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Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 122

Have your stuff delivered to a private mailbox facility (like a UPS Store), or to your place of work, if it's valuable. Every electronic item more complicated than an SD card that I order goes to the office. There's always someone to sign for it, it isn't accessible to thieves, and it's always climate-controlled.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 3, Interesting) 122

I don't shop at Amazon because it's cheaper - it's usually not much, if any. But it's much less work for me. Get online, check inventory, make sure it's in stock, drive twenty minutes each way, hunt for the item while in the store, wait in checkout line... if I don't need it right now, I can get online, click "place order", and it appears on my doorstep two days later. Huge time-saver for me, as my work is intermittent - I have lots of three-to-five-minute idle periods, which means I can get personal stuff done during the day, instead of wasting that time and having to invest even more after work.

Comment Re:Breaking the law? (Score 1) 99

Assuming you know about it. Some do, but it is likely that most sellers do not. And TBH, I couldn't even begin to tell you how to get in touch with the people I've sold used cars to, even if I wanted to. We did cash deals after a couple of phone calls. Yeah, I wrote them a bill of sale, but you know how many James Edwards are out there?

That said, this sort of story is why we kept my wife's 2001 Tahoe instead of selling it.

Comment Re:Business opportunity (Score 1) 489

Or just have an alternate login that you can use, with the real info in an encrypted backup. They're not, in general, going to look very hard.

The border agents ask a bunch of questions, most of which are completely content-irrelevant. Last time I came back into the US from Canada, the guy asked me where I lived and worked. C'mon, dude, I drove past something like ten cameras to get into this booth. If you don't have a Google Street View of my house (and, for that matter, my workplace - AFAICT I am the only person in the world with my full name, and one of two with the same first and last) in front of you on those monitors, then I want a tax refund. But that's not the point: he just wants me to answer questions to prove that I am, in fact, what I claim to be: an American citizen. Demonstrate proficiency with casual American English, have reasonable answers, have a plan that sounds reasonable (e.g., don't say that I plan to drive from the Quebec-NY border to Los Angeles in the next six hours).

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 250

Or to represent the interests of the party. They had some pretty rough conventions in 1968 and 1972... superdelegates are part of the response to that.

It's amusing that the structure of the Democratic Party is anti-democratic, but then again, the Republican party isn't terribly republican most of the time.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

They don't just do three rights instead of a left. They organize the route in such a way that the driver makes almost entirely right turns. In the video, the corporate guy mentions that they organize their entire operation so that packages on different sides of the same street will often be delivered by different drivers in different trucks, just so that neither has to make a left.

Comment Re:Judge should learn the law (Score 1) 476

I think we need a bit more detail, here. Green card holders are resident aliens, not nationals - even Wikipedia says so (ha, ha). Have anything to back up the idea that they're actually nationals? I mean,

(20) The term “lawfully admitted for permanent residence” means the status of having been lawfully accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States as an immigrant in accordance with the immigration laws, such status not having changed.

Seems to me that isn't the same as owing allegiance to the US. It's explicitly called a privilege, not a right, in the law.

Comment Re:Expand the H-1B beyond the Tech Industry . . . (Score 1) 476

Foreign medical degrees are generally respected by US medical licensure boards, but foreign residency training is not. You have to do a residency in the US to practice here except in extraordinary circumstances. And it's very hard for a foreign medical graduate to get a residency in a highly competitive specialty.

Comment Re:Everyone is different (Score 1) 115

You made a wise choice. Every once in a while, we will have a father who wants to watch the C section. "Have you ever seen surgery before?" is the immediate question. If the answer is "no", we advise them to stay seated, lest they pass out.

There are always several med students who pass out during their first surgical rotation, even though they've all been through the process of carving up an entire human during gross anatomy.

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