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Comment: Re:Money is speech (Bernie Sanders) (Score 1) 233 233

It is precisely because the wealthy have a disproportionate say in public affairs that our country is so badly governed and largely deaf to the needs of the many. Being wealthy doesn't make you a superior human being -- it just means you know to make money, or you were born lucky, or you're a sociopath. I have a quotation to rebut yours: 'Love of money is the root of all evil.' How do you like them apples?

Comment: Re:Money is speech (Bernie Sanders) (Score 1) 233 233

Yes, this means, that people with more money will have an advantage. No, I don't see, how this is automatically a bad thing.Let me guess: you're Roman Mir under another sock-puppet account. You think that being rich is a virtue in and of itself and so is selfishness. Why don't you pull your head out of Ayn Rand's arse?

Comment: Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

Like Reagan started out as a democrat, presumably because he cared about people and favored social reforms.

His being a Democrat had nothing to do with caring about social reform. Reagan was a Democrat because Hollywood actors have historically pledged allegiance to that party. His switch to the Republicans came about because Nancy's stepfather, Loyal Davis, was a prominent arch-conservative, and Reagan wanted to curry favour with the man.

Comment: This puts lie to the argument... (Score 1) 235 235

...by conservatives that charities are necessarily more efficiently at allocating resources than government. Diseconomies of scale are inherent to any firm of sufficient size. The major problem with any organisation is scope creep: straying from the core mission/purpose and taking on more tasks, doing them all poorly.

Comment: Re:Very likely. (Score 2) 385 385

First-level help desk certainly. Up to 50% of the calls involve password resets. And many companies have been implementing solutions like Specops and Verismic to eliminate this class of incident. The added advantage is that with fewer reps needing password reset privileges, security is increased.

Comment: Re:E-mail client? (Score 4, Insightful) 85 85

Quoted for truth.

The POS terminal should be a single-purpose device, with nothing but the POS software suite running on it and that's it. If employees want to check email or play LatestGreatestGame, they can do it on their own fucking devices. Or maybe, just maybe, they can clean or do other work around the business. There's always some work that can be done at a retail establishment. 'If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.'

Comment: Coke or Pepsi? (Score 1) 609 609

The problem with Repubs vs Dems is that it's akin to choosing between Coke or Pepsi: one is slightly sweeter and the other is slightly more bitter, but they're both essentially fizzy sugar-water. That is to say, when it comes to how they actually vote on bills (as opposed to what they promise on the campaign trail), there's little substantive difference between most members of the two parties. Any time there is a little difference, it's due to outliers like Bernie Sanders, or political theatre (like how the Dems blocked debate on the TPP fast-track one day, and then voted in favour of it a couple of days later).

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