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Comment Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 4, Interesting) 325

To people outside of Arizona, we've got 35 (!) choices for our plate outside of the default, each costing $25 extra, and $25 extra-extra if you want it personalized.

Amateurs. Here in Virginia we have over 200 choices, not including the ability to have your own custom business logo on the plate if you have a large enough fleet. You can't tell me some of those don't get you a little special consideration when you get pulled over.

Comment Re:Time to shut down the WTO (Score 1) 327

The Senate votes to modify or repeal it, and the President signs off. Same with any time the US does anything with a treaty.

Difficulty: Being a part of the WTO has, on balance, been extremely beneficial to the US, even accounting for this ruling. Seriously - the US has been a party to more winning cases in front of the WTO than any other country, by far. Should we just poop all over every other industry in order to maintain some sort of neo-Puritan approach to gambling?

Comment Re:They should give people 1mo free HBO to make up (Score 1) 202

I used to have a housemate who had a constant problem with the handset Optus (Australian Telco) sold to her. She was on Pre-Paid (Pay As You Go) so she paid for the handset outright. Every month she'd ring up and complain, every month they'd offer her $10 credit to get her off the phone and every month I'd ask "but did they fix your problem". She didn't get it and continued to get constant call disconnections.

Companies offer free shit because it's easier than fixing the problem. When you take the free shit, you give them a free pass not to fix the problem.

The other side of the coin is that there are plenty of people who call to complain, but don't really want the "issue" fixed, because they don't actually consider it to be all that serious of a problem. They'd rather just use it as leverage to get free shit.

Comment Re:Price fixing by camera makers push me there. (Score 2) 280

Also, in Germany, 20% tax is included in the price. In the US, tax is added to the price.

So a $1,200 computer in Germany is actually the same price as a $1,000 computer in the USA, before tax.

Since there's no place in the US that charges anywhere near 20% sales tax, that's small comfort. The price you pay at the register is still going to be less in the US as a result.

Comment Re:Let patients test themselves. (Score 1) 392

You should be able to walk into a lab and receive a test, any test, just as long as you pay for it. To deny patients this ability is to deliberately increase both risk and cost.

What should be and what is are very different things. I was getting a blood test in a lab, and realized I didn't know my blood type. So I walked up to the counter, plunked down my credit card, and said I wanted my blood type tested. Sorry, no can do, you need a prescription.

Go donate blood at your local Red Cross. It's free, you're doing a good deed, and you'll get a cool donor card that has your blood type printed right on it :)

BTW, I agree with everything else you said.


Submission + - US judge rules against German Microsoft injunction (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "In an unusual case, a U.S. judge has ruled that Motorola cannot enforce an injunction that would prevent Microsoft from selling Windows products in Germany, should a German court issue such an injunction next week. Microsoft asked the judge for the ruling in anticipation of an injunction that a German court is expected to issue related to a patent infringement suit that Motorola filed against Microsoft in Germany. The suit centers primarily on Motorola licenses that have been declared essential to the H.264 video standard. The German injunction is expected on April 17."

Comment Re:Indeed (Score 1) 173

Chickety-china, the chinese chicken.

I'm fairly certain that people in the computer/IT world eventually go insane once they hit a critical age. Every once in a while you see bat-shit crazy posts. They usually come from ACs or users with really low UIDs. Someone should do a study on this; with government funding of course.


Comment Re:"Smart" TVs? (Score 1) 381

but ALL cableTV and ALL satellite TV is 720P heavy compressed. I dont care what your settings on the receiver are, the signal is 720p and will stay that way for a very long time.

Umm, no it's not. I don't know of any provider that doesn't pass the channels along in the same format the broadcaster sends it. HBO and CBS are very much displayed in 1080i on my system. They may be recompressed and muxed, but that's not at all the same thing as downconverting from one format to another.

Comment Re:Very much a work in progress (Score 1) 402

Good point. I cleared the history and asked it the same question, with no other questions. That time, I ended up asking twice:

Q: Where is the nearest Wal Mart?
A: Nearest what?

(Then I asked again)

Q: Where is the nearest Wal Mart?
A: In Europe.

So I dunno. Maybe it's a problem with how it's parsing the question, rather than the lookup method for the answer.

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