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Comment Re:Sadly, It's Worse Than This... (Score 2) 174

But in which universe do you imagine that the additional input cost of corporation tax isn't wholly born by increase in the cost to the customer of the goods and services they consume. Corporation tax is just a hidden consumption tax on you and me any way you slice it.

This depends on the product and the market of course, but remember goods and services are already priced for maximum profit. If corporations could charge more without a drop off in demand, they would be doing that already increased taxes or not.

If the margins are thin, you'll see an increase in price and subsequent drop in demand if its some kind of luxury item. If the margins are fat you'll likely see no change at all.

Comment Re:linux (Score 1) 91

Which make and model of phone runs GNU/Linux? If it's the one I think you're talking about (Nokia N900), it's probably "a mythical beast" in Slashdot's home country. Can it even connect to modern networks now that AT&T is phasing out GSM service in favor of expanding LTE?

It's a Jolla C running Sailfish OS manufactured last year by Intex (India), its modem is designed for Europe so I guess it won't be that happy in the US of A.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 920

His firing was one of virtue signaling, nothing more. I think virtue signaling is far more harmful to society than some moron's stupid jokes.

What exactly is the problem with not tolerating jokes made in poor taste (so called virtue signalling)?

Calling for the death of an entire people/culture can still be construed as an incite to violence, even if it was made in jest.

Comment Re:Breadth & Accuracy 120 years ago (Score 1) 436

Now you are just being intentionally obtuse. He did not say no one could contribute. He said no one without decades of hyper specialized research could possibly contribute. I only have a Masters degree, but I did choose a research track instead of a capstone project, and the most important thing I learned was how specialized someone needs to be to make meaningful contributions to scientific knowledge.

At least 99.999% of the population has no business postulating about climate science. The only reasonable opinion these people can have (myself included) is the position of the vast majority of climate science researchers. The other 0.001% of the population can continue to challenge current theories.

Specialists sure have their uses, and indeed it takes significant effort to even just say current with any particular research field, but don't discount generalists so easily.

Generalists can often make connections between major research branches that specialists simply don't look for, or realise that different branches are investigating the same phenomena but are using different terminology. The most recent example of this is probably Carl Sagan.

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

There is one positive thing happening, thanks to the combination of available software and other automation as well as strict regulation of employees, there are a growing number of one person businesses filling little niches and making a living for themselves.

Certainly I know a few one man businesses that without things like CNC or easy to use accounting software they simply wouldn't be viable.

Comment Re:maturity required of voters (Score 1) 261

Our political system with regard to citizens voting is supposed to be egalitarian, not elitist, and I'm sure there are a number of Southern states that would just love what you said here, as a way to keep 'undesirables' from voting: institute 'tests' to disqualify citizens from voting; that's more or less what you're advocating for here, and frankly you should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking it. That's about as un-American as you can get.

The problem is that this already exists, you have a perfectly legal mechanism for stripping the voting rights of citizens, it's called being convicted of a felony.

Coupled with say, the war on drugs and three strikes laws and you have a fairly effective weapon against 'undesirables' voting for the wrong guy.

Comment Re:The Illusion of Capacity and Greed. (Score 1) 635

And therein lines the problem. Some is not all, and that is the OP's point. We need to find ways to accommodate those who cannot be trained to enter STEM careers.

I never said 'all' either, obviously you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Many people are perhaps not interested in STEM careers, or we do a poor job of making it seem interesting to a broad part of the population. However, aside from people classified as mentally disabled, the idea that a broad part of the population is physically incapable of learning STEM is nothing but elitist nonsense.

Comment Re:The Illusion of Capacity and Greed. (Score 1) 635

To get a picture of what I'm talking about, you can look at some extreme examples of radically different mental ability.

Blind people, through necessity, can develop mental abilities that seem superhuman like echolocation and rapid aural comprehension, being born blind doesn't seem to be a factor but losing your sight whilst still young is, which is in line with Neuroplasticity. Naturally this is in response to some kind of trauma that renders part of the brain useless without anything to do, and so it rewires itself.

So if the brain can drastically rewire itself in response to trauma, how does it follow that 'general intelligence' is somehow hardwired? So what makes some people 'smarter' than others anyway? You can handwave that away with genetics all you like but it seems likely that our education systems are doing a poor job.

Through standardised testing its fairly common knowledge that the Chinese score much higher on PISA maths tests than Americans do, is that because the Chinese are genetically superior to americans? or do they have a better way of teaching maths so it makes sense to a broader spectrum of the population? A little closer to home, the Canadians score higher as well.

Comment Re:The Illusion of Capacity and Greed. (Score 0) 635

Toss advanced mathematics against little Johnnys brain all you want, but if he doesn't get it then he's likely never gonna get it. Mental capacity varies from human to human. Always has, always will.

Mental capacity isn't innate and unchangeable, your brain is a muscle after all and it needs exercise. Muscular strength varies from human to human too, but you wouldn't say that the weak are unable to become strong.

If a large portion of Johnnies don't get advanced maths, then its likely your teaching methodology sucks

Comment Re:The no-rules no-ethics new dotcom boom (Score 1) 156

I got the impression that they were deliberately undercutting everyone else in the market, all over the world, in an attempt to drive them out of business and create a mega-monopoly on on-demand transport.

Silicon Valley VCs don't seem to be content with merely out competing rivals, unless the end game is complete market domination they just don't seem interested.

Comment Re:More histrionics (Score 1) 600

The article goes on to illustrate where the idea apparently came from, in a probably-misheard question during a rally.

From what I can see, a good 50% of the panic the left is feeling over the Trump presidency is being startled by THEIR OWN STRAWMEN.

The guy can barely string together a coherent sentence, any kind of attempt at comprehension results in tea leaf reading.

Trump seems to be a living rorshach test, where you see what you want or expect to see and you can latch on to a few tidbits of his word salad to make your point, but objectively he is a complete unknown quantity.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 534

Yeah, if you're a raging asshole who thinks they are better and therefore are allowed to emit more than some other people who you think should be sanctioned because you yourself fucked up the world.

Or you realise that not all countries are equal, and if your country emits more CO2 than other countries then its up to you to fix it. I'm Australian, and as far as per capita emissions go we're about as bad as the USA, but because there's so few of us our total emissions make up less than 1% of total global emissions.

If somehow we pull a heroic effort to get rid of coal power tomorrow, the world would still be in trouble. Now you can call me a raging asshole if you like, but I'm applying what political pressure I can in my part of the world, and I recognise that in this situation the lions share of the responsibility is currently on China.

With great population comes great responsibility, or something like that.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 534

Per capita emissions doesn't actually matter though, only total emissions matters.

Sure splitting things up in relative terms makes it easy to compare different nations, but at the end of the day it's the same planet and the emissions affect it with the same strength whether it's been generated for 10 people or 1000.

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