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Comment Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (Score 1) 181

"...Let's open a company storefront down there - we can sell for less than our franchise and make more money".

There were times when those company-owned stations would sell gas for cheaper than they would sell it to him wholesale

This is actually really good for the consumer, and thus for the economy.

Comment Re:Fiat Currency (Score 1) 692

Not at all:

This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.


Comment Forbes is right on the money (Score 1) 692

Forbes' comment is right on the money (no pun intended). I'm a proponent of the Bitcoin project, but what we've seen in recent months is ridiculous. What Bitcoin community needs is for BTC to be accepted as a form of payment. The volatility that was created by the speculators is discouraging acceptance of the BTC by the business oweners. I personally think the value of BTC is in it's convinience and anonymity, not in its exchange rate to the dollar.

Comment Re:Fiat Currency (Score 1) 692

Actually, your point 2) is not true. What "This Note Is Legal Tender For All Debts, Public and Private" mean is that it's LEGAL to accept that cash, not that the owner MUST accept that cash. That's why it's perfectly legal for some businesses to refuse to accept pennies or hunderd dollar bills.

Comment Re:Version war? (Score 2) 507

IE9 is the first browser where Microsoft actually tried. It's not perfect by far, but at least it's trying.

Sorry, but I have to nitpick here. IE3 was the first browser where Microsoft actually tried. It was so beyond anything that Netscape/Mozilla offered, feature- and interface- wise. IE3 is the reason why IE is still in the lead 10-15 years later. Posting this from Chrome ;)

Comment Re:Seems fair... (Score 1) 680

The problem here is that individuals already have paid for their coverage through taxes, and essentially have their money stolen by having this coverage taken away at the whim (no matter how justified) of the bureaucrats. I'm all for immunizing people, but this FAR from fair and sounds like extortion.

Comment Re:Here is why its good (Score 1) 392

Online shops already have a lot fewer expenses, if they don't have to pay sales tax like brick and mortar stores have to, their customers will be able to save more money. Less tax is paid, the less will be spent on bombing innocent foreigners, closing down legal drug dispensaries and more of the more money will be left in people's pockets to spend on a decent human society (unless you are one of the rich who doesn't give a crap about ordinary people).

Comment Re:little late (Score 1) 79

While tablets can't replace laptops outright, they can replace enough functionality where a person buys a tablet instead of a 2nd computer.

Absolutely not true. Most users will be more than OK with a tablet. These things are designed for web, e-mail, and casual games; and let's face it, this is all the average user wants to do. Spreadsheets and word processing? Save that for a desktop at work. Getting back to topic, this is not to say that Intel won't be able to capture the market. With the best r&d in the market, I believe they will soon become number one chip maker in the mobile world.

Comment Re:MBA's . . . (Score 1) 125

If I was where they were, passing off (useless) programs to end users and selling the (useless) end user data to advertisers so that the advertisers can eventually annoy the end users with ads for stuff they don't want, then I'd feel guilty.

Obviously the users of these programs didn't find them "useless," as they chose to use them. It seems like you're trying to paint anything as useless if it has no utilitarian value. However, there are tons of things in the word that have no utilitarian value, but people chose to use everyday. Think jewelery, sports television, theater. The people who produce them are not evil in any way, they just fulfill the market demands. If it wouldn't be this MBA class it would be someone else.

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