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Comment: Re:Appropriate action ? (Score 1) 262

by LVSlushdat (#49339521) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Hell, they've been crap for the last 30 flippin' years.. In 1985, I got laid off from a job, and a friend who was a radio shack manager at a local store told me that they were hiring at the local Radio Shack Computer Center for a repair tech. I applied and despite having not much experience with the then-new personal computers, I got hired. I worked there for about 6 months, with my local manager happy as a clam with my work. I wound up being the go-to-guy on the small TRS-80 Model 100s that were just being introduced. All the sudden I came in one day, and my manager says to me "I gotta let you go, the guy who quit, that made the opening that we hired *you* for wants to come back.. And he's chummy with the district manager, so my hands are tied"... I was SERIOUSLY pissed as it was a great job, nice manager, and fun work, but after 6 months I was job-hunting again.. I even wrote a nastygram to the mucky-mucks in Ft Worth, which never did any good.. Since then, Radio Shack can kiss my ass...

Comment: Re:Can't help but laugh (Score 1) 127

by LVSlushdat (#49211701) Attached to: Lenovo Still Shipping Laptops With Superfish

I, for one, have a fairly long list of companies I will not do business with, with Sony, near the top of the list, and now Lenovo, working hard to beat out Sony for top place on the list.

Since I'm sort of my neighborhood "tech support", I make it clear to anyone who asks me for advice on what to buy, of my list and WHY these companies are ON the list. I tell them that if they go ahead and buy some piece of tech from one of these companies, they need not ask for my help in setting up the item or ANY kind of support, rather they can go elsewhere in the future for advice, since they obviously don't value mine...

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 4, Interesting) 671

by LVSlushdat (#49175677) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Face it, America is now being ran by people who don't believe the law applies to them. Which means you should be very angry with the people in power, and not enabling them to keep acting like this.

Which is why I look at Edward Snowden as a true American hero.. If he were to come back to the US, I doubt he'd even get as "fair" a trial as Irwin Schiff did..
http://www.takelifeback.com/ir.... Irwin's only "crime" was to publish books showing of facts showing clearly that there was/is NO law requiring Americans to pay an "income tax".. I live in Las Vegas, and attended a large part of the "trial".. His attorney was prevented from presenting evidence, and was also prevented from presenting evidence disputing the endless lies presented by the IRS and the prosecution.. Irwin was brought into the courtroom in shackles and prevented from speaking in his own defense by the judge. The "icing on the cake" of this "kangaroo court trial" was the fact that the judge, in his jury instructions, told the jury that they MUST find Irwin guity .. or THEY would be in violation of the law.... After the trial I spoke to a couple of people who were on that jury and they told me they were convinced of Irwin being not-guilty, but the completely illegal jury instructions scared them such that they voted to convict.. Whether or not you know (or believe) that the "income tax" is totally bogus or you've bought into it like a very large number of Americans, this type of "Star chamber" trial is VERY un-American... And this would be the type of trial that Snowden would receive, AT BEST....

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 5, Insightful) 406

by LVSlushdat (#49122357) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

ANYbody who believes that either party has the best interests of the AMERICAN PEOPLE at heart, is living in a fantasy world.. Until about midway thru BushJr's second term, I was a Republican.. Then I began to realize that BOTH parties were out for NOTHING but their own power.. The ONLY thing they pay attention to is the big-bucks donations that keep them in office.. America is SCREWED...

Comment: Re:You younglings don't get it! (Score 2) 294

by LVSlushdat (#48994801) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

I have a "Realistic" 7 transistor radio my dad bought from the original Radio Shack store in Boston by mail order, around 1957-58. Its case is red leather with a large tuning dial and a smaller volume dial and a metal plaque that says "Realistic". It ran on a -now-obsolete- cylindrical 9 volt battery, since been modded to work with the current rectangular 9 volt batteries.. Darn thing still works, although the case is kind of beat up. I'm pretty sure he paid over $100 for it, although I was only 7-8 at the time...


Comment: Re:I'll take an old computer, please (Score 1) 294

by LVSlushdat (#48994751) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

After getting laid off from a large defense contractor in San Diego in 1986, a friend who managed one of the local Radio Shack stores turned me on to an opening at the local Radio Shack Computer Center, which did repairs of Radio Shack's TRS80 computers. Since I was a component-level electronics tech for 5 years with the defense contractor, it was a pretty easy "slide" over to working on the -then new- personal computers. I worked there for about a year, when the guy who quit, which created the job opening that I filled, decided he wanted to come back, and since he and the district manager were butt-buddies, I got shown the door. But that got me moved over to what I did for the rest of my working career, namely "computer janitor", cleaning up after Windows 3.11 up to Windows 7... So I'm kinda ambivalent about Radio Shark... err Shack going the way of the dodo...

Comment: Re:Application installers suck. (Score 2) 324

by LVSlushdat (#48806341) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Which is what you get at http://www.portableapps.com../ Apps like WinSCP, Putty and a whole bunch of others have been modded to run from ONE locatiion and to NOT fuck with the registry...I see they even have Wireshark in portable form... not sure how they get past the fact you need Winpcap running as admin also to actually *do* live captures on a running system...

Comment: Re:This is SOP for the postal service. (Score 1) 182

by LVSlushdat (#48768973) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

We've got some real morons in my local post office. Even though the USPS website has a "hold mail at postoffice" where you enter your name, address, zip and click a box to verfiy that your local office can do it, the maroons at my local office have gotten it wrong each time I've used it. For example, about 6 months ago, we were going to visit wifes' sister for a week, so I entered the info into the website, gave it the dates we'd be gone, and at the end of the hold period, to KEEP the mail at the postoffice and I'd come by and pick it up. Website even gave me a print out of what I'd just told it to do, along with a confirmation number... Fast forward to our return.. I went to the PO, armed with the printout from the website, clearly showing "hold for pickup". Guess what? they claimed they delivered a weeks worth of mail into my little mailbox... They told me to go and look... Went home and looked.. Nothing.. Fortuantly, our neighbor apparently intercepted the mail carrier and grabbed our mail, which never would have fit in the mailbox.. Which is WHY I chose "hold for pickup".. I went back to the PO and spoke to the Postmaster.. he could care less... Said the "hold for pickup" was merely a suggestion... WTF??

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming