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Comment Re:Cash versus Credit (Score 1) 106

Of course, when a business accepts a credit card, the funds automatically appear in a bank account. When a customer pays cash, the business must reconcile the receipts to the cash drawer, prepare deposit slips and have someone take the cash to the bank. Or have a armoured car come around to pick up the money. It can be pocketed by a dishonest employee, or taken in a hold-up. All of this costs money too.

Comment Re:I remember ..... (Score 1) 284

You couldn't GET 32 MB of RAM even on a high end system back in 1995. I know.

Sure you could. My first WinTel computer was purchased in '90 or '91. It came with 4 MB installed (4 x 1-meg 30-pin SIMM), and 4 empty slots. A proprietary daughterboard could have added another 8 slots. They could all be populated with 4-meg SIMMs, for a total of 64 MB. Of course the cost would have been arould $10,000. And it was a typical Future Shop model, nothing exceptional.

Comment Re:Screws with users (Score 1) 319

And the UI of my XP-based media center box is still the same as it was when it was installed. What's your point?

That auto manufacturers don't push out updates to their install base every Tuesday. Sure, different vehicles have different designs. That don't change after they've been built. Software on phones, computers, set-top boxes, etc changes frequently, and often change the interface.

Comment Re:TL;DR? (Score 1) 269

In the scenario envisioned here, the government would recognize claims and register titles, and claimants could then begin to grant, sell, and trade property deeds.

Whose government?

Comment Re:The other side (Score 1) 281

I think that congress is within its rights to set specific damages to things that are hard to place a value on. The OP says that damages should be 99 cents per song. How many people did that person share the song with? Does an average user share the song 1000 times?

That should result in 1000 people owning 99 cents each, not one person owing 990 dollars.

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