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Comment: Re:Competition (Score 2) 903

by WrongMonkey (#47995095) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
Except that it is true, fact as well as theory.

The price of a loan is the interest rate. If you have a halfway decent credit rating, you can drive often off the lot with a new car at less than 1% interest rate. And the fact that people with "sub prime" credit can get a car loan at all is a sign of lower borrowing cost. In the old days, a jobless single mother wouldn't be able to get a car loan at any interest rate.

Comment: Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (Score 1) 383

by WrongMonkey (#47988349) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
That's the dilemma of freedom, isn't it? You either pay for the service to pick up the trash and comply with the related rules or you figure out some other way to deal with your trash that doesn't infringe on your neighbors' right to live in a clean environment.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 236

by WrongMonkey (#47946623) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
The wealthy can sell stuff to each other. Take the wealthy 1% of the world: that's 70 million people right now. That's 210 million meals that need to be produced each day. That's 70 million luxury cars (or more) that can be built, sold and discarded each year. 70 million villas (or more) that need to be maintained. Etc. Etc. That's more than enough consumption to sustain an internal economy.

Comment: It's about time (Score 1) 234

by WrongMonkey (#47938655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
10 hours a week is hobby, period. Hobbies aren't "pointless" and there's a lot of interesting ways for hobbyists to contribute to science. Joining an astronomy club is a great way to get started. But there's grad students and professional researchers who spend 80+ hours a week and if your idea is to keep up with them, then you're probably going to be disappointed.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 976

by WrongMonkey (#47938457) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
But they really did sweep through Iberian with an olive branch. The Visigoths were hated foreign conquerors. Tariq was practically invited to replace Roderic. You characterize the Muslims as being "warring Moors"but the Franks and Visigoths weren't exactly "poor, peaceful victims" either. Charles Martel was just as much of a brutal, warmongering conquer as the Muslims he fought at Tours. Then, for the next four centuries, France suffered under brutal feudalism and a neolithic economy, while Al-Andalus become a rich, prosperous trading empire. If you were a non-noble in 1000 AD Europe, Cordoba was by far the best place you could hope to live.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.