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Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by careysb (#47898263) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Every recording method and device is suspect, not just drones. 1984 has been privatized and the price has come down to the level that a typical home owner can afford it. And, not everyone that can afford it is a peeping-tom.

Canada seems to be ahead of the curve compared to the U.S..


Comment: Douglas Adams... (Score 2) 147

by careysb (#47495657) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

"Let's be blunt, it's a nasty game" (says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), "but then anyone who has been to any of the higher dimensions will know that they're a pretty nasty heathen lot up there who should just be smashed and done in, and would be, too, if anyone could work out a way of firing missiles at right angles to reality."

Comment: Douglas Adams (Score 2) 86

“It is of course perfectly natural to assume that everyone else is having a far more exciting time than you. Human beings, for instance, have a phrase that describes this phenomenon, ‘The other man’s grass is always greener.’
The Shaltanac race of Broopkidren 13 had a similar phrase, but since their planet is somewhat eccentric, botanically speaking, the best they could manage was, ‘The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet.’ And so the expression soon fell into disuse, and the Shaltanacs had little option but to become terribly happy and contented with their lot, much to the surprise of everyone else in the Galaxy who had not realized that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it.”

Comment: Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (Score 1) 455

by careysb (#46602089) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.

If they raised wages, we would have to pay more on food stamps, because they would hire different people, and their current employees would likely be unemployed. Have you ever been to Wal-Mart? My local store employs a woman in a wheelchair, and two people that appear to have Down's Syndrome. Most of their other employees don't look much brighter. These people get paid $10 per hour because that is what they are worth. If Wal-Mart is forced to raise wages, then they will pull more capable people from other more useful employment, and their current employees would get pink slips.

While there may be a slight element of truth to that I feel that it's more of a corporate management argument. IF the government would raise the minimum wage to a 'living' level then we'd see a slow move away from food stamps. It would also level the low end wage earner playing field and put Walmart (et al) in a position of not being able to lower prices because their employees' salaries are subsidized by taxes (you and me).

Comment: Reduce usage - pay more (Score 5, Interesting) 362

In Denver we suffered through a drought that lasted a few years. There was a big campaign to get people to reduce their water usage - and it worked! People significantly reduced their water usage - so much that the water board was no longer getting the revenue that it said it needed. So, the rates went up.

Funny how the rates didn't go back down when the drought was over.

Also, not surprisingly, the golf courses got all the water they wanted.

"No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." -- C. Schulz