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Comment: Re:Or we could (Score 1) 634

by Arrogant Monkey (#45161353) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care
I agree. Let's spend other people's money to make all the problems disappear. That seems like the obvious solution.

aside from maybe looking at why the NHS can't live in the existing budget, and tinkering with existing perverse incentives. You know, like the lack of cost for someone to go in for hangnail, or a mild headache. Thinks a nominal £10 co-pay might prevent.

Comment: Re:Apple makes money either way... (Score 5, Insightful) 348

by Arrogant Monkey (#44867237) Attached to: Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?
I know all the pundits believe that the 5C was supposed to open up China, but that doesn't mean it is what Apple intended. As pointed out elsewhere in this thread, this is just the same strategy of taking last year's hot phone and bumping it down to the peons -- but ensuring they maintain their margin. about 20% of the cost to build the 5 was in the machining and assembly, not to mention the press they got on how easily scratched anodized aluminum was. So instead of a Iphone 5 with an aluminum back that's $100 less than last year's price, you have the 5c which probably adds $20-30 back into the margin for Apple and avoids some of those pesky customer complaints.

Apple (even if currently reviled) is not stupid. If they want to compete on the low end in China, it won't be with the 5c at twice the price of a HTC android. Maybe it'll be a 4c at a slight premium to HTC with a similarly high margin.

Comment: Re:With a world population of 7 billion, (Score 2) 180

by Arrogant Monkey (#44803075) Attached to: New Research Could Slow Human Aging
You could argue the exact opposite. Life extension would just as likely mean folks making the decisions impacting climate and environment now have to live with the consequences.

And if you hadn't noticed, birth rates are dropping precipitously in those countries where poverty rates fall -- China and India are showing this today, just as many of the asian tiger countries did 20 years ago. So much so that we're going to be having real problems in 20-30 years in the developed world, because (aside from the US) we don't have replacement workers coming into the market to replace the ones retiring and dying. We will level off around 10B.

Comment: Re:This is bad. (Score 1) 372

by Arrogant Monkey (#44569993) Attached to: New Tech Money, Same Old Problems
Um... SF has a city-specific payroll tax based on the number of people your company has working in the city limits. Why would any potentially fast-growing company purposefully inflict additional taxes on themselves, in addition to some of the highest cost commercial rents in the area, when they can can just move 10 miles out and get the same staff?

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.