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Comment Not the way I read it (Score 0) 150

It looked to me like Rightscorp wants the ISPs to forward their $20 a song settlement demands, and that once the ISP does that they're off the hook again. The ISPs didn't want to hand over their customers for a variety of reasons. But from what I can tell these two (very large) businesses will work something out without the messiness of title II

Comment You underestimate (Score 1) 322

how easy it is to get out of taxes when you own the gov't. Right now they're putting a little effort in. As they get more and more power (because your giving it to them) they'll cut back and back.

Taxes are a powerful tool to drive certain types of behavior. They're often the only tool we have and the only real power the masses can exact on our corporate overlords. You don't leave a tool that powerful lying dormant. Well, you can, but you won't last long if you do...

Comment Nope (Score 1) 322

My Mom died of cancer because of smoking. Pfizer has nothing to help with that. I've got other family with naturally occurring cancers that can (and were) be cured by meds. Pfizer didn't make any of those. They were developed in Europe by their governments because there was no money to be made off them. Don't worry 'bout my Mom, it was years ago (she died young, Cigarettes do that to you) or my other family member who the European gov't saved.

Comment Actually yes (Score 1) 322

most of the hard work is done by gov't researchers. That's the "basic" in basic research. Guys like Phizer mostly just run some cheap clinical trials based on the work done by the gov't. That's because basic research is really, really expensive and often doesn't pay off for decades if ever.

Labor Mobility is a fancy way to say social unrest. I think it's already been pointed out here but you can't base a stable society on folks who don't have reliable jobs. It quickly becomes impossible to raise children and the entire thing goes to hell. Profits don't though, you're right about that. If your only goal is profit without a single thought to the real human suffering your causing then you're right.

You're last comment reads like troll bait. I have no delusions though. I think we're well and proper screwed by folks like yourself. I think you're screwed too. You think you'll be the winner in "winner take all". Thing is, winners don't usually waste time posting on /., they're too busy winning...

Comment That doesn't work (Score 4, Informative) 322

when you have practical monopolies created when a small group of people own everything. Try to find something in your house you use day to day that isn't made by one of the Koch Brothers companies for instance. Played any of the Saints Row games? They own those (among others). You Toilet paper was probably made by them (there's a joke in there somewhere) and a lot of your food. Plus a tonne of your energy/oil.

Also for medical care you're not really free to make choices. For one thing without 6-10 years of study you don't really have enough information. For another thing if you have cancer and need chemo you're not exactly free to say no. This is a classic mistake folks make. You're comparing the decision making processes of buying a twinkie to the process of buying a heart transplant. While you might technically be 'buying' both, the processes are really nothing alike, and frankly you wouldn't want them to be.

Tax rates can be negative if the money comes somewhere else. Think of a retailer running scams. He doesn't scam his big clients because they will sue him or send thugs around to hurt him and his family. So he scams his little clients. Basically you and I pay our taxes so the big guys that own everything can own everything.

Now, I can already here you railing against taxes again so I'll say this: It's OK to pay taxes (render unto Caesar, yadda, yadda, yadda) , as long as you're getting something for it. What I hate about being an American is that I pay about the same a Europeans but without the free health care, social safety net and economic policies that raise my wages...

Comment They worked for hundreds of years... (Score 1) 322

and China still uses them to protect their native industry. But sure, dismiss them outright because of... reasons? Anyway your post is kind of a lousy troll, but I'll address the main point, which is that repatrioting cash is a good thing. Thing is, I don't care. America has plenty of resources and wealth. Their "cash" only has value because we say it does. Let 'em keep it and we'll tax their wealth to fund the society they benefit from. Problem solved, again.

Comment Not sure how to solve for it (Score 1) 150

most people want to believe they are elite. It's a pride thing or something. But it's really hard to get folks to admit they're average, even though it's statistically likely they are. That's what makes the Gig Economy and these lousy contractor jobs so enticing :(. I knew a tonne of contractors who swore by the work but had things much worse than me as an employee at jobs I did. I also noticed they took full time jobs first chance they got...

Comment Institutional Knowledge is irrelevant (Score 1) 150

The folks driving these changes figured that about 10 years ago. The solution is really, really simple. Labor costs have plummeted. It's cost effective to devote 5+ poorly paid employees to a task that used to be managed by 1. Don't underestimate the "Gig Economy". No benefits and on demand labor. Have any downtime at work? Most techies relying on Institutional Knowledge do.

So what you do it take complex tasks and break them down into simple processes. I'm sure you've seen this. Situations in a company where the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. You're seeing a few gaps and bugs in the system. They're being worked out. In the meantime companies take those complex processes and break them down into simple, easy to train ones. Your one $40/hr + benefits irreplaceable employee gets turned into 3-5 $10/hr no benefits replaceable ones. If you outsource the parts of a process that don't require customer service/interaction you can do it with a $2/hr no benefit employee. Net savings is usually on the order of $10-$15/hr x 160 hours x 12 per employee. About 20k/yr each. If you're a large enterprise that's all pure profit.

Comment Even the blind hog (Score 4, Insightful) 150

finds the acorn now and then (and yes, I know Hogs hunt by smell, it's an expression, roll with it).

They're probably trying to dance around the real issue, which is that there isn't going to be enough work for all us tech workers. With all the outsourcing and H1-Bs and what have you. That plus the "Gig Economy" is a fancy way to say companies don't want to pay for benefits, paid leave and pay raises. It's basically a massive pay cut on a scale that I don't think has ever happened. You don't really want to bring that up because if you think you're having a hard time swallowing these "insights" imagine what accepting the brutal reality of the "Gig Economy" is like...

Comment What do you do (Score 4, Insightful) 322

when Ireland drops theirs to to 10%? I guess we could do 5%. Then they'd do 2 and a half, then we'll do 1 and they'll do -5% (e.g. incentives) and we can top that with -10%....

See, this is what's called a "Race to the Bottom". The correct response is to tell Phizer: Thanks, and by. Then you slap a 50% tarriff on their drugs and enforce strict price controls. If that doesn't work you take their patents from them. If they stop "innovating" then fine. We hire folks to innovate in their place and tell them to go pound sand. What you do _not_ do is let them control negotiations and play their game. You will lose sir.

Comment That's just a matter of specs (Score 1) 311

and Firefox (and you) following them. I can count the the number of time Firefox has broken a Major web site on my on the hand of the worlds worst Shop teacher. With IE 8 the number of times is legion. Same with IE 9. Even IE 10 gives me trouble. IE 11? Not so much, when it works that is. But the tangled mess of code needed to serve up the correct version of a web page and it's libraries for IE means 11 breaks too, because a library misidentifies it as 8/9/10 (either because of a bug in the library or the User Agent lying). I can't wait for Jan 26th when Microsoft finally kills 8/9 at least. You'll see a much, much better web. Now if we can just kill flash...

Comment That's not their problem (Score 1, Insightful) 311

their problem is Google pulled their funding, which rapidly shrunk their development budget. They're having to cut features that folks don't use much. And Firefox hasn't had memory leaks in years. Check your plugins. I'll give you Pocket though. It's a stupid feature that I'm assuming they got paid to include....

Comment You're only thinking of the UI (Score 1, Informative) 311

and the most obvious part of the end user experience. Rapid automatic updates mean everyone has the latest version, which means developers can count on everyone having the latest version. Just about every aspect of modern UI counts on this. Try taking IE 8 for a spin sometime, it's awful. But there are still users clinging to it so there are still web sites stuck putting money into supporting it instead of making new, useful features. And of course don't get me started on the Security nightmare that happens when you've got dozens of unsupported browser versions in use because people refuse to upgrade.

Basically you're point is only valid if you ignore the mountains of under the hood enhancements that have been piling into browsers for the last 10 years.

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