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Comment: Re:It's a status thing (Score 1) 717

by swalve (#46260703) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
What kind of accommodations can you get for full time minimum wage work in your country? In the US, you can absolutely support yourself on minimum wage. You will have to live with roommates and eat inexpensive food and probably not have much left over for luxuries. Minimum wage is about $1000 a month after taxes (which you probably will get refunded anyway). $500 for your share of rent, $100 for a monthly bus pass, $100 for your cell phone, leaving $300 for food and entertainment and savings. It isn't pretty or fun, but it is certainly doable.

Comment: Re:SEC block? (Score 1) 303

by swalve (#46260613) Attached to: Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal
There are only two signals you can send to your cable company: giving them money or not giving them money. When you keep giving them money, you are telling them that you approve of their behavior and wish them to continue.

Continuing to pay them for a service you don't think is worth the money is utter stupidity.

Comment: Re:The Safe Bet Here (Score 1) 173

by swalve (#46255311) Attached to: Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed
That is silliness. You could use the same logic to say that the public shouldn't have the right to bear arms, because in 50 years, some future Hitler could confiscate all those guns. Not to mention that all dictator-types can circumvent any law they want, simply by disregarding it, or getting the people to happily demand the old law's repeal.

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake