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Comment Re:Widespread interest (Score 1) 187

What's the point of televised political debates anyway? The moderator either can't or chooses not to force them for simple a 'yes' or 'no' answer. Even if he did, politicians aren't going to be held to their promises anyway. And even if they were held to their promises, who would enforce it? If there were enforcers, they would probably be hand-picked anyway.

I can't help but think of this movie scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VJHy_mfLFk

Comment Re:Won't someone think of the children? (Score 2) 557

Is this different than a non-teaching job? You get stuck with an a-hole boss like that and you're going to be canned no matter what you do. It happens. Should we tailor the entire system to accommodate what is likely an edge case? I hope the teach in question looked into his legal options. What utter bullshit. Someone was probably very jealous.

Comment Re:You can't eliminate them (Score 1) 825

Impose a 7% national sales tax, payable to the federal government. At the same time, prohibit states and localities from collecting their own sales taxes.

From what I read in a separate discussion, that would give the federal government even more power to strong-arm the states. eg. if you don't do what the fed wants, you don't get your tax money.

Comment Re:Headline is wrong (Score 1) 414

This news ought to keep conspiracy theorists busy for awhile:
  • Time travelers making sure time travel isn't discovered, due to the drastic consequences?
  • Big governments keeping the secret to themselves?
  • Are these the same type of cable that was "accidentally severed" at the bottom of the sea several times in a short order?
  • Did someone fix the glitch in the Matrix?

Comment Warranty a big differentiator (Score 1) 672

I had a new Chevrolet car a decade ago which ran fine but when I ran into problems, I had one hell of a time trying to get them to fix it. I got treated like a number by the corporate customer service rep when I tried escalating. So I vowed to never buy a Chevy again. Now I own a Hyundai and bought it used. It had some problems up front due to neglect on the previous owner's part, but the warranty coverage and service I got were top notch. I haven't had any problems with it in the years since then and I'd happily buy another one.

Comment Re:Steal. (Score 2) 142

The AC didn't read the article very carefully, since the footnote in this paragraph explains how they are using the word "steal": "Now that it is becoming increasingly obvious that HP won’t do anything useful with webOS, it’s time to start stealing1 the things it does well. Here are some of these things." The [1] reference says

Im using the word the way Brian Ford defined it: take the idea, but make it your own. Dont just copy it; be inspired by it, and improve upon it.

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