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Comment Re:the easiest way to stop nuclear aggressors (Score 1) 258

Sounds like it may work out - glad to hear you are out and about and having fun. Definitely try things you have never done before - that's where you meet the most interesting people (well, I do at least). And if you ever just want to chat, you can email me at br4nm4n - thats at comcast dot net - directly instead of through /.

Comment Re:No automated plate scanners in the Free State (Score 1) 88

New Hampshire has no income tax or sales tax - all our taxes are in property taxes - in one place where you can keep an eye on them. I like that.

New Hampshire allows us to play Texas Hold-em poker - while Texas itself does not! (Oh, the irony)

New Hampshire does not penalize you for not wearing a seat-belt or a helmet (as long as you are an adult).

Oh, and good luck devising an effective public transportation system given New Hampshire terrain and population density.

So there.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 842

No problem - ideas are free to share and if anything I've suggested helps, I'm glad. My goals? Don't have many actually - I've got a pretty good life, I enjoy what I do (so by some accounts I've never worked a day in my life), and who I'm with. Can't ask for more.

Another idea came to me - look online or on your cable for a show called "Millionaire Matchmaker". There are actually people out there specializing in, yes, matchmaking for the wealthy. Can't say how well it works out really, but hey, it's another thing you may not have considered.

Nice to hear you're helping out some of those around you - I'd probably sneak in similar acts of kindness as you've managed. I try to help out as I can too - there are plenty of people 'below' me on the financial scale that I can and have given a little boost.

I of course could tell you're not a native speaker - I've never heard the term 'sexing' before - but it's all good. Surprised you are apparently living in Maine - I'm living next door in New Hampshire myself.

Good luck with finding The One! And for all our sakes keep off the opiates. Nasty stuff - glad you kicked it.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 842

A bit of a late reply, but I just came across this. I have enjoyed reading your ramblings. I'm a bit below you on the pay scale - comfortable but still definitely working for a living - saving and planning for retirement at some point, so I'll have time on my hands then for sure.

Romantic relationships seem really important to you, so that's what I will talk about here.

Once I gave relationship advise to a woman I met during a layover in an airport who was heading off to a political party convention of all things. The only thing I could come up with kind of stuck with me - "Find the one you can't live without. Then.... don't [live without them]". I've been pretty lucky in that department - coming up on my 25th wedding anniversary next year.

A friend of mine met the man of her dreams - they are still together to this day I am sure, though I have not seen them in many years - at a gaming convention of all things. Met and talked and hit it off and stayed up all night talking. And that was that.

What I'm trying to get at with my rambling is that when it happens it just happens. And if you know them enough to trust them you can trust them with anything - you just know.

My advise to you is to get out there on the road like you don't have much in the bank, and just meet people. This I know you think is dishonest, but bear with me. Take the time to get to know her - find the ONE man - and during the course of a year play all the "what if" games. What if we won the lottery - what would we do? Then make it happen - concoct your own lottery, or contest, or drawing, or whatever, and "win" a couple of million dollars.

Then do with her all the things you'd do in that case - that will be more fun than you can imagine. And after a year of that - if it hasn't all come unglued - come clean about everything. And she will not care one bit - if anything she'll think it's the most romantic thing she has ever heard of.

That's how I'd do it.

Comment Re:I wonder if it will offer international access? (Score 1) 42

Yeah, sorry for being harsh, but you implied that rap/hip-hop could not be African music, which was pretty stupid.

I don't know, maybe they have different genres on the stream during the day, and African hip hop as as much right to be on the stream as anything else. Right now the current and next 5 tracks are not hip hop.

Comment Re:Can the enemy actually shoot down the F35? (Score 1) 732

The marriage bonus exists because the servicemen are expected to support their spouses - and need the means to do so. Getting married means starting a family, and when deployed servicemen are not around to help raise the family - that falls on the spouse.

Being married to someone who gets deployed far away on a regular basis is very hard on a marriage - the spouse is effectively a single parent during those periods.

Not sure if you were just trolling, If not, here's your answer

Comment Telecoms, ISPs and the hash list (Score 1) 177

Worked at AT&T and T-Mobile and they ran the hash list along with a virus scan on emails, mms messages and photo albums. I'm sure other image hosting services run the same checks. If any photo popped, you had to notify this third party company who acted with the cops. If a cop had a warrant, you would call the telcom to have an engineer to drop a dvd in the admin server, run a collect script that zips everything up, and then have the police department show up and pick up the dvd outta the dvd-rom drive. Nobody is allowed to touch the DVD. Maintains the chain of custody.

Comment Behavioral Retargeting (Score 1) 121

Anyone who uses facebook will notice how it picks and chooses what to show you. Even if you jump through their overly complicated grouping methods, it will only limit what to show you. The only way to get a good stream is to view each person/group independently, which is over kill. You cant add secret groups to lists, so you have to view each secret group directly. RSS feeds no longer work, and stories are limited to 20 at a time.

They even scan for posts that relate to what you post, including categories and tag them. You post lots of political, food, cats, notice how the the feeds show you "likewise" posts from people. Think about that, your posts are tagged by its content.

This is a scary trend, they choose what you can see on the largest "social site". Its not social when facebook picks and chooses for you.

Facebook has already been banning content they seem offensive for political reasons. Lets not kid ourselves, the hate for anything non-progressive, left leaning gets a hammer on facebook. If enough people brigade vote on someone as offensive, it gets removed quicker than left leaning views. The stories of right wing groups getting their pages removed, or anti-feminist groups being removed is happening way to often. I've seen 2 people i follow had their page removed due to an inflammatory comment made against some popular social movements. While the censorship is really all over a sliding scale on what is acceptable, the side of safety is only for leftist views.

So, we have automated processes on what you content is shown, broken content reader, administrators removing content due to personal values, governments adding blacklists, facebook remove functionality and apis, and you being used as a lab animal in their testing.

Facebook is indeed a deal with the devil for its thought controlled social networking experience.

Comment Re:Audiophoolery (Score 1) 391

RTFA really, you are talking about a totally different thing than this cable is concerned with - rightly or wrongly, most likely wrongly. It's not about the digital data. Such a cable would be used to, connect, e.g, the digital out of a CD player to an external DAC. What these cable guys are worried about - beside their wallet - is the analog connection. I'd be surprised if it made a difference, but you are barking up the wrong tree. As for your question about the price of the equipment typically connected by such cable: Yeah, you can easily get a CD player and a DAC for several thousand dollars each. And yeah, those things in an adequate environment do make a difference in sound, and if you never heard a really good hifi set you don't know what you are talking about if you think otherwise. So if you think about it that way, if you spent, say, USD 50,000 on a very good hifi set that does make a difference, are you going to worry about a cable for 340, how stupid it may be?

C++ is the best example of second-system effect since OS/360.