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Comment: Depends on what you use (Score 1) 276

by gatfirls (#46476955) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

If you are using the prime video, books, free shipping, then 99$ is completely reasonable, an exceptional deal actually. If you just use one or the other probably not. (isn't netflix alone like 90$ a year?)

I can see them scaring off the people they want (infrequent shippers) and keeping who they don't (low value, frequent shippers).

Also, I don't know why they stick with the yearly subscription. I can't imagine most people wouldn't shrug off a monthly increase from 6.50 to 8.25. 79$-99$ *seems* like a lot more. Actually at a monthly rate I think most people are bad enough at math they could get away with a much higher yearly rate in monthly payements.

I dunno, I'm not a marketing guy.

Comment: Re:OH LOOK A TROLL HEADLINE (Score 1) 676

by gatfirls (#46457771) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

What drives me insane is that it's a large part of their demographic whining about the other 1/3rd of social programs going to poor people and social programs.

Pitiful.

Makes me want to join up with them and pull the plug on all of the programs because they will be hit the worst. There would be hoovertowns of broken sick seniors begging for a handout.

Comment: Not one single action... (Score 4, Interesting) 330

by gatfirls (#46084451) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

..has been proposed or enacted by the federal government on bitcoin.

The problem is that this marketplace doesn't want a competing currency, they want a way to electronically move money around "anonymously".

The government is saying no to sidestepping financial regulations and other laws. You're right about one thing. I seemed to take much longer than expected.

Comment: Re:The man was not shot for texting (Score 1) 1431

by gatfirls (#45958327) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

The "shooter" did exactly what a person should. Asked the guy to put it away (repeatedly) and then went to get an employee, when he came back the texter escalated the situation and it is completely unclear at this point what happened next; "someone" threw popcorn and that's the last detail we have aside from the wives hands being in the path of the bullet which could indicate she was trying to restrain the texter. We have no indication if there was/wasn't a physical assault involved.

Comment: Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

by gatfirls (#45957981) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Texting on your phone in a darkened theater and refusing to stop after being asked to several times and then throwing a fit when someone goes to complain about you.

Seriously though. The lesson to be learned here is that there are better reasons to be courteous than just because it makes for a better society: There are lunatics out there one straw away.

Comment: Re:Far from harmless fun... but (Score 1) 258

by gatfirls (#45677647) Attached to: Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

Good point. But wait...why don't my cheetos cost 1400$ a bag then?

Ohh yea, there is a regulatory body in place to make sure that wild valuation swings don't happen minute to minute.

It amuses me that people think they have a new idea about currency when in such a short time it has exampled the pitfalls of every single unregulated on before it.

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