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Comment: Re:Why the hell are people accepting this? (Score 1) 622

by dhermann (#43987667) Attached to: Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)
I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure it's because less than 3,547 of those traffic accidents were intentional, and less than 3,547 of those handgun deaths were not self-inflicted (sorry, double negative). Answer without the snide tone: combating terrorism, both foreign and domestic, is a goal worthy of our time and talents.

Comment: Re:Very un-PC (Score 0) 719

by dhermann (#43691145) Attached to: IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election
Your terse tone is as overzealous as it is melodramatic. The IRS was investigating their tax-exempt status. No groups had that status revoked. There was no calculation to hinder the election process, because, even at worst, you are talking about having to pay taxes. This thing does not undermine free and fair elections: you are thinking of congressional redistricting and voter identification laws. Your position that this is indicative of some shadowy fascist empire makes you sound like a fanatical lunatic, and your comments are abysmally without use. Grow up.

Comment: Re:...wont make me shop at "traditional" (Score 1) 678

by dhermann (#43657799) Attached to: US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

I can see why you would be surprised. Here is a checklist of how to see if you are discriminating against a class of people:

  1. 1. You have witnessed behavior you deem inappropriate in the past and are attempting to predict when such behavior will happen again by classifying the actors into a group, also called a stereotype.

Comment: Re:I support online tax (Score 1) 678

by dhermann (#43652541) Attached to: US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27
Online retailers offer products to customers in states, regardless of where their warehouses are located. I think OP notes the discrepancy and inherent unfairness of competing against another retailer that not only naturally has lower overhead but actively shirts 3-9% of the actual price of the item. To put it another way: other than the fact that charging the appropriate sales tax is complicated, why don't online retailers charge local sales taxes?

Comment: Re:...wont make me shop at "traditional" (Score 3, Insightful) 678

by dhermann (#43652451) Attached to: US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27
Tell me more about this "rabble" to which you refer. Can we easily identify them to make ejection procedures? Do I need to print out a Whole Foods shopping list to show to security personnel? Will there be a credit check at the door to ensure that a potential customer can afford to shop at Crate & Barrel? Or perhaps you would prefer to filter by skin tone?

Comment: Re:If they're safe, what's the problem? (Score 2) 461

by dhermann (#43434295) Attached to: How much I care about GMO food labeling:
The article to which you link clearly states that there is no reliable method to avoid genetically modified organisms, but we agree that the impetus should fall on companies to educate consumers on the safety of their foods, not rely on the omission of information to homogenize their products with others.

Comment: This Sounds Terrific (Score 1) 325

by dhermann (#42360925) Attached to: Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

Dear Facebook,

I love this idea. I don't mind you selling the ability to contact me at all; don't listen to these other internet clowns. Now, I can't guarantee I'll read each and every message, but I will look at their subject lines. A glance, that's all I can promise. Is this okay? Great. Great. I am loving this. Will you deposit the $1 into my bank account every time I get a message, or once a month like eBay does?

I cannot think of a way that this couldn't work out well for me.


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