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Comment Re:People tend to think others will behave as they (Score 1) 133

I still remember the day I found out just how little of the ~15-20 bucks I spent on a CD actually went to the band. I felt robbed. I felt bad for the bands. I hate rent seekers who use their position of power and influence to take far more than their fair share as an fiefdom tax.

Comment Re:Translation: drop song prices to 25 cents (Score 1) 133

Translation: DRM and forced ads suck donkey balls.

I am really tired of all the DVD's and Blu-Rays making it hard to just play my movie without obnoxious previews and introduction animation crap, or get it onto an iPad for my kid/wife/me to watch on a long trip. I don't pirate, but I have come really close to giving up the legit route for even the movies we bought. Pirated content stripped of all the BS gives a far better experience than legit buyers get. WTF?

Comment Affordability (Score 3, Insightful) 161

Totally tone deaf given that many treatable and manageable diseases today go untreated thanks to strong profit motives and broken healthcare systems. It is more profitable to squeeze every penny out of the richest half of the desperate and sick people than to set a price that provides modest profit and widespread availability for virtually everyone with the need.

Today there would be a lot more bang for your buck spending the $3B to fight shady patents in medicine, and to bribe politicians into doing the right by the population than finding more treatments that will get sucked into the Wall Street and DC maelstroms of greed and corruption. Until medicine is working primarily for the patient's good with profit secondary (not zero) I don't see our current frigged up mess getting better no matter how many cures we have.

Comment Re:I expect to be *entertained* not productive (Score 1) 233

Current insurance prices cover actual payouts, plus a profit margin. Why would prices skyrocket for non-autonmous cars suddenly? I only pay about $800 a year for 2 drivers and three cars, and I would expect that if half the cars were autonomous the number of accidents even for regular cars should go down (fast reflexive defensive actions by HAL). So if there is even a modest amount of competition for business insurance should get CHEAPER, not fo up to $25k/year like you pulled out of your butt.

Comment Re:Motion Sickness (Score 1) 233

Yep. 2 out of 3 family members in my household get motion sickness. My kid can watch movies on an ipad if we are on straight highway, even that can be a problem for my wife. Yet even when I am a passenger I never feel like I want to whip out a laptop or surf the web. I only get online if we need directions or check the weather. Maybe 1-2% of my time as a passenger on a road trip is spent being "productive". I cannot even sleep in a car or airplane, so that possible bonus is out.

Frankly I see autonomous cars as a truly cool solution in search of a need. The case for these being mainstream still seems weak and way over hyped and optimistic. My $0.02.

I find that riding my bike as my daily commuter provides health and mental benefits that exceed what an autonomous car ever has a chance to provide.

Comment Re:Morality vs Entitlement (Score 1) 579

I pay only what I am legally required to. I also have no sway on politicians and committees who write those taxes.

Apple and its ilk regularly threaten to leave areas areas if they don't get special treatment. Taxes get written with specific corporations in mind (often written by them or their lobby groups actually), often to the detriment of the country as a whole.

I'll take my own local example. Nike's headquarters (which I ride by on my bicycle every day) is surrounded by the city of Beaverton, but is not technically in it, saving Nike paying several taxes to the city that maintains every road into the campus. Everytime it comes up they threaten to leave and tak all the worker's tax base with them. Smaller companies who get annexed into the city get no such special treatment.

The other way from my house is Intel. They similarly flexed their muscles to get tax breaks on the $5B of capital equipment that when into their new fab a couple years ago. Other local companies get no such breaks.

It is not like taxes laws come from some higher power, they are written by politicians (well often written by corporations and voted into law by politicians). So until I get to write my own tax loopholes I don't find it fair to compare how I follow the tax law to how large corporations follow it.

Comment Re:Next the gov't decides YOU have too much money. (Score 4, Insightful) 579

These large corporations have use the power to influence governements and the tax rules they operate under. As such I find it disingenuous for a corporation to argue that they follow all applicable laws and pay all legally required taxes while simultaneously tearing open numerous new loopholes to use to further dodge taxes, and fighting like hell to keep the old ones open.

As a society we all need to pay our fair share. I don't mind paying my taxes, as long as everyone else is roughly paying their fair share too (low earning folks who pay 0% are indeed paying their fair share). My taxes are too low (12% federal net income tax last year, 7% state), and I'd be happy paying more. I am not happy when a wickedly rich company like Apple pays far less, or when hedge funders and CEO's use loopholes they bribed into law to pay a far lower percentage than me despite making far more.

Those making $1M or more a year really should be taxed at a 70+% incremental rate. Frankly we have shown that leaving too much idle cash in the hands of the rich allows them to overly influence our democracy (I cringe using that word for what we actually have). Nobody should have as much influence on a democratic system as a Koch brother does.

Comment Easier?! (Score 1) 61

Why make better value for our customers with more cores and/or lower prices when we can just barf alphanumeric soup all over the box?

Seriously, all the naming obsfucation has taken the fun out of building a new PC, and Win10 has sucked the fun out of owning one. You have to do a lot of searching around to dig through all the marketing BS to figure out what components actually do and whether they are worth the change to buy them

Comment Re:business clients (Score 1) 585

Yep, only a couple people in my office are even on Win8, virtually every machine is in Win7. Corporate customers move on slowly, and mostly want every machine to be the same until EVERY important application has been well tested on the new OS. Win10 is such a moving target that I am really curious how many IT departments have even gotten an itch to start playing with it.

The main use of my work machine is to remote into our Unix boxes for "real" work anyway. Our design group really would be better off with redhat or CentOS machines on each desk with a Windows virtual machine or laptop for email, word, excel, and powerpoint (20% of our computer use).

Comment Re:Big disappointment anymore (Score 1) 95

I want more cores. If every machine shipped with 8 cores today, software would find a way to use them before too long. Most higher end Skylakes have 40% dead silicon in the form of a crappy GPU that is never used. Why not use that space for more cores, a bigger caches, or virtually ANYTHING else.

9-12% improvement per year is a giant yawn, as we Skylake, and so on. Intel is mired in molasses, their prices stay high while their improvements are awesomely negligible.

Comment New last mile problem (Score 1) 146

I think one of the frustrations people will have with autonomous cars is the lack of mind-reading for their specific preferences. Do you prefer to park in a particular section of the parking lot? Do you want to park in the shade today? Which entrance to the store/mall/school/etc do you want to go into today? Even with perfect maps it is not possible to fully know, or easily get at the subtle desires of the occupant.

The autonomous future might be rather frustrating as HAL drives past the parking spot you would have chosen, or that you have to wade through infotainment selections to pinpoint which level of the parking garage you want to go to. How about the joy of finding a way to tell a fully autonomous car to dart into a gap at the airport arrivals/departure scrum? Even having to sit in the drive way for just 1-2 minutes to key in your destination will drive a lot of folks batty. Most of us don't fire up the navigation for any routine bit of travel. Infotainment systems largely suck today, why should be expect them to get better in the future?

Call me a skeptic, but I see this as a novelty that will mostly get shut off in-town where most of the traffic is.

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