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Comment Re:Stargate Lesson (Score 5, Insightful) 304

Sometimes I'll just say "that movie SUCKED. But the visual effects were AWESOME!".

This is the reason that for the Academy Awards each category, save Best Picture, is voted on only by the members in that category. A movie can absolutely suck but have great music or amazing editing. The people who work in a field know for what to look when they watch and know good work when it happens.

Comment Re:Apple's new motto: We own what we sell you. (Score 1) 266

Making a device that lets other, non-governmental people stop me from using it is not a service, it's a theft.

Not if you agree to those terms. If the terms of attending a concert are "no recording, filming or photography" then you agree to be stopped by attending the concert. Don't like those terms? Don't go.

Comment Re:Of course, nothing prevents the owner from (Score 0) 266

if they're smuggled in, returning them after the concert.

Why stop there? Put up a sign stating that cellphones observed during the concert will be confiscated and turned over to authorities whereupon the owner will be charged with some minor crime/fined if they show up to retrieve it.

The performer has the right to set the conditions under which they perform and observers violating those terms deserve some kind of negative reinforcement.

Submission + - Stopping Facebook from tracking web activity (

es330td writes: ZDNet has published an article telling users which settings to use to prevent users from being tracked as they use the web. I don't understand why "Stop using the f*cking app and site!" isn't the first sentence. When are people going to figure out that Zuckerburgers' billions are the result of his selling his site's user's data to every bidder that comes along offering money?

Comment Re:Even a broken clock is right twice a day (Score 1) 170

You couldn't be more wrong. Financial advisors are not "stock pickers." Advisors help people to plan their lives financially by guiding a person to know the best way to apply their resources to reach their goals. A true financial advisor is akin to an architect or engineer who uses a complex set of tools to help a person solve a problem they themselves cannot solve.

Comment Re:Suzie can vote. Suzie can get a pitchfork. (Score 1) 954

No, they don't. Or, at least, they don't do it *automatically*. That's what competition is about.

If a government entity raises the minimum wage you can bet every employer with a minimum wage employee will raise prices accordingly automatically, and as a group. There is no competition when everybody's input cost is the same.

Comment Re:Suzie can vote. Suzie can get a pitchfork. (Score 2, Interesting) 954

The only problem with this idea that the unemployed will find work is that the number of people required to design/operate/maintain technology is much smaller than the number of people required to do the work the technology replaces. Three people can each work a full time job at the same task in a 24 hour a day. One machine can work 24 hours straight, displacing three jobs. Even if we assume it takes one person a full time job to maintain that one machine, that is still a net negative two jobs.

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