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Comment No. Because it's not just cost. (Score 1) 654

It's time and it's inconvenient. Riding a bus and rail system to work and back would turn my 60 minutes of commute time into almost 180 minutes. It disrupts your whole day waking up an extra hour and a half early and you get home late.

For a while when I had an even longer commute, I was getting up at 5:30am to get home at 8:00pm.

Comment Car Theft? Puh-lease... (Score 1) 131

It is immediately suborned by police to verify if you have your car registered correctly or other 'money making' acts.

I was quite surprised to be pulled over by a cop a few years ago and told that my registration was expired. Especially surprising because my car had it's proper stickers and I'd just finished registering it a few weeks prior.

But apparently the local county DMV records that the city PD was using were out of date, so he thought I was using illegal stickers or some crap. So to say that they only use these licence plate readers for catching 'stolen cars' is pretty much a bald faced lie.

They'll use it every which way they can and "catch" all the criminals, damn their privacy.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 676

How about all them deleted emails?


I am pretty liberal and I can hardly imagine voting Republican again for a while, but even I cannot understand why the email thing isn't a bigger deal. I guess that is because I am not a lawyer. From what I can tell, deleting potential evidence that you even think might be subpoenaed later is a crime. A pretty serious one. And the Republicans have been threatening to subpoena for those records since the scandal started.

This doesn't seem like some little transgression to me. I think the Benghazi nonsense is just that, nonsense. But the email deletions literally seem like a jail-able offense to me. And honestly I think they should be. As far as I can tell the only reason she isn't in more trouble is because Eric Holder is a very political attorney general.

I would love for someone to convince me this isn't a big deal, and considering the media doesn't cover this more I am probably just wrong about how bad it is. I thought the email scandal was ridiculous when it was just about using her private server, but the second she admitted to deleting the emails things just became far less trivial.

You mean after actually giving the State Department the emails that were work pertinent? People seem to think that no one has seen 'any' of her emails, but that actually isn't the case.

The Republicans would love to access to every email she had at that point. They would find *something* so that they could splash more mud on her. Because they are terrified of Hillary Clinton as president canidate.

Comment Re:And blocked in court in 3, 2, 1 . . . (Score 0) 234

As a constitutional matter, municipalities do not have any independent existence; they are organs of the state governments. Municipal governments only have whatever powers states choose to give them, and the federal government may not commandeer a state government. So if a state chooses to deny its municipalities the authority to sell Internet access (or sell it below a certain price), then no declaration from the FCC can give the municipality that power, nor require the state to give a municipality that power.

So, all this vote means is the FCC majority has decided to waste a bunch of taxpayer dollars losing a lawsuit.

Just like states are only part of the country? States were abusing their authority to disbar municipalities due to business buying their votes. A very monopolistic action. They should actually go all RICO on them and throw their boards of directors in jail.

Comment Re: And don'tforget the tax dodging (Score 1) 102

These companies follow the tax code as written/enforced. If you don't like the revenues the current tax code generates, rewrite the tax code - but don't be surprised if they seek out a new location with lower taxes.

That's when you make sure you add a rule that even if you leave (ie. headquarter in another country) that you still have to pay an equal tax here or that foreign country.

I believe this is the current thought and idea to implement.

Comment Real vs. Imaginary. (Score 2) 825

This 14% to 19% is closer to the USA's 'real' tax rate, which has so many loopholes that it's actually lower than most of the developed world.

People love to harp on the fact that the USA's corporate tax rate is so high, but it truth with all the political rewriting of the corporate tax rate its fairly low.

And then you have companies like Apple doing their all out best to not pay taxes at all.

The last is what Obama is trying to remove. And Republicans/Fox News and it's handlers are going to try their level best to sell the American People that this is a bad thing to fairly tax the poor super-corporations that get away with bloody murder.

Comment Re:Well, duh (Score 4, Interesting) 117

1/ MPAA / RIAA lie - news at 10
2/ PR statements are bullshit - news at 10

Where's the surprise here?

Actually, if they report this as part of their stockholder's meeting/information about the state of their company, I think it's quite illegal. As in the Feds can come in and start checking your books for other 'hundred million dollars lies'.

(Sorry, did not mean to post anonymously).

Comment What use new features if account recovery is bad? (Score 1) 99

It doesn't matter how many new features they add if their account recovery is so broken that the owners can't get control of their own account. Most people don't want to make a replacement account as a solution.

I mean, you really expect someone to remember what year you made a skype account? And (not or) the first five contacts on your contact list?

Comment Re:I don't get it... (Score 5, Informative) 266

an antitrust lawsuit accusing the drug company of forcing patients to switch to the newer version of the widely used medicine to hinder competition from generic manufacturers.

Were the drug company sending hit squads round to take out the doctors that were prescribing generics? Did they launch a tactical air strike on the generics factories? Hijack the lorries carrying the generics?

I'm sorry but, so far as I can tell, manufacturers are free to manufacture the generic, doctors are free to prescribe it and patients are free to take it. I don't see why Actavis should be forced to produce a drug they no longer want to produce and I don't see what this can possibly achieve because once the drug leaves patent protection the generics manufactures will be able to manufacture it regardless and, before then, patients will have to buy the pricier brand-name drug anyway.

I don't think the patent had actually expired yet on the older medicine. It was just getting close to expiring. Drug companies have figured out the 'new' way to keep you off of generics is to 'improve' the formula so that your doctor wants to keep you on the new one. I'm on Tribenzor, which is literally just a mix of three regular and cheap blood pressure medicines, but it's 'not generic' so I have to pay a much more expensive rate.

So yeah, this is just scum sucker scam way of maximizing profits at the cost of the patient and his insurance.

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