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Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 425

Please tell us when a consumer firearm is needed?

How about when some crackhead or tweaker thug is breaking into your home, and the police are 5 minutes or more away?

Tweaker breaks in, you shoot; tweaker is dead. Then you call the cops and have them dispatch a hearse to haul the dead tweaker away.

Other scenario...

Tweaker breaks in, you call police, tweaker kills you and your family because you had no defense, tweaker flees. Cops arrive and dispatch a hearse to haul off you and your family's now lifeless bodies. Tweaker repeats the process the next night with the next unarmed family.

Comment Re: Of course (Score 1) 210

So, we just recruit the most skilled classic video gamer in the world, zap him with a laser to digitize him and send him to the Game Grid, where he can then throw a magic Frisbee at the Master Control Program and teabag its "lifeless" avatar's corpse before it de-rezzes.

End of line...

I think, judging by most vanity boards of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, that would be either the mighty warrior ASS or FUK (or AAA in a pinch).

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 264

Paying money every month for a couple of sine waves coming out of a cheap tinny Chinese speaker.

Paying money to paypal for the privilege of paying. Paypal fees are f**ing ridiculous

Buyers do not pay PayPal anything for the privilege of paying. The sellers pay a transaction fee to PayPal as their payment processor. For a standard account, it is 2.9% of the total amount plus 30 cents. And for a Micro Payments account, it is 5% plus 5 cents. The wash point is $12 (that is where the cost is pretty much the same no matter what type of account).

And PP's rate for a standard account is pretty much in line with other payment processors. It is just a cost of doing business, and those fees are simply written off on the business's taxes.

That said, with PP being down, I can make it mostly a light day for me on the 'bay and elsewhere. Because if my buyer's can't pay, they are not going to shop. So that means just a little prep work for the next batch of listings, and then giving myself an early weekend.

Comment Too Many Other Things to Do (Score 1) 199

What with Netflix; both streaming and DVDs, YouTube, 4 different MMORPGs I alternate between (Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Champions), weed being legal for recreational use in this state (including being able to grow up to 4 plants at a time), a huge backlog of totally free classic books sponged off Gutenberg; getting into various little projects that we have talked about doing all our lives, enjoying engaging in unimportant discussions on forums like Slashdot and elsewhere, and even coming up for air frequently in order to go out and about in the real world and interact in person with others; the TV industry will have a long road ahead of them to get people like me interested enough to take the bait.

And yes, I am aware that the above is an exceptionally long run on sentence. As an envoy of the Duchy of Don't Give a Shit, I do not give a shit. :D Now off to go get today's shipping and shopping done and grab a bite to eat, then come back for an early 4:20 and work on photos for my next round of Etsy, eBay, and eCrater sales.

Comment Re:Status quo can not be the answer (Score 1) 271

You are proposing a fantasy "do this" plan with no consideration of actual logistics or any costs. I think you need to review a lot of economics and geography, if not also the basis of the humanities. Beggars existed in Pompei in the same conditions, and the rich and well off were compassionate enough to donate rather than ignore them.

And in the end, everyone in Pompeii ended up truly equal, rich and poor alike. And despite the wealthy showing compassion to the less fortunate, the city was still destroyed, just like that one city from Christian and Jewish mythology that was destroyed due to the wealthy being hostile to their most needy.

At least Pompeii's destruction was due to genuinely natural causes (and truly fair across the board due to nature not knowing anything, let alone the concept of fairness) that could not have been prevented (other than not building your city at the base of a volcano), and not due to some supernatural cosmic horror.

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