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Comment Re:Who do they think is going to buy their product (Score 2) 533

The CEOs are considering today instead of tomorrow. And they are in competition with all the other CEOs who are doing the same thing. This isn't an omnipresent cabal who universally dictates a single economy. They know there are customers today to buy their items, and they know if they aren't the company providing those items made by robots then someone else will.

Putting your faith in companies to manage the global economy is bad. Those companies are selfish and over-focused. This is exactly why governments exist. They exist to protect the interests of the population as a whole.

Comment Re:And it doesn't matter. (Score 2) 400

It's a feature, but the purpose isn't to make smaller states relevant. The feature exists because the framers of the Constitution didn't trust direct democracy and wanted electors who would buck the will of the people if those people were making a bad choice. We can argue about unintendedeffects like increasing the voice of middle-America, but that wasn't it's intent.

Comment Re:No, not fake news (Score 1) 232

The true Trump supporters wouldn't vote for Clinton, but fake news was able to propagate really quickly on Facebook and it's reasonable to assume that the volume of those fake stories could have negatively influenced support and turnout for Clinton among people who weren't die-hard Trump supporters but were "friends" with those Trump supporters on Facebook.

Comment Re:Time-consuming feature or 0 revenue. Choose. (Score 1) 167

To be fair, about 90% of the time someone comes to me and says, "We have to do this because of ." they have a very specific solution in mind and their specific solution isn't the only solution and is generally not an optimal solution. They're generally trying to use a regulation to get some unrelated thing they've been insisting on having for months.

Comment Re: License Plates and registrations ... (Score 2, Interesting) 223

Except a lot of the drone issues aren't criminals. The issues are inexperienced citizens doing stupid things. Telling people they need to register, and possibly need to read a pamphlet or take a test gets a fair bit more information out into the public, and hopefully stops at least one science teacher from dropping a drone on a crowd at the US Open, or flying it around airports.

Comment Re:Flipped Classrooms (Score 4, Insightful) 307

Not everyone wants to be a leader. I say this as an introvert who has taken on leadership roles. I appreciate that some people are awesome at being top-notch individual contributors, and teachers who try to shoe-horn kids into extrovert styles are doing those students a disservice. Frankly, it's way more common that teachers are extroverts, so they're trying to make their students act like extroverts too.

Comment Re:Vehicle Weight (Score 1) 837

As tepples mentioned, the road wear goes up exponentially, which is why the discussion of fuel taxes and hybrid drivers is so frustrating. Automobiles have a very limited impact on roads compared to heavy, loaded, tractor trailers. According to this GAO report (http://archive.gao.gov/f0302/109884.pdf) a fully loaded tractor trailer does ~9,600 times the damage to roads that a car does. An average driver does ~15k miles per year and gets 25 mpg. Using the Michigan gas tax, that car would pay about $110/year in gas tax which is supposed to support the roads. If we're interested in assigning fees based on road wear and impact, that truck needs to pay over $1M. It's a regressive tax that has general drivers subsidizing business use of the roads. I know we need goods, but if we forced businesses to assume the cost to move their goods, they may get a lot better at distributing goods more efficiently (trains, boats, etc.)

Comment Re:Spike and pesticide correllation (Score 1) 220

"Environmentally friendly" doesn't mean, "can't be bad for certain elements of the environment". Sure, maybe today's pesticides to kill off predatory birds, but removing the "kill predatory bird" chemical doesn't imply that "kill the bees" isn't present in today's pesticides.

Comment Re:Paranoia (Score 3, Insightful) 152

It's better to ask these questions now, before we do have things to hide, like ebanking info. It's been considered that chip-and-pin would eventually push the liability for lost funds onto the consumer on the assumption that the consumer was negligent in losing his PIN. Bitcoin is another example of a thing that if you lose it, it's gone. It's not mainstream now, but I have heard of the Canadian mint experimenting with encrypted digital copies of it's currency (to allow electronic transactions, but ostensibly to make sure the Canadian government is notified of transactions so they can take a tax cut). It's conceivable you would have little to no recourse in recovering these funds. It's better to have the tools before we need them.

Comment Re:Yep, they were... (Score 1) 369

Companies tend to do way better when their intent isn't to screw customers. Steve Jobs was a delusional, but he believed locking down the software and forcing it to only work on Apple hardware provided the best user experience for the customer. That works out well for the company making the hardware, but the company didn't look for the money first and implement the product second. Keurig saw companies making money by lock-in and thought that lock-in was what it needed to do. Instead, it needed to make the best coffee pods. It needed to make them so much better that customers wouldn't want to use other coffee pods. If that involved lock-in, customers would have been fine with it. As it happens, the secret isn't the pods, it's the coffee, and lots of other people know that too, so lock-in wasn't ever a viable option, unless your goal was to piss off your customers.

Start making products people want, and they'll be happy to be locked-in with you.

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