Re: Is it just me ?
You beat me to mention wage slave. The whole system since at least the late 1970s has been moved in that direction.
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I wonder if Tesla knows of a satellite company with enough presence to be able to deliver accurate enough GPS?
and I didn't know this, for sure, until I googled it but Starlink does.
My contention with having to show ID to vote is OK if the government has made an appropriate ID free to all and easy to attain for everyone. So, you them must include those who have difficulty leaving their abode or getting to a place where they be provided with that appropriate ID. Of course, any government with the goal of voter suppression, like is being conducted in many States, is not going to do that and even if they do provide the ID the acts of decreased polls and polling hours in particular areas still acts as a massive deterrent. The GOP/Republicans know this very well and know that's the only way they win federally and in many case in particular states.
I think much of the problem with American voting goes back to defunding schools since the 1970s and other important issues, but that's just me :)
Employees need Unions. I'm in one and since the pandemic we've been working from home. I work from 9AM 'til 6PM Monday through Friday, my choice as we have start times as early as 7AM and half hour or hour lunches. I rarely take OT, which would be evenings or weekends at and increased pay rate. Almost always someone in my group will pick up the OT, otherwise I will do it as I understand business does need to keep rolling.
When I logout of my computer I'm done until I log back in. No evening, late night, or weekend phone calls, although that is optional for those who may want additional, unscheduled OT. Of course, I'm starting to wind down my career and most in my group are mid or early career.
I've been loving working from home, which is new to my employer and pandemic caused. Something our employer did was send each of us home with our work desktop and monitors. This way in the morning I log into that and at the end of the day log out and walk the ~20 feet to my laptop for personal use.
I mention this because above commenters have mentioned never getting away from their work. You need to get away from your work. Once in a while you can put a big drive on and put in extra time but people burnout when that becomes a way of life.
I agree with your sentiment, but...I don't think we in the west have become lazy and stupid on purpose. There's been cuts to educational spending since the early 1980s, at the least, and corporate owned politicians made it easy to move work to lower cost areas. This is laissez-faire (free market) capitalism at work.
It's entirely possible that he was pandering to Trump for Political favour and maybe a Federal purchase of Tesla's or a favourable view of SpaceX and Starship, who knows. I have little doubt that he'd like the factory opened for production, but his wording was right off the Trump sound bite list it seems to me.
The problem with school children going back is that seems to be evidence that Covid-19 may present differently in the young than even people in their mid-teens and older. I think it is premature to to send children back to school, especially as the age group they are targeting will have little understanding of social distancing.
As I was typing this it occurred to me that sending the really young back and then enforcing social distance might really frighten them and leave with social anxiety, such as, fear of being near or touching others. That's a thing that could carry forward through their lives.
You beat me to it.
MIT Profs/researchers did the testing and they are backed up by two other very good schools Profs/researchers. For these people to go out on a limb when they could lose their reputation and possibly positions if wrong. Why would the Profs from these prestigious institutions go out of their way to be wrong?
Voatz will lose money and contracts if their app isn't secure. Their software has been updated 27 times since the version this Prof. looked at. Updates are generally a good thing and can be used for a variety of reasons, but something as fundamental as voting needs to be done right before it's released. I'm not sure that's possible.
There is a cost doing business and if a business is unwilling or unable to pay that cost it is either a bad business decision to proceed, a broken business model, or the business, itself, is unable to compete.
People seem to forget that "for profit business" is a risk. Businesses can make huge profits, if they succeed. No "for profit business" should be given government subsides or have costs, to that business, fixed by the government or any its agencies.
Although you are correct it is a different world now than during the Industrial Revolution. The speed at which IP can be stolen and the ease of espionage over the Internet make IP theft so much faster and possibly easier than it ever was. Then there are differences in how IP is perceived in China versus the Western World as well how foreign companies are treated in each country.
What my above statement boils down to is that Governments should have never let greedy Corps move manufacturing to lower cost centers. That stupidity is coming back to bite us even harder than it already has.
The whole Union vs non-Union thing is ridiculous. The scales are so tipped against workers and Unions, in NA, that it's a non-issue. Corporations outsource to companies, often created by "former" VPs, often out of country, to places where workers are an 1/8th or less of what we earn in NA. Then there's the medical coverage 'cause what'll you do, especially in the US, if you or a family member get sick and you don't have coverage, rhetorical question you go bankrupt and or die. Of course, just like with companies merging back into the mega Corps that were broken up in the early 1900s, we're seeing the rebuilding of the robber barons again. Free-market, Laissez-faire, capitalism.
Not only do workers need Unions those Unions need to have global reach. There is absolutely no reason a worker in Bangladesh, for instance, should be paid less than a worker in Silicon Valley, for the same work.
If I were cynical, I'd have to wonder if these new tax laws weren't designed to break the economy. Why?, you might ask. Well, the wealthy have their stuff paid for and are in control of the economic system anyway. So, by breaking what's there they get to grab back the little we Plebs have been able to gather together over the years since WW2.
It seems to me that there is a worldwide movement to the right and Fascism. It's not just these tax laws it appears that Governments everywhere are moving in this direction. If you were to guess that I am quite cynical you be correct and maybe left :)
Or OpenBSD, I think, still hosted out of Canada which allows export of all that good crypto stuff. The "problem" with BSDs and to a much lesser extend Linux is having properly written drivers for the hardware, especially with really new equipment. I'm betting the Chinese Gov could make that happen for any OS they pick.
Brilliant move by the Chinese. Every move Trump makes seems to benefit the Russians or the Chinese, it's a shame that Trump isn't as interested in helping those in the Western Hemisphere and Europe.
The Chinese never planned on allowing the West more market share than the Chinese required us to have. Now they probably have a reasonable replacement for Windows and all the hardware IP and manufacturing they need to supply their own HUGE market. While we in the West, have given up our IP and ability to manufacture to them; as well as, R&D momentum. All for greed on the Wests' part.
My problem with Globalization and Free Trade has always been that the increased economic strength that it has given to developing economies translates very little to the populace and that in countries where you can look after your family for an eighth of what is required in developed economies the cost of doing business in those developing economies is going to be much lower whether it's manufacturing, programming, business administration or whatever else you can think of. Companies that make their money in higher cost centers should not be allowed to outsource to or buy goods from any country that doesn't have equivalent pay, safety, or benefits of the developed economies or buy products from them. Interestingly, the aforementioned rules might preclude the US if the US keeps on its path. Sadly, for us in the populace, our countries no longer have the ability to complete important supply chains and getting that ability back will be difficult. Then there the whole problem of Corporations having bought tax laws from corrupt Politicians that, in effect, are enabling them to destroy the developed economies infrastructure, health care, and education systems.
We live in interesting times.
not only is that too many people in University but Universities are expected to graduate a huge number of those which then causes lower standards to pass enough people to meet the goals and for the University to acquire enough money to continue to run. My ex marked papers for a professor of hers. It was a second year course. many of the papers looked like they were written, printed and hardly legible, by a grade 7 or 8 student and she was expected to give many of those a passing grade. As a side note, I've met some foreign students who have Canadian University degrees and can hardly write in English, but that makes sense given my previous sentence. Of course, I've also met foreign students who were absolutely brilliant, but for Canadian Universities foreign student fees are a huge boon to their finances, so many pass who shouldn't, just like Canadian graduates.
In Canada, there is not enough money to run our primary and secondary schools properly, let alone fund higher education. Actually, as per our GDP there should be lots, but tax laws having been bought by corporations there isn't. That trend really got started in the 1980s.
It is well past time for tariffs on any country that doesn't provide equal pay, benefits and healthcare equal to those of Europe/ Canada etc. The developed economies are being bled dry by globalization that bought by Corporations through who I can only assume were dirty politicians.
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