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Comment Of all the problems that needed $9 million... (Score 2) 167

...having too many credit cards in your wallet was not one of them. Can't say I'm surprised it turned out to be a scam. The latest crowdfunded crap I've seen being promoted on Facebook: some shysters trying to convince investors that a Samsung Tablet with VNC installed on it is a novel invention.

These days, crowdfunding seems to be less garage/backyard tinkerers, and more already wealthy con artists using it as an easy source of income. Can't say I blame them - if I had the means to promote and profit from some idiotic "invention", I'd probably do that shit too. Anybody want to invest in my solar powered vinyl player which automatically uploads your music to the cloud? I swear, it's going to be the next big thing!

Comment What in the actual fuck? (Score 1) 177

So, is this like how Barnes and Noble has a Starbucks inside? Or, is it more like how the local mall couldn't find enough individual shops to rent out the place, so they converted most of the bottom floor into a gym (ostensibly for exercise, not Pokemon)? Or, is this like when I ask the guy I think is a salesperson at Walmart to unlock the anti-theft case so I can buy something, but he can't help me because he's only there to hock DirecTV subscriptions?

The "new economy" sucks.

Comment After Trump won the election... (Score 1) 151

...I can honestly say I'm no longer surprised by stupid shit like this. All those YouTubers with "RIP headphone users" videos better watch out, because if some people don't know how to turn their fucking brightness down so their computer/phone doesn't give them a seizure, claims of hearing damage from excessive volume can't be far off.

I have no love whatsoever for Twitter trolls (and the thought of one being arrested by the FBI almost seems like karma), but the FBI should've told this fuckwit to turn his image autoloading off. It's kinda up there with "don't run random EXE files from porn sites", "don't click on links in spam", and "don't give your credit card/bank account info to Nigerian royalty."

Comment Re:Alternatives (Score 1) 476

homophobic attacks (like the one in Orlando) and so on.

This is why we're stuck with Trump. Because people don't bother to educate themselves before they start pulling shit from their ass about how Trump is going to protect them from the big bad boogie men from bumfuckistan.

The shooter at the Pulse nightclub massacre was born in America. Maybe measures to keep guns out of the hands of lunatics would have prevented the shooting. We're going to find out, by making it easier for the mentally unstable to obtain guns. Now, attempting to set fire to your living room couch to test its fire retardant properties seems a bit unorthodox to me, but I guess I just don't understand MAGA. I voted for the other gal.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

Nobody grows up wanting to be a plumber, what a shitty job... but its also a marketable skill, and will support you and your family, especially if you couple it with a strong work ethic and the drive to succeed. The job you want may not be available to you right now, but the job you need likely is. Those days may be numbered though, as every time people with no skills or motivation convince the world to pay them more for basically being present, it undervalues all the trades, making that livable wage worth that much less.

Oh, the old "if you pay people $15/hr to flip burgers, they won't want to be plumbers or EMTs or etc..." The work still needs to be done, salaries will go up proportionally, and in the end you've only really succeeded in deflating the value of your currency. ($15 is the new $7.25) Which is why raising the minimum wage doesn't fix the real problem: job scarcity.

Now, we get to why you're truly going to be fucked being a plumber. What jobs do you think are going to be sought after by all the transportation industry workers when automation gives them the pink slip? If you said "skilled trade/manual labor jobs", you win one great depression, redeemable soon at your hometown in America!

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 1) 84

While I do appreciate a user-replaceable battery, I certainly don't agree that a non-replaceable battery is purely, if even mostly a greed decision

Apple manages to make phones with a battery that can be replaced with a few simple tools, if the need arises.

The only reason you'd design a phone with the back glued shut is the same reason Briggs & Stratton sells an engine they claim needs no oil changes. I'll give you a hint, it's not because they love their customers.

Comment Re:What do you want to be ? (Score 1) 104

Bitcoin is a limited resource.

So are used pairs of Miley Cyrus's underwear, but you don't see people investing in those. Bitcoin's value is based on the same "bigger fool" dynamics which power pyramid schemes. As long as someone out there thinks they can turn around and re-sell it to someone else at a profit, the the scam keeps churning...

Comment Re:What do you want to be ? (Score 1) 104

It wasn't designed to do any of those things. The problem that Bitcoin was designed to solve was how to transfer value without needing to rely on a central authority.

Which it fails miserably at. Due to its volatility, unless you're a speculator/gambler, you don't want to hold Bitcoin. Which means you're going to pay to convert your fiat currency into Bitcoin, then you'll pay a mining fee when initiating the Bitcoin transfer, and finally, the merchant has to eat the cost of getting their Bitcoin converted back into fiat. The only people willing to deal with all that hassle are speculators and criminals.

Cryptocurrency is predominately a stock trading simulation that people play using real money. In other words, not much different than Las Vegas gambling. The difference is, no one is disillusion enough to believe that someday we'll all be getting paid in poker chips.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 336

While I won't argue too strong, the main trouble seems to be that the Ds told the unskilled white workers the truth ( "Those jobs aren't coming back.") against the R's willingness to tell the people what they want ("I'll bring those jobs back to America.").

Yup, I was at a Clinton rally and her message was largely "We're going to make it easier to succeed - if you're willing to put in the effort." While you'd think that would resonate well with the "God helps those who help themselves" crowd, the reality is, they'd rather bury their heads in the sand and pretend their hours of labor are worth more than those of workers in China. Unless of course, you're a fast food worker, in which case you don't deserve a livable wage.

American exceptionalism - it's dog eat dog, all the way down.

Comment Re: Florida Senator: No Permit Needed For Driverle (Score 1) 131

Amazing. Yet another example of a state totally and thoroughly owned by big business.

My one question is - will Trump drop Florida into the Gulf for allowing Big Business to run roughshod over the population, or promote it to the nation's capitol - for the same reason ?

Central Florida is pretty much Trump's dream for a "Great Again" America, realized. We were draining swamps before it was cool. Thanks to the tourism industry, we've got plenty of jobs. Sure, they're soul-destroying, low-wage and you can't afford rent on them, but they're jobs and that's what counts, right?

If you've been paying attention, Trump only cares if your job is outsourced, sent overseas, or taken by a foreigner. Lose your job due to automation or Ray Zalinsky buying up your small town factory? Well, that's just good old American business. If you think there's something wrong with that, you're probably some kind of diaper pin wearing, socialist pussy who needs to go your safe space.

Warning: This post contains sarcasm

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