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Comment Re:Be careful how hard you squeeze (Score 1) 320

but are Americans willing to pay 50%-100% more for their electronics

No, but they are willing to increase the deficit and debt by allowing government subsidies to companies employing Americans. I suspect that's what will happen with more and more of these deals.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 533

It's time to start thinking about how a society which want a social safety net can incentivize people people to not have children they can't afford.

Because we have such a problem with criminal lawlessness and uncontrolled breeding among trust-fund kids?

You already have a segment of people with, effectively, no need to ever provide for themselves. They don't seem to be causing any more trouble overall than anybody else, and most of them seem to manage to find something worthwhile to do with their lives.

Comment Re:Slashdot headline wrong (Score 1) 137

who DVRs series or movies any more?

DVRs are very wife-friendly. You go to a program in the guide and press [Record Series]. No waiting for it to appear in the stream, no worry that it's carried on a streaming service you don't subscribe to, no worries about commercials inserted in that you can't skip over, no 'this program no longer available.'

Never underestimate the power of something being wife-friendly.

Comment Re:not just live sports (Score 3, Interesting) 137

My GF watches lots of TV live - reality TV and sometimes drama

I will almost never watch live, but I'll watch quasi-live. Assuming a show like The Walking Dead will have approximately 16 minutes of ads, I'll start playing the recording as the show is still recording. So I'll start watching 15-20 minutes after the show has started, skip the commercials throughout and I'll finish watching just as it finishes the broadcast.

Comment Re: Thanks Trump! (Score 2, Insightful) 237

Accusing a federal judge of being unable to discharge his duties because he's Hispanic, and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association (one of hundreds of such affinity lawyers groups), manifestly is racist, as even Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was forced to admit.

Insofar as Islam, it is a sprawling religion consisting of 2.2 billion adherents, with many sub-ideologies. If you yourself have not apologized for the "Klan" (who call themselves Christian and "light" crosses as emblems of their WASP faith), then any broad brush attack on Muslims over the actions of al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda of Iraq (a.k.a. ISIS) is pure bigotry.

Bashing illegal immigration, while conspicuously being entirely unconcerned that Trump's own wife Melaina was clearly an illegal immigrant, is again not only a sign of hypocrisy, but one of racism. Because there is no legal difference between the two situations. Merely a skin color one.

The reason why people continue to call Trump racist is because he is. The reason why people call his supporters racist, is because there is hard evidence of racist attitudes taken from surveys of them.

The idea that a racist is going to suddenly vote for the party who opposes racism, instead of the Republican party that it has been proven benefits from it, if only people wouldn't point out their racism, is absurd.

Is that enough research for you?

Comment selection bias and general quackery (Score 5, Informative) 560

The usual Reefer Madness bad science of prohibitionists:

All data were obtained for analysis from a large multisite database, involving 26,268 patients who came for evaluation of complex, treatment resistant issues to one of nine outpatient neuropsychiatric clinics across the United States

But "people with serious neuropsychiatric people who used cannabis have low blood flow to the brain" is both less clickworthy and less politically useful than "OMG pot rots yr brain!"

And I love this: "As a physician who routinely sees marijuana users..." Yeah, that's called "a physician". Cannabis use is common, every physician has seen patients who has used it.

Both Amen and this methodology are poorly regarded. He's in the addiction treatment industry -- look at this is an old marketing pitch of his quoted in a Quackwatch article:

How your brain and soul work together determines how happy you feel, how successful you become, and how well you connect with others. The brain-soul connection is vastly more powerful than your conscious will. Will power falters when the physical functioning of the brain and the health of your soul fail to support your desires, as seen by illogical behaviors like overeating, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, and compulsive spending.

OHOH, Officials at major psychiatric and neuroscience associations and research centers say his SPECT claims are no more than myth and poppycock, buffaloing an unsuspecting public.

Comment A pity, but not a surprise (Score 3, Informative) 95

It only makes sense that you should only be allowed to review something you've actually bought through the site, but man will I miss the comedy reviews. The reviews for the Trump Christmas tree ornament hat are GOLD, as were the reviews for uranium in a can and all the others.

Comment Re:Um... so what? (Score 1) 106

So you are arguing that ride share services (which yes, let's admit it, are totally the new taxis) should be suppressed because they are so much better for 98% of the population, but may make it harder for the other 2%?

Largely we're not talking about Uber's customers, we're talking about Uber's employees.

...and yes, Uber's drivers are obviously Uber's employees.

When I buy a box on Amazon via their app, the employees that package and ship that box to me work under local labour laws. Uber needs to do the same.

Comment Re:New Trump fan here! (Score 1) 600

Think drugs, terrorists, cartels, etc.

I will 'think' about those things once was have some hard numbers from reputable sources.

For example, how many terrorist acts were committed based on people coming in from Mexico? And as for drugs, if you want to eliminate those, just legalese in the USA. Presto, no more market for drug dealers.

Just seems silly to me to contemplate spending 40 Billion on something - Money that could go to education, healthcare, veterans - When there doesn't seem to be hard facts indicating that that spend is a good investment of tax dollars that will solve a real problem.

I'm a fiscal conservative, so I need to see the numbers first, before I can get behind something like that.

Comment Re:New Trump fan here! (Score 1) 600

I've been a big Trump fan ever since he promised to build a wall during the announcement of his candidacy

Just curious - Why would you support spending forty billion dollars to build a wall when net immigration from Mexico is negative?

Seems to me there are way better ways the USA could spend forty billion.

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