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Comment: Re:re 99.5 pct availability (Score 1) 84 84

There is a difference between what the workers are paid, and a demonstrable loss to a business during an outage. The loss to a business with fines and penalties can very easily run higher than 500k. And, that's not counting the reputation loss in the industry, which can account for a great deal more.

Comment: Sales tax and lies (Score 1) 936 936

While not entirely germaine to this discussion of quantity limits, exporting iPhones, presumed innocence, and iElectricity I hadn't seen this part mentioned yet.

There is only one reason to skip most of the apple stores near or around Newton, MA. It's to avoid the Massachusetts sales tax, as New Hampshire has no sales tax. She was reportedly carrying $16k in cash so without paying sales tax, she would be able to purchases potentially 2-4 additional iPhones.

I think she knows a bit more English and "how things work" than her story would otherwise have us believe.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 183 183

Because I didn't give it away. Some group of assholes did. Most of whom I did not vote for.

If it's any consolation, more than half of your fellow countrymen (based on voter participation) are OK with that "group of assholes".

If you look around and everyone else is an asshole, what does that suggest......

That the country formerly known as the US is now officially Upper Mexico? And more than half full of assholes.

Comment: Re:The Pattern (Score 1) 115 115

While I fully agree with what you just said, what do you imagine happens to the price of a commodity with finite (and thus diminishing) supply and increasing demand?

We won't have to worry about running out of oil for a bit; somewhere around 100 years depending on which source you believe. The price fluctuation is a game for profits, nothing more. This can be observed by the distribution stream,where people are paid NOT to produce at full potential, creating false demand. Also, the futures are suspect when a moth farts somewhere in the Middle East and the price immediately goes up -at the pump-, but there are no outcomes (aside from near miss global economic failure apparently) which cause an equally sudden decrease. Given advances in technology for producing and moving this stuff around, one could assume that the price would remain more stable It's a scam.

Comment: Re:Yes, yes it was. (Score 1) 308 308

There are movies out there the studios should be paying people to watch (not the other way around) because they are just that bad. Do those people need to be compensated as well? If you answer with something along the lines of compensated with a shovel to the face, I agree.

Comment: Re:Doesn't help (Score 1) 308 308

I too have all but given up buying new movie content, unless there is something special or magical about it. My BRD collection is about 4 movies. I chalk up my much larger DvD collection to not knowing any better. Disney is on the same list as Sony and Walmart; I vote with my wallet, but it seems not many others do.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake

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