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Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 182

Under $10 (most under $5). It is just not feasible to ship that for free by it self.

Yeah, but you're ignoring 2 points: 1) I already paid $119 for a Prime membership, which is supposed to give you free 2-day shipping and 2) I'd be willing to pay shipping for a low cost item, but that is not an option with "Add-on Items".

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 182

When free shipping went up to $49, I stopped buying as much from them. I might use them more again now, $35 was easy to pad a purchase to reach- $49 isn't.

Amazon's goal is to get you to buy more stuff than you need. What really irritates me is that I paid $119 for a prime account, and then a lot of things you look at are "Add-on Items", meaning that they only qualify for free prime shipping on orders over $25--but you can't buy them alone even if you'd be willing to pay for shipping. I needed to get some over-sized U-Bolts for my camper. Nobody locally carried them--Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, or the local hardware stores. Amazon had them for $8, but I had to add an additional $17 worth of stuff I didn't really want or need at them time before they would ship them to me.

Submission + - Iodine-131 plume detected in Europe (theaviationist.com)

b0s0z0ku writes: Low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in various European countries in the past week. The US has deployed their WC-135 "Constant Phoenix" aircraft to the UK in order to investigate the source.

The source is anybody's guess at this point. Reactor accident in Russia, low-yield nuke test?

Comment Leave your phone at home, but bring a burner... (Score 1) 508

A cheap Android phone bought on EBay. Have exactly NO data on it, but lock it with a long password. If they try to bully you into giving up the password, let the fucking pigs confiscate it.

Why? For $10 or $20, you can waste a lot of their time -- let them crack the encryption to yield exactly zilch. The best way to fight Trumpian authoritarianism is to gum up the system and overload the pigs who are "just doing their jobs" with unnecessary, wasteful work.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 118

It's over, folks. The capitalist/technological system is self-defeating; on the one hand you have the weird notion that you have to work every day to survive, yet technology increases all of our productivity.
We can't have both at the same time.

Sure you can. It's called doing new things. I'm currently involved in business process improvement at my workplace. I'm converting all of our paper forms into electronic forms. Additionally, I write automation & workflows for those forms. Multi-part forms automatically get routed from one person to another to perform different tasks after each part is completed. Once that's all finished, everything goes into our document management system automatically. So no printing, shuffling paperwork from department to department, or scanning. And it's done in a fraction of the time. That allows the people who worked on those tasks to do other things that we've wanted to do here but haven't had the time.

Comment Re:I've noticed a lot of errors in 'Downfall' (Score 1) 52

Something is clearly wrong with the translations of the Downfall videos. Sometimes it's about SAP, sometimes it's about the World Cup, but my limited German tells me it's about the fall of the Third Reich.

We're living in the postmodern era. The interpretation is left up to the viewer!

Comment Re:The more important part not mentioned... (Score 1) 56

Granted, I haven't read it all (I just skipped to the DENIED at the end), but I think it's a little more nuanced than, "because I said so."

At no point in his ruling did he mention the law (U.S. Code SS 1182 - Inadmissible aliens) that gives the president the power to do this. He didn't rule on the constitutionality of the law that allows the ban, he ruled based on his perceptions of the intent of the ban, so basically "Because I said so." Trump could have just as easily banned immigrants from Lichtenstein if he had the inclination that they were a hot spot for terrorists.

Comment The more important part not mentioned... (Score -1, Troll) 56


In the portion of Thursday's ruling that sided with the government, the judge said he could not reconcile the company's attempt to assert the Fourth Amendment protection against invasive searches on behalf of its customers with earlier court decisions. Other courts have found that such rights can only be asserted by individuals, and not vicariously by third parties, he [Robart] said.

I'm not sure why Robart is concerned with precedent in this case, since his reason for blocking Trump's travel ban basically came down to "Because I said so." I guess all data hosts should now have to give disclaimers that there's no guarantee of an expectation of privacy. So much for due process...

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