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Comment Re:Is this any different from Google or Apple? (Score 1) 286 286

These are my computers, not Microsoft's. I paid money for them and I own them outright. I do not run my computers either at or for Microsoft's pleasure. I will not pay Microsoft or anyone else a monthly fee, whether that fee is in dollars or in collection of my personal data, to use my own computers. Ever, full stop.

This. This. And again, this.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 286 286

It's really unfortunate that you chose to be so antagonistic, because your post actually contains some useful info.

But that info's widely available already, and there's no call for you to be a dick and attack the site's moderators willy-nilly in an effort to stoke your martyr complex. I am frequently one of those, and I am no Microsoft stooge.

So I agree with the Flamebait mod. We don't need "advocates" like you, AC.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 286 286

I don't know who this "us" is, but I quit using Windows 10+ years ago. Since then, I've been using your "operating system that gives us everything we want via functionality and interface, without any of Microsoft's control and invasion" and nobody's ever "bullied" me for it.

Please don't confuse your personal/social identity issues with the matter at hand, because it sounds like this is what you're doing.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 286 286

And you can't just drop a Ford motor into a Chevy and expect to drive it away, either.

You're the one dwelling on complexity, not the average user, to whom a computer is a thing that you turn on, it shows you little pictures on a screen and you click on one or more of these in order to view web pages or email, write an office doc, make a Skype call, etc. Whether the logo on the case is a little window, a little apple, a little penguin, or the likeness of Kim Jong-Un, it's still a computer, and this is what computers do. End of story.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 286 286

The average consumer hasn't had a Windows virus?

Alas, the average consumer thinks he's had a "computer virus" because that's the phrase used in the mass media.

Whenever someone asks me about "computer viruses", my response is always along the lines of, "Do you mean *Windows* viruses? Well, I don't use Windows, so I never have to worry about those..."

Comment Re:Sounds great! (Score 1) 146 146

That would be an anomoly where they were providing "shovel ready jobs" to improve the economy. Did you forget that? Anyhow, I should have mentioned that anyhow - a lot of the money comes back in the form of federal tax dollars from the general fund though that is usually used for inter-state roads. You can tell those roads by the sign, they are black and white inside of a seal type of display (for lack of a better word). State roads are, most generally, paid for with gas taxes. Toll roads are *supposed* to be paid for exclusively with taxes in most states though some will have started with a trust and will pay out of that and the toll money.

Is this an anomaly too:

About 70 percent of the construction and maintenance costs of Interstate Highways in the United States have been paid through user fees, primarily the fuel taxes collected by the federal, state, and local governments.
The rest of the costs of these highways are borne by general fund receipts, bond issues, designated property taxes, and other taxes. The federal contribution comes overwhelmingly from motor vehicle and fuel taxes (93.5 percent in 2007), and it makes up about 60 percent of the contributions by the states. However, any local government contributions are overwhelmingly from sources besides user fees

And this:

Nationwide in 2011, highway user fees and user taxes made up just 50.4 percent of state and local expenses on roads. State and local governments spent $153.0 billion on highway, road, and street expenses but raised only $77.1 billion in user fees and user taxes ($12.7 billion in tolls and user fees, $41.2 billion in fuel taxes, and $23.2 billion in vehicle license taxes).[3] The rest was funded by $30 billion in general state and local revenues and $46 billion in federal aid (approximately $28 billion derived from the federal gasoline tax and $18 billion from general federal revenues or deficit financed).

And the local roads, where cyclists are more likely to be sharing roads with cars tend to be the same roads that are largely funded through local tax revenue -- so as a cyclist I'm paying for the roads through my property and other local taxes, while the driver coming in from another county wants me off "his" road, even though he contributes very little to the costs of the road.

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