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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kramerd Re:Canada has the future :) (748 comments)

Bullshit on every level.

I have never seen a toll booth where you can't go and hand pennies to the cashier. You may have to wait up to a few minutes in line with other cash customers, but they certainly take them. If you use coinstar like services, they charge a ridiculous fee...unless you exchange for a gift card instead of cash. Amazon, the store where the coinstar is located, a large number of chain restaurants, etc., will let you turn in all your coins and get a giftcard, to the penny, with no fee.

I would hate to have to worry that I am losing or gaining pennies on every transaction that I participate in. If that is only 20 transactions per day, I could be losing over $200 per year; or for most americans, 2 days wages!

You would be hard pressed to find an American who wants to live in Canada. Change isn't normally the reason, but if it was mentioned, it would certainly be a valid one.

about a week ago

Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

kramerd Re:Cash Cab with Ben Bailey? (139 comments)

I doubt it, since Cash Cab was cancelled for the 2nd time in 2012.

about two weeks ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

kramerd Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

Still, regardless of payment method, I am transacted faster than it takes for them to make my coffee, even if I order drip. This turns into no time saved at the expense of (at the very least, perceived) security.

about 2 months ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

kramerd I assume they dont want to make money (214 comments)

As supply goes down and demand increases based on population growth...

about 3 months ago

Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

kramerd 800MM seems impossibly low (88 comments)

Anyone you accuse of participating in a cartel should be sued for dissolution, not monetary damages.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

kramerd Re:Shooting themselves in the foot (229 comments)

Actually, just like any out of state purchase, just tell the dealer you are going to register in another state, and they will give you a temporary tag instead of making you get one in the state you purchase. Then, you get 30 days to register in your state (and pay the sales taxes and registration fees). This usually helps negotiate a lower price on the car itself (in my experience anyway), because there is much less paperwork for the dealership to bother with.

about 4 months ago

Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

kramerd Re:Umm safety? (305 comments)

Dont you mean facebook?

about 5 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

kramerd Not a fanboi, but (511 comments)

a ridiculous amount of that is caused by people who don't understand function over form. Every business = windows, every art student = mac, but there really is no explaining college students. You need an excel-like program (and there are great free ones) for math, unless you are an engineer. You need a decent email system, and if your school doesn't default to one, you went to the wrong place. You need a word processor, to fix your many spelling and grammatical errors. That's it. Buy the cheapest one that isn't raspberry pi, since you aren't in CS/CE and don't already have one.

about 6 months ago

Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

kramerd Re:Well yes! Of Course! (363 comments)

Obviously, congresscritters have access and power over things that matter in this country (even if recent history says they don't act on it). Your email from your ex claiming you don't know how to emotionally get involved or your daily email from groupon aren't at all interesting, even in the aggregate.

about 7 months ago

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

kramerd I know this is ancecdote, but (378 comments)

I ordered a new monitor to replace a burned out one last Friday (Dec 17) with 2 day shipping. Not amazon prime, but UPS, specifically 2 Day shipping. Should be here either last Monday or Tuesday, right? Worst case, it arrived today? No, It is scheduled to deliver NEXT monday (Dec 30). I paid an extra $20 for it (free shipping would be scheduled for when I am SUPPOSED to now get it), and you better believe a $20 UPS giftcard isn't going to cut it.

about 7 months ago

90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

kramerd Re:Reason (185 comments)

The bakery does have to pay license fees for bread, they are just built into the cost of ovens, yeast, eggs, milk, and so forth.

about 7 months ago

New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

kramerd Brought to you by (124 comments)

the "how the hell did no one think of this before" Department

about 8 months ago

Square Is Discontinuing Monthly Pricing On February 1, 2014

kramerd Re:It is not flat (114 comments)

The plan was $275/month or 2.75% per swipe. However, the 275 per month was limited to the first $10,000 (ie $275 in fees). After this, it defaulted to the 2.75% anyway. Therefore, if you chose monthly, and didn't use it all, you actually paid a higher price. By definition, you could always just take the 2.75%, so I don't know why anyone would ever choose the monthly plan in the first place.

about 8 months ago

Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

kramerd Really? (640 comments)

Why do we not need a study on cyclical climate change? Recognizing how much of global warming isn't due to humans is also important.

about 9 months ago

Minecraft Documentary Premiers On Pirate Bay As Well As Xbox Live

kramerd Re:Actually I can't download it (75 comments)

You can buy the digital download or the dvd. See the giant paragraph on TPB download page.

about a year and a half ago

Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

kramerd Re:Kudos (1061 comments)

It can be if a cemetary is private property. Trespassing is still a crime.

about a year and a half ago

Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

kramerd As expected... (667 comments)


Any other link?

more than 2 years ago

FCC Boss Backs Metering the Internet

kramerd Re:Innovate or become obsolete. That's where it's (515 comments)

Except of course, for live syndicated sports like NBA, MLB, NFL, some NCAA, local college and high school sports, and, of course, sportscenter (the original live show is unedited, then they cut out the goof ups and the swearing for the 8 reruns following).

more than 2 years ago

SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

kramerd Re:SAP VP, It figures (535 comments)

COGS is not 0. It's $49, plus shipping to customer, plus ebay listing fees, plus ebay selling fees, plus insurance, plus phototagging and insuring each item OR returns for wrong product (which ebay says seller is SOL if they send the correct product and get a different product returned and don't take time to prove what the items are), plus regular returns for actual product defects. Keep in mind that as a seller you also have to compete with the store, and in internet times, other sellers, so you aren't selling for a small discount (say...249 instead of 279) but rather a much larger one (probably in the 100-150 range). The item in question, that rings up for 279 at the store, is going for 139 shipped from amazon right now, so if he is selling for 119, I could easily see the maximum margin in the 15-20 dollar range per item.

This isn't rocket science. The guy is a huge moron.

more than 2 years ago


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