult on a monthly basis while withholding taxes for the IRS. The IRS then doing its normal work on a yearly basis.

about a year ago

Questions Raised By Education Dept's Road Show On College Value

Wildclaw Re:Education con game (95 comments)

Yeah but what about the existing debt? That has to be paid off before we can improve anything else.

Money and Debt is a (not so) simple zero sum game. Whenever a dollar is created, an equivalent debt/obligation is created. It always balances out to zero.

So who do you want to reduce their savings so that the US government can have less debt? Once you have decided on that, it is easy to discuss the actions the government should take to cause it to happen.

about a year ago

State Technology Taxes Face Stiff Resistance

Wildclaw Re:Sales tax (167 comments)

Fair means each group pays the same percentage of the overall taxes.

Only if every person owns the exact same amount of production capital. Otherwise it is incredibly unfair.

about a year ago

State Technology Taxes Face Stiff Resistance

Wildclaw Re: Sales tax (167 comments)

Tax work best when the tax happens when the money moves.

Not really. Taxes works best when they target production directly at the source as it is being produced.

Targeting the sale means that you are targeting the wealth production way too late in the chain. In any sufficiently advanced society you end up with large amounts of wasted production capacity.

about a year ago

Shots Fired At US Capitol

Wildclaw Re:Zombies. (608 comments)

So make it a trimmed mean

I think that is exactly what he suggested. Median is a trimmed mean.

about a year ago

Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

Wildclaw Re:Sour Grapes (364 comments)

kWh is not an SI unit.

While h is not technically SI, it is officially sanctioned for use as a multiplier with SI. So saying that kWh is not SI is more of a half truth.

about a year ago

The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

Wildclaw Re:Sharing not good for a debt-based economy (192 comments)

Money is supposed to represent a store of value earned by an economy's participants.

Only in the mind of people who understand neither the origin nor general use of money. Money has historically been used successfully for trade and taxing.

Meanwhile, all attempts at trying to turn money into a storage of value has has had dire consequences. The Euro simply being the latest in a bunch of total failures by people who are macro-economically illiterate.

about a year ago

Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

Wildclaw Re:Only one thing to do! (322 comments)

The second safest road is where everybody is moving at approximately the same speed with adequate spacing in between them.

Traffic death stats here in Sweden (from 2011) tells a far different story.

* 33% solo car
* 24% meeting cars
* 18% slow moving objects (animals/pedestrians/animals)
* 11% interesections/etc
* 9% other
* 3% cars moving in same direction under normal circumstances.

about a year and a half ago

Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Wildclaw Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

In 2013, energy was 4 times cheaper in the United States than in Europe, and 6 times cheaper than in Germany.

Using current EUR/USD conversion rates and cents/KWh

Industry Retail Nov 2012 (including taxes):
* Germany: 15
* US Avg: 6.53

Residential Retail Nov 2012 (including taxes):
* Germany: 35
* US Avg: 11.74

If you wander why the German residential electricity is so high, it is because they pay a massive 20.50 EUR/MWh or 27 cents/KWh in taxes.

Seriously, nowhere have I been able to find the how electricity would be 6 times more expensive in Germany than in the US, even with taxes applied the difference is only 2.5-3 times. Without taxes, it is less than 2 times.


about a year and a half ago

Why Internet Television Isn't Quite Ready To Save Us From Cable TV

Wildclaw Re:Dunno, I'm pretty happy without cable... (304 comments)

I save over $80 a month,

You are saving $80 + Not being brainwashed by ads + Time not spent being brainwashed by ads.

Even as a single minimum wage worker, that is probably more than $200 per month in total. (most people heavily underestimate the value of personal time)

about a year and a half ago

John Carmack Joins Oculus VR As CTO

Wildclaw Re:This is great (125 comments)

Frankly they need a minimum of a 500ppi display for this thing to be screen-door effect tolerable

The screen door effect is a result of pixel fill rate, not DPI.

about a year and a half ago

Direct3D 9 Comes To Linux, Implemented Over Mesa/Gallium3D

Wildclaw Re: Welcome to 2002! (138 comments)

Never encountered this problem.

I can only assume that you either haven't upgraded your inventory size or barely keep any stuff in your inventory and only use it to collect loot.

Because if you actually try to scroll in your inventory with any kind of frequency in borderlands 2 (like if you have a page or more of reserve weapons), then you will often end up with a reverse Y coordinate bug where holding the mouse over the item at the top of the inventory will select the item at the bottom of the inventory and vice versa.


(the first 20 or so seconds shows what I am talking about)

about a year and a half ago



European Pirate Platform

Wildclaw Wildclaw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wildclaw (15718) writes "This weekend representatives from several European pirate parties met in Uppsala to discuss a unified platform for the 2009 EU parliament election. The platform includes solid suggestions to copyright reform, including making copyright only regulate commercial activity, limiting the length of copyright to within one generation, forbidding DRM and making it easier to create derivative works. Patents and civil rights are also very important parts of the pirate party platform, and especially the strong stance on privacy will likely draw voters."
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