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Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1140

Is $10,000/year even enough to live on in the US? lists the price of a one bedroom apartment outside the city center as $900/month, i.e. around $11,000/year. There would be no money left over for food, education, medicine, etc., so anyone who is poor today would still be poor under this new system - and living out on the street.

Furthermore I suspect that the cost of commodities will greatly increase because now the rich who manage and control all the companies involved in production and distribution will see everyone has having an extra $10,000 to spend, so as a consequence those who make anything from a nothing to modest income will not only have to work excessively to live as they do now but with UBI they now have to pay more to live top of it.

Granted I'm not an economist so I may be wrong.

Comment Re:It's Simple Economics (Score 1) 180

I'm a remote developer for a mid-sized company doing a boring 9-5 enterprise job and I live in rural North Carolina where I pay $797/mo for a 2,200/sqft 3 bedroom house on an acre of land on a quiet private road. I also have great neighbors, everyone in town knows each other and I have reasonably fast internet with fiber coming within the next 5 years. You couldn't pay me enough to live in, or in any place like, overcrowded and overpriced Silicone Valley instead of where I do now.

Comment Re:Take the PCIe logo off the box (Score 1) 157

There is actually a write up that is worth a read by an electrical engineer on /r/amd

So if what he is saying is true it makes me wonder if maybe it's actually many motherboards that are non-compliant with PCI-e. Honestly I've seen some crappy boards with sub-standard components (anybody remember the great capacitor plague around 15 years ago?) so it would not surprise me.

Comment Re:Too Late :-( (Score 1) 135

This should have been happening in the 1980s and '90s

I wonder how things would have turned out in this regard to space exploration had the Soviet Union not collapsed because they had a space station up in LEO in 1971; a full 27 years before the ISS, and had the famous Mir space station up in LEO by 1986.

Comment Re:Rate limit exceeded; please try again later... (Score 1) 565

Yes it is a joke but the fact that it looks authentic to the point it can confuse the typical person is the reason the NRA is threatening legal action. Furthermore what this site is suggesting is likely outright illegal under the Brady Act; as a straw purchase, which the NRA, whether you like them or not, would obviously never advocate.

Comment Re:Muslim or Christian Evangelical ? (Score 3) 161

I expect to get modded out of existence but here it goes:

True, however the churches that claim to follow Christ (Matthew 24:4, 5; 10-12) share blame and guilt for the atrocities committed by the state by involving themselves in politics, promoting nationalism and advocating violent wars against even fellow believers rather than; telling everyone that these things are wrong, looking to the kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44, Matthew 6:10, 33) to solve mankind's problems and teaching the political neutrality (John 18:36) and brotherly love (John 13:34, 35) that Christ taught.

Comment Re:Ticketmaster (Score 4, Informative) 214

They should be required to include all fees in the price of the ticket as well. It is outright fraud to advertise a ticket price that you cannot buy without fees tacked on. A mandatory fee is part of the cost of a ticket. A "convenience fee" is part of the cost of a ticket unless you can get it cheaper by being inconvenient.

This right here. I recently went to a concert as a special treat and thought the ticket was advertised to be something like $45 for a seat it came out closer to $65 after Ticketmaster and the venue added all their outrageous fees, and if you're taking friends with you it adds up real fast.

Comment Re:How do they even know you have a cell phone? (Score 1) 482

Yes the process was just like the TSA; you have to empty all your pockets and remove all jewelry/accessories (rings, glasses, watches, earrings, etc..) onto a table, get a metal detector wanded all over you and if you have any bags or anything, like a pocketbook as some women have, the security personnel will demand to paw through it without gloves (which seems like more a hazard to them).

The concert I went to this past weekend though they had some guy at the beginning of the entrance line telling everyone what they can and cannot do and he made a big point about no weapons allowed, however I noticed that none of the security personnel were armed and there were no police officers at the venue so I'm curious as to what they would have done if one of them actually did find a weapon let alone someone deranged.

Comment Re:Weird Al is the opposite (Score 1) 482

Was that the show in Greensboro, NC on Saturday?

I was there and I have to admit I don't go to concerts often, in fact this was my first Weird Al concert, so I took some pictures and a couple of discreet video clips (kept the phone low with low brightness so as not to annoy the people behind me) for my own memories but some of the people there were holding their cell phones way up in front of other people with full brightness probably to only end up on YouTube.

Comment Re:Not News (Score 1) 72

I am a TWC customer and was forced to switch to these DTV boxes. They're made by Cisco and the interface for them is bare basic and worse than the TV's built-in but now useless QAM tuner, but what really grinds my gears is that I'm forced to lease them if I want to continue to get TV. Wasn't there a landmark case some time ago in the 60's about such practices by AT&T/Bell?

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 5, Interesting) 1718

Fun fact: if you're on the terror watch list you can still buy weapons. Thank God the 2nd amendment is more prescious than lives huh?

This is because a person on the terror watch list often do not know they are being watched and the terror watch list is completely arbitrary in that anyone can be placed on it for any reason. To deny someone a constitutional right because they are placed on a list would be a violation of their Fifth Amendment rights to not be deprived of; life, liberty or property without due process of law. In essence to deny someone rights because they are arbitrary placed on a list without being informed and no way to appeal being placed on such a list that deprives one of their life, liberty or property would be presuming them guilty of a crime without an indictment and trial which the Fifth and Sixth Amendments also prohibit.

Comment Re:Pseudo-meat? (Score 1) 274

Margarine and butter are basically the same thing apart from the type of fats used (vegetable and animal respectively). I'm getting really tired of people peddling that margarine is inherently inferior or unhealthy compared to butter, and some people even go so far as to claim margarine is actually plastic based on some chain letter that they read without even questioning it.

Comment Re:We STILL haven't solved that one? (Score 1) 313

I'm pretty sure it was mentioned just for political points as the whole mental health thing has been law for a quite some time now at 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4) and 18 USC 922(d)(4). The key word here is adjudicated (as in you can't be declared mentally deficient without due process before a court) and thanks to O'Connor v. Donaldson you cannot be involuntarily committed without due process and you are entitled to legal representation during such a process.

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