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Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 400

by aaron4801 (#49540857) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says
The core functionality of a tablet is currently only held back by its physical size. I expect that as components continue to get smaller, lighter, and battery tech gets better, the days of an iPad putting out 5K-8K will be sooner than you think.
Already, tablets and 2-in-1s are progressing much faster than the desktop, which hasn't seen any truly revolutionary leaps in ages (tech-wise, anyway).
I was always a big nay-sayer on tablets taking off, and I still think the classic version of the iPad-style tablet has limited long-term appeal. But as a core device that can be docked and used like a traditional desktop or removed and used like a tablet, there's really no downside. It's all about the battery life and processing power, and those only get better.

Comment: Re:Not just about terrorism (Score 1) 201

by aaron4801 (#49532431) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
"Parallel Construction." The accused don't even know questionable surveillance techniques are being used against them to challenge it, and even if the they throw an accusation back at the prosecution, judges also have a habit of throwing that out due to lack of standing, for being unable to prove it was used! Besides, this solution depends on the idea that a trial takes place.

Comment: Re:Not just about terrorism (Score 2) 201

by aaron4801 (#49530513) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
The bigger issue isn't just that it's (supposedly) legal, but that it's even POSSIBLE. You could outlaw all this surveillance, but given how deeply it's entrenched now, does anybody honestly think it would just stop? Secret laws with secret interpretations don't even have to be on the books to be used to threaten already-willing communications companies. The technology is available, and even if illegal, who would prosecute the government?
Take away the authorization, pass a strict ban on the practice...doesn't matter. You can't unbreak the egg.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 605

by aaron4801 (#49528999) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
"Eliminate the SUV loophole and the big bloated turds would be gone quickly. Soccer moms ignoring the road because they're texting need to drive minivans with little engines, not pigiron."
Just bought a 4-cyl mid-size SUV that gets twice the mileage as the 6-cyl minivan it replaces. That may be the exception rather than the rule, but I live in Utah, and there are a lot of fucking minivans here, and they all have big engines. Not every SUV is an Escalade or an H3.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 2) 355

Mobile sites too often disallow zooming, fill half the small screen with oversized nav buttons, and just generally suck. What this is probably really about, given the example in TFS, is sites that discourage mobile browser access in favor of offering their own app that has a better experience. Can't get to google using the Wikipedia or BBC apps!

Comment: Re:Keeping score (Score 4, Interesting) 294

Comment: Re:These days... (Score 1) 892

"Yet we don't negotiate for toothpaste, gas, etc."
You can buy different brands at different prices based on the qualities you prefer. If all employees were interchangeable, there wouldn't be any negotiations, either.
A personal anecdote: I did negotiate my salary when I started my current job. It was basically an entry-level position, but I got a little more. This after a relevant degree and some previous experience. A few months later, some salary data leaked and some people on my team found out I was making more than they did. So they made a stink and got a raise. No prior experience and no relevant education. That devalues ME and my unique contributions.

Comment: Re:Over exaggeration = fodder to the climate denie (Score 2) 304

by aaron4801 (#49430393) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health
But Obama only has another 20 months as President. Nothing is going to prove him wrong in that time, so he can say just about anything he wants, true or not. We live in a world of short news cycles, and even if he says this every day for the next year: as soon as it's out of the news, it's forgotten. There's simply no incentive for a politician to take any long-term stance that s/he has to stand behind.

Comment: Re:Objectivist utopia (Score 1) 215

by aaron4801 (#49412675) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge
Aside from some slight hyperbole, there is no true monopoly (at least on a national level) in any capitalist country. There are cases of market domination, of course; duopolies, oligopolies. But in the end, consumers (both personal and corporate) almost always have a choice of products or services**. Sometimes it takes a few years for a new player to enter the market (Google replacing Yahoo, Apple replacing Blackberry, etc.) but when people have choices, people win.
When the state owns everything, and can make it not just hard, but illegal, to compete, there is no incentive to improve their products or services, or in this case, respond to environmental concerns. This happens even in capitalist countries, when certain companies are given **special privileges through the legislative process.
So, to answer the question, under any monopoly, there is no difference in who the owner is. But importantly, the capitalist system makes a true monopoly harder to come by in the first place, and even when it does happen (only a handful of times in history, far fewer than state owned/sanctioned monopolies), there are no legal obstacles for a new player who wants to enter the market.
And for the record, since a few people have called out what they perceived as my defense of unfettered Laissez-faire anarchy: No. I believe in a lightly regulated market, with safeguards in place for transparency (so consumers can truly make informed choices), and to help capture externalities (primarily funding education and protecting the environment). I was merely pointing out the false equivalency by the OP.

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