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Comment: Needs better metric, not a restriction on wattage. (Score 1) 336

by PJ6 (#47738041) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
Consumers want number(s) to base their decisions upon. The wattage problem could have easily been solved by putting useful measurements of vacuum effectiveness on the packaging, such as guaranteed pressure drop and flow rate over the life of the product.

And the industry could do that all by itself without any regulation.

Comment: Re:Perhaps this won't be a popular view... (Score 1) 361

by PJ6 (#47736445) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

But I think it's a good move. I always thought they were trying to do too much in one episode. And really, who can argue with focusing on two really awesome dudes who love to blow stuff up?

More isn't always better, sometimes its just more.

Too much in one episode? Are you kidding me?

There's a lot of unnecessarily repeat after commercials and switching between myths. This is particularly annoying when watching on Netflix, where there are no commercial breaks.

Most episodes could be dramatically improved by cutting their length by 30%.

Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 257

by PJ6 (#47734399) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Don't worry guys, the free market fairy will take care of it.

The free market has taken care of it. Good customer service is expensive. Consumers have demonstrated that they are unwilling to pay additional money for good customer service. Successful companies have aborted customer service to keep prices low.

Tell me how having one ISP to chose from is "free market".

Comment: Re:Zooooom! (Score 1) 233

by PJ6 (#47725481) Attached to: Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

I'm gonna disagree.

This is supposedly a sign that the race to the bottom is actually done. The bottom filled out and is rebounding, and "we" mostly resisted our worst political urges vis-a-vis protectionism and removing regulatory protections that exist for good reasons. An equilibrium has been reached, and all the sacrificing has been mostly of the short term kind.

The problem with deregulation is that it was applied ridiculously unequally, greatly contributing to income inequality. For example, while unions were being busted up all over the country, doctors successfully bought legislation to make it much harder for foreigners to come practice medicine in the US - legislation that to this day keeps your medical bills artificially high.

And income inequality, when it goes past a certain point - far from being merely a social problem - can be quantified as massive, long-term economic damage.

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 1) 233

by PJ6 (#47725393) Attached to: Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

My point there is that democracy, while important, isn't a cure-all. It's inherently adversarial, a conflict which has notably ground today's national legislature to a standstill.

I'm going to disagree with your point. The founders of the USA designed gridlock into the system, so that if there isn't agreement on what to do, nothing will get done.

Are you worried about theocrat conservatives? Don't worry; they will never get any of their goals accomplished.

Are you worried about liberals completely turning the country into a socialist country? Don't worry; there is a point past which they will never be able to go.

There's only gridlock for the issues that the powerful don't care about. For the other stuff, there is no meaningful public input or interference.

Comment: Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (Score 1) 304

by PJ6 (#47688975) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

We've already tried that. Hoover after the 1929 crash let the free market work on its own. After 3 years of worsening depression, the people wanted a New Deal.

But it wasn't a free market. The FED - the very concept of which is antithetical to a free market - deliberately crashed it.

Comment: Re:Getting it very wrong (Score 1) 81

by PJ6 (#47688953) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Getting education is not about mastering subjects, they are frequently irrelevant to what you end up doing. It is about developing ability to independently study abstract problem outside your knowledge domain and providing you with just enough bare-minimum knowledge that it is possible to self-educate yourself.

I'm going to have to disagree with you there. Maybe other colleges are different, but I learned nothing of the sort at MIT - I didn't learn how to learn, I didn't learn how to work hard. I got in (and graduated) because I already had these traits. And when I successfully went on to very technical work, it became clear almost immediately that I could have gone there strait from of high school, save for the fact that most employers expect you to first trade a large amount of money, and years of your life, for a small piece of paper.

I think the idea of college being able to add anything beyond practical skill (if you're lucky enough to get it) is a myth.

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