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Comment Re:Politics as usuall (Score 1) 723

But another important question is "Would removing the law make things better?" To which the answer is also "probably not".

The insurance companies were happy to jump at an opportunity to raise their rates and get new customers. If the law was removed, I'm sure they would just complain about losing customers and raise rates even more.

Comment Re:Probably not (Score 0) 278

That's a hard comparison to make because there aren't standard evaluations to compare them against each other. There are the parents that are very involved and help their kids succeed - those kids might go on to take the SAT where they can be easily compared to others.

Then there are the ultra-religious or parents that don't care as much who's children might not be getting a full education and just end up working at home or in the family business. They won't show up on the radar because they don't get evaluated.

Comment Re:You are a vendor to google, not a customer (Score 1) 409

Just because they're not getting paid in cash, doesn't mean they're not getting paid.

If I go to a fair and buy a bunch of tokens that I then use to play some games, then the people that run the games turn those tokens in for cash - are they token sellers? Of course not! They're game providers and the tokens are just a medium, similar to how I go to Google, to search and pay them with a bit of my screen space to show ads - Google then turns that screen space in for cash with advertisers.

If you're looking at things from a pure "where do the USD come from?" point of view, then sure they're an advertising company - so are TV stations, newspapers, the sides of highways, buses, etc.

Realistically, it's possible to see that a company can have an indirect source of revenue, and not all companies make money from their primary purpose.

Comment Re:No price != No cost (Score 1) 409


You are a customer when you use Google services. Google provides you a service, and in return you provide them some of your screen real estate.

Advertisers are also a customer. Google provides them access to that screen real estate, in return they give Google money.

Google make its money mostly from advertising, but that's only they provide a good product to their customers that they are able to do that. Movie theaters make most of their money from concessions, but they are not "pop-corn companies", the primary product is showing movies which enables them to sell their more profitable other product of popcorn.

Comment Re:Cloud only applications are a disaster (Score 1) 409

Cloud office suites store documents.... in the cloud

By default, but you're free to save your documents to your hard drive in what ever format is convenient for you just treating them like a normal word processor.

Slightly more hassle of course compared to save/edit anywhere, but I guess that's the price you pay to stave off paranoia.

Comment Re:No properties (Score 1) 302

It's nice to see they've added lamda expressions, but the lack of properties is a serious oversight in Java that should have been added years ago. It's not even a hard concept to add and it fits in just find the OOP model.

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