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Comment Re:Absentee ballots enable vote buying (Score 1) 42

You would think so at first glance, but when you vote by absentee ballot nobody knows you're voting that way. If your boss tells you to vote a certain way or lose your job, you can tell him you vote in person and can't take a photo of your ballot.

Of course if you're selling your vote, absentee ballots make sense. But in that case, you're just an idiot who would probably make a poor choice on your own anyway.

I've voted absentee since the late 70s. If I didn't tell anybody I voted that way, nobody would ever know.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 159

So you're the asshole holding up the line while you pay with a card!! Three cash transactions can be done in the time it takes for you to use your slow-ass method.

And I know a lot of people who carry cash and own Apple products. My guess is that most of them make considerably more money than you do.

Comment Re: Pretty sure I read this story last decade. (Score 1) 354

which is why I want to see America tax all goods/service based on the location of the worst sub-part and do it with emissions / $ GDP.
By putting a slowly increasing tax on the parts from bad emitters, while rewarding nations like Sweden who is VERY LOW emissions / $GDP, we get nations to either clean up, or for businesses to quit getting parts from those nations that pollute heavily.
This also has the advantage of getting nations to quit manipulating their money against the $.

Comment Re:Another Faulty Study (Score 5, Interesting) 227

"There are regional and generational differences"

Exactly!!! I live in Alabama and it's considered courteous to speak to total strangers. Good morning, good evening, thank you, you're welcome, and have a nice day are ALL spoken and heard every day here. Heck, we even hold doors open for strangers. We're a friendly bunch down here. Even rich people are friendly! It's nothing unusual to see a rich person sitting next to and conversing with a poor person at a football game. Y'all just need to learn some manners.

Comment Re:Reality (Score 4, Insightful) 92

It's not nice to mess with another utility's stuff.

  "permits third parties to move, alter, or rearrange components of Comcast's communications network attached to utility poles without Comcast's consent, authorization, or oversight, and with far less notice than is required by federal law and by an existing Comcast contract with Metro Nashville,"

That's just not done in the utility business. You simply don't "move, alter, or rearrange" another utility's lines. If you cut a line of any kind or interrupt service without calling first, you pay. Google needs to learn how to get along with everybody else. They have to play by the rules, too.

Comment Re: Not unusual for the luxury car market (Score 1) 136

What ppl are missing is what will happen with M3. There will not be a single human on the main production line. Sub parts are designed to made by other robots, mixes, or just pure human labor. With this approach, the sub parts should be thoroughly vetted, and final product is expected to not have issues that they have today. In addition, I'm told that m3 line in Fremont will do up to 1.5m / year and that is without the building expansion.

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