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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

sglider Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

The "Tragedy of the Commons" occurs because of a lack of private property rights. Quite the opposite: If there were no public land, and every parcel was owned by someone (roads included) you would find that the owners would keep up after their property. I encourage you to at least read a few pages from this abstract on the Privatization of Roads and Highways, by Walter Block.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

sglider Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

"The driving force behind a private service's price is what they believe the maximum amount you will be willing to pay for their service."

Well, no. Not exactly. The driving force is supply and demand. That's why you see gas prices skyrocket during natural disasters -- it's the market's way of compensating for the fact that there's less of it available. If you want gas, you can get it, but only if you're willing to pay higher prices. In that way, you keep people from hoarding precious goods when they don't need to.

That's also why when you see government enact price controls to 'protect' the consumers, the words 'shortage' inevitably appears shortly thereafter. The price controls keep the prices artificially low, so more people buy. So much more that the 'supply' of that good or service isn't enough to handle the increased demand, and there's a shortage. That shortage otherwise wouldn't be there (or would be very, very minimal) if the market were allowed to set prices according to the situation. That's also the inherent problem with government: They're a monopoly, and they can't respond to changing situations like the private sector can. That's why you have problems of rationing during droughts. The government says to ration because that's the only way to handle the fact that there's a decreased supply of water but the same demand. If the price were to go up, people would naturally curb their desire to water their lawns as often as they otherwise would, all without the threat of imprisonment or force. The other problem with your statement is, "How do they know how much it costs?" There's no inherent 'right price' for a gallon of water. It all depends on a collection of factors -- factors that no one person can possibly know (see also: Why central economic planning fails); and that collection of factors is what you take into account when you have multiple producers competing to provide a product or service.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

sglider Re:Where is his defence cuts? (2247 comments)

*No base closures*? You mean, except all of our overseas bases? With all those troops home, we're probably going to need all the bases we have open right now in the Continental US.

more than 2 years ago
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Gawker Source Code and Databases Compromised

sglider Re:Encrypted? Hashed? (207 comments)

This has all happened before, and it will all happen again.

Hashed passwords provide a degree of protection, so long as you salt the hash, and store a different salt for each password (for maximum protection).

Any programmer that doesn't understand salts, hashing, and encrypting should not bother making software that handles logins, period.

more than 3 years ago
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US Federal Government Launches Data.gov

sglider America is not a Democracy (109 comments)

As much as the Left would like for us to be, we are NOT a democracy. We're a constitutional Republic.

more than 5 years ago
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McCain Campaign Protests YouTube's DMCA Policy

sglider Re:We Can Only Hope the Same Happens to Obama (597 comments)

If you look at the Wikipedia page you linked to for the Gramm Act, it even says that it passed 90-8 in the senate, and 362-67 in the house. Not exactly a 'party line vote'.

A little of your own revisionist history?

more than 5 years ago

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AT&T Blocks Firefox?

sglider sglider writes  |  more than 6 years ago If you visit this site in Firefox 3 (Beta 2), you are given a 'Website Maintenance' message. However, if you open up Internet Explorer, and open the same site, you get the actual site.

I would post pictures, but I'm worried about the /. effect.

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Penalized for being a Good Consumer

sglider sglider writes  |  more than 7 years ago I *just* got off of the phone with two member of Chase Credit Card's finest, a customer service care representative, and an Account supervisor by the name of 'Jason'.

Backstory: I paid the account balance for January after the due date for december, and when I went to check my online account balance today, seemingly it hadn't posted for the month of January yet. Confused, I placed a call to Chase Credit Card customer service, and was told that because I had paid January's money "Early" (but after the Due date for December), it had not been applied to my account for Janauary, as I wanted it to be.

I was also told that this was an error on my part, and that it could not be rectified, and that I could make a payment today with no convienence charge (gee, thanks). I told the customer care representative that I'd like to speak to his supervisor.

His supervisor took more than 5 minutes to take the phone off of hold ( I can only imagine that the customer care person was telling the supervisor what was up) and when he answered, I re-explained the entire situation to him, and was immediately asked, "Well, you can't make the payment today?" I said, "I've already made the payment for this month, last month" to which he replied that even though the 'error' was made in Good Faith, that it was my responsibility to manage my account.

I then asked him if it was fair to say that consumers that pay early (as in After the previous month's due date, but before that 'mystical' date where the account cycle ends) that they were penalized because the accounts weren't credited when they should be.

In a show of pure ignorance, said Customer "Account Supervisor" (Jason) told me that my logic was that I could make 12 payments the first twelve dates of January and not make a payment for the rest of the year!

After he knocked the strawman down, I told him my precise logic: If I make a payment for this month's due date electroically today, and I make a payment after the due date (and after the previous payment has been received) than I should expect said payment to go towards next month's balance.

Apparantly this isn't so, and Chase refuses to apply that payment to where it should be applied to. I even asked him if there was a way that I could get in touch with him to discuss this again, and he said "No." He also said that his supervisor was unavailable, and could not fix this, even if it was fixable.

Having been in the Military, I refuse to believe that there isn't anyone at Chase that can assist me in this matter. If there isn't, then perhaps Chase isn't the Credit Card company for me. Where this leaves me is that I paid 50 bucks for December's Bill, paid 50 bucks after December's bill had been paid, and now am forced (to 'keep' good standing) to pay another 34 dollars for an account that I've already paid this month.

Money isn't the issue, but it very well could be, since I am a full time College Student.

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