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Comment Re:They are publicly buying votes in Pike County, (Score 1) 124

So the while thing comes down to the definition of "influence". If I am nice to someone while wearing a campaign button, would that count as trying to "influence" their vote? It would also almost explicitly make it illegal for someone in a Make American Great Again hat to leave a tip in a restaurant. So any reasonable interpretation would mean "vote buying" in a more traditional sense, not just "being nice" to voters while representing a party.

Comment Re: because Photoshop doesn't exist (Score 1) 124

The secret ballot worked for the first 100 years of the USA (failed during a time of open rebellion, but worked fine with a stable country). Still not used in the Legislatures. Would you accept a secret ballot in votes for laws? Then why do you want to mandate it in the election of those same lawmakers?

Comment Spoofing numbers (Score 5, Insightful) 50

It's technically trivial to block that type of spoofing. The only hold-back is that there's no penalty for the phone companies that sell to the scammers. Charge their US provider with accessory to the crime, and fine them $100M and this could never happen again. Require that all CLID sent be a valid call-back for the number sent.

Yes, I know that this will be annoying for the outsourced call centers, where HP sells their call center to India and the Indian company calls an American with the CLID of the 1-800 number for HP, so the call looks like it's coming from the US, and if called back, gets to the right queue. But those edge cases don't justify allowing free range for the scammers.

Comment He's talking out his ass (Score 1) 238

he's not killing anything. We've got 140 million folks living paycheck to paycheck in this country. Those people don't rely on cash by choice. Word gets around about overdraft fees, gas stations put $100 holds on your debit card and folks don't make enough to get credit cards. The working poor isn't giving up cash anytime soon. Believe me, it's been tried.

Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 226

The cost of production in the US is the environmental cost, not the labor cost. Making "dirty" electronics is cheap. Cleaning the pollution at the plant is not. The amout of labor used to make a device isn't that much.

Even so, I still expect people to go for the slave labour Macbook at $1699 instead of the $1899 "proudly manufactured in the USA" model, when given a choice. Especially when no one is looking.

That's why the US version would have a special red/white/blue color scheme.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 313

It takes a lot of power to melt snow off a roof. Off elevated panels that have snow building up on them? Almost none. LED stoplights have small heaters (5W or so), with a re-designed shroud to stay snow-free. Though vertical, on a slant, there wouldn't need to be much power at all to melt the first 1/10th mm for the rest to slide off.

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