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Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 3, Insightful) 279

You really think it was designed to increase inequality? Seriously? That is for to laugh. It was designed to make money without regard to equality, inequality, sustainability, or anything else. It was designed to make money. This digital divide you talk about isn't intentional at all. It's worse than that because if it was intentional then it could be stopped in a fairly straightforward manner. Instead it's like an annoying little gnat that keeps flying in the face of these companies and surfacing at awkward times like a random fart floating around in the middle of a cocktail party. They address it with a program or an offer, give away some stuff every once in a while, and hope everyone quits noticing it and resumes throwing money at them. It's just a side effect and the companies making all this cool stuff really would prefer that every single person in existence could afford their stuff. They just aren't interested in doing anything to make that happen. Not their problem.

Comment Re: Way to sensationalize! (Score 1) 202

I love Apple stuff and have been a customer of theirs for years but starting with the iPad and continuing with the iWatch I just haven't been able to get behind buying it. I think they're both cool devices. They look like they might be fun to play around with and may even be sort of useful in a way but I look at the price tags and see what you get for that and I just can't make myself let go of that money. I'm an iMac, Macbook, and iPhone user and didn't mind spending the money on those but I think Apple just pretty much sold me everything they had that I want. The tablet and the watch just don't seem like good buys to me.

Comment Re:Criminalization of homelessness (Score 1) 940

I walk by piles of homeless people's feces on my way from the parking garage I use in the mornings to the building I work in every morning (Downtown, Houston TX) and I wish they'd criminalize the homeless. This shit (literally) is getting out of hand. On the North side of downtown there's a small army of bums who wander the streets constantly looking for handouts and shitting/pissing in every flower bed, parking lot, and alley they can find. These aren't "poor unfortunate families facing hard times" either. They're fucking hobos who spend whatever you give them on alcohol and drugs. I know this because I watch them go into the little no-name liquor store that opened right across the street from the community center (translation: "handout factory") and watch the police bust them for drugs daily. I don't want to sound like a completely heartless asshole (I'm only mostly a heartless asshole) and I get that "poor unfortunate families facing hard times" exist, need help, and should be assisted in getting back on their feet but there are too many lazy SOB's just getting wasted and high using the few systems we have in place to help those the legitimately needy to subsidize their leeching lives.

Comment Re:Exodus (Score 1) 692

Granted these are all daunting challenges and working out how to get that many people off the planet in city sized starships is going to be close to impossible. All I ask is that if it does somehow happen the starships be shaped like giant guitars. If we can overcome all the other challenges this should prove to be a small matter.

Comment Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 2) 184

There's actually nothing degrading about a handout. Nothing at all. I get so sick of hearing this bullshit. If there was no "subsistence and degrading handout" people who think it's degrading would be complaining that there wasn't even a system in place to provide these people with even a subsistence level handout. What's degrading is being satisfied with a handout. Coming to expect the handout and refusing to work hard to improve your lot in life is degrading and people bring that on themselves all the time. Before you take me to task for anything understand that I grew up as poor as anyone in the United States you can point to. Go ahead and find an example and I can most likely match them or put them to shame. My family lost everything when I was growing up and the one thing we didn't do was lay down and accept a handout. My mom refused food stamps when we could have used them. She never went on welfare and she only accepted unemployment grudgingly. She beat the fucking bushes for work and never gave up. My brother is the first person in my family to get a college degree and he did it working full time paying his way as he went. I have literally gone to work with a broken back (wasn't aware of it at the time). Fuck the poor who spend their lives crying about what they don't have and how unfair it is. Everything they could ask for is there for the taking in the US if they will just get up on their feet and work for it.

Comment I had this happen to me several years ago (Score 5, Interesting) 190

The amount only came to a few thousand dollars and it was done with a series of fake checks that the thieves printed up themselves and passed off at stores that were known at the time not to use any kind of check verification system but it still screwed my life up for months and even then nobody was really interested in catching the people who did it. The stores had pictures of them and everything but didn't pursue it (to my knowledge). My bank only wanted to get me to sign statements that I hadn't done it and they reimbursed my account all the money that had been taken.

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