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Comment: Re:Time for something new. (Score 1) 105

by Gavagai80 (#48644611) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

You can't get hundreds of people to agree on a single new project to collaborate and donate their time and money to. Sure something original would be nice, but you'd never get enough people enthusiastic about to reach the same production quality without the instant brand recognition of something like Star Trek.

Comment: Re:Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (Score 1) 194

by Gavagai80 (#48631519) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Most android phones are cheap (with some obvious exceptions that are a relatively small part of the market). People expect cheap products to be exploitative. When they pay more, they expect it to be less exploitative (even though in reality many expensive products are exploitative, like diamonds). As the by far most prominent expensive luxury phone, Apple naturally gets most of the flack. People see how much they're paying and the huge profit margins and feel that some of that profit should be used to better conditions, unlike a cheap phone where there's barely any profit margin.

Comment: Re:I actually agree with this decision; but (Score 5, Interesting) 425

by Gavagai80 (#48619137) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

When the whole rest of the world wants sanctions, as with South Africa, they may be useful. When the whole rest of the world trades with Cuba and we don't, we're just shooting ourselves in the foot. Also, the South African government was far more malleable because it was elected by white citizens who suffered from sanctions -- the Cuban government is not elected by anyone who can be hurt by sanctions.

Comment: If automated had always created as many jobs (Score 1) 660

by Gavagai80 (#48617707) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

If automated had always created as many jobs as it destroyed, we'd still have child labor, 80 hour work weeks and other such goodies from days of yore. If we lose more jobs, all we have to do is mandate a 30 hour work week or raise the working age to 18.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 595

by Gavagai80 (#48606321) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Even if you can get the same job in Sacramento that you can get in Silicon Valley, it'll pay more in Silicon Valley because the cost of living is so much higher there. As long as the price of gas is low enough that people can buy a much higher standard of living by commuting 2 hours to their job every day from a cheaper area, some people will do that.

Comment: Re:What Native American is supposed to mean (Score 1) 307

Then what's a better term for "people descended from people who were natives of North and South America in AD 1491, who had their land forcibly taken from them in European invasions from 1600 through 1900?"

First nations, like in Canada. Better conveys the distinct legal status and history.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"