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Comment Re:How "indirect" was the use? Was SF just a proxy (Score 4, Interesting) 119

Out of curiosity, what OSS options are out there that offer the breadth of functionally that either SAP or Salesforce do?

I'm not familiar with either SAP or Salesforce feature sets but if you are seriously considering them you should look at Odoo first. You could use that, hire half a dozen full-time programmers to tweak it and still come out ahead. It is also more likely to be useful out of the box than SAP.
If that's not open-sourcey enough there is also Tryton which was forked from an early version of Odoo. Not as many features, but some technical improvements. Odoo modules should be fairly easy to port if they have the right licence.

Comment Labor Market Participation (Score 1) 441

This is part of an experiment to see what happens to people's participation in the labor market after they've been guaranteed a certain amount of money.

Generally people don't "participate in the labor market" because there is an insufficient supply of suitable jobs. BIG is unlikely to increase supply much, though some recipients may be enabled to become self-employed.
An alternative program is to guarantee jobs to anyone who wants one. Bill Mitchell compares the two ideas here.

Comment Re:Not the only thing we've lost. (Score 1) 279

What I don't see is how puritanical Christian ideals are synonymous with morality.

I reckon there are two kinds of morality, which I call 'ethics' and 'morals'.

Ethics is a largely self-consistent system of guidance for social behaviour, more or less logically derived from the Golden Rule and other human considerations.

Morals is a rag-bag of prejudices, tribal customs, and rules arbitrarily selected from an old book which was allegedly dictated to some bronze age barbarians by their invisible sky-daddy.

Moralists often are not even aware of the existence of ethics.

Comment Re:Poor Nazis (Score 2) 978

Obviously that one is not, on the face of it, a hateful opinion in either sense of the phrase. But most of them are, and I was addressing the OP's overall point.
Presumably the OP included it because it's the type of thing you often hear in debates over abortion. In that context it implies hate of the pro-choicer (child murderer!), an accusation most pro-choicer's would find hateful I imagine.

Comment Re:Poor Nazis (Score 1) 978

Which means that when some crazed lunatic declares that the devil made him do it, we cannot blame the lunatic and should instead seek out and lock up the devil.

Only if you have poor logic skills. Lock 'em both up. Or if the lunatic manages to resist the Devil's imprecations just lock the Devil up for trying it. Which is essentially what Twitter are doing.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

You do not own anything if you are renting it. It is absurd to think otherwise.

It depends what is meant by 'own' of course. If you can dispose of something as you want and prevent others from using it you 'own' it even if those rights are conferred by a contract with the community rather than by a promise from God or the strength of your arm. You said yourself if you stop paying your tax they will take your land.

Everything you are trying to accomplish is already accounted for.

Some jurisdictions come close I suppose but what I am proposing (the idea comes primarily from Henry George if you missed it) is less a material change than a different way of thinking about it, which can lead to a better way of doing it.

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