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  • May 8th, 2013 @ 3:03pm

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    Everybody who has a PhD has earned the title "Doctor".

    Not everybody who has a PhD will be a "Medical Doctor".
  • Apr 30th, 2013 @ 4:05pm

    Client confidentiality...

    ...done wrong.
  • Apr 30th, 2013 @ 3:59pm

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    It is no different than shutting down local auto shops for repairing cars with non-oem equipment. Chevy does not endorse some Asian company making alternators and selling them via NAPA, or Pep-Boys, but it is not illegal in any way shape or form... Yet.

    What are our options when GENUINE parts are NOT available?

    If they say "Time to buy a new car", OK. I'll buy a Ford.
  • Apr 16th, 2013 @ 4:54pm

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    How is it that we elect people like this to represent us?

    I would love to have a "None of the Above" option in elections. Because more often than not I don't like any of the choices.

    Why do we elect people like this?

    Because of the lack of a "None of the Above" option. The only candidates running aren't worth anything. Many who are worthy don't want to run for office.
  • Apr 11th, 2013 @ 4:00pm


    "from the time-for-an-audit-of-aclu-folks dept"

    I thought it was time for an audit of IRS' folks.

    Or did I miss something?
  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 7:15pm

    OMG what's next?

    The "Don't Shoot The Nutcase Disguised As A Dog" Law?
  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 5:54pm

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    A 12 minute court case.

    Too bad this judge can't give lessons to other judges on how to run a case that quick.
  • Apr 4th, 2013 @ 2:39pm

    Re: Robocalls

    White List/Black List... Great idea. Has anyone thought about how this strategy will be implemented?

    I bought my mother a caller ID box that has a whitelist. If the number's not on it the ring signal doesn't get through to the main phone. The answering machine will still answer after so many rings: I put that in front of the ID unit with it's ringer turned off.

    Long term solution: outlaw ALL telemarketing.
  • Apr 4th, 2013 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Other countries

    I believe other countries' governments also publish their own tax filing software. The USA seems to be an anomaly.

    I've yet to encounter a form that I COULDN'T download from the IRS' own website. Then again, mine aren't that complicated.

    Even if mine was complicated Intuit would be the last outfit I would turn to. I'd rather pay a local CPA than Intuit.
  • Apr 3rd, 2013 @ 4:40pm

    Re: Wiretap laws

    Thank You for that link. When I was researching these the US Code section was 2210-2217. Obviously this got rewritten as these section don't seem to exist anymore.
  • Mar 29th, 2013 @ 6:01pm

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    Would a typical driver's insurance policy cover someone who is out delivering packages for a big company?

    Excellent point. My auto insurance was modified years ago to specify no coverage if my vehicle was used commercially. I see broad interpretations in that language.

    Do individual states have separate licensing requirements for drivers of delivery services and would those requirements apply to these one-off delivery arrangements?

    Unless the vehicle(s) already require a commercial driver's license I have never heard of any licensing requirement for delivery services, other than the standard business license.
    If you've ever seen a car or small truck that displayed a USDOT number: it means that company owns at least one vehicle that requires a commmercial driver's license. USDOT requires that number be displayed on all vehicles, including those that don't require CDL.
  • Mar 29th, 2013 @ 4:37pm

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    ...TV packages with over 500 channels

    I wished! In my area I'm lucky to be offered over 100 channels. Dish and DirectTV offer more, but not 500.

    Then our barely trained technicians will come to install your service

    Every installer I've seen in my area is a contractor and NOT an employee of the cable co. I've seen several do both cable and dish installations. And yes, I've seen some "barely trained".

    Make 'em public utilities

    In my area the cable co had to get a charter from the city, just like a utility. The bad news is that neither the city nor the state regulates the rates they charge.

    And the city won't grant multiple charters because the companies don't want to share the same cable/fiber/infrastructure, etc.
  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 4:03pm

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    "As someone who has spent a similar amount of money on League of Legends (a similarly-structured business model), you forgot one important detail: access to WoT and LoL is completely free, and in most cases paying for things is either convenience or cosmetics and not a power advantage."

    Another example are the online offerings by the UPJERS folks. All are free to play, though one may find it to their advantage to buy some of the bonus offerings. Registration required, but it's painless. (Techdirt's registration was more involved.) Supposedly over fifty million players so they might be considered an MMO. I don't think they have a city sim, but if you remember Rollercoaster Tycoon you might want to look at My Fantastic Park.

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