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Comment: Re:Well, duh... (Score 1) 210

I have to correct you here. What Goggle actually sells is you and your information so that personalized ads can be targeted directly to you. That's why they scan your email and want you to disclose all of that nice, personal information in Google+.

It's the same with broadcast television. You aren't the customer buying the product (TV shows) with your watching the commercials the price. The advertiser is the customer buying the product and the product is you. The TV show is part of the Costs of Goods Sold.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 397

by wallsg (#46801011) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

You make an interesting complaint but you provide no argument or evidence that the government doesn't have a good reason to propose this rule... Note the word propose... Doesn't mean it will actually get implemented. Don't let facts get in the way of your libertarian fantasy, though.

That's backwards. The government needs a "good reason" to propose a rule, NOT a "good reason" not to.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 169

by wallsg (#46512567) Attached to: Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

Except Mt.Gox was never a bank, if anything its more comparable to a broker, and if there was a major theft leading to your broker going bankrupt there would be no FDIC insurance for you. Any cash you had in your account -- gone, and security not settled and in your name gone. Unless the property was recovered some how by authorities.

Incorrect. SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) insurance protects cash up to $250,000 and cash and securities up to $500,000 per account. Most brokerage firms carry additional insurance, usually called "excess SIPC coverage".

Mt. Gox was the tavern bookie that you left your winnings with, with no insurance or regulation at all.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 769

by wallsg (#46398813) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.

I guess we could all switch to a press ... but that's a bit messy and requires a stand alone heating method (I've not the space to keep a proper tea kettle on my office desk)

Keurig provides a clean single-cup solution

One man's downside is another's clear advantage.

I am totally uninterested in a single-cup solution as it is a huge negative to wait for the cup to brew when I can just pour another one from my pot-plus thermos. I get my good coffee for a far lower price per cup and it stays nice and warm all day long, or at least until it's drained around 3pm.

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 1) 934

by wallsg (#45899883) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

"So, you are telling me that if you see me with a weapon openly displayed in a holster, you feel the need to attack me?"


Like you, carrying your gun with you, I would feel the need to get my defence in early. If I wait until AFTER you've shot me dead, it's too late.

What if I were waving a big knife around you? What if I were standing around your kids at school whilst doing so? What if I were to stand RIGHT IN YOUR FACE?

These are all provocative. Just like your flashing a gun at me.

Gun-phobe. To this person, seeing a firearm in a holster on someone's hip is perceived as the same thing as that person "waving a big knife" around kids at a school, NOT the same thing as seeing a big knife in a sheath on that person's hip. A firearm in a holster on a hip with no attempt to draw attention to it at all (much less in a threatening manner) is being "flashed" at him because it's there and he's afraid of it.

Comment: Re:Maybe this corn can be used for food again? (Score 1) 314

by wallsg (#45721455) Attached to: Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

I applaud them for trying. I also applaud them louder for realizing it didn't work and ending it.

The problem in this stupid political landscape, You can't go back and say, It seemed like a good idea at the time, however I stopped it after we found out it didn't meet expectations. Which is really stupid, because it creates bad policies that just keep going on and on creating more harm, and making political leaders afraid to try something new.

Good luck reversing ANY government program, no matter how bad. Once a program is finally pushed through it doesn't matter how disastrous it turns out to be it's now some politically-connected group's (if they weren't politically connected it would never have been passed) God-Given Entitlement. Anyone trying to repeal it is trying to Beat Women and Starve Children.

Comment: Re:Good advertising? (Score 1) 324

by wallsg (#45535029) Attached to: Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Lately, I've found that Amazon usually meets or beats Newegg's pricing for most things I buy, with free 2 day shipping (for Prime members).

This was when I stopped using Newegg as well - the moment my wife signed us up for prime. We actually did it for the video and kindle, but once you experience free shipping like that it's pretty hard to accept anything else.

Add in that they allow me to pay using my Discover card rewards right at checkout and it's a dangerous combo.

Well played, Amazon.

I signed up for ShopRunner with an American Express card for free lifetime (supposedly) 2nd-day shipping. Newegg is one of the stores covered.

Right now at Amazon I'm using my Discover card (and not my Discover points) as Discover's Oct-Dec 5% bonus is on "any internet orders". (And I do have Prime there.)

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"