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Comment: Re:Permanent Habitat? (Score 1) 100

by Akido37 (#46686787) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission
Europa is too far. The Moon or Mars would be better in the short term, especially for trial and error. If something goes wrong, we're far closer and more able to do something and learn from it. A disaster on Europa would have no possibility of rescue from Earth. Long term, of course, Europa makes a lot of sense.

Comment: Boycott Foxconn? (Score 4, Insightful) 744

by Akido37 (#38864403) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions
All of these articles about Apple's supply chain seem to ignore one fact: Apple's aren't the only products made in these factories.

Want to boycott horrific working conditions? Stop buying everything. Even Made in America products have parts or raw materials from overseas sweatshops. Electricity in the United States is typically powered by coal, which routinely ignores safety regulations.

The problem isn't Apple. The problem is lax governmental regulation that allows this to happen. Want to stop Apple from using sweatshops? Want to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your every move? Make it illegal, and enforce the damned law.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 764

by Akido37 (#33083366) Attached to: To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

Microsoft, why don't you just write some QUALITY software for the iPad instead of trying to go head on in competition? That way, the more iPads Apple sells, the more software you sell. It's win-win.

I wonder about this sometimes. I think Microsoft needs to remember it's a software company, not a hardware company. Sell Office, sell Windows, create application software for all platforms. Otherwise you have Zune.

Comment: Wait, a study of opinion? (Score 0) 780

by Akido37 (#33043324) Attached to: iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

The firm's conclusion was that non-iPad owners THINK iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness.

Fixed. What a stupid study. How about you actually see what iPad owners are like, rather than ask people what their opinions of iPad owners are?

Disclaimer: I do not own an iPad

Comment: They will be made in the next cheapest country (Score 4, Insightful) 378

by Akido37 (#32485874) Attached to: Where Will Your Next Gadget Be Made?
Anyone remember "Made in Japan"? Then "Made in Taiwan"? Now, "Made in China". Manufacturing moves to the cheapest location. This is how globalization works, for better or worse. If China becomes too expensive, somewhere else will arise to take up the slack and open near-slave labor factories.

Hopefully, this results in a rise in living conditions for everyone - My personal pessimism has doubts.

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