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

gutnor Re:This is silly (720 comments)

Well you actually give a good reason why increasing minimum wage is good.

See, minimum wage zealot ( in the US, elsewhere that's different ) only ask for the minimum wage to be raised to the level where those worker do not cost more money in social security. The outcome you highlight are correct and good.

The first one, some people are replaced by robot. In effect, too low minimum wage padded by social security was just subvention of inefficient business model. Now social security cost is still the same ( more jobless, less padding ) but the industry has become more efficient.

Second effect, increase in cost, is good too. Because McDonald didn't pay its employee enough, the taxes of all non-McDonald customer served to give a discount on the meal price of McDonald customers. Worse was that McDonald was making profit i.e. part of the non-McDonald customer taxes going straight in their pockets ?

You cannot look at minimum salary in isolation. If you have a social security system that is going to help people in trouble, that is stupid to have a minimum wage that still need to be padded with extra help. So either you increase it to social security level, or you reduce social security level to the same level as full-time minimum wage. ( ideally you would reduce it to less than that, because otherwise you give negative incentive to work - i.e. why would I work at McDo when I can get the same not doing anything )

Now, obviously this is a simplified view of the world. In practice, determining the level of minimum wage where somebody is self sufficient is tricky and that's where the real debate is. The consequence you listed are only negative when you get over that level.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

gutnor Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

At the time MS changed all the fonts in Windows, people complained about the loss of readability if you were not using a LCD and enabled sub-pixel rendering ( consolas ) . Specifically developers either still using CRT or remote connecting to a computer with a tool not handling that.

People moan a little but it did not make any type of mainstream noise, because at the end of the day, unless you need to read the screen all day long and are stuck in such circumstances you have bigger problem. Same thing here, if you are a heavy mac user looking at system menu all day long, you most likely are using a high dpi screen already or looking for an excuse to buy one. Otherwise, if you are like the majority of mac user and use your computer to browse the web, watch tv, ..., this will have 0 effect on you.

The only reason it makes some noise is that with Apple people, everybody and his dog feel they have been elected UI experts and sole representative of all computer user past/present/future.

Yeah, this will become a non-issue with high DPI displays but it is exemplary of Apples user hostility that they make adverse decisions for them and then claim it's for their own good.

It's shit like that. When firefox/chrome change slightly the way they render font online, it is going to affect order of magnitude more effect on users. And that happens - if you have ever used a Mac - rendering in browser have been weird from time to time. But who cares about that ? Nobody, because expect for some web designers, the effect is not bad enough that it makes Joe User think anything else rather than "hmm, weird, outlook.com looked different somehow".

about 2 months ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

gutnor Re:Imagine the punishment it it killed millions (209 comments)

Wait - that's still an issue, vaccine are not 100% efficient, so some people take the shot and are not vaccinated. Some people are too weak despite being vaccinated, very young babies are not yet vaccinated, some people think they are vaccinated but they were not ( after all you were like 2 to 6 months old when that happened, all the proof you have is a note in a book - mistake happen ).

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

gutnor Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Well they have sort of a point and a few years back they had it. The thing is, the recent push for more privacy by tons of companies is because they abused this power when they had it.

They are not even apologising for their past misuses, they just ignore it and moan.

about 3 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

gutnor Re:It's the law. (341 comments)

BTW the law is maybe old in the Germany, but similar law has been created in the UK only 10 years ago. In order to run a mini-cab service, you need to make sure to follow a few regulation like all your car must pass a car inspection and your driver must be insured, with valid license, ...

The UK is a lot closer to the US and yet, they created that law a decade ago.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

gutnor Re:Macroeconomic investment theses are always wron (502 comments)

More importantly - timing matters. Even if they are 100% correct, power companies will continue to make money for a decade. As for the "market disruptor", if you are just a few year wrong, you would have put your money in MySpace rather than Facebook. If you sold your investment in real estate in 2006 you hit gold, if you did it in 2004 or 2008, you lost.

about 5 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

gutnor Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

The reasoning being this is that video viewer are increasing demand in child porn, hence indirectly causing the raise in child abuse. Same reasoning why drug consumption and prostitution clients are charged. This rule applied outside of common sense means that following a link you don't know lead to CP and actively seeking CP is theoretically punishable to the same extend.

Kid being shot in a remote country is not driving the same demand.

about 5 months ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

gutnor Re:IP Crime? (160 comments)

That was an accident ! Can we move on I was young, times were different back then.

about 5 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

gutnor Re:Code the way you want... (372 comments)

C# is radically different. Your IDE, your test env, your OS, your frameworks, language features, ... all those are different enough so that you will not feel at work when coding with it.

about 5 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re: No real surprise (710 comments)

That's just not the way it works unfortunately. People take fashion advice from looking at some star on tv, not from market analysis. The behavior of people at the top definitively matter. So flying your jet around and buying "eco-credit" while preaching abstinence for the common folk will always translate in people mind that this is all bullshit.

The last time there was a crisis, with the ozone layer, a few years later you could not find a can of anything containing that attacked it. For regular Joe, that means 2 things: 1. people in power are not really convinced that there is something wrong, 2. the day they decide there is something wrong the peasant will all need to go f* themselves because it will be legally impossible not to be fully-200% green, and that means live the lifestyle you want while it lasts.

That said, I agree with your 3rd point. I'm not hoping much from the carbon credit though - it has been at least a decade of green consciousness (here in Europe), and green still mean premium for almost everything and for the rest a 5+ investment (if government financial help are not canned like they did this year for solar panels in my country)

about 5 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re:user error (710 comments)

If you live in a dense city, cycling is a serious decision. My most safety conscious colleague are in a near miss situation once a year. For the most reckless ones, that's once a week at least. 2 cyclists have been killed / seriously injured this year alone in front close to my office (bus - cyclist joust both time, cyclists lost). Over the last 3 years, all of my cycling colleagues have had a least one physical injury (generally falling: pot holes, white lines, manhole covers are a bitch)

Of course, if you live in a dense city, you may as well take the public transports instead ( and if that city is outside the US, you pretty much have too if you want to get to work at all )

about 5 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

gutnor Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

economic status are biologically heredity

Just nitpicking there, but worded like this, it definitively is. The easiest way to get rich/powerful is to be the child of somebody rich/powerful. Of course, as you wanted to say, the reason has nothing to do with genetic.

about 6 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

He chose the example of Chaplin fucking teenagers ... that's also a classic hero trope ?

about 8 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

heroic dying hero

Parent explained that Jobs could be a giant cunt because history would only remember his achievements, not his weaknesses. How the fuck did you read that as treating him as a hero. That's about as anti-hero description as you could get: "Yeah, he did some good stuff, not by courage, just because he had nothing to lose and tried all sort of shits to be remembered"

You can get toilet printed with its picture if you need to vent you anger.

about 8 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

gutnor Re:Watch Out for PETA (466 comments)

Maybe we will go back to reasonable population of those animals, raised on regular farm and not in factories. "Vegan" meat will essentially replace cheap meat, there will still be a market for $60 per kilo sirloin.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

gutnor Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

Yeah, sure Amazon buys a product, remove one of its feature because they want bigger margins than the company they bought it from, but we should blame Apple. And next we should also blame Obama for not gifting Amazon with a copyright exemption so they can distribute the comics the way they want without having to give a cut of their profit to some stupid copyright owners.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

gutnor Re:Tesla (394 comments)

All cars of in that price range have quirks that don't make the news, it is just Tesla. That's the flip side of all the positive media hype surrounding Tesla: extravagant CEO, car company from silicon valley, aggressive communication ( eg: to defend the car after a mild review ), ...

about 9 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

gutnor Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Well if you look at the summary, she does not call it justice, she calls it punishment.

about 9 months ago
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Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

gutnor Re:Oh... (144 comments)

I tend to take it with a very large dose of salt

Well taking that much salt will clog your arteries and you will die in horrible suffering studies say :-)

about 9 months ago

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