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Comment: Re:Hello? (Score 1) 97

by Chewbacon (#49187795) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

Here's how to handle the car warranty:

Them: Hello, sir, you're vehicle warranty has expired. How many miles are on your [insert car here]?
Me: A million and a half.
Them: Oh, okay...
Me: Give me a warranty, I just totalled that bitch.
Them: Have a nice day, sir.
Me: Hey, you fuck, I want a warranty. How am I supposed to afford a new car?

Usually they just hang up as soon as you give them that kind of mileage, but you get the hang of it. They won't call back for about 6-8 months.

Comment: Re:Non-readers love "real books" (Score 1) 261

Agreed. I read probably more than everyone else in my circle of friends/family (except for some in graduate school) and I love e-readers. I recently spent $5 more on a text book that came in Kindle format not because reselling books is so shitty now, but because I could easily browse notes/highlights and bookmarks.

A class I'm taking now required me to buy the specific texts because they would reference page numbers in the books. I'll tell you it's hard going back to paper. Some of them are printed on cheap paper and it dries your finger tips, ink rubs off on you, and then there's breaking in the new books so they're comfortable to hold and read.

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 1) 214

by Chewbacon (#49003351) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans

Unfortunately, you're right. People don't know what the hell this means. My local news tried to sum it up: net neutrality means your ISO can choose which web pages load quickly and which load slowly. Fail. Some people, myself included, attempted to correct them and educate readers in the comments. However, people quickly adopted a bipartisan, anti-regulation, or general anti-government mentality regarding the issue.
Want to kill net neutrality? Put it in the hands of the people.

Comment: Not just the cops (Score 2) 431

I'm amazed no one in the articles have ever stopped to think it's not just the government we should worry about? What about criminals who are by no means bound by the law? A dude breaks into your computer (or steals it) and he simply disappears in the shadow. The government steals your data, the spot lights come on, the media is all over it and they justify why and ultimately nothing happens to them. I'm just as worried about the fore.

Comment: Re:Free? Where is the money coming from? (Score 1) 703

by Chewbacon (#48774151) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

There's plenty of ways to go to college for free: scholarships, employment continuing education programs, and your parents just to name a few. What I've been saying for a long time is we need to tell people that you don't have to go to college. A lot of colleges are offering degree programs for what is in fact really just a trade. So you get a blue-collar trade job that you could've really Been trained for on the job, but now you've paid the college markup for that training. I also don't like the idea of kids who don't like school being forced to go to college by their parents simply because it's free. Some of those kids don't want an education and will ultimately end up failing at those last two years of effort. They could skip all of that,save their parents a lot of money and heartache, And go right to flipping burgers and scrubbing toilets. God bless those toilet scrubbers and burger flippers, because we need them just like we need doctors, lawyers, and engineers.

And what will this do to the quality of education? Seems like whenever the government gets their hands on the bill for service they discount the shit out of it and the quality suffers.

Comment: Hate is a nice word here (Score 1) 31

I feel like I'm always tricking WP into doing what I need it to do. It tries to imitate functionality of real CMSs, but does so about as well as my 2-year-old can do brain surgery. It's gotten to the point I refuse to work with it. I'd rather take the loss of business. Sure it's what the "cool kids use," (cool kids that smoke) but it's not worth taking years off my life.

Comment: Re:Man, am I old ... (Score 1) 173

by Chewbacon (#48621867) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

I first had an 80 meg hard drive and had no idea what that meant. Then after a couple years of school, I filled it up with documents and basic programs. Upgraded to a 400meg hard disk with windows 3.11 and thought I'd never run out of space. Then I learned what doom, wolfenstein, and a bunch of other games was and I ran out of space. Then a ginormous 4gb disk came out and I bought one. Dude, I'll NEVER run out of space! Then MP3s went on the rise and oops... out of space. The Zip disk gave me some wiggle room, and I still have one for nostalgia. 19.2 gig quantum Bigfoot. Pirated divx movies and napster/kazaa/limewire clogged that one up. 500gb drive filled with mountains of digital pictures and home videos. Finally 1tb seems livable... for now. But then it comes to backing it up and hosting my digital media on my media server: 4tb and its holding its own... for now. :)

These upgrades are getting less and less frequent... we've come a long way, baby!

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)