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Comment Re:Life before int4rw3bz (Score 3, Interesting) 179

When I was nine, my parents gave me a house key. They told me where the spare was hidden, too. Then they told me to take my bicycle to and from school (about 1 mile, 1.6 km). If I woke up late, or it was raining, my mom would put me in the car and drop me off. If it was still raining when school let out, she would pick me up, but otherwise I would just walk home. I'm 42, so very much an 80's kid. We did all kinds of dangerous stuff. The only expectation my parents had was "be home by dinner". And that extended into my teenage years - although my curfews were ridiculously early, I could literally tell them nothing about what I was going to do, and nothing about where I was going to go, and it was cool. It sucked, because there was no flexibility, but at the same time, I could do whatever I wanted. No expectation that there would be parents present. No expectation that we would be available. Come home by X, what you do until then is your business.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 183

Have your stuff delivered to a private mailbox facility (like a UPS Store), or to your place of work, if it's valuable. Every electronic item more complicated than an SD card that I order goes to the office. There's always someone to sign for it, it isn't accessible to thieves, and it's always climate-controlled.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 5, Insightful) 183

I don't shop at Amazon because it's cheaper - it's usually not much, if any. But it's much less work for me. Get online, check inventory, make sure it's in stock, drive twenty minutes each way, hunt for the item while in the store, wait in checkout line... if I don't need it right now, I can get online, click "place order", and it appears on my doorstep two days later. Huge time-saver for me, as my work is intermittent - I have lots of three-to-five-minute idle periods, which means I can get personal stuff done during the day, instead of wasting that time and having to invest even more after work.

Comment Re:Breaking the law? (Score 1) 102

Assuming you know about it. Some do, but it is likely that most sellers do not. And TBH, I couldn't even begin to tell you how to get in touch with the people I've sold used cars to, even if I wanted to. We did cash deals after a couple of phone calls. Yeah, I wrote them a bill of sale, but you know how many James Edwards are out there?

That said, this sort of story is why we kept my wife's 2001 Tahoe instead of selling it.

Comment Re:Business opportunity (Score 1) 511

Or just have an alternate login that you can use, with the real info in an encrypted backup. They're not, in general, going to look very hard.

The border agents ask a bunch of questions, most of which are completely content-irrelevant. Last time I came back into the US from Canada, the guy asked me where I lived and worked. C'mon, dude, I drove past something like ten cameras to get into this booth. If you don't have a Google Street View of my house (and, for that matter, my workplace - AFAICT I am the only person in the world with my full name, and one of two with the same first and last) in front of you on those monitors, then I want a tax refund. But that's not the point: he just wants me to answer questions to prove that I am, in fact, what I claim to be: an American citizen. Demonstrate proficiency with casual American English, have reasonable answers, have a plan that sounds reasonable (e.g., don't say that I plan to drive from the Quebec-NY border to Los Angeles in the next six hours).

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 251

Or to represent the interests of the party. They had some pretty rough conventions in 1968 and 1972... superdelegates are part of the response to that.

It's amusing that the structure of the Democratic Party is anti-democratic, but then again, the Republican party isn't terribly republican most of the time.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 359

They don't just do three rights instead of a left. They organize the route in such a way that the driver makes almost entirely right turns. In the video, the corporate guy mentions that they organize their entire operation so that packages on different sides of the same street will often be delivered by different drivers in different trucks, just so that neither has to make a left.

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