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Comment Re:And not the first (Score 2) 38

I'm pretty sure it's been going on for a lot longer than the last 10 years, it's the whole basis of the Korean economic miracle.

After the Korean War, South Korea was a poor agrarian country, barely able to feed itself, in fact the standard of living was higher in North Korea.

The Chaebols dealt with (and probably created) whatever Government was in power, there were years of brutal Military dictatorships with South Korea only being a democracy since about 1987.

The Chaebols are so powerful within South Korea that I'm not even sure corruption is the right term here, it might just be how things are done there.

It would be good to have a Korean's perspective.

Comment Re:No headphone jack ... (Score 1) 205

I'm still using a Galaxy S4 because it works fine for what I need, although I did install Cyanogenmod to get Android updates. (That went really well).

I look at the various new phones that come out, and they are all missing a feature I want, so I will keep using the phone I have until something better comes along.

My requirements are:

  1. User replacable battery
  2. Micro Sd slot
  3. 5" or smaller screen
  4. 3.5mm headphone jack
  5. Everything else is negotiable. At least with Android, someone will sell me what I want.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 562

Cassettes have literally NOTHING to offer except the nostalgia

They did have one thing, which was quite fun.

When I was a kid in the eighties, some hard-core Christian I knew told me about playing various songs backwards to reveal a prayer to Satan (or some other sort of hogwash, I don't remember the details).

So a friend and I unscrewed a cassette, flipped one of the wheels and put it back together to play it backwards, I'm pretty sure it was his sister's copy of "Hotel California".

It was a really fun afternoon of pretending we could hear some sort of Satanist nonsense under all the noise.

Also tried it with "Revolution 9" from the White Album and "Back in Black" by AC/DC, (I think).

Comment Re: Phones and computers vs computers? (Score 1) 97

PocketPC and it's descendants are shit

That's exactly what I was thinking. Years ago I had the pleasure of supporting a bunch of Nokia (dumb) phones, a couple of iPhones, and about 20 Blackberries. None of them were really much of a problem, except the one idiot manager who insisted on having a windows phone. I was the one lumbered with supported the stupid thing until my boss talked him into getting an iPhone.

Comment Re:Baby and bathwater. (Score 4, Informative) 397

So, this dude is having a hissy-fit because some other dude wanted to pretend to be a girl, and somebody at FSF didn't play along?

No, that's not what happened, you should read some of the links provided.

A trans-gender employee of the FSF has been fired, no-one from the FSF is saying why, which is probably the sensible thing to do.

The person who has control of the Libreboot project has objected and seems to thing the fired former staff member was fired because of her gender.

Richard Stallman pointed out that the trans person was trans when they were hired, making the objector look bad.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 4, Insightful) 234

The demonization of the Unions has been hugely successful where I live also, begun largely by a small number of influential journalists in the 1980s.

The factory workers where I work stayed united and never lost any of their benefits. The non-union office people moan and whinge about all the "perks" they get, I say good on them.

Company profit last year? Approx $16 billion.

Comment Re:Lost $800 Million (Score 1) 156

The country I live in is going to be very difficult for Uber to be successful in.

Our Taxi industry is almost totally deregulated.

Drivers still need special passenger licenses (P endorsement) but that is a theory test, a practical test and a small fee.

The Taxi company needs to register, but that is a also a small fee.

The barriers to entry are really low, and we are over served by taxis, so everyone competes on price.

I can't see how Uber can continue to lose all that money and compete on price with the incumbent players. Even if they manage to bankrupt a few, more will spring up.

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