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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ahodgson Re:Customer service? (628 comments)

Yeah if it looks like I won't have room over my seat I'll dump my bag 5+ rows forward; I can grab that on the way out, but not if it's behind.

1 hour ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ahodgson Re:Pft (907 comments)

Actually, with the prison population being as high as it is in the US, it's possibly the only country in the world where more men than women get raped nowadays.

2 days ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

ahodgson Re:This is news? (210 comments)

I think it's safer to say that most human beings will eventually abuse any power given to them. Since governments are run by human beings, it's also safe to say that all governments abuse their power. That's why the US Constitution tried so hard to limit government scope and power. Unfortunately, since governments abuse their power, and sheeple want "someone" to take care of them and protect them, those protections have been whittled away, anyway, but it was a good effort.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

ahodgson Re: Drug use versus crime (472 comments)

Banning prostitution and gambling is just as stupid as banning drugs.

5 days ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

Yeah I don't believe that's the case. The provinces have agreements, but I don't think there's any country-level reciprocity.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

A tourist visiting Canada and staying in a hotel is generally not eligible for their nationalized health system. They expect payment/etc just like most other countries would. I don't know the details, but I wouldn't be surprised if they offer free healthcare to citizens of comparable countries that reciprocate for emergency conditions/etc, which would be fairly logical.

I doubt it. I think you're expected to carry travel insurance. I know as a Canadian I don't get covered out of the country by provincial health care.

And people here routinely get screwed by discount travel insurers that refuse to pay up when they get sick in the US. My extended medical insurance, provided by my employer, includes decent travel medical, though.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ahodgson Re:Simple (508 comments)

I said consumer debt.

Borrowing money to make more money can make sense, but that is not consumer debt. Consumer debt is borrowing money to buy stuff now that you can't actually afford.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

In a country like Canada you can't just move there for six months to have your cancer fixed.

Sure you can. You just have to call yourself a refugee.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ahodgson Re:Simple (508 comments)

All consumer debt is a scam.

The only debt you should ever take on should be for a first home, and you should pay it off as fast as possible.

You will always be further ahead financially if you never pay interest charges.

There is also a small argument for a car loan if you need one to get a job and can't come up with the cash.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

ahodgson Re:Why Aren't Phone Calls Encrypted? (278 comments)

And then the FBI will walk in with an NSL and demand the keys. Just like they do now.

about two weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

ahodgson Re:Oh yeah it's "workaholism" (710 comments)

What numbers? The ~13 million extra unemployed adults since 2001? The lowest workforce participation rate since the 60s? Average wages that have actually gone down over the last 20 years. Those numbers?

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

ahodgson Re:Corporate Brianwashed Fools (710 comments)

~20% of the population is getting ahead in this economy. I'll work however much unpaid overtime I need to in order to stay in that 20%. If I get really lucky I might even be able to save enough to retire some day.

Robbing unemployed people of jobs ... lol. Someone may have told you life was fair. They lied.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

ahodgson Re:Good! (619 comments)

Not quite. We get screwed for over $.25/litre here in greater Vancouver from provincial tax, transit levy, and a carbon tax, compared to what appears to be $.22/litre in Montreal.

about a month ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

ahodgson Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Unfortunately, in today's America pretty much everyone is looking to screw everyone else, and do as little actual work as possible while doing it. Blue collar workers included. We just notice the guys at the top more.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

ahodgson Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Toyoto only sold that many Corollas because it's a quality car that runs forever. Also, you're off by a factor of 10. 4B is nothing to sneeze at, but it's not 40B.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

ahodgson Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

You should see an unusual infrared signature with no corresponding visible light.

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

ahodgson Re:Only $15/hour? (1040 comments)

The poor don't pay federal income taxes. That's all anyone ever claimed.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

ahodgson Re:Clearly they've broken him and... (449 comments)

The CIA using drones to kill civilians in countries you are not at war with is not war. It's state-sanctioned murder.

If the Pakistani secret police flew a drone into NYC and blew up buildings full of civilians, I'm pretty sure you'd call it terrorism. The US is doing this every single day.

about 2 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

ahodgson Re:sigh (627 comments)

The US has not been a net exporter of oil since 1958. The US currently imports, net, over 7 million barrels of oil per day. Which is down somewhat since 2005, mostly due to decreased demand, and somewhat due to increased production, mostly from shale. Which will not last long.

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

ahodgson Re:Hmm (600 comments)

The non-retarded people those decisions will impact.

about 3 months ago

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