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Comment Re: Nobody (Score 5, Insightful) 236

"Superior" is a subjective term not at all equivalent with "drains battery less". I do in fact acknowledge that for Vimeo video playback and a "normal browsing" set of tasks Microsoft has come up with, Edge drains less battery than Chrome.

That, in and of itself, doesn't automatically confer the label "superior" to Edge for me. As I value the usability features of Chrome much more than Edge.

Comment Re:God Dammit (Score 2) 450

Is that the same as if Obama intervenes in Syria, it's a giant waste of military power and "losing to Putin" but if Trump bombs Syria to ill effect, it's a "show of strength"?

To be clear, I agree with the recent missile strike against the airbase in Syria. I just find it amusing how hypocrisy works.

Comment Re:Verbiage (Score 1) 92

This is the US Customs and Border Protection requesting private data on accounts who are criticizing POTUS, accounts purportedly done by current Administration staff. So it seems appropriate to tie in "Trump Admin" into this. Had it been US Customs and Border Protection doing their normal every-day thing of screening foreign visitors, you'd have a point.

Comment Seems like a good idea to me... (Score 5, Insightful) 307

It matches supply with demand. If rents are too high the root problem is there isn't enough housing being built. All of this yelling about "greed" and "rent control" and even worse -- high minimum wage -- are just bandaids that won't solve the root of the problem.

So politicians get to "champion the little guy" with ineffective measures while enjoying their large lots for their own housing and collecting expensive property taxes. But woe be you if you're a developer seeking to build more housing units. Fees and permits alone will scare away all but the most determined (and profit seeking).

Comment Re: Pricing... (Score 3, Interesting) 150

But how much time do you save nowadays though. 20 years ago when the Concord ran, you got to the airport 45 min ahead of time with plenty of time to spare.

Today, international travel takes about 3 hours at the airport alone. Let alone the flight. So if we're taking 9 vs 6 hours spent, is it really that big of a difference?

Also, the economics of flying means that fuel efficiency is the primary factor in profitability. So if this thing eats up twice of 3x the fuel as a 787 but earns twice as much per flight, airlines won't be running it.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 476

What would it matter? His business model involves:

1. Revenue
2. Cost

Cost is the development. If he didn't have access to $5 simple CAD design and only had access to CAD contractors who were overqualified but charged $5k, his ROI would not be worth it. He's only making tiny, cheap, simple things to sell to people here.

Just having access to capital through a loan doesn't change the fact that his business revenue doesn't bring in enough $ to justify spending that much on R&D. Lower the cost of R&D and you have a lot more business models who can all of a sudden work now.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 476

That's a load of bull.

Scenario A:
OP can't start his business because he can't hire cheap foreign labor. Foreign students don't get income. OP doesn't have a product and OP doesn't have a company. OP also doesn't spend money because OP has 0 income to spend at said neighborhood restaurant, leaving them with 1 (at least) less client.

Scenario B:
OP makes a product people buy. Foreign students get income. OP gets income. People get something that didn't exist before that (at least to them) improves their lives. OP (and possibly any employees he/she hires locally for more complex work) then has money to spend at neighborhood restaurant.

In every single way scenario B is better. It's also the reason economists tell you that economics is not a zero-sum game. And it's what the "but the furrennrrr" wharbble people don't get.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 476

At least 2/3 of the components in RPi's come from Shenzhen. Not to mention almost all of the R&D work happened because companies could manufacture computers in low-wage conditions and sell-them to make a profit. RPi can't exist in a vacuum. It leverages all of the work the big boys did over the past 3 decades to be so cheap and so affordable.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 1) 476

Uber bleeds money every year. To the tune of a billion. You honestly think that if it were legislated to require all drivers to be full time that it'll just magically be able to?

The alternative isn't every Uber driver being full-time. The alternative is 75% of Uber drivers having 0 income. While the other 25% become what used to be called "cab drivers".

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 2) 476

As great as all of these concepts are. Reality is a spectrum. Without any government intervention, you can rest assured the negotiating power will consolidate into a bunch of conglomerates and as much "freedom" as you have will wither away as economic mobility opportunities decrease and labor competition increases.

On the flip side, just trying to legislate good jobs for everyone regardless of talent and/or economic conditions is obviously ridiculous.

Perhaps there's some right amount of government intervention. One that regulates the market so that there's plenty of competition and no conglomeration of powers that can abuse their monopolistic position. One that also provides some sort of basic safety net so that no citizen has to go into desperation-mode. And one that provides ample opportunities for self-improvement to all citizens.

Set those bounds to the free market and then let it do its thing.

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