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Comment ONLY outcome?? (Score 1) 795

can only lead to lower wages, lower employment, and a lower standard of living.

I don't know how he can say that lower wages, etc are the ONLY possible outcome. It might be the PROBABLE outcome, but is it not possible that one or more of those H1Bs goes on to start one or more new companies in the US or contribute meaninfully to the start of one or more new companies thus creating lots and lots of jobs and more than making up for the ones taken by H1Bs?

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 403

XP search was sweet.

Except for that damn animated dog! And when you told the dumb thing you didn't want the animation, there was an animation showing the dog walking off! I just told you I didn't want that!

Comment Re:Lame, poorly timed speculation (Score 1) 317

Microsoft has a knack for getting it wrong several times before finally coming up with something that works.

Yeah, but they have been trying to make a name for themselves in the mobile market since the 1990s when their only competition was Palm! Even if they do manage to get it right some day, what are the chances that it happens in time to save Nokia?

Comment Re:Flawed assumptions. (Score 1) 686

No. Neither is stable.

It is pretty easy to see. Imagine the sphere moving a tiny amount so the star is no longer at the center of the sphere. Now the question is, do the resulting gravitational forces pull the sphere back towards the position where the star is at the center, or do they pull the sphere further off-center? Clearly, they are now unbalanced in favor of pulling the close side of the sphere even closer and, thus, sphere-world is also unstable.

Comment Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

I don't know a single person that doesn't bike because they have to wear a helmet.

Well, you don't know me personally. But you now know OF someone who doesn't bike because of helmets.

My whole family has bicycles and helmets. The bikes are right out on the patio ready to go. But whenever I suggest that we go for a ride, we realize that we have to dig out the helmets, adjust the straps and what-not, and by then it all seems like too much hassle. So the bikes have been out there on the patio all summer and we haven't ridden once. Last summer, same thing. Summer before, same thing.

Our kids never go out to ride them either because dealing with the helmet is a pain.

I've got a daughter who is eight years old and doesn't know how to ride a bike primarily because of the insane belief that it's dangerous to ride a bicycle around the park without a helmet.

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