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Comment Re:No union needed (Score 1) 253

That is akin to "the law already protects the innocent citizen, no need for a lawyer to dip his beak into the citizen's money bag."

A law is just some sheet of paper, you need people to actually enforce it.

The difference being that aside from a small retainer fee, a lawyer doesn't charge you unless he actually does something. A Union, meanwhile, is more than happy to siphon your paycheck for decades without doing a damn thing.

Also, if there's a law protecting your job, you don't need a Union to enforce it, just a lawyer. If you have a Union, plus a law protecting your job, now you pay the Union, then they go hire the lawyers on top of that. Unions are primarily useful in situations where there is NOT a law protecting the workers.

Actually most if not all of the laws protecting workers came as a DIRECT RESULT of unions.

Comment Re:Really Has Nothing to Do with Development (Score 1) 614

"The more open platform won?" Really?! Certainly not for all values of "winning." Not even for the most obvious ones.

Since your analysis seems to be lacking an actual connection with the facts, I'm guessing you would be surprised to learn that, using Reported Income as the most telling metric of success, Apple is blowing MS away.

For example, provides the following tidbits:

-- The Mac business generates more Revenue than Windows

-- iOS powered devices generate more revenue than all of Microsoft’s products put together

-- Apple’s revenues grew 413% since Q2 2007 while Microsoft’s grew 26%

So it seems if Apple is to be, as you claim, "a fading memory," it may be due to some diminishing capacity on your part, and not a true measure of Apple's continued success.

Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 961

Really?!? And just how do you recommend each individual go about this "digging"?

Are we supposed to hop on a plane ourselves and head for Iraq to find (or not find) WMDs? (Imagine the flight delays, TSA questions, etc.)

Are we supposed to go to Hawaii and hold the President's birth certificate in our own two hands before we believe he was born there? (Hmm, Hawaii.)

And what about Bush continuing to read "My Pet Goat" instead of excusing himself to deal with a national emergency? (I am pretty sure he wanted to know how the story ended.)

Sorry what you're describing is so impractical as to be utter nonsense.

Comment Re:That doesn't make hardware unpatentable (Score 1) 263

I have to agree that the genius was never in. Evaluating Out's SIG reveals a tragically flawed syllogism.

The opposite of "ignorance" is "knowledge" (or its equivalent). After all, a genius can be ignorant of many things and still be counted a genius in his or her fields of expertise. Similarly, "madness" and "bliss" are much closer to synonyms than antonyms.

Comment Re:Checks (Score 1) 494

Actually, I've been depositing checks this way to my bank, USAA, for years.

Though I'm not sure other institutions have been following what used to be the PRIMARY rule in banking: "Know Your Customer," USAA requires an existing trust relationship with the customer. Otherwise, the potential for fraud becomes too great to support the method.

Comment Re:Hey Dumbass... (Score 1) 999

Actually, x, you're the dumb ass. Yes, the Republican party of the mid-1800s worked to end slavery. But the political philosophy espoused by those enlightened souls morphed into the Democratic party of TODAY. If you want proof, consider that Strom Thurmond, Jessi Helms and the other 'Dixiecrats' switched parties in their fight against integration in the 1960s and 70s. Their bigotry still informs the Repugs. Dumb ass.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.