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Comment Re:Once you have replicators (Score 1) 3 3

I had to chew on this one for a little bit. When any of our "things" can be replaced with the press of a button, we'd probably adopt a cultural of (voluntarily) loose ownership. Where what we created for ourselves we would still say we own, but most of us would be willing to give away most kinds of things if someone asked. I wouldn't call that communism, I would call that one of the effects of a rising tide lifting all boats: an increasing generosity.

Now if you're talking about an abusive (i.e. controlling) state, where the people are deprived of all the replicator technology and it's only in the hands of the government for it to dole out the output of, then also assuming a near-infinite energy source to run and I guess be the raw material for these machines, you could say that that thorny issue with Leftist economics of "eventually running out of other people's money" would be overcome.

I guess in that sense it would "work".

p.s. An interesting (to me at least) thought just occurred: Mr. Roddenberry didn't swap Right-wing economics for Left-wing economics in his made-up universe, he did away with economics?

Comment Re:The issue is not title 2 (Score 1) 101 101

While I agree with parts of your argument, land lines are expensive more because they have millions of miles of physical wires to maintain. Cell towers do not have this burden.

Also, Cell phone service for any smart phone is MUCH more expensive than landlines now if you are single. It's sort of like "$100 for 4" or "$100 for 1".

That said, I use smartjack (flawlessly) over my internet. $19 a year. It's mainly a backup to find my cell phone and for extremely long gaming calls (can't get one player to use skype). I think the network effect for land lines is collapsing.
Pretty soon it will be smarter to have a "land line" format phone that actually connects to a local cell tower (no lines to maintain, install, etc.).

But it occurs to me that as long as they have DSL cable service, the lines will be there anyway. So maybe the network effect won't be lost. not sure. I haven't been a landline customer for 3 years.

Comment Re: This is just an attempt by the Republicans... (Score 1) 130 130

Also, Fukushima is only rendering about 500sq miles uninhabitable for (currently optimistically estimated) 25 years while Chernobyl is about 900sq miles for over 25 years so far. It won't return to average radiation levels for over 20,000 years. You can live there now... if you don't want to have children and accept a higher risk of cancer. About 600 elderly live there now. The animals in the area have mutations, stillbirths, etc. But, those that survive handle the radiation better as time goes on and thrive from the lack of human predation and habitat destruction.

The Chernobyl radiation area 's sort of butterfly shaped tho and due to wind pattern there is a second 'wing' / exclusion area which is also uninhabitable of similar size- so about 1800sq miles total.

Comment Re:Chinese economy on the verge of collapse? (Score 1) 130 130

China, and the chinese, have a massive superiority complex laid over a very deep inferiority complex stemming from the 1800s all the way to the 1940s.

Until that gets resolved, they are more dangerous than average. They have a chip on their shoulder and have something to "prove" combined with a sense of manifest destiny.

Their military spending is much less BUT their labor costs are much less so their spending is much higher than it looks like given the raw numbers. Effectively its 3 to 4 times as large.

Hopefully they transition to a truly confident nation and resolve their issues. Then there is still "average" danger. Any group of people can go apeshit on other groups of people when they think they are more powerful. It's happened over and over.

Comment Re:Insurance is but one upended industry (Score 1) 215 215

Auto manufacturers

Someone still needs to make the autonomous cars. Even if they can't differentiate models based on acceleration and things, creature comforts and cargo space will ensure that tiered models remain.

Auto repair shops

These guys are probably the ones likely to be hurt the most. A handful will survive, since tires, brakes, and oil still need fixing; general wear will always be a thing. However, the numbers will certainly diminish, as accident-based work becomes less common.

Gas stations

...these cars run on wishing dust now? Unless you've got a self-driving Tesla, you'll still need gas.

Auto parts stores

See the section on mechanics above.

Taxis and Limos

You're not serious, are you? Cab companies may no longer pay cab DRIVERS, but they will most certainly still be necessary in areas where, ehm, they're necessary. Limos will likely be less affected than most - they sell a luxury service. One may possibly be able to make the case that limo DRIVERS are in more jeopardy, but I wouldn't be surprised if they survive as an industry as well.

Motor sports

Dear Lord. it's entirely possible to load precise cannons with basketballs that will land perfectly from half court, every time...but that's not why people watch basketball.

Motor vehicle related advertising

You're right - that will become "in-car advertising", but now we're just changing location.

There's probably a dozen more.

And those will be the interesting ones. One of the victims of cell phone ubiquity: alarm clock manufacturers. No one really saw that coming. Here's another: highway maintenance crews - the ones who pick the trash up off the highway. I anticipate less litter if "immediately ridding your hand of a wrapper without also needing to look for a place to put it" becomes commonplace. I wonder about sign manufacturers - who's going to pay for a whizbang storefront sign instead of just paying Aunt Google more to come up in search results, especially when your passengers aren't looking out the window? I'd add in "turn signal subcontractors", but given their use at present, I'd say they'll be just fine =).

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 1) 354 354

Well, not to defend Microsoft, but this behavior is probably the most effective way to get the kinds of people who need to be kicked off of IE to actually be kicked off of IE. You know, the users who probably wouldn't even notice that Edge isn't IE in the first place.

The rest of us can take care of ourselves.

Out of all the stupid, evil or self-centered things Microsoft does, this one's frankly pretty low on my list.

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 1) 354 354

I've been living with Windows 8 because I can work around most of the stupidities, but when I bought my wife a new laptop with 8, she hated it so much she traded it to one of the kids for their Windows 7 machine.

If I could ask for one thing in Windows 10, it would be the ability to make the desktop look like Windows 2000. That's the last version of Windows I thought actually looked good (although 7 wasn't bad). But with this stupid cult of "flat" you can't even do that any more. That was one of Microsoft's stupider and more arrogant moves in the UI field, because you could easily write a book out of all the many reasons why the "flat" look is inferior. The flat look is like reverting back to Windows 2, although at least with Windows 2, the color palette was so small stuff didn't all run together.

Comment Typically (Score 1) 215 215

Autonomous rates will be $400 cheaper when you first get it. And after a few years it will be the same price unless you change companies.

I'm changing back to allstate from 21st century this year. Allstate wanted to charge me $1200 a year-- 21st century was $700. Now 21st century is closing on $1000 and allstate has offered me $1000, $900, $800,and now $700 to switch back over the last 4 years.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 869 869

Rents have risen by 400% in Texas (and similar top states) in the last 15 years.

Housing has risen by 500% during the same period. But... if you owned your house, your value rose but your payments increased only by the tax increase. My house payment before i paid the house off in 2012, was $700 a month. Total- including taxes. Now, it's $330 a month.

Once your house is paid off, property taxes, insurance, and repairs are approximately 1/3 of rental costs or new home costs.

I totally agree- it's right for you right now. But it's a terrible option for anyone who ever hopes to retire unless they are earning in the top 10% of all citizens.

Comment Re:The Twinkie Defense (Score 1) 11 11

I think the Republican party has already been losing half the votes they have. With nominations of presidential candidates who are social Liberals, like McCain and Romney, most of that half of the base stays home.

Really now, we've got a situation in America of Holocaust proportions (millions of innocents being tortured and put to death), and the Left wails over one lion and thinks playing music for extended periods is what is barbarism.

But from what I'm hearing, the GOP establishment is saying let's stay away from the social issues. So they'll probably nominate another McRomney; rinse, lather, repeat.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie