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Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 2) 259

You shouldn't be pissed off at China for ignoring the IP of the developed nations and using it to catch up. That's what countries at their stage of development do. The US did that early in it's history, especially with fabrics. So it's a bit hypocritical for the US to have used those techniques to advance their economy and then try to deny China the same thing. Either that or admit that it was wrong for doing those things in the past.

Comment Re:Copy machine at stores (Score 1) 273

I had a dishwasher and one of the plastic wheels that let the top drawer roll out broke. No problem, just buy a new one and replace it. But alas, for some of the models the company wasn't making single parts available. You had to buy the whole upper drawer/tray assembly to fix one plastic wheel at a price of $300 when new dishwashers were starting for around $100 more. For some other models you could buy just the wheel but definitely not this one.

And if you think I'm not naming the company, FU Maytag.

Comment Hook it up to the GPS (Score 1) 64

And have it display the names of streets that are coming up if you have the option turned on. Not really required if you have your phone or a GPS system in your car but it would look cool which is basically what this system is about. The only thing that I can see being useful is the lines being projected showing the width of the car. The rest seems kind of pointless.

Comment Silver Bullets (Score 1) 332

I was in a shop that loved silver bullets. The fact that none of them worked should have clued management into the fact that silver bullets don't work. But they tried kept adding different things to their development environment such as new tools and methodologies such as Agile. And everything had to be Java. Doesn't matter that the existing application was working fine, and had been for years, it was going to get converted. They were even going to convert formmail.pl (it's been a while but I think that's the executable's name for Form Mail) into Java because they were a Java shop. They drank the Kool-Aid deep there.

Comment Re:"Likley grow" - Bullshit (Score 2) 275

Those jobs aren't coming back. Even if the mines come back to full operation they are going to be automated as much as possible. The mine owners don't care about the workers. They were a convenient thing to be used in the election but neither Clinton nor Trump really care about the miners. The best thing they can do is find other work because coal mining as a way of life is over. Even if the environment could take the burning of the burning of the coal, which it can't, the robots are here to take over the jobs.

Comment Re:Bigger problem is the false premise (Score 2) 278

We don't need to produce 50% more food by 2050 when we're throwing out so much food today. In the developing countries it's mainly because of a lack of storage and refrigeration causing the wastage. There is also the problem of getting the food to market before it spoils. If the proper investments can be made to help those problems then the farmers will be better off, people will be able to get more food, and all done without more land and chemicals.

Yes we are going to have to produce more food in the future but it won't have to be the 50% that the World Bank is stating.

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