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Topic: Google Co-Founders’ Solution To Jobs Problem: Work Less, More Part-Time Jobs   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:01:01 AM(UTC)

I'll admit that I may have minimized his larger point that technically speaking, society at large can provide basic needs fairly easily. However, as Dave indicated, that's just not something that will happen; income disparity is woefully bad these days, and our society is not one in which that's going to change anytime soon.

Thus, in my opinion, Page is seeing the world from the convenient position of someone who hasn't had to think twice about money in many years. (And good for him, he deserves it.) He doesn't seem to grasp the reality of living and working in the U.S. economy. A big problem we have is underemployment, yet he's espousing that as a great idea.

His comment that people needing to feel useful is accurate, but his notion of giving more people part-time jobs to placate them strikes me as condescending, and as I said in the piece, myopic. How many households are there there days that subsist on only one full-time income? How many would survive on two part-time incomes? Do these part-time jobs come with full benefits? Medical/dental, paid vacation, 401k matching?

And his idea of simply reducing the amount of time people work would be great, except there are very few people who can afford to do that. Are employers suddenly going to pay everyone for extra time off? Too many won't even pay for maternity leave. (Years ago, I once had to burn a vacation day to get my wisdom teeth out.)

Perhaps we do live in a time of abundance, but I don't think the middle class isn't seeing much of it, and as far as I can tell, Page doesn't understand that.

Topic: Stolen Tesla Model S In Horrible Accident, Tesla To Study Aftermath   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 12:58:26 AM(UTC)

Geez sevags, glad you made it out in piece!

Topic: Two Cores, No Fan: Fanless Gigabyte Brix PC Powered By Intel Bay Trail Coming   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:40:53 PM(UTC)

It won't generate so much heat that it can't be cooled passively, is the idea. The heat should dissipate out the vent (which you can see pictured above) without needing a fan to push it/pull cooler air through the system.

Topic: Thermaltake’s Titanium Limited Edition “Level 10” Chassis On Sale In July   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:52:11 AM(UTC)

Yeah, they do them every now and then. It's a recurring limited edition with updates..

Topic: 3D Systems 3D Printing With Conductive Ink For Project Ara Antennas   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:19:41 AM(UTC)

I kind of get the impression that Project Ara specifically has a *long* way to go, but holy cow...the leaps in 3D printing innovation...

Topic: Total Materials Cost For $1,500 Google Glass? $79.78   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:56:51 AM(UTC)

No--as you can see form the chart, it's strictly a materials breakdown. Even so, there's room for questioning I think.

Topic: Adafruit Throws Pi In Your Eye With Google Glass-Like Project For Raspberry Pi   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 3:02:01 PM(UTC)

So this thing is a little bit of a gag, but I actually kind of love the idea of using a HUD and a smallish portable keyboard connected to a portable computer to be productive on the go. Kind of a neat idea, really.

Topic: Microsoft's Cortana Gets Her Bing On For More Personal Searches   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:50:33 AM(UTC)

LOL

Topic: Air Superiority Battle Begins As Google Snaps Up Potential Facebook Acquisition Target Titan Aerospa   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:19:43 AM(UTC)

That's a valid concern, but at this juncture I think it's more of a "race to the top" sort of thing. And this is not fodder for little startups. It'll take massive resources to make this a reality, and FB and Google are the ones with the resources.

At some point in time, government regulations will likely break up any monopoly issues. Probably.

Topic: Microsoft Debuts “Office 365 Personal Plan” To Push Adoption Of Office for iPad   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:17:25 AM(UTC)

Not a bad strategy, as long as the bill gets sorted out evenly. ;)