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duerig
    @johngordon @jws This sounds like a perfect opportunity to use Azure...
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      @literary I think I might try a few things out. I have some lasers. And I have some lenticular sheets. I'll post pictures of what they look like together. :)
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        @literary One interesting thing is that the lenses are only in one direction. You have a bunch of vertical ridges. So it must be made for the effect of moving your head left to right instead of up and down. Or maybe they use two layers of the stuff.
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          @literary I included a few pictures above. Based on Nye's explanation, I guess they have a photograph and send laser light through it which gets refracted through the sheet. Even just looking at normal light through it smears the light around.
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            @literary I recently had a chance to play around with some lenticular sheets which are the lenses they put in front of holograms. It is kinda crazy with a lens every few millimeters. image [chimp.li]
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              @morrick I believe that people can treat equipment that way. That they try to sell it afterwards is what I can't understand. @streakmachine
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                @clarkgoble I favor SS checks for everybody. Cashing a monthly check is much more helpful than a yearly lump sum which requires a lot of forms and paperwork and paying an accountant to do it right.
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                  @clarkgoble I think autonomy is a worthy goal. But eliminating hunger and insecurity seems to be an equally worthy goal. Ideally, we can offer people both, by, for example, giving them a universal income and letting them decide what is important. :)
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                    @clarkgoble There are many things which tend to make one poor. Disability, being too old or young to work, lacking in skills, having people around you which you need to spend time and money to take care of, etc. But these needn't result in poverty.
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                      @clarkgoble Nor is it the case that people need the threat of insecurity and hunger in order to provide sufficient incentive to create wealth. Most people in our society have reasonable access to food and security and still strive every day. @rolandish
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                        @clarkgoble Again, it is important to distinguish between wealth creation, which makes everybody richer, and poverty which is about one person not having food or security. Providing universal food and security is within our power. @rolandish
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                          @clarkgoble Contrariwise, an heir to a fortune is not in poverty even if they live a life of sloth and instant gratification. And a retiree will not be in poverty even if they forgo work and live entirely off savings and Medicare/SS. @rolandish
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                            @clarkgoble I don't think poverty is about social habits at all. It is entirely about wealth. A hard worker who employs restraint and thrift is in poverty if they can't earn enough to make ends meet and put food on the table. @rolandish
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                              @rolandish Hmm. There are definitely some polities that seek to isolate themselves from others. And the project of many people with wealth is to retain and then transfer that wealth to their children. But there is a lot more going on as well.
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                                @rolandish If those in poverty were a representative mix of the ethnicity of our society, it would be a step forward in one sense. But it wouldn't solve the problem of poverty. @clarkgoble
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                                  @rolandish Being a second class citizen with little opportunity for social mobility is a serious problem. But it is a separate one from the goal of eliminating poverty. There is more than one worthy goal in the world. @clarkgoble
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                                    @rolandish I don't really care about stratification or the lack thereof as a societal goal. Providing a universal baseline of enough to eat and security seems to be a good and achievable goal given our current wealth as a society. @clarkgoble
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                                      @rolandish To the extent that somebody who is on the lower end of the wealth spectrum has access to these kingly sums of wealth, they are not in poverty. But King Midas was in poverty because he could not eat and had no security. @clarkgoble
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                                        @rolandish No. 'Feeling Poor' is socially constructed. There are plenty of people who feel poor and still have security and plenty to eat. Whether or not people are secure and have enough food are objective measures, not social ones. @clarkgoble
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                                          @rolandish Poverty is about not having access to wealth. Providing people with access to wealth will make a significant difference for them. Whether there are other injustices in society or disabilities are separate issues. @clarkgoble