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Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 1) 379

The business model has been around for decades - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... . Some of the things I consider when purchasing products which use refills is what the cost of the refills are, whether third party refills are available, and the (current) cost of replacing the product if the refill cost increases. This applies whether purchasing printers, razors, single cup coffee makers, or water pitchers.

Comment Re:Your post doesn't conform to their prejudice (Score 1) 674

There are non-standard sockets they should have fitted instead then, so only company authorised equipment can be plugged in.

You take product off of the tables at sidewalk sales and walk off with it without paying, don't you? After all, if they didn't want you to take it, they should have kept it inside the store where you had to go through the register stand, right?

Comment Re: Get a real mail account (Score 1) 388

I have a similar issue with my personal domain, as an unfortunate number of in-duh-viduals in Utah seem to be unable to correctly transcribe the letters S F C N (for Spanish Fork Community Network), and instead enter S T E N. As a result, I receive email from educational, financial, government, medical, religious and retail organizations intended for specific Utah residents. In many cases, the senders are uninterested in the fact that the email is not reaching the intended recipient.

Personally, I report most of the messages as spam - they are unsolicited by the actual recipient (me), and if the sender cannot be bothered to confirm if the messages are being sent to the intended recipient, they deserve whatever trouble they have with their service provider.

Turning off the catchall feature is not an option, as I create far too many unique email addresses to set up on the server. Also, I do not use my own account name or the company name in the email addresses - once the address has been compromised and sold, the end recipient will have very little information as to what the address was used for. What I would like to do is find a provider who will do wildcard hosting, so I can use a catchall for *@*.STEN, blackhole any of the those hosts which are found by spammers, and severely limit the legitimate addresses @STEN.

Comment Re:If it bother you that much (Score 1) 944

Does it really matter that it's the power converter which fails under the poor power delivery conditions? Can you remove the LED from the power converter, purchase a replacement power converter from obRetailer, and attach the LED to the replacement? If not, the LED bulb failed.

Comment Re:Surprising number of Verge comments anti-tech (Score 1) 845

You can't take any dog with you into a restaurant; only guide dogs are allowed. GG could be a similar assistive technology, allowed only to those who are officially disabled, carry the permit, and so on.

However it is not very likely that GG would be a good fit as a medical device. It does not have much of video processing power to be useful to people with, say, vision problems.

But is has enough processing power to provide assistance to Aspies - see http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/08/catalin-voss/ . I'm looking forward to being able to purchase GG, and use an app such as that. I suppose I'd need to carry a letter from a therapist.

Comment Re:Tax rate too low? (Score 1) 179

Sales/consumption taxes are regressive; the poor slob behind the grill at McDonald's lives paycheck to paycheck while the CEO spends only a small portion of what he "earns".

That's why the FairTax has a prebate, in the amout of tax which would be paid up to the poverty level. This means that the "poor slob" might receive more in the prebate than actually paid in FairTax (expecially if s/he purchases used goods, which would be exempt from the FairTax), and the CEO would pay nearly the full net amout of FairTax on his spending.

Worse still is property tax; you're getting taxed over and over.

It's rent you're paying to the government. :(

And since the rich get far more benefit from government than the poor, they should be paying a higher percentage of their income.

Agreed, but by taxing income, you allow taxation to be avoided by deferring income, having income received outside the country, etc. Tax consumption, and you reduce opportunity to avoid the tax.

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 776

Also, how many "new build" nuclear plants are actually already partially built, but had construction halted? My father recently worked on a couple which are being completed now, after being placed on hold by the TVA in 1988. One problem, though, is that the engineers who understand how the 1970s-era plants were designed are retiring, and newly-graduated engineers have trouble adjusting to the older designs. The plans need to be completed while the old and new engineers can work together to meld newer technology into the older designs.

Comment Re:fud (Score 1) 499

They don't want to send you ads for stupid or irrelevant stuff, because that's worse than a waste of bandwidth - it may drive you to seek out an ad blocker.

I was driven to use ad blockers, in part, because of "relevant" ads. I don't want ads "relevant" to me, I want them to be relevant to the web site I visit. Only if I choose to tell the web site that I do or do not want a category of ad do I want the ads to be tuned to me.

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