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Comment Re:And so it begins... (Score 1) 407

Yeah, I mod a lot, and it gets pretty bad on here. I gotta tell ya though, it seems to me like it's getting pretty bad everywhere. If you disagree with someone, they froth at the mouth and go ballistic. It's almost impossible to have a conversation between two different viewpoints without someone getting totally pissed.

Comment Realtor (Score 1) 369

While the web has given everyone access to what's for sale, that does not replace the knowledge that realtors have about neighborhoods, nor does it give the buyers and sellers the experience with negotiations. How would a robot handle problems with an inspection, or deal with having the sellers leave junk behind after they move out? I think there are a lot of service sector jobs like this that are semi-professional and require a nuanced approach to the business.

Now a real AI, that could do the job of a realtor rather nicely.

Comment Re:proudly going out of business since 1976! (Score 3, Informative) 133

He didn't exactly "prop them up". Microsoft bought $150MM shares of non-voting stock (which they sold at a huge profit). Apple didn't need money at the time, they needed legitimacy, which this investment provided.

In return for this, Apple dropped a multitude of patent-infringement lawsuits against Microsoft (which Apple appeared to be wining), and licensed those technologies to Microsoft. These were not related to Microsoft's anti-trust issues, nor was the existence of Apple. It's OK that Microsoft was a monopoly - monopolies are legal - it's the abuse of the power the monopoly gave them.

Comment Re:laptops on the conveyor belt (Score 3, Informative) 170

I think the fact that they are actually catching a lot of stuff ... you know, the point of TFA ... proves the screening worthwhile. And they don't "sell" you a special line. You pay for the process of being vetted, and then they do minimal screening after that. It's kinda like getting the Sentry Pass at the border.

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