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Comment Re:And... NO CONTRAST (Score 2) 313

It's not just text editors. Graphics and photo editing programs are going the same way. The one I use the most, DXO, is getting harder to read. I'm using an older version of Photoshop because the new versions are low contrast.

I'm 63 and have fairly good near vision. I mostly need glasses for vision from a few feet to infinity. There's no problem with sites using a high contrast scheme, but those where the background is gray and the text is light gray are impossible to read. I usually hit CTRL-A to select all the text. It's not perfect, white text on dark blue, but it helps.

If you are serious about your website and have a desire to communicate, then make the damned thing readable. Stop being artsy.

Comment Re:No, they handle 1.2% of all retail sales (Score 1) 70

True, but if you talk to the brick&mortar stores or listen to the politicians (who want the tax revenue), you'd think that online sales are at 90% of all retail sales and climbing.

Amazon recently "reached an agreement" with my state. Starting next month Amazon will collect 8% sales tax on purchases made from my state. The problem is, my state sales tax is only 4%. Who gets the rest? My guess is Amazon, maybe with some kickback to the politicians who agreed to the deal. I have no proof; I just know how politicians are.

It looks like my days of ordering tons of stuff from Amazon are over. I may order a few items, IF the price +tax is better than other online retailers who still don't charge sales tax.

My thought has always been that sales tax should be collected at the point of purchase. If it were, online companies would be moving to states with lower sales taxes. That might be just the incentive that high tax states need to lower their damned taxes.

Comment Re:That would be the real game changer (Score 1) 168

Vacations. Really? I know lots of people who drive more than 300 miles on their jobs. They're not commuting; they're working. For example, one of my friends reads meters once a month. The meters are radio read, but you still have to drive to within range. He drives 350 miles in that one day of reading. Stop to charge a battery? Hell, he doesn't even stop for lunch.

My job involves traveling long distances twice a week. I'm not commuting daily; I'm just going to where I'm going to be working during the week. If I have to be in another state 300 or 400 miles from home in a reasonable amount of time, I have to have a vehicle that can get me there. Sure, it would be nice to have an electric-powered pickup truck, but where do I find a motel in a small town in the middle of nowhere with charging capability?

Comment This borders on being a general warrant (Score 4, Interesting) 427

The one thing the Founders wanted to guard against was general warrants. This warrant gets pretty close to being one. It was limited to a specific building, but next time it could be limited to a specific block, or even a specific city or county. I think they're building precedent for doing such things. If they get away with this one, then what's to stop them from going further?

Comment Re:President Obama said something similar (Score 1) 235

Lots of things can be punishments without impacting rights. It's not the same kind of punishment as imprisoning them, for example, but they probably think of it as a punishment.

Treating innocent people badly because someone else is guilty of something is wrong, regardless of it technically being called "punishment" or whatever.

You can argue that it's justified based on some particular need if you want. But you can't argue that Trump's comments are evil hate speech and Obama's aren't -- they're essentially the same.

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