* Posts by Charles 9

9706 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Answer this question.

As the article notes, any talk about UBI is going to hit a very hard wall.

Who's going to PAY for this UBI when practically the only people you can draw payments from are also the most mobile, able to just pack up and leave if you try?

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Re: Cat among the pigeons

Bureaucratic nightmare of the highest order. You forget one of the most fundamental aspects of the human condition: people are going to CHEAT...AND find ways to get away with it. If money doesn't talk, how about a tank or a nuke instead?

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Re: Citizens Dividend

Haven't you noticed that the 1% can play governments like cheap whores? If a government tries to intervene, they'll pack up and leave, taking everything with them regardless of the laws in place. When you've got money like the 1% do, the laws are just ink on a page, ink you can work around.

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Re: Too many people

Reality has never gotten in the way of the delusions of people up top. If they believe a population crash is imminent, nothing will stop them from believing it, just as believing that God has ordered Christians to go forth and multiply means they will do in spite of a lack of resources. God shall provide, after all.

Note that I do no believe any of this, but many up top DO. It's the kind of thing that makes me want to challenge Churchill's statement about democracy with this question.

"But what if the least-worst form of government out there is still insufficient?"

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Re: Right Wing Hell

Unless they just decide to dispense with sales associates alrogether, a la redbox...

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Re: Citizens Dividend

"This is the future but we will have to fight for it from the 1% who want everything for themselves."

But what's to stop the 1% from fighting back and closing off the walled garden and turning on the Terminators?

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Nah, you're pretty much reading it right. Most of the population's pretty much holding onto one giant rope for dear life and hoping it doesn't break before something else comes along to help them. Because at this juncture, that's all they can do.

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Re: Too many people

They're afraid of a downward spiral. Fewer kids results in even fewer kids next generation until the point of no return hits and the population crashes. As noted by the baby boom of the 60's generation, populations can get extremely volatile under certain conditions.

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Re: Too many people

I was the one who brought it up, and the real problem is both political and instinctive. No one wants to be told "You lose, game over, better luck next life." This in turn makes "overpopulation" a dirty word: political suicide. Meaning the only real solution is the one no one would enact willingly. Worst thing is, if it's forced upon us, there's a very, VERY real chance the human race won't survive the fallout.

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Re: UBI has issues, but there's a better solution.

But hoe do you convince the existing capital holders to play aling?

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"Basic Income is a perfectly sensible idea, BTW, just not for any of the reasons advanced in the article."

Except for one fundamental problem which the article notes. Who PAYS for it? And how do you keep those who are left to pay for it from simply packing up and leaving?

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Re: Regarding fulfilling all desires

But what happens if the pace of technology is such that newly-unfulfilled desires turn out to already be fulfillable with current tech. That's the big scare with this technological displacement: the avalanche effect of finding any new field you try can already be done by an application of the technology. Even supposedly-sacrosanct positions like the cashier are making way for self-checkouts. If it's a choice between a self-checkout and starvation, the former wins. And don't think people will automatically gravitate towards a human over a machine. Would people prefer a jerk to a machine. for example?

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No, in a capitalist system, that is precisely and completely the purpose of a business. In fact, that's the purpose of anything: to fill a demand and be compensated for it. If it isn't worth the money, the demand doesn't get filled (which is what happens when P and Q fail to intersect). No one HAS to supply the service, remember that.

No, the most fundamental problem is that the market's too skewed, in this case with labor supply. The economics of labor have changed to such a degree that the labor pool is massively overprovisioned. The only rational solution is to find a way to reduce the surplus, but that run flat into the irrational factor that is self-preservation.

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Re: Biology my friend ...

Unless they turn inward, close the walled garden, and hash it out amongst themselves.

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Re: Mixed feelings

So what do you do when there are 12 people stranded in the middle of the desert but only 6 bottles of water.

Because that's essentially the problem right now. And putting it this way, it becomes clear there's no happy ending in store.

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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Re: Only perfect storms ?

"Called a basement."

You didn't invoke the Joke Alert. After all, how do you install a basement in the middle of the ocean? And big ships already have below-sea-level areas due to their displacement (meaning, technically, they already exist).

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Re: well it makes a change...

Not really. The more sheer info there is, the more that can be claimed is fake. Remember, you can never convince an irrational person.

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It's now illegal in the US to punish customers for posting bad web reviews

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Re: What a world

"This isn't about govts overturning contracts willy nilly, it is about you not being coerced in to signing a contract which gives away certain basic rights - in my example, the right to work, and in the article, the right to free speech."

But freedom of speech in the Constitution (as well as all the other freedoms and rights accorded in the Bill of Rights) are specifically written to prevent government action against the individual. Action between private entities are subject to negotiable terms and conditions.

That being said, the law here is about balancing knowledge in common, which is critical for capitalism to work properly. People can only make informed decisions if they're informed of both strengths and faults. That's why we have fraud laws. But the catch is that it's hard to nail a fraud case due to lack of knowledge (misinformation by absence). If the seller has the ability to bias the public knowledge, this increases the imbalance of knowledge (which already inherently favors the seller--they know more about the product than the buyer does because they usually make it).

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Re: My approach

"I also hate anonymous cowards and tend to ignore their views as probably being trolls (some cases are different where they could be putting themselves at risk but otherwise....). If you write something because you mean it then you should have the guts to put your name (or user ID) against it and not hide behind anonymity."

Unless, like you said earlier, some sellers don't like taking flak and start firing back. That's the reason for anonymity in the first place: to protect against retaliation.

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Re: Trump will revoke that law

That's the thing. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Neither side has had 60 Senators (what you need to invoke cloture which breaks a filibuster) for a long time, so if the GOP expect to get a lot through their administration they have another thing coming.

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Re: Trump will revoke that law

"I can see Trump removing that law pretty quick. There will be no negative reviews allowed of Trump."

How when the Republicans lack cloture power in the Senate?

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Re: Use a different tax

"The answer is obvious: don't charge sales tax. Set that tax rate to zero, and adjust the income tax to make up the shortfall, with the emphasis on those having the free cash available."

Some of the richest technically don't have taxable income due to them borrowing against their assets instead (buy, borrow, die, aka Tax Planning 101). Last I checked, loans can't be taxed as income, and since asset value is ephemeral, a lot of it normally can't be taxed while they're held, only when they're sold (when a real value if finally attached to it).

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Heck, many of these depend on those tax revenues for their continued operation since they don't trust the higher authorities to pinch in. How else does a country maintain its police and fire departments if the state government isn't willing to pay for them?

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Re: Obvious answer

The tax reporting periods provide a default.

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Re: Why not just dollar value?

The US considered a consumption tax in the past but turned it down; too easy to encourage under-the-table transactions.

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Re: IT IS NOT A LAW

That still leaves physical stores in the lurch, and they have good reason to be mad.

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Re: Workaround?

Most elites won't take a Green Dot unless it's REGISTERED. Registration attaches a name and address (both verifiable under PCI regs) to the card. Plus most of those cards restrict online use. You usually need one that's specifically meant for it.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Encrypted USB Datastcks

No, the REAL goal is preventing ANYONE (local OR international) from being able to access it. And once it's out of their sovereign control, the genie's out of the bottle, so to speak, so a paranoid State will take any measures within their sovereign borders to block bad news. By controlling the airwaves and employing radio sniffers, they can block pirate broadcasts and mesh networks. By searching photographers at the points of exit, they can seize (and destroy) anything that could hold compromising footage. Heck, there are even ways to guard against things being smuggled inside the photographer's body. And since they DO hold sovereign power, there's sod all the photographer can do to stop these countermeasures being used.

And last I checked, these countermeasures ARE being used in places like Iran, so it's not just theoretical, either.

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Re: Encrypted USB Datastcks

ANY form of storage could be found and destroyed by a paranoid state.

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Re: Picking the wrong end of the problem

Except the plods are well aware of mesh networks, dead drops, and the like. Moles, control of the airwaves, and radio sniffers will make your proposition quite dangerous. I believe Iran itself has used these tactics to smothering effect.

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Re: Anyone else find it amusing ....

It's not so much privacy they're after as safety of their work. If they can't get out of there with their material intact, they might as well have not gone at all. Thing is, it's VERY hard to get such things past a paranoid state. There are only so many ways to hide footage, and the State's probably aware of all of them.

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The plods aren't dumb. They can run various analyses to determine the picture's hiding something: not the least of which would have to be that the mask picture seems unusually low quality for something so big. Ergo, you're hiding something. Any technology that attempts to conceal something, the plods would become aware and assume you're using it. Thus it makes things worse for honest people: how do you prove you're not using something whose whole purpose is to conceal its very existence?

The article makes a point that no amount of concealment is going to work all the time against a paranoid State power. They're the gatekeepers and have sovereign power, so if they don't like you, you're pretty much screwed.

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Experts to Congress: You must act on IoT security. Congress: Encourage industry to develop best practices, you say?

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Re: Standards in the US would also affect china, due to dev costs

Why do you think the US can't use LTE Band III? Because it's already in use. That's an example right there.

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

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Re: What a load of bollocks...

"Anyone that claims "a picture is worth a thousand words" need only close their eyes to prove that little lump of shite to be false."

Oh? I recall it's devlishly hard to properly convey what makes the Mona Lisa so intriguing to a blind person. So my view stands. A picture can easily be worth MORE than a thousand words. In fact, the best are beyond words altogether and, sadly, beyond the ability of a sightless person to comprehend due to lack of common ground.

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Re: Sometimes I despair...

You forget two things. One, the hard SMS and Twitter character limit which ignores word count. An emoji can do in about 5 characters what may take 10 or more. Brevity counts in this medium. Two, the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words," much longer than a text could contain.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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"In the meantime, the movement of genes between unrelated organisms was discovered. It would appear that horizontal/lateral gene transfer (HGT/LGT) plays a far more important role than point mutation of genes in situ. As an example there's a cnidarian (jellyfish) with perfect lenses, but lacking the necessary retina and brain to process visual information."

According to some articles I've read in Nature, the lenses still serve a purpose though not in the way we use eyes.

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Reschedule the holiday party, Patch Tuesday is here and it's a big one

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Re: No reschedule needed here

"The Linux native versions of steam games run faster (including on Windows!) than the Windows native versions do. The irony is rather amusing. Good luck with your next attempt :-)"

Really? TF2 chugged for me. I consistently got 59-60fps on a Windows setup. Same machine, same servers, only using Xubuntu? Usually drops below 50, sometimes below 30. So, no my firsthand experience doesn't agree with you. And emulation is not an option, especially if the game is performance heavy or happens to rely on new tech like DX12 which doesn't translate well if at all.

And no, I haven't found a serious game that's on Linux and nowhere else.

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Re: No reschedule needed here

Ok, what other PC OS can play the full Steam game collection (including recent titles like Fallout 4) at full speed without excessive use of resources (ruling out a VM)? Solve that and I'll jump, but be warned my last attempt was abysmal.

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Fancy that! Google was keen on 'draining the swamp' in 2013

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Re: Ad domains should use Do-Not-Track

And that probably won't work for too long. Bet you pretty soon they'll start masking the domains to block domain blocking (by HOSTS or whatever). Either that or ad proxies (such as via Cloudflare) will emerge so that the ads get priority over the content; block the ad, block the content, and soon it'll be everywhere so that you won't find an untainted alternative. And if you think an honest Joe will appear, expect them to get swamped and bought out before they get too far. Nice Guys Finish Last.

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Re: Advertising on the internet doesn't work

"Pages don't wotk unless you enable some frameworrk that is underneath the ad pages. Yes Google I mean you and a lot of others.

Those sites get blacklisted."

Then what happens when you find out you've blacklisted everything? Don't laugh. This will come sooner rather than later. And then what'll you do? Abandon the Internet? Then welcome back to reality. Just look outside. Ads absolutely everywhere. Spam IP phone calls with fake numbers; one-way junk mail (try tor return it and it gets re-returned; I've tried). Heck, Americans have it easy when it comes to ads in sports, as apart from racing we tend keep them to the walls and the TV scoreboard. Elsewhere? Don't be surprised to see them on fields, roads, helmets, bats, uniforms, anywhere there's a surface. And out in the street, on the telephone poles, windows, billboards, windows, bus stops. And let's not start with the airwaves; it's why I gave up listening to the radio. The few minutes of good music aren't worth the deluge of corny and obnoxious ads. And this isn't new stuff. The ad wars have been going on for over a century now; don't think HOSTS files and ad-blockers will be the end of it. It didn't in the real world, and it won't here. You either live with ads, or you don't live at all.

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Re: Err...

Ever heard the phrase "Half the truth, twice the lie?"

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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

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Re: Start at the source.

"The ISP has no control over the end-point, the target of the attack - but it does have control over the gateway between itself and the Internet. So it it sees 10,000 of its customers suddenly start pinging one range of addresses then it would suggest that they have been compromised."

And there's squat all the target ISP can do about it because the volume gets so massive the bottlenecks move up the chain. Sure, they know there's a problem, but it's already upon them and there's little a site can do versus a sheer legitimate traffic flood other than to drop everything on the floor, which is just as bad for your business and trying to beat back the horde. It's like with a mudslide or avalanche: whether you're buried under it or carried away by it, your day's pretty much shot either way.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Re: No safe laws?

What makes you think the parties are really in opposition instead of just playing mind games with the hoi polloi?

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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

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Re: RAND

Could it be western mentality preventing people from Pressing The Button? What if it was an Eastern person where MAD would be preferable to surrender?

As for the winter scenario you describe, what if more people were encouraged to keep their own supplies, including power, in case of a disaster?

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Re: It's got nothing to do with money

It WILL involve spending something: usually money (translated from time and/or resources). It's always been that way, even down to physical defenses in the past. Separating resources will cost you time because it's harder to reach, especially if you face the dilemma of information that's both vitally secret to your business but needed all the time, like a "Top Secret" door that nonetheness has to be opened several hundred times a day, any one of which can cause the corporate jewels to be stolen. Furthermore, no security in the world can do much against a skilled insider.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: Someone's probably said it but...

So like I said, wealth has gravity. Those that have a lot of it tend to naturally accrue more as people still demand their daily bread and you demand their wealth in exchange. It's like a big poker tournament: eventually people will drop out as they run out of wealth and eventually the ones left with all the wealth will close off their walled garden and start hashing it out amongst themselves. It's happened before, and this time they likely have the resources to actually keep the unwashed masses at bay.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

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Re: Well you need to do plausibility checks

Or better, coming up with a true three-dimensional light field in open space.

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Re: Not quite

But truly good things need no marketing. They sell on their reputations alone.

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US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security

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Re: Accredited Standards Body

Or they can go back to the old days before the Internet and establish their own endpoints if needed. Facebook certainly seems aware of the idea, given their third-world ambitions where Internet presence is at its weakest.

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