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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

nebaz So what happens when there are no more jobs? (870 comments)

Historically, some have speculated that with automation comes more and more leisure time, people not having to work because all of their needs have been fulfilled. What ends up happening in reality however (as we see now) is that productivity gains do end up with fewer people working but instead of more people working fewer hours, there are fewer people working more hours. What happens when there are not enough jobs to go around at all?

People won't have enough money to pay for goods. Will labor be parcelled out so more people work less? Will there be a perceived "non-need" for so many unemployed people? What happens then? I can't imagine it will be a pretty sight.

about a month ago
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How Data Analytics In Education Could Create a New Class of Haves and Have-nots

nebaz One size does not fit all... (268 comments)

Great, so someone laments the fact that some people may end up more educated than others. Wouldn't it be better if we taught everyone to their potential instead of holding back the more gifted students so everyone is equal? Lowest common denominator is "lowest" for a reason.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Put Video Service on Hold Due to Comcast Data Caps

nebaz This is exactly why... (348 comments)

Mergers like Comcast/NBC should be illegal. Once content providers are also content distributers, they can pull shenanigans like these.

about 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

nebaz How times change (471 comments)

I remember when XP came out everyone was complaining about its online activation requirement. They said they would stay with Windows 2000, which didn't have that requirement. Nowadays, barring Windows 7, it's everyone's favorite OS. Funny how things change.

more than 2 years ago
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Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

nebaz Dumb question... (415 comments)

What happens if your teacher is your parent?

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Marries Texas Couple

nebaz Stupid computers... (142 comments)

Always taking jobs that American priests won't do.

more than 2 years ago
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I get most of my books...

nebaz Missing option (283 comments)

In an audio format. Helps quite a bit with the commute.

more than 2 years ago
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Gov't Funded Electric Car Company Goes Out of Business

nebaz Please... (195 comments)

Investing in any company has risk. Cities should obviously weigh the pros and cons of where to invest their moneys and such but to single out an entire industry because one company failed smacks of fear-mongering. You wouldn't have seen such alarmist claptrap if a city had invested in General Motors as "it is a bad idea for the government to invest in an American Car Company".

more than 2 years ago
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NCAA to Tighten Twitter Rules

nebaz What gives them the right? (116 comments)

Why should students in the NCAA be any more monitored than regular students? (As in, why at all?). As is, the NCAA athletes often bring in major revenue to schools (for football programs at least) and are not allowed to benefit from it at all, does the NCAA consider them their slaves?

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote

nebaz A different idea... (152 comments)

Direct democracy has it's drawbacks as people here have already stated (California). But what if we went back to the original representation ratio of people in congress as prescribed in the Constitution to "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand", that would require something like 10,000 representatives. That would be enough people to keep most individuals out of the limelight, so maybe they would actually try to do work rather than pander to their constituents.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

nebaz Re:Streisand Effect (581 comments)

The government sets up the system by which both sides can lodge complaints and seek grievances. The other side has to initiate and pay the legal costs.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

nebaz Re:Streisand Effect (581 comments)

It essentially is enforced by them, the government just provides the trappings of enforcement via civil court. It certainly doesn't pay for their lawyers in a breach of contract case. (Copyright infringement is a different story however)

more than 2 years ago
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US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

nebaz Re:The Wallet (241 comments)

The obvious counterargument to this is that even "unsafe" planes can be made to fly into buildings, and I'm not even a big fan of a lot of these TSA measures.

more than 2 years ago
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Algorithm Glitch Voids Outcome of US Green Card Lottery

nebaz Sucks for the first batch of people... (131 comments)

How would you feel if you got a notice saying you got a green card, but then two days later were told "sorry, just kidding."? The second batch of people might not want to celebrate just yet.

more than 2 years ago
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Worldwide Night Sky Stitched Together In 5 Gigapixel Image

nebaz Re:Amazing (118 comments)

show a liberal sprinkling of alien galaxies...

Aha! So you admit it! The liberals do want illegal aliens to live here.

more than 2 years ago
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How Far and Fast Can the Commercial Space World Grow?

nebaz Re:Lets all hope for Skylon (159 comments)

Really, Skylon?

I'd never trust a bastard stepchild of Skynet and the Cylons.

more than 2 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

nebaz Re:Bad. (932 comments)

I'm not a big fan of a "miles driven" tax, but I think I'd prefer an odometer reading that doesn't distinguish off-road and out of country miles to having some kind of constant government mandated GPS device in my car.

more than 2 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

nebaz Re:Bad. (932 comments)

They could construct it so it doesn't matter. They could just say "in order to get a license, you will pay x% of the difference in your odometer readings from year to year, period". There's no legal reason they have to care where you put those miles on.

more than 2 years ago
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Forty Years of P=NP?

nebaz Re:P=PN (222 comments)

Some problems are deceptive though. Think Fermat's Last Theorem.

more than 2 years ago
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Using AI To Identify Innuendo

nebaz Obligatory setup... (86 comments)

Identifying innuendo, that's a hard problem.

more than 2 years ago

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Comcast Regulator joins Comcast

nebaz nebaz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nebaz (453974) writes "Once again the revolving door between government and lobbyists is made apparent as one of the regulators that approved the NBC-Comcast merger now works for Comcast. Funny how that works."
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DirecTV forcing PPV DVR erasures

nebaz nebaz writes  |  about 6 years ago

nebaz (453974) writes "DirecTV has announced that starting April 15, users will no longer be able to store Pay Per View movies on to their DVR for more than 24 hours. According to their site, "Major movie studios have required that satellite and cable providers alike may no longer allow their customers to view these recordings for longer than 24 hours. During the 24 hour viewing period, you will continue to enjoy all of your DVR features such as pause and rewind." I just got HD too."
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Arthur C Clarke has died

nebaz nebaz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nebaz (453974) writes "I just read over at the BBC that Arthur C. Clarke, renowned Sci-Fi author of such books as 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died at the age of 90."
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nebaz nebaz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nebaz (453974) writes "MSNBC has an article saying that there is tension between NBC and Ron Moore and team about the royalties on the 'Webisodes' of Battlestar Galactica. The episodes have been seized by NBC, balking at Ron Moore's refusal to produce any more episodes, due to compensation issues."

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