Yeah, you're absolutely right. In which case, the numbers simply do not work out. Makes the article's argument seem even less thought out as the author didn't even do some basic calculations.
But this slightly different system I'm describing isn't the same as what we currently have. What I'm thinking is UBI (or whatever it might be called in this system) vs. wages. Pick one. This would automatically make the minimum wage > $30k, probably at least around $40-50k and wouldn't require paying every adult in the US, including ones who already have jobs. The key difference is that people would have a choice of going to this new Semi-UBI system anytime they wanted, no questions asked, with guaranteed income. I think that's one differentiator. Another differentiator would be removing the countless barriers that exist in today's systems. The many idiotic rules around welfare and Medicaid for example are so complicated and require so much time and paperwork, it's ridiculous. It would keep the state from trying to force people to look for jobs they don't want and waste time doing it. It would allow people to go to school full time while still receiving aid (not possible in many cases today). It'd be a real, living wage, albeit low, that could remove the stress and uncertainty of today's welfare systems. And finally, it would hopefully not carry the stigma it has today as artists and thinkers and all types of people might choose not to work at all, rather than have this be only a program for the poor.
So yeah, it's not really UBI, but it could still be a lot better than current systems.
> What I'm thinking is UBI (or whatever it might be called in this system) vs. wages. Pick one. This would automatically make the minimum wage > $30k
The problems with such a system would be:
* even higher threshold for actually seeking a job because you lose BI (yes, the other side of higher minimum wages)
* either the BI is sufficient for a decent life or it isn't: if it is, it's probably too expensive because a large part of the population will receive it. If it isn't, it will be a program for the poor/disabled only and enough people will be seeking jobs to drive the effective minimum wages down to the current level.
That's true. Yet, Wirth's model is worth considering today. In Lilith system, they co-designed a high-level assembler (P-code-like), the Modula-2 language, the compiler, and critical OS regions. Built whole system on that. Key choice, learned from P-code, was to make assembler, high-level language, and compiler all consistent and simple where possible. Allowed easy composition and conversion.
Work on LISP/Scheme, Julia, REBOL, and so on show that even complex constructs can be built with macros, etc on simple ones which can be done Wirth-style as in Lilith/Oberon, my style , or by hand like pjmlp said. Actually, the Scheme stuff went down to synthesizing hardware from interpreters written in Scheme and another person did that with a Oberon-based HDL. So, it can go much further. :)
Maybe PL/S, IBM's "secret weapon," (haha) would be better if we're talking C++ replacements. I did like how the language let you describe how exactly the compiler should handle the individual function. I can see that have payoff in OS and security-critical software.
That's not really the only possible way. You could write an (arbitrarily slow & simple) interpreter in e.g. C to compile the compiler with itself, or translate to C, or use something like a p-code machine as an intermediate step (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-code_machine) with an assembler-written interpreter. The problem with using older versions is that in principle, you'd have to keep maintaining/porting them for newer systems/architectures.
I've been a pobox customer since 1997 and Fastmail user since 2013 - the only 2 paid online services I use - and was a bit shocked to read this, a knee-jerk reaction due to frequently ugly outcomes of such mergers. Both services have been exemplary so far, hopefully there's really no change in direction.
> No, because I like to experience the web as it is, which is what most users experience.
Many users experience similar problems, so they are switching to ad blockers. Several sites reported 50%+ ad blocker usage, so if you're trying to view the web like other users, using ad blockers is probably fine now.
Because this is who users are. They will not ever visit Hacker News, and if they did, it might as well be in a foreign language. They will not install ad blockers. When the (insert your most hated Slavic/Asian country) mafia takes over their comp via a Facebook meme, they buy a new computer if they can afford it.
Are you a representative of the people in some way that requires you to make this great sacrifice?
Do you give up your income because most of the users don't earn as much income? Do you give up your food because some people don't have as much food? Do you refuse to study because most people know less about subject matter X than you could know if you studied it?
> How would they know whether the bridge is designed badly?
It's their responsibility. If it's not possible for them to comprehend the design and execution thoroughly enough, they'd better make sure they had someone check it whom they can trust to understand it. Like ancient builders, who didn't lay every stone themselves, but were still responsible for the outcome.
Perhaps our standards for responsibility of leaders are a little low these days.
These are all issues for the users, there are other problems with the current system:
* some ad media companies scam their clients by publishing ads on sites where kickback payments are most attractive, rather than where the users are most suitable for the client
* agencies who also design campaigns for their clients tend to use more obnoxious and more commonly blocked ad formats because they're more expensive for the client, hurting both client and publisher (more ad blockers, annoyed users)
* I am also convinced that there's plenty of click fraud out there, but it's the only of these issues I don't know firsthand / as a fact
It would be a little bit more convincing if they had actually tried alternative revenue sources (paid subscription, associate links to Amazon, donations with a variety of providers like Flattr or using Bitcoin) and found no other viable solution.