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Comment: Is convenience killing HD? (Score 1) 142

by Marrow (#47538501) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

What with streaming and the convenience of ripping DVDs into a playback system, I have to wonder if interest in HD is being suppressed. I have a limited selection of Blu-ray and now will not even consider buying one unless it comes with a DVD copy. Scratch that, I dont consider buying them anymore.

Comment: The justification is... (Score 1) 382

by Marrow (#47459469) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

The dealers don't want people coming to their stores and test-driving cars only to lose the sales to some tax-free Internet site. A valid issue, except I don't think there are any Tesla dealerships that would lose out this way. I expect the Tesla dealerships are owned by....Tesla.
The justification seems even worse on things like motorcycles since I don't think people even test drive those.

Comment: Gas tax is the most regressive way to tax (Score 1) 619

by Marrow (#47276787) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

It directly hits the people most vulnerable. And proposing this at a time when gas has never been more expensive is ludicrous. Maybe instead of buying 50 new submarines this year, they should spend the money on roads instead.

Hey, I have an idea: If you are going to tax gas (state, federal) then let us deduct it from our income taxes. We should not have to pay income tax on it if we paid it in taxes right? Right!!?

Comment: 2 wheels allows them to avoid a tonne of regs (Score 2) 218

by Marrow (#47276713) Attached to: It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

4 wheels is a car. Cars have a metric shit-load of regulations associated with production, testing, warranty. Many of these are specific barriers to entry to prevent new car companies from entering the market.
2 wheels allows them to avoid all that and build something that is ultra-light and efficient and can be brought to market. Bravo for them.

Comment: The devil is in the details (Score 1) 932

by Marrow (#47216509) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

I would be interested in what the voter/incumbent ratio is in those other democracies. I would be interested in their taxation model, and their services model. I would be interested if their leaders are directly elected or elector-elected. Obviously your two Senators cannot do everything that needs to get done, so are they going to appoint people to handle the local details? We would end up with massive cronyism with 6 years to wait to get rid of them...if we could.

I think the local governments are incompetent and poor because the lions share of the tax money is going to the Federal government. We could afford and feel entitled to the best people in our local governments if they were the ones controlling the dispersment of tax revenues. Last I heard, the pentagon could not account for a trillion dollars. Thats a lot of schools, hospitals, roads, and jobs that were lost.

You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. - Al Capone