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Comment There is a solution. (Score 2) 184

The problem is that there is no incentive for corporations to have people live healthy lives. As a result of this people are slowly being killed by the things they eat and the medicines they take. The obvious solution is to create feedback loops that discourage damaging profit motives.

For example, if you sell a product and a customer become ill as a result, your company has to contribute to their rehabilitation. This of course has the caveat of needing to record what people buy (already done by most companies) and relying on statistical analysis. As more and more data correlates a product to illness, the heavier the monetary burden is put on the corporation making it.

Corporation have already fubar'd a lot of people so the burden is going to be quite heavy for them for many years but if they correct the products they know are hurting people, it will decrease over time. If they decide, "fuck it, sell it anyway" then the monetary burden will increase until it drives them out of business.

Comment Less nefarious than presented. (Score 2) 53

As someone who actually looked and considered it, the toys are less nefarious than they seem to be accused of being. The physical toys are actually just (insecure) bluetooth speakerphone devices. Seriously, you can use the dolls to talk to people on the phone. Where the real danger lies is in the Android/iOS applications. I do not know if the application runs in the background 24/7 but I get the feeling you have to activate it to make the toy "smart" because always being on would cause battery drain issues. If your kid already has their own Android/iOS device then you have already failed on the privacy front.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 209

Generally the corporations lobby, often with hard cash, for these laws that they've written.

Not in this case. There is pretty much universal agreement from business and economists that our current corporate tax laws are stupid and need to be reformed, especially the extraterritorial taxation that no other country does.

The problem is that many politician do not want to be seen as "giving in" to corporations, so they just keep the rates high, and then hand out plenty of loopholes to their donors.

Donald says he wants to fix this, but Donald says a lot of things.

Comment Re:I'm ok with that (Score 1) 71

most teachers still want hard copy versions of student work, because it is faster and easier to grade 30 assignments on paper than it is to do so on digital

This seems backwards to me. Digital docs can be automatically scanned for spelling, grammar errors, run-on sentences, and even poor paragraph structure. Then the human grader can just focus on the quality of the points being made.

Comment Re:your privacy for some magic beans (Score 1) 101

Is there any statutory legal obligation to credit public holidays like Thanksgiving as leave for those who are made to work it in the US?

No. In fact, though employers may grant some number of holidays as paid each year, it is not required by US federal law.

My wife works in retail and runs a few stores, and the only day they don't open now is Christmas day, however all 7 other UK public holidays are added to their leave so in some ways it works out for her as she can combine them all for an extra full week. Means she has something like 34 days leave a year now.

American retail employees typically receive minimal benefits and low pay, unless they are skilled commissioned salesmen or managers.

Personal example: I worked at a jewelry store years ago. The low hourly wage was augmented by a small commission (1-2%), although I received decent wages from Black Friday through the end of December (35-45% of our annual sales were in those 5 weeks).

Comment Re:Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTun (Score 2) 51

There is a word for such behavior: Price Gouging.

"Price gouging" is just the free market at work. Movie rentals are far from a necessity, so if you don't want to pay what the market will bear, then don't rent it. Government intervention to prevent "price gouging" is only justified in emergency situations, such as the aftermath of natural disasters, and even then it often does more harm than good. Gasoline shortages after Hurricane Sandy lasted several days longer than necessary because government imposed price controls disincentivized fuel deliveries. Low prices don't help when the storage tank is empty.

Comment Re:What is pushed aside? (Score 5, Insightful) 75

Ok..well, the civility has broken down greatly over the past 20 years or so...

By every measurable criteria, the opposite has happened. Crime has gone down. Violent crime has gone down even more. Formerly marginalized groups are doing better.

That and parents not raising their kids to respect others over the past 30 years...

Can you point to any actual evidence that kids today are less respectful than they were in 1986?

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