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Comment Re:Here's the Scoop (Score 1) 340

All of this can be solved by pricing changes. Why do all the choices have to cost the same? Why not pay $15 for ESPN but only $1 for the Travel Channel. Then the quality of content is directly linked to the revenue of the channel all the way up the supply chain. This may lead to less channels but only as a result of a more competitive market.

Comment Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 1746

He and mozilla made a business decision. It didn't matter what his feelings were on the topic; all that mattered was what it would do to the organization and its mission. While I will defend to the death anyone's right to say what they want regardless of if I agree with them I definitely do not blame Eich for it. I blame OkCupid and others instead.

Comment Re:HUH? (Score 1) 150

None of it was simply given to banks; it was all loaned to them. The banks had to pay that back. People love to mention the fact that the banks received trillions of dollars. The fail to mention that those banks also paid trillions back. Those same people also failed to mention that this happens on a smaller scale every second of every day between the banks and the federal reserve.

Comment Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

...and that computer that the business bought was produced by another business which hired workers to produce from parts which were produced by another business that hired workers to produce and those workers ended up buying the product that the original business was producing. It isn't a food chain, it is a food web. Yes, consumers and customers are important but to completely ignore the rest of the web because it doesn't gell with your political opinion is like driving with blinders. Economics is complex. Don't try to make it simple.

Comment Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

Every time I hear someone claim they're "creating a job" when they hire someone I cringe. You're not creating the job. I create that job when I buy the good or service you offer.

...and your employer creates that other employer's job when they pay you money to spend for your labor.

Take the average plumber. Or hairdresser. Or janitor. Or, hell, anyone providing a service (i.e. what 3/4th of our GDP producing population does). That plumber will employ someone if, and only if, there is a reason for him to do that. Because if there is no reason, he's better off without that person.

...Same with any product or service you purchase as a consumer.

And that in turn will happen if, and only if, that person not only needs that service but also is able to afford that service. And services is the FIRST thing people cut back on when money gets tight.

...and an employer will only sell that product if it will make a profit at least in the long term and will only hire someone for the same reason. Micro economics really isn't that complex. Nobody does anything for free. We have many different economic policies for a reason because the entire economy is interconnected. If people cannot purchase products or services, businesses cannot hire. If businesses cannot hire, people cannot purchase products or services.

Comment Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (Score 4, Interesting) 202

One of the potential scenarios the US military does prepare for is loss of power to our power grid due to cyber attack so they are prepared. The US military partly exists for disaster response and there are several commands dedicated to it. Provided their already shielded equipment isn't taken out, they could have lines of communications established for government in a matter of days. They would most likely be given priority for resources if everything were wiped out and their ability to adapt to equipment issues both on the power generation and communications side is actually quite impressive. Source: I lead tin communications Soldiers. While other people dream of zombie attacks, I dream of kinetic cyber attacks.

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