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Comment Re:Convenience isn't free (Score 1) 134

I've noticed there are often items that are cheaper non-prime, but then you get the choice - you don't have to order prime, you can pay a little less to order from someone else - but then it's often not two day shipping. Often the non-prime price + shipping is about the same as prime. I've been a prime customer for some years now, and with as much as I order, it's certainly worth it. Plus we get some subscriptions now, like the specialty dog food we need to get, which makes it even cheaper. So yes, I start with Amazon, and only if I can't find what I want, or I do see shenanigans from the seller w.r.t. shipping and so forth, do I search elsewhere.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 206

I wonder how these alternatives affect things in the future when they are done on such a massive scale they can actually replace fossil fuels. Enormous wind farms will have immediate effects on weather, possibly farther spread than you would think. Pretty much all energy on the face of the planet comes from the sun, which also affects weather patterns - wind, rain, everything - so what happens when mass areas are covered with solar panels. What's the environmental impact of altering ocean currents in an attempt to generate energy from them? Even fusion... what's the impact of pumping massive amounts of sea water through these systems? Wouldn't that eventually affect something? It seems like we can't win if we keep demanding more energy. At least the air will be cleaner, though.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 2, Insightful) 206

Climate change has always been inevitable. I wish we'd stop conflating climate change with AGW Climate Change. Nobody denies the climate changes. I'm not sure that anybody actually still denies humankind has at least had an impact anymore, either, just the extent and what's the likelihood of actually being able to stop or slow it. We can't have a meaningful conversation about it when either "side" falls back to name-calling and yelling.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Because paper still needs to be used. I have customers that request paper invoices. I send them paper invoices so that I get paid. I have vendors that have no means of accepting payment other than by check. It is a lot easier to print out a complex troubleshooting or repair guide to use at a remote location than by trying to balance a tablet in some dark corner of a boat. The IRS still requires paper forms to be mailed to them. The local ferry system requires you to present a reservation sheet with its barcode and the ticket printed with its barcode. And the list goes on and on. My business is substantially digital, but paper is still required.

Comment Problematic for EMTs and other First Responders (Score 1) 167

As an EMT I always wear gloves on scene. There are numerous apps which are good reference sources which get used on scene. If in fact the new iPhone 7 can't be turned on while wearing gloves, there is a huge number of first responders that most likely won't be upgrading to the new iPhone.

Comment Re:Thelema (Score 1) 539

Advertising is a bad example. At it's core, advertising (like many aspects of many religions) is very beneficial - how else would you know about new goods and services? How else would you get "free" TV and "free" websites like slashdot? Unfortunately, a lot of aspects of advertising, like religion, have been abused to the point of being detrimental.

Comment Re:Some sensible things (Score 3, Insightful) 168

Except the parties don't "incorporate aspects of that third party into their base policy," they only say they will and then don't, with some lame explanation why... but they are still the major party that claims it supports that third party policy, so people vote for them anyway. I'm libertarian - people think republican party must be the party to vote for if you're libertarian (they falsely only look at certain economic issues), or you are effectively voting for democrats - but neither republicans nor democrats are libertarian in any way. The only difference is which of your liberties and freedoms they don't care about.

Comment Re:I simply can't understand... (Score 1) 180

I understand we lag behind, but it's not a matter of lagging behind, it's at what rate we're increasing our speeds. They're talking about almost ten years from now and boasting about 100Mbs speeds, which is where a lot of people in the U.S. are already. You really think average speeds in 10 years won't be around Gbs speeds?

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