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Comment Re: I have a better idea (Score 1) 263

Just because a car isn't top of the line doesn't mean it's not worth having. Of course one problem with buying MP3 albums is that they typically cost the same price regardless of how good is the music (which is also often a subjective opinion) and nobody wants to go to a sliding scale. It's a problem, but still, if you don't want to pay the asking price, you ain't entitled to the product.

Comment Re: Because you don't know until afterward. (Score 1) 263

That's a problem of consumer law and business practice. On quite a few occasions, I've bought a book for my Kindle and requested a refund a few days later because I decided/felt the book was no good. Amazon has always come through. They are of course able to remove the book from my Kindle. Having said that, they have also refunded me MP3 albums when I've decided I don't like them. So it CAN be done.

Submission + - White House petition to freeze to your credit report (whitehouse.gov) 1

dhjdhj writes: Everybody should freeze their credit reports. It's essentially free to do and stops identity theft before it happens!

I've created a White House petition that would require the credit reporting bureaus to automatically freeze credit reports for everyone impacted by a breech. This is much better than offering "monitoring" which will (a) only tell you about a request AFTER the fact when it's too late and (b) require you to pay fees after your "free period".

So far I've only gotten 40 signatures — it needs 150 signatures just to be visible publicly and it needs 100,000 signatures for the White House to actually respond to it.

I don't have that many friends — please help get the word out — this helps EVERYONE. After you sign the petition, freeze your own credit report!

Comment Re: Can you say... (Score 1) 266

I can't talk generally about drugs that are advertised on TV but I will say that it is a mistake to assume that the doctor knows everything. Apart from the old joke ("what do you call a student who comes last in medical school? Doctor!"), like computer science and many other domains, there's simply too much too learn. So if an educated consumer (and you need to be educated if you're dealing with medical issues) says to a doctor that he or she would like to be on a particular drug, the doctor should either be able to say yes or no (and why not if no) or do the research to be able to answer the question or refer patient to someone else who does know about the topic.

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