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Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 1) 130

Anybody capable of $6K down and $3K/year, I guess. At $250/month, it's less than paying off a new car. Lots of middle-class people spend more than this on hobbies. If this was attractive to me, I'd have no problem scraping the money up.

Of course, what this would buy me is access to a social network populated by people dumb enough to pay $9K plus further annual fees to join a social network whose only attraction is being populated by such people, so no thanks.

Comment: Which Orchestra? (Score 2) 130

There's a prominent and well-known orchestra in Minnesota: the Minnesota Orchestra, renamed quite a few years back from the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, which the Netropolitan founder was affiliated with, is something entirely different, being founded recently as a specifically GLBT-friendly orchestra. Just trying to avoid confusion.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 182

by david_thornley (#47940789) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Depends on the economy, really. When it's bad, there's plenty of competent people who will accept pretty much any job they can get. When it picks up, they all get better jobs and the only people who'll work at minimum wage are those who can't function in a responsible job. There are places and time where you could get quite competent people for minimum wage, which is positively frightening.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 182

by david_thornley (#47940735) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

The Union wound up with some quite competent generals, such as Grant and Sherman, but it took some time to get the incompetents out. (McClellan was actually very good at many things, just not at winning battles.)

Also, while the early battles in the East were capturing a lot of attention, the Union was dismantling the western part of the Confederacy. The "high water mark of the Confederacy" at Gettysburg was roughly contemporaneous with the Union taking complete control of the Mississippi.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 383

by david_thornley (#47940467) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

In my recent experience, it takes maybe eight years to lose that newish feel to a car. Sometime after that, they tend to go downhill. I'd be surprised to find that a nine-year-old car that hadn't been through something bad (a bad accident or a fire or something) was going to be scrapped.

Comment: Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (Score 1) 383

by david_thornley (#47940427) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Change since '99? Who was driving that change? Student loan? It's becoming increasingly necessary to have a college degree for a shot at a good job, and the expenses go up considerably faster than inflation. Housing crisis? I really don't think millennials were old enough to have that much effect.

My son is growing up in what is, in many ways, a worse situation than I grew up in. That's not the American Dream.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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