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Comment Re:Count the bumper stickers (Score 1) 786

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them

Barry Goldwater, arch conservative, who understood that religion has no place in politics.

Comment Re:Medical costs? (Score 1) 904

Yes. There's an entire branch of the US Military dedicated to weeding out people who are physically or mentally unfit to serve.

Come on, if nothing else, you've seen Captain America, right? Poor Steve Rogers kept getting marked 4F 'Unfit for service' because he didn't meet physical minimums.

Hell, the Air Force will turn you down for some jobs if you're too physically large; if you're a 6 foot 6 weightlifter, you're not fitting in the cockpit of a Hornet.

Comment Re: "simply be held a data-hostage" (Score 1) 203

The fact that it's all expensive doesn't mean there still isn't one that's better than the others for his particular needs.

Besides, what you actually gave him was 'treat your employers like children, and tell them they can't have what they want.'

Frankly, this should be fairly obvious, my children figured all this out pretty quick, because I won't let them stream netflix and youtube on my cellular plan on a road trip for the same reason.

Comment Re: "simply be held a data-hostage" (Score 1) 203

But again, he's not just asking for a list of carriers, or their posted rate plans. He's asking for personal experience. Wikipedia isn't going to tell you 'Carrier A has great coverage in cities, but carrier B has better coverage along interstates' or 'Carrier C has way better technical support' or 'I've worked with carrier D before to come up with special price plans' or 'Carriers A and C have a nice roaming agreement between the two of them' or 'If you're along the border with Canada, make sure you have roaming turned off, especially if you're on ATT.'

Comment Re: "simply be held a data-hostage" (Score 1) 203

Why is someone asking slashdot for solutions to a problem that could be answered with "have you considered switching suppliers?"

Well, as Subby says, they're from 'not in the US,' and they're going to be 'In the US.' He was looking for real-world suggestions on good national carriers with decent coverage and prices. How else would you suggest he go about getting that sort of info?

Comment Re: "simply be held a data-hostage" (Score 1) 203

If the band demands expensive caviar at every meal, and then complains it's breaking their budget -- the solution is either to make a lot more money or to stop eating expensive caviar at every meal.

No, if a band demands expensive caviar at every meal, and asks the catering guy to look into less expensive means of getting cavier; for example, switching suppliers, ordering in bulk, etc etc, simply coming back and saying 'you shouldn't be eating caviar in the first place' is categorically the wrong answer.

Coming back and saying 'having looked at several options, there's really no way to eat this much caviar without spending this much money' may well be appropriate. That's not what most of the suggestions in this thread are saying.

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