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Comment Re: fuck tippin (Score 1) 140

I can afford it without problems, it's more the annoyance. I suppose you would say the same about taxes and fees the airlines tack on to their cheap advertised prices? If you have to know about the final price, you can't afford it?

Besides, from a report: "For instance, most states exempt groceries from the sales tax, others tax groceries at a limited rate, and still others tax groceries at the same rate as all other products. Some states exempt clothing or tax it at a reduced rate."

So yeah, having the price you have to pay in advertising and on the sticker would be great. Hell if I know what the local food or clothing tax is.

Comment Re: As a customer of both Amazon and Wal-Mart (Score 4, Funny) 467

You don't even have to put on pants.

That is also true of Wal-mart as well: http://www.peopleofwalmart.com...

But to be fair, I visited wal-mart for the first time earlier this month, and I believe I saw a sign saying you have to have shoes and a shirt on, or something similar.

Comment Re:laptops on the conveyor belt (Score 1) 170

There's no reason that an 85-year-old grandmother from Minnesota in a wheelchair should face a pat-down and the same security precautions as a 23-year-old Syrian national.

Actually, there is.

Is a grandmother going to be radicalized? Unlikely.
But think of this: Someone with malicious intent finds out that granny is going to fly. They tell her that "look, you don't have long left to live anyway, Smuggle something aboard this aircraft and nothing will happen to your grandchildren".
Everyone could be coerced into this. Doesn't even have to smuggle it onto your own aircraft, just past the checkpoint and hand it off to someone else who will use it on another aircraft. Granny gets to see her grandchildren again, some other plane with complete strangers has an accident.

Everyone should have the exact same scrutiny at the airport, healthy or ill, young or old. Because if we create a loophole it can be exploited.

Comment Re:Shipping? (Score 1) 571

I've been the seller in a situation like this.

I was moving and there was a bunch of stuff that I didn't want to bring to the new apartment so everything that I didn't move with me I listed online. So if a buyer wanted to buy, say, my old washing machine, I would have to go meet them at the old apartment, which was more or less empty except for the few items not sold yet.

Comment Re:Shipping? (Score 1) 571

and one or two instances where they tried to change the price after arriving

I've had that happen, and I HATE IT. Hate the SHIT out of it. You're trying to screw me around after we AGREED on a price? Fuck that shit.

Next time it happens, demand more.

If you agreed upon $100, and they offer $80, deny it and say the price has now went up to $120.

Comment Re:A little behind the times... (Score 1) 135

I have flown a A380, and the toilet had barely enough space to sit.

http://images.theage.com.au/ft...

(note: I was on a lufthansa, not qantas)

I actually need to spread my legs a little to pee while sitting.

However, there is a glimpse of hope, as there is supposed to be larger lavatories like these somewhere:
http://www.wired.com/images_bl...

Comment Re:There are US DHS at London Gatwick?? (Score 1) 704

It's common for people to mix up visa and ESTA.

Many countries are part of the visa waiver program, and they have to fill out an ESTA-application online and have it approved before attempting travel.

An ESTA-approval is no guarantee that you will be allowed to enter, but at least you should be able to fly.

Unless there is also something else in relation to Secure flight / AFIS, that is the transferral of passenger information to US authorities.

Comment Re:Where is the demo video? (Score 2) 58

There is a video on top of the page, and it's crap.

It appears they read the definition of a random word from a dictionary, and one of the researchers try to make it fit when talking to the subject. Sort of a cold reading.

"perhaps, a travel, or two, a goverment. .. the travel is blabla bla"
- is that true? are you travelling?

"probably it is the knowledge of .."
- are you a college graduate?

Wow.. just not impressed.

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