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Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 419

That's a load of bull.

Scenario A:
OP can't start his business because he can't hire cheap foreign labor. Foreign students don't get income. OP doesn't have a product and OP doesn't have a company. OP also doesn't spend money because OP has 0 income to spend at said neighborhood restaurant, leaving them with 1 (at least) less client.

Scenario B:
OP makes a product people buy. Foreign students get income. OP gets income. People get something that didn't exist before that (at least to them) improves their lives. OP (and possibly any employees he/she hires locally for more complex work) then has money to spend at neighborhood restaurant.

In every single way scenario B is better. It's also the reason economists tell you that economics is not a zero-sum game. And it's what the "but the furrennrrr" wharbble people don't get.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 419

At least 2/3 of the components in RPi's come from Shenzhen. Not to mention almost all of the R&D work happened because companies could manufacture computers in low-wage conditions and sell-them to make a profit. RPi can't exist in a vacuum. It leverages all of the work the big boys did over the past 3 decades to be so cheap and so affordable.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 1) 419

Uber bleeds money every year. To the tune of a billion. You honestly think that if it were legislated to require all drivers to be full time that it'll just magically be able to?

The alternative isn't every Uber driver being full-time. The alternative is 75% of Uber drivers having 0 income. While the other 25% become what used to be called "cab drivers".

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 1) 419

As great as all of these concepts are. Reality is a spectrum. Without any government intervention, you can rest assured the negotiating power will consolidate into a bunch of conglomerates and as much "freedom" as you have will wither away as economic mobility opportunities decrease and labor competition increases.

On the flip side, just trying to legislate good jobs for everyone regardless of talent and/or economic conditions is obviously ridiculous.

Perhaps there's some right amount of government intervention. One that regulates the market so that there's plenty of competition and no conglomeration of powers that can abuse their monopolistic position. One that also provides some sort of basic safety net so that no citizen has to go into desperation-mode. And one that provides ample opportunities for self-improvement to all citizens.

Set those bounds to the free market and then let it do its thing.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 1) 419

Actually, most of these gig companies aren't profitable. Even their CEO's are "rich" only in that they have a percentage of the theoretical value of their company.

This is the natural state of things. The alternative isn't Uber pays all its drivers full-time minimum wage with benefits or pays them part-time. The alternative is Uber doesn't exist and those people have 0 income.

I don't like the working conditions of the "gig economy". And I'm more than horrified at the glorification of it. Much like fast food work, it should be something to strive out of, not be in.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 342

If this means they can make some money by selling my info then perhaps my internet bill out-of-pocket will come down over time.

No, it just means they'll make more money.

Here's the key idea you have to understand when you see moneyed interests enabled to make yet more money:

"Trickle down" is a metaphor for the moneyed interests pissing on your head.

Also, this.

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 242

If the situation is exactly the same up to the point of your two options, then there is a "Self digging shovel" available at some level in both situations. In situation #2, it isn't for sale, and unless you can conclusively promise shovel in one year, for only $5,000 then option 1 is still the only valid consideration. Further, if option 2 says there are no patents (assuming that is the change) then I can build a shelf digging shovel today for whatever price, and as long as the value I get out of it is better than before, I'll get my $20,000 shovel either way.

1) 20000 for shovel get 30000 use from shovel in year one. Year two is how much (no answer in option 1) is it free, or nearly free? Does it cost 20K / year forever (unlikely) or what. Incomplete information leads to bad decisions.

2) Can't buy Self Digging shovel (unknown reason). Promise that they will be available in a year for $5000 (if you believe vaporware promises)

all the unknown variables make your assumptions useless, which is why I chose (and still choose) option 1. Based on the INFORMATION I have, it is the only real choice.

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 242

Heck, you can still charge the same amount as a well-written patent, but can crank it out in an afternoon!

Legal profession robots coming soon for this reason alone. Yes, good lawyers will always be needed, but most "lawyering" today is boilerplate legal forms and processes that can be replicated by a series of questions that pick which process one needs. We can get rid of most lawyers and and streamline the legal processes.

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 242

In that world, do you think we'd successfully get rid of patents? Also, have you given thought to the implications of getting rid of patents?

No. And Yes.

We'll never because its in the Constitution, and that is next to impossible to change. And I have, and it is liberating of enterprise. I prefer "trade secrets" to Patents for protection anyway.

Comment Re:They own the networks and content (Score 1) 140

This!

I am literally getting cable and hbo for $10 a month and I'm the lowest tier internet at 25mb/s now.

I used to pay $140 a month.. and they kept moving the price up. At $190/month I said to heck with that. now I pay $68 a month.

Another factor... my wireless is now down to $65 for 16gb with an 8gb hot spot. Plus ubiquitous free wifi at merchants in my area.

If that goes up to $65 for 32gb and 16gb hot spot, I will consider completely cutting cable.

But I really don't like paying over about 5 hours minimum wage for monthly cable.

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