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Comment: Re:Canada has the future :) (Score 1) 753

by kramerd (#47447525) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Bullshit on every level.

I have never seen a toll booth where you can't go and hand pennies to the cashier. You may have to wait up to a few minutes in line with other cash customers, but they certainly take them. If you use coinstar like services, they charge a ridiculous fee...unless you exchange for a gift card instead of cash. Amazon, the store where the coinstar is located, a large number of chain restaurants, etc., will let you turn in all your coins and get a giftcard, to the penny, with no fee.

I would hate to have to worry that I am losing or gaining pennies on every transaction that I participate in. If that is only 20 transactions per day, I could be losing over $200 per year; or for most americans, 2 days wages!

You would be hard pressed to find an American who wants to live in Canada. Change isn't normally the reason, but if it was mentioned, it would certainly be a valid one.

Comment: Re:Shooting themselves in the foot (Score 4, Interesting) 229

by kramerd (#46487957) Attached to: Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Actually, just like any out of state purchase, just tell the dealer you are going to register in another state, and they will give you a temporary tag instead of making you get one in the state you purchase. Then, you get 30 days to register in your state (and pay the sales taxes and registration fees). This usually helps negotiate a lower price on the car itself (in my experience anyway), because there is much less paperwork for the dealership to bother with.

Comment: Not a fanboi, but (Score 1) 511

by kramerd (#45973295) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

a ridiculous amount of that is caused by people who don't understand function over form. Every business = windows, every art student = mac, but there really is no explaining college students. You need an excel-like program (and there are great free ones) for math, unless you are an engineer. You need a decent email system, and if your school doesn't default to one, you went to the wrong place. You need a word processor, to fix your many spelling and grammatical errors. That's it. Buy the cheapest one that isn't raspberry pi, since you aren't in CS/CE and don't already have one.

Comment: Re:Well yes! Of Course! (Score 1) 363

by kramerd (#45865919) Attached to: Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Obviously, congresscritters have access and power over things that matter in this country (even if recent history says they don't act on it). Your email from your ex claiming you don't know how to emotionally get involved or your daily email from groupon aren't at all interesting, even in the aggregate.

Comment: I know this is ancecdote, but (Score 1) 378

by kramerd (#45793305) Attached to: Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

I ordered a new monitor to replace a burned out one last Friday (Dec 17) with 2 day shipping. Not amazon prime, but UPS, specifically 2 Day shipping. Should be here either last Monday or Tuesday, right? Worst case, it arrived today? No, It is scheduled to deliver NEXT monday (Dec 30). I paid an extra $20 for it (free shipping would be scheduled for when I am SUPPOSED to now get it), and you better believe a $20 UPS giftcard isn't going to cut it.

Comment: Re:It is not flat (Score 5, Informative) 114

by kramerd (#45382081) Attached to: Square Is Discontinuing Monthly Pricing On February 1, 2014

The plan was $275/month or 2.75% per swipe. However, the 275 per month was limited to the first $10,000 (ie $275 in fees). After this, it defaulted to the 2.75% anyway. Therefore, if you chose monthly, and didn't use it all, you actually paid a higher price. By definition, you could always just take the 2.75%, so I don't know why anyone would ever choose the monthly plan in the first place.

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