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Comment Re:Saw this coming years ago. (Score 1) 141

It's not only the possibility of profit. Before any undertaking a business also has to account for the risk of the endeavor as a whole, and if it's worth allocating the capital on that project versus any other project they could be working on.

A lot of people think if they stand to make $1 on a $1 zillion project they should do it, but the real world doesn't work that way.

Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 192

I think most consumers do feel Apple has the best quality, or at least quality equal to any competitors in design and quality. (neckbeards may not, but the 99% do)

The phone market is going where the PC market did. The smartphone market is mature. The tech has exceeded for the moment our ability and the networks' ability to utilize it.

There are few reasons to upgrade your phone year to year, as there once were.

(One wonders if the thinner/lighter trend and the trend of putting slick curved edges on these dainty phones isn't intended to create more replacement buyers...)

(along with the "you can't replace your battery so you have to buy a new phone when the battery life deteriorates" trend)

In any case, compelling new features are few and far between. I used to replace every 2 years or so consistently, but I don't see any reason to replace mine soon as long as the battery holds up.

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 5, Insightful) 390

I am voting third party, even though I have always voted Republican in the presidential election.

I wish people would revolt. Everyone likes to pretend that we wouldn't vote for the worst person in the world just because they bear our favored party's lablel. Well, this time around both sides get to prove it. To prove that honest government is more important than my desire for my side to dominate.

If not now, when?

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 5, Insightful) 390

I don't think even the lowliest serf is ignorant anymore that every media outlet and talking head is campaigning for Hillary.

I wonder, though, if this won't backfire. People don't like being lied to, deceived, having information kept from them, or being talked down to like the media is doing. The average voter might lean right or left, but they want the process to be fair, and the media to be fair, and for the ballots to fall where they may.

This growing perception that the media will never relay the truth about Hillary or honestly investigate her scandals, that all the corporate interests (including Google and Facebook now) are manipulating public opinion for her - people aren't going to like this nonsense. I wonder if it won't cost her more votes than it nets her.

Comment Re:Take my money, please! (Score 1) 21

I'm not sure there are 3 people like that.

I for one welcome our personal information cataloging, you-are-the-product, electronic payment processing overlords. I'd like to remind them that as an unremarkable Slashdot poster, I could be helpful in astroturfing others into toiling in their transaction fee caves!

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 543

Why isn't there a similar push to get men into kindergarten education or nursing?

Men in nursing has been increasing for a while, although the figures are still pretty small. The return on educational investment can't be matched in any other field that I'm aware of, and it also allows flexible scheduling, generous benefits, etc.

It's an attractive job. When you have an attractive job, you don't need to do anything to stimulate interest in it. The market will take care of it.

Comment Re:Same with most electronics (Score 4, Informative) 191

There's a huge problem on Amazon - most listings for Apple chargers, headphones, etc claim to be genuine and very few of them actually are. Amazon doesn't seem to be doing anything to police it.

There's a wonderful solution though - buy the AmazonBasics version. You get something that you know works and it's a lot cheaper to boot.

(Funny how that all works out...)

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