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Comment Re:My job... (Score 1) 335

Because american workers don't have unlimited rights to immigrate to india.
Because the cost of living here is much higher. A person will starve to death on the same salary that would be excellent in india.

Now, IF capitalism were allowed to work and we could buy products from india at the prices indian consumers pay- that would help a lot. But we have artificial laws preventing that.

Flatly ILLEGAL web sites offer the same drugs for sale from india at under 1/4th the cost the same drugs are sold in the U.S.

Microsoft charges U.S. citizens over $1,000 for the same products they give away free to indians.

It's a short term problem. It's going to resolve itself and indians are going to experience tremendous inflation while u.s. workers stagnate until automation wipes them both out.

And then it will be very stark. Some people will have money and the majority of everyone else in the world will have no way to trade their labor for money ,food, lodging. And at that point, the mass market collapses.

Comment Re:But what about the other messaging services? (Score 1) 87

It's getting confusing with Google now with them spawning, killing or changing a messaging client so often....

Don't worry, they'll let the marketing team rename those apps a half-dozen times in the next year, like they did with Chromecast, so nobody will have any clue about what apps anybody is using and every bit of documentation will be useless.

Then people can just settle on Signal or WhatsApp and be done with it.

Comment Re:simply greedy (Score 1) 230

And there lies the killer. I might pay $20 to see a good, early, first run movie. Not $50. And not with anything else 'added' unless it is completely optional. For $50 I'd expect to get dinner with the movie.

Dinner and a movie costs way more than $50.

You rent the movie, your friends bring over take-out or pot-luck.

$50 doesn't make sense for an individual but for a large group it's pretty easy.

That said, I only go to see digitally-projected 3D films anymore (kids, etc.). Bluray from Redbox is a way better deal than $50.

Comment Re:Metastability (Score 1) 268

I heard the lead on a Science Friday interview - he invited everybody in academia to come to his lab to learn the technique on how to make it, as he wants everybody working on the material. It sounds like they can fairly easily do it again, so I am surprised this article makes no note of that.

Well, "surprised" in that I pretend journalism doesn't exist just to sell ads.

Comment Re:Costing to the RIAA vrs Ignoring? (Score 1) 81

You grossly overestimate the cost per notice. To the rights holder the cost is basically zero.

Well, the copyright holder first has to determine whether the content is actually infr-- (snicker, choke, guffaw)

Sorry, I just couldn't get that whole sentence out while keeping a straight face.

Comment Re:Amazon is protecting a muderer? * (Score 1) 112

A pure hypothetical here, but suppose you were falsely accused of the murder, wouldn't you be glad Amazon is trying to protect your privacy? Especially if you had said other things in jest which could be construed as evidence of guilt?

It's easy for us to armchair speculate. That's why I hope I never have to be on a jury that makes such decisions. But I would if I were called and selected.

Once upon a time, not that long ago actually, I had faith in the justice system, and law enforcement. No more. Watching the antics of all branches of government right down to local law enforcement has eroded my trust.

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