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Comment: Re:Sounds like a headache (Score 1) 1306

by n0dna (#35615430) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

Those who use less of it should be rewarded and those who use more of it punished. There definitely needs to be petrol excise taxes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_tax#United_States

Fuel taxes in the United States vary by state. The United States federal excise tax on gasoline, as of February 2011, is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. In January 2011, motor gasoline taxes averaged 48.1 cents per gallon and diesel fuel taxes averaged 53.1 cents per gallon.[7] For the first quarter of 2009, the mean state gasoline tax is 27.2 cents per US gallon, plus 18.4 cents per US gallon federal tax making the total 45.6 cents per US gallon (12.0 /L). For diesel, the mean state tax is 26.6 cents per US gallon plus an additional 24.4 cents per US gallon federal tax making the total 50.8 cents US per gallon (13.4 /L).[8] There are also a few states that charge sales tax on top of the excise taxes and the retail price.

Comment: Re:Fantasyland (Score 1) 609

by n0dna (#35132252) Attached to: An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

I have purchased several machines from Dell, Toshiba and HP at various price levels. The uninstallers work perfectly fine. Even for things you ought not remove if you want OSD and hot buttons and the like to continue working.

On behalf of those of us who know better, I'd like to offer your 'fuck you' right back to you.

Comment: Price is the problem. (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by n0dna (#30563690) Attached to: Amazon Sells More Ebooks On Christmas Than Real Books

I got a Sony PR-505 last year and have yet to purchase a single ebook.

The DRM bothers me, but there are enough python scripts running around that will strip it out of the epub/pdf formats that it's not that much of a concern.

Price is why I don't buy them. While there are a handful of public domain books worth reading (opinion) the real content is only for sale.

I just flat-out refuse to pay 50% more for the same content in basically the same format that the publisher already has filed away somewhere. When do you think the last time that a major popular author wrote out a manuscript on a typewriter was? Or longhand? You know it's already in an electronic document format somewhere.

No printing, no binding, no shipping, no stocking, no returns. No fuel, no toxic waste from the paper making process, no toxins from the inks.

Yet I get to pay 50% more?

Comment: Re:Why all the dissin'? (Score 1) 269

by n0dna (#29344859) Attached to: New Wheel of Time Book — Chapter One Online, Released Oct 27

Well, those people could respond too.

Like almost all the others posting here, I tried, I really did. I made it through the first 6 before I stopped.

Hell I even continued to buy them until the prequel came out just in case he ever finished them, but at some point nearly everyone I know who has tried to read them noticed that "nothing was happening", it looked like "nothing was ever going to happen", and when long-dead characters keep reappearing that meant "nothing had actually happened."

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