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Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 1) 83

Frankly, it would have been a WASTE of effort for the FBI to try to surveil phones.

Just after Katrina hit and for at least a month or more afterwards, pretty much you could NOT do voice calls if you had a 504 area code.

It was shortly after this hit that I actually discovered texting which I'd not done much of before.

I found that people I could not call....I could text and at least get info to them on how to call me at a land line where I was staying (out of state) till things got normal again.

But no, for a long time, you could not call anyone with a 504 area code cell phone.

Comment Re:Lying scum (Score 3, Insightful) 302

I think the most valid explanation anyone could come up with is...the Hillary just wanted to be able to NOT have to share or have her email transactions become part of the public record, etc.

Of course, that is now blowing up in her face...but seriously, there aren't many other valid reasons to just NOT use the govt supplied and managed email servers.

Setting up your own email server isn't rocket science....but why bother when you have all the security questions taken off your shoulders and allowing the govt security types to set up and run your email for you? Unless you fear you will have something to hide....

Comment Re:Work for HIRE!! (Score 2) 280

A bill is not a contract. A bill is the result of a contract. It's clear that there is an implied contract between restaurants and their patrons, hence why they can drop a bill in your lap at the end of the meal even though they may not post prices in their menus or place notices around the establishment that you'll need to pay for your food once the meal is done. But suggesting that the implied contract extends into work-for-hire concepts seems a bit far-fetched to me.

I think it *is* a work for hire. They fix the food...and serve it to you, then you are free to use it as you eat it, to throw it on the floor, you can encase it in carbonite and hang it on the wall as a trophy.

I mean, I can't believe anyone would begin to think that they are licensing the food to you, and that you are not free to reproduce it at will in your own kitchen, or even make it yourself for sale. Hell, if you wanted, you could resell the original dish.

If it were otherwise, THEN I'd think there would have to be a more restrictive contract in place upon ordering.

Comment Re:As much as possible (Score 1) 350

The difference is on your MBP you probably never close an app unless it's a one-off that you don't use frequently. I know I have several dozen open apps right now across 15 virtual screens and servo between them over an 8 hour day as I become blocked on one task and switch to another. Why shut them down only to spend 10 minutes relaunching? On linux or OS X, with unlimited desktops, why bother?

I find when I'm doing render jobs or even working in AE, to get performance I often have to shut everything else down...even stopping email and my browser..those seem to suck up a lot of resources.

No, even with what I have...on anything moderately stressful in video or photoshop, I have to pretty much ONLY have that one app running to get any use out of it at all.

Comment Re:As much as possible (Score 4, Insightful) 350

I don't know much about games...but on my late 2011 MBP with 16GB ram, core i7 CPU...I can quickly drag it into the mud and bog it down 100% with some renders with After Effects CS6, or even FCPX with many laters, or PS CS6 if I have more than a couple layers with smart objects.

I really wish I had about 64GB ram or planning on going for a desktop this next time around of some type so that I can load it up more.

Comment Re:Taxis = artificial barriers to competition (Score 3, Insightful) 204

So you don't think there should be any requirements at all on commercial passenger traffic? That would probably drive Uber out of business as proliferation of gypsy cabs easily could dump prices lower than they can.

Hey, I don't think any of us would argue against MORE competition in this market!!

I think that the gypsy cab thing, however, might not be the super competitor that Uber is, in that they don't have the great app that makes Uber so easy to use.

I just tried Uber for the first time this past week and I was blow away. The cars were all so nice, the drivers so polite and fun to talk with, and the PRICE was right. I also never had to wait more than 5 minutes to get a ride.

The Uber experience is SO much better than the cab experience in New Orleans, and this is a cab oriented city.

The price is easily half of what a cab is...and I too would be much less likely to drive myself when out drinking and have to get home....and just take and Uber that is really very cheap. Let's see...a $30+ cab ride across town or a $16 cab ride across town. Double those for coming back (and you don't have to tip with Uber on top of the fare)...then it becomes economical and a great incentive to leave my car at home. And this is NOLA...face it, EVERY activity here involves drinking before you try to make your way home, so this is a good option.

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 1) 373

If we went by pure economics, people in wheelchairs would have to pay big tolls at ramps to enter buildings.

Not the same at all. We're talking purely about offsetting the cost of fuel, and maintaining a safe weight for flights which tend to depend on both those factors to keep them from falling out of the air prematurely.

Comment Re:Ahhh, well. (Score 0) 87

Ok, my basic question is...What the hell is an immobilizer chip? Is this something in all cars I didn't know about? Does this somehow let external parties (i.e. police) be able to just shut your car off/down with you in it?

If so...when did they start putting these in cars?!?!

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