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Comment Tools (Score 1) 361

Robots are tools that allow me to do more work. I have a lot of robots.

My simplest robot is a stick that I use to quickly and easily make holes in the ground with to plant seeds. It greatly improves efficiency.

A more complex robot is my tractor. It replaces the need to have about 50 horses on my farm. That's a huge savings in time and it can do things the horses and men couldn't do freeing us up to do other interesting things.

A far more complex tool is my computers which maintain my web sites, do billing, graphics, word processing, bookkeeping and reach out to thousands of customers and many times that in potential customers 24/7. This makes it so I don't have to spend all my time on the phone or going house to house to sell my farm's products.

A wonderful robotic tool to have would be one that could do more general skills with some intelligence, a handyman. I'll have several of those down the road. They'll allow me to do far more than I can now.

Robots are tools. We've been using progressively more complex for millennia. The Luddites have always cried about fears of lost jobs but in each case the tools have empowered those of us who choose to do and create.


Comment Attack Software (Score 5, Interesting) 512

So what happens when travelers start carrying attack hardware & software that bites back. Imagine that the border agent sticks your phone into his reader and along with your data your phone injects a virus into his system. This can be done at very low levels. Or your 'phone' might simply send out 200,000 volts of power through the connection frying boarder patrol's expensive equipment.

Sounds like a good plot for a thriller spy movie...

And it's all possible.

Comment Re:Two Problems (Score 1) 401

A bit more science and Earth history please... It is a cycle.

You also don't appear to understand the thermodynamics issue. The problem is using energy to cool the arctic will actually warm things because no cooling technology is 100% efficient. In fact, they aren't even anywhere close. Refrigeration systems are really heat pumps that move the energy from one place to another and add energy to that stream. This results in the place the heat is dumped being a lot hotter while achieving only a little cooling. The overall net of the system is warming.

Let's stick with science rather than wishful thinking.

Comment Re:PayPal is not as good as other payment methods (Score 1) 141

"Many people are worried about their bank/credit account information falling into the wrong hands."

Cash and checks eliminate that issue.

"The absence of that option means they may choose to buy from someone else instead."

Since I'm already selling at capacity that isn't an issue. Most of my sales are wholesale and they don't use credit cards or PayPal. Only a small percent use PP.

There is no particular reason for me to want to pay PayPal tens of thousands of dollars a year for what is not of value to me.

Comment Re:PayPal is not as good as other payment methods (Score 1) 141

Most of my customers are wholesale. I give them an invoice and either they pay then COD (most restaurants do that) or they pay Net-15.

About 10% or so of my customers are retail and they pay a deposit, then the remainder due at delivery COD with a check or cash.

My cost of handling the cash and checks is trivial compared with the PayPal charges.

It used to be that there was a reasonable reason for the credit card company charges but now with everything so automated they should drop their fees to about 1/10th of what they're currently charging.

Comment Re:PayPal is not as good as other payment methods (Score 1) 141

Only about 0.0001% of my customer invoices are >$10,000 and none have ever been $50,000 so your point is useless. When I bought large parcels of land I withdrew and deposited upwards of $80,000 and there were no fees. 98% of the checks are $1,000. I get charged nothing by my bank for depositing cash or checks. Perhaps you need to switch banks.

Comment PayPal is not as good as other payment methods (Score 3, Interesting) 141

I actively discourage customers from using PayPal because PayPal costs me money. I will continue to do so for this reason - it's truth. I pay no fee for receiving cash or checks, PayPal sometimes withholds funds, delays payments, makes life generally difficult and is insecure for me as the seller. When PayPal is on par with cash or a check, costing me nothing more and being just as secure for me the seller then I'll treat PayPal the same.

Comment Bravo - Time to Support Legacy Systems (Score 0) 90

It would be great if they win. There is all too much of this dumping older hardware and software when it is not necessary. The programmers should offer graceful fall backs in their programming. It is good programming practices. Companies should support the legacy hardware and software for many decades. That is part of the commitment they should be making when releasing products.

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