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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
49. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 14:41 jdreyer
 
Right, taxes for the middle and lower classes have remained about the same over the decades. It's just the rich that have had their taxes reduced. And we wonder why we have massive deficits.

And it's a good point about how higher tax brackets reduce the value of over inflating exec salaries. In the 1960s, exec salaries were 30x the avg worker salary, today it's 100,200, 300x.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 23, 2017, 13:30 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on May 23, 2017, 11:51:
Because Mike O'Reilly and Ajit Pai are literally human garbage, and probably ordered their 'guards' to assault people? Because the president recommends physically assaulting people who disagree with you, and suing the press?


The answer you're looking for is, "Because we now live in a banana republic."

Also, not sure why the word 'Manhandling' is in quotes as if they weren't actually manhandled. When you shove someone into a wall, and forcibly remove them from a building, that's just manhandling, not 'manhandling.'
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:37 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2017, 14:29:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:34:
Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers.

Skynet is just around the corner...
As long as microsoft did the programming for skynet I won't fear it because I know with the first update it will break.

Also, BSOD amirite?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
46. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:35 jdreyer
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on May 21, 2017, 00:55:
jdreyer wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:01:
Right now, laws are 98% correlated to what companies want, and only 50% (random chance) to what people want.

The link you gave does not appear to include the figures you are quoting, closest I could find is:
"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."

Grr, I can't find the study with those numbers. Read it a few years ago. From the Princeton Study, however (emph is mine):
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
45. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:27 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:56:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:28:
It's also individuals, and wealthy people are to blame, since they hoard. Right now we have the worst income since before the great depression. Strong economies depend on a fairly flat income distribution: when people in the lower and middle classes have money, they tend to spend it on both necessities and things to improve their lives. Rich people don't need to improve their lives, and their necessity costs are negligible to their income, so they save or "invest."
Okay, I'd be near the front of the line to complain about the GOP seemingly being out to help the 1%. But I'm not sure what you are attempting to say here, could you clarify?

First, where are you drawing the line for being wealthy? I certainly wouldn't consider myself wealthy. But, since I'm single and managed to get good paying jobs in IT, I was able to save enough money to retire at a reasonably "young" age, 54. I'm guessing there are plenty of people who would consider that wealthy (possibly legitimately).

Second, wherever you are drawing that line for being wealthy, what do you expect people above that line to be doing that you don't think they are doing now? Are you just asking for them to be more philanthropic?

I wouldn't include you in that. Good on you for retiring early, but you probably don't have millions in assets, nor make half a mil per year or more in income, nor live your life on a small fraction of your income.

What rich people have done over the past 4 decades or so is make themselves richer:
- They bought politicians to greatly reduce taxes for themselves only (remember when we had a 90% bracket?)
- They jiggered taxes away from investment income. That's how Mitt Romney paid a lower rate than his secretary.
- They undermined unions and hoovered up all the gains in productivity for themselves. Thus middle and lower class wages have remained flat while exec salaries have soared. Compare this image of salaries of various income brackets with this graph comparing salary to productivity gains. Unions aren't perfect, but here's what happens when they go away.

What rich people don't do is spend. Middle and lower classes do, because they have to. They need food, shelter, clothing, transportation, medicine, even a little entertainment, the vast majority of the incoming salary goes right back out. This is the engine that drives the economy, this constant exchange of goods.

When you concentrate wealth in the few, the flow slows down, weakening the economy. The rich further entrench, further reducing incomes, and it becomes a vicious cycle. Middle and lower classes have much less power in a society where politicians are reliant on private donations to get reelected. Eventually you end up with a banana republic. Or an extreme political faction convinces the military to turn on the wealthy, and you end up with a communist, fascist, religious, etc. authoritarian regime.

What the rich need to do is spend the vast majority of their income. But how can they? They've already got everything they need. So they save or invest.

Remedies (no particular order) to flatten the income scale:
- Higher national minimum wage and strictly mandated overtime rates
- Bring back the high tax brackets, and increase capital gains tax.
- Undo all the anti-union laws passed over several decades
- Get rid of the $100K limit for SS payroll taxes
- Education reform (incredibly complex and difficult task) including public preschool from age 3.
- Make all elections publicly funded, weakening the influence of the wealthy and corporations.

And there are a bunch of other smaller things, but I've ranted enough.
 
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News Comments > The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Finale Next Week
2. Re: The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Finale Next Week May 23, 2017, 03:39 jdreyer
 
The Walking Dead is Dead Man Walking.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. May 23, 2017, 03:39 jdreyer
 
Valve confirm they've hired the Kerbal Space Program team…

Wait, that's not possible. That implies that KSP is... completed.

Also, the Angry Birds movie made enough money to justify a sequel??
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 23, 2017, 03:35 jdreyer
 
Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA.

Yeah, some porn star tried that a few years back. I hate the dumb, ineffective screening rules, but getting nekkid is just stupid. Unless she's hot, then she's sexy stupid.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 23, 2017, 03:33 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on May 22, 2017, 23:01:
Well a good day for justice all around it seems.


And collection of posts that doesn't include the NC gerrymander case where the GOP got two of their district drawings thrown out for being too racist.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 23, 2017, 03:32 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on May 22, 2017, 23:03:
The Half Elf wrote on May 22, 2017, 22:47:
GAH DAMN YOU ROCKSTAR!

THE LEAST YOU BASTARDS CAN DO IS GIVE US RDR REMASTERED FOR THE PC!

RDR Remastered is included in the Super Duper Special Deluxe version of RDR2, which you can preorder now for the low, low price of $120.
 
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News Comments > Impact Winter Released
3. Re: Impact Winter Released May 23, 2017, 03:29 jdreyer
 
Looks like cool puzzly action.  
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News Comments > Sudden Strike 4 Beta Begins
1. Re: Sudden Strike 4 Beta Begins May 23, 2017, 03:26 jdreyer
 
I'll be interested to hear what Rob Zacny and crew have to say about it over at Three Moves Ahead.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed
8. Re: Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed May 23, 2017, 03:24 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2017, 23:12:
The Half Elf wrote on May 22, 2017, 22:47:
All fluff, no substance or gameplay.

I mean, you've been following games a long while. Or any other media. Announce trailers never have substance. Ever. They're fluff. They're so far out they're just setting a mood and nothing more.

It's exactly the same for movies.

Gotta admit though, that graphics engine is looking top notch.
 
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News Comments > Starpoint Gemini 2 Giveaway
7. Re: Starpoint Gemini 2 Giveaway May 23, 2017, 03:18 jdreyer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 23, 2017, 02:57:
Cutter wrote on May 22, 2017, 22:46:
It had potential to be a good game but fell woefully short. And when I posted a contstructive criticism of the game one of the devs had a hissy fit. How dare anyone question their genius!

Rolleyes

So yeah, you can easily skip this one, free or not.

Did you actually play the game before you posted that criticism?

C'mon, it's not like Cutter has a history of similar behavior like not reading articles before commenting on them.
 
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2. Re: ‘Resident Evil’ Film Series Set for a Reboot… May 22, 2017, 13:41 jdreyer
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 22, 2017, 11:36:
Throw as much money as you can at Danny Boyle until he says yes.

LOL, I hear you. The man has yet to make a bad movie, but this schlock doesn't seem to be his style.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 22, 2017, 13:39 jdreyer
 
Pigeon wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:30:
They will be disregarded, like all the rest of the comments, because they don’t care and their minds have already been boughtmade up.

There's that, but also those robo comments were in support of Ajit Pai's position.

Pai, Shkreli, & Trump, whose got the most punchable face?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2017, 13:37 jdreyer
 
Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence.

10 seconds to decide if an image or post violates a rule in more than 100 manuals and documents. Sounds like a terrible job.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 22, 2017, 13:34 jdreyer
 
Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers.

Skynet is just around the corner...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
9. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 22, 2017, 13:29 jdreyer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 21, 2017, 23:41:
KS wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:07:
Why would Netflix care? They want their app spread around freely. It requires a paid account to use.

Because if you're using a rooted device, it's a lot easier to get around Netflix's DRM and record content from it to distribute on torrents later. Of course, it's not like this isn't already being done anyway.

Right, which is why it's being driven by the studios. I don't think Netflix cares all that much.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
42. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 22, 2017, 13:28 jdreyer
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 22, 2017, 12:12:
Orogogus wrote on May 21, 2017, 22:50:
HorrorScope wrote on May 21, 2017, 01:08:
But we haven't recovered mentally from 2008 and looks like we might not. We are in a save save save mentality, happy days of nicely flowing cash doesn't exist there.

The save save save mentality isn't something tied to a temporary uptick or downturn. Most people don't have pensions any more, and it's been hammered into people that Social Security isn't going to let you retire comfortably -- if you don't save up throughout your career then you'll die in a gutter. And you'll probably have a pre-existing health condition by then, so the way things are looking you'll be lucky to be able to afford insurance.

FWIW I was focusing on corporate saving/buying, they are hording causing issues for us.

It's also individuals, and wealthy people are to blame, since they hoard. Right now we have the worst income since before the great depression. Strong economies depend on a fairly flat income distribution: when people in the lower and middle classes have money, they tend to spend it on both necessities and things to improve their lives. Rich people don't need to improve their lives, and their necessity costs are negligible to their income, so they save or "invest."
 
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