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Comment: Jealousy and Class Warefare in the USA (Score 1) 594

by exabrial (#48294635) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For
Reading this article, it's strangely reminiscent of the events in Ferguson... It appeals to the uneducated over a topic as old as wealth itself: class warefare. Why do you need to hate on successful people? Yah, some people get lucky and are born into a rich family. But I know at least 20 people whose parents were not well off, went to school, worked hard, and are now pulling six figures a year. Stop lusting over what others have. This isn't the hunger games: a rich space tourist isn't robbing you of anything.

Look at your own money spending habits... That $600 iphone with the $100 plan a month would be better spent in your retirement savings... The money you're throwing at that new Prius that you have 19% interest on could have been spent on a 1995 Geo with the same gas mileage (or a motorcycle, in which case, you'd look cool too). You had to have that new MacBook pro. You have to have the latest in skinny jeans. You eat out every night of the week. You insist on "organic" when you don't even really know what that means.

Want to go to space in a plane? No one is preventing you from being rich. You're just act like a poor person.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 3) 558

by exabrial (#48235357) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Think of the soccer mom scenario...

Lady enters checkout line with baby on hip and two kids in cart. She's tired of wrangling, wants to leave ASAP.
Apple/Google: Using one hand, pulls phone out of purse, taps, enter pin on phone.

CurrentC: Pull phone out of purse. Unlock phone. Launch CurrentC app. Due to poor cell signal in store, app takes a long time to connect. Enter app pin. Request new transaction. Wait for QR code to show. Explain to the cashier you need them to scan this code. Wait for the second code to appear on Casher's screen. Scan that. Wait some more. Kids screaming murder now. Poor lady begins to cry.

Comment: Target, KMart, and WalMart (Score 3, Informative) 558

by exabrial (#48235313) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
First, CurrentC involves scanning TWO QR Codes. Wow. It's almost like we should use a radio to exchange the data. Durr. Second, Target, KMart, and Walmart are involved with this... KMart and Target are idiots; Walmart has an empire, what are they colluding with them? Apple customers are elitist that will go out of their way to use their fancy phones to do anything (ex: boarding passes). Whichever one of these retailers wakes up first and embraces secure technology wins a whole lot of new business.

Comment: Oh really? (Score -1, Flamebait) 377

by exabrial (#47526401) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
So what alarmist hyper-environmentalist news stories are we to believe? Last time I checked, we had environmentalists screaming that fracking thousands of feet down leaks chemicals (sand, light hydrocarbons) through thousands of feet of permeable geological layers. If these layers are so permeable and the alarmists are telling the trough, how come it takes `thousands` of years to recharge the aquifers?

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