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Comment: Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (Score 1) 554

by sir-gold (#48407697) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

There is a difference between creating a sustainable business based on toll roads, and simply taking advantage of a temporary wrinkle in the supply/demand curve.

  Just because you can take advantage of a temporary situation, and make some quick cash, doesn't mean it's a profitable endeavor under normal circumstances.

Comment: Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (Score 1) 554

by sir-gold (#48407635) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

You don't have to tear down skyscrapers, and build a massive piece of infrastructure costing millions of dollars, in order to open a pizzeria.

It's called "barrier to entry" and the higher the barrier is, the easier it is to establish and maintain a monopoly.

This is why there are millions of independent pizzerias, and only a small handful of cable/cell/broadband/media companies (in the US)

Comment: Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (Score 1) 554

by sir-gold (#48393169) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

OK, so you want to build a competing bridge?
Where do you put it? You are going to have to buy the land, and there is no guarantee that the landowners on both sides will sell. (and you don't have eminent-domain to force them to sell)
Even if you do mange to buy the land, and build the bridge, what is to stop your competitors (assuming all bridges are private) from lowering their toll low enough to drive you bankrupt?
And once you are bankrupt, what stops them from buying your bridge (using asset-based bank loans, not with cash-on-hand) and then raising all the tolls back to the original level?

Ever since it became possible for a company to buy it's competitors using nothing more than a bank loan, there has been no such thing as a "free market"

Comment: Re:Grrr (Score 1) 613

by sir-gold (#48294273) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

At one point in distant history, the US government debated issuing a half-penny, and decided it wasn't worthwhile. That half-cent, accounting for inflation, would be worth a dime today.

This means that we are still dragging around a coin that is worth 1/10th the value of a coin that was considered too worthless to bother minting.

The only reason the penny still exists is because we round things to the nearest 1/100th of a dollar, instead of the nearest 1/10th

Comment: Re:Personal grooming belongs in the bathroom folks (Score 1) 105

by sir-gold (#48294101) Attached to: Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

The rubber dome under the enter key might have been sitting just a hair away from making electrical contact, and only made contact when the keyboard deformed slightly by being touched. This would explain the psuedo-random nature of it, and the fact that it didn't happen during post.

Comment: Re:Definitely a misunderstanding (Score 2) 105

by sir-gold (#48293959) Attached to: Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

Did you actually watch the video?

If that was really a hacker, and not a stuck backspace key, they he had a serious flare for the over-dramatic.

A real hacker would have simply hacked in, deleted whatever files he wanted, and left without a trace. He wouldn't have sat there playing mind games with the reporter, manually deleting her stuff one letter at a time.

Comment: Re:Truly disgusting pictures (Score 1) 330

by sir-gold (#48293871) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Ok, you posted some really gross pictures with zero context.

Was this even in the US? If so, was this done in an actual public clinic, or someone's basement?

How about some facts, instead of pure emotional outrage.

I tried to find some info on the Sodahead.com site, but it's a complete mess and couldn't find any actual text to go with those pictures.
One thing I did find interesting on the front page was that 69% of the site's viewers voted Republican, while a whopping 57% believe that demonic possession is a real thing.

Comment: Re:Cable Cutting Math (Score 1) 392

by sir-gold (#48274443) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

There must be an easier way to do all this, using a single antenna and a streaming media server, with a roku or chromecast dongle on each TV.

Doing this would also allow you to concentrate your money on a single large antenna (giving you more channels), instead of a bunch of little cheap antennas.

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