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Comment (Not News!) (Score 1) 582

Try it yourself on Bing -- it is not the top result. About five down.

Now try on Google -- the "Why Are Macs So Expensive?" result is there on the first page.

Two different search engines, both returning the same result on the first page about Mac's being expensive. Slightly different order, hardly indicative of tampering, but definitive proof that Mac's are costly!

Comment Re:Try Express PCB (Score 4, Insightful) 262

You are a little off-base here, bud. What you are talking about are patent trolls which spec out an idea, typically already in use, patent it but do not intend to produce.

This guy has spec'd out an idea but doesn't have the expertise to build it. He still intends to build it, but needs to outsource that part. Care to elaborate how he is comparable to a patent troll?

Comment Re:Try Express PCB (Score 4, Insightful) 262

Even better, how about we stop encouraging/helping wild-eyed "entrepreneurs" who have these great ideas that are "probably patentable" but who are wholly incapable of actually inventing said devices.

He did invent it, but he doesn't know how to build it. There's absolutely no shame in having the brains to invent a better product but not having the skills to build it.

So, you can lose the attitude. We do need encouragement for enterpreneurs, whether or not they understand something so inconsequential like how to design hardware. Very, very few of us can.

Comment Re:subsidize (Score 1) 403

I'm not sure where you get your information, but in Canada farming is subsidized in many different ways. We pay significantly less property taxes, sales tax (25% of normal), and are eligible for grants, government-guaranteed loans, cash advances for impending crops, and other sources of money. This is in effort to make farming easier for us, and to encourage us to keep producing livestock, food, etc.

The number of farms is shrinking dramatically every year. I'm sure it's much the same in the States. The government definitely does not pay us to produce less.

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