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Comment: Re:In two minds about this (Score 1) 125

Dare I say I actually agree with the government that it's unfair on local businesses that purchasing the goods overseas can be tax free (for goods under $1000, everything else was subject to import duties and GST anyway).

you need to put down the crackpipe. People buying stuff overseas is NOT about them wanting to save on the TINY amount that GST introduces.

Seriously folks, GST on $1000 is how much exactly? oh yeah it's $100.

Yet you see things like womens shoes for $700 here and LITERALLY HALF THAT in America, and more often than not THAT INCLUDES FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

Australian consumers are BEING RIPPED OFF left, right and centre and retarded businesses CRY FOUL AND GET THE GST APPLIED even though IT CHANGES NOTHING other than FURTHER RIPPING OFF CONSUMERS.

That GST goes to the government, not ANY business, and your POTENTIAL customers who buy from overseas because YOUR PRICES ARE UNJUSTIFIABLY HIGH (seriously, more than twice the price IS unjustifiable) are NOT going to buy from you because their prices increased by 10%.

Having said that: I make a point of BUYING LOCALLY rather than "from the internet" (despite the convenience, and cost savings) as long as my additional cost is NOT SERIOUSLY SIGNIFICANT.

yes folks, I have in the past and will in the future continue to buy "here" rather than "online" despite the fact that it costs me (a little) more, but if I can find *exactly* the same thing for 50% or even 100% more than the 'internet' price, I WILL shop online.

Comment: Re:Becaues Slashdotters are qualified for an answe (Score 1) 616

by Crypto Gnome (#49533555) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

rational anti-vaxxers

Assuming you don't mean people with autoimmune disorders or legitimate allergies, I'm really curious to know what exactly falls into this category.

Just to be clear, people in those groupings you mentioned aren't actually "anti-vaxers" they're just people who cannot take (some/all) vaccinations.

By this I mean they're not against the principle of vaccination, and they most likely DESPERATELY WISH THEY COULD.

Comment: Re:Remember the good old days? (Score 1) 351

by Crypto Gnome (#48901311) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

The purpose of a free press is to promote a knowledgeable society. If the agenda is to stomp out the stupidity of the masses and their dangerous influence over lawmakers then yes, I welcome these agenda-toting muckrakers of truth with open arms.

No, the purpose of The Press is to sow Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt amongst the general population and THEN (and ONLY then) to TELL PEOPLE HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY to think.

At least, that's (a) what the politicians believe (b) what the editors believe (c) what most of the people end up believing.

Comment: Re:CurrentC does not solve for the Customer (Score 1) 631

by Crypto Gnome (#48257263) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Looking through CurrentC it does everything for Merchants, and nothing for customers.

- Requires to be tied to checking account or debit card - Customer assumes 100% of liability for fraud (?!) - Retailer can gather all purchase data on a customer - Requires multistep actions including scanning QR codes

What benefit is in there for the customer? You know people are going to freak out around the liability part. I know the retailers want to reduce their transaction fee, but unless they throw some level of enticement (such as a discount) you probably won't see adoption of this. Conversely a discount will just nullify the transaction fee. I'm of the belief CurrentC is DOA.

And the funny thing is that the consortium pushing CurrentC literally TELLS YOU that "CurrentC is ALL for the benefit of the customer".

Specifically: they're a pack of lying thugs, fuck'em all.

Pay them with single dollar bills whenever possible, ideally when they force you to use CurrentC tell them to go jump for being a bunch of lying thugs and mongrels, and then walk out and shop elsewhere.

Comment: Re:As a protest to the use of these devices, (Score 1) 162

I suggest that everyone who has to go through the scanner reach down into their pants and stick their finger into their butt hole just before they have to point their finger at the detector.

Why do it yourself, when it only takes a *little* encouragement before THE TSA offers to insert THEIR finger in your butthole?

Keeping in mind that THE TSA will not stop until their knuckles are knocking your uvula, or further press-the-digit-ation is blocked at their shoulder (whichever comes last).

Comment: Robert McMillen is an idiot (Score 1) 270

Netflix happily provides servers to cache their content, for FREE. This solves the congestion issue which Comcast CLAIMS is the reason why Netflix had to cough up literally millions of dollars.

However Comcast REFUSED to deploy those FREE SERVERS.

Anyone who argues that is NOT extortion is an idiot.

Anyone who IGNORES the "refusal to deploy free servers" issue is an idiot.

Comment: Re:Strawman (Score 1) 270

the argument IS a strawman.

Because NetFLIX will HAPPILY ship a bunch of servers for you to host ON YOUR NETWORK which cache the content, thereby BYPASSING ALL YOUR 'peering costs'.

Comcast (and friends) REFUSE to let Netflix GIVE THEM THESE SERVERS, because by refusing the servers they can FORCE NETFLIX TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

By definition, that's EXTORTION.

Comment: No News Here (of the day) (Score 2) 109

by Crypto Gnome (#47286037) Attached to: Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man
Surprisingly enough they found that a patient suffering from a side-effect of an autoimmune disorder treated with a drug for treating an (other) autoimmune disorder was successful in reducing-aka-curing the side-effect.

PLUS ONE for "the scientific method", MINUS ONE THOUSAND for thinking this is in ANY way "totally amazing duude!".

BTW: you CANNOT "cure" baldness, baldness is not a disease, it's a description of a symptom.

Comment: For All The Doubters: Watch The Documentary (Score 1) 148

To anyone who thinks this research has triggered their "bullshit detector" I say "you are so full of bullshit your detector is broken".

Watch this BBC/Horizon documentary

In this video they take before/after blood samples and show at least SOME actual physiological changes, change of things in ways which we currently consider to be "good for your health".

There really (no, really really) DOES appear to be at least some valid science behind this.

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