FWIW. Simulacron-3 (1964) (also published as Counterfeit World), by Daniel F. Galouye, is an American science fiction novel featuring an early literary description of virtual reality.
Not that they can actually do anything about it.
Who's still on the board?
My apologies. It needed to be said.
If I had any mod points, you'd get 'em all.
That is a great example of how these huge business entities increase the burden on taxpayers.
Speaking of entitlements... How about including crap like this in the discussion. Corporations/teams/whatever should pay their own way. No more taxing the people so billionaires can become even more wealthy than they already are.
Not in my house.
This sounds like "freezing the market." It's a marketing strategy.
I'm going to "cop out" and suggest (if you're interested) you should search on this: marketing strategy "freeze the market"
There are much better explanations/examples out there than I could ever provide.
I've been accusing MS of using this strategy for years and their name appears in several of the results re releases of Xbox and more.
Now we can include Mercedes in this auspicious group of hucksters.
Where's the outcry from those who claim to be capitalists re the 'free market" and "let the market decide?"
It seems like it's okay to "let the market decide" as long as only their business is allowed to be in the market.
But if there is a possible market failure here then it needs to be addressed.
I've always speculated that when MSFT was nailed for monopoly behavior, the DOJ gave the MSFT BOD a choice; MSFT would be broken up or put Ballmer in charge.
Instead of breaking MSFT up, the DOJ figured having someone like Ballmer in charge would be punishment enough. And ultimately achieve something close to the intended results of a breakup.
By using this strategy, the gov't didn't appear as though it's trying to tell a big business how to operate, but MSFT's growth certainly was stunted thanks to Ballmer's decisions.
Exactly. It strikes me that market share equates to financial leverage. And the more they have, the more they'll want. They'll have a great deal more influence in the marketplace. And we'll still be a third-world country when it comes to internet service.
So that is what the Republicans mean by a "free market."
This proves the people who currently call themselves "Republicans" are anything but. The party has been hijacked by a bunch of self-serving individuals. Clearly these people could not care less about the free market or competition.
Like "frack you," "go frack yourself," "you frackin' idiot" to show your displeasure with someone.
IOW, use "frack" in place of the all-purpose noun, verb and expletive that begins with the letter "f."
It certainly isn't much, but as a form of protest it makes a point.
Example: That frackin' beta sucks frack water.
I have to agree that Audi and Volkswagen had the best commercials so +1.
I already posted so I can't give mod points.
Everything else was... disappointing.