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Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 2) 220

I'll believe it when I see it. So far he's putting his billionaire friends first.

And please tell me what these American interest are that the Republicans cater to and Democrats ignore. In my adult life, it's been the left that has more routinely focused on domestic social issues.

Trump puts Trump first. That is why his family and his friends are getting government roles. My biggest worry is that the country sacrifices long term stability for short term growth.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 88

Did they actually get the full money from the pre-order?

Occasionally I will pre-order a game, depending on the service I am sometimes not charged until the product actually ships. I've seen other areas where you only put a deposit down on the pre-order and pay the balance when it ships.

Pre-orders can sometimes just be a reservation. The company could have tried using the pre-order figure to help get someone to make the product. Maybe the manufacturers/other investors did not trust their figures.

Comment Re:Offering reward? (Score 1) 165

An advertising stunt that very few people will ever read about? Of course it's possible, just seems risky. If word gets out it was a stunt, probably do more to harm their reputation than actually help out.

Cleaning and security folks typically are making just above minimum wage. Occasionally you get a bad egg in there that sees a potential quick profit on craig's list and risks their job for a few hundred dollars. Our office has had things go missing during the evening. A few laptops were swiped. I had a couple dollars in change taken from my desk. A common item to disappear was iPhone cords.

Comment Re:Propaganda? (Score 1) 210

The statement does sound over the top, but ACA could help people detect certain cancers early enough to treat. This, of course, would not impact the # of cases but it would probably lower the deaths.

I do think 6 years is more than enough time to have an impact. My father-in-law, who was a lifetime smoker, died 5 weeks after diagnosis. He made the choice not to go to the doctor until it was too late and the cancer had spread. I use this as an example because this may happen very often in the US as well. ACA could be a reason more people are seeing the doctor more frequently and the early detection could lead to higher survivability rates.

Comment Re:I'm not sure this will be surprising to anyone (Score 1) 174

I wish I would have brought back one of the English newspapers I received while staying in China a few years ago. While I cannot say how true each article was, at least 75% of the articles focused on how China is cooperating with foreign countries to make the world a better place.

It came as a shock to me since most of what we get in the US tends to focus on the negative.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Trump (Score 1) 432

I agree with you that Trump will take full credit for this announcement. However the reason for Ford's decision was based on market mix, not because it cost nearly $1billion less to do it in the US.

The plant in Mexico was designed to produce compact cars with very little profit margin. The sales in that segment for Ford are not doing well. Instead they will invest in a current plant that will make it more efficient, probably more flexible, and they'll continue to build larger vehicles.

They are betting that oil prices remain low keeping demand for their SUVs and trucks high for the foreseeable future. Clearly the policies of the Republicans are to relax standards on pollution to allow companies to extract more oil.

Comment Re:Liberal Nonsense (Score 1) 455

Since you're obviously blinded by partisanship, I'll try to briefly explain why this can turn out to be a good thing overall.

No rational person believes anyone other than the driver that was using Facetime should be held liable, regardless of political affiliation.

That being said, why do we let companies hold patents for products they never deliver on? I'm not a patent law expert but to me it seems against the spirit of the laws which were to provide incentive to inventors to create and profit on their inventions for a short period of time.

With software patents normally being incredibly vague to begin with, any competitor would be at risk of litigation if they wanted to implement this feature even though it would be a benefit to society.

I am considered a liberal by American standards and I don't think Apple should pay anything for this accident. However they should lose their patent and all other "defensive" patents that have not been implemented, as should other companies.

Use it or lose it. That's my opinion.

Comment Re:I don't understand this... (Score 0) 456

I'm a fan of Star Wars, and this sucks, but it does not ruin my day. The only celebrity that died and it really bothered me was Robin Williams.

Sometimes someone famous does something that really sinks in, for me it was Dead Poet's Society. Looking back at all the fantastic roles he played in his career, let alone his stand up comedy, it really sucks that there will never be any new material. He was a genius for what he created.

Carrie Fisher was a good actress and had a very memorable role, obviously, some people will cling to that and others will be sad but will move on quickly.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 1) 280

That's why I said "in my opinion."

The doom and gloom of slashdot is depressing. It's like the site has been taken over by a high school goth club.

It's not like everything is all roses. I enjoy being a father of a boy. It gives my otherwise boring life meaning. I'm sorry if other people don't get the same satisfaction. I spoke up because this article seemed to have a number of non-parents providing their input for something they never experienced.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 1) 280

I have a threenager. Terrible Twos is a lie, it's when they hit 3 that the real "fun" begins.

Don't get me wrong, my son frustrates the shit out of me sometimes. He got a double dose of stubbornness from his parents and knows how to use it. However, he also brings the most joy to my life. I do not laugh as much with anyone else as I do with him. Most evenings, my head hurts from laughing so much. Watching him grow up, discover new things, hearing him start to use his mother's native language more frequently.. it's wonderful.

tl;dr version. Being a parent is hard but the joy outweighs the difficulties. In my opinion, net output (joy) far outweighs any work I put in.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

As a white male, my dislike for Hillary revolved around her entire message and how it was delivered. With Trump, I knew he was full of shit when talking and I knew that he knew he was full of shit. With HIllary, I don't think she knew she was full of shit.

I wish we could go back and let Sanders and Kasich battle it out.

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