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Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 2) 225 225

As I understand it, he was technically within the law to do it because he simply swapped out vehicles so regularly, none of them were owned long enough to require a plate? And parking in a handicapped space? I *think* he was only caught doing that on Apple's own campus --- not out in grocery store lots or anyplace else?

And Pixar. Basically, any place that wouldn't have got him towed. Both of those things (required to have license plates, parking in the handicapped spots) were expressions of the same attitude: "Those people can't tell me what to do." If there was a requirement, he would find a way around it because he knew better and the rules didn't apply to him.

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 1) 225 225

So not only is he a dick to people around him, he's also a skilled and habitual bullshitter.

Indeed, those are two of the most required and valuable CEO skills. The ability to take bold action rather than dither with mediocrity, and the ability to convince others that your products are great. Being a dick is a good executive skill. Lying---I'm sorry, I meant "marketing" is another.

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 225 225

Gary Johnson: "We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!"

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 225 225

Just like Americans voted for the bad policies that resulting in having to take out loans. If WE were part of the EU, how much would we be requesting?

Probably not much because so far, the US is fairly sufficient and is not defaulting on loans. You may recall a year ago certain political careers got deep-sixed over the suggestion of a situation that could let the US default.

Comment: Re: Name one original thing that Elon Musk has don (Score 1) 225 225

The iMac - a minimalist, low-cost, laptop-derived machine with a CRT that was extremely easy to set up and which was design-forward - good-looking enough to put it in the center of your living area and not hide under a desk. Yeah, that was totally already done.

Are we talking about these things? The only time something like that was good enough looking to put in the living room was a short period in the 60s (if they came out in the 70s, they would have been uglier shades of orange and earthen brown). I'd rather have a beige mini-tower in comparison.

It was not exactly a stunning debut for Ive's design; he got a lot better when he discovered the joys of barely-translucent white. Most of the rest of his designs have been home runs.

Comment: Re: Build colonies on Earth (Score 1) 237 237

There were plenty of people with the same attitude in the early 20th century who said that we'd never visit the moon another planet. Or that the rockets would pierce the dome of the heavens and the stars would fall to earth (this was not an unpopular theory). I'd rather side with the unrealistic dreamers rather than the apocryphal patent commissioner who stated everything was already invented.

Humanity should always strive for what we do not have, it would still be stuck griming about in the mud if it did not. It's the old conflict between pure/theoretical science and applied science. Sometimes, when researching the 'impossible', you get it. And sometimes you find something entirely unexpected which might be far more practical.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

I'm sorry if you find it so hard to start a business that you don't find it to be worth it, but fortunately not everyone thinks that way.

I look forward to your entry into the state of the art chip fab sector and your rapid overthrow of Intel.

I was unaware that my corner bakery required a state of the art chip fab sector, or that the local chain of shoe stores had to overthrow Intel to be considered successful. Running a successful business doesn't mean you have to compete with the biggest, nor is tech the be-all, end-all. But if we're talking about tech, althought it doesn't apply to Intel specifically, plenty of tech companies were started in garages or as a project between like-minded people on the Internet. We hear over and over that small companies are the true drivers of the economy. If no one started them, thinking they couldn't possibly compete against the likes of Intel, we'd be truly screwed.

Comment: Re: Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

A law needs not to be respected to be obeyed. It only needs to be enforced by those who have the authority and power to do so. Or are you suggesting that a person may choose to obey no law they don't respect?

I'm saying we have a rich tradition in the US of civil disobedience over bad laws.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

Pecos's comments make sense when you realize he doesn't live here on Earth with the rest of us. Pecos apparently lives in near a Jr. High physics class, where ropes and pulleys are massless and frictionless, so for him the entry and exit to capital and labor markets is costless.

I'm sorry if you find it so hard to start a business that you don't find it to be worth it, but fortunately not everyone thinks that way.

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 325 325

If you think that's the reason you really need to do some research. Until then it's pretty safe to assume you don't understand this topic in any great depth.

So having way fewer cabs on the street than needed, and never being able to hail an empty cab are just pleasant side benefits?

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