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Male sex robots with bionic penises poised to hit market by britboy1998 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but users still have the option of not buying products that do this.

Sure, you have the option of never buying a cell phone or having an internet connection, or a TV, or a car all of those things collect data on you after all, but realistically refusing to own anything that won't protect your privacy means cutting yourself off from society. Because you'll never get enough people to agree to that you'll never get a market large enough to make it profitable.

People are automatically more privacy conscious when it comes to sex and porn, and I believe that most people will be hesitant to buy a sex robot that needs to be online.

I would think so too, but it seems plenty of people were using that cell phone app controlled vibrator so there seems to be successful market for it. I would certainly never buy that kind of device because I knew they'd be collecting data, but people did. We've been conditioned to accept that companies should be allowed to spy on you and sell your data. Pretty much every network connected you own does it. A lot of people have grown up knowing nothing else.

Male sex robots with bionic penises poised to hit market by britboy1998 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That hasn't worked for any other product yet. Everyone stands to make a ton of money selling the they data collect and they can sell it over and over and over again even after you've stopped using their product. There is no price point where it becomes more profitable for them to respect your privacy and companies have a responsibility to their shareholders and cannot afford to throw a major revenue stream away. Until the law forces companies to respect your privacy they will not give up those profits. Even if we get a law the cost of the penalties for breaking it (if caught) will be weighed against the profits they would make collecting your data.

Fight Over Video Games Leads To Shooting In Detroit by JorgeMSU in news

[–]Kensin -1 points0 points  (0 children)

My bet is it was an MMO. They can lead to a lot of IRL drama. Guild drama in particular.

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control by anomiesiac in news

[–]Kensin 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'm probably older than you and I don't need a car to have a steering wheel; just give me a DualShock 2 controller and I'll be fine.

Snapchat’s big redesign bashed in 83% of user reviews by TheGameJerk in technology

[–]Kensin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I know people resist change, but I'd be wiling to bet there are some pretty valid issues when +80% of users are bitching about it. It seems like this is forcing people to view content they aren't interested in, making it more difficult to see the content you want, and is more for the benefit of ad money than the user base.

Snapchat’s big redesign bashed in 83% of user reviews by TheGameJerk in technology

[–]Kensin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Reddit wanted a way to give advertisers a platform to post to directly without allowing them to start their own subreddits. I actually kind of prefer it because I don't go around subscribing to people's userpages so that kind of thing is really easily ignored.

Police: White nationalist on the run after shooting Tennessee cop by Forest_of_Mirrors in news

[–]Kensin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm just here to discuss news and that is not discussion. It's just setting up strawmen to throw insults. I'm sure there are subreddits for that kind of "discourse" but I'm sure as hell not subscribed to any of them and I'd hate to see /r/news become one.

Police: White nationalist on the run after shooting Tennessee cop by Forest_of_Mirrors in news

[–]Kensin 12 points13 points  (0 children)

No joke, I don't typically downvote a post with sources but what an asshole.

Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out by undue-influence in news

[–]Kensin 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Chris McCabe says he became trapped in the walk-in freezer at his shop in Totnes, southwest England, last month when wind blew the door shut. The safety button to open the door had frozen in the -20 C (-4 F) chill.

Why would the safety button inside of a walk-in freezer be susceptible to freezing?

Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out by undue-influence in news

[–]Kensin 81 points82 points  (0 children)

any life saved by sausage bashing is newsworthy. It also gave them an excuse to use the phrase "meaty tube" so naturally they had to run the story.

UK school segregates children in the playground in pay to play move by mortalbug in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a very nice strawman you've got there, but of course I never said anything of the sort.

Male sex robots with bionic penises poised to hit market by britboy1998 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They'll just make it like single player video games and bluray players - if you don't connect it to the internet it won't work.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Many restaurant staff are only marginally employable in the first place.

Anyone currently employed by a poorly managed restaurant will meet at least a minimum standard for employment, have at least some work experience, and can be hired to work for the successful restaurants that survive. It isn't as if restaurants are the only source of income for teenagers or that most teenagers in the US looking for work are drug addicts with criminal records either. The vast majority of kids looking for work should be fine.

Man captures video of "patient dumping" outside Baltimore hospital by secondnameIA in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

State run facilities should take anyone who is a danger to themselves or others, and in most places anyone in need of hospitalization should be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Any business that can't afford to pay their employees a living wage should go out of business. Successful restaurants will thrive and better managed competitors will come up to take the place of the ones who couldn't cut it.

Man captures video of "patient dumping" outside Baltimore hospital by secondnameIA in news

[–]Kensin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s easy to say it’s the hospitals responsibility to make sure they have a safe space to go, but what do you do when there is none the patient is willing to go to due to their mental illness?

If they are too mentally ill to take care of themselves (go somewhere safe) they need to be committed. The hospital should have space for them until they can be moved to a facility that can assess them and care for them long term.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin -1 points0 points  (0 children)

To me it's rather obvious there needs to be something forcing employers to lessen that gap because they are sure as hell not doing it on their own.

I agree. I'd love to see what the profits on the burger were through all that. I suspect that they are making more money on a big mac sold today than they were on one in 1967. They are pulling in billions and like many companies they can afford to treat employees and customers better than they have been.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t remember the last time I saw a McDonald’s with a dollar menu.

The dollar menu is a perfect example. When it came out it was a hit with customers. They saw it as a value. Then McDonald's started to creep the prices up until almost nothing was a dollar. Long before they took away their dollar menu there were years of jokes made about how the prices had increased. People no longer felt they were getting a value and eventually McDonald's did away with the entire idea. Prices do increase over time. It just happens slowly to keep from driving customers away. Eventually you reach a point where older customers might be wondering how the fuck shit got so expensive but younger customers don't know anything else and that's their "normal". If prices of dollar menu items increase by $1 in 11 years that's a pretty gradual change and hopefully people's wages have risen in that time to help offset the increase too. If Subway had gone from $5 footlongs one day to $10 footlongs the very next day they would have taken a pretty big hit (not that subway is doing all that well anyway)

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

God I hope we get rid of tipping. I know there are lots of friendly attractive waitstaff who love their tips, but it really needs to die off.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Right but when everyone has to pay a minimum all prices get raised, creating a new "normal" and new expectation of service and price.

The point is that any increase needs to happen slowly over time and that while you might be more willing to pay more for something if you have more money and can afford to, it takes a while for that "new normal" to sink in. Even a 5% increase might push some people beyond what they are willing to pay, or willing to afford. No matter how much money you have though, eventually you'll hit a limit for what you are willing to pay for a shitty burger.

I'm actually starting to run into that myself these days. I can get a very mediocre burger and fries for around $10 but for just $3 or $4 more I can get a much higher quality meal from a fast-casual place. When I want a burger, I'm still willing to pay for one, but I'm increasingly feeling like the I'm getting less of a value as prices climb.

If everyone were perfectly cool with 5% price hike in Big Macs, that's what they would be charging now.

UK school segregates children in the playground in pay to play move by mortalbug in news

[–]Kensin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If you do find it send me the link. Concern over of increased crime is a good discussion to have, but it does seem like one that should be raised while the kids are out of the room. I'd be interested to see if it was a lack of a tact on the part of the parents or bad planning from the school by asking parents to come express their concerns and then inviting the kids along to the same meeting to hear them.

EDIT: turns out it was a town hall meeting set up for parents to express their concerns. Parents of transferring students should probably have left their kids at home.

UK school segregates children in the playground in pay to play move by mortalbug in news

[–]Kensin 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I think it's perfectly fair to be concerned for your child's education and safety when a bunch of students are added to your kids school that all come from schools with a long history of violence and poor test scores. It's the schools job to make sure that teachers aren't overworked bringing a bunch of kids who are uneducated for their grade up to the level of the rest of the students and to make sure that the students with a history of violence don't continue to cause problems in their new environment. Parents should be worried about those things and keeping a close eye on how the school handles that challenge.

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes by Peacemaker_58 in news

[–]Kensin 17 points18 points  (0 children)

If a restaurant owner's cost of inventory goes up they raise prices. So why wouldn't they raise prices for labor? This is the question I never get an answer for.

a company can only raise it's prices so high no matter what the cause. Consumers have an idea of what something is worth, what they can afford, and how much they are willing to pay. If McDonald's suddenly wanted $10 for a bigmac no one would buy one. As it is, companies constantly creep prices up slowly to offset sticker shock and see how much they can get away with charging.
If a company could increase their profits by raising the price of something they'd already be doing it. The only reason prices are what they are now, is because anything higher would result in fewer sales and lesser profits.