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Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 2) 105

Actually, Netflix doesn't have to get permissions to distribute those discs. Doctrine of First Sale says that as soon as Netflix bought them, they could start renting them out. Netflix has made deals with studios for those DVDs, most of the time, because they could then get those DVDs for less than they would at, say, Best Buy, but that's because the studios know they can't actually stop this, so the terms were vastly better than in the streaming world.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 5, Funny) 600

It's interesting to me that in response to a relatively conciliatory "measure the policies, not the man" post on my part, you're choosing to find some other approach to find a fight where none exists.

You want to talk about HRC's "super-predators" comment? Yeah, let's talk about that. I have a Black son. I hate that she made that comment, and I hate that she never even bothered to apologize for it. I found HRC, on a personal level, totally odious. I've said so to other Liberal friends (I do still consider myself a pretty ardent Liberal). And I voted for Sanders, and would have happily voted for him in the General Elections if I had a choice.

And it's also worth noting that HRC's super-predator comment was made 20 years ago. You can find odious things she's done from this decade :).

As for Bannon being racist or not ... man, I don't think there's going to be any way to talk about this that will convince you, because you'll find reasons to discount any evidence I throw at you. I think that if Bannon were to personally lynch some Jews you'd probably argue that it wasn't that he hates Jews, it's just that those guys happened to have ripped him off. But here's a link for other people who are interested in making up their own mind:

http://www.motherjones.com/kev...

(Yes, that's his ex-wife talking, so obviously she's biased; and yes, that's Mother Jones, which is obviously biased. You'll be able to discount anyone who disagrees with you as obviously biased. Enjoy your bubble).

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 5, Insightful) 600

I don't know, man. Personally, I absolutely detest Trump and I think that at a social level he's pretty bad for us. Opinions will, of course differ. But I thought the TPP was a terrible deal for the US and that the Democrats pushing it (hello Obama and "I was against it after I was for it" Clinton) were working primarily in the interests of the moneyed elites. Trump's made a bunch of decision since being elected that I don't like (e.g. Bannon, and having his kids in heads-of-state meetings), but him coming out against TPP? Yeah, that's a good one. I appreciate and support that. It's easy, I think, for us to become so partisan that literally everything the other side does is obviously evil. We saw that, I'd argue, with the Republicans and Obama. We can do better than that. I will support and applaud actions that Trump takes that are good, and fight aggressively against the other ones.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 5, Insightful) 275

I've seen no evidence that China is incapable of producing high-quality stuff. Thing is, US companies going to China for manufacturing aren't deciding to go to China because the US can't build stuff that's high quality enough -- they're going there to save money. So they go to China and ask for the cheapest something can be manufactured and they get ... the cheapest manufactured stuff. If those companies -- really, the people who own the quality of the products they're selling -- didn't like the quality of the product, they'd either negotiate better quality (and higher price) with their Chinese manufacturers or they'd move their manufacturing to someone who can do a better job. They don't. Why? Because that's exactly how they like it.

Comment Re:Solve... how? (Score 1) 95

In my neighborhood (south of San Francisco), I often find Uber drivers who have to commute 1+ hours to come work around here. If that's a sizable population, it means that if we can predict surge times better in advance, Uber might be able to tell them "next Thursday, you'll probably really want to be on the road because we predict surge pricing." Uber drivers already know that this is the case for either well-defined events ahead of time, or ad-hoc events in real-time, but if you have a long way to go before you can go on the clock, the latter situation doesn't much help you. "Great, it's surge pricing in SF right now, but by the time I get showered and dressed and get down there, it'll probably be gone."

In other words, while you can't actually manufacture new drivers, you can boost the driver supply if you can give at least some of them more advance notice that surge is coming.

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