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Comment Re:BAHAHAHA! GOODBYE! (Score 1) 175

You and the GP are talking about two different things. You are talking about the plan as a whole, he is talking about his specific data point. Him, specifically, as a customer generates more profit on the unlimited plan than a capped one (which are lower cost) since he barely uses any of it. If I ran an all you can eat restaurant, the guy who gets a salad every day and leaves is not the one I want going to a competitor, but rather the guy who sits there for 4 hours continuously eating to get two oversized meals worth out of it.

Comment Re:BAHAHAHA! GOODBYE! (Score 1) 175

The plan overall isn't but he/his case is. It's like someone who buys an unlimited ride transit pass for $30, but the total cost of their trips during the validity period would have been $25 without the pass. For that one customer, the transit authority collected $5 more than if the unlimited pass weren't offered.

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 570

It's not easy money though. Considering there's only one machine of each type, you could spend more than a few minutes waiting. It's pretty easy to reach the threshold where it literally is not worth your time to deal with them.

Plus I used to have to take the bus to the grocery store that accepted the bottles, meaning it *cost* money to get them recycled that way. The bodega on the corner had all I needed to buy but they damn sure weren't giving away nickels...

Comment Re:Canada (Score 1) 278

The US already dropped that for meat at the behest of Canadian farmers, they felt demand in the US for their products was suffering due to the label. Ironic, because I would intentionally seek out Canadian beef, and I can't have been the only one. Now no one will be able to tell the difference.

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 2) 570

Several states in the US have it, but the deposit is now laughably low (5 or 10 cents). It is only worth my time to chase the nickels now that I live within walking distance of a grocery store.

If the deposit were more sensible like a quarter, you'd get a heck of a lot more people returning their beer, water, soda and energy drink containers (unfortunately other beverages escape the requirement, like Snapple and Gatorade).

Comment Re:How about take away their guns. (Score 1) 369

Australia, Japan, and Singapore have very successful gun control programs... because they are islands, an have a more centralized government with broader powers. In the case of Japan and Singapore, these same differences keep illegal drugs out with much greater effectiveness.

The US shares a land border with Mexico. Considering that illegal drugs make it up here with great ease, I don't see how we would be any better at keeping guns out.

Comment Re:... and Windows becomes less and less helpful (Score 1) 527

That reminds me of how I switched to Mint (KDE Edition) on a whim... I needed to reinstall Windows 7 but gave Linux one chance: I would install Mint and if I could get all my Windows games working in Wine in 1 day, I would stick with Mint... excluding waiting for downloads, in 2 hours I had my Blizzard games and League of Legends running flawlessly (thanks Play on Linux!).

Disclaimer: I have a lot of Linux experience which may have helped speed this along, but I don't remember doing anything more than following the Ubuntu instructions for getting them to work.

Comment Re:But but but.. (Score 1) 278

The idiot chemist who compounded fucking antifreeze into his drug should have gone to prison for manslaughter

I am guessing he got lost in the problem: we have a solid drug that we would like to dissolve into a liquid. He found a liquid it would dissolve in. Once he realized what his solution had done he committed suicide. Unlike the rest of the company which denied culpability.

Comment List of Cars Affected (Score 1) 157

Looks like only the ones that have functionality to integrate with cell phone apps:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

I have a uconnect as well but it is not internet enabled (predates the years here)... now I'm glad I cheaped out and bought used, heh... anyway it's simple enough to update the firmware on these things, IIRC it's just copy some files from their website onto a usb and "boot" the uconnect off it.

Comment Re:They get your foot in the door... (Score 1) 213

Agreed. However the fact remains it is an HR gatekeeper which prunes down the candidate pool considerably. The guy who knows his shit *and* has a cert will get raises and promotions quite handily in such an environment, whereas the guys who simply know their shit will never have made it past the gate.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis