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Comment Javon's Paradox (Score 1) 248

I do not have time to fully read the report, but doubt they address Javon's Paradox. From Wikipedia: "In economics, the Jevons paradox (sometimes Jevons effect) occurs when technological progress increases the efficiency with which a resource is used (reducing the amount necessary for any one use), but the rate of consumption of that resource rises because of increasing demand.[1] The Jevons paradox is perhaps the most widely known paradox in ecological economics.[2] However, governments and environmentalists generally assume that efficiency gains will lower resource consumption and are an effective policy for sustainability, ignoring the possibility of the paradox arising.[3]"

Comment Re:1,200 found (Score 1) 62

The documentary tries to show that ET has become known for being a crap game, without many people ever playing it. Many thought the game was too challenging, which does not necessarily equal the game being crap. I have not taken the time to play the game, so I will not call it crap.

Comment Precedent (Score 1) 88

From the article, "Can they be forced to go along with the litigation anyway? Congress tackled this question with lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act a long time ago and in 1947 required plaintiffs to opt in to collective wage-and-hour suits.The idea was to prevent lawyers from pursuing litigation on behalf of employees who didn’t know about or consent to it." So, Uber, lawyers, and/or emplyees wanting a 3rd type of worker, not 1099 nor W2, has precedent of not being accepted by courts before.

Comment Erode profit margins (Score 0) 53

Eroding profit margins is to be expected when competition enters the market place. That claim by itself should not be good enough to file a complaint. If they mean underpricing in order to bankrupt the competition, they should state that, otherwise there is no formal complaint here.

Comment A flat universe is not conclusion of the article (Score 4, Informative) 235

The universe is all of space and time. We have not observed/measured/etc. most of the universe yet to determine its shape. The parts of the universe we have observed are flat. Until we observe more of the universe, we will not know if the universe is flat or not.

Submission A Digital Public Library Without Paper Books->

CowboyRobot writes: "In San Antonio, a judge and a precinct commissioner are proposing a plan to create a library called BiblioTech that offers electronic media exclusively, offering patrons only e-readers and digital materials. "BiblioTech intends to start with 100 e-readers that can be loaned out, 50 pre-loaded e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets, with additional accommodations planned for the visually impaired." But the economics have yet to be ironed out. "A typical library branch might circulate 10,000 titles a month... To do that electronically would be cost-prohibitive — most libraries can't afford to supply that many patrons with e-reading devices at one time. And expecting library visitors to bring their own devices may be expecting too much.""
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