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Comment: Re:It's already a failure... (Score 1) 119

It's up to the locals to do that. Locals need to choose things like rule of law, free markets, and popularly elected government. Otherwise it can't be sustained. The things that outsiders can do are:

- stop meddling
- show a positive example -- like Botswana
- trade
- don't deny weapons and ammunition to people who need them to protect themselves

Comment: No opportunity (Score 2) 205

by Kohath (#49256905) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV

TV does not offer a company like Apple much opportunity. There's no UI problem that keeps people from being able to get the most value out of their TV. People won't buy an easy to use TV at a big premium over a regular TV. This is why Apple was never going to make a TV.

The only thing people really want from their TV is cheaper, more conveniently delivered content. Apple has no TV content, and there's no way for Apple to make money offering others' TV content at a cheaper price. And there's no way to sell a new premium TV based on cheaper TV content -- the premium you gained on the TV would be more than lost on the content discount.

Comment: Misallocation of resources (Score 1) 262

by Kohath (#49249371) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

Natural gas is so cheap and so abundant in the US that wind power makes zero financial sense as a competitor. If wind actually does double, it will be a huge misallocation of resources.

And it won't really help the environment. The natural gas will just be burnt off or vented to the atmosphere instead of being captured to produce electricity.

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