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Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 168

Same here. In fact what happened is that if Amazon was going to ding me for shipping, I promptly went off to eBay, located the same item (usually from the same seller!!) offered with free shipping, and after a few iterations stopped bothering with Amazon entirely.

So yeah... stop trying to make your profit on shipping, make the threshold realistic for smaller purchases, and you'll get me back.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 2) 138

Citing sources is no panacea, the BS artists will only cite each other in circular jerk of stupid citing.

Whether we like it or not, it comes to chains of trust. Sources such as proper news organizations need to be properly compensated for the money it takes to properly vet stories. And right and left wing-nuts shouldn't have any gravity associated by the rest of us with opinions about "fake" news from those sources they don't like.

The push for private grade school and high school education over public education will only make the problem worse. Many of those private schools are only interested in providing thought silos so that kids cannot ever get honest opposing views. Hiding behind "religious freedom" becomes merely a term for hiding behind ignorance.

Comment Re:How hard is it, really? (Score 2) 296

I am signed up as well, but still pissed about how they did it. I was enticed by the $15/mo. trial subscription for a one month trial. Then they simply continued charging me. I thought it was deceitful. I only put up with it because I rather like the in-depth journalism.

I think what bothers the Trump supporters is that the stories are not supporting of Trump. I would argue that the major events covered are simply not supported by Trump's world view....well, he doesn't have a view so much as an ego, and the stories do not support that ego.

Comment Re:Failing business (Score 1) 296

Wait until he decides that, being the King of Debt, which he proudly proclaimed, decides the U.S. should have a lot more of it. And his Republican Fausts in Congress are going right along claiming the increase in the economy will wash out the extra money they are willing to spend under Trump which they were unwilling to spend under Obama.

They love to point at Kennedy and Reagan. However, when tax rates are relatively high, you can get a big bang for your buck lowering them...all other things remaining equal. In today's economy, tax rates are relatively low, lowering them further won't get the same return. Worse, companies are learning to treat every down cycle as an excuse to automate more, and now the economy is gotten very good at providing that extra automation.

There is story about the oil fields in Texas. The price of oil is back up, they are pumping more. Do the jobs return? Bzzzzzt, wrong. The companies got lean by automation during the low oil price years (those that survived are now the leanest of the lot), now they simply crank their machines and computers harder. No real increase in jobs, Trump and his mercantilist economy cannot exist. In that sense, Trump fails to exist as well.

Comment Re:Hard to read (Score 1) 296

They are just echoing the anti-Obama people who went before. We were treated to "stories" about his birth in Kenya even after his Hawaii birth certificate was published. We even had a presidential candidate honk on about it long after it was a dead horse.

Before that, it was the anti-Bush people who decided their inside joke was to call him a Nazi.

Before that, we were treated to the Bible thumpers thumping about Bill Clinton and Sex...funny how the Bible thumpers are fixated on Sex.

Before that, it was the anti-Bush (dad) people, they were a bit subdued but whined drearily about his tax increases.

Before that, it was the anti-Reagan people who threatened us with nuclear annihilation.

I'd go on but you get the picture. The U.S. has always had a group of crazies who fixate all their frustrations on the current White House guy. I will admit Trump gives them (and myself) much more fodder to work with...which is surprising really since he has so much less upstairs to work with.

Comment Re:Caring (Score 1) 101

I have no right then to rob then bank if because they ignored me.

It's trespassing, it's harassment, it's denial of service, but it is not theft. This is basically the copyright infringement vs. theft argument all over again.

No it isn't. I said it was illegal, which it is. You brought up the theft thing just now to somehow discredit my argument, but it has nothing to do with me.

What do you think "rob" means?

Comment Re:EU Governments need to ban Windows 10. (Score -1) 131

Well I don't think MSFT or any corp is gonna have to worry about the EU for much longer as it looks like France along with several other countries are getting ready to bail and leave Mama Merkel and her Syrian migrants to it. Can't say as I blame 'em, ever since Merkel opened the floodgates its been a disaster, rape has risen several thousand percent, countries like Sweden having to tell their women not to go out alone at night in their own country for fear of rape gangs, and a bill of 50 billion and counting just for Germany to keep all these uneducated men on the dole.

So MSFT frankly ought to just ignore them, the EU will be nothing but a memory soon enough.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 168

That is the same reason the wife and I have been using Walmart for our online shopping, as it often has prices the same or less than Amazon, cheaper shipping and as a nice bonus a full 2/3rds of the items we purchased last holiday had a "free ship to store" option with many having same day or next day pickup.

Maybe now that Amazon have lowered the shipping we might do more shopping there...then again Walmart recently lowered their free shipping minimum to $25 and most small items we can get free shipping to our local Walmart so I don't have to come up with a bunch of stuff to put in the cart when I just need a flash stick or MicroSD card.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 837

Except that in an open relationship, I imagine getting to know someone you're sleeping with is probably not a good idea. Too many common interests with the bit on the side can lead to an unplanned change in relationship status.

I recently joined a poly group with 30,000 members on Fb to get more info on what it's really all about and what I've learned is that there is some of everything out there, and there's a label for everything. And there's people whose relationships are at all levels of openness from completely, to completely rules-based. And there's examples of each of these both succeeding and failing, or doing one and then the other... or vice versa.

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