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Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 610

by MrLogic17 (#47722587) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Slashdot is a bad example. Back when it was owned in Ann Arbor, I kept ads on - to reward the site for giving me value.

Since the buyout by Dice, I now check the box to hide the ads. They are a large for profit company, they can live just fine without my ad hits. Oh, and most of the ads I do see on this site are for other Dice sites. I don't want to reward bad behavior.

Comment: Re:$230 isn't the problem (Score 1) 610

by MrLogic17 (#47722397) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

This.

If ad ads were 100% gone today, someone would re-invent them by tomorrow night.

Advertising isn't a way for users to subsidize a web site - it's a method for companies to advertise their products & services. If it became illegal to charge or pay money for ads, they would still exist. Companies want to grow sales, and one way to do that is advertising.

Comment: Re:Take two cars (Score 1) 205

by MrLogic17 (#47512913) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Which (gasp) didn't exist when I was a child and yet somehow we managed without. ..... Prior to that you either had a full sized econoline van, a VW mini-bus, a station wagon or a second car. Worked out just fine.

What percentage of the population could afford that back in the 70? or 80's?

Never was a problem getting all the people wherever we needed to go. I rode from the Great Lakes down to Florida several times in the back of a VW Scirocco.

And now we get to the heart of the problem. Would the local police or resident busy-bodies (with 911 on speed dial) let you get away with that today? Everyone needs a proper seat with seat-belt and side air bags. Rolling around lose in the back of a station wagon was good enough for us X'ers, but it's now considered reckless and dangerous today. And that is why minivans are essential to anyone with more than 2 kids.

Comment: Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 1) 443

by MrLogic17 (#47435921) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

>My guess is the Tesla hitting one of the "street poles" (telephone pole?)

Normally these poles are called "utility poles", because most of the time they are installed & owned by the local power utility. There are folks in the electric industry that get down right bristly at the term "telephone pole". Telephone service is inferior (lower down the pole) to power, which is at the top of the pole. (Lowest of all, in every sense of the term, is cable TV service.)

Source: I work at a power company
 

Comment: Re:Back in the day? (Score 1) 502

As I recall, Windows 3.1 came with a driver for the case speaker to do sound. Quality was awful, and constantly had a high-pitched ring in the background - but it worked.

The day motherboards started coming with real sound chips built-in was the day I stopped buying sound cards. Good enough for me, considering the quality of speakers I used most of the time.

 

Comment: Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (Score 5, Interesting) 530

by MrLogic17 (#47406441) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

If people continue to breed as they currently do, we're going to be just fine. Birth rates globally are on the deline. As education (espcially education of women) becomes commonplace in a country, birth rates drop. We are in no danger of over populating the planet. Depending on the projection, "peak people" just might be within our lifetime.

With advancing technology. why can't everyone have a high standard of living? Technology & weath are not a zero-sum game. More people with education & skills raise the standards for all. (If you disagree, explain to me where all the silicon valley wealth was durring the stone age.)

Stop worrying about how big your slice of the pie is. Let's make the pie bigger for everyone.

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