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Comment Re:It only cost GM $11 million so VW did it too (Score 1) 154

I tried to move things from specific to general to help explain the problem

If you persist in calling VW "unfettered entirely amoral capitalism", why don't you tell us what kind of company and management you think would be better.

It can't be fully state owned facilities, because they had an even worse environmental record when they were tried in Europe.

The entire market is amoral-capitalist. If you can't keep up with the cheating, shareholders screw you over. That's not to excuse anything VW did. However, just because a single player is "partially owned by a government" doesn't make it any more likely to be moral; What it would take is for all the companies to be more strongly vetted/regulated.

Comment Re:In Germany you have 14 months by law (Score 1) 123

So, just have a kid every year and live on the dole.

There is this little, teensy side effect of actually having the kids and having to take care of them... I take it you are not a parent. After having a few, you might understand that the first year is likely not the most difficult - especially with multiple kids.

Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 1) 123

Why would non-Facebook employees be interested in this at all?

I have a friend who works at another silicon valley startup (same VC partners as Facebook) who recently adopted Netflx's unlimited vacation, and they may also be interested in doing the 4-month prenatal leave as well.

Facebook could be a high-profile benefits leader here. As much as I don't like FB, I respect this move. At least Zuck is fair and consistent on this, unlike Meyer.

Comment Re: Bias? (Score 2) 123

you think there will be social security when we retire? (im under 30) doubt it

Social Security trust fund is solvent till ~2035 given current input percentages and projected workforce makeup .

What's likely is that GOP and corporate-licking Dems will both agree to fuck you over in the meanwhile and do something shitty like raise retirement age, or twist verbiage to deny COLA despite constant hikes in non-core inflation rate (why would energy - read gas - and healthcare costs not be "core inflation"?).

So you may be right, you may not have a meaningful Social Security when you retire. But I bet it'll be there.

Comment Re:Has to be better than USPS (Score 4, Insightful) 249

Amazon has been in bed with the devil for a couple of years now. Nearly everything I order comes by USPS - the slowest, least reliable delivery service on Earth.

This is in direct opposition to my experience.

The Post Office doesn't seem to understand that this is their last best chance to stay relevant and possibly get out of the red. Nope, they're sticking to their old ways - yesterday's technology delivering your packages tomorrow (or next week).

Huh? Oh I see - your experience of their service is essentially filtered by your dogma (that the post office as part of the "government" is not hip enough). Keep in mind, that the USPS as a private entity that's highly controlled by Congressional edicts and orders (like this one mandating that they essentially have to run in debt to pay retirements for employees not even hired yet [1]. If you have an issue with USPS maybe you should take it up with your representative.

Another thing you have to keep in mind, is that the USPS actually fulfills a lot of orders for UPS/FedEx - UPS/Fedex simply can't compete with the USPS for hard-to-reach areas, whereas the USPS has mandates to do so, and so has found a way to do it. [2]


Comment Re:Again: Big Dumb Co (Score 1) 150

After I win All The Lotteries, I will form Big Dumb Company, with the principal division being Big Dumb Appliances, such as clothes and dish washers that are so well built, they can be handed down at least two generations, stupidly fixable with decades-long part availability, and that are designed to accomplish one task: WASH THINGS.

Same with TVs - or should I say monitors - with the best display possible, replaceable power supplies, interface ports (sans wireless nor Ethernet) out the kazoo, AND DUMB AS A BAG OF HAMMERS. Tuner? game console? Roku? Fantastic: PLUG THEM IN. What will the TVs do? DISPLAY THINGS, PERIOD.

Now, onto phone / Internet service: BIG DUMB PIPE.

Sadly you will likely go out of business - profit margins to sustain a business that doesn't sell out its customer base must be pretty big unless accompanied by a cult-like early adopter crowd.

Comment Re:Will NBC, ABC, and CBS pay my overages? (Score 1) 232

It's just OTA sources that will go away -- unless you count cellular video streaming to your phone followed by Chromecasting to the monitor

I'll count that once advertisers pay for all the data that such streaming uses.

Don't give them any ideas. Zero-rating ads seems like a very plausible move in the war for your eyeballs.

Comment Re:How would sport matches become unscheduled? (Score 1) 232

The future of television is on-demand and not scheduled programming

Good luck getting the sport leagues to play matches when you want to watch them.

Many people years ago recorded matches for watching later. TiVo/DVR culture has long ago hit mainstream. It's not like VCRs couldn't do this - most 25 years ago could record on a schedule - just a PITA to set it.

Comment Re:For the foreseeable future, right where it's at (Score 1) 232

The problem is that the screen itself is a large, beautiful, and relatively expensive piece compared to everything that puts content on it. The price point makes it impractical to upgrade and replace on the same cycle as an XBox, Playstation, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Personally, I replace the screen every 7-10 years, and the connected devices every 3-5 years. Until the screens drop sufficiently in price to be replaceable in sync with the content devices, it makes exactly zero sense to cram more stuff into them. Especially when you consider the security issues.

At some point, when more money is made from the connective devices and services than the TV itself, there will be one or more players (perhaps including Apple) who merges the set-top box into the TV while keeping upgradability separate.

One way this might come about while keeping the existing ecosystem intact might be to have a "made for AppleTV" or "made for Roku" type licensing scheme so TV features like video cams (e.g. FaceTime for TV) or 3D support or basics like screen size/refresh, etc may be bundled into a single approved profile that the smart device attached can use the features properly.

Comment Re:The IRS keeps its hooks in US citizens who leav (Score 1) 365

The U.S. Expatriation Tax is not a hardship by any reasonable definition of hardship...

It's not a question of "hardship". Stealing from people is wrong. Even when the victim has some money left over afterward.

Only tax cowards think the government is simply stealing from you. All your wealth you created in the USA was done because the USA has roads, public infrastructure and police, hospitals, and the *rule of law* to prevent others from stealing your wealth, or just stabbing you in your sleep for their own pleasure.

In short, your wealth was not created in a vacuum and it costs money to keep this infrastructure in place. You may bicker with the details or even a major part of how that tax is collected and spent (I sure do), but to claim it's stealing is to show ignorance of why it exists.

Or do you really think you'd have been better of born in Sierra Leone where there aren't such pesky taxes?

Comment Delaware corporations pay taxes in other states (Score 2) 365

until our politicians wake up and realize all costs are pushed onto the consumer anyway nothing will change

  its not a "loophole" its the law, and until the law is favorable to business, business will continue to move to places that are business friendly. We see it on a microscale in the USA as it is, look at all the companies who are based in delaware.

Delaware is only for corporate law adjudication. Taxes are still collected for revenue or operations in other states (i.e., if you have a footprint or customers there, you still pay).

Comment Re:This is only true (Score 2) 365

if you believe all income belongs first to the state. All this is legal, and the whining that inevitably goes on after such transactions reflects the belief that the "fair share" of a corporation's income is less than whatever the speaker wants it to be.

When what's legal and what's sustainable for the society are not aligned, there are likely one of two results: 1) Law is changed to be more sustainable or 2) the society suffers.

But hey, more power to those who can screw over everyone else for their tax free money!

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 111

So the three-letter-agencies and the local yokels will have to just continue using parallel construction. Isn't it amazing how many detailed and accurate "anonymous tips" the police receive?

Not sure how Stingrays wouldn't be supremely helpful to parallel construction. Sure they can't prove it with the call records, but now they might be taken to task for even using them at all.

Police State no-likey this.