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Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 211

Some of it is that some people's incomes aren't in fact above the poverty line. There are reports of hardship for residents of U.S. states that successfully sued to opt out of Obamacaid. They don't qualify for a Marketplace subsidy because they don't make more than the poverty level, and they don't qualify for original Medicaid.

And some of it is that the federal poverty level is uniform throughout the lower 48 states, even though some areas have a far higher apartment rent level than others.

Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 211

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle.

I've been collecting anecdotal reports from other Slashdot users about cable companies charging less for a bundle of Internet and limited basic TV than for Internet alone:

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$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

It may be cheaper than the lost wages from taking time off work every day so you can get to the public library and check your email before it closes for the night at 6 PM. (Source: front door of Little Turtle branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 211

Your body is capable of moving without spending a cent or even going outside. There's plenty of exercises you can do in your living room.

Agreed: body weight squats and push-ups work many of the body's long-bone muscle groups. But the opposing motion to pull-ups is chin-ups, which require a bar (which can be found on the playground), and walking requires either a treadmill or a sidewalk or trail and tolerable weather.

The vast majority of the middle class people I'm talking about have a car.

Unless they gave it up to save the monthly payment on fuel, insurance, and parking.

If you're too poor to get a $1000 loan for a car

You'd still need a license to drive it. In jurisdictions that mandate a particular number of hours of supervised driving on a learner's permit, doing supervised driving with an instructor can cost thousands of dollars:

Kids whose own parents don’t drive face bigger hurdles. They face a staggering $6000 bill for driving lessons if they were to do all their hours through a standard driving school.

Comment Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 211

because they can't comprehend making their own food

That or they can comprehend being threatened with imprisonment when city codes ban gardens.

or exercising without equipment

That depends on weather and on how strict the local police are about giving children priority on public playgrounds.

or getting around without a taxi.

What should they do instead? Ride the bus? Buses in my home town don't operate at night, on Sundays, or on major holidays. Under the "employment at will" principle widespread in the United States, employers can and do exercise their rights to fire employees for notifying them that they aren't available at those times. Many, such as Walmart, also have a "must be available on weekends" policy of refusing to hire applicants who mark down that they aren't available on Sunday.

Comment When cable TV (Score 1) 211

83% of American households have some form of subscription television service.

And they pay negative dollars per month for this service. Many local cable companies charge less for a bundle of Internet access and the lowest tier of subscription television service (local channels, C-SPAN, public access, and home shopping) than for Internet access alone.

3-4 months of that would cover at least enough of a mid market law firms time to assess the merits of case.

3 to 4 months of negative? Or are you implying that Internet access is not a necessity to find and/or keep a job?

We also have these things called public libraries were ordinary citizens like you or I could get access to either online resources

Good luck with that when the public library has closed for the night or for the weekend by the time you would have arrived there from work.

Comment Publishers unwilling to grant a license (Score 1) 77

The Wii used inaccurate software emulation

How do you know Nintendo's forthcoming $60 console doesn't also "use inaccurate software emulation"? Until it ships, nobody will have opened it up to look (except for parties to Nintendo's non-disclosure agreement).

and allow people to buy games for a $1 or $2

and didn't have access to the entire NES library.

Not all third-party publishers of NES games are willing to "allow people to buy games for a $1 or $2". When Nintendo announced Virtual Console for the first time, it mentioned Tetris as one of the games it probably wouldn't be able to license at fair market value.* Or for those third-party games whose copyright owner is unwilling, are you recommending that Nintendo lobby national governments to just take a license under eminent domain?

The Wii did not have a NES controller.

The controller bundled with Nintendo's forthcoming $60 console is compatible with Wii.

* Not counting Tetris Party on WiiWare, which was years later, twice as expensive as NES VC games, and broken in the same way as most other Tetris games since 2001.

Comment Browser tabs get purged (Score 1) 17

Ah, the browser tab

Until you close your browser. Or until your browser purges the document from RAM.

Android tablets run the Android operating system. Netbooks made since Windows- and X11/Linux-based netbooks were discontinued at the end of 2012 run either Android or Chrome OS. These mobile operating systems, unlike desktop operating systems, don't regularly use a swap file. Instead, when the device is about to run out of RAM, running applications are given a chance to release memory to the OS before being terminated by the OOM killer. Web browsers on mobile operating systems will react to a "trim memory" event by purging a document loaded in another tab with the intent of reloading it later from the network once the user switches back to that tab. This reloading doesn't work if you happen to be offline when you switch back.

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