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Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 1) 177

wealth equality? doesn't that mean taking my money and giving to some dumb lazy bum? I'll take wealth inequality thanks very much

If you start with a couple of million, you get easily invest it to get greater than the average person's income from a full time job, except without having to lift a finger.

How's that for being a "dumb lazy bum"?

Comment Re: Subversion of the West (Score 2) 1080

All of which make extensive use of publicly developed science and technology too (e.g. ARPA for the internet) so what's your point?

Even if they didn't, it's a bit like saying if you send something through the post you must support socialism because you're using a government service. Or that someone in the former Soviet Union would be hypocritical to be against socialism because they used such institutions every day.

Comment Re:America Favors People Who Don't Work (Score 1) 431

Earned income has the highest tax rates. Most people who are familiar with the tax laws try to derive most of their income from portfolio (investments) and passive (real estate) income.

Which I think was his point. Contrary to what would seem morally reasonable, wealth tends to automatically go to those who already have it, not those who contribute most or have the greatest need.

Of course, the original statement should really be changed from "America Favors People Who Don't Work" to "Capitalism Favors People Who Don't Work (and have money already)". The clue's in the name, after all - it's not called Labourism.

They're the ones who are cleaning your toilets, harvesting your food and doing the jobs you don't want to do.

I don't think he was referring to them.

Comment Re:A famous book of literary criticism once said.. (Score 2, Insightful) 288

Your point? Watching a movie in the cinema is not the same as watching a movie at home, even though in both places you get a "movie".

No, it's worse. Not starting at the scheduled time so they can show you adverts, noisy people, no pausing to go to the toilet, expensive (and non-alcoholic) drinks.. I really don't see the point in the cinema any more - is there anything *so* good you can't wait six months?

Comment Re:The average person (Score 1) 85

What were we talking about again? Ohh yeah. I don't know anyone who doesn't leave their computer on 24/7, even my mom. Computers are appliances and need to be ready at a moment's notice.

Standby mode achieves that, you don't need to actually leave the thing on burning tens of watts. With an SSD you don't even need to wait for the drive to spin up.

Comment Re:Dear Owners (Score 2) 296

Every software developer? Really? I'm fairly sure my development of finite difference modelling software won't be improved by knowledge of Unicode (I *have* encountered EBCDIC though, briefly, which is the one thing he claims would never happen).

Not meant as a comment about you, but the author of the piece, who seems to have a rather limited view of the range of software that's actually developed.

Comment Re:I have tons of questions on this... (Score 2) 118

I will never understand the fascination with tech web sites always reporting on fringe research that probably won't eventuate to anything.

New concepts and technologies are more interesting than products.

Or at least you'd hope so on a technology oriented site - there are plenty of other media options if you just want to know about the latest iShiny.

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 95

Free speech should be about the expression of ideas and opinions. Even the US doesn't have absolute free speech - you can't falsely claim that person X is a child molester and claim "free speech!" when they sue you for libel, for example. If I were to somehow get hold of your medical records, would you be happy for me to publish them?

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 568

Incidentally, moving from academia to industry is exactly what I did (not in climate science though). It's easier and better paid, though less interesting.

I now work in the oil industry, so have more reason than most to want to argue against climate science. But there's such a thing as intellectual honesty.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 568

No, I think that a worldwide conspiracy to fraudently conduct an entire scientific field just to keep modestly paid academic jobs is one of the less believable conspiracy theories I've seen, and that's up against some stiff competition. Do all that rather than just go into private industry for more pay and better security?

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