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Comment Re:Why not just use the app (Score 1) 222

The hardware may be getting out there for accepting payments, but as far as using your phone to pay, in the US the cell phone carriers are doing everything they can to screw things up for everyone. I bought a phone with NFC and foolishly assumed that I'd be able to use Google Wallet with it. I didn't realize that most of the major carriers (pretty much everyone but Sprint) are working on their own so-far stillborn alternative (, so they don't allow Google Wallet to function.

Comment Re:Yes, it will die (Score 1) 347

I never thought about the fact that Thinkpads don't scream "steal me!" until my ex-girlfriend's apartment was burglarized about 5 years ago. The idiot thief took a cheap, shiny looking Acer laptop and left behind two X-series Thinkpads that were sitting out in the open on a coffee table.

Comment No visas? (Score 1) 332

So the idea is that everyone will fly into the US and then take a boat or helicopter to the ship? You're still going to have to go through US customs when you enter the country and at least get at least a tourist visa for whatever amount of time you're on US soil, and then go through again to leave for the "love boat" to avoid having your visa expire. Of course that might not be such a hassle compared to getting a work visa, but it's not like you can just go straight to this place without dealing with customs.

Comment Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (Score 4, Insightful) 624

If the information on a pre-RFID passport is sufficient for international travel -- which it presumably is, since I and millions of others still travel with them -- then an RFID-equipped passport with a non-functioning RFID chip that hasn't been otherwise defaced also has enough information. You could make the case that he should be prevented from traveling if it was obviously intentionally damaged, but it's certainly not lacking any necessary photographic or other identifying information if it's just the RFID chip that's damaged.

Comment Re:One Outrage I agree on... (Score 1) 489

Actually, the *entire* rail thing is a fucking joke. It's ridiculously expensive and isn't all that fast. It does have to, you know, make plenty of stops. It's essentially more corporate welfare for specific companies. Americans like to talk about "high speed bullet trains", because it makes them feel all sophisticated and European, but they have no fucking clue what's really supposedly so great about it.

Our *current* rail system does suck, which is the entire point of building a new high-speed rail system. We like to talk about it because if it actually ever happens, it will be better than flying for a lot of domestic travel: more legroom, power outlets, not having to show up 2 hours before departure, the ability to use mobile data plans for the majority of the trip, etc.

Comment Re:They are NOT Denying Global Warming (Score 3, Insightful) 1100

I hate to resort to calling the EPA malicious, because I want to believe that they think that what they are doing is right, but, seriously, that's the only alternative. They certainly aren't trying to _actually_ clean up the air, since worse offenders than the USA already exist and won't be affected by this law at all.

Come the fuck on. You cannot honestly believe that the US government, which depends on tax revenue from American businesses and their employees, would intentionally handicap said businesses? To what end? Stop trying to turn a legitimate difference of opinion into some sort of battle between good and evil.

As far as the "worse offenders" go, the EPA doesn't exactly have jurisdiction over other countries, so it's a moot point. You're presenting an imaginary alternative -- that the EPA could somehow regulate greenhouse gases in China, India, etc. -- as some sort of evidence that this is only intended to bankrupt the EPA's revenue stream? Get a grip.

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