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Comment Re:Non-removable apps (Score 2) 151

Almost, but not quite. Google will allow you to use the OS free of charge and basically without stipulations. If you want access to their app store however, you need to jump through a few hoops. One of which is pre-installing several Google products on your hardware.

Comment Re: Non-removable apps (Score 1) 151

When did Microsoft ever prevent users from installing and using other browsers? Or even actively inhibit (whatever that means) competing products?

They did their best to destroy Netscape by simply giving away a fee web browser with their OS.

Comment Re:Is the gig economy a good thing? (Score 1) 367

The labor rules "employers" are subject to, make employee choice next to impossible to allow. You cannot as an employer allow someone to work 10 hours one week then 45 the next if you are obligated to provide them with health insurance, and sick pay.

Where in the US are employers required to provide sick pay or health insurance, other than federal contractors? And sick leave for workers with flexible hours is simple. You accrue a set fraction of a hour for each hour worked. A similar compensation could be worked out for health insurance as well.

Comment Re: Not everyone lives alone (Score 1) 229

They already charge more for a internet connection without a cable video package. It would literally cost me $3 more to add basic cable to my account. They could try actually being transparent and charge a connection fee (like any other utility) but they are only as transparent in their billing as they are required to be by law.

Comment Re:Robots create jobs (Score 1) 319

Yes, the company employing plumbers may bill $150/hr, but that's certainly not what the actual plumber is paid. You seem to be greatly confused about the difference between salary and billed hourly rate. The numbers I threw out were average salaries before taxes. The various costs that you have for doctors are overhead expenses that would be paid by the practice, not out of the doctor's salary.

Admittedly, the salary range for both of these professions is wide, but on average a general practitioner makes double what a plumbers does.

Comment Re:To Fight Car Theft (Score 5, Insightful) 258

If car theft is the issue they don't even need to collect any data. Upload a list of license plates of stolen vehicles to the units in the morning, before they roll out. Have the unit record location data ONLY when it finds a plate on that list.

They won't do this.

Comment Re:Colleges are not for education (Score 1) 274

It is absolutely a valid question in response to a post that implies that all socially valuable majors will result in you easily paying off student loans.

And how the he'll did I present anything as a binary choice by asking a question. I wasn't presenting or dismissing anything, I was attempting to clarify that the previous poster truly believed that certain majors had no social value.

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.