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Comment: Re:Breaking news (Score 1) 448

by swb (#47510349) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

"Ownership of the means of production" is just a high-falutin' Marxist way of saying property rights. If I'm some peasant in a feudal society, the "means of production" boils down to my hoe and the patch of dirt where I grow vegetables.

Property "rights" in feudal societies generally boils down me keeping what little I have mainly because its of so little value nobody has bothered expending any effort to take it from me, not because I manage to maintain physical possession of it. It stays in my possession not because of any rights I have, only because entropy has a tendency to keep objects at rest where they are.

The fact that my liege can take anything away from my anytime he wants to creates an uncertainty of possession and is a major disincentive to productivity -- why work beyond a subsistence level if you have no idea (or every idea) when it will be taken away from me.

Comment: Re:Better safe than sorry (Score 1) 49

If it emerges again t won't be exactly the same. Best to be prepared ahead of time instead of spending months, or years after it emerges trying to figure it out.
. Meaning we will \have learned more techniques to help us respond to different vectors, not that it will reemerge exactly like something we have in a lab.
plus, there is still a lot to learn fro it that applies to may viruses.

Comment: Re:I doubt most people care (Score 1) 229

by praxis (#47509909) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Of course everyone should evaluate their value, but not long ago $8 for two movies a month was a very good deal where people were willing to pay that and pay for gas and drive and stand in line and browse a cacophonous store. Today $8 for two movies a month is seen as a bad deal.

That's all I was saying. I wouldn't pay $8 for two movies a month because their selection is limited, but I would if they had movies I liked.

Comment: Re:Terrible streaming movie list (Score 1) 229

by praxis (#47509695) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I bet 'Troll Hunter' is a better movie then any of those foreign art films.

You can watch a good B movie _and_ read subtitles.

Obviously film enjoyment is a subjective matter. Claiming one film is better than all other films in a very wide net is a pretty tall order though. On the other hand comparing one film against an entire other genre is probably making a bigger claim about your preference of an entire genre than the one film. I'm unsure whether to check out Troll Hunter now.

Comment: Re:Not about leaks (Score 1) 236

The problem is a lot of these contractor don't run their company(themselves) like a company.

They should be tucking money away, knowing there will be slow periods.
When the slow period arrive, take it easy for a couple of months.
IT's contracting, no different the being a general contractor o you own construciton company.

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