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  • Education.
    • how would that work out? should all teachers be part time and do the teaching for free? that's the only way i can figure off the top of my head that keeps it from costing something.
      • Nah, you just fund it from advertising. Honestly! Did you not miss the central lesson of the rise of dotcommunism?
      • by Rolyat69 (838367)
        You know, I'm not sure how that could be accomplished that would be fair to all involved. I'll admit that answer was right off the top of my head this morning after I first crawled out of bed. :) Clarity is not one of my strong points in the morning before coffee! I guess what it boils down to is I'd love to see more people have the ability to get an education at more prestigious university systems that are unable to. It always bothered me to hear my peers discussing their dreams of graduating from (insert
        • by pudge (3605) *

          You know, I'm not sure how that could be accomplished that would be fair to all involved.

          It cannot be. Literally, it's impossible.

          I guess what it boils down to is I'd love to see more people have the ability to get an education at more prestigious university systems that are unable to.

          I wouldn't. I'd rather focus efforts on making it easier for people to get well-educated. The Internet and open source / creative commons open up far better opportunities overall than cheap/free tuition for a few people. The university system itself is mostly a scam, and fast becoming obsolete.

        • by bethanie (675210) *
          Don't take this as a personal attack, because it's not intended to be one.

          But the idea that anyone gets a better education at $Prestigious_University than $Cheap_State_School or at ANY institution of "higher learning" is a complete crock of shit. An education is what a person makes of it, and the degrees "earned" from those brand-name schools don't amount to a hill of beans education-wise. What they ARE is an engraved ticket to alumnae functions and a social/professional network made up of people who have
      • by lab16 (416283)
        how would that work out? should all teachers be part time and do the teaching for free?

        Family/parents, the public library, and public schools come to mind. Yes, the last 2 cost government money to operate, but the poor and the rich alike can use them equally, so I would count them.
  • by bethanie (675210) *
    Sex.

    ....Bethanie....
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Iamthefallen (523816)
      But is it OK to tip?

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        You give her the tip. I'll give her the whole thing.
        • by bethanie (675210) *
          Believe it or not, sometimes the tip is all it takes! (Brush up on your anatomy and you'll see why.)

          ....Bethanie....
  • Clean water.
    • That was my first thought when I saw this posted somewhere else...
      • so to clarify (i think this is a cool question by the way) you mean free as in 'those who can't afford to pay for it should have it given to them and those who can afford it do pay for it?' because that kind of changes my answer a bit. i guess i misunderstood - because I was thinking more along the lines of 'what shouldn't have a cost attached to it at all?' but you can't do that with water or a lot of other physical things.
  • The Universe.

    Oh, free for all, not just me?

    Dunno. I'd charge for everything.

    Cheers,

    Ethelred the Parsimonious

  • Internet porn
  • the lyric penned by Jello Biafra for the band Lard's "Mate Spawn and Die":

    "Steven Tyler of all people once said/"If men bled,/would tampons be free?"

  • an operating system
  • Though I have to admit, free quality health care and free quality education both have merits.
  • at gas stations, what if I don't have a quarter? They don't charge for the squeegee.
    • They don't charge for air here. Not a eurocent.

      What should be free? Good question... I already read around, so I won't say "clean water" and stuff like that.

      I think it's obvious: since speech is already free... the thing that should be free is... wait for it... BEER!

    • CA state law requires that stations provide free air and water assuming you've filled up at that station. Of course, most stations have the quarter slot, but they are also required to have a sticker on the pump explaining the state law.
  • no one should go hungry while people in other areas eat the toppings off their pizza and throw the crust away because that nutjob Atkins convinced them bread was bad.
    • it's all about the distribution brother - you lick that and you will be a wealthy man.
       
      oh yeah - and get rid of all the evil people that cause starvation in places where the problem is not a lack of food - but the denial of that food for control.
  • by Jhon (241832) *
    Air.

    Anything that goes through ANY type of processing -- or requires human intervention HAS to have some type of cost associated with it. This includes:
    • "clean water" (even tap water as someone needs to pay for the pipes, reservoirs, reclamation plants, etc).
    • Education -- who pays the teachers? Buys the land? Buys the books?
    • Food -- Who pays the farmer? The rancher, etc?

    EVERYTHING has a cost -- unless you plan on killing off about 6+ billion people and the few 100k left go back to hunting/gathering. And i

  • C'mon guys. Don't pick something that's ALREADY free, pick something that everybody hates paying for.... nobody said it had to be likely, or sustainable. :)

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