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Comment: Re:Kickstarter and Pre-ordering (Score 2) 221 221

I would say there's one BIG difference.
The employee working at EA is doing so for a considerable salary. His wife may not feel the money is worth his sacrifices (and I agree, but to each their own). Because of that, he has a choice, and can easily move to a different job, even if he does have to take a pay cut, and have a good quality of life.

The employee at the clothing company may be 12, may be a single mother with no skills, etc, and the job is held over them as a means of survival. They may NOT have a choice if they have grown accustomed to eating, even if it is only rice and beans.

It's really not a comparison in any way.

Comment: Re:Intent matters. (Score 2) 312 312

Information that could make civilians more dangerous to police or military should not be available to civilians at all, obviously

Obviously! We wouldn't want the ability for the peasants to stand up to a rogue dictatorship. The police and military should not have to fear repercussions from their actions against against the undesirables. Let the ruling class do whatever they want, as history has repeatedly shown, as long as I can still get a Big Mac and watch American Idol!

Government entities and proponents of such love to use the "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" argument, but shouldn't the same be said of police, military, and others that we grant the authority to "rule" over us? What about information that makes the police or military more dangerous to us?

Comment: Re:proformence enhancing (Score 1) 65 65

This is the most fun! And it's truly a battle of minds, not reflexes. We did this in an AI class in college. It was just a trivial game, but the last day of the project was battling all of our AI's out in a tournament. We literally just sat and watched our AI compete. Probably less of a spectator sport, but so much better than a traditional programming contest where fast and dirty is the goal.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349 349

Missouri is one. I'm not sure the specifics, but typically you'll see a "Tax1" and "Tax2" on the receipt. Most cities do not exempt anything, but the state sales tax is exempted from basic groceries. It's not usually itemized what gets what taxes, but if you buy a $1 grocery item, you'll often find that the total is $1.04, instead of $1.08 (random examples based on local municipality taxes). The city tax is still charged, but the state tax isn't.

Comment: Re:Not here (Score 3, Insightful) 37 37

I don't know that it's just here. I think most people are good and honest, but there's enough assholes to ruin a program like this for everyone. They'd have to have credit cards attached or something, or it would be a matter of weeks until someone either stole or destroyed them all. Unfortunately it would be the .01% of people that would ruin things like this for everybody!

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 631 631

And they don't want to run fiber because it's it won't make them any more money. You're already paying all you're going to pay under the unlimited model. Now imagine you paid for what you consumed, you think they'd let their income potential be capped by antique equipment? If electricity was an "unlimited per month" model, would there be incentive to make sure that I have near 100% uptime with all the electrical capacity I can imagine using, even way out in the rural area where I live? Or would they want to just make sure I have enough to not cancel my service altogether?

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 290 290

And do you actually have the gold/silver? Everyone I know that bought precious metals only has certificates that show they have some. If the economy collapses, you have a piece of paper that says you own X amount of gold. What is that worth? If civilization has collapsed, you have no way of getting to that gold. No financial system to cash in the certificate, no shipping system to aquire it, no phone system to reach the guy that actually has it in his vault. What you have is a piece of paper. . . a rough one at that, which in the collapse of society is worth significantly less than the case of Charmin I have in the garage.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201 201

Amen, even my Nexus 4 is bigger than I really want. Honestly I might even tolerate the size, but that price is absolutely ridiculous, going from a $300+ phone to a $600+ phone, and they STILL didn't include a damn SD Card slot? Sorry Google, hope this goes well for you but I will not touch this piece of junk. Maybe I'll try the OnePlus One, the FairPhone, or hopefully some other compact and unlocked phone will come out in the future.

Luckily for me, the specs of my Nexus 4 are still more than enough to run anything I've encountered, so maybe I'll make it until this whole phablet craze is over.

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