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

u38cg Re:Automation and jobs (456 comments)

Several reasons. Firstly, people don't simply move to the cheapest tax location, as being in America gives you access to things like...well, I don't know why people like being in America, but many of you plainly do. Secondly, because there's no real evidence that a basic income would cause people either to stop working or to choose not to work. Thirdly, characterising taxation as theft is sophistry. Clearly some uses of tax are more worthy than others; that doesn't make the principle unjust of itself. Fourthly, we already tax rich people and give it to the poor, in various forms. Fifthly, who said anything about stopping people leaving?

3 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

u38cg Re:Sign me up (140 comments)

Simply swear allegiance to Her Majesty and I'm sure we'd welcome you back with open arms ;)

4 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

u38cg Re:No they're not (140 comments)

I don't know what your experience of fighting forces is, and maybe that's the experience you had if you did serve, but it certainly is not mine. The larger part of soldiering is solving problems under constraints.

8 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

u38cg Re:Great (140 comments)

Actually, modern full scale combat is going a long way towards reducing the number of people who will be killed in conflict. The point of ground warfare is to take and dominate ground and systems like this make it happen more quickly and efficiently. That's a good thing.

8 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

u38cg Re:No respawns (140 comments)

In this day and age? Who do you think the British Army is going up against with anything comparable? Last time they fought a serious tank war they had to take it slowly so the rest of the army could keep up. It can be stressful at times, and shitting in a bucket in front of your mates isn't great, but it's certainly not the worst gig a soldier can get into.

8 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

u38cg Re:Sign me up (140 comments)

Of course, as a Canadian citizen you're actually perfectly eligible for the British Army. Don't think they recruit so much in Canada but they certainly take on plenty South Africans and Australians (never mind the Fijians & Tongans).

8 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

u38cg Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (521 comments)

Well, boohoo. Let's get in amongst the weeds then.

I would much rather [not]...have to walk on eggshells on the internet and watch everything I say

Do explain how this is not to be interpreted as "I want to be offensive and I don't care".

9 hours ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

u38cg Re:clinical trials. (105 comments)

Well, let me help you. We give a placebo because we DON'T KNOW whether the drug being tested helps or harms. Just because you know it has active effects on the disease process in question does NOT mean that you know giving it to the patient is better for them.

9 hours ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

u38cg Re:So 1 x F35 = 60 million x vaccinations? (105 comments)

Yeah, maybe read up on the law of contract and then read your loan terms and conditions. If you can assign your debt, you're free to do so. Don't want your creditor to assign your debt, don't sign a loan deal that allows them to.

9 hours ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

u38cg Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (299 comments)

Mind numbing stupidity is right. I do wish people (like you) who know nothing about Ebola would shut up.

10 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

u38cg Excellent (521 comments)

I can't wait to read some hate-filled slashdotter's pathetic tirade against women. Have at it, chaps.

yesterday
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

u38cg Re:One sample (122 comments)

Would you mind outlining your qualifications in genetics that qualify you to make sweeping statements about peer-reviewed research?

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

u38cg Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (761 comments)

What systemic factors should we address

Perhaps we could address the macho heteronormative culture that leads, amongst other things, to unsafe workplaces. Oh wait, that's already something feminism is arguing for. Never mind.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

u38cg Re:Government running a serious deficit? (324 comments)

No, you're completely missing my point. Specific taxes are not intended to pay for specific items of spending (as a rule). Ideally, a tax, should be efficient, fair, harmless and easy to collect, which is why sales/VAT/income taxes are so popular. Balancing a government budget (which again, you're confusing with a household budget) has nothing to do with what it is that is taxed.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

u38cg Re:Government running a serious deficit? (324 comments)

There are revenues, which have sources, and spending commitments. You seem to be confusing them. Hypothecation is not, generally speaking, a thing.

2 days ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  about 6 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  about 8 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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