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Comment Re:Supply and demand? (Score 2) 158

The main thing preventing significant price increases as you suggest is the threat of competition. Canadair and Embraer have more than enough expertise making good sized regional size planes to jump into the larger plane market if the prices go high enough to justify the development costs. Gulfstream, Bombardier, and Dassault are even more players who could cut in on the action for the right price increase.

Comment Re:So how is this any different than before? (Score 2) 209

A large part of the problem is likely consumers just not knowing about it and the carriers not enabling the chips to drive business to their subscription services. A proper efficient market requires accurate information on both sides of the transaction.
Back when I had a Note 2 I hadn't even know it had come with an FM chip in it. After I found out I called Verizon to complain it wasn't enabled and their support in turn didn't even know anything except to tell me I need more data plan if I wanted to stream radio.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 382

Buses that run on predictable routes and timetables ought to be electrified by overhead lines, as they are in Beijing since you mention China. I would hope the extra weight of batteries would be only for a tour bus or a commuter bus that serves a far flung suburb.

Comment Re:That's a lot of wasted water (Score 1) 457

considering the state is in a drought half the time. If only there was a way to build a wall or something to hold the water until it was needed.

You forgot the part about: if only there was some way to move the excess water about 500 miles south to where the drought problem is centered.

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 120

Auctions are not unrelated because show tickets are not a commodity. A certain ticket is for a certain seat for a certain show. Some shows may be general admission, but then a ticket is still reasonably distinct as it is for a certain show.

Comment Re:Yo dawg (Score 1) 71

Are Samsung engineers just bad at battery design, or was there something more in play here?

It's in Tianjin. You may recall last fall a couple of warehouses exploded and killed 100 or so and injured who knows how many. Cause: inadequate material handling and storage. Apparently that just means the payments to safety inspectors went up.

Comment Re:WTF Time (Score 1) 101

They are both directly comparable to communism because every nominally "communist" revolution ends up a brutal dictatorship. Communism works great when its about the size of a large farm and everyone there participate voluntarily. Larger than that and, well, More's Utopia pretty much nailed it hundreds of years before Marx was born.

Comment Re:Alternatives (Score 2) 476

Do they have broadband in these countries - Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, et al? They'd need that to run Skype. I support the ban - our safety comes ahead of their convenience, but they could have relocated them to Turkey or Dubai and continued from there

Washington State's tax base is suffering because of a 120 day hold on issuing refugee visas to Somalis and Yemenis?

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