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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

kramerd Re:And back in AU.... min purchase $10 (375 comments)

The coffee itself costs the store about 50-75 cents, the transaction fees another 50 cents, and the staff/store upkeep are considered a fixed cost, so it doesn't factor in. The store still makes nearly $3 on your $4 coffee.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

kramerd Re:Pre-emptive stance prior to 4K TV services (341 comments)

I have business service from Comcast (there are no reliable alternatives in my city). It is actually $4 per month cheaper, since I use my own modem. Turns out that isn't a problem, and you don't have to rent it. That being said, I have just as many internet outages as when I had Comcast residential internet service, and it certainly isn't any faster. I just don't have data caps anymore.

about 5 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kramerd Re:Canada has the future :) (753 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 8 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

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

kramerd Re:Umm safety? (305 comments)

Dont you mean facebook?

about a year 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.

1 year,13 days

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.

1 year,24 days

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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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.

more than 2 years 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.

more than 2 years ago

Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

kramerd As expected... (667 comments)


Any other link?

more than 2 years ago


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