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Comment Re:hands in pockets (Score 1) 145

You mean all those bridges and highways that are operated by greedy capitalistic monolithic multinational corporations?

Basically, yes. Except that the corporation is called the US government, and it has changed its business purpose from providing liberty and the basic services necessary for the pursuit of happiness to the people, into being a corporate welfare institution.

Claiming that publicly funded and maintained infrastructure failures are caused by capitalism is a bit of a stretch.

Really? Look beyond the fassade, maybe. You don't see a problem with billions being spent on saving the financial industry, that were better needed to support the infrastructure?

Comment Re:Work-life balance (Score 1) 448

Pretty much. There are a lot of other things that also kind of fall into that category for me—salary, for example. I'm not likely to jump ship for a higher salary (in the absence of other reasons to leave a company), but if you stop paying me a salary, I'm not likely to stick around. :-D

Comment Re:Or for slightly less per month (Score 1) 60

and you'll find the car is now worth about half what you paid for it.

Depends on the car, but for most cars they are worth far more than half, despite the truism. The higher priced the car, the less they lose as a percentage.

But yeah if you pay $30,000 and LITERALLY drive it across the street, there is no way the dealer is going to pay you more than the wholesale cost on the vehicle new.

Think about it... why would he pay you more for your slightly used car than he could pay for a brand new car?

But given the vehicle literally has under 5 miles on it, and you can show a bill of sale proving you've had it for all of 10 minutes, he will easily pay you a few k less than his wholesale cost, then list it for just slightly less than the car would cost new. (which of course is several thousand more than he gave you for it... because that's how business works.)

If you want to get value for your used vehicle, sell it privately. Any dealer who buys your used car needs to buy it from you at a price where he makes decent enough money selling it that its worth showing up in the morning, after his rent, utilities, insurance and other expenses are covered. Not to mention any expenses on the vehicle itself, from detailing it to doing the brakes that you didn't mention were way past overdue... or whatever.

The point is, buy a new car, drive it off the lot, and sell it privately and you'll be asking just slightly under what you paid for it. And you'll get it.

Look at any car lot... are the 1 year old 2015 cars with 7-10k miles on them half the price of a brand new 2016 one? Nope. Not even close. Cars, outside of a few collectors items, are depreciating assets but they're not nearly as bad as you seem to think.

Comment Re:The Power of the State. (Score 1) 182

A right is something each individual has against the mob. Government is classified as a Mob.

This kind of thing is what happens when you don't understand what is, and what isn't a right. Rights exist and require nothing. You don't have a "right" to healthcare, because to give you "healthcare" denies the rights of someone else (Dr, Nurses ....) But hey, I'm a big fat mean libertarian who sees the tyranny as it encroaches.

Comment Re:No Apple (Score 1) 98

The question is why people should care about Apple being in the consortium. The answer is that people want to sell things (e.g. streaming services) to people with mobile devices, and these may depend on vendor support for the codecs that they use (on iOS, you can't easily get hardware acceleration unless you use Apple's AVFoundation framework). Whether this is actually important depends on whether or not that market is one that you care about.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 592

The professor was somewhat alarmed by this, but not totally in disaster mode

I would be. In fact, I am. This is the reason so much of our current software absolutely sucks. Performance is so pathetic that anyone who wrote software back in C64 days cringes just thinking about the wastefulness. Security is becoming worse, not better, even though we have an unbelievable amount of protections built right into the OS, compiler, VM, everything. And on the main task, solving a problem for a user, don't even get me started. Complexity != usefulness.

People should understand that there are different ways to sort and what the advantages and disadvantages are. Not for the sorting, but for understanding that there are many ways to solve the same problem. Some of them work better for small data sets, some of them better for large. Some are very fast but require lots of memory, others are light on memory but slow. And so on and so on.

Only if you understand this, not just by having read it once in a textbook, but by having it seen for yourself, will you be able to pick a proper solution under real-world restrictions.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 592

Just as you don't need Picasso painting your bathroom, you don't need a rocket scientist to code your shitty business app.

Which is largely why so many business apps are shitty. Shoddy coding is very easy to spot, it's the result of people not having enough math education to think in algorithms. Math is not what you can put into your pocket calculator, math is understanding what you put in and why.

C Code. C Code Run. Run, Code, RUN! PLEASE!!!!