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Comment Anyone know what happened? (Score 1) 87

I can't figure out why the powers that be seem to care about patent trolls now. Big corps used to love them because it kept upstarts like google from upending whole industries. Investors didn't seem to mind them since like bookies they make their money either way so long as the market stays reasonable stable. The only ppl I know that get the short end are little guys like me.

Comment That's not what happens (Score 1) 402

in 'free' market capitalism like you're probably in favor of Trusts develop that control all capital. Cyclic down turns like what happen in 2008 wipe out the wealth of all but the well connected (capitalism is for the poor, while socialism for the rich).

You're dreaming of an idealized capitalism you were taught in grade school that never has, and never will exist. It just doesn't happen. You will never keep people from using their privilege to your detriment. The only solution is for us all to band together to regulate that privilege. That's called Government.

Comment The middle class was a product of WWII (Score 1) 402

it was largely an accident. Following WWII large parts of the world were destroyed and in need of rebuilding. Also, Eisenhower recognized that without a large scale gov't effort we'd slip back into the policies of wealth inequality that lead to so much unnecessary suffering, so he kicked off the Military Industrial complex (or as I like to call it, Weaponized Keynesianism). Finally the cold war scared companies and prevented the global race to the bottom that Karl Marx predicted (but all you can remember about him is that Mao/Stalin used his books for their dictatorships).

The cheap imports won't last. Already the price of almonds is skyrocketing because they're being exported. You will compete and lose on the global marketplace.

Also, what in God's good name makes you think most Americans own stock? Half of them are below the freakin' poverty line, which we haven't changed since the 50s'.

Comment Not a fair compairison (Score 1) 402

The jobs aren't going because of need. They're going because people in those countries lack an EPA, access to medical care, a social safety net, low cost education, etc, etc. They're going there because the super rich in those countries, e.g. the real 1%, have made those people's lives hell for their own profit.

I can't complete with some who drinks dirty water, dies of cancer at 45, and if his house catches fire he burns to death before he can open a window. I suppose if I want to tank my quality of life I could. But why in God's good name would I do that for some misguide notion of "Libertarianism"? Christ, if you want to do that go off to Galt's Gulch already. We don't need or want you here.

Comment Did mine eyes decieve me? (Score 1) 402

or did Ranton spend the first half of his post saying everything was A-OK because we have the same quality of life as we did in 1960, then finish by saying how much better things are 50 years later (1960 + 53 = 2013)?

Seriously, is anyone buying this? What the hell happened to _progress_? I know slippery slope is a 'logical fallacy' and all that rot, but 'come on. If you think the rich are content with rolling us back just to the 60's in wealth inequality you're nuts.

Comment That's not how it works (Score 1) 402

wages are going down, prices are going up. Sure, _toys_ are cheaper. But housing, food and medicine all cost a _lot_ more. You're lunch is more like $6 or $7 now, even at McDonalds, and you're probably making $9/$9.50.

Also, I'd be interested in _which_ logical fallacy you'd like to site disproves the broad statistical evidence of declining wages and what debate techniques you would use to show prices are going down.

Comment Re:Hasn't this ship sailed? (Score 1) 778

I'm a web developer and have taken JS & CSS for common for years and years now. Spent about 6y working at a small local web design shop and it just wasn't feasible to double contract amounts to make sites work without JS.

Sounds like a management problem, not yours. It is feasible to double contract to create JS-disabled fallbacks. Your company needs to address this in their proposals under accessibility.

Comment Re:This is *NOT* what Apple does. (Score 1) 778

This is not what Apple does. Safari has an option in the main preferences pane to enable "Show Develop menu in menu bar". For the past several years, Safari's developer tools have been the most advanced. Other browsers, especially Chrome, have mimicked their GUI and toolset albeit as a dumbed-down implementation.


Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees 1103

An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times reports a growing number of American workers are being paid by prepaid payroll card. The cards often have fees attached to basic services like making a cash withdrawal or for inactivity. Some employees report that the employers pay by card by default, with paperwork barriers to opting out, and some report that their employers refuse to pay them by check or direct deposit. The issuing banks pitch the cards to employers as a cost-cutting payroll alternative, and sometimes even offer a financial reward for each employee they sign up."

Why Apple and Samsung Still Get Along, Behind the Courtroom Battles 125

After suing each other for the last few years in various courts around the world, you'd think that if Apple and Samsung were human beings they would have walked away from their rocky relationship a while back. The Wall Street Journal explains (beside the larger fact that they're both huge companies with complex links, rather than a squabbling couple) why it's so hard for Apple to take up with another supplier. Things are starting to look different, though: "Apple's deal this month to start buying chips from TSMC is a milestone. Apple long wanted to build its own processors, and it bought a chip company in 2008 to begin designing the chips itself. But it continued to rely on Samsung to make them. ... TSMC plans to start mass-producing the chips early next year using advanced '20-nanometer' technology, which makes the chips potentially smaller and more energy-efficient."
The Almighty Buck

Clinkle Wants To Become Your Wallet 121

vikingpower writes "Clinkle, a new mobile payments start-up, may or may not have succeeded where so many other efforts have fizzled by inventing a practical way to replace credit cards with smartphones. It's hard to say, though, since Clinkle won't say much about how its system works. Its website is, well ... slight. But a prominent group of Silicon Valley investors who do know what Clinkle is cooking up are acting as though it has achieved a breakthrough. On Thursday, Clinkle announced that it had raised $25 million in early financing from Accel Partners; Andreessen Horowitz; Intel; Intuit; Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com; Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal; and a long list of other investors with technology industry pedigrees. The Huffington Post has an article on Clinkle, or rather on Stanford students putting their degree on hold to go work at Clinkle. The Wall Street Journal [paywalled] mentions Clinkle having some 30-odd employees already."

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