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duerig
    @jextxadore I wish I had thought of that. There has to be some way to get enough money to buy that kind of fun toy. It is only two cars worth of expense after all. Actually, I get to play with a water jet tonight. It is not mine, though. Alas.
    duerig
      @minego Can you tell me more about the steam controller and what works well/badly with it? When I first read about it years ago, it seemed like people thought it was awful. Is this an update? Or is it just a lot better than they said?
      duerig
        @kiyote23 This is the kind of fantasy world I want to see. One where the characters have a sense of exploration and discovery. Maybe the world works based on potions and spells. But if so, the rules of the world would still be amenable to investigation.
        kiyote23
          steampunkworldsfair: manyblinkinglights: zenosanalytic: hexastrose: shinydiscopaul: glowingspace... http://kiyote23.tumblr.com/post/1433051…
          duerig
            @clarkgoble Is this overall pattern a permanent trend of increasing disability like @johngordon worries about? Or is it the result of a few discrete events (women entering workplace, chinese economic transformation) that have run their course? @jnm
            duerig
              @clarkgoble Instead of growing to a peak and then declining a bit over the last twenty years, we see consistent structural lowering with the business cycle only partly making up on the upswing the loss on the downswing. @jnm
              duerig
                @clarkgoble We will have to see. There is an uptick in the right end. But is that a cyclical effect that will be dwarfed by the overall structural changes? It is interesting to compare that chart with the male-worker [research.stlouisfed.org] one. @jnm
                duerig
                  @jnm If your argument for UBI is that it will make a dramatic change in productivity, you are barking up the wrong tree.
                  duerig
                    @jnm The productivity argument for UBI is: - The workforce is currently productive enough to provide universal abundance. - Economic activity has reached decreased marginal returns (no need for yet more massive yachts) - UBI won't break the system
                    duerig
                      @jnm The other half of the argument is also bogus. A UBI might allow more people to pursue otherwise economically marginal activities that are still worthwhile (art). But it isn't going to somehow supercharge productivity of those who stay in the rat race.
                      duerig
                        @jnm So we already know that our economy works fine with 75% utilization (looked at in that perspective). So it would probably be fine from a macroeconomic perspective if it went down somewhat to 70% or 60% utilization. Maybe 10% is too small, though.
                        duerig
                          @jnm This is a pretty extreme claim. 90% seems very high. But keep in mind that 25% of prime age adults are out of the workforce right now already: https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/LREM25TTUSQ156N
                          duerig
                            @joeo10 Yes. Whenever I come across a site that blocks me for whatever reason (paywall, ad-block-blocker, etc.), I tend to just leave and never come back. I will never consent to look at ads. And if you want me to pay money, you have to give me a reason.
                            duerig
                              @sumudu I am using the W550s. It is the same weight as my last one, but with a bigger screen. And the thing that made me finally go for it was the fact that it actually has a numpad. I've been wanting a numpad on a laptop since I first saw one. @0xmf
                              duerig
                                @0xmf The spam was literally sent thirty seconds after my first post about Lenovo. Which I figure is just a coincidence. But it might actually be evidence for the spyware thesis. :/ @sumudu
                                duerig
                                  @0xmf Which, speaking of, they just sent me a spam asking me to fill out a survey. *sigh* @sumudu
                                  duerig
                                    @0xmf I went back and forth on this on my last laptop replacement. And I ended up sticking with a Lenovo. They are so good that it makes it easier to forgive them when they are bad. @sumudu
                                    duerig
                                      @mcdemarco Yes. I've read about these theories. I've also read speculation that some of this geopolitical history is driven by climate shifts either directly (good/bad harvests) or indirectly (changing range of disease-carrying animals/microbes).
                                      duerig
                                        @johngordon But the main point, that people in the middle of the income distribution are not being overtaxed by any means seems to be borne out by such graphs. There is no need for further tax cuts on the 'middle', and possibly a need for higher taxes.
                                        duerig
                                          @johngordon This was a figure for income tax in particular for the middle quintile of income distribution. Not including SS, Medicare, state income tax, sales tax, gas tax, etc. So the figure of total taxation will be higher. @clarkgoble @jws