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Comment Re: It's a way of pointing a finger (Score 1) 81

To be fair in this example, you're dealing with a monopoly (the phone company) back before ditching the landline was feasible or possible for most people. Demand was pretty much totally inelastic, so they just slapped the tax onto the bill and everyone had to suck it up and pay it.

But you're right, in most situations something like a tax will be paid for both the company and the consumer.

Comment Re:A bad Ford product? (Score 1) 292

In the 80's, the USA Ford Escort was a 100% Ford product. This is not to be confused with other cars being sold around the world under the Escort brand, which while styled similarly to the USA Escort, were actually different cars. In 1990, they replaced the Ford Escort with a reskinned 323, which was a much better car.

Comment Re: In a world... (Score 1) 310

At this point your options are getting pretty limited. As in, lower end models, and then you have to go to the lower trim lines. Even if you manage to find one without the navigation system, a lot of cars are still using touch interfaces for the radio/climate control.

Comment Re:really? (Score 1) 813

That's the truth. It's one of the reasons the Federal Reserve targets a non-zero inflation rate. They want you spend your savings to help prop up the consumption-based economy, or failing that they want you to use it to gamble in and prop up the stock market. So if you are responsible they'll eat away at your savings with inflation. Of course, people still save anyway (well, some people), which is why they are pushing for negative interest rates and the elimination of cash to further eat away at people's savings.

At some point, it's all going to come crashing down. It's not a matter of if, but when.

Comment Re:really? (Score 1) 813

I just saw this in the captiva screen they have in our office building elevators: more than half the US millenials who have bank accounts, have less than $1000 in their savings account, as in emergency funds.

A lot of the "millennials" are college kids. The youngest are still in high school. How much money do you think they have managed to save?

The amazing ones are the boomers who are at or quickly approaching retirement age, who have manage to save little to nothing their whole working lives.

Comment Re:WF is corrupt to the core (Score 1) 104

The bank I use allows for overdraft protection where if I overdraft they can take it out of my savings account or charge it against a credit card (as long as the account is with them) automatically with no fee. So you could set up a savings account with some balance or credit card that you otherwise never use for that purpose.

However, the cynical side of me is saying that this is a feature they only offer to customers who keep a high enough balance that they would be unlikely to use it anyway.

Comment Re:Solution (Score 1) 78

The problem the gas pumps have is they authorize the card before they let you start pumping gas, but at that point they don't know how much the sale is going to end up being. So as long as the card is "good" (below the limit, even if only 1 cent) the credit card companies will authorize the card then allow the pump to charge anything against it.

They used to authorize the card for some arbitrary high amount like $75*, then charge the actual amount to the card after the gas was pumped, but this ended up pissing some people off as the $75 authorization would sometimes stick for a few days, so they stopped doing it.

* This was back when $75 would buy you a lot of gas.

Comment Re:Kids these days (Score 1) 326

And only a portion of the production cost is printing. It costs a lot to develop a service manual.

Which I'm sure is peanuts compared to the cost of developing the actual vehicle. And that's where I would roll the cost into because really, it's not like they are going to make their money by randomly creating service manuals for non-existent vehicles.

If it was up to me, I'd sell the service manuals at the cost of reproducing them. For a PDF that would be free. In 1992 you'd probably have to print it, so I could see it maybe costing a few tens of dollars.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 310

The benchmarks actually agree. Take the higher end desktop "enthusiast" i7 CPU. If it was 2011, you would probably buy a 2600K. Today, five years and 4 generations later, you would probably buy a 6700K. If you look at the benchmarks the 6700K is maybe 30% faster. The main differences is the 6700K is a lot lower power at idle, and the built-in GPU is better if you care about that kind of thing (which if you're getting the 'K' variant chances are you're not).

15-20 years ago, a new processor would completely destroy a 5 year old processor (something like a Coppermine P3 vs. a Pentium MMX). That's no longer the case.

Comment Re:Well, you know (Score 1) 310

The reason they do that is because it's something most buyers don't pay attention to or even knows what it means and the difference it will make. PC makers have been skimping by putting slower but higher capacity hard drives in their machines for several decades now. Yes, we geeks know and it makes us cringe, but all most people see is that this one has 1TB and that other one has 256GB so the first one must be better...

Comment Re:What's good for the goose (Score 1) 756

Trump has benefited enormously from the media. He wouldn't likely be where he was if CNN hadn't been following him around for the last fifteen months. If anything, the media is guilty of giving the impression that he had a chance, because drama sells copy.

Or it could just be that having the media treat Trump as a serious candidate was part of the plan all along: https://t.co/OaUjtFkKWg (warning: PDF file)

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