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Comment Re:Capitalism at its best (Score 3, Informative) 201

Law 1: not true. In a competitive market, the corporation that can give customers the most value will keep the most value for itself. What you say is only true in monopolistic and (sometimes) oligopolistic environments. In this case, however, the market is pretty much an oligopoly. That's why the government has to step in to determine if this merger is something that allows AT&T to compete better and provide more value to the customers or if it's something that will altogether transfer more value from customers to AT&T.

Comment Re:It's called Kalocin. (Score 1) 414

Uh... that's not how it works. Just because you get a cut doesn't mean you'll get an infection nowadays. Granted, that assertion comes as a result of other pieces of modern society like clean water and soap to wash away a wound, but penicillin itself is not directly responsible for the quality of life we enjoy. Most in the US for example don't ever critically need to use penicillin for much of their lives.

Comment Chew (Score 1) 97

Summary is a bit inaccurate, leading to uninformed comments and questions on this thread. From the article,

The researchers found that the rats chew the bark of the poisonous tree and lick themselves to store their poisonous spit in specially adapted hairs.

They do not eat the plants. They chew it. This is the same way people chew certain herbs and then apply it to wounds to numb the pain. They don't eat those plants - if they did they'd be in poor health indeed.

Comment Re:Satellite dishes are illegal??? (Score 1) 32

It might be illegal, but nobody knows it; everybody who wants one will probably just get one (I used to live in China). Not that I agree one iota with it, but I can definitely understand the government's need to control thoughts: it's lead to great stable economic development so far; they operate in what has always been the prevailing mode of government throughout history; they have a different idea of morality (one that's not necessarily wrong) - that the individual rights are weighed much more lightly compared with the greater societal good. In addition, though not overtly, our media is also structured in such a way that they passively try to control our thoughts.

Comment Re:The same 81% want free money (Score 1) 80

I'm not sure your argument is complete. Is it fair that Walmart can keep using the money you paid for Halo long after you stopped playing Halo? Your information is the payment. Though I agree with you: services and companies should be a lot more upfront about what you're paying for their "free" service. I bet not a lot would change (maybe 1% of facebook .5% of google users would stop using the service) but at least people would feel better. And this provides a path to progress: if every service listed the price clearly, it's easier for competitors to lower the price ("oh they track everything but we only track your click habits, and that information expires 30 days after you stop using our service").

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