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Comment Government Licensing Prevents Competition Too (Score 1) 321

She forgot to mention that government is in cahoots with big business to stifle competition. Licensing requirements raise the requirements to start a business, or to be hired. The NY Times reports that occupational therapists, manicurists and barbers, fortune tellers, massage therapists, shampoo assistants, librarians, beekeepers, electrologists and movie projector operators all need to be licensed in various states.

Existing business can provide campaign donations, otherwise known as graft, to politicians to make rules to keep out the competition.

Comment Regulations Are Meant to Keep Poor People Out (Score 0) 300

Just another regulation that is designed to increase the cost of housing in order to keep poor minority people out.

What do solar cells to to your fire insurance rates? I would think the fire department wouldn't go near them since they're almost always generating electricity at the panels.

Comment I Miss Real Keyboards (Score 2) 166

I can remember when there was a bunch of complaints about the Chicklet keyboards on the Texas Instruments 99/4 computer, so they put a real keyboard on it, and called it the 99/4A.
Now every laptop has keys that are worse and no one complains. HP made better keys on a folding keyboard I had for my Compaq iPaq. I could put that in a pocket.

Comment Re:Use a larger monitor. (Score 1) 197

A problem with using a large television as a computer monitor is that when viewing a standard size computer screen, say under 24", your eyes are moving around to see the various locations on the screen. If you start using 32" or larger screens, your eyes have reached the limit of movement, and you have to move your head to see what you want on the screen. This can start to cause some fatigue or dizziness when using the computer for a while.

I got a 32" 1080p TV for someone I do some work for, who has a tough time seeing, and he reported those problems. He also uses one of those kids keyboards with the big yellow keys. He still uses the built-in magnifier function in Windows 7, but I'll take a look at some of the suggestions in these comments for another option for him.

Comment Re:ESPN Still Gets $ From You (Score 1) 329

Ever hear of ESPN3? If you can access it, that means your ISP is paying ESPN to allow you access to that site, and the ISP isn't doing that out of their profits. That cost is built in to your internet charge even if you never go to that site, or subscribe to any television services.
Naturally ESPN tells the ISP that they will give them a break on their television services (Won't raise their tariff a humungous amount) if they carry ESPN3.

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