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Comment: Re:Goodbye free speech (Score 1) 209 209

(which is silly because you can yell fire in a theater if, you know, the theater is on fire).

Actually I don't believe you can legally. The law was created in the belief the panic from hearing fire yelled would do more harm than good as panic stricken patrons trampled over each other to get out.

I'm not sure how you notify them without striking fear into them but I'm sure the law addresses that in the details /s

Comment: Re:Literally the only useful thing to me (Score 1) 217 217

We started getting the latest batch of X250's and the only LEDs are on the power button and the dot of the i in ThinkPad!? It's impossible to know if it's doing anything at times and it's frustrating as hell.

As far as OS you might want to give Linux Mint a try. They do a respectable job of polishing Ubuntu into a quite capable system.

Comment: Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 939 939

Zoning laws are the problem not the solution. Politicians write zoning laws and they often write them to benefit their BFF or themselves. Houston is the only large city without zoning and while it has its own set of oddities because of it it has allowed the evolution of the city in a way a zoned city never could. When the industrially concentrated areas near downtown started to dry up as companies moved their operations to more tax friendly locals developers swooped in and created master planned communities and completely revitalized the area. Fifteen years ago the only people living downtown were homeless but several vacated office and hotels buildings were repurposed as lofts and condos and now there is a thriving community inside. It's not all roses...There was a used car lot on a major freeway that got a new neighbor selling fertilizer. That always cracked me up.

Comment: Re:Okaaay. (Score 2) 203 203

This is the only real answer. They will begin calling you when they start trying to piece everything together. on the very first call inform them you will only provide support if they hire you as a consultant. Depending on how crucial your knowledge is to their success $200 hr, 4 hour minimum may not be asking enough.

Comment: Re:Insurance companies suffer? (Score 1) 389 389

If it is frequent but not frequent enough to drive every day there are better options. I traded in my Jeep Grand Cherokee for a Ford Fiesta and the money I am saving in gas actually pays the car note. If you just need a truck for a few days a month you could easily afford the rental fee in gas savings.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming