It doesn't make much sense to me either, yet I've seen it happen with my own eyes. Not only do companies lose innovators when this type of thing happens, but they're arming their competition. All those bright folks they cut loose, and especially those that decide to leave on their own.. where will they go? To competitors, of course. It seems really short sighted, particularly when the company isn't in dire shape financially.
Are you agreeing with me? Do you support corporate welfare? Should taxpayers being helping the well-off buy Teslas?
So you want to keep the farm subsidies, the oil subsidies, etc? Is it just a free-for-all? Any new thing needs a subsidy?
What ever happened to American individualism and entrepreneurship? What ever happened to taking risk in order to earn the reward? Would we even need all these subsidies if we got rid of them? We'd have more money to go around. Why does the federal government need to take our money to then turn around and use it to "help" us pay for things?
Who is accountable? Anyone? We subsidized the heck out of the phone companies, where is our high speed Internet?
I can't tell if you're agreeing or disagreeing.
Is your point that government is tangled up in so much stuff already that it doesn't matter what it gets involved in anymore? You see no issue here?
Woohoo. Solar charger. Now the taxpayers can subsidize your car and your electricity.
What else can subsidize here?
FAA oversight of drones is truly helping that technology. No for-profit use allowed, no guarantee when they might get around to allowing it. Now let's oversee some robotics!
We need less federal government, not more.
Then paintball some government cameras.
No shit. Do you think the majority of the population supports this? Especially after all the known incidents of domestic spying, illegal wiretaps, secret no fly lists, free speech zones for demonstrators, etc. There's very little freedom left in our free country. I'm not against surveillance, but tracking each person individually is a slippery slope. Attend a protest the administration doesn't like, they pull the video footage, next thing you know.. everyone there is on a watch list and is about to be audited by the IRS. You might even end up on a secret list for health care, kind of like the secret waiting lists at the VA. Ooo, I'm sorry, we have no openings for you.
By the way, your summary of our system of government is wrong. We elect people, but they don't represent us. Any talk of that ends the moment they win the election.
Anything done with our tax money should be done with the consent of the governed.
I do not consent.
Say what? It's in your library whether you want it or not. That's why Apple had to create a special web page to remove it.
Yes, you can disable auto-download to specific devices, but that's BS. I shouldn't have to opt to manually manage the songs on my devices just because Apple decided upon themselves to throw unwanted crap in my music library.
That's like saying telemarketing calls are fine. If you don't want to talk to anyone, don't answer your phone.
If the return on investment doesn't exceed the cost of setting up the licensing and distribution rights, it won't happen. Even then, it has to exceed costs by a high enough amount, otherwise the entities involved will focus their efforts on something else that's more lucrative. But they're not going to just let people access the content, because it might become profitable enough at some point.
To me, this is the biggest disappointment of the Internet. If I want to watch the local news in some other part of the country, why can't I? If I want to purchase music from iTunes France, why can't? If I want to buy a product from Amazon Japan, why can't I? Same thing with DVD and BluRay and their ridiculous region scheme. We've made it a lot easier to access goods and entertainment from a person's own country or continent, but it doesn't stretch much further than that in many cases.
The "global economy" isn't there at the consumer level.
Right, because not having control over your own music library is perfectly fine. Sure, there's bigger shit going on, but if people don't want to hear U2 from their own music collection, they shouldn't have to. Apple could have done what they always do and it made it free to grab off of the iTunes store. The fuck the whiner crowd is as annoying as the fuck U2 and fuck Apple crowd.
A special lane on rail trails would be nice for rollerbladers, bordered with razor wire.
Maybe the same way Comcast and their ilk gets around being a common carrier. The riding the razor's edge of the law and greasing the right pockets.
Why don't you have your own insurance? You're the one that wants to be protected.
My state doesn't even require auto insurance.