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Comment Re:Local stores (Score 1) 322

That's OK. We can differ on what is the definition of a local store. from the original article. "What brick-and-mortar stores make sense where you live?" That is what I meant. B&M near me "local" verses remote: long drive either for me or for my UPS driver. I am not "in love" with the buy local slogan. Those that push that, better never take money from out-of-towner's. My "local" stores are filled with out-of-state tags because we are 25 mi from the border. I live in a medium town (36,000) 1/3 of the workers drive in from 25 miles away in larger cities.

Comment Trade associations. (Score 4, Insightful) 206

There is another part to the open access. Trade associations that publish specs. They want anywhere from $100-$1000 for a specification that MUST be used to manufacture equipment. Those specs are written by employees of many businesses (users). These associations do not pay taxes.These specs should be published as e-books for a reasonable price. $35 for example. They are still living in the 50s.

Comment Is it age or skill? (Score 1) 582

I've re-educated myself every few years, as needed from punched cards all the way to tablets. From Fortran all the way to C++, JS, CSS, etc. I've worked for the same company for 35 years, made it through over 20 layoffs. I think it is skill, training, work ethic, and yes, personality. I've moved to the tech ladder. I volunteer in the community and have a happy, close family life. Maybe, some of you should consider coming to the Hidden Silicon Vally, Oklahoma. Where the houses are reasonable, the taxes are lower, the recreation is abundant, the air clean. Our rush hour is from 5:00 to 5:05.

Comment Re:Cue the flamewars (Score 1) 251

Bittorrent is just a pipeline, and it's used widely to circumvent the copyright on other people's works.

What proof do you have of the % of users or files that are "stolen"? Many legitimate users and providers are using it in a legal way. Or are you using "common sense", i.e., no proof, just accusations?

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