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Comment Re:He's right. (Score 1) 428

I don't know if "hate" is the right term for how the majority of people feel about President Trump, but his job approval (RCP average from 9/11 to 9/27) has him at 40.1% approval, 54.0% disapproval.

So, at the very least, most (polled) people don't approve of how he's doing his job. Even FOX News's most recent poll has him at 42% approval, 53% disapproval.

Comment Re: To be fair... (Score 2) 428

Let's face it, the real goal of those advertisements was to create division. Now, I'm not saying that without all those Russian advertisements, the election wouldn't still have been divisive. Both Trump and Clinton are polarizing people. But the advertisements stoked the flames, as it were.

Because Russia wants a weak West. Honestly, Putin probably would have preferred Clinton in office. (No, hold on, let me finish.) Because if that had been the only election day difference, the GOP would still have control of both the House and the Senate. Clinton would be unable to get anything done, and come on, the calls for her impeachment would have started the day after the election.

The U.S. would be even further up shit creek than it is right now.

Comment Re:"politicians and employers"? (Score 1) 142

Because, depending on your employer and your position, your boss might be calling or emailing after normal work hours? You might be under pressure to work extra hours, and that cuts into your non-work time, and sleep is regularly the first thing to be affected by that sort of thing?

I mean, hell, I work a 9-5 job (in-house developer for a smallish company), and there have been times where one member of management or another has pulled a "Oh, we absolutely have to have this done today" at 4:45.

And I've gotten in trouble (for a given value of trouble) for not responding to an email that wasn't sent until 6 p.m. (Hell, one time, a member of management sent an email at 1 a.m., and had a case of the chapped ass that I didn't respond to it until nine hours later. He... doesn't work here any more.)

The problem isn't with all employers, full stop.

It's with a specific sub-set of employers who think that because they're the ones providing a paycheck, that you must be available whenever they say, regardless of how unreasonable it may be.

Comment Re:what about stuff by law can't be self checkout (Score 1) 342

"Thank you for trying to buy beer. All of our video representatives are busy right now. Your average wait time for someone half a world away to check your ID over a video link is EIGHT minutes."

*plays hold music while customer says "fuck this" and goes to a convenience store*

Comment Re:what about stuff by law can't be self checkout (Score 2) 342

Yeah, but that's the question.

Okay, I go up to this cabinet, use the app to unlock it so I can buy something. (Side note: presumably the cabinet door contains an automatic relocking system after so many second have passed.)

I get a box of Cheese Nips. As I take it out of the cabinet, it passes by the cameras in the cabinet and I am charged accordingly. But then, I notice that they have uh... Wheat Thins. I want those instead.

I put the Cheese Nips back in the cabinet. Do the cameras register that as putting it back in the cabinet and refund the sale? Or is the software dumb enough to think that I just took another box of Cheese Nips out? Or neither of those?

What if I'm reaching for the box of Cheese Nips and some jerk behind me reaches out and grabs something and runs? I'm going to get charged for that. What's the resolution process for that?

How are the cameras arranged? Can you use a "blind spot" to get free stuff? Can you use one product to block the view of another product so you get that second product for free?

Comment Re:OMFG! (Score 1) 342

Hrm. That would increase the complexity of the cabinet, but not horribly so. I'm not sure what information is 'contained' in the bar code of licenses either.

I still suspect that it wouldn't pass legal muster, though, in that you could easily fool the cabinet by using the bar code from someone else's license. Unless they put in a safeguard so that the app "user" has to match the license holder.

Even then, are the bar codes on the back of, say California licenses in the same format as Nevada licenses? Would sort of program or reader would the cabinets need to access the information stored in the barcode in a quick and correct manner?

Comment Re:Aaaaand .. they're already pissing people off (Score 1) 342

Yeah, but just try selling that here in the States where we're all pretty much used to refrigerated milk.

"Hey, here's some unrefrigerated milk. It's been in a warm cabinet for who knows how long! Go ahead, you know you want to buy it."

Hell, if nothing else, you'd probably make yourself silk through psychosomatic response, just like with gas station sushi.

Comment Re:OMFG! (Score 1) 342

Yes, because their laws allow it.

Laws in the U.S. don't. Even if it they could stock alcohol and tobacco products in these cabinets, there's too much potential liability for selling to underage customers.

I mean, okay, if some 19-year-old goes to a convenience store right now, and buys alcohol (they're weren't carded/denied) and the cops find out, the convenience store will get hit with a fine over it, and the cashier could face jail time. (I believe it varies from state to state)

If some teenager buys alcohol through one of these cabinets, who gets fined? The company that made it? The business who has the cabinet located in it? I'll tell you right now, there's no way in hell most businesses will accept that liability as a requirement of having one of these things in their location.

Comment Re:what about stuff by law can't be self checkout (Score 1) 342

If they're going to use weight sensors (possible, but I doubt it), they'd have to have one or more sensors for each "product" location in the cabinet, which would increase the training requirements of the people who restock the products. "Only put the Cheese Nips in the first tray. Only put the Snickers bars in the 12th tray. Make sure to synchronize to the product weights database before restocking."

Or, I suppose, they could combine weight sensors and RFID tags in some way. The tag informs the sensor what the product is, and it knows what weight that product should be. But then you have to put RFID tags on everything. Which increases your costs.

Comment Re:Hotels and offices already have this (Score 1) 342

Yeah, but in the case of hotels, it's more of a 'captive audience'. I mean, you've checked into your room, unpacked, and you realize that you forgot to pack your toothbrush, or you need some aspirin.

If your choices are "buy from the vending machine in the hotel" or "walk to a nearby convenience store", most of the time, the vending machine choice is going to win. Simply because it's' closer, and it offers what you need.

There's no way that these cabinets can provide everything that people actually go to bodegas for, so the whole "replace the bodega" thing is marketing hype and crapola to begin with.

Comment Re:what about stuff by law can't be self checkout (Score 5, Interesting) 342

Exactly. This is one of those ideas that "looks good on paper" and is certainly designed to attract venture capitalists, but will really fall flat for a number of reasons.

As you mentioned, they won't be able to sell any forms of alcohol or tobacco through these cabinets. They also probably won't be able to sell any types of lottery tickets.

They almost certainly won't have any sort of products that require freezing or refrigeration, as that significantly ups the power requirements and size of the unit.

Forget any fresh produce, or anything with a very limited shelf life. Or freshly made sandwiches.

So, already they're not replacing a lot of things that people go to bodegas for.

Now, and it's possible they've already thought about this, but what's their "return" policy? You see, at an actual bodega (or any store, for that matter), I could be shopping, and put something in my cart, and then decide "Nah, I really don't need this." and put it back on the shelf.

What happens when you do that here? Do you confirm your purchases? What do they have in place for loss prevention (i.e. the five-finger discount)?

What do they have in place for if someone accidentally knocks something off the shelf when reaching in for something else? Are you charged for that?

What do they have in place for requesting products that aren't in the cabinet at all? How easily can that be manipulated to, say, have every cabinet stock up on products that won't sell, because someone decided to troll their request service? (Even assuming that they have something like that set up.)

Comment Re:They already went dumb once (Korea war) (Score 2, Informative) 188

The only problem with the "North Korea is only saber-rattling" thing is that the other side has to recognize that it's only saber-rattling.

Trump.... doesn't. He has a serious "run off at the mouth" problem on Twitter and in other media where he is clearly not thinking things through before he says them.

Which, if he were still just a businessman, or just a Senator or Representative, wouldn't be that bad, really. I mean, how much attention do people pay to all the stupid shit Louie Gohmert says, for example?

But Trump's the President. And a President with a tendency to not think statements through before saying them is.... not good.

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