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Comment Re:"Unauthorized" repair (Score 1) 364

Ok, I have a counter-anecdote. I had one of those cheese-grater, dual-cpu, water-cooled Power Mac G5's. Loved it, very fast. One day I turned it on and got nothing, deader than a doornail. Took to the Apple Store. They looked at it for a bit and came back and told me it was unrepairable and would I accept a new Mac Pro for free instead? So, yes, I got a new, $2,000 computer when my 5-year-old G5 died because of a water leak. So. Check, your turn.

Comment Re: Finally (Score 1) 404

While I generally agree with you, I don't think you appreciate the level of training, drilling, and oversight that nuclear sailors experience. Basic training is two years of intense stuff including calculus, physics, chemistry, metallurgy, and just plain operating the plant. And THEN you go on to a really ship and go through a whole bunch more training. On top of that, the nuclear Navy is generally made up of the top 2% of all sailors.

I can't imagine a civilian ship company being able to stand up a crew that is capable of running a reactor safely. It is the training, intelligence, dedication and oversight that makes those reactors same.

Comment Re:May spur automation (Score 2) 940

I think way to many people forget where that extra $5 is going to come from: higher prices. This is the definition and cause of inflation. Someone gets more pay, the prices go up, everything nets out to be the same.

The other thing I'm concerned about is what happens to everyone else's pay. Will they guy that's now making $15/hour (like the EMTS, construction workers, etc.) now get $20? Wouldn't they expect that? What about the guy/gal that's now making $25? And so on. In the end you get nothing but smoke and steam.

I'm also concerned about the notion that every job should pay enough that anyone would be happy with that job. In such an environment, the motivation to strive to be better is significantly reduced. If you don't need a better job, why work harder to get one? What happens to society when that becomes the norm?

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