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Comment Re:There are three kinds of lies. (Score 2, Insightful) 274

drag their sorry asses through middle America to see the seeds they have sown

It is really, Really, REALLY hard to convince the people who believe in Free Trade. They were taught the theory in school. Often they were taught it or had it reinforced in Comm school while getting an MBA. I had an argument about this with somebody taking Comm school while I was an undergrad. This was back in the 90s, when Perot was running. It was all "why should I listen to an undergrad. What do you know?" and I was like, "our grandchildren are going to hate us". It looks more like our children will hate us. I had no idea how fast it would happen.

Finally, a lot of these guys are doing well for themselves. Even if they see other people doing badly, they still buy into the "they're just not working hard enough and smart enough" meme. It's waaaay too easy to believe something when you're paid to believe it. The people who are doing well are often paid to believe in Free Trade.

Finally, the middle class can indeed get a temporary boost from Free Trade. It's the macro economic version of selling your house and using the money to take trips and throw parties. We sell our production capability, the middle class gets $20 microwaves at Wal Mart for a few years, while ignoring the relatively small number of people who used to work at the microwave factory. Then, we cut another trade deal.

Eventually we run out of new trade deals to cut, just as you run out of possessions to sell. Then the party is over.

Comment Re:And this is the reason I've decided to leave. (Score 1) 122

I think if what he wants is a supported operating system that's as close as possible to Ubuntu as it is now but without the newer changes he dislikes, switching to something that isn't remotely related to Ubuntu isn't going to help him. That'd be like a Windows 7 user switching to Mac OS X because he doesn't like Windows 8.

Comment Re:So why not have Tesla dealers? (Score 1) 309

That's not how car dealerships work. You don't walk into a dealership that has both Ford and GM franchises and see, say, Mercury Grand Marquis's next to the Chevy Suburbans. Dealerships are generally required to keep seperate lots, virtually always by manufacturer, and frequently even by brand.

Apple? Apple didn't start Apple Stores because Best Buy's sales people were saying "You like this iMac? I don't want to sell it to you, why don't you buy this HP instead?", Apple wasn't, by and large, having much luck getting Macs into large chain stores in the first place. By and large, you had to get it from an Apple dealer, and Apple dealers were too few and far between.

With plenty of cash to use, Apple bankrolled the creation of an owned-and-operated dealer network, which had the side effect that they had more control over the branding and buying experience.

Yes, I'm sure Musk is after controlling the branding and buying experience, but what he and Apple have in common is that when the Apple Store system first started, Macs were a platform that virtually nobody was interested in, and as a result, few stores wanted to sell. Being at the mercy of the car dealership system means, in practice, not having a presence in much of the country, as nobody wants to own a car dealership that sells one car a month on a good month.

Comment Re:Hedge fund managers = lottery winners (Score 1) 61

why do companies that go under the market, get bought by private equity and then come back into the market and get valued highly?

Because all companies hit rough spots, and when a company looks vulnerable PE vultures will do anything they can to put their talons in. This might include back room deals for another investing house to short the stock and make it look bad. Another tactic would be to seat board members who will make "poor decisions" in running the company while preserving what the vultures want (real estate, patents, etc.). Then the vultures take the company into their lair, beat it into submission, and rape it. After that they pump just enough silicone into the boobs to make her look pretty for a few months. They then sell it back to the public market as a virgin beauty queen.

Any other silly questions?

Comment Re:Except, Tesla won in NC (Score 1) 309

"I'm really not all that worried about re-election on the basis of this issue, the thing is Elon, there are more car dealerships in my state than there are voters who can afford to drop a hundred grand on a glorified roadster. Now, if you want to make a case to me about justice or even the economics of allowing direct sales, go right ahead, but quite honestly, you're barking up the wrong tree with the voters thing."

Comment Re:Now there's a petition on (Score 1) 309

Preventing one state from erecting barriers to trade with another is exactly what that clause had in mind.

I think it's more of a gray area than that. After all, Texas can easily argue both that they're not doing anything most other states aren't doing, and more importantly, that their rules are non-discriminatory and have nothing to do with in-state or out-of-state businesses. That is to say, if Texas had a car industry, it would be bound by the same marketing rules, and that the rules have applied to Ford, GM, and other out-of-state manufacturers for decades with no apparent problem.

As I've said before, FWIW, SCOTUS is not the legislature, and it doesn't exist to protect us from stupid decisions made by legislatures we elected in the first place. It has a relatively narrow scope to shoot down bad laws, and unfortunately "The law is clearly stupid" is not one. If it was the case that its job was to protect us from bad legislation then:

1. I wouldn't want the current members to be the current members. Would you? Nine elderly partisans some of whom appear to be batshit insane regardless of their grasp of law.
2. We'd already have much fewer stupid laws.

Comment Re:Database Replication (Score 2) 138

I know you were going for funny, but much of what you will be smelling in your experiment is from bacteria eating the protein and polysaccharides in the meat. The DNA is remarkably stable and even if some of it is fragmented, you have a massively redundant set in your pile of meat.

We've sequenced DNA from nearly a million years ago and I regularly store DNA dried out and stuck to a piece of paper. DVDs won't last nearly that long before the dyes start to break down. For a long term archival system, we could do much worse than DNA.

Comment Re:I don't actually massively object to DRM in HTM (Score 1) 433

I don't give a crap because it's not even slightly comparable. JPEG is not a proprietary format, it's documented, it's a defacto standard, and it's easy for web browser creators to incorporate functionality to implement it (whether using libpr0n or otherwise) into their own browsers, which they do.

It is not even in the same ballpark as unknown proprietary plug-ins that depend upon APIs that are not standardized.

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 1) 334

While there are many misogynist myths about women that have a basis in truth, I find it highly unlikely that women exist as a single, collective, shared intelligence, as would be required to accept the logic above. That's assuming you didn't make the mistake of believing the GP was claiming that while women-as-sex-objects might cause long term harm to women generally, it would only cause harm to women who themselves engage in such marketing and no other women.

Comment Holy cow (Score 1) 90

I just watched the video ( too bad I can't understand the Japanese ). Utterly cool. I already find myself thinking about how the next generation could look like, and what capabilities it would have the current generation has not ( yet ). One thing, though, puzzles me: what about using a material different than plastic ? If these robots are to ever go on a space walk or do work in hard vacuum, their plastic parts are going to be broken down quite rapidly by cosmic radiation, most of all, however, by UV radiation from the Sun. Titanium an option ?

Comment How to sell this (Score 1) 207

Regarding your last question: I recently went to quite a lot of interviews ( and just landed a great new job, so it was worth all the hassle and bullshit ). I was formerly in a ( non-US ) Navy, and I can tell you from recent experience: be low-key about it . Don't rub it away, but ... your military background is not, most probably, what a company is going to hire you for. Insisting upon it is the worst option, as you will be looked ( and frowned ) upon as one who lives in the past. As soon as you are hired and start working, you'll see: the importance of military background fades to near-nothingness, as you and your new colleagues will have enough problems to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Godspeed !

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