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Comment Re:Little hope for Net Neutrality. (Score 2) 52

Let's face it - money always wins.

There is big money on both sides of this issue. Sure, big ISPs like Comcast, and TWC, want to kill NN. But big content companies like Netflix and Amazon are on the other side. Google used to be a solid supporter of NN, but now that they are getting into the ISP business, they have flip-flopped on the issue.

Generally, content companies donate to Democrats, and ISPs donate to Republicans. So Democrats oppose IP reform, and Republicans oppose NN. Pick your poison.

Comment Re:article summary didn't really summarize... (Score 1) 52

I find there is nothing wrong with a fast lane as long as no customers are getting less than what they purchased in order to have it. (No slowing me down to deliver NetFlix at 30megs).

You are confused. The "fast lane" means normal speed, and anything else means deliberately throttled. There is nothing wrong with a "fast lane" for prioritizing particular TYPES of traffic, such as real time voice, but no ISP with monopoly power (almost all of them) should be allowed to discriminate based on the source or destination of the data.

Comment Re:Plumber (Score 2) 509

And more complex toilets will be more efficient then the current crop, but they'll also be really complex.

Complexity does not mean unreliable. Semiconductors are immensely complex, yet are the most reliable part of most systems.

There will be multiple failure points, and (this is the key thing), when a failure happens an amateur with a wrench and a basic knowledge of physics will have no fucking clue how to fix it.

Yes they will:
1. Pop out old valve.
2. Pop in new valve.

An electric valve may be complex internally, but to a repairperson it is a single part that requires no adjustment or configuration. A lever and flapper valve may be inherently simpler, but it is more complex to repair because it is many separate parts, that must be installed, adjusted, bent, re-jiggered, adjusted some more, and then still malfunctions and leaks often enough that the water bill is more than the cost of a better toilet.

Comment Re:I don't know how they pay (Score 1) 509

A/C repair doesn't pay very well, however with global warming, demand should skyrocket, so salaries may go up up and up!

Except that scientists are working on solid state magnetic refrigeration and A/C that is mostly maintenance free. These SSM A/C units will be available long before hard-AI eliminates the need for programmers.

Comment Re:Plumber (Score 2) 509

I don't see toilets going away anytime soon....

Most problems with toilets are because they are simple, dumb, and gravity powered. In the past there was no other way. In the future, they will have sensors that optimize the flush cycle, and use a pressurized system to automatically clear clogs, while using far less water per flush. They will use electrically actuated valves, that are far less likely than the current "lever and flapper" valve, to get stuck in the wrong position, resulting in even less waste of water. In the near future, toilets will be smarter, more efficient, and require far less maintenance.

Comment Re:He cant or wont? (Score 2) 382

... better suited for the Supreme Court rather than either the Legislative or Judicial branches.

It doesn't work like that. The Supreme Court can only rule on cases brought before it. So someone has to sue the states to invalidate these laws. Tesla doesn't have the resources, and private companies should not have to individually fight for their basic rights. We all have an interest in competitive markets. The attorney general should sue the states. That's his job, and Obama can and should order him to do it. He's willing to squander billions on subsidies, but unwilling to spend a penny on a simple free market solution that will accomplish far more.

Comment Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 3, Informative) 300

MS's mistake, the one that got them where they're at, is not investing in their product and fighting with governments in expensive lawsuits because of anti-competitive practices.

What?!?? This is just completely backwards. Microsoft has spent vast amounts on R&D, yet has come up with few new ideas that their customers care about. Their customers don't want "innovation", they want stable interfaces. The "anti-competitive practices" are precisely what has made Microsoft successful, and the legal effort to extend those practices in the face of government opposition has been astonishingly successful, at minimal cost.

Comment Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 5, Interesting) 300

You forget that it affects morale.

It can affect morale in either direction. People that work hard tend to resent the deadwood. If the layoffs are carefully targeted, and employees see long term problems being addressed, then morale can go up. The important thing is to make the cuts deep enough that you don't have to come back for a second round. Nothing kills morale more than the uncertainty of waiting for the next salami slice.

I once worked for a CEO what didn't believe in firing people. Employees realized they could spend time gossiping in the break room, or working on their own side projects, while ambitious employees quit and went elsewhere. Morale was horrible, everyone thought the CEO was an idiot, and the company went bankrupt during the dotcom implosion.

Comment Re:let me solve this right now (Score 4, Interesting) 552

1. Try to burn less hydrocarbons
2. Be more energy efficient

The problem is that your "solutions" are wrong. CC is not a problem today, and will not be a problem tomorrow. But it will be a problem 30-100 years from now. In the long term the best way to reduce CC is population control ... and the best way to do that is third world education and poverty elimination ... and the best way to do that is to maximize economic growth ... and burning less hydrocarbons is NOT going to do that. A coal fired plant in Africa may emit more CO2 today, but it will improve people's lives, make them prosperous enough to educate their children, and lead to a lower population 50 years from now, this reducing CO2 emissions in the long run.

Comment Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 1) 300

Profitable companies reduce work force to compensate the CEO and the company elite

This is only true if the stockholders believe that profits will go up. I am not a MSFT shareholder, but if I was, I would see these layoffs as a positive step. Considering the maturity of their products, and the stability of their customer base, Microsoft spends far more than they should on R&D, advertising, etc.

Reducing the work force won't improve moral, change the culture, create new products, or improve the long term prospects of the company.

So? None of those things are necessary to maximize profits. Even the "long term prospects" are not necessary. Would you rather have a million dollars today, or a dollar a year forever? If the unsustainable short term profits are high enough, they can exceed the present value of future profits.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 2) 79

Agreed, I've no idea what this article is about.

The first clue was when the author wrote "A%@" instead of "Ass". "Big Ass Fans" has a donkey in their logo. It is okay to say "ass" when referring to a donkey. Even the KJV Bible uses the word. It only has to be written as "A%@" when referring to a human posterior. Just like it is okay to say "dam" when you precede it with "hydroelectric" or "beaver". It is only cursing if you append an "n". If the author doesn't even understand the basic rules of obfuscating profanity, it is unlikely that anything else will be right.

Comment Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 2) 300

And yet, they are still making gobs of money. In fact, they are more profitable than ever.

Irrelevant. Companies don't keep employees because they are affordable, but because they are profitable. If an employee is not adding net value, it is better for both Microsoft and the overall economy for that person to be employed elsewhere.

Moves like this don't really help anything.. not even the bottom line

Actually, Microsoft's best path to maximize shareholder returns is likely to significantly cut their workforce. Their profitable products are mature. New tablet and phone products are unlikely to succeed. So they should just milk the profits and pay dividends.

Comment Re:and what would i do with it? (Score 1) 127

Take something that looks like it might be copyrighted to Kinko's and ask them to copy it. They won't.

I have been to Kinko's dozens of times. I have copied pages out of book, manuals, and magazines. I have also brought in many downloaded PDFs, including complete technical manuals. All of this stuff was obviously copyrighted. Never, not even once, did they even hesitate to let me copy it.

Comment Re:and what would i do with it? (Score 1) 127

Of course then they'll run into copyright issues

I have yet to hear of a single lawsuit based on 3D parts. Even if there was, all legal precedence says that it is person ordering the part, and not the service provider, that is responsible. Otherwise Kinkos would have never existed.

so probably best just to sell the units.

Then they will likely lose to other companies that are willing to offer parts-as-a-service. Staples already has 3D-print-on-demand at a few of their stores.

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