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Comment Re:Why would you use batteries? (Score 1) 270

However, it has plenty of sunshine.

For part of each 24 hour period only. Also if solar was cheaper why are there subsidies by the government charged to electricity companies and eventually paid for those who can't get solar (e.g. live in an apartment, renting can't afford the initial installation etc) basically screwing the those at the bottom of the economic pile.

Comment Re:"Are you in danger" (Score 1) 90

From the PDS of every financial investment firm

Past performance does not guarantee future performance,

It applies to immigration very well also in the past it could be said we were more picky about those invested in and those that really did escape year ago were smarter as they got out early just like the rich who sell their shares at the top of the market and could see everything going downhill

Comment Re:Totally disagree (Score 4, Insightful) 87

What makes Robot Wars and Battlebots interesting is the rules and limits placed on the bots. the builders have to decide how much to sacrifice armour for weapons and manoeuvrability in the weight limit and how to design a weapon in those limits. and when bot builders all go for the same winning design they modify the rules the following year. e.g. when wedge bots became popular hazards were put into the arena. And none of the bots carry an armour piercing explosive round something that would be on a real battlebot designed for warfare. The same has occurred in car racing involving human drivers and the same will occur in e-racing

Comment Re:Maybe folks have re-evaluated "value" (Score 2) 113

This is what happens when bean counters start running the company products get expensive which no additional perceived value and they fail to recognize the value of additional "Halo" products such as the Macpro or professional laptops beyond the "meagre" sales. Add to that that many people are still happy with their iPhone 5 and even 4 I've seen around and will upgrade when it dies all leads to a fall in sales. Bean counters often don't remember history (before Steve returned) and as a result can't see the future i.e. one without the RDF

Comment Re:Not sure (Score 1) 69

Of course the world is full of two bit people hen decreasing in number 4bit , 8 bit 16,32,64 all the way out to 512 bit and beyond of in color terms those that see in black and white to those that can see shades of grey and and the whole color spectrum but like color beyond 32 bit it gets hard to tell the difference

Comment Re: Finally (Score 0) 540

All cost is derived from human labour. If there is no labour in making the stuff you need to live, then it has no cost (free). A businessman owning a fully automated factory would be the human labour, and rivals would attempt to reduce that (competition).

No economics 101 all cost/price is due to supply and demand just because there is no labour cost there will still be material/delivery/distribution/advertising etc, etc cost and just because a product is plentiful or cheap to manufacture doesn't mean it will be cheap to buy, diamonds for example. Note also Labour cost is only part of the problem some gadgets are completely built by robots yet are manufactured in countries where regulations and tax systems mean better profits for stock holders

Comment Re:So tens of thousands of mining jobs gone (Score 1) 231

The bigger concern is that it is the lower end jobs cab drivers /labourers etc that are going to be replaced at this end the workers are generally not capable of retraining to more complex jobs addionally this is where people who were desperate for work would go during tough times I knew a lot of software developers driving cabs now what are they going to do when times get tough

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