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Comment Re:thats (Score 1) 188

Meanwhile, Trump has had four bankruptcies and is the subject of multiple class action suits over the scam that was Trump University.

Multiple is a bit of an understatement 3500 would be more accurate http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

Wasn't Bill Clinton raked over the coals by the Reps. for having just one!

Of the 3500 lawsuits mentioned in the USA today article, Trump was the plaintiff in 1900 and the defendant in 1450. I say 'was' because the number of current open civil suits is 50.

Comment Re:So, why? (Score 5, Insightful) 173

Why doesn't someone sue the government over this? They are circumventing Constitutional rights with this type of behavior but until it gets before the SCOTUS nothing will change.

Probably because the people whose rights are being violated, don't have any specific knowledge that their rights have been violated. The people who know other peoples' rights are being violated (Microsoft in this example) aren't having their own rights violated. Thus, nobody has standing to sue.

Comment Re:Commercial? (Score 1) 43

It's not a public aircraft. It's not being operated for "hobby", and it is much larger than the hobby rules permit. It is much larger than the part 107 rules will allow. It requires either a 333 or COA.

The easiest solution was for Facebook to hire out the "research" to one of the many true research facilities who already have COA or 333 to cover them.

Exactly. Yuma Proving Grounds is operated by the US Army Test and Evaluation Command; they regularly provide test services to non DoD/private industry.

Comment Re:VCR didn't compete against DVD (Score 1) 131

Without the e?

Well, if you're talking about the trademark, then it's not blu-ray (blue-ray without the e); it's Blu-Ray. If you're going to be pedantic, why not go all the way? Or, you could just confess that you knew what the OP was referring to, and not get your underwear in a wad over something of little consequence.

Comment Re:What would Kissinger do? (Score 1) 230

>Got any facts on that?

He left the facts right next to the evidence on all the Weapons of Mass Destruction....

Well, there's this, for starters: "...multiple independent and bipartisan reports before and after the war have established beyond any doubt that Hussein was deeply enmeshed with terrorist activity from the time he took power in the late 1970s until the eve of his last war." Of course, you have to consider that the Washington Post may be stretching the truth a bit, if you think they may have an agenda here.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 2) 607

I doubt most baby boomers paid as much for tecom services per month as your average cell phone/home internet connection costs.

Maybe, but I doubt that it's really that far off. And for the difference, you're getting much, much more capability.

That "something like $10 a month" you think your boomer parents were paying was probably just the unlimited local calling portion of the phone bill, before taxes, fees, maintenance charges, extended area service charges, touch-tone charges, and all the other miscellaneous things the phone companies used to charge for. I'm pretty confident in saying this, because I'm a boomer and I remember what I used to pay. In 1986, the national average for a private, single-line touch-tone service was $49.25 per month. $49.25 in 1986 dollars would have been $107.77 in 2015.

Comment Re: Kinds of work? Ekronomics strikes again (Score 1) 1139

it seems we only need about 2 hours per week for the essential work, if you averaged it over the entire population. If that estimate is approximately correct and we go with 40 hour work weeks as a basis, then 19 people could survive as long as one person is working full time.

I think this is what the "I will cut your salary in half and give it to someone less productive. Now you can be roommates with the guy at the gas station broke together in a run down apartment." comment was about.

If I'm interpreting what you have posted here and earlier correctly, you are positing that people who are productive will be productive regardless of the rewards. I work hard at being productive doing things that need doing. I do this in part because I enjoy the work, and in part because I am well compensated for doing it. Because I am well compensated, I can afford moderate amounts of nice things that make my life more enjoyable.

While the products of creative types undeniably make my life more enjoyable, they won't pay for a European vacation, will they? If the fruits of my labor were used to finance the discretionary time of 19 other people, I would not be able to afford many of the things that make my life more enjoyable, and I would be less inclined to be productive and more inclined to divide my time between investment (whatever that means) and recreation.

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