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Comment: Outsourcing (Score 3, Insightful) 598

by homer_s (#37166548) Attached to: Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US
Much more destructive than the recent outsourcing to China and India has been the much bigger outsourcing to a place called Technologyville.

Outsourcing to Technologoville has been going on for close to 300 years now and has destroyed countless jobs, not to other poor people, but to machines. Clearly, CEOs, accountants and other must see the job-destroying evilness that is technology and stop all "outsourcing" to Technologyville immediately.

Value addition, cheaper goods accessible to more people and an increase in living standards are no reasons to continue this brain dead policy.

Comment: Re:This is what we value in this country (Score 1) 245

by homer_s (#35535776) Attached to: Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO
From an article at the BBC:

“The value of a dollar’s worth of cloth is exactly the same as a dollar’s worth of web design. One dollar.”

Or in this case: “The value of a dollar’s worth of coupon marketing is exactly the same as a dollar’s worth of widget manufacturing. One dollar.”

Comment: Re:If you "own" intellectual property (Score 2, Interesting) 214

by homer_s (#34318440) Attached to: China Defends Its IP Practices, Says 'We Paid Up'
"joe six pack wants more cheap plastic crap at walmart"

We all want cheap things (or rather, things made more affordable) - that is how wealth is created.
Insisting that all things be produced by 'ourselves' (whether as a family, city, county, state or nation) make us poorer - think of all the things you are using now and think about how hard it would be for all of it to be made by yourself. Or your family. Or with just people in your town. Or with just people in your state.

Division of labour is what creates wealth.The borders of a city or state or country do not change this fundamental fact.

Comment: Re:Some businesses will buck any change... (Score 2, Insightful) 420

by homer_s (#34237828) Attached to: Proposed ADA Requirements May Affect Public Internet Use
"What's likely to make people anxious about changes to the ADA is uncertainty over what those changes will involve."

Not to mention the possibility of large fines when my (commercial) websites aren't compliant with some obscure requirement in the new guidelines. And the cost involved in me dropping the 10 other things I'm doing to read the guidelines, check all my websites, make sure they're compliant or if they're not, spend time and money to fix them.

So, no, my anxiety is not just about "uncertainty over what those changes will involve".
(And people wonder why small businesses are not hiring!!)

Comment: Re:This is America (Score 1) 2058

by homer_s (#33809202) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee
Randian utopia of rugged individualists who have given up on treating each other as human beings.

First of all, this was a local government agency, not a private company.
Secondly, have you seen the size of the Federal Register? To claim that this country is a "Randian utopia", when the size of government has grown so much is ridiculous.
Thirdly, are you so naive as to think that one individual can change the culture of 300 million people? In 2 years?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

by homer_s (#33723270) Attached to: ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America
Seriously, why? If people want to invest in gold, they're generally going to buy it in larger lots than this.

They could. Most people would. But, the companies rolling out these ATMs are betting that *some* people will use these. They've been around for a couple of years now. And, since they're investing millions in this venture, I'm assuming they would have done some market research.
I doubt the people commentating about the wisdom of this venture on slashdot would have done any market research.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

by homer_s (#33723230) Attached to: ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America
to a fear based environment.

I've been buying gold since it was at $600/ounce. You could be correct that the rise in prices is due to fear.
My theory has always been that the debt levels of nations are unsustainable and will lead to default and later, inflation. So far, I've been proved right. That does not mean I will be correct in the future.

But, the difference between people who buy gold and the people who ridicule them is that the people buying gold are putting their money where their mouth is. The people ridiculing them could do the same by shorting the gold market. The ones I've met in person seem reluctant to do this.

Comment: Re:Next year you would not know. (Score 1) 866

by homer_s (#33651646) Attached to: Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates
Thus you will never know who is funding what campaign,

And what's the problem? Shouldn't you vote based on the facts and the arguments?

if corporations are people too, then isn't stock market really buying and selling people? So owning stock of a corporation makes you a slave owner?

Oh boy!

Comment: Re:brilliant (Score 1, Insightful) 696

by homer_s (#33637154) Attached to: Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies
Uh, it was. Frightened, angry people. Were they polite about it? Yes, and good for them. But their politics is a politics of fear, whether it be fear of the Big Bad Government, fear of muslims, fear of gays, fear of latinos...

Can't you say the same thing about the left? Angry, frightened people - angry and frightened about corporations and rich people?

Whether left or right, the question is, is their anger and fear justified? I think the anger and fear that govt. has grown is correct. The anger and fear of gays and immigrants is baseless. The anger and fear that corporations will take over is silly.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928