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Comment Re:Again: Big Dumb Co (Score 1) 150

It might surprise you to know I've wanted to do the EXACT SAME THING -- start a company to make dead-simple appliances. I can't tell you how many 20-30 year old appliances from the 80s I've replaced in the last 2 decades, and the replacements are good for 5-10 years. I'd pay $1,000 for a washing machine TOMORROW if it had quality components (switches, motors, hinges, etc.), user-serviceable parts, and if it would last 50-100 years. No reason it couldn't. I don't care if it's a bit heavier and has thicker parts and is a bit less efficient, as long as it lasts. You know what's inefficient? BUYING NEW DAMN APPLIANCES EVERY 8 YEARS.

Comment Easy answer (Score 2) 471

"What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"

What am I doing? That's easy: I'm NOT GIVING A SHIT HOW THEY FEEL. If I want to buy one, I'll walk into a dealer, and they can take my money, or not. Salesman's not making enough money? Wah wah wah, go get a real fucking job and do something USEFUL for a living.

Comment Re:aren't these aimed to prevent not detect? (Score 1) 151

"Finds its way in"? You may have noticed that the folks behind the French attack were born there.

As a society, France isn't doing a very good job of helping immigrants feel like Frenchman -- even two or three generations out. Meaning you get folks who feel like second-class citizens, easy to radicalize and recruit.

And, for that matter, the US has no small problem with homegrown terrorism either. Hello, Oklahoma City bombing. Hello, burning churches. Looking at terrorism as a problem that comes from outside is understating the issue.

Comment Is Slashdot a tech product? (Score 3, Insightful) 506

If so, revert it to how it was about 8 years ago.

Also, make Apple not do about half of what they've done, design-wise, in the last 5 years, to both hardware and software. Thin gray letters on white? Buttons that look like text? Colors from the background creeping into every UI surface? A phone that's so thin, there's a bump for the camera lens to fit, and so thin that its battery doesn't survive one day of moderate use? Fuck all that.

Comment Re:Go Work for the Competition (Score 1) 192

You don't have to go work for the competition, but they can be used as a good reason to make the change. Remember in 2007, when Microsoft was making smartphones, and Apple wasn't? Then Apple came out with the iPhone and stole the market from MS, despite MS having a multi-year headstart. 5 years later, MS's share of mobile devices is literally a rounding error compared to the iPhone, and Apple's iPhone business is bigger than the entirety of Microsoft. Three years later, things aren't looking any better for MS.

No matter how niche your area is, there is money to be made there, right? Therefore, you're not invulnerable. All it'll take is a couple ex-Tumblr or ex-Square or ex-Stripe or ex-Uber people to see the market and decide they want it, and they'll release a sexy product and take it overnight.

Alternately: quit, and start your own company with some ex-Tumblr or ex-Square or ex-Stripe or ex-Uber people. :-)

Comment A good idea (Score 5, Interesting) 674

I totally support something like this, and believe in the future, a basic income system will be inevitable in most modern societies. The current welfare systems are too complex, shaped by special interests, people exploiting loopholes, or gaming the system for benefit. There is too much abuse, wastage and a large chunk of the population feels a sense of resentment.

Shift to a basic income for all, and you now have a level playing field. It is more efficient, it is harder (or impossible?) to abuse, and no one can argue that laziness or poor health decisions or poor financial decisions are being rewarded. All, from CEOs to Rockstars to unemployed alcoholics are being given a basic income.

The two downsides to something like this :

1) It will be much harder to find individuals willing to do certain categories of high risk or menial labor. You would end up having to pay a LOT more.
2) Inflation for certain goods and services could eat away any gains that a system like this could bring. It is similar to how lowering interest rates does not increase house affordability or put more people in homes, instead it just causes house prices to go up and affordability to remain the same.

Comment Re:Amazing news! (Score 1) 171

> the Surface is quickly eating its marketshare

Citation needed.

> Windows on every platform is poised to reclaim
> what little ground it has lost and do in both Apple
> and Linux/Android once and for all.

There are about 1B Windows computers in the world vs. about 2B smartphones and tablets. How exactly is losing two-thirds of computing devices "a little ground"? We are a long, long way from the old "95% Windows, 5% Mac" days.

Thanks for the funniest post I've read all week.

Comment Re:The web has outgrown HTML 15 years ago (Score 3, Insightful) 95

> The problem is HTML. HTML is for documents, not the living
> application-like multimedia canvases we've all been using since 2000.

That's half the problem. The other half is people wrapping damn articles in "application-like multimedia canvases".

Why is 75 kB of HTML wrapped up in a 9.5 MB page? That's literally over 100x larger than it needs to be. Hey Google, I think I just discovered a way to speed up mobile browsing 100x. Will AMP do that? If not, call me.

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold. -- D.W. Robertson.