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Comment: Re:Man, oh man! (Score 5, Informative) 582

by Thorodin (#42812701) Attached to: US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery
The US Postal Service does not get any money from the federal government and has not since President Nixon made it quasi-private. In fact, they have had to pay back to the fed's billions of dollars for pensions. That's one of the reasons they keep losing money. They actually overpaid by a few hundred million and Congress refuses to return the money.

Comment: Re:How does cuba have an embargo (Score 1) 325

by Thorodin (#42625729) Attached to: Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

But Thailand is still where a huge chunk of consumer goods in the U.S. come from? How are the communists so much worse than monarchist totalitarians?

Communists had a tendency to spread their dogma to other countries whereas monarchists are perfectly happy abusing their own people. Unless, of course, they aspire to abuse everyone such as Mussolini (avoiding H so someone can't sling Godwin's law at me).

Comment: Re:Online world carries over into the real world (Score 1) 227

by Thorodin (#42454607) Attached to: Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee
But in this case, it's (if a previous post is correct) a bunch of lawyers. I don't think (just guessing here, tho) that it would be that costly for them. Obviously, their time is free so it would appear court costs are all that's left. And I'd guess they'd only have to win one or two of their cases to get their other targets to settle.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist