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Comment Re:Cue whiny fighting... (Score 1) 117

Actually, an answer to that would be, tack on a domestic recycling surcharge to the price - basically, pay for the wages of the domestic recycling workers when you buy the lights.

What that would do is nearly guarantee that the lights are recycled properly and domestically, while also reducing unnecessary purchase of lights.

Comment Re:It won't last (Score 1) 377

My comment about the media, FWIW, was more about how they extrapolate "unions do these bad things" to "unions are bad".

Unions, as a general concept, are good - and the problems with their implementation should be fixed, unlike the 1%'s solution of completely banning unions - but the specific ones doing bad things are bad. And, as evidenced in this discussion sub-thread off of my post, there are multiple cited examples of the whole, "don't take work from a brother" problem, as well as making it very, very difficult to fire someone.

Unions should protect people from overwork, but they shouldn't penalize people for taking advantage of their skills, and membership shouldn't be mandatory to work in certain industries or for certain companies. Also, public sector unions can cause nasty situations (at the same time, though, they can be a force of good).

Comment Re:It won't last (Score 1) 377

If the movement can keep up momentum despite that, then they should carry on, with getting arrested.

If it can't, then violent resistance is called for (because the PR advantage of passive resistance is gone, due to all the passive protesters being disappeared).

For that matter, given that (at least around here), the sentiment is that Occupy is a bunch of dirty hippies that are using it as an excuse to camp for free, and hacking into police databases, and should be killed by the cops... violent resistance won't make them look any WORSE in the public's eyes...

Comment Re:It won't last (Score 4, Insightful) 377

Largely because unions have gone too far in some industries in the US - the public sector unions have made it so that it's extremely difficult to get rid of poor workers (and in the case of the USPS, the unions have actually made it so that the USPS cannot lay off workers for any reason, meaning that to scale down, the USPS either has to fire 100% of their employees and rehire, which would cause MASSIVE disruption of service, or go out of business entirely (which, well, there are politicians calling for the USPS to be shut down)), and the autoworkers unions have demanded extremely high benefits that have helped make the auto industry in the US uncompetitive.

And, US-style unions actually promote mediocrity - if you are actually more capable, and do more, you get written up by the union for taking work away from a brother.

Also, there is the fact that the corporate-owned media says that the whole idea of a union is evil.

Unions can do a lot of good, but the kind that we have here... not so much.

Of course, single-payer healthcare and maybe a GOOD retirement system would actually go a long way towards reducing the negative influence that unions have...

Comment Re:I'm doubtful... (Score 1) 94

That's actually why I don't see webOS dying totally.

Unlike Maemo/MeeGo/Tizen/whatever name it is this week, webOS has characteristics that make it notable other than being "a Linux-based mobile OS" (in fact, the "Linux-based" part is so unimportant in webOS that webOS can run on any kernel, as long as a WebKit and V8 implementation is there - in fact, you could probably run webOS *ON ANDROID'S BROWSER* - HP showed webOS running inside of Chrome on Windows, after all).

The enthusiast community, I think, will keep webOS alive, albeit barely. Hacked hardware will be what gets used, I think, for this - Google Nexus phones are a big target that I see.

Don't think this is possible? Take one look at Haiku OS, and there, they were reimplementing it from scratch.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 466

Are they obligated to, though?

Let's say that they run into financial trouble, and enter bankruptcy. Would the bankruptcy administrator allow them to do that if it weren't an obligation? (Even if it WERE an obligation, purchasers of games would likely be classed as a lower class of creditor than others.)

Comment Re:Kick'em all out (Score 1) 954

Actually, that won't work, because it spreads the third party vote out, and the Republicans and/or Democrats win.

What needs to happen is that ONE party runs as "The Third Party", on a platform of election reform, and only election reform. Then there's a chance of competing against the Republicans and Democrats.

Comment Re:Anti-Trust (Score 1) 748

Here's your secure (in concept, not as much in practice) OS: http://www.apple.com/ipad/

It prevents users from elevating themselves and running arbitrary software, which is the security hole that allows malware to spread.

(Then again, Windows can do that too, if you also get a human to be a sysadmin, and get that person to not give you admin privs on your own machine.)

Problem is, most people, for a desktop OS, would call that a feature, not a bug. And I don't mean that in the Microsoft sense, I mean that it's actually a feature.

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