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Comment Selling $10 Beach Sandals For $135 Doesn't Help (Score 1) 347

I have some sympathy for Birkenstock, but not much. For the amount of money they are asking for essentially a good name, they can spring a few extra coins (or whatever) on holograms or some other identification that shows it's THEIR genuine product.

Other than that, knockoffs are knockoffs and if a customer just wants the design and not the name, they should have the right to buy that if that's what they want.

I can tell you from my own standpoint, I feel a hell of a lot better scuffing up and getting sand in a $10 pair of beach sandals, rather than a $135 pair of authentic Birkenstocks... that may also be a target of theft if someone recognizes them as genuine.

Comment Re:Stupid "Activist" Junk Science (Score 1) 545

You mean like General Motors, which went bankrupt at the hands of a greedy UNION, and greedy GOVERNMENT?

Or Chrysler, which had to be bailed out and bought out by Italy's Fiat, for the same reasons...?

Or Compuware, another so-called "greedy corporation" which is now being parted out thanks to the recession brought about by the failed economic policies of the aforementioned greedy government?

How about the city itself, where the greed of it's former mayor and corrupt, rotten-to-the-core city "leaders" couldn't plunder it's treasury quite fast enough before getting caught with it's hands in the cookie jar...?

Bash corporations and capitalists all you like, but they are the ones that actually create and maintain the few remaining jobs Detroit has.

Comment Stupid "Activist" Junk Science (Score 0, Flamebait) 545

(I've got karma, and I know how to burn it. So here goes some.)

The same idiots that trot out this junk science and "suggest" that we all go vegan, are the same damn fools that would have us all "save the environment" by putting corn into our gas tanks; and turn California's most fertile farming area turn into a desert in order to "save" some freaking minnows that actually need MORE water, not less.

The thing that really needs to be studied is what the hell happens to areas where the so-called "intelligencia" are allowed to run amok with their foolish ideas.

Near where I live, we have just such a place. It's called Detroit.

Comment I have a better idea. (Score -1, Redundant) 382

Shut down the website. Shut down Obamacare. Both are bad and hopelessly broken ideas.

If people took better care of themselves and, as smart consumers able to vote with thier loud voices (and thick wallets) for better food and medical choices to start with, they would be healthier to begin with and not need nanny government to wipe their noses and butts for them.

For the accidents that happen, there is private insurance for that... and it is far more affordable than this socialist trainwreck we've been dragged kicking and screaming thereto. And it's not just cheaper in terms of money. It costs nothing in terms of sacrificing personal freedom as well.

Comment A gift for those skipping out on their contract. (Score -1, Troll) 378

All this does is weaken the ability of a carrier to enforce a contract which a paying customer willingly entered into. As a result, the paying customers who honor thier contracts will end up paying extra to cover those who bail out, and stiff the carrier for the exit fees they voluntarily agreed to pay.

This is nothing more but welfare for scofflaws.

Comment Re:LOL Corporations! (Score 5, Insightful) 149

This has nothing to do with the concept of "corporate personhood", whether you agree with it or not.

This is a 4th Amendment issue. Searches and seizures of anything are protected for personal effects and papers. Electronic records are arguably that, but this court did not agree. It needs to be settled by SCOTUS.

Comment Fourth Amendment (Score 4, Insightful) 149

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

- Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution

What? Emails, text messages and other electronic communications are not "papers", you say? Well, "electronic signatures" are taken as just as legal and binding as if it were an actual signature in ink on a piece of paper.

This needs to be taken to SCOTUS, extra pronto.

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