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Comment Re:Er...so it was about greed? (Score 1) 155

Competitor A pushes competitor B out of the market to corner the market and drive up profits, right? In other words, it's about greed, right?

I'm reminded of a line from The Simpsons from Mr. Burns. It went something to the effect of, "I love my money, but I'd give it all up... for just a little bit more."

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 3, Insightful) 460

I don't disagree with you. Unfortunately poor education begets poor decisions which begets poor education, the circle of derp if you will.

Come in as an outsider to attempt to help and you're disrespected for being that outsider, even if you have reasonable intentions. Be an insider that managed to get that education despite the difficulties and you're branded as an elitist, even if your goal is to attempt to bring everyone up to your level.

The best argument against local control (ie, Federalism) is seeing what people do with it. The best argument against having only a central-controlled government is currently residing at 1600 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, when he deigns to stoop so low as to stay there.

Comment Re:Yay for Men's rights... and other possibilities (Score 1) 184

It's very simple. Not all reproductive faults are genetic in origin. Some are due to injury, some are due to medications that the person's own mother took prior-to or during pregnancy. Some are due to environmental factors.

Additionally not all genetic faults are passed-on either. There are already ways to test in-utero for faults. Among them is a test called Progenity that allows one to screen for Trisomy and a whole slew of other conditions, where the only sampling needed is a blood-draw from the mother. If various genetic faults can be filtered-for chemically (ie, find a way to prevent sperm or egg with the genetic fault from fertilizing and becoming an embryo) then that would allow for reproduction without those faults from being passed down, where the offspring is still the child of the people that seek to be parents.

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 2) 460

Unfortunately it's expensive to help the population of a whole region when one the biggest economic drivers of that region collapses.

It does not take a lot of education to mine coal, nearly all education is hands-on on-the-job and is physical. A region whose primary employment is like this can let its education system slide while still keeping a degree of productivity, but if that industry leaves then what remains is generations of people without the education to readily persue other forms of work. One has to educate all generations in some fashion or another; school-age children need stronger curriculum. Adults need practical job skills, and need to learn or at least accept the value of the education their children would benefit from, and to be willing to pay for it.

Comment Re:Yay for Men's rights... and other possibilities (Score 2) 184

Except where the surrogate does not want to give-up the child they've carried. Or when the surrogate has a poor diet that affects the child. Or where the surrogate has injury, or illness, etc.

Laws governing surrogacy are not consistent from state to state either, so it's certainly possible that a surrogate might move from a state where the law favors the genetic contributors, to where the surrogate is favored, so even strongly worded contracts might not help.

Comment Icloud leak writ large (Score 1) 204

Looks like we found the source for the next celebrity nude picture scandal. Only this time, instead of the pictures being intentionally taken by the celebrity or their lover, the photos are taken by someone that hacked the weak security surrounding the control system for the device and took the pictures themselves.

Security cameras are already ironically highly insecure, and those theoretically are from companies that should specialize in security, where the data should remain only on tightly controlled networks. This thing doesn't stand a chance.

Comment Re:Yay for Men's rights... and other possibilities (Score 2) 184

Just be pragmatic, there are lots of medical conditions that can cause women to be unable to conceive or unable to carry a child to term. Infertility is already treated for to attempt to counteract these conditions but there are still conditions that are not effective.

This kind of procedure can be used to allow women that suffer from these kinds of conditions to have children. It can allow women that work in risky occupations to have healthy children. It could even allow women that have health issues unrelated to reproductive trouble to have healthy children free from conditions that are passed on during pregnancy through the placental barrier.

The idea of being able to tube an embryo to grow it to a baby is a good one.

Comment Re:Not the place we buy things that makes.us sucke (Score 1) 248

If you want it and can afford to buy it, it's stupid not to buy it.

I don't know about you, but to quote writer Theodore Sturgeon, "...you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." I learned this lesson as a child when I spent my allowance money that I'd saved up on stupid crap that I was convinced I wanted, only to find out that the thing I wanted either wasn't what it was made out to be or that my desire was not really my own. Now I was stuck with thing that I did not really want and no money.

I want a real smithing anvil and some tools. I could spend the thousands of dollars for the setup, but it'll probably get used only intermittently, as that kind of metalworking does not make for a casual hobby. I do not buy it because while I can afford it, I can also keep my money for when I find something that I really do want to have, or when I stumble across a genuinely good deal for something I can then pounce on it.

Be judicious with your means. Don't squander it.

Comment Re:Not the place we buy things that makes.us sucke (Score 5, Insightful) 248

What exactly are you saving for? If you die at 89 year old tomorrow with $10 million in the bank, what good was that $10 million to you?

This is a straw-man. You presuppose conditions that are not only of your own devising, but are highly unlikely and exceedingly rare. Most don't even live to 89, and most that do aren't sitting on that kind of a pile of cash, or if they are it's because they're still earning through their investments and are living the way that they want to, they're not denying themselves.

Most people that make a point of planning their long-term finances do so with an eye toward maintaining a comfortable standard of living throughout their lives, including during retirement. They do not want to lose quality of life when they no longer have an income. This means hitting peak savings at retirement age, where the money plus any further interest or growth will last for the remaining years in roughly the same amount as when one was working.

Saving for the future does not mean having to live like a pauper unless one has a job that pays incredibly poorly, but it does mean having discipline to avoid squandering one's money frivolously.

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