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Comment Re: Relevant xkcd (Score 1) 187

There are literally hundreds of things YOU do on a DAILY basis that are over million times more likely than your note catching fire and FAR more dangerous.

In case you missed it, those things--unlike the Note 7--have not been the subject of a government-backed recall. This means, (a) if your Note 7 causes a fire, you're liable to get sued into oblivion, and (b) if you try to sell or give it to someone else, you're subject to criminal penalties.

This is the reality; any discussion of other things being more (or even less) dangerous than the Note 7 is completely beside the point.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 367

You must be one of the lucky ones -- I certainly do not have that option. Geography is a factor. Chip design is rather specialized field, and just the license cost to get into this businesses can run into seven figures. There are not a lot of companies doing what I do in my city, so my choices are limited. If those four or five companies don't need anybody, I am out of luck unless I am willing to relocate.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1, Insightful) 316

It is called "supply and demand." If you open up a lemonade shop on the street corner, nobody is obligated to buy your lemonade if you charge $20 for one cup! That is how a free-market works. If you want to buy a computer, you and the seller reach an agreement on what it is worth. If you don't want to pay as much, you just don't buy the damn thing, and have the choice to go shopping elsewhere.

Same thing for labor. If your time isn't worth what Uber wants to pay, don't work there! Fined somebody who thinks that your labor is worth more. If enough people stop working for Uber and they can't find anybody willing to work for what they pay, they will be forced to pay more or go out of business. That is how it works.

If you really want to give rides and make more, you can always drive a taxi.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 367

Yeah, that sucks. Sorry, but that is called being a contractor. No job security at all. The pay is great until bad the economy shifts, and then contractors are the first out the door. You can bask in the glory of your former fat paycheck while you hunt for more work.

I guess if you are really good and you live in an area with a lot of opportunity (or you don't mind relocating), you can make this work. However, I prefer a bit more job security.

Comment Re:I hate to excite the slashdot paullowers... (Score 1) 10

If only that spin was close to the actual truth, you might have a case.

Regardless of that, Trump has announced he wants to put someone in charge of the EPA who has largely made a name for himself by suing the EPA. So whatever it is you imagine the EPA needs to stop doing, they would likely stop doing it under him. They certainly won't have to worry about congress trying to get them to fulfill their mandate.

Comment Re:Yes, Obamacare helped ruin health insurance... (Score 1) 461

How Republicans want to end Abortion:
outlaw abortion, punish only providers

Effect:
Abortion available to wealthy under different names
black market abortions mean increased risk for poor
marginal decrease in actual abortions, large decrease in abortions on paper

How Democrats want to end Abortion:
Decrease povert, increase education, increase access to birth control

Effect:
actual decrease in abortions

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