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Comment: Re:DSL might very well be available there (Score 1) 486

He tried that. Their DSL there is so oversubscribed they won't allow new customers on it under any circumstances. If that's truly the case, I suspect managing to trick a phone installer into giving it to him anyway would not provide him a very usable line.

Comment: Re:Make some noise (Score 1) 827

by T.E.D. (#49344051) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Indianapolis resident here. Most of us who live here are not as dense as Governor Pence.

I beg to differ. Your governors are elected there via MAJORITY vote, right?

It may not be your fault that there are idiots among you, but it most certainly IS your fault that you elected one to lead you.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 827

by T.E.D. (#49343969) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

A "real marriage"? Which marriages are real, and which are fake?

I think he meant "traditional marriage". That's where neither spouse has actually met (except possibly at an extended family gathering), and an exchange of goods between the two families is involved to balance out the transfer of female property. Quite likely arranged while one or both parties are infants. If the man wants romance, he takes a concubine (of his preferred gender).

You newfangled Victorians with your love-based marriages just don't understand traditional values.

Comment: Re:What's the point of the NSA knowing everything? (Score 1) 568

The NSA capabilities are still classified (leaks do not change that). Using classified capabilities for law enforcement purposes is difficult, both for operation reasons (you don't want to document publicly what is possible) and legal reasons (parallel construction is required to avoid disclosure).

Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 2) 334

Actually, the Republicans had rather a lot to do with the drafting of it, even if none of them voted for it in the end. It went a lot like this:

R: If you remove X, I might vote for it.

Obama: OK, it now doesn't have X.

R: Psyche! Not good enough, sucker. Hahaha! But seriously, if you add Y, then I might vote for it.

Obama: OK, it now has Y.

R: OMG! Everybody, come look at Y! That's Death Panels! Obama wants to kill your grandmother!...

Comment: Re:CODE Keyboard (Score 1) 451

by T.E.D. (#49276393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I mouse with my left hand, so the G300 works better for me, but otherwise I'm doing the same. I don't even care that much about the price, but the mouse itself has been far more reliable. I think I bought it somewhere on the order of 3 years ago, and its still going strong.

Its annoying to have to go twiddle with their preset uploading software every time my computer comes back from sleep mode, but otherwise I'm really pleased with it.

Comment: Re:CODE Keyboard (Score 1) 451

by T.E.D. (#49275237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I quit buying Razer mice, because not only were they consistently dying on me after a year or two, but they do it in a horrible way for a gamer. They will just stop responding to input for a little while. The "little while" will slowly start to get longer and happen more often. This is absolutely deadly (virtually of course) if you are playing a real-time game. Trivial perhaps, but if I'm buying a wired gaming mouse, my #1 demand is that it reliably takes input. If I can deal with random cutouts, there are plenty of $5 mice out there I could buy.

I haven't noticed quite the same issue with their keyboards though. Have they been having quality issues too?

Comment: Re:The answer has been known for over 10000 years. (Score 1) 286

by T.E.D. (#49266725) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

Before the invention of the horseless carriage London was suffering greatly from a horse-shit re-distribution issue,

This is the typically-given reason for all department stores being designed with the perfume counter in front of the door. Supposedly it helped cover up the stench of all the "horse pollution" coming from the street.

Comment: Re:A Language With No Rules... (Score 2) 667

by T.E.D. (#49266451) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Langauge shifts usually happen faster in urban environments than rural ones.

Interestingly, in the USA the dialect of English spoken in the rural Appalachians is often claimed to be the closest thing you will find to Elizabethan English in the modern world. It is simultaneously probably the single least prestigious dialect of English in North America.

(Note: "Prestige" is how linguists talk about dialects being perceived as wrong or bad by other speakers. IOW: Most people will tell you someone speaking this dialect has "bad English". Irony.)

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