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Comment: Question? (Score 1) 562

by CristalShandaLear (#38529416) Attached to: Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

I'm with Cricket Wireless and they charge $3 if you pay your bill in person at a Cricket store or at a reseller that accepts payments, but it's free to pay online.

Cricket will also allow you to do a bridge pay (half now, half in 7 days) if you're short of cash, but you can't do that online, only in person, so you're paying an extra $6 for being short of money.

I'm wondering if Verizon charges an additional fee to pay in person at one of their stores.

Comment: Are corporations people? (Score 2) 348

by CristalShandaLear (#35186922) Attached to: Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation

It seems to me it all comes back to the pesky problem of whether a corporation is a person, with the same rights as a person. To me, the anser is an obvious no, but for some people, the answer is yes, and I have yet to figure out why.

But it seems to me, giving corporations personhood is key to what a lot of people are saying here, particularly the poster who pointed out that issuing patents to corporations and not people is a problem. However the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people. So now what?

Comment: Re: How does (Score 1) 1088

by CristalShandaLear (#33222538) Attached to: Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks

I have abandoned all hope in the present government.

There are 50 states and I don't believe that a single Senator or Representative in any of the 50 represent me, my interests or mean to do anything to help the overall good for America or the world

I don't think anything less than armed resistance is going to change anything.

Comment: You may get in.... (Score 1) 403

by CristalShandaLear (#31188462) Attached to: I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me

My daughter and I are going out of town this weekend. We've both Facebooked it and she's Twittered it.

Now if, someone surmises from that, it's a good weekend to rob my house, they're stupid. Upon breaking in they'd find my 6'4" 275 boyfriend and a loaded shotgun and two enormous dogs that don't cotton to strangers.

And even if they get through them, they'd have to get past our Militia Member neighbor, who, when we first moved in 11 years ago, told us plainly upon meeting, "I don't have no use for blacks." He's since taken a better liking to us since his wife died a few years back and my daughter insists on baking him cookies every week and seeing after him when his own kids stopped coming by.

He never sleeps, is watchful of every house in our neighborhood and will shoot anything in his yard (or ours if we simply call and ask) after dark.

So, good luck. God speed. Cuz they'll definitely be picking you up in pieces should you choose to rob our house. You may get in, but you won't get out.

Comment: Minor observation (Score 1) 514

by CristalShandaLear (#30147874) Attached to: Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

I can only think it's because they've severly ditched MSN to get Bing's numbers up.

I work in several PC labs on my college's campus. Some of them are "classroom labs" where they only have IE not both IE & Firefox.

IE's search bar used to default to MSN but now the minute they launched Bing that changed. At first I thought the search was being hijacked to some search site I'd never heard of and sent of a note to IT. Then I saw the commercials and felt silly.

Someone said MSN used to have 16% marketshare. Well if Bing is up to 10% I wonder if MSN is now down to 6% because of these kinds of shenanigans.

Comment: Times, They Are Changing (Score 0) 304

by CristalShandaLear (#29440247) Attached to: Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

"Apple missed a golden opportunity to lock down Snow Leopard when it again failed to implement fully a security technology that Microsoft perfected nearly three years ago ..."

Sign of the times that I thought this might be a flashback to April Fools...and then I remembered. Slashdot doesn't hate Microsoft on GP and actually gives them credit where credit is due. Everyone's not an Apple or Linux fanboy anymore. But this shift to admitting that Microsoft has succeeded in an area Apple has overlooked...

Wow. How times have changed...

Comment: Smells like.... (Score 1) 441

by CristalShandaLear (#29109625) Attached to: Up To 90 Percent of US Money Has Traces of Cocaine

Just earlier today I was thinking that some of the bills I had smelled like marijuana. There were only a few them and they came from my banks ATM but they had the distinct odor of weed. I don't smoke or use weed and I haven't been around anyone that has in at least a few years.

I thought I was imagining things and then I come across this article. Which may not be news to some, but was definitely news to me.

Comment: 20 year old McIntosh story (Score 1) 533

by CristalShandaLear (#28650363) Attached to: Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

The other day I found my mom & daughter laughing and playing Yahtzee on an old McIntosh circa 1989. She's a retired school teacher and it seems anyone who wanted were given them back in the day. She still has it plugged in & hooked up to a dot matrix printer.

It still has a start up disk. God forbid the disk ever gets corrupted? Where will she ever find another one?

Comment: Making it easy on purpose? (Score 1) 303

by CristalShandaLear (#28012487) Attached to: Study Shows "Secret Questions" Are Too Easily Guessed

There is a possibility that people choose questions and answers that their nearest kin or friends could actually guess. In case of emergency or in the event of my death, there is the possibility that I would want my family to be able to access my main email.

Not all of my email, but definitely my main one...

Comment: like, whatever (Score 2, Interesting) 311

by CristalShandaLear (#27950689) Attached to: Flash Drive Roundup

One day I said to my 16-year-old daughter, "Hey, cute bracelet" and she says, "It's my flash drive."

I remember being amazed and a bit amused when you could get a Swiss Army knife with a USB drive. That was cool. But it's hard, and kind of interesting in weird sort of way, to see tech relegated to the fashion accessory of a teen girl.

Comment: What if he hadn't purchased it on Ebay? (Score 1) 665

by CristalShandaLear (#27907773) Attached to: Alienware Refusing Customers As Thieves

What if someone bought it from the company and gave it to him as gift? Is he still under the same burden to prove it was purchased legally?

IMHO, I feel the company is being ridiculous. Refusing to sell people spare parts and accusing them of being a thief is, at worst, stupid and insulting and at best bound to lose them a customer.

Comment: Re:Public education... (Score 1) 1322

by CristalShandaLear (#27814999) Attached to: Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

Building a case for dismissal is so time-consuming, costly and draining for principals and administrators that many say they don't make the effort except in the most egregious cases. The vast majority of firings stem from blatant misconduct, including sexual abuse, other immoral or illegal behavior, insubordination or repeated violation of rules such as showing up on time.

Either the journalist is a product of the LA school system or the LA school system mandates that teachers show up late.

Oh what nitpicking.

The predicate of this fragment refers to the rule, ie., "showing up on time". The subject refers to violation of said rule. The way you would have phrased it, it would have actually read that the rule was showing up late.

This is not subjective. Your way would have been wrong and the journalist is correct.

Comment: Re:Difficult to Define a "Good" Teacher (Score 1) 1322

by CristalShandaLear (#27814915) Attached to: Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

If you took those well-off Asian-Americans and put them in the same situation as the perpetually poor in the U.S., the majority of them would eventually rise out of that level again.

How can you not see that ingrained stereotypes like this would foster them being able to rise out of that poverty faster?

Fighting overt racism is easy. Fighting BS like this is so much harder.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus