is a lie, it reduces image quality just in a way you cannot see visually
If you can't see any difference then the visual quality is the same. Don't conflate visual quality with informational purity. Claiming it's a lossless conversion would be a lie, but that's not what they're claiming.
The Obama administration has of course been hostile to whistle-blowers.
Maybe white-blowers too.
if you aren't creating new things, you're the first to go
This is exactly what the Republicans don't get, and why Trump's little dream of bringing manufacturing jobs to the US is stupid, because that holds true for nations as well as individuals. Automation is going to decimate these jobs, and we should let it. We should be pumping money into education, science and infrastructure so that the US can be the leader in developing NEW technology. Take the Carrier deal, for instance. Instead of paying Carrier millions to avoid automation, we should spend that money re-educating the workers so they can work on developing newer, better tech, better robots, better automation. Software, robotics, AI, and renewable energy are the direction of the future, but Trump and all his baby-boomer cronies are stuck in the past and think that just because it worked in the 50's means it should still work today. Meanwhile, every other tech nation in the world is catching up and will eventually surpass us while we sit around like dipshits building factories to manufacture more useless garbage for the world to consume.
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