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Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 1) 258

So then sex with Monica Lewinsky has been decided to be a good thing because Clinton was elected?

Last I checked, neither the House nor the Senate had made a vote asking Clinton to fuck her, so no.

Not every action by an elected government is the will of the people or the "right thing". And given that people are arguing here that it isn't even protectionism, makes me think that it isn't as settled as you assert.

First point: Of course not, but until we have a perfect liquid democracy, it is the closest thing we have, and for the moment, like it or not, it is the modus operandi of our western societies. So taking into account the realities of our lives, it has been decided.

Second point: Of course there will always be discussion in a multi-valued society. In every democratic decision, there's also a minority whose opinion did not win the day, and we allow them to continue voicing it.

Comment: Re:Things are simple... (Score 1) 258

Shop at the store to find what you want then order it online for $1 less is a fantasy you made up.

Not at all. I know both customers who do this and shops that had this problem and went belly up (very likely not just because of it, but it contributed).

Your examples are bad examples and they miss the point. We're talking about small, personal book stores, and you come with Best Buy and Fry.

Comment: love cash (Score 1) 422

by Tom (#47446843) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

I love cash. You can have it when you pry it from my col... wait... not quite. But for me to stop using cash, you have to make electronic cash work first. That means three things that are absolute requirements and I will not ever negotiate:

  1. It is anonymous and untraceable, at least for any practical purposes.
  2. It is as fast and easy to use as taking a bill from my wallet. If your e-cash solution takes more than about 5-10 seconds for a simple payment, it is too slow. I'm talking start-to-finish, including everything I have to do, the recipient has to do, and your system has to do.
  3. It works between two private individuals who meet in the middle of nowhere and don't have Internet at that moment.

As long as even one of these conditions is not met, I will have to carry cash around me anyways, and if I have cash with me, I will use it wherever I can.

Comment: Re:Children (Score 1) 422

by AK Marc (#47446601) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
Care to fix the goalposts? You complained about it being available. Now, proven wrong, you are complaining about the cost. If the cost were $0, you'd still complain about something. I've gotten a card for $0. So where are the goalposts going next? Why not just state your objection, rather than arguing with everyone over every little detail?

Comment: Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (Score 1) 422

by AK Marc (#47446569) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
I don't pay a 3-5 percent convenience charge on anything. It's a violation of the rules in the US for them to charge it. And cash isn't free to the merchant either. BoA is at about 0.3% cash handling fee (some "free" each month, but a business account with large cash deposits will get charged a fee for using cash.

Also cash is much more likely to be stolen by employees or others, or just plain get lost.

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 5, Insightful) 422

by arth1 (#47446257) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The ONLY thing required for this to happen is secure communications.

That's like saying "the ONLY thing required is world peace".
What admins and engineers have known for a long time, and which people like Snowden provided evidence for is that secure communication is not a given, and highly unlikely to be an option for the masses.

If the government won't let people have a shadow economy they can't monitor or control, expect physical alternatives to take their place. There's plenty of precedence for turning to valuable metals when the currency cannot be trusted. And there are examples of governments banning both gold and silver trade as a kneejerk reaction, but that just moves the market to something else.

Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 237

by arth1 (#47446001) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

I'm switching out my lightbulbs - to halogen lights.
I can't stand the visible flickering of LED lights, nor that they don't light in a continuous spectrum. Some colors will show stronger and some less in LED light, which irritates me.
It's like listening to music with an 18-band equalizer, and three random knobs turned all the way up, and the rest down.

Halogen lights don't have that problem, and you can get them in many color temperatures. They're far more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs, while still having the advantages of an unbroken spectrum and little flickering. They're also safer for the environment to dispose of than LEDs.

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