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Comment: Re:Just Do It (Score 1) 13

by Deadstick (#47502395) Attached to: White House petitioned to save those in hot cars

Bad idea, unless you're in a very isolated location. The sound of a breaking window has a habit of bringing people out of the woodwork, and if you're running away, it's not gonna look very good. Might make more sense to:

1. Call 911 and announce what you're about to do.
2. Announce it to your surroundings at the top of your lungs.
3. Do it.
4. Remain at the scene.

Comment: Same business model, different business (Score 1) 401

by Deadstick (#47460171) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Exactly like the slimeball "sales manager" at a car dealership who tries to sell you the extended warranty and other overpriced crap after you've agreed to a price. He demands that you justify your refusal, because he knows that if he can get you on the defensive, he can bully you into submission.

I once tore up a negotiated deal in front of one of those. That wouldn't work in this case, because this customer was already cancelling service, but it might be fun to say "Why I'm cancelling is none of your damned business. I will pay no more bills. Remember when your robot told me this call would be recorded?"

Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 1) 155

by Deadstick (#47435059) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

Yes, very long gone. They died when we gave up on hunter-gathering, settled into fixed dwellings, and the first genius figured out that the soup would taste better if the privy were downstream.

Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 1) 155

by Deadstick (#47433499) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

It does, huh? You don't mind the thousands-pounds piloted aircraft flying above your all day, you don't mind the trucks driving around all day (delivering the same stuff), it is the light drones, that keep you awake at night?

The airplanes flying overhead don't land in my neighborhood.

The UPS trucks park in my neighborhood according to well-tested and well-enforced procedures, just as I do.

A drone big enough to deliver, say, a laptop on my driveway is big enough to kill my dog or the neighbor's kid. Until I know that little detail has been taken care of, you're damn right I have the right to impose such a requirement. Whine about the freedom of the open range all you like; we've come too far to go back to writing our rules in blood.

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