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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JDAustin Re:Republicans Control Michigan (292 comments)

This is like Republicans being anti-ethanol in general unless they are from Iowa....

5 days ago

Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JDAustin Piketty is wrong. (832 comments)

I'm not only saying this...a survey of top economists are saying this.

– “Theoretically and empirically the case that r-g is a major determinant of inequality or even top inequality is weak.”

– “Many other factors affect inequality including technological change, globalization, increasing returns to education, and others.”

– “Don’t find r-g a particularly useful summary of anything (doesn’t really capture role of technology, training, tax policy)”

– “A glance at the biographies of the truly rich shows most came from upper middle class families. Good luck and some skill produced the wealth.”

– “Argument has poor theory & negligible empirics.”

– “Is this an inside joke? BEA estimates show little change in rate of return.”

5 days ago

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

JDAustin Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

What happens when it spreads to central america? The have poverty and customs there that would aid in the spread of ebola also. And with the current administrations immigration policies, there will be a deluge of immigrants coming here from central america to get away from it and they will bring it with them.

about two weeks ago

California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

JDAustin Re:Brown is a right winger (115 comments)

College Costs - this has more to do with the easy federal loan money that hook young people into debt for decades. As money gets easier to come by for colleges, they raise costs.
CA Single Payer - you mean the plan that would cost more then the states current annual budget to implement?
CA Budget - this has more to do with the coastal are of the state able to shit gold in even a crappy economy. Although, I will give him some credit here (he'd get even more if he would drop support for the useless highspeed rail, as the only on getting rich off that is our esteemed senator Feinstein)

about three weeks ago

State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

JDAustin Re:Tesla should come to the EU (335 comments)

Sorry...but that would probably require a corporate inversion and the our draconian IRS cannot allow that.

about three weeks ago

State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

JDAustin Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

Off topic...but yea. The late 90's Lexus' can be had for under 5k and are great buys for cheap cars.

about three weeks ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

JDAustin So who's worst??? (184 comments)

Governments who want to overregulate or TW/Comcast?

about a month and a half ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

JDAustin Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

I've meet several vegetarians who have no problem eating meet that was the result of hunting.

The vegans though are the ones who are saying man shouldn't eat meat at all.

about a month and a half ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

JDAustin Unless you're the IRS (235 comments)

Then it gets saved on only a single hard drive the crashes and is recycled right before that email is needed...

about 2 months ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

JDAustin Re:No (264 comments)

When you give the police weapons of war then they will find someone to go to war with. Unfortunately, that is the general populace.

about 2 months ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

JDAustin Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

It all depends on where you live.

Even though I live in the East SF Bay (not inland either), OTA, DSL, and non-landline phone are not much of option for me. OTA I get 2 channels - QVC and HSN, so my choices are Comcast or DirectTV/Dish. Price wise, there both basically the same. I had DSL for years, but I would barely get 3megs. For a family of four w/ 2 teenagers, that just cant keep up. And as to using a cell phone instead of landline? Those hills that screww w/ OTA tv also screw with cell signal. I cannot get calls where I live, not matter the carrier (one reason I stick with sprint is the Airrave).

So I have a comcast bundle for 2 years. If they jack the prices, then i'll drop cable in a heartbeat for DirectTv again...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

JDAustin Re:same as vote by mail (190 comments)

Actually if you look at voter participation in Oregon, its not much different then other states.

All you achieve in any system of voting that is not in-person is a high chance of fraud.

about 3 months ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

JDAustin Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

Of course you need to remember that the US government was infiltrated with communist spies and sympathizers. You only need to look at Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Harry Hopkins and the Rosenbergs.

about 3 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

JDAustin Re:MyTouch 4G Slidw (544 comments)

Photon Q is on Sprint also. It's actually a decent phone.

about 3 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

JDAustin Re:First Amendment implications? (646 comments)

It's a equal protection issue. The government is arbitrarily deciding what is "good" speech from what is "bad" speech. In this case it gives what it deems "good" speech protections under trademark law.

It starts with the Redskins. What happens when it denies a trademark to a maker of a product because while that product may be legal, its deemed "bad" by government bureaucrats? Cigarettes? Soda? Fast-food?

about 4 months ago

Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

JDAustin Re:Paul Krugman (322 comments)

That's former Enron advisor Paul Krugman....

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

JDAustin Re:Dear Microsoft.... (218 comments)

I still use Excel 2003 for 90% of my excel work as I still have several custom toolbars that cannot be recreated w/ the ribbon. Being able to do many repeated functions w/ one click makes a world of difference.

about 4 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

JDAustin Re:Fucking Bush! (272 comments)

See...I never saw the guy as a OK dude. When he has both his opponents (2004 Senate, Blair Hull in primary, Jack Ryan in general) sealed divorce records unsealed...he showed he playes very dirty politics. You knew he was more slimy the most's people bought the whole Hope and Change con.

about 4 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

JDAustin Re:Time to become a better shopper (211 comments)

Was hatred of Standard Oil irrational?

Actually, it was somewhat.

In 1865, the price of kerosene was 58 cents/gallon and Standard oil had almost no share of the market. By 1870, Standard Oil had a 4% share of the market and kerosene prices were at 26cents/gallon. In 1880, Standard had a 90% share of the market. Kerosene prices were now at 9cents a gallon. After a decade of 90% market share, kerosene prices were down to 7cents/gallon.

Why? Efficiency.

Rockefeller did such things as purchasing entire forests so he could make his own barrels. The result is a barrel price drop from $3 to $1. Rockefeller also offered guaranteed daily traffic to the railroads using Standard-owned cars, loaded and unloaded in Standard owned facilities. The result was a lowering of transport costs from $900k per trip to $300k per trip.

When it came to take-overs of competitors, Rockefeller opened the books and made a reasonable offer as he wanted talent and assets. If they refused, then he would start undercutting on price (while still turning a profit).

Now Standard Oil wasn't broken up until 1911, but due to competitors copying Rockefellers methods, its market share was at 65% and falling. Standard Oil didn't stop competition, it only forced them to become better.

about 5 months ago



CNN Anchor wonders if asteroid is result of global warming.

JDAustin JDAustin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JDAustin (468180) writes "Proving that idiot anchors are not just on Fox News, a CNN anchor posed the question: "Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?”"
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