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Comment: Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (Score 1) 674

by Mantrid42 (#45892451) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
Brings to mind the apocryphal quote from Milton Friedman:

At one of our dinners, Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”

Comment: Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (Score 1) 662

by Mantrid42 (#44648753) Attached to: Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

That's a lot of wasted time for me. I'd rather do so many more things during that driving time. I could read all my commute time.

Audiobooks, my friend. All my time in the car is spent listening to audiobooks or podcasts. It's a great, safe way to recover otherwise wasted time sitting in traffic.

Comment: Re:My rating... (Score 1) 355

It IS a bargain for the taxpayer. The citizens of Provo pay a one time $30 hook up fee, and then they get a free fiber optic connection from Google. The rest of us should be so lucky. I bet the service is great in Switzerland, and I'm going to venture a guess as to why: you're entire country is ten thousand square miles smaller than West Virginia, our 40th largest state.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun