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Comment: See France (Score 1) 301

by rsilvergun (#47941651) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100
and Germany. And the Netherlands. And a tonne of other countries where Socialism works just fine thank you very much. What _doesn't_ work is mixing American Style right-wing Reagan-Thatcher politics in. See the UK's collapsing economy for that, or wealth inequality in the U.S. that's gone back to pre-Black Tuesday leves.

Also, there's this little think called progress. I'm too lazy to google for the Robert Reich infographic that show that productivity is up 80% since 1979 but wages are only up 8% (and that proves wages stopped growing in America in 1979). Forget all that. We're rapidly automating away just about every job. Even _China_ is replacing workers with robots. When robots are cheaper than Chinese slave labor you know you have a problem.

So, when we don't need people to work 20 hours a week let alone the 50 they're doing now (you can google the /. article on that one too) what the _heck_ do we do with 'em all. The world _doesn't_ need ditch diggers....

Comment: Not if you're global... (Score 2) 182

by rsilvergun (#47933945) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
the real capitalists are global. They benefit from us competing with cheaper labor. Marx predicted this but all anyone can remember about him is that a few dictators used his books for rhetoric.

As for Adam Smith, he actually as against this sort of naked capitalism. He wrote at a time of small merchant artisans. He didn't see the industrial revolution coming and if he had probably wouldn't have written the books he did. These days he's like Marx: all anybody remembers about him is what fits in with what they want.

Comment: Um... huh? (Score 2) 182

by rsilvergun (#47933931) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Slaves were very expensive compared to immigrants. With immigrants you could treat them just as bad and when they got weak move on to the next batch. With slaves you had money sunk in. The south also had huge amounts of capital sunk into slaves. If you're selling someone's buying, and that costs money. It's one of the reasons they were so far behind the curve on the industrial revolution...

Comment: Naw, it's just profits (Score 1) 182

by rsilvergun (#47932783) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Motorola built a factory in the states and did just fine. They only moved it over seas because slave labor is still cheaper, but they were plenty profitable and selling the phones for competitive prices.

I've been filling the head of a good friend of mine with liberalism and it prompted his Dad to ask "What do you have against Profit". This. This is what I have against profit. It's _never_ enough.

Comment: No minecraft for linux (Score 2) 368

by rsilvergun (#47870687) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
or android. Or PS4. Or any other platform Microsoft doesn't want it on.

I know I might be over reacting, but is it just me or is there something wrong with a world where a company has so much money it just just nonchalantly drop $2 billion USD to get a slight competitive advantage? This isn't the first time Microsoft has done this either. This is why liberals don't like concentration of wealth and support high capital gains taxes...

Comment: What makes you think it was environmentalists? (Score 5, Insightful) 486

by rsilvergun (#47868709) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
Seriously? Do you really believe a bunch of hippies put the breaks on something as profitable as Nuclear power?

Coal and oil lobbies, the folks paid to store nuclear waste instead of processing it into new power. Look at those folks. Follow the money. When anything of importance happens it's always money.

Comment: Neato (Score 1) 296

by rsilvergun (#47867201) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives
except that we've done away with the national Helium reserves and fraking + excessive natural gas mining is venting it all into space. There's a couple scientists that raised the alarm, since our entire tech is based on the stuff (and no, we can't just make more, and mining on the moon is _hard_). On the plus side I'll be dead by the time it's a problem.

Comment: At for profit Universities (Score 1) 161

by rsilvergun (#47844397) Attached to: Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money
you're right. At public Universities, no. That's not what happened. Prices at public schools were low up until the late 90s/early 2000s. I know. I was in school paying tuition out of pocket.

Now, public Universities are rapidly becoming profit centers, but they started that trend in the mid-2005s. Well after the cuts went in.

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