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Comment Re:Potential military applications are really scar (Score 1) 76

I hear this a lot, but with the one child policy I don't think they want their one and only child killed.

Sure, most people love their children, but then you have this issue: China's biggest problem? Too many men

30 million more men than women by 2020. Don't you think that's going to cause some problems?

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 1) 98

Laziness and impatience drives obscene profit margins within the coffee industry. It's still fairly easy to still spend pennies on a cup of coffee, if you're willing to get off your ass, grind a few beans, and brew a cup. Most people prefer whistling for a dog named Starbucks or shove a pod into a machine to whip up a coffee-like substance fast enough to not be a burden on a FOMO lifestyle.

Quit being such judgmental snob. I do all three; it depends on the situation I'm in, and nothing to do with FOMO. There are times when I want a coffee and I'm not at home or not at work: Starbucks or Biggby, usually with a triple shot of espresso. When I'm at work, I use my Keurig. I find certain K-cups make great coffee. When we're camping we grind our own and use a percolator over coals. Definitely the roughest cups of coffee I drink, but then again, I'm out in the woods.

Comment Re:More productive = you'll need less people (Score 1) 127

But if you make people more productive, you'll need less people, or you'll need the same people for less time.

Which will free up people to pursue other interests & career opportunities. Losing a job isn't a life sentence of despondency. I've been there many times, and nearly every time I ended up with something better. A couple of times I had to take a step back though too. It's during those times that you explore new opportunities & retool your skill set.

Comment Re:Capitalism sort-of works, sometimes (Score 1) 372

It's not that it's not workable, it's that the markets are not efficient (in the economic sense). Note that this took TEN YEARS to occur. Had the reaction been on the order of 3-6 months, I'd say it worked properly. The time from the beginning of price gouging to the current state where the cost is a single digit multiple of the production cost means that the marketplace is only reactive to massive imbalances.

You don't think that the barriers to entry (patents & FDA) had anything to do with the "slow" reaction?

Comment Re:This is one type; others have less decline (Score 1) 130

I had them burrow into the fascia for my deck when I lived in Virginia. If you sit on the deck, you can hear them chewing away.

I caught one boring a whole in my deck. They can chew quite fast. I happened to have a garden spade in my hand, so I chopped it in half while it's head was embedded in the wood. Those are ones you don't want to let go of, or you'll have a massive problem.

Comment Re:Lying about the product is not acceptable (Score 2) 159

So according to you fraud is ok because nobody *has* to buy from Amazon? Weird argument you have there. Sorry but retailers shouldn't get to make any and all claims about their product regardless of veracity. This includes lying about the "market" value of the product to make it seem like it is a better deal than it actually is.

Fraud would be if they offered you a product for a certain price, then charged you a different price. Or charged you that price but sent you a different item. Or made a claim that a product had certain features but didn't. The market value of anything is whatever people are willing to pay for it. So it doesn't really matter if you claim that your product is ordinarily worth x; it only matters that you're selling it for y. Your argument boils down to "I think other people are stupid."

Comment Canada extorts $1 Million from Amazon (Score 2, Interesting) 159

Canada's Competition Bureau said in a statement. "The Bureau determined that Amazon relied on its suppliers to provide list prices without verifying that those prices were accurate."

If that's the price the suppliers are giving them, why wouldn't it be accurate? Nobody forces people to buy from Amazon, there's an entire world wide web out there where they can compare prices and make their own determinations. Heck, there are even sites that will do the comparisons for you. Likewise, nobody ever pays MSRP on anything anyway; this sounds like a bogus complaint to me.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

By not disabling the cache Safari will just reload the web page from disk, instead of downloading it all over wifi. In normal use you don't sit around reloading the same page all day, you surf to different web sites, so caching extends battery life to unrealistic levels.

No, you don't reload the same page constantly, but you usually visit several pages within the same site. There's no reason you'd want those images to reload every time. I saw somewhere that the average user only visits 5 different sites per day. That was a few years back, so it has probably changed since then, but I wouldn't think it's too dramatic.So it seems to me that caching extends battery life to expected levels.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 336

The pie is the total revenue of Apple (specifically, $215.6 billion) so every penny that Tim Cook and the other executives get is a penny that didn't go to the people actually doing the work. Yes, I realize it would only be a difference of a few cents per employee, but it's still unfair for one person to make more in one day (day after day) than most people make in a year.

So what you're saying is now that Cook's compensation has been cut, all other Apple workers have been given raises? Because that's what the implication would be to your line of thinking.

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