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Comment: Re:That's the market system... (Score 0) 161

by mattack2 (#48031625) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Oh wait, intellectual property laws are completely incompatible with the free market.

Umm, how?

The copyright owner wants to set a price for their product. You disagree with that price, so either they lower their price to get more sales, or they forsake sales.

That seems exactly like the free market. "Free market" doesn't mean you're allowed to steal stuff because you think it costs too much... Or, you can, but you have to be willing to pay the legal consequences.

Comment: Re:Weird niche products (Score 1) 102

Families don't need multiple televisions.

HAHAHAHAHA. How are different people supposed to watch different things at the same time (on a reasonably sized screen)?

Heck, I "only" have one TV now, but just for me, I can imagine having a TV in my bedroom (which I have now), and getting a big TV for the living room.

Comment: Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 1) 383

by mattack2 (#48006945) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Here's one specific requirement, by city code. (No, this isn't where I live, but I suspect similar things exist in many city codes, and I do see many much more vague "requirements" listed..)

http://wauconda-il.gov/wp-cont...

All new residents must contact Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696 to establish garbage pickup service, as required by excerpts of village ordinance referenced below.

Comment: Re:Someone's going to complain (Score 1) 208

by mattack2 (#47999513) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Property taxes are the worst kind of regressive tax because it taxes you on something that you paid taxes on to obtain.

What do you mean? I didn't pay any sales tax when I bought my house, AFAIK. (If I did, I need to redo my income taxes and deduct that! It wasn't a new house, I've always wondered if they had to pay sales tax.)

I think a lot of taxes should go down, but a property tax seems like one of the more REASONABLE taxes. Owning property means you live there (or at least have an interest there, e.g. rental property), so the taxes go for local needs.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 156

by mattack2 (#47977581) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer?

While it wasn't directly from the manufacturer, the first new car I bought in 1998 _was_ to my exact specifications, and I basically ordered it over the Internet. Through an "auto broker", which I guess is YET another middle man, but I knew exactly what I'd have to pay, and it was a painless process.

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