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Comment Re:Everyone's demanding higher pay (Score 1) 306

Depends on the job. If it's something anyone with a pulse can do, then there's no real skill or reason for great pay.

There is a reason: basic respect for the person doing the job. Asking someone to work two full-time jobs just to be able to split the rent on a single apartment and still need food stamps is dehumanizing.

It would be different if low wages weren't used to create additional profit at the top, but the average McDonalds worker could get twice the pay per hour, yet still the corporation and various franchise owners would only see a dip in profits. This is the important part: their bottom lines would still be profitable, only slightly less so.

Comment Re:Ok, we've added. Now let's subtract. (Score 1) 156

My first thought about this was, by helping people move about and live longer PG is actually contributing to environmental disaster.

  • By moving around more, but not replacing other transportation needs like walking to work, people are expending more calories -- which consumes additional global resources pointlessly
  • By living longer, people consume even more resources with the extra years lived; by helping first-world people live longer, you increase the consumed resources by some greater-than-one multiplier compared to a thriftier third-world person.

Overall, this isn't good news.

Comment Re: Damn Fine Marketing (Score 1) 88

Not really. The NRA is just a gun manufacturing lobby; that's why they won't stand up for 3D printed guns.

But that counts. There's an entire industry, with money and motivation behind it, fighting for the second amendment.

Who fights for the other amendments? Nobody, which is why the definitions for things like "freedom of speech" (first), "fair and speedy trial" (sixth), and "excessive bail ... fines ... cruel and unsual punishment" (eighth) are so loose and squishy.

Comment Re: Damn Fine Marketing (Score 2) 88

People need to stop thinking in terms of groups and group rights and concentrate on what is right for individuals. That's the real problem. TPTB have spent the last 60 years dividing people into subgroups and ethnicities and pitting them against each other to create the emotional tension to create partisan followers fueled by hate and resentment for their fellow Americans.

60 years? Is that all? In America?

What about legal Jim Crow racism, which officially ended almost 50 years ago but persisted for over a century before that? Discrimination against the Japanese in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, or against Chinese, Irish, and Italians (none of whom were considered "white" at the time) during the last half of the 19th century and early 20th century? Native Americans since the 1600s?

I'm not saying your message is wrong, but you need to check your history. This has been going on a lot longer than you think, and the sources "stirring up" discrimination are probably different than you believe. A lot of it is inborn and doesn't require stirring because, face it, humans are naturally assholes to each other.

Comment Re:Sapphire crystal lens cover (Score 1) 111

Is this a non-story or did I miss something?

I think you missed something: looking for sapphire on the underside is a way to tell if it's sapphire throughout, or just a veneer on the top. By having less (or no) sapphire on the underside, it would appear it's more like a coating applied over glass, not pure sapphire.

I can't say for certain whether its a non-story; that's up to the millions of customers that purchased phones with the coating, and whether they feel cheated or not.

Comment Re:Sounds like a check cashing place (Score 1) 108

Check cashing places and payday loan companies are other examples of companies making money off other peoples' bad situations. If your credit sucks so badly that you can't open a bank account, helpful businesses like this will happily cash that check for you...for a price.

Your credit score doesn't affect your ability to open a bank account. I think you misunderstand why these establishments exist or how they work. People who frequent them either:

  • distrust banks (or are staying off the radar so their accounts cannot be seized due to debts) and refuse to open an account
  • need the money now and cannot wait for their paycheck to arrive

In the former case, they bad credit possibly because the have very little credit history, and in the latter case they need money faster than the typical banking system can work.

One way to view payday lenders is that they're preying on the poor and naive; another is that they're providing a service that no-one else will to people that know full well what they're doing (but don't have other options).

Comment Re:Both. (Score 2) 391

meaning 10 spaces would be indented using 1 tab and 2 spaces.

That is truly the worst of both worlds. If you're going to use tabs, then tabs should be used for indenting (i.e. the block-level of the code) and spaces for formatting after the appropriate indent has been achieved, and the two should not mix.

Doing it your way will improperly display in any other editor or viewer, including Emacs, that has a different-width tab -- which is pretty much all of them, since the 4-space tab-width is so popular.

Comment Re:Is Fiscal 2016 over with already? (Score 2) 100

Have they already closed the books on 2016 earnings? Heck yeah they need to get bought. The hardware running their accounting software is literally more than a month faster than anything I've seen in the industry.

They may have a tax year that starts as early as June 1, so yeah they might be in 2017, fiscally speaking.

Comment Re:Unfettered capitalism (Score 3, Interesting) 639

My point is not that competing with John Deere would be easy - it is hard, but not mainly because of anything the government is doing.

I think you missed the point of the article. Competing with John Deere is ILLEGAL due to the way they've taken refuge under the DMCA.

People could reverse-engineer the parts and mechanisms and figure out how to fix the tractors themselves, no manuals needed. My Saab 9-3 never had any jouneyman's manuals printed because the manufacturer didn't allow it, but GM didn't wield the DMCA like a club to prevent any kind of repairs — so there is still a thriving market. The same cannot be said for John Deere or their tractors.

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