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Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 1) 348 348

I've been using Mint for about a year now and it kicks ass. Much easier interface than either iOS or Windows. Easier install of "apps", etc;

I've tried a lot of Linux Desktops and Mint is the winner.
I've been paranoid lately that they are going to screw it up somehow...

Comment Re: Wow (Score 1) 88 88

Thanks for that. That was way before my time but I've got quite a fondness for that era. Like the whole late-1950s to 1970s.

" In the early 1970s, while Jack Schleh was closing Soundac and moving the company's materials to a van, car thieves stole the van, which was never found."

So sad, and mysterious. I wonder if we'll find film rolls as people pass on?

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 3, Interesting) 869 869

need far less servicing

This is the big one.

Electric cars will be commodities like pc's and phones. Gone will be the days of thousand and thousands of dollars being drained away from car owners doing repairs, etc;

Mechanics, oil change places(Jiffy Lube, etc) will go out of business once the threshold is passed.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 2) 869 869

It is interesting to note that the average age of cars on the road in the US now is at an all time high. The "pundits" wring their hands trying to discover the cause of this "anomaly", when anyone with half a brain knows the answer:

People are sick and tired of car payments and insurance payments.

My best advice for any "young person" out there is to put off buying a card as long as possible. Car ownership, and the required financial hit, IMHO, is the biggest waste of money that anyone can have. Yet, there are amazing deals now to buy new cars. Zero down, low interest, etc. The automakers see what is happening, and they are stepping things up to make the most $ while they still can.

The future will be driverless cars, mass transit and bicycles in urban/suburban areas.

Comment Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 5, Interesting) 869 869

I have a relative who is a part owner of a truck stop. I have heard how low the profits/margins are for selling gas. He tells me all the profit at those places is from the junk food inside... Apparently the deals they make with the gasoline/diesel suppliers are so bad there is almost no profit in selling gas.

Comment Re:Chrome is annoying (Score 1) 151 151

You're missing the point about Chrome and Google in general.

Chrome and it settings are setup to hide things from the general purpose user. It is all done deliberately, and none of how Chrome is set is due to being idiotic or third rate.
If anything is diabolically genius, how their browser is setup to be a gaping hole to suck all private info from users to continue Googles quest for absolute power and control.

Example?
What happens when you run Chrome in "incognito" mode?
You get the cute "spy" image in the upper left corner and the usual "OMG you're running incognito! God help us!"

Comment How America got hooked on legal speed (Score 1) 155 155

Interesting, Pro Gamers are now going to be subjected to the same scrutiny that Ice Fishers, Badmitton players, Critickers, Bowlers, Country Line Dancers and players in the NFL, MLB and NCAA are subjected to.

Obviously, players in the NFL are going to be subjected to different test panels than players in the NCAA or Olympics, but for your convenience, here is the WADA list of banned substances

You will find most of the usual things there, "street drugs", etc, and of course, gamers drug of choice, Amphetamines/Stimulants.
When I first saw the headline, I thought, like many here did, what about Adderall? Because we all know that Adderall, and other legal amphetamines like it, is the real question mark here.

Should pro gamers be worried?
Only if they need it to play a video game...

As we've seen from other sports, Adderall, aka, legal speed, use/abuse is rampant.

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