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Comment Re:moving all the time is dumb (Score 2) 491

You are aware that the rent you pay needs to cover ALL of those costs (which your landlord has to bear), plus a profit. Otherwise there would be no incentive to be a landlord. Now while rent may not need to cover equity (if the landlord owns the property outright), if you're a home owner, the additional equity you pay is going into your own pocket

Comment Re:Unions (Score 2) 594

The biggest issue is that some of the unions have become so large and represent workers across so many industries and employers such that they are insulated from the historic symbiotic relationship between employee and employer. In this case for example, lets say UAW succeeds, unionizes Tesla and as a result of higher costs, forces it out of business. That's 5000 workers on the street, less than 2% of UAW 390,000 total members. UAW leadership isn't out anything and they continue on their merry way. Historically unions had to work in a framework that left the business they worked for to be viable, now there is no need for that

Comment Re:Agree. (Score 1) 130

Except that drinking overly pure water can cause its own set of health issues. The dissolved minerals (and their associated ions) in most drinking water important elements of a healthy diet. Thanks to osmosis, super pure water will strip the minerals out of your bones and cell membranes. You WANT some magnesium, calcium and potassium in the water you drink

Comment Re:Trump says science is a fake (Score 1) 382

While labor costs may have been the initial driver to outsource, the simple matter is that the US is incapable of manufacturing anything like the iPhone (don't feel bad, virtually no one can). It's not a labor issue, it's a supply chain issue. If you've ever been to Shenzen you would understand. Take Detroit at its absolute height and multiply it by 100, a factory the size of Los Angeles. All of the component manufacturers from glue, to glass, to circuit boards, SoC etc etc ect, all of the thousands of suppliers that make the things that make the things that make the things that go into an iPhone are within a few miles of each other. This is something that would take decades to replicate in the US assuming the NIMBY lobby would let you build something like it. Thinking that a simple reduction in corporate taxes or adding tariffs to goods will somehow result in a resurgence of manufacturing is laughable

Comment Re: Utter bollocks (Score 2) 171

That's because it is possible to loose money on each item and make it up in volume. However this is only possible the variable costs of your product or service are less than your price (if variable costs are higher than price, then you are truely screwed). On the other hand if your variable costs are lower, then it's about amortizing your fixed costs across more units until your total cost drops below your price. E.g I have a factory that costs me $100 a month to operate (and can make 1000 widgets). It costs $.75 in supplies to make each widget. I sell my widget for $1. If I sell 100 widgets a month I loose $.75 on each widget (total sales is $100, total cost is $175). However if i sell 1000 widgets a month, then I make $.15 a widget ($1000 in sales, $850 in costs). This isn't unusual for companies in high growth mode to over invest in capacity so that they can scale quickly to their break even point.

Comment Re:And I keep coming back to my same question (Score 1) 693

And this is where the hyperbole comes in. There are zero climate change models that predict a Venus like Earth, nor one where "we all die", or "destroy most of the surface of the planet". The problem is that too many of the solutions that are being proposed are poo pooed by eco warriors for reasons of ideological purity. Mass conversion of coal to natural gas, nope. Investment in nuclear power, nope, crash program to develop fusion, nope. Rather we're playing around with credits and caps that in large part transfer wealth from the poor to the rich while having minimal effect on CO2 emissons

Comment Re:Impressive? (Score 1) 136

Uh, Tesla IS making the major investments to ramp up both existing production and getting ready for the Model 3. This is precisely why they've been marginally profitable for so long, they are plowing just about every cent into capital investments. Does anyone even look at the financial statements before spouting off and offering their uninformed opinion?

Comment Re:Probes AND Humans (Score 1) 114

Luna 16 a contemporary robot probe, returned 101g of material to earth. A sample based on where it happened to land and the direction its arm was facing. Apollo 17 in comparison returned 110kg of samples (1000 times a much), samples that were selected and curated by a trained geologist from varied terrain. Yes Apollo 17 was probably 100 times more expensive, but if it returned 1000 times more science, the value is higher

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