Sunday, June 19, 2016

Five hour headstart: an outrageous thought experiment

As I read http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/opinion/sunday/why-i-was-wrong-about-welfare-reform.html and the comments there, I am thinking of what would be a good way to help people. One outrageous idea in my mind is to give every adult a head start --  every adult gets a paycheck at minimum wage worth n hours of work each week, exempt from any income tax (federal, state, local, or otherwise) by law. I think a sweet spot would be n = 5. At fifteen dollars per hour, this translates to under $10.72 a day. Needless to say, such a program would be extremely expensive. If we extend it to every person in the United States, which we shall assume is about 320 million. It would cost almost $1.25 TRILLION DOLLARS at the above rate. Just to show how big this number is, the US Federal Tax Revenue for 2015 was $3.25 trillion.
By Farcaster at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47853651

By Farcaster at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22185805
Even as a thought experiment, this is a little too expensive. Let us try to constrain ourselves a little here. According to Wikipedia, 19.4% of the population is fourteen years old or younger. Lets be conservative and estimate that 80% of the population is eighteen years old or older. If we only pay adults eighteen or over, we have limited ourselves under the one trillion dollar mark.

The key here is to make this available to everyone without any means testing at all. Of course, we can expect that there will be significant resistance from everywhere against this plan, even though it is just a thought experiment. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to write a comment.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bluetooth headset and headphones

This is probably obvious to you but in case it isn't, I'd like to write a post about your Windows computer and your Bluetooth headphones/headset. Set the headphones as the default device and set the headset as the default communications device. This lets you listen to cleaner music but also allows you to use the microphone in your Bluetooth headphones.
Prefer Headphones when listening to music

Friday, April 17, 2015

Virtualbox

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

CLion EULA

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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