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Comment Re: Usage is consent (Score 1) 118

Actually Wal-Mart appears to be less interested in data-mining you than are big grocers like Kroger, Ralph's, Safeway etc. You don't need a loyalty card to get Wal-Mart's best prices on groceries.

While Wal-Mart could theoretically match your purchases with your debit card data, and maybe they do, you're welcome to pay cash and be anonymous. Compare with the many grocery chains that require you to pay a significant premium for anonymity (i.e. they require the use of loyalty cards to get anywhere near reasonable prices).

Comment Re:definitely due to the rise of the populist righ (Score 0) 693

yes

and obviously it's ignorant

americans are feeding crony financial parasites and getting nothing in return "because capitalism" when it's not capitalism at all

and never can be capitalism: capitalism is pretty wonderful but only works in certain economic sectors. it's not magic unicorn farts you sprinkle on anything and then everything is fixed because magic, which is unfortunately the extent of many americans' understanding of capitalism

Comment definitely due to the rise of the populist right (Score 0, Troll) 693

like you see with trump in the usa

and, like trump, it's financially and politically retarded

scotland will leave, and northern ireland may, and britain will suffer a number of financial costs it has to pay now

so now britain is significantly poorer and weaker

all because some old morons don't like immigrants

the real issue is why these people are so angry, and the obvious answer is they feel poor while they perceive immigrants as coddled

and they are poor... because of plutocratic abuses, not immigrants

plutocratic abuses the political *left* has answers to

but the old morons reject the left for various stupid and propagandistic reasons

like americans rejecting universal healthcare, even though it's far cheaper and equal or higher quality. because "capitalism." when it's just cronyism

old poor morons like plutocrats to have gold toilets i guess, and are too fucking stupid to see how or why that's all their uneducated opinions lead to

Comment Re:Nine things that iDon't (Score 0) 87

By the way, love the signature. I get that feeling often.

I am about as conservative as they come, but since I also try to apply Christian principles to my thinking, I get accused of being a liberal on occasion. One of the most amusing was when I criticized the repulsive treatment Rush Limbaugh gave Sandra Fluke. Don't get me wrong. I think she's an idiot, but Limbaugh was sickening about it. I guess holding all people to the same standard isn't common among people any kind of politics.

But more often, I get people automatically attributing bad stereotypical beliefs to me that simply don't apply. It would be nice to be judged based on your actual words and actions than the knee-jerk pigeonholing that almost everyone does. People who do argue with me seldom actually respond to what I say, but respond to the evil, racist, ignorant, redneck, stereotype strawman so beloved by the Left. It's really pathetic.

Comment House rentals (Score 2) 241

House rentals are another big CL scam. My ex-neighbors house was being actively scammed.
It was up for rent, and this young woman shows up at my door asking about it. She had been in contact with some dude on CL.
"$900, all utilities included."
Of course, he was out of town (had to move to California suddenly). He had the key in hand, and wanted her to send him the $900 + $900 security dep. In return, he sends her the key, blah blah.

This was a house that actually was being rented for $1100, with no utilities. From a valid real estate agency.

I told her in no uncertain terms..."This is a scam. You will never see the key, nor will you ever see that $1800 again"
Young single mom, but she did have the smarts to ask around.

Comment Re:visual studio (Score 1) 359

It's unfair to blame the user without knowing more detail. The only thing you can say for sure is that you and the people you know didn't have any problems.

I installed VS2015 Community with little problem, but the compiler crashed on a lot of the code I was trying to build, code that was old, but built and worked fine with an older version of VS. I was only using Community until I received the license for Professional, at which point all the compiler crashes went away. Although their dev tools tend to be pretty good, Microsoft doesn't exactly have a good track record with stability, and I have a lot of doubt that whatever the GP was experiencing was necessarily due to user error.

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