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Comment: Like a Public Library (Score 1) 192

by sir-gold (#47494499) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

How is renting a book for a month any different than borrowing that same book from the library for a month (as far as the publisher is concerned)?

As long as Amazon has bought enough "copies" of the book to cover everyone who is reading that book at any given time, then the publisher has already made their money.

It's possible that amazon IS screwing over the publishers, by either paying too low of a price per copy or by not paying for all the copies in circulation, but that has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the rental service itself.

Comment: Re:Remote areas? (Score 1) 89

by sir-gold (#47472653) Attached to: Harvesting Energy From Humidity

It's easier to fix alien tech if you are living in an alien junkyard.

I don't know about those areas specifically, but there are many extremely poor areas of the world that are drowning in 1st world waste like plastic bottles and broken electronics.
Maybe the solution could use those "resources"

Some of this already exists, like the 20oz-bottle skylight (fill bottle with water and 2 cap fulls of bleach, drill hole in tin roof, stick bottle half-way through, and seal it somehow) The end result is a bright light that fills the area like a light bulb, and lasts pretty much forever.

If this new hydrophobic layer could be cheaply painted onto bottle plastic, it would take care of a large part of the raw material cost, especially if the hydrophobic layer could somehow also be made from whatever chemicals are in those old electronics.

It's cheaper to make lemonade if life hands you free lemons.

Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 1) 530

by sir-gold (#47413449) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

I went college for a technical degree, not a liberal arts degree, so I haven't had any courses on the subject at all.

I wasn't sure exactly which "94 million" you were referring to, and assumed you just meant all the people killed by the USSR in general.

Stalin might have have killed more people, but it was Lenin that started it all. That's why I called it Leninism.

Comment: Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (Score 4, Insightful) 530

by sir-gold (#47405511) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

There is no real communism...

True, there is no such thing as real communism yet.

and there never will be.

That's a pretty bold statement, especially considering that the industrial revolution (the thing that originally inspired the invention of communism) hasn't actually ended yet.

It's impossible to increase efficiency indefinitely without causing rampant unemployment at some point. Communism is a solution for a problem that hasn't quite happened yet (but it's silly to think it won't happen eventually).

Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 2) 530

by sir-gold (#47405473) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Basic income means that everyone lives at the same economic level, retirement accounts allow you to live at a higher economic level than everyone else, depending on how much you save.

Some people just aren't happy unless they are better-off than everyone else, no matter how comfortable the "average" might be.

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes. -- Mickey Mouse