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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

bluegutang Re:They are competitors (311 comments)

Remember when Microsoft used its monopolistic position in one market (OSs) to unfairly favor its product in another market (web browsers)?

How is that different from Apple using its position in the high-end phone market to unfairly favor its product in the headphone market?

yesterday
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

bluegutang Re:Data centers? (405 comments)

Because many prisons are in the middle of nowhere, without public transportation or access to jobs? That's an obstacle.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

bluegutang Re:Bitch-ass whiners got their feelings hurt (386 comments)

Linus puts dumbasses in their place to keep the project running smoothly.
Jobs was a sociopath.
I guess both could be called "assholes", but they are very different kinds of "asshole".

3 days ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

bluegutang Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

Of course, with $35 million in annual revenue, who can afford to take care of the animals, what with paying all the salaries for the people working for PETA to exploit them? PETA's job is to raise funds to pay PETA salaries.

Reminds me of the Westboro Baptist Church...

about a week ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

bluegutang Re:Perspective (135 comments)

Of course, the number of C. dificile infections is not doubling every few weeks these days.

about a week ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

bluegutang Re:Aerodynamic design? (127 comments)

Because it's a higher priority to maximize the volume of the train car (i.e. more passengers), and to make the cars easily attachable to each other, than it is to slightly increase the aerodynamic efficiency of a relatively low-speed vehicle.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bluegutang Re:s/Recreation/Procreation/g (652 comments)

India is at 2.51. In 2007 it was at 2.81. So if this trend continues, in a couple decades it will be below replacement.

Philippines is at 3.06. Right now the Philippines has very low per capita income - roughly comparable to India and Syria. Once this rises, the birthrate will probably drop. In any case, the Philippines forms less than 2% of the world's population and is not going to drive world population growth.

So basically the main issue is Africa. And really Africa has bigger issues than overpopulation, like civil war and dictatorship and malnutrition and malaria. But all these issues are connected to each other. If you can somehow help with one issue (I'm not saying that it's easy) then Africans will have more resources to put into defeating the others.

Sources:
https://www.cia.gov/library/pu...
http://web.archive.org/web/200...

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bluegutang Re:s/Recreation/Procreation/g (652 comments)

You are several decades out of date. The entire developed world has under-replacement fertility except for a few close-knit religious communities like the Amish. Even China has just 1.5 kids per pair of parents now. India is at 2.5 and rapidly decreasing. The only countries with exploding population are in Africa, plus a couple outliers elsewhere like Afghanistan. Once African countries start to have significant economic growth - and some major ones like Nigeria and Ethiopia are heading in that direction already - then birthrates will almost certainly drop there as well. At that point, there will be no more population crisis.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

bluegutang Re:so what? (389 comments)

The incredibly creative C student gets an internship in a design or studio company, does creative things, and is rewarded with a job once the company (or a different company) decides such a creative person is worth paying for.

No college degree necessary.

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

bluegutang Re:the solution: (651 comments)

What the Bans actually are is a ban on Scary Looking Rifles.

Well then, what's the big deal? You can still actualize your 2nd Amendment rights by purchasing a non-scary-looking rifle that does the exact same thing.

Really though, we should ban all guns that are not bright pink in color. If you're a teenager or gangster who wants a gun to show off your machismo, that will get in the way. If you actually need the gun for defense, you won't care about the color.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

bluegutang Re:ethical question (475 comments)

You're the pope, you tell us!

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bluegutang Re:The best quote from the article (942 comments)

What Mill called "liberalism" is close to what is now called libertarianism.
What Mill called "conservativism" is a form of mercantilist elitism, closely related to the crony capitalism practiced by both major parties in the US, and (it seems) also common nowadays in the UK.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

bluegutang Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

I like the fact that "sumdumass" was able to give this reply to "a very intelligent person"...

about three weeks ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

bluegutang Re:Not so.... (517 comments)

Actually, the cost of subsidizing solar and wind has doubled the cost of power in Germany. Not only is that inflicting pain on consumers, German manufacturing is finding it hard to compete with countries where energy is cheaper.

If the subsidies funnel more money towards solar R&D... and that the same time weak Southern European economies are better able to compete with Germany due to Germany's high electricity costs, thus saving the euro... then everyone wins! Except German consumers.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

bluegutang Re:A look from the view of ultra-capitalism. (183 comments)

From a "inhuman psychopathic capitalist" perspective, you shouldn't even think about competing with Malaysian slaveowners. Rather, you should *become* a Malaysian slaveowner. Purchase a company in Malaysia whose workforce is slaves.

Of course, it's not practical for everyone to do that. But if you're one of the inhuman psychopathic capitalists in the US, then why not? It's not in the interests of the US workforce or the US population as a whole. But it's in YOUR interest. So you'll do it.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

bluegutang Re:Of course they do (981 comments)

I think a more likely hypothesis is that Muslim countries train large numbers of engineers (why that is is a good question - my experience in the US is that Muslims are overrepresented in certain engineering fields too), but Muslim economies are unable to employ all those engineers, so they (the engineers) become bitter and frustrated and susceptible to radical ideologies.

about a month ago

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