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Comment Re:Fun uber fact (Score 1) 94

Say goodbye to Uber in Seattle.

I just don't get all the HATE that Uber and the like are getting...?

It allows folks to easily pick up a few bucks when they want to, and from my experience and other folks I know that use is...we LOVE the experience, nice drivers, very economical, etc.

That last part speaks loads with price low and convenience. I know if I'm gonna be out drinking, these days, I just do Uber all over town rather than driving around like you normally would have to do.

But geez....again, NO ONE is holding a gun to someone's head to drive for Uber and do the contracting thing. If you don't like it, don't do it..but don't ruin it for those that DO like the work model.

Good Lord, if we had all the fscking regulations and all in the early days of the US, we'd never have the nice things we do today...as that no new ideas, company's, products or work models would have ever made it.

I'd venture to guess Buggy Whips would still be in fashion today, if we had todays' government and mindset back in the older days....

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 1) 82

Actually, this points out another possible explanation -- that distance is the effect of ethical behavior rather than the cause. This is not necessarily because the boss explicitly or intentionally demands unethical behavior from his subordinates. Often it's because bad bosses like to surround themselves with yes-men and toadies.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 191

200 parts per million might be insanely rich, but it also means you have to process over 300 pounds of ore to extract 1 oz of platinum. That's nothing to a terrestrial mining operation which might crush several tons of rock to recover a single ounce of gold, but remember they do that with mass-is-no-object machinery and consuming, from a spacecraft point of view, unthinkable amounts of power. In space operations mass and power matters a great deal.

I'm not saying it won't happen eventually, but it won't be profitable until we're measuring cost per pound to orbit in pennies rather than thousands of dollars.

Comment Re:mind boggling... (Score 1) 186

Less than that since the money you have to start paying a percent back on is 2-3 time the poverty level. So in your example the person would have 15% on $36,000 or $157,500 after 30 years. At $5,250 a year that is not that much to fork over for the far higher salary that you would otherwise never earned.
With a four year degree costing around $96,000 that is not that high of a return for investors. So in the case of this person that one of the better investments.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 2) 191

I considered the near Earth object case. Clearly that's the easiest place to return material from; the problem is that it's coals-to-Newcastle. So far as we know the bulk of that material is stuff that's easy to get here on Earth: silicates, sulfides, iron, nickel etc. Judging from meteors found here on Earth there are exotic materials like iridium, but in trace quantities.

While there's no doubt lots of valuable stuff like platinum up there, I think people are picturing it as floating around as nuggets of largely native metal. The platinum deposits in Canada's Sudbury Basin were delivered by a meteor, but that meteor was fifteen km across. It contained a lot of Pt in absolute terms, but in relative terms the Pt was rare compared to silicates or nickel. The liquefaction of the meteor in impact separated the heavy metals into convenient deposits. If we tried to mine that object while it was in space we'd have had to crush and melt a lot of ore to get much Pt.

Comment Re:University Fees (Score 2, Informative) 186

Those schools would be equivalent to community colleges in the USA, and in most of those countries you still have to pay a fee for each semester.
If you check the prices of your local community college you will find that price wise they are about equivalent to what is being offered in other countries. The extra amount could easily be paid off by working a job or do as I did and work a full time job which allowed me time for taking classes.

Comment Re:Latest version of Indentured servants (Score 2) 186

You need to read up on this. There is no requirement that you have to work.
If you don't work then the investor loose on you. You have no requirement that you have to work or what you have to earn. If you want to get your degree and then go flip burgers for your entire career you will end up paying the investors nothing.

Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 2) 191

It takes more than just flag-planting to make a territorial claim. A nation has to be able to demonstrate some sort of permanent control of the territory, usually in the form of colonization or economic exploitation. That's like trying to say that we need to ask the Danish, Norwegians and Swedes if Canadians can live in Newfoundland.

Before any nation can make claim to any extraterrestrial territory, it's going to have to be able to actually hold that territory, and we're still decades away from that.

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