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Comment Re:It's unfortunate they have to shut down (Score 1) 125

So, "its work to continue," is a misnomer then. It's more accurate to state that other organizations with similar objectives will continue to pursue them even though this organization has bowed-out. It's not like the closing of this organization is directly causing its resources and specific pursuits to be applied post-mortem.

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 359

I suppose I should add, even in those circumstances it would be demoralizing to rely entirely on this drink for complete nutritional sustenance, and at least one real, substantial, solid meal per day would be needed. Soldiers on-patrol or on-alert that simply can't stop to have a meal would probably be the only ones that would 'benefit' from this.

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 359

I can only think of specific applications when this might be worthwhile, like where one has to remain mobile for some time and carry one's supplies in an area with very little water available, but that's a pretty unusual set of circumstances. You almost have to be a refugee or a forward-deployed soldier to involuntarily enter those conditions, and only militaries would have the supply capability to afford to intermittently replenish stock at that price.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 4, Insightful) 261

One also doesn't have to use facebook. I don't even have a facebook account, nor do I plan to ever have a facebook account.

On the other hand, for Google's integrated stuff for Android to work properly, ie, contacts list, mail, documents/drive, calendar, etc, one has to have a Google account. Before Plus, that Google account was essentially private. Plus felt like an unwelcome intrusion that was one messed up privacy setting away from publishing stuff that wasn't meant for more than my own personal interoperability.

Fact of the matter is, most people that want a social network for personal communication have signed up for one already, and they've probably gone with Facebook because it's the biggest, and being the biggest makes it easiest to justify choosing it. Google's attempts to foist Plus on us felt a lot like how Microsoft forced Internet Explorer on us by bundling it with Windows 95 OSR2 and later versions of Windows.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 563

You think there's only one alternative? I think there are several. First, forget about pensions; 401k plans are much better and have replaced them for most workers.

How are defined-contribution plans better than defined-benefit plans?

If the 401k plan wasn't tied to the specific company I might be able to see your argument, but given that it's tied to the employer and all of the things that employer could do (ie, ride the company off the rails) I don't see how it could be considered better.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 563

I've wanted the country-of-origin to be prominently displayed on the front of the packaging for a long time. Certainly there are some things that I will buy that are imports, but I think that the average consumer doesn't even check country-of-origin, and it's all the more insidious when long-running American brands are offshored while still masquerading as being American.

The most insidious was when we went to an Ethan Allen store several years ago to buy some bedroom furniture. We had been looking at a particular set for a few months and finally decided to spend the many thousands of dollars to get everything. We were literally filling-out the triplicate form when I asked the saleslady, on a lark, about country-of-origin. They were imported. She backpedalled about how they'd trained the production staff (Vietnam if I remember right) and how the quality was just as good as the furniture coming out of their American plants. Tore the form in half and walked out. Part of what pissed me off so much was that they were charging the same as they charge for furniture made in the USA, so they were simply doing it for profit. No benefit to the consumer even in the form of lower prices, just profit.

Sears has stopped buying Craftsman-branded tools from American tool forges and is now making them in China and Taiwan. I'm wondering if the introduction of the "Evolv" line a few years ago was to test the waters with the manufacturer that they went with before migrating the bulk of the tool line to them. Either way, if I want a lifetime warranty hand tool made overseas I can get one a lot cheaper at Harbor Freight than at Sears, and with identical warranties, why would I continue to buy from Sears?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 440

The whole point of the intermodal shipping container is that it drops into multiple forms of transport with ease. Specific shippers will put van-trailers on freight trains, but that's for speed for final delivery. Freight coming across this route, if by rail, would probably be packed into double-stacked intermodal shipping containers to maximize the volume for bulk delivery. Some final-delivery happens from China, but not most.

Comment Re:Why build one (Score 3, Insightful) 440

I find reviews for most durable goods that include the suggestion of purchasing more to be suspect unless the reviewer illustrates why they would need more than one. Makes me wonder if the seller has signed up with a fake reviewer service to try to bump up the ratings.

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 390

Then how are devs supposed to get sponsored vacations out of their benefactors?

I've noticed a trend- conferences that are paid-for by third-parties that sponsor the attendees, be they employers or charities or governments, are usually held in places where people want to go, while conferences that are paid for by the attendees themselves are usually held in less-desirable places or times (ie, winter in Minneapolis or summer in Phoenix). If the attendees are sponsored they go whole-hog, and if they pay themselves the venue tends to be the cheapest possible.

I wonder which Berlin is in November? I've never been there myself.

Comment Re:Note to self (Score 1) 104

Which is itself something of a straw-man argument, since the Federal Reserve System is something of a hybrid- created by Congress, its direct administrators appointed by the President, and with mandatory participation by the biggest banks, and with a return on profit provided back to the US Government. If anything it's a bit like another branch of government.

It's probably good that the executive and legislative branches do not have direct control of monetary policy as it reduces the chances of fads from disrupting the economy. As for problems with the banks that plug-in to the Federal Reserve System, those have jumped the shark because conventional commercial banks are allowed to commingle too many of their risky business ventures and are allowed to overleverage against their deposits, so of course they end up begging for more money when they inevitably screw up. Laws that have changed over the last 30-40 years have given the banks too much freedom, that's not a function of the Fed but of Congress and of the Presidency. Restrict banks into having be banks first and foremost again and my guess is that a lot of these problems would be reduced.

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