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  • 4th July

    , ScanIAm wrote

    *snip*

    This is one of the standard arguments that is always made for not increasing the minimum wage.  Raising the minimum wage might push the lowest paid workers up to a wage equivalent to other higher up the ladder, but that just means that the rest of the business is predicated on underpaying it's employees.  We shouldn't be making monetary policy that placates people who want to continue to work against the interests of the economy.  As with the arguments against the ACA due to "costs":  If your business depends on exploitation of employees to survive, you aren't good at your business.  You are on the way out anyway, so why should we continue to provide life support through social programs that you probably argue against anyway.

    No, that just means you have to raise progressively all the wages that are below the mean.

    Put it this way: if you just bump up Bob's hourly wage from $10 to $15 and leave Alice's untouched at $15, you have just increased the number of minimum wage workers. In a few years, $15 will become the new $10 and you will then have the same situation as today, except with more people in the lowest percentile.

     

  • I wish Windows Phone has Brazil ESPN app.

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    *snip*

    Keep in mind even back then Microsoft's marketing and branding wasn't great either so suffice it to say IBM's was worse.

    Back then, IBM's marketing was at its nadir; for a little while pretty much anything came with a complimentary OS/2 Warp CD; it was the physical equivalent of the Ask toolbar.

  • 4th July

    I don't doubt the author has his heart in the right place, but the idea is completely bonkers.

    Among the various indicators of fairness, the simplest one is to observe the mean and the median income of the population: in a fair society those numbers must not be very far apart (this is necessary but obviously not sufficient).

    Let's look at the 2010 report of the Census Bureau, and specifically at table A-2 at page 34. All numbers are conveniently expressed in inflation adjusted 2010 dollars. This is a rough summary:

    Back in 1967, the mean income was $45,599 and the median was $40,770. That's pretty fair. The upper part of the curve contained:

    100-150K: 4.6%, 150K-200K: 0.9%, >200K: 0.8%

    Over the years (regardless of who was in charge), those numbers changed steadily to (in 2010) a mean income of $67,530 and a median of $49,445 and the upper part of the curve became:

    100-150K: 12.1%, 150-200K: 4.5%, >200K: 3.9%

    That's the real challenge: there's a significant portion of the population (some 20%) making more than twice the median income. It's not a bad thing that the country is getting richer, but when a part is getting richer faster than everybody else, then there's a problem.

    Now, hoisting the minimum wage significantly would paradoxically obtain the opposite effect of what is needed: the mean would increase even further, but the median wouldn't move by one dollar. Of course, it would eliminate the poorest percentiles, and that's a good thing, but that wouldn't make much of a difference in the big picture and inflation would kill any good effect in a few years. Yes, because there's no escaping inflation... if Bob makes $10/h and his boss Alice makes $15/h, you cannot expect to raise Bob's wage to $15 by decree and leave Alice's untouched. Lest you want to see how she handles a pitchfork.

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    On a lighter note... if you think inequality is bad for us commoners, look at what happens upstairs...

    so, 1% controls 20% of the wealth. Boo.

    But then, the 400 richest Americans (there are 92 more billionaires not making that cut), control about 2% of the total wealth. So, in the context of the top 1%, 0.013% control 10%!

    Quite the United States of Extremistan. :)

     

  • Inspiring stuff from Google I/O

    , cbae wrote

    @fanbaby: It's Google's ploy to make Glass look less douchey.

    That isn't working. Well, in hindsight (which Glass isn't equipped for), they should have handed  them out to charming people with excellent PR skills instead of a bunch of overzealous nerds (and making them pay 1500 bucks for the privilege just helped raising the bar of their nerditude). What's sad is that this botched attempt caused an immune reaction to the whole concept and it will take a long time before we recover.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote

    You yourself brought up Z-order. It is actually an important UI concept. I don't think it is a stretch then to give buttons a slight 3D look just to make it appear that they are slightly above other UI elements and therefore makes it more obvious that one can interact with them. But it can be subtle and professional looking.

    Just curious... people use the web all the time and seem to infer what they can or cannot click based more on context and position than from visual clues (even the rollover effect is lost with tablets and touch).

    What makes a desktop application different?

  • creepy corps(e) for June 2014

    , TheJoe wrote

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    Only agruement I could come up for this one is, could a company owned by Jehovah Witnesses refuse to cover blood transfusions since it goes against their beliefs?

    I don't agree with Hobby Lobby, but yours is a strawman argument. Blood transfusions are a treatment (or part of the treatment) for a life-threatening condition; it's hard to define contraception the same way.

  • Which Version of Visual Studio should I choose? Build Apps for Wp 8.0 or 8.1?

    @Montypower: I would stick with WP8.1.

    WP8 should be on its way out by early 2015 worldwide; you might lose some potential download in the meanwhile, but it's never worthwhile to study an obsolete platform.

  • creepy corps(e) for June 2014

    , spivonious wrote

    #1 - You can't do the experiment if you notify people it's happening. Facebook already manipulates newsfeeds to show you what they think you'll find most interesting. I don't see a privacy issue.

    #1.a You cannot use me as your guinea pig, unless you ask me first. If this means you cannot do your experiment, then I guess it sucks to be you.

    #1.b One thing is to manipulate the newsfeed to show me stuff you think I might find interesting. It's another thing to manipulate the newsfeed to show me stuff you want me to see. It's creepy enough as it is, but it won't be long before someone decides to use that as a propaganda machine. This has to be stopped asap.

    #2 - That is weird. Why would the car even be looking for WiFi signals?

    #2 - Allegedly, they mapped the hotspot (there are legitimate uses of those), but also snatched what they could from the unsecured ones. "Don't be evil"...

     

  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    If you can't say what or when, you don't have a story, period.

  • All your domains are belong to MS:  No-IP.com

    , JohnAskew wrote

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-sues-to-take-down-another-malware-gang-7000031093/

    Microsoft sued and now controls No-IP.com until they corner the malificent code that's infecting it.

    "No! No-IP is peaceful! We have no malware, you can't possibly..."