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Comment Re: Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 2) 131

just not entitled and whiny

Entitled and whiny? Common man, just because capitalists feel entitled to gouge their customers while stiffing employees in the midst of high profits (while paying a lower tax rate than either) doesn't mean they aren't people too!

Know what happens when companies lose their good employees to greener pastures?

They continue to enjoy the benefits of lowered pay scales, laughing at the unique snowflakes who think their wages aren't lowered for being a tree in a forest.

The companies either learn from their mistakes, or they go under.

Yes, that's the need thing about capitalism: success means success, but failure also means success because it frees up space for the next group of capitalists to come in and begin the next round of exploitation.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 2) 131

Nobody wanted to do extra work because someone else slacked their assignment.

That's the central flaw in the "unions protect the lazy" canard. It's predicated on the idea that Steve is happy to do his own work plus Bob's if Bob starts to slack off. Human beings simply aren't built that way, unless they're in a Biff Tannen/George McFly relationship - in which case Biff could just as easily having George do his work at a non union shop anyway.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 1) 131

That arbiter was a member of the judiciary, their job was not influenced by elections, employer payments, etc etc etc

Still corporatists, though. Either because they had to run for election at some point (and had to pander for campaign donations), or because they were appointed by a corporatist politician, who had to pander for campaign donations to get elected.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 1) 131

I'm generally anti-union because they almost always devolve into pieces of shit

Right. In the same way that if you start your own business, it will mean you will sexually harass your secretary while defrauding your investors, killing your employees with unsafe working conditions, selling fake products to customers and dumping toxic waste in the river. Because reasons.

Comment Re:We'll see what Trump does (Score 0) 131

Many union members in closed shop states (including California, but not Nevada) don't actually like unions, and are only members because paying union dues is a condition of employment.

Then they'd be freeloading assholes, wanting to enjoy benefits won by unions without having to pay for them. Try an experiment: walk into your local Chamber of Commerce, and tell the receptionist you want all the perks of membership without having to pay any dues, and see what kind of face he makes at you.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 131

America manufactures more today than ever before.

Because the population has grown.

We just do it with a lot fewer people.

Yes, nevermind that entire industries have been moved offshore (aside from niche players), like textiles.

The main reason for the trade deficit is that America controls the world's reserve currency, which is a GOOD THING.

Not for the rest of the world it's not, as it allows the U.S. to manipulate exchange rates as one of it's tools in its imperial arsenal. But one issue I've yet to see apologists for corporate trade come up with an excuse for, is how it allows corporations to walk in and tell their workforce to bend over and take it up the ass on benefit cuts, least their jobs be moved overseas. Even if the corporation in question is enjoying record profits.

Comment Re: Support the Union (Score 2) 131

Unions today exist solely to artificially increase wages / benefits and to perpetuate themselves. But what they really do is deter new jobs by being such a pain in the a$$

Tired anti-union nonsense is tired. Unions act as a counter-balance to corporate greed. If corporate greed isn't a problem anymore, and you can trust the altruism of capital, than you can also repeal all the laws on...

child labor, working conditions, worker safety

...because those laws are as "antiquated" as unions. Don't forget overtime, too - there's no way the CEO would exploit non-exempt employees if given the chance, now would he?

Comment Re:Too bad Muslim terrorists don't go on strike (Score 1) 131

Terror attacks are rare in the US because we've kept the terrorists out.

Because the United States is hard to attack. It's surrounded by the world's largest oceans and two large, friendly nations.

Now there's a concerted effort to ship terrorists to the western world.

Oh, do go fuck yourself, racist Western Exceptionalist. It's not Muslims invading, overthrowing and bombing countries on the other side of the planet from them for bullshit reasons- that's what you are doing to them. And all the 'Islamic terrorism' you can wank on about is either:

1) Directly sponsored by the United States, as when it funds and arms ISIS and Al Queda in Syria or Yemen
2) Blowback from your imperalistic shitbaggery. Want to know how to create a 'terrorist' in one simple step? You take a man who's done nothing to you and murder his family with a drone strike or a regime change.

Comment Re: Too bad Muslim terrorists don't go on strike (Score 1) 131

umm Muslims have been pissed at us long before drones, Iraq, etc.

For good reason, as western imperialist assholes have been fucking with them for the last century. Overthrowing Iran's democracy, installing despots like Saddam and the Shah, killing half a million kids with sanctions and calling it 'worth it' - your shitbaggery started long before Predator Drone strikes.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 175

I can't recall the last time I looked for media that wasn't available in an unencrypted stream within hours of being released in digital format, whatever the DRM.

Well, just checked Amazon now and there's 366 4K BluRays out, as far as I know there's no decrypting those yet. Not that I'm sure how you'd play an UHD HEVC HDR 10 bit Rec. 2020 stream properly anyway. BluRays look pretty good though...

Comment Totally not gloating (Score 4, Informative) 144

Mean: 47 Mbit
Median: 27.7 Mbit
People <4 Mbit: 3.9%
People <1 Mbit: 0.5%
People who can't get fiber: 54%
People who can't get 100/10 Mbit: 22%
People who can't get 4 Mbit on a fixed connection: 5%
People who can't get 10 Mbit LTE outdoor w/antenna: 0.06%

I thought maybe the fiber rollout would slow down, but the last stats indicate a speed up going from 41% to 46% in last year. Next year it seems likely a majority of the population can get fiber.

Comment Re:The mass of batteries never changes (Score 1) 83

The problem with all battery operated vehicles is that as the batteries get depleted, their mass never changes. With Jet fuel, gasoline, etc, as the fuel gets depleted, the mass is reduced, and thus the energy required to move the vehicle is reduced.

True, but it's hardly like a rocket where only a tiny fraction of the launch weight reaches the destination. The specs for the 747-400F (freight version) says 164 ton dry weight, 124 ton capacity, 397 ton takeoff weight. So max'ed it's (164+124)/397 = 73% plane and cargo, 27% fuel. The benefit of reduced weight will be on a weak exponential but if we round up 27%/2 to an average 15% lower fuel consumption compared to a plane that was constantly refilled by a tanker we've probably been generous. So if we could design an electric plane with 85% of the performance of a jet plane and recharge it with cheap, clean power from the grid I think it would be a smashing success. Of course we're nowhere close to that, but it's because the energy density of batteries to jet fuel sucks, not because the jet plane loses weight.

Comment Re:never understood removing features (Score 3, Interesting) 232

Removing features simply because they're not used by everyone every single day never made sense to me. Even if it is something only a very small percentage of users use, so what?

Because a lot of people get confused by too much information and too many options. And contrary to nerds they won't simply dismiss what they don't need they tend to avoid it saying it's too difficult. I'm not surprised if Google has analyzed that they'll lose 0.1% tech savvy users and gain 0.2% computer newbies instead. A case study: My online bank.

They used to have rather information dense pages and complex filters and dialogs with lots of cross links to related functions. I loved it, you had pretty much everything you wanted to see, do or go to at your fingertips. My parents, well they used it because I used it and having free support was more valuable than trying some other bank. They redesigned, far more simple pages. Far more hierarchies and less directly accessible functions. I hated it, at the time I mostly blamed it on designing for cell phones and tablets not big computer monitors.

But then I saw how my parents liked it much, much better than before. They said it was so much simpler and less confusing to use. Even though they never used but the first two options, it was far simpler to choose from three than eight and the rest hidden under "more options". The transcript page used to have lots of filters, now by default it has account and period, with the period being predefined like "last 30 days" or whole months with custom dates hidden another layer down.

And it turns out, that's all they really use. if they ever wonder if they did pay the power bill of $100 in the first two weeks of January they wouldn't filter by recipient and amount and date. They'd just scan the monthly statements manually. I'm thinking this and this applies, sure they could learn how to make the computer do more but is is worth it? Considering how little they seem to remember of the basics, I'm thinking neither the investment nor the upkeep is worth it.

So I can totally understand why, the question is do you have to only cater to my parents. But when push comes to shove, I'll manage to do five clicks instead of two just fine even though I'm slightly annoyed by it. My parents though, for them it makes a real difference. Unless it's really a professional's tool that you work in many hours a day, I'll always survive doing it the slightly harder way like just X'ing out all the tabs or hitting Ctrl-W repeatedly without being a make-or-break deal. It would be nice if we could have a browser by nerds, for nerds though. Maybe it's time for a new Phoenix?

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 230

No. No, I was right the first time. You can't own something that doesn't exist; and patents do server the purpose of forcing dissemination of information in exchange for temporary protection.

If you had said "creation in exchange for a temporary monopoly" I'd at least be willing to discuss it. But the vast, vast majority of patented creations would be picked apart and reverse engineered in no time flat if patents didn't exist. I dare you to show me one patent made in the 21st century that you think contains a trade secret that would take more than 20 years to figure out given that it was actually used in a product, service or production process.

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