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Comment: Re:Amazon as infrastructure (Score 1) 166

by datavirtue (#47532199) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Even though Amazon has very good prices I find the most value in being a Prime member spending less time tracking down what I need. I don't have to drive...I don't have to find...I don't have to guess. The reviews are right there and the customer service is great. Click, shows up in 1.5 days...and I live in the deep countryside. Anything that removes my dependence on Wal-Mart's shitty retail and grocery management is a great thing.

Comment: Re:The Station Wagon Was Killed by CAFE Standards (Score 1) 205

by datavirtue (#47503213) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

I know. I would rather they dump their kids off somewhere, drive two-seaters, and whoop it up at all the latest hot spots. Thing is, when their kids are growning up (teen age...college) they will have a much richer life than you will without those people (kids and all their friends and family) in your life. Being a parent is rather inglorious at first, in fact it is downright humiliating, but coming out of it with your kids in tow is a great life. Careful what you wish for.

Comment: Re:He has no clue. (Score 0) 186

Now they'd just have to check the data mine and see if you bought a pack of smokes, and levy the fee anyway (but this time make it bigger, because, you know, you . I could also see healthcare insurers charging you extra money if you visit a fast-food joint more than x times of month (where x > 1), or bought more than x amounts of soda at the grocery store.

I have been dreaming of this for a while. I want my discount or my insanely cheap health insurance because I make healthy decisions. Right now I'm lumped in with a shit mound of assholes who guzzle soda, live on fast food, smoke cigarettes, and drown themselves in alcohol. I'm not to happy about paying for their unabashed hedonism while they kick back, party, and welcome my contribution to their happiness. Bring on the data mining. Data doesn't lie.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 3, Interesting) 538

by datavirtue (#47291309) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Funny, study history and you will see that declines last painfully long...everything will still be livable when you die, probably much worse, but liveable. Society is like a complex organism...it can weather a lot of bad health an continue living through tons of adversity. Many of us would like to see then end of a rotting society but the truth is that it will flounder on for many more generations. Maybe the spread of information will harry in a quick death or transformation...who knows. Get some popcorn, and change yourself.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 1) 538

by datavirtue (#47291157) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

I can vouch for this from my recent three year stint in education--working intimately with faculty, staff, and students, and being a student myself. This story summary is VERY accurate....well, accurate, I guess you are either accurate or inaccurate. Anyway, the real issue is that the administration of each college knows who butters their bread...state government. There is a chancellor and vice chancellor who both report to the governor. This is the real leadership. True, college administration is a pile of sniveling incompetents, but it isn't really their fault. Great systems make average people great, bad systems make average people suck. We are witnessing a bad system, don't blame the people. We all work together to fashion the system...and we have to be willing to admit when it doesn't work properly and kill/replace the damn thing...NOW. The trouble is, the system has been following our typical politically based timeline...creeping, slovenly decline to death--thousands, millions of people watching "helplessly" as the system (government) sucks the life, will, and ambition until all that is left is a dry, decayed husk. Hyperbole? Yes, and NO!

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux

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