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Comment Re:More of a protect an entire industrial base thi (Score 1) 137

Agreed. But it's become pretty complicated. I don't think China has protectionist tariffs in place. What they have is artificially depressed currency. So effectively it's a high tariff on any imported goods. Plus the government also controls the value of certain items to try to gain a monopoly in that market. Look at rare earth minerals and solar panels. They driven the prices so low that it's not economical to mine most rare earths outside of China currently. Solar panels from China have put a lot of companies out of business.

Comment Re:Jobs... (Score 2) 137

So maybe in Trump's bloviating buffoon mind he thinks he can raise the import duty / tariffs sky high as protectionism to force jobs to come back.

The US has import tariffs on around 12,000 items already, many of which are there to keep companies in the US in business. Paperclips have a 127% import tax. Which is why nearly all of them sold in the US are made in the US. Peanuts are taxed between 130% and 160% Tobacco has a 350% import tax. Those are products that tariffs have successfully kept producers in the US in business.

The president, in 2011, tried to keep tire manufacturing in the US by raising the tariff on Chinese made tires to 35%. But all it managed to do was to move manufacturing to countries other than China.

Of course for worst case we can go back to the tariff wars caused by the Fordney-McCumber Tariff. Once European countries also raised their import tariffs from the US we got the great depression.

There's certainly something to be said for using tariffs to keep companies in business. Japan has used tariffs and insane regulations to protect their own automotive industry. Obviously if import taxes are pressed too hard it can have a huge backlash too.

As for Trump, like most politicians and businessmen, I'm sure his private persona is much different from his public one. Not that I can see myself voting for him or Hillary.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

Yes, Dick Cheney outed Valerie Plame who was an undercover CIA agent at the time. We know this because Libby's own notes state Cheney told Libby about Plame.

Your link if from 2007. It's now 2016. Back in 20011 Bob Novak stated that it was Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage who was his source. Federal Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald knew this all along and instructed both Richard Armitage and Colin Powell to withhold this information from Bush and Cheney.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby had nothing to do with it. Which is the supposed link to Cheney. Cheney may have told Libby. But that's irrelevant since Libby was never Novack's source.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 1) 184

Nothing is inevitable.

Lots of things are inevitable. Distant future predictions about the technological advances by humans are not.

You already see a slowing of the rate of innovation and speed in digital computers. Reply to This Share

We will hit the wall on current technology, but it won't be the first time. Just as transistors replaced vacuum tubes, something else will likely replace current chips. It's not what I would call inevitable, but that's what I would expect. Who knows, the sun could fire off a giant CME and fry us all before then.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

No voting with your feet ...

Well, you can vote with your feet, you just need to use those feet to move to a location which has the ISP you want. Everyone makes choices. It is not uncommon to choose a location with the "best schools", or the "shortest commute", or the "best baseball team", why not the ISP you want?

You can vote with your feet, but there's more than just ISP choices to think about. People also have to consider the cost of having a roof over their head, schools, utility prices and taxes. Multiple choices of ISPs doesn't do you much good if you have to live in a "van down by the river".

Comment Re:Man, animation must _really_ be evil then. (Score 2) 301

To some extent that was also my observation watching The Force Awakens. The first scene from A New Hope, with the Rebel space ship being attacked by the vaster Star Destroyer still works really well, but the space scenes in the new film, and indeed in the Prequels, just don't have the same feel.

That's probably because you were a kid when you first saw it.

No. It was because at that time there had been nothing quite like it before. Very few science fiction/fantasy films before that looked very real. In fact most looked pretty cheesy and it was obvious they were using miniatures. Although there were a few exceptions. But even the more realistic ones never gave the impression of just how enormous those capital ships were actually supposed to be like that scene in Star Wars. That was a "holy shit!" moment for adults and children alike. We also weren't jaded like we are now.

Comment Re:Why rehabilitate the unwilling? (Score 2) 118

That's just it, drugs generally do really bad things to people and those around them and many are helpless to break the cycle of dependency.

Would you have us stand back and watch while people self destruct, killing themselves a little bit at a time? Where I get there is a limit to what government can do in a free society, but this question does not have a binary answer in the case of illicit drug use. Just taking the controls off and "making it legal" condemns a lot of people to needless lives of torment and early death, just as strict drug laws and enforcement with zero tolerance and total commitment to eradication of illegal substance use consumes vast resources, full jails and lives beset by a different kind of torment.

I don't think there's a simple answer, but what we have now is a complete failure. Where I live there is a 24 year old girl who sold heroin to a guy who overdosed and died. While she was out on bail awaiting trial she sold heroin to another guy who also overdosed and died. After both trials I think she got a total of 40 years. Where I live we don't have parole or early release in my state. So her useful life is essentially over. Granted, it wasn't a smart move on her part, but most of us can look back on stupid things we did in our youth that we were lucky about the outcome. Many people who overdose also don't get help as those that are with them are fearful of calling for help.

Alcohol is legal and destroys a lot of people's lives, as does smoking. Perhaps we should focus more on education and doing more to improve the quality of life. And I don't mean handing more cash to people. But actually helping them to have a purpose and contributing to society while having a satisfying career. It would not be cheap, but neither are the current war on drugs, prison and welfare systems, police forces, etc. It seems that what we've done so far has failed. Perhaps it's time to try something completely different.

Comment Re:What's a mile? (Score 2) 119

It is not the age, which makes the mile odd, it is the fact that everyone else uses the metric system, but not the US and two other countries.

Actually the US, Myanmar, Canada, India, and several others still use imperial units for certain things. If you ask someone in Canada how much they weigh, they'll tell you in lbs. The speed limit signs in the UK are still in MPH. Gas/petrol is still sold by the gallon in several countries.

Comment Streaming is decent (Score 5, Informative) 72

I've been using Netflix for a long time now. I recently got a notice that my streaming pricing was going to change. I'd been paying $7.99/ month for the streaming portion for 4 screens in HD. Apparently they've had a couple of price increases over the years, but they never passed those on to me until recently. Most companies would have changed my pricing each time. Being a company that treats its customers even half way decent gets them a lot of goodwill from me.

I do wish Netflix still had BBC programing, and some other stuff. But I also understand that some things are out of their control. Probably my biggest complaint is that they have become pretty slow in replacing older movies that they had on DVD.

Comment Re:What a load! (Score 1) 726

go to the arcade!

Do those exist anymore? I remember when every mall had a large cave like room full of arcade machines that had dozens, if not hundreds, of kids standing in front of the games. Their pale faces lit only by the light of the CRT screen in front of them, giving them a blue/green hue.

Most malls I've been to in the last decade, or more, either don't have any kind of game room, or it's a brightly lit room that has nothing but crane machines filled with brightly colored fluffy things, whack-a-mole, and maybe a pinball machine or two.

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