A friend had a similar experience with an Eyefi (wireless SD card). That's before you get to vendors that do feature or performance takeaway with the update.
and fascism is the corner of the resultant grid where statism meets capitalism, the worst of both worlds. Neither state socialism nor libertarian capitalism are its opposite; libertarian socialism is.
Only 16 years from the end of the 20th century and you think the corner where statism meets capitalism is the worst? Really? Not where statism meets socialism?
Do the deaths of little people not matter as long as the great leap forward is achieved? Do you think the statist socialist places weren't doing socialism hard enough, or will you make a 'no true Scottsman' argument and claim they weren't doing it right? It's just that every single time... every. time... every. single. time... it ends in rivers of blood. The useful idealists are liquidated the moment they object.
So with more than 100 million dead between Mao's great leap forward and Stalin's war on the Kulaks and subsequent starvation of the Ukraine (Russia deliberately shipped food *out* during a famine) exactly how big does the death toll have to be? 5x the worst of fascism? 10x? Are you pining for your own Hundred Flowers campaign so you'll be free to achieve your vision afterwards? Have you 'seen the future, and it works!'? Did your primary education include Solzhenitsyn or the Hundred Flowers? The substantive answer is that it's damning of the political ideology that's in vogue, isn't it?
Statism is a real world slippery slope. Psychological manipulation techniques for whole societies work, and are well known. Those two amplify each others power. Statism has to be stopped before it reaches critical mass, but the point where that happens is only visible afterwards. You have to steer well clear of the avalanche area because you can't stop it. The society wide version of lynch mobs that result if you don't make actual mobs seem friendly. That's the lesson of the 20th century. Avoid this or there will be rivers of blood - unless you try really, really hard to do it right this time - then there will be oceans of blood instead.
with stretch goals that included finger removal.
I think that's the best way to handle persistent spammers. Spend the anti-spam infrastructure budget on the dark web and hold a quarterly drawing to decide which top 20 spammer gets the contract.
... so obviously, the next logical step would be to demand $2M from the renter for the 10,000 miles driven.
Except the car is a one of a kind custom exotic car, and they've been using it for a exclusive high rollers limo service and claiming the car as their own creation. He's demanding a cut of the fares for the unauthorized limo use.
i.e. Claiming is work as their own, and transferring it to 3rd parties for publication is not the same as simply using it longer. If this were music or a movie, nobody has a problem understanding that each copy is a infringement. Count each copy printed in every unauthorized publication and I bet their not asking nearly what the MPAA or RIAA would for each violation.
the people of Switzerland own guns to protect their country as part of the militia, the exact same thing our Founding Fathers said in the Constitution.
Are you lying, or just parroting what someone told you? The Founding Fathers studied the failings of governments of the past, and identified private gun ownership a crucial tool for the preservation of freedom. They also saw centralized power as a threat, and sought to empower the states. Militias and private weapon ownership were both thought to be so important the right should be embodied in the Constitution that was already growing longer than desired. Some argued that they needed to spell it out or liars would pretend to misunderstand what 'Shall not' doesn't have exceptions. Others said that if you list specifics, those same liars will claim everything not specifically spelled out isn't protected, that only a fool wouldn't understand and that the document was too long already. It looks like that first group had a point. (it's not one guy, and there was a great deal of arguing)
Here is a hint: We have the letters and minutes from the meetings and don't need a crystal ball to divine the intent of the words in the Constitution. If it's unclear to you, you may read the discussion about the writing and adoption of that part of the document to gain a deeper understanding.
* You younger puppies ** probably don't remember vinyl records, which would sometimes scratch, then fail to move the needle from one groove.
Who doesn't remember vinyl?
No they can not. Patenting anything that occurs naturally
Exactly, just like software can't be patented!
> Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company?
All but two of the Indians I have worked with in the last 3 years have been fucking useless. They have no drive, no curiosity, and no initiative.
The Indians working at the outsourcing firms are at the equivalent of a soul-less telemarketing job. They are rewarded for following a script, closing tickets quickly and are punished for any initiative that would take time. Of course your view of them looks like that. The management of the body shop trained them to do that to maximize profit under the stupid contract the US management signed. The Indian's themselves aren't stupid.(though the body shops may pay too little to attract the brightest) US companies could pay for better service, or open a 'support branch' in India so they could keep experienced people and train them to own problems while still paying lower wages.
It seems the US management doesn't care if the current support agreement doesn't work well and frustrates the US workers, and they're happy to try and turn employment at their company into share cropping. That's your problem.
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