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Comment: Re:Dear GameStop: (Score 1) 147

by Sinthet (#37227100) Attached to: GameStop Offers $50 Certificate For Coupon Fiasco

Their entire buisness model is based on selling Used Games. They make next to nothing on a new game purchase, usually only $5 or so, however, a used game is nearly 100% profit. That's also why they always ask you if you want to buy a used copy of the game for less when you try buying a new disc. MOAR PROFIT.

Comment: Re:Corporate humility at its best (Score 2) 147

by Sinthet (#37226640) Attached to: GameStop Offers $50 Certificate For Coupon Fiasco

They did it on purpose, definitely, but it was a mistake to do it at all. The $50 dollars definitely covers the cost of the coupon, and the buy 2 get one free deal also results in "free" stuff to the customer. I think Gamestop is being fair here: They're giving the customer back what they took (arguably more, a coupon can only be used to redeem one specific game that they already had, they can get anything with this gift card), and extending a special offer to those they screwed over.

At the very least, they listened to complaints and admitted their mistake. In the corporate world, this is rare, but it shouldn't be rare. Gamestop just gained a point or two in my book.

Comment: Depends on their curriculum (Score 2) 614

by Sinthet (#37190720) Attached to: More Schools Go To 4-Day Week To Cut Costs

I find I do better when we have 4 day weeks. This happens fairly frequently during the winter months, since skiing to school really isn't a viable option for many students. Our workload doesn't really get any smaller, since we just get our assignments from the internet, but it still results in more time that I can manage in a personally useful way, rather than have it managed for me by a computer program that brute forces a schedule with no conflicts. However, the amount of work we have is also huge relative to public schools.

I could definitely see myself slacking off (rather than taking breaks) if I didn't constantly have something to work on.

Comment: Re:Yeah good luck with that (Score 1) 662

by Sinthet (#37105564) Attached to: Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating

Thats not the point. The point is that its an example of where you technically have nothing to hide, but most people wouldn't want it anyway. The Police shouldn't be monitored because "They must have nothing to hide" because thats the same reasoning they use to get people to surrender their rights.

The "on employer's time" makes much more sense. They're here to serve the public, so the public should therefore be able to make sure they are doing just that, no more, and no less.

Comment: Re:Yeah good luck with that (Score 1) 662

by Sinthet (#37101826) Attached to: Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating

Thats a horrible argument. You have nothing to hide when you're taking a shit, everyone does it, but that doesn't mean you want it being recorded.

I agree on principal though. Police should be recorded, as often as possible. They are here to serve and protect, not to "clean up the streets" based on their personal or collective morals.

Not all cops are bad, I've, thankfully, have yet to encounter a "bad" cop. However, I believe that the common person needs more protection against police abuse of power, since it seems to be becoming more and more common.

Comment: Re:Intelligence gathering on the police themselves (Score 1) 158

by Sinthet (#37099388) Attached to: Essex Police Arrest Man Over Blackberry Water Fight Plan

I agree that people generally don't care about privacy and/or security, but I would never have expected being arrested for inviting people to come to a water fight. Unless this "water fight" was supposed to be a large coordinated attack on civilians via water balloons, the arrest is totally unwarranted.

Comment: Re:Incorrect? (Score 1) 297

by Sinthet (#37098334) Attached to: Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case

I think its important. They're accusing Samsung of copying their design, and to prove it they decide to resize samsung's product as to make it look as similar as possible to their own design? Somebody mentioned they changed some colors as well.

This is seriously unfair for Samsung. At the very least, the case should be thrown out. Personally, I think Apple owes the courts an apology, and at least some symbolic monetary compensation to Samsung. This kind of behavior shouldn't be allowed.

Comment: Re:Stupid slope (Score 1) 440

by Sinthet (#37078516) Attached to: BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests

If you can justify taking out a weapon and firing on him, you should be glad there may be witnesses who saw it happen. If it ever went to court, it would be very difficult for a lawyer to use all the little "mind-tricks" on the jury if just one of those witnesses could step forward and tell the story objectively.

Your example definetly does not apply to a self-defense situation. The guy valued his money more than the lives he took, and for that, he was punished. I highly doubt he would be punished if he sped up to hit someone who was firing a gun at him, for example.

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