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mystes
May 31, 2006



It's important to have your priorities straight:

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mystes
May 31, 2006



Xarn posted:

I don't see the problem tbh? At least if I give the benefit of the doubt and read the unstated part as "and that is bullshit", rather than "and that's why sw engineers are better".
I just feel like it's weird to have an article about a cool thing and and then a comment saying "wow that cool thing is some really cool engineering" and then have someone immediately respond "yeah but the people who made that cool thing make less money than sw engineers" when nobody was talking about how much money anyone makes.

mystes
May 31, 2006



The original horrible idea being discussed was forced unpaid work for poor people to pay higher taxes. The idea seemed to be that everyone would pay the same amount of income tax, so lets calculate how that would work:

total income tax revenue = $1.5 trillion

working age population = 200 million

income tax revenue per working age person = $7,500

$7,500 / ($7.25/hr) / (40 hrs/week) = 25 weeks.

So if your labor reduced your tax debt at minimum wage, if you were unemployed for an entire year you would have to do forced labor for 6 months just to pay your taxes. Or if you worked the whole year at minimum wage, half your income would go to taxes. Presumably if you were married you would have to work the whole year at minimum wage just to pay your taxes for both you and your spouse.

So either you work and all your money goes to taxes and you starve or you have to spend so much time doing forced labor that you can never hold a job.

On the other hand, someone who made 100 million dollars would pay a 0.0075% tax income tax rate.

mystes fucked around with this message at 23:33 on Nov 15, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



lancemantis posted:

itís dumb in so many dimensions beginning with the proposal not even making sense
I guess it would seem like it makes sense if you start with the beliefs that 1) it's unfair that poor people pay less taxes and 2) poor people are poor because they're sitting around being lazy rather than working, and then you don't really think it through at all.

So basically, the average fox news viewer or hn poster would probably like it.

mystes
May 31, 2006



burtonator 2 hours ago [-]


Interviewed at Etsy about a year or two ago and the interviewer was asking me about politically charged topics. How I would handle workplace gender complaints. How they should handle racial diversity in the work place, etc.

It was really clear I was giving wrong answers. I told them flat out that I think people should be judged by the quality of their character, not the color of their skin and that the company should just try to be fair and hire the best people.

I mean I get that companies want to do the right thing but you can only really do ONE thing well.

mystes
May 31, 2006



BENGHAZI 2 posted:

I think it was shortly after he was posting openly on Reddit about how he didn't really have a job and was using their money to combine two dumbsjit ideas into one
Dumbsjit shoud be the actual name of a javascript interpreter.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Every comment on this story about Latin is complete nonsense: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21578345

The first comment starts with "Latin is the most powerful natural language I know," and it only gets worse from there.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I guess dead languages are convenient as a blank slate on which you can impose your own ideas without any pesky native speakers to tell you that you're insane.

Also, lol, are there really still places that force everyone to learn latin?

mystes fucked around with this message at 15:10 on Nov 20, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



klafbang posted:

There are many one good reason to study ancient Greek and/or Latin: so you can tell everybody else that you are not properly educated unless you know ancient Greek/Latin.
It turns out this applies to everything you can study, luckily.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I think some people just don't really enjoy food. I've had a friend since high school who seems to be perfectly well adjusted and isn't a picky eater at all aside from not liking fish, and he basically never has any opinion or preferences about food whatsoever. He doesn't eat junk food at all, and eating basically seems to be a chore for him. He's always been really skinny, and he started lifting weights a while ago but it seems like he can't eat enough to put on mass at all. I don't think it's the environment in which he was raised, either, because his parents were completely different and always cooked a lot. I have sort of entertained the idea that he has an impaired sense of smell or something, but I don't think that's actually the case. He just doesn't get much enjoyment out of food for some reason.

I just find it hard to understand because I really enjoy cooking, eating, and trying new foods.

mystes fucked around with this message at 19:48 on Dec 1, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



Vomik posted:

does he have ADHD/depression and/or take adderall?
Not to the best of my knowledge and I can't imagine that I wouldn't know.

mystes
May 31, 2006



That comment also starts "I think beyond not feeding race in as a feature to any model, this stuff is mostly nonsense," which raises the question of what this person would think about feeding things like zip code data in.

mystes
May 31, 2006



eschaton posted:

sansnomme 4 hours ago | parent | flag | favorite | on: The Higher States of Bromine

You know, philanthropists really need to invest in higher level free education for non-CS sciences. We have tons of free resources with tremendously beautiful animations on data structures and state-of-the-art machine learning, but the same can't be said for bio and chemistry.
You somehow quoted the least crazy part of that post.

quote:

People can't make educated judgements about stuff like Mercury Thiomersal because that level of organic chemistry understanding isn't covered well by existing resources like Khan Academy... There is no FDA in Africa to bring down the hammer on you making videos on low-cost quality control for orphan drug analogues when people are dying due to corruption, incompetence, and poor medical practices.. The level of biochemistry knowledge on HN is amazingly poor, every thread on CRISPR and gene drives reads like the infamous parable of the blind men and an elephant.

mystes
May 31, 2006



superkuh 20 minutes ago [-]

China following the socially regressive lead the USA has been setting in terms of free speech on university campuses.

mystes
May 31, 2006



g42gregory 6 hours ago

An honest question: How does this compare to the group-think in the climate change/global warming research? Are we similarly rejecting funding to any research that does not fit into the common consensus? The fact that we call some people "climate change deniers" tells me that we have an unhealthy dynamics going on there. Will it take 30 years to get to the same point?

mystes
May 31, 2006



Maximo Roboto posted:

Among the HN labor aristocracy, syndicalists are starting to outnumber libertarians

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21923085
Good, but I feel like this might also be some sort of negative economic indicator.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Jose Valasquez posted:

wruza 11 hours ago [-]

We discuss porn industry and porn siteís implementation and ux details at work, both men and women. Itís 2020. Do you know I breathe air and eat food?
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wruza 11 hours ago [-]

Reading through comments I feel like being from completely another world. While an option is to simply stay silent, I struggle to understand how that plot ends up unquestioned by everyone except lawyers. Is it self-censoring in action? Because I feel self-censored.

(These comments are both on an article about how "GirlsDoPorn was sued by women who claimed they were coerced into making videos without knowing footage would be online.")

mystes
May 31, 2006



Xik posted:

if it can't be a tweet it's unnecessary
Your post was too long to read so I shortened it.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I like coffee but honestly the idea that drinking coffee for caffeine is good but taking caffeine pills is bad doesn't really make sense.

mystes
May 31, 2006



After the Tariff Act of 1883 taxed vegetables (but not fruits), produce seller John Nix — no relation to the package manager — sued to get tomatoes classified as a fruit.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Xik posted:

all those slaves throughout history that lived long and healthy lives lmao
George Washington's slaves had a great dental plan!

mystes
May 31, 2006



TGFer

mystes
May 31, 2006



Alternatively just change it to "fuckturd".

mystes
May 31, 2006



alexandriao posted:

Hundreds of years of medical research and science and a random hackernews thinks they can suddenly fix the problem because they're a computer scientist!
Specifically, they think they can fix the problem because apparently only computer scientists know that you can try to break down hard problems into smaller chunks.

mystes
May 31, 2006



What if we didn't have medicine? I bet people would be really careful about being injured then and the injury rate would go down to zero. Unfortunately we'll never be able to find out.

mystes fucked around with this message at 01:15 on Feb 7, 2020

mystes
May 31, 2006



fritz posted:

the hackers are disrupting 'surplus labor'


ddalex 9 hours ago [-]

> Very few innovative people seem able to reap or retain the most value of their work.
Once a company pays you, it's not your work, it's their work. They paid you fair and square.
IMHO a developer need to produce about 10x what's his paid as to cover for the company costs and profits. If one thinks that they can cover those 9 tenths in marketing, office space, infrastructure, admin and legal costs in a more efficient manner, they should quit and start their own company.
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The hackers are discovering the idea of alienation from the products of their labor.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Progressive JPEG posted:

my partner is wrapping up a degree remotely and the local library is able to proctor his exams, including receiving the exam from the university and then scanning and emailing back the result, for free
Unless there was a missing "take out a $500,000 loan and flush the money down the toilet" step you left out, that sounds dangerously like a degree in communist brainwashing, comrade.

mystes
May 31, 2006



If only I could go back in time to help develop horrible weapons of mass destruction that were going to be used to kill tens of thousands of civilians. That was truly the pinnacle of engineering.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Obviously an amateur. To seriously self(mis)diagnose yourself you need to use PubMed.

mystes
May 31, 2006



"If there is any 'plus' to this situation, its that Coronavirus will rapidly de-age many Western countries. This could lead to large economic benefits in the form of long-term savings on pensions and healthcare, as well as freeing up housing for families."

mystes
May 31, 2006



josh04 posted:

nothing says "not throwing a tantrum" like a plan to leave earth with an imagined legion of smart clever people much like yourself, so you can return with the physical force to prove everyone who laughed at you wrong
OTOH, let's send people like this to mars if they want to go.

mystes
May 31, 2006



If only there was some way you could just give people money to develop drugs, but I guess that would be communism and we can't have that.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Myrmornis 38 minutes ago

Thereís nothing in the article that indicates that cooperating with the enquiry would have been problematic (he appears to have a physical appearance that wouldnít trigger race-based police prejudices). I do mistrust US police in general, but it must be a bit annoying for them for every good faith investigation direction to be treated adversarially like this.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Next thing you're going to be telling me that that the 14 words are white nationalism! So illogical!

mystes
May 31, 2006



I can't think about Jordon Peterson without thinking of the Contrapoints video where Natalie Wynn is lying in the bath with a Jordon Peterson doll.

mystes
May 31, 2006



DaTroof posted:

i don't know what you're talking about and respectfully request we keep it that way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LqZdkkBDas

mystes
May 31, 2006



Arcteryx Anarchist posted:

wow somebody just watched teen vampire movies
Stephenie Meyer testing out the plot of her first new Twilight book in ten years on (checks notes) Hacker News.

mystes
May 31, 2006



As an elite HN poster, I feel that rather than doings things other people do, more people should do things I do, because things I do are more pure and true (as proven by the fact that I do them) and I don't like doing other things.

mystes
May 31, 2006



fritz posted:

Ask HN: How do I cope knowing people make more than me on onlyfans?
16 points by brutal_assault 5 hours ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 20 comments
My cousin has been on only fans since the start and she’s making almost 10k a month, she has not put in 1% of the effort I have in life and it’s making me depressed. I know money isnt everything but it’s one of the biggest parts in quality of life and I feel like I wasted my time going to university, interview prepping etc when I could have just dressed up and showed the occasional cleavage
Edit: just so I make it clear, I don’t hate her for it. I just have a hard to accepting it but i guess life isn’t fair.
Weird, there are so many worse people out there and yet this may be the first time I've actually felt like I would pay for the opportunity to punch someone.

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mystes
May 31, 2006



Should have used /dev/urandom.

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