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

guspasho Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

Yes, let's have a minimum wage adjusted for inflation. Then it would be around $21/hr, which is what the minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation since it was instituted. Yes, at one point the minimum wage was a true, reasonable living wage. That's why our parents and grandparents remember being able to do so much more with their money than we can now, like buying houses right out of college.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

guspasho Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

No, progressives advocate income redistribution because extreme income inequality chokes economic growth. Give money to the people who have none, and they are the likeliest to spend it, and spending money is how you grow jobs and an economy, you grow the pie. Conversely, restrict all the money to the hands of an increasingly elite few, and nobody will have money to spend, the economy will be effectively limited to the handful of wealthy people while the rest of us are shut out. Businesses will close up, people lose their jobs, that's one of the surest ways to kill an economy, the pie shrinks. Time and again this has been borne out, e.g. in the article here.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

guspasho Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

So every time the unemployment rate goes up, it's because more people choose to become ex-cons, drug users, or alcoholics?

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

guspasho Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

It's called basic human dignity, and if you think working a full-time job should not by itself be enough to support oneself, you clearly do not believe in it.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

guspasho Do the ISPs need to know what goes through their n (364 comments)

I've heard mentioned that Netflix should adopt a P2P model using BitTorrent in order to circumvent ISP throttling. (Maybe I've got that wrong. I'm not terribly informed.)

But that got me thinking. Could we, and big providers in particular, sort of collectively force network neutrality on the ISPs by encrypting everything, so that it's impossible for the ISPs to know what the packets are, only that they're supposed to be delivered to such-and-such a place? Would that work? And what would it take to make it happen? Or is there a big reason why it can't be done that I don't know about?

about 1 month ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

guspasho Re:Irony (1482 comments)

Mod parent up! I heartily agree, there is absolutely no equivalence between being a bigot and opposing bigotry. And it's disappointing that this fairly obvious distinction even needs to be pointed out.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

guspasho Re:Desperate for advertisment (1482 comments)

Also, Slashdot commenter feigns cynicism in a desperate attempt at seeking attention.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

guspasho Re:on a serious note (719 comments)

"... I detest Islamic culture..."

Don't equate Islam and Islamic culture interchangably with al Qaida and jihadism and 7th century bullshit. Islamic culture is very rich and has contributed much to civilization. Your own culture isn't without its own flaws and stained past either. People don't go around judging your culture by the Westboro Baptist Church or Hitler. You'd do well to remember there's a LOT more to Islamic culture than jihadism and bin Laden.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

guspasho Re:on a serious note (719 comments)

By "open" Gitmo I mean begin using it as a gulag. I realize it's been around for a while. Obviously.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

guspasho Re:on a serious note (719 comments)

Mod parent up!

Bush had no problem steamrolling over the process to do whatever the fuck he wanted. He didn't ask Congress or anyone if he could open Gitmo. He just did it. He claimed his commander in chief authority. When you're the most powerful man in the free world, you can do a lot without asking permission. Obama is president and commander in chief now, and he's used that authority to start foreign wars and assassinate US citizens without asking the courts or Congress, among many other controversial and probably very illegal things. Obama could close Gitmo in a day if he wanted to. He doesn't want to. Simple as that.

That he claims his hands are tied is simply bullshit to avoid the embarrassment of admitting he broke a core promise of his campaign.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

guspasho Re:Accountability (719 comments)

OH HEY LOOK! They backtracked and apologized! What do you want, a pound of flesh?

about a year ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

guspasho Re:In related news... (267 comments)

Followed by: The FBI has seized and taken down a drug-dealing website posing as a technology news website, slashdot.org, for associations with a ring of probable drug dealers.

about a year ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

guspasho Re:All iPhone screenshots? (267 comments)

Probably because Android users can't figure out how to take screenshots (Zing!)

But seriously, as a mobile QA tester, it's a pain in the butt to figure out and remember how to take a screenshot with any given phone, since it isn't standardized, and some phones have no screenshot-taking ability short of connecting it to a dev console.

about a year ago
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Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now

guspasho Re:i call bs (420 comments)

This was my first thought as well. Why is *Eric Schmidt* so concerned about *private* drone use, as opposed to governmental? Smells like an anti-competitive effort to me.

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

guspasho Re: Earth isn't delicate, (414 comments)

> If you can't survive and thrive in the very worst conditions this planet has to offer, then you won't do better off outside the atmosphere.

Says who?

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

guspasho Re:Paradox (414 comments)

> we're not overpopulated now, but in a few generations we will be.

They said that a few generations ago, too. Hell, Thomas Malthus said that we already were, and he said that centuries ago. We always seem to be on the brink of a catastrophic population explosion that will result in mass starvation and misery. Maybe it's time we admit that Malthus was dead wrong.

You might say that we'll soon run out of room, but why is no one saying we ran out of room a long time ago? The natural human condition is to live off the land as nomadic hunters and foragers, in groups of no more than a few hundred, not live sedentarily in cities of many thousands if not millions of people. Is that way of life feasible now, with how many people there are now?

We've been adapting for about 10,000 years, or 500 generations, to live sustainably with overpopulation. We've dealt with famine and plague. We will continue to innovate and find new ways to deal with them. And, as population grows exponentially, so does human innovation, so long as we continue to provide the means for humans to innovate.

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

guspasho Re: Earth isn't delicate, (414 comments)

As if those are the only two options. Neither of them even make any sense. We are far, far from depleting the Earth's resources, so much that it isn't even in the realm of realistic possibility. And as far as "surviving" on this planet, can we learn to tame and prevent every possible external threat that can take Earth out, like a nearby supernova? Absolutely not.

How about looking at things realistically, rather than in such irrationally absolutist terms? Something, anything could happen to Earth, from nuclear war to unchecked global warming to an increase in volcanic activity to meteorite impact to a freak solar or interstellar event. The survival of humanity, our descendants and the only intelligent species we are aware of, depends on colonizing space. We've lived on Earth as a species for hundreds of thousands of years without coming close to depleting its resources, we are getting quite a lot better at learning to live sustainably without damaging the environment than we were even 40 years ago, and we haven't realized any imagined dystopian futures yet. What precedent is there for imagining that, if it suddenly becomes easier to colonize new worlds that we will simply toss away the ones we're already living on?

Your false dichotomy is both false and terribly ridden with inaccurate smuggled premises.

about a year ago
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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

guspasho Re:Seriously? (343 comments)

So if an infant or toddler is too stupid to not eat toys, they deserve whatever they get from these things? Fuck you, you are an asshole. I hope to god that you aren't and won't ever be a parent.

about a year ago
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Will the Supreme Court End Human Gene Patents?

guspasho Wrong approach (228 comments)

All the arguments in the summary are economic ones. Creating monopolies, raising prices, and market distortions are what patents are for. It's a reward to the creator that is supposed to drive creativity and innovation.

The real argument against gene patents is that they shouldn't be patentable in the first place. They are natural phenomena, not inventions.

about a year ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

guspasho Re:Sigh, this is not what a Christian should be do (1121 comments)

It's disappointing how many self-proclaimed Christians ignore what Jesus said in favor of what's in the Old Testament, which was written before Jesus Christ. It's like they don't want to be Christians at all.

about a year ago

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