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Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 184

by Stuarticus (#47628615) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut
When I was a boy we grew potatoes and I pulled them up for our dinner, no herbicides were required. It was reasonably hard work and like all children I despised it as it was "my job". So there is one part of a possible solution, have families growing their own food in an environmentally friendly way, a much better use of garden space than acres of grass or exotic plant follies. I also listen to a lot of stories of people picking fruit in the old days and they generally say it was a lot of fun and quite a social activity, getting out in the sun and chatting isn't really that hard when you're not being treated like slave labour.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 184

by Stuarticus (#47621159) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

too labor intensive and yields suffer.

I thought we were going to need a lot of new jobs in our post-work society? Farming is more interesting and productive than a lot of work I see people forced to accept these days. Or are you going to tell me that because things will be more expensive we'll all lose out? One of those tides that doesn't lift the big boats so can't lift any small ones, maybe?

Comment: Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (Score 1) 166

by Stuarticus (#47573311) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing
The main point these idiots seem to be ignoring is also the fairly obvious point that there are perverse incentives here for the subjects to take part in multiple trials, they can't be monitored properly as they are hard to find (He's dead in a storm drain as a result if the test drugs but we can't find him so he was never part of the study). Also the big one: "Are you suffering any negative effects from these drugs we have a massive financial stake in, remember we're paying you"

Comment: Re:30% for publisher? Why have a publisher? (Score 1) 306

by Stuarticus (#47573243) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math
The publisher does a lot more work than Amazon in this scenario, they literally just add the information you give them to their database... I completely fail to see how they figure that is worth 30%, I think they have chosen that number as it is the highest possible amount they can add while making themselves look like they get the least.

Comment: Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by Stuarticus (#47572801) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Unfortunately for Microsoft, they likely would have been better off actually breaking the law,

Who says they didn't? Your quote from the chamber of commerce (a business lobbying group, wonder where their interests lie) seems to imply they are using anti-monopoly laws to encourage competition, isn't that kind of the point?

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