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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

rolfwind Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (189 comments)

Yeah, but Roosevelt didn't fix the Great Depression, WW2 did.

And before WW2, our Government was in a much better position than it is now --- which is arguably in the bind it is in, from an unholy combination of military spending (Republicans love this) and from poor Medicare/D/SS design and paying government/civil workers too much and giving many of them overly-generous retirement packages after just 20 years work (Democrats love all of this).

The USPS, after it was spun off, reformed its pension plan, and while the few billion it needs a year is loudly denounced, it largely works considering what it's mandated by congress to do and other paremeters it has to work within, plus being one of the largest employers around.

So neither side is really for the people. And why would they be? The people don't control their reelection in reality.

We need an amendment giving power back to the people, and that's by giving only citizens the right to give to politicians in their jurisdiction. No corps donations. No PAC donations. No ALCU or NRA donations. Just citizens. Senators like Biden from Delaware shouldn't have an interest in representing Hollywood. And so on. Congressman from Bumtickle, Idaho should only be able to collect money from the Bumtickle, Idaho congressional district. Senators from their state. Mayors or Mayoral candidates from their city.

That should curb influence, from say, NYC banks.

2 days ago

Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

rolfwind Me too. (372 comments)

Simply, you can't manufacture like Apple, because if you manage too, you'll be just as expensive and the vast majority will want the name brand anyway. It's a me, too, that doesn't work.

But they had to buy 10k CNC machines to build 1M bodies? Doesn't sound right. Only 100 per machine.

2 days ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

rolfwind Re:Jailbreak (325 comments)

Oh wow, the "my corporate company brand is better than your corporate company brand" fight.

3 days ago

FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

rolfwind Re:No more subsidies (324 comments)

Can't we fine them and jail the executives for fraud on not delivering promised product instead? Might put a kick in the pants.

I'm tired of punishments consisting of not paying the corporate robbers any more money but getting to keep all they made so far.

3 days ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

rolfwind Re:Who to believe? (389 comments)

Did it suck when he was there or only after he left? I don't recall anymore.

4 days ago

Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

rolfwind Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

Tax-wise it seems tricky. It seems (you're nuts if you take advice from a random stranger on this) that it's considered an asset, and if bitcoin gains in value you have to pay tax on that

Like most assets, don't you (in the US) just pay tax on it when you sell it and realize a profit? Just like stock?

That doesn't seem tricky at all.

about two weeks ago

US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

rolfwind Does natural gas fracking work the same way as oil (191 comments)


I know the extraction bellcurves of conventional oil wells/fields are generally decades long things, while fracking lasts only a few years, so a fracking area tends to get dotted with many, many wells before they have to move on due to depletion.

Does the same short-livedness hold true for natural gas?

about two weeks ago

How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

rolfwind Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Science may be good and pure and free of politics.

BUT SCIENTISTS ARE NOT. They depend on funding and getting tenure and in general are dependent on institutions and where institutions are, there is a boat load of politics.

A hard science like physics has it relatively easy, but everything down the ladder can be and are muddied to one degree or another.

For the record, I'm convinced of anthropogenic global warming.

about two weeks ago

3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

rolfwind Re:Stock is at a record high (90 comments)

I agree. Apple still is coasting on Steve Job's risks. Coasting is fine in a stactic market, not in one full with change.

What happened to AppleTV? Oh, netflix and amazon and rokubox all claimed that pie because Apple was too stodgy to move on it.

Steve Jobs took chances. Where does Tim Cooke take chances? All I see is him betting on sure things and doing things for good PR.

Apple is the new Sony of the 90s. What happens when the tablet market is saturated and declines? What happens if major phone networks start allowing people to bring their existing phones and getting a discount, breaking the 2 year upgrade cycle?

about a month ago

Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

rolfwind Re:Not just because of liquid water (90 comments)

When does America start sinking again due to the large weight of its citizens?

about a month ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

rolfwind Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (364 comments)

When it's all 3, I think it's a trimming of the budget thing. Or perhaps 2 of them really wanted to move on, and they didn't think they'd find a team that works on camera as well. If it were just say Kari, they could sub her with Jessy Combs. With 2 people, they'd likely collapse the team.

As with Tasha Yar, my view is, when you have a winning show, stay on as long as possible and ride it out.

about a month ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

rolfwind Re:My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

I will miss Grant too. He seemed to be the only one close to a scientist of the 3, as an electrical engineer and robot builder.

Haven't watched the show for a while now. It became too much blow shit up and other dumbed down shit. Every episode. And yet it was still one of Discoveries smarter shows, as sad as that fact is.

While I can fault their scientific method, they had some ingenius ways to test and bust some myths. I wonder if "returning" to roots means smarter shows though or just trimming the budget?

about a month ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

rolfwind Re:I'll check that immediately (232 comments)

I heard Comcast is looking to hire you for customer service. You should give them a call back.

about a month ago

Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

rolfwind Re:distance, please (93 comments)

Here in America, we give monopolies to companies that provide shitty and expensive service.

about a month ago

Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

rolfwind Most documentaries suck (103 comments)

For the past 15 years, nearly all the channels such as history channel, discovery, etc have been nearly wothless, waste your time with ratings tactics, etc. Some physics series (NDT, Brian Cox) and maybe animal planet being an exception?

It's easier just to read up on the rest without the bullshit, the commercials, and the ratings grab tactics. Even on netflix, it's rare that a documentary is worth watching, because of the editing geared towards TV.

It's telling when the most worthwhile educational show the last years came out on Fox.

about a month ago

Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

rolfwind Re:Gators (160 comments)

Sad thing about requiring college education whether the job needs it or not. You can fill a moron with facts, but not logic.

The body of Bravo's roomate was later found in a makeshift grave in a forest close to Bravo's apartment.

That is stupid.

Also of note is that investigators determined that Bravo, during the same time frame he asked Siri for advice on where to hide the body, also used a flashlight app nine times. Though circumstantial, the inference is that he used the flashlight on the iPhone to help him see as he disposed of the body.

Scary how shit like that is tracked in the phone. I use my flashlight daily, wonder if that makes me a suspect for something?

about a month ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

rolfwind Re:Cook needs to resign. Apple is going downhill f (561 comments)

Apple is still coasting on Job's set up.

It has absolutely sucked at setting up new types of products in the pipeline in the eventual saturation of the tablet market (ok, people will keep on buying phones every 2 years... well until some markets savvy up and offer a discount for bringing in existing smartphones).

Ipod sales are going down since 2009, to be expected because of the iPhone, but now also because of android.

What happened to Apple TV since Steve died? Nothing. And it will remain nothing. Netflix and Amazon have that market tied up now.

Apple is going to wonder what happened to itself in 10 years, because I see Tim Cooke taking absolutely no chances unlike Steve. He's too conservative and too scared of fouling up but he also will never be able to hit it big. They'll keep churning out iPhones and that won't be enough for that much longer. Apple is the new Sony and it's days are numbered.

about a month ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

rolfwind Re:Good (502 comments)

Yeah, but we still have the battery problem. And the huge upfront investment.

No one in cities has the space to dedicate for solar other than a rooftop supplemental.

Solar panels went down a lot in price and will continue to do so (still quite an expensive component though), but batteries haven't really quite kept up. Unless a new tech comes in as well like some sort of super capacitors (or ultra cheap sand battery tech), we also have the lifetime/limited cycles to consider along with capacity.

Am I going to be scared just to turn on my induction stove or A/C just because what wear and tear it will cause my system?

about a month and a half ago

Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

rolfwind Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Have you seen so-called "World News" with Diane Sawyer lately on one of the big networks?

It's embarassing. 3/4 human interest stories at least. Mostly domestic. A few minutes of human interest human interest stories.

Or when you watch the olympics. Very few competitions anymore on the networks. Especially not when foreigners are competing. And we need everyone's tearjerking backstory now.

It hasn't always been like this. People don't need social media to stay ignorant. Their own mass media does it for them.

about a month and a half ago



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