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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Vermonter Pass (75 comments)

Let me know when I can get a discount in my service. I might let Verizon track me if it meant a direct discount. Until then, I'll pass.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Vermonter 105 megabits per second (401 comments)

If I am hearing correctly, this guy was signed up for 105 megabits per second... Do you know how hard it is to use 105 megabits/second? Netflix in HD only uses up 5... unless this guy has a family of 20, with each person watching HD content, 105 Megabits/second is a waste of money. I mean granted, maybe some people here can tell me how a single family home can use that much bandwidth (downloading several dozen torrents simultaneously?), but my family doesn't even use half of our 30 Megabit/second bandwidth.

about 4 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Vermonter More activism needed (710 comments)

Perhaps those concerned about climate change can try to raise awareness? #climatechange #conserveenergy I feel better about myself already!

about 4 months ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

Vermonter Re:I for one... (118 comments)

They can't be any worse than the corrupt politicians we have in power now.

about 5 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Vermonter Re:4/$2.50 (196 comments)

Plus it's nice that I can drop an LED bulb and instead of having to technically call a hazmat team to clean it up, I can pick it up and it still works fine.

about 5 months ago
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

Vermonter I really have no choice... (170 comments)

I really, really want to be against net neutrality, because free market and such, but when I look at Time Warner and Comcast, they are the best argument *for* net neutrality. I guess it comes down to who I trust more, the government, or the cable companies.... and it's kind of a tie at zero... Now if the FCC would decide that the infrastructure could be used by startups, allowing for actual competition, then we might get somewhere.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Vermonter What if you already make $14? (1040 comments)

If you have spent the past few years busting your ass at a job, and managed to make your way to $14/hr (say, you got promoted to a manager position at a restaraunt)... then what? Do you essentially go back to making minimum wage? Do you now make, as a manager, the same hourly wage as the dishwasher? Increasing the minimum wage is great for people that already make it, but I have always felt like it has screwed those who have worked hard to get a few raises over minimum wage.

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Vermonter Malignant monopoly or just plain evil (405 comments)

Are those my only choices? I mean, Amazon is not a monopoly, because I can buy all that stuff at other places, so that just leaves plain evil. So I guess I am forced in to answering that Amazon is just plain evil?

about 6 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Vermonter Re:Insanity (370 comments)

It would certainly still be serving the US market, but the site would no longer be under US jurisdiction, and getting the site taken down would then become a much more involved task.

about 6 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Vermonter This shows the real problem (335 comments)

If the money was wasted by upper management, then that should be a big red flag that the problem is most likely with upper management.

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

Vermonter Re:codependent (131 comments)

Well, if those bloggers are getting all their information from the very media stations giving Obama a pass...

about 7 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

Vermonter Re:codependent (131 comments)

Well, here is the distinction between your regular Joe-Shmo Republican, and your elected official Republican: The guy on the street is all for business. The guys in office are for whatever makes them richer. There is a similar gap on the Democrat side, too. Your regular Democrat on the street wants the type of socialism that gives a hand up to the poor. The Democrats in office want the type of socialism that gives the guys in power more money. This is why this whole left-right thing is stupid- the guys on the street both want to see their fellow man prosper. The guys in office want to further themselves. But they tell you it's right vs left so that you fight amongst yourself instead of stopping them from passing selfish laws.

about 7 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Vermonter Re:Sugar (329 comments)

I do like dark chocolate, but it has to be at least 85% cocoa.

about 7 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Vermonter Re:Sugar (329 comments)

Consuming sugar doesn't bother me. What does bother me is consuming all the preservatives in out food, and all the unnatural sweeteners that are included. Although I am not a scientist, I wonder if high fructose corn syrup, calorie free sweeteners, and to a lesser extend, regular corn syrup, are far worse for us than the FDA understands yet. Also, try going 2 weeks without any sugar except for naturally occurring sugars in fruits and the like... you'll get your actual sense of sweetness back. I can no longer drink sugary soda (I usually drink seltzer, and occasionally I drink coke watered down with seltzer to 1/5 the concentration). I can't eat milk chocolate or most candy. They all taste disgustingly sweet to me.

about 7 months ago
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London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

Vermonter Re:Can't turn them off? (152 comments)

Include a law that makes any cop's testimony that is not backed up by there personal camera inadmissible in court.

about 7 months ago
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Controlling Fear By Modifying DNA

Vermonter Re:Democrats want you to fear Republicans! (105 comments)

The problem with your statement is you start with the presupposition that your worldview is correct. Those who are against abortion feel that way because they perceive an unborn child as a human being who has a right to life. Yet liberals always frame the argument as "conservatives are against women's rights" (even though it's only a single "right" in question). Then again, phrasing it that way changes the frame of the discussion from women's rights to "when does life begin?", which is much harder to argue in favor of abortion, since by scientific definition life begins at conception, and by genetic definition the fetus is a human being. It's much easier to re-frame the issue as women's rights, and paint opponents as sexist bigots. Also, the law in Florida you mentioned came to light because it was used to stop a church from feeding the poor. The same church that is filled with conservatives (who are also painted as "idiots who believe in a magical sky fairy", because again, it's easier to paint your opponent as stupid than it is to actually debate their ideas).

about 7 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

Vermonter Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

If Rand Paul wanted a higher office, he would play the game like all the other members of congress. Enough people don't even pay attention to what their congressmen do that your best bet to move up is to play the game and be valuable to your party, so that they financially back you and prop you up.

about 7 months ago

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