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Comment UBI makes sense but needs some strings attached (Score 1) 1116

I think that there is enough wealth out there that we could provide a basic support to those in need, and should not be an excuse to discourage others from working - I think it would be a great top up though. And while many people would abuse it, many more would use it to improve their lives. Sure it would be tempting to sit at home and play video games, but after 2 or 3 days I would go nuts. I think people don't want to be poor or stuck in a crap job, and maybe even want to launch a business of some sort, or further their education - this could also mean a lot to the non-profit sector which currently faces declining funding; imagine NGOs basically having free labour and the good they could produce, especially when poverty would basically be eliminated for many of their clients. Having said that, I think some strings do need to be attached, because the reality is that people will mismanage their own money or outright abuse the system. There could be a work or drug-free type program (I believe in Australia welfare recipients need to pass a drug test), but I would hate to be the child of someone on welfare who failed a piss test. I think the resources exist and if managed properly the benefits could outweigh the costs - imagine the reduction in overhead if there was no more welfare/disability/etc. and just one central department - but just blindly handing out money without some sort of requirement probably isn't a solution just because we can do it.

Comment Shut up and take my money! (Score 1) 288

As a parent here is some simple math 2 tickets almost $30 (not 3D or IMAX or anything) Babysitter - $30-$40 Snacks - $20 Not missing something awesome because I have to go to the washroom (let's assume this thing has hi-tech functions like pause and rewind) then great, although I would really like a $75 package that includes a digital copy once the blu ray or whatever hits the stores, because it irks me that if I want to watch something in 3D or IMAX, by the time I factor in babysitters its almost $100 for a 2 hour movie that I get to watch ONCE.

Comment Dyson Swarn (Score 1) 412

Sure I am dreaming big here, and this is probably some kind of natural phenomena we have never observed before, but why a sphere and not a swarm? OK so if 22% is only covered, this thing looks to be moving, and their Sun is a lot larger than ours, than maybe it is just a Dyson swarm. I mean how much energy do you really need? Regardless, I feel that cool observations like these merit better observation. I know that this thing is ridiculously far away, but why aren't we building tech to launch small probes (maybe the size of baseballs) and communication satellites around other planets - I mean eventually we will need something like Internet access on Mars, Saturn, etc.., so can we have a network of tech to help us gather better data, and gather it quicker? We could be launching small probes at very high speeds, even if its just to the edge of our solar system, and probably be learning some very cool things. I just feel that even if this is some kind of alien megastructure, we won't be able to gather enough proof to make anyone happy. Sure its far away, but imagine that maybe it was only 5 or 10 light years away. Would we really be able to gather the data we need to make an informed decision?

Comment Longevity (Score 1) 174

I am currently in my late 30s and have two kids under 10. Assuming my children have kids of their own, and no sort of accident happens to them, do you think it is reasonable to assume that a middle class/upper middle class family can see their children (ie my grandkids) benefit from longevity in the next 20-30 years? At what point do you see middle class people routinely living hundreds of years (or more) in good health?

Comment Really? (Score 1) 151

So now my car will come with an EULA? What if I don't agree to updated terms? Will they take it back and give me a full refund? Will my vehicle "drive" if I do not agree or opt out? Sounds like another PS3 debacle to me. Let me guess - you will no longer own your car (although you'll certainly pay for it) and of course will not be allowed to do any repairs or maintenance yourself. Better yet, trying to access (or wipe) your own data will equate with piracy. Sorry if I sound jaded/skeptical (I've spent too long on /.)

Comment Sony - are you listening? (Score 1) 193

I think that its great that you get a compatible digital copy. I have tons of digital PS3 games that currently do not work on the PS4. With sony's acquisition of Gaikai and this PS Now thing, why can't Sony do the same instead of trying to get me to rent/stream a PS3 game I already own? Really hope this gets sony thinking

Comment Could be useful in Ontario (Canada) (Score 1) 299

Electricity rates are going up, making peak usage twice as expensive as off peak usage. I think that a lot of businesses could benefit from something like this if they could finance the upfront costs of batteries+ installation. While my understanding of our electrical systems is limited, it seems like batteries should have been part of our grid for exactly these reasons as well as emergencies etc. - it just seems like we have something that is always on, always outputting based on demand projections, so how do we make it smarter?

Comment This happened to me (Score 1) 321

... and it's not my kids stealing. They were playing Penguin Wings 2 and bought about $20 of stuff for their little characters. It was my fault for wanting to distract them, and I changed my settings so that my password is needed each time now. I don't thinl it's google responsibility to protect people from themselves, and a dev who made a fun game got $20 for their work. People just need to use common sense/chillax.

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