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Capitalizing On Stupid

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Revoltingest, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    Even before the dent, a new car you pay retail for will drop to wholesale value the minute you drive it off the lot.
    What fully functioning adult is unaware of something so utterly obvious?
     
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    Just wait until we get quantum computers going. Even the best encryption will be able to be cracked in a few seconds even with brute force algorithms.

    I'm not against the government doing this though, there are some situations where it is warranted. Ransomware is a prime example. The problem isn't with the government's capabilities, it's with oversight and accountability, or lack of. To me, it's perfectly fine for them to have the capability of cracking encryption, they just shouldn't be able to do it without permission or a warrant.
     
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    I agree for the most part.
    heard a report this day.....France has no restriction on surveillance
    but that did not prevent the attack of recent days.

    the problem is not the invasion of our privacy.
    the problem is sorting through huge amount of info.

    our gov has not created better intel
    they have only made the haystack enormous.
     
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    back to topic.....
    cereal commercials

    omg....gmo
     
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    I hope that was not drug induced
     
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    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    Yea. The expressions those kids make. You would think they were snorting cocaine.
     
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  7. Revoltingest

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    I seldom do drugs......just an occasional Ibuprofen or rum.
    So whatever shortfalls you see in me, I've no excuse for them.
     
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    How about all those car commercials that promotes extreme recklessness and speed with a tiny disclamer flash that sez, "Closed track, do not attempt."
     
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    In Britain there are quite a few adverts for "short term loans" which offer loans ranging from £1 to £1000. The interest rates on these loans are enormously high. Wonga, the largest of these companies, used to charge an APR of around 5000%

    Britain has faced pretty brutal austerity measures over the last few years. Income has been all but frozen, welfare has been slashed and large companies have pounced on controversial schemes that allow them to take on unpaid workers (or to avoid paying workers minimum wage). In the face of all this, people can get pretty desperate. Companies like Wonga prey on people's desperation and ignorance, putting them into a worse situation than they were when they took out the loan.
     
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    caution....watch your liver
     
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    not to slam the entire profession......car salesmen
     
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    Thanks you! And same to you, retroactively...
     
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    health insurance....
    do hospitals really need $7 for two aspirins?

    just something heard

    and $1500 for one bag of chemo-therapy.....
    a coworker is paying out that much for his wife.....even WITH insurance
     
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    Profiting from the stupid is much, much harder than it would seem to be at first glance, simply because the standards seem to keep dropping faster than you can lower your own.
     
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    Uhh...that's pretty much all of them, right? lol Seriously though, that's marketing for ya. The goal is not to inform viewers; the goal is to get viewers to buy your product. But...

    I've always had a particularly intense feeling of disdain for cleaning commercials. This one is pretty awful:

     
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    Rolaids and those types of commercials, where they show people stuffing themselves until they nearly vomit, and then Rolaids saves the day...and then, they show the next clip, of more gluttony. lol
    Um, stop eating so much and you won't need Rolaids 24/7. :oops:
     
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  17. Revoltingest

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    This commercial certainly appeals to stupid.
    She crashes her brand new car into a tree, & complains about her insurance rates going up?
    Tai ben le!
    But what's really really stupid is her shoes.
    Her heels are so high that she can't bend her feet when she walks.
    She looks like she's balanced on stilts.
     
  18. 4consideration

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    I know. She's walking on grass. (Where I live if you walk on grass in that kind of shoe, the heel sinks into the grass.)

    Also, she is complaining about having spent so much time on three separate spreadsheets before buying a car, but when I watch it I can't help but think she should have spent that time on driving lessons, or just practice on avoiding stationery objects.
     
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    And what in the heckfire are "torque ratios"?
    I worked in the auto industry, & no one ever used that term.
     
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    I don't know what torque ratios are, but maybe that's what she was thinking about when she took the car home and smashed it into a tree.

    Although I feel like maybe I was being presumptuous and unfair to her in assuming the trees around her house remain stationery. Maybe they don't. Maybe torque ratios are what she used to figure out how to avoid the moving trees, and it just didn't work this time. Maybe she can complain about Excel coming up with wrong formulas, too.
     
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