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https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/11/05/how-the-usps-epacket-gives-postal-subsidies-to-chinese-e-commerce-merchants-to-ship-to-the-usa-cheap/#5e153c6140ca

Chinese direct-to-consumer US sales are being bolstered by subsidized shipping that makes it cheaper for businesses in China to ship light products to homes in US than s domestic supplier can send the same package across town.  The subsidy partially comes from the US taxpayer and increased rates for US domestic shipping.

With all the trade-war talk, this seems like it would be an easy thing to fix have a positive impact.



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Economics & Investing / trade war
« on: May 31, 2018, 06:44:41 PM »
I'm watching the Canadian response now.  Looks like an exact proportional measure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHxzG-VdO_A


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Water Cooler / The $70 laptops are here (sort of).
« on: May 24, 2018, 11:21:35 PM »
I bought one of these Viking tablets + keyboards for my mother and she loves it.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Viking-Pro-10-1-Android-2-in-1-Tablet-32GB-Quad-Core/45804384


Technical Specifications:

    1.3GHz Quad-Core processor
    1GB DDR of system memory
    10.1" touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution
    Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0

Additional Features:

    Back 2MP webcam and front 1MP webcam
    microUSB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port, miniHDMI port, headphone jack, microphone jack, DC-in jack
    32GB onboard storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
    Up to 6 hours of run time on a full charge
    Weighs 1.15 lbs; 10.2" x 0.39" x 6.5" dimensions

Nothing fancy, but good for checking emails, surfing the web, or watching an occasional video.  My mother isn't what you would call technically adept, but she took to Android pretty quick after I showed her the basics.  At that price its not that big of a deal if she breaks it -- which is a real possibility. 

I'm seriously considering getting myself one for travel.

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My dad's dad came out to California during WWII, but before that his family apparently lived in NC since 1660.  Odd, CoreCon was the first time I've ever been to that part of the country.  Apparently, I have a bunch of cousins there I know nothing about.

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Economics & Investing / Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:15:42 AM »
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As it scrambled to compete in the internet world, the once-dominant tech company cut tens of thousands of U.S. workers, hitting its most senior employees hardest and flouting rules against age bias.

https://features.propublica.org/ibm/ibm-age-discrimination-american-workers/

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Water Cooler / East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:32:49 AM »
This little plot of land is going to make some people very wealthy in the near future.


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https://socialblade.com/

I've been told that the high end for youtube channels is pretty close to actual earnings.

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Traffic / Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising
« on: March 16, 2018, 02:02:52 AM »
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/google-bans-crypto-ads.html

Right when I was about to start assisting on an adwords cryptocurrency project...

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Last year alone, the social network lost more than 1.4 million users in the 12 to 17-year old demographic, according to new report from research firm eMarketer. That represents a decline of nearly 10 percent, or roughly three times what analysts had predicted. Notably, 2017 was the first time that analysts expected the company to see a drop in usage for any age group. Overall, Facebook lost 2.8 million U.S. users under the age of 25, the data found.

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Unfortunately for Zuck, 2018 isn't shaping up to look any better. EMarketer predicts another 5.6 percent decline in users between 12 and 17 years old, and a 5.8 percent decline for those between 18 and 24. That likely has executives worried about the long-term dominance of the social media platform.

https://www.inc.com/zoe-henry/facebook-losing-users-faster-than-expected-2018.html

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Economics & Investing / So, who's buying?
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:04:00 PM »
Or going to start soon?

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Water Cooler / Falcon Heavy landings -- Amazing
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:27:20 PM »
This has a scifi quality to it.  Sonic booms, so maybe turn the volume down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_kfM-BmVzQ


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Water Cooler / Vertigo?
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:50:38 AM »
I haven't really thought of the condition since I watched the Hitchcock movie years ago.  Yesterday I spent the day in ER with my mother as they ruled out a stroke as the cause of her vertigo.  Up until yesterday this condition was completely off my radar, now it seems every third person I talk to has had a bout of it.

Anyway, she seems better today.  They gave her a prescription of meclizine, which seems to be helping.  I was just reading that hearing loss can also be a symptom -- this would make sense as I wished I brought some earplugs with me today as I parent-sat and she was going nuts with the TV volume.

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Water Cooler / How an artificial sugar may have caused thousands to die
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:12:07 PM »
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/01/the-curious-case-of-a-boring-sugar-that-may-have-unleashed-a-savage-plague/


tl;dr:
A lab-created sugar that is very stable and moisturizing started to get added to ice-cream in the 2000s.  Clostridium difficile seems to become a super-bug when it eats on this stuff in the get.  Twenty-nine thousand died from C diff in the US alone.

But you should probably read the article.

There have been many examples of the ingredients in manufactured food, often touted as healthy, that turn out to be toxic later.  Eating things that use to be alive, things your great-grandmother would recognize, avoids most of this.

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Water Cooler / Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:32:35 AM »
I saw this going down the street today.

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