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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

base3 Re:can get worse (322 comments)

Talk about gun control. Mine might never fire again after that visual.

about 10 months ago
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Will Real Name Policies Improve Comments?

base3 Re:It's a long term policy (264 comments)

Several states have already passed laws that prevent employers from using social network content in their hiring practices . . .

Not that I don't think that ethically, that's great, but it's also utterly unenforceable. How is someone going to prove he or she was denied employment because a hiring manager or HR checked out content on Myfacetwiitter?

about 2 years ago
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SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Tenenbaum Appeal

base3 Re:No worries (420 comments)

Because when you marry someone with children, you assume responsibility for the children?

It looks like you've confused marriage with adoption.

about 2 years ago
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iPhone Users Sue AT&T For Letting Thieves Re-Activate Their Stolen Devices

base3 Re:Only if they reported it. (197 comments)

When someone finds a phone and does not turn it in and keeps it for himself, that phone is stolen.

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone Users Sue AT&T For Letting Thieves Re-Activate Their Stolen Devices

base3 Re:Only if they reported it. (197 comments)

. I think the majority of the stolen phones are left in taxis, bar stools, bathrooms, and park benches. so they are not stolen.

Yes, the are. The "finders keepers" rule of childhood playgrounds does not apply in adult life. Someone who finds property someone left behind has a legal duty to either find the owner and return it or turn it in to the police. If the police can't find the owner, then the finder may get to keep the property.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

base3 Re:When people abuse prices go up (503 comments)

And The Retail Equation, whether they've owned up to it yet or not, is a Consumer Reporting Agency as defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and is required to provide free reports annually and when adverse action is taken against a customer (the latter, they apparently do comply with).

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

base3 Re:When people abuse prices go up (503 comments)

Sue them in Small Claims for the price of the goods plus costs. Of course, then you'll be on a blacklist of customers that have sued retailers.

more than 2 years ago
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Surviving the Cashless Cataclysm

base3 Re: (463 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but Missouri does indeed collect "use tax" on out-of-state purchases. Or at least tries. Take a look at your MO-1040 instructions under "Consumers Use Tax". Now of course if I worked in Jefferson City, I'd flag anyone who itemized and paid any of that tax just because they must be doing something wrong to try to appear like that much of a Boy Scout, but the line is there.

more than 2 years ago
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California To Join Nevada With Rules For Autonomous Cars

base3 Re:As California is home to... (194 comments)

But at least in San Juan, if you cut into traffic the guy you just cut in front of doesn't take it as an affront to his manhood. It's chaotic but I didn't find it as bad as driving in Chicago or New York.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

base3 Re:To quote Joe Jackson... (398 comments)

Thanks for that -- when I saw this thread, that song immediately started playing in my head.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

base3 Re:California (398 comments)

What I can't see, are your turn signals when you have your hazard lights on.

Joke's on you--people from the East Coast don't use their turn signals!

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

base3 Re:Yes (1040 comments)

And he found out he was human in the end. I wonder if he regretted being such a douche.

more than 2 years ago
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How Companies Learn Your Secrets

base3 Re:Baby stuff (354 comments)

Excellent dissection of the smug "family importance" bullshit in the parent post. Well done!

more than 2 years ago
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Reversing the tables on Canadian CyberSnoop

base3 Re:How long? (6 comments)

Nah, such a law would only apply to information on our masters. Think of the poor law enforcement officers and politicians who have to labor under the spectre of the same laws that make things like real estate transactions, marriages, and divorces part of the public record: the law could be easily changed to "fix" that and I'm surprised it hasn't already been.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Close To Launching Cloud Storage 'Google Drive'

base3 Re:Yay! (205 comments)

Post your search history, browsing history (thanks to Google Analytics), and Gmail contents (don't forget the headers!) and we'll see how relevant it is.

more than 2 years ago
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TomTom Satnavs To Set Insurance Prices

base3 Re:I guess it's time to say "I told you so"? (605 comments)

Read this carefully: A discount for X is equivalent to a surcharge for not X.

Seriously, how long do you think before the "discount" will be so large that only the rich will be able to afford to drive without Big Brother in the passenger's seat?

more than 2 years ago

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