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Comment: Re:Very low trade in values (Score 1) 148

by Citizen of Earth (#49295431) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

Reminds me of the following passage in the Commodore-64 Wikipedia page:

In January 1983, Commodore offered a $100 rebate in the United States on the purchase of a C64 to anyone trading in another video game console or computer.[27] To take advantage of this rebate, some mail-order dealers and retailers offered a Timex Sinclair 1000 for as little as $10 with purchase of a C64, so the consumer could send the TS1000 to Commodore, collect the rebate, and pocket the difference; Timex Corporation departed the computer market within a year.

Comment: Re:Megasolution (Score 1) 264

by Citizen of Earth (#49052629) Attached to: NASA: Increasing Carbon Emissions Risk Megadroughts
You're saying that corporations can't profit from building mega projects, infrastructure, dams, reservoirs, pipelines, desalinization plants, etc. on the pubilc dime? You'd think that the corporations that purportedly control all government decisions would be order them to open the floodgates of public money into these projects.

Comment: Re:Make it mandatory (Score 2) 288

All you need to do is limit the admission of boys to be equal to the number of girls in STEM programs. Then, perfect gender equality is guaranteed and no girls are forced into programs they don't want. Perfection achieved! The excess of boys can just go into basket weaving. I mean, it's not like we have a need for so many STEM students.

Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by Citizen of Earth (#49023331) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

There's an important factor that you Doomer types seem to forget about. The pre-revolutionary French and the Arab Springers didn't have access to a particular pressure-relief valve that we do: DEMOCRACY. Instead of breaking out the torches and pitchforks, all that the disgruntled masses need to do is vote for the Pitchfork Party that will be newly created to (attempt to) deliver whatever it is that the masses want. If the masses want punitive taxes on the rich, then that's what we'll get.

There'll be unintended consequences, of course, like chasing rich people, their entrepreneurship, their businesses, and their capital and all foreign capital out of the country, but if this is what the masses want, we can have Venezuela right here. Everyone will be *equally* poor — mission accomplished! The 'revolution' will happen in the voting booth.

Strange that what we actually see in the first world isn't voters opting for far-left or far, far left-er types, but actually a tendency toward business-friendly conservative types. The Pending Doom(TM) is strictly a minority opinion, most particularly among the supposedly outraged masses.

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