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Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re:Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If "not being a sociopath" is left, than I guess you're right, I'm a leftist. It comes from too much Sunday school, I suppose.

Comment Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If not being heartless is being a leftist, then I'm leftist. Letting children die so you can become even more filthy rich is just pure evil.

This is a drug that costs less than ten bucks to manufacture that stops children from dying a horrible death from a severe allergy. Charging six hundred bucks for it is beyond criminal and wel into Evil with a capital E. Satanically evil.

Comment Taxes are punishment? (Score 1) 4

If taxes are punishment then the rich need their taxes tripled after all the unpunished evil they've done so far this century. The poor are being punished enough - by the rich. If having to pay for roads and bridges is punishment, then having to pay for food and water is, too.

As a Christian, I have no problem with taxes (Mark 12:17). Of course, if you worship mammon rather than God, taxes would indeed be punishment.

Comment more and more consolidation (Score 1) 136

There are as many, if not more, businesses than there have ever been before.

I would like to see your source for that observation. Not as a challenge, but because it would provide a welcomed counterbalance to the consolidation I'm seeing in finance as of the past few decades.

Look at Gibson Guitar Corporation. Per this wikipedia article, the global sales of guitars began to decline, so they marshalled their resources and diversified by acquiring a bunch of other companies.

Gibson purchased Garrison Guitars in 2007.[21] In mid 2009 Gibson reduced its work force to adjust for a decline in guitar industry sales in the United States.[22] In 2011, Gibson acquired the Stanton Group, including Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton DJ. Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.[23] Gibson announced a partnership with the Japanese-based Onkyo Corporation in 2012. Onkyo, known for audio equipment and home theater systems, became part of the Gibson Pro Audio division.[24]

Every year, I see fewer and fewer independent companies out there. Especially in auto manufacturers. Other than Tesla, not a lot of new companies bringing cars to market. Instead, all the smaller companies are bought out by bigger companies. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat / Chrysler, which owns a bunch of smaller car brands, is always trying to get more consolidation going in the auto industry.

Another example happened back in the late 2000s when Porsche attempted a hostile buyout of VW, and got too strung out in debt in the attempt and then VW turned around and ate Porsche.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

....maybe it is time to get the "public" out of transportation.

Cost competitive with public buses? This weekend I dropped my truck off at a stereo shop in the south end of town (Austin, TX). Paid $2.50 for an all-day bus pass and came home. Did chores all day and rode the bus back down to the stereo shop to pick up my truck. That would've cost me over $20 with a ride hailing company.

Looking around at the other passengers on the bus with me, I got a sense many weren't really positioned financially for becoming ride hailing customers. At least one was in a wheelchair that required a lift that wouldn't be equipped on many privately-owned vehicles. Advocating for ride hailing to replace mass transit does not consider the needs of those for whom the bus is the only transportation 'option'.

Additionally, if a ride hailing car travelled to my house (empty) took me to the stereo shop, then returned to the driver's house (empty), that would add two unoccupied trips on the public street that wouldn't have occurred had I ridden the bus or driven myself. If you multiply those empty trips times the number of people on the bus, suddenly there would be a lot more cars on the street not carrying passengers and slowing everyone else down with greater congestion.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

Taxi availability thus far has been constrained by city regulations designed to protect the commons from congestion. The philosophy behind limiting the number of taxis on the road at any given time is also intended to motivate people to use mass transit instead of inefficient taxi services.

Ride hailing companies have successfully flaunted these regulations due to widespread political support among people who are only thinking of their own convenience over the bigger picture. Ride hailing puts more cars on the road performing empty trips creating congestion and pollution. Instead of voting in support of bond elections to implement planned mass transit systems, people are placated by "I want it now. Me!" provided by ride hailing.

Comment Re: As the US surrenders control of DNS (Score 2) 237

Except, from TFA, "The data I see suggests China, an assessment shared by the people I spoke with."

But that's impossible in your mind...it has to be the US. It could never be a US adversary with principles that run decided counter to internet freedom, human rights, and so on. Clearly this is a US effort to leave itself a capability to "take down the internet", when we are the ones ceding control of ICANN and IANA.

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