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Comment: Re:This means war! (Score 1) 51

There are many vacuum-cleaner use cases and maximum power is not necessarily a requirement in all of them. I have a 2-in-1 floor/handheld Electrolux cordless that I'm rather partial to. No it's as powerful as the corded one, but I don't need something that big to nab a few stray bits of whatever from my desk top.

Comment: Re:5% less leg room? (Score 1) 21

by Zontar The Mindless (#48679301) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January

I also vastly prefer train travel to air travel within Europe.

Dunno about other parts of Europe, but at least here in Sweden, SJ have started providing free wifi on most of their regional and cross-country trains. You're limited to 200 MB on the regional trains, but that's plenty to surf and do email with for 1-2 hours, and hey, it's free.

Comment: Re: Let's just cover the earth with nuclear react (Score 1) 53

by dbIII (#48679091) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks
Hmm, three of my posts on different stories all modded down within minutes, including this one on a relatively old story well past the date when most readers have moved on. It appears that I've annoyed someone who is very petty and has decided to list my comments then downmod them. Is that person going to be a childish coward or own up?

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 2) 96

by dbIII (#48679083) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

Snowden turned both whistle blower and traitor.

I mostly agree with you, but I don't see how giving information to American journalists could be considered treason. The rest of the world did not hear it direct from Snowden. We've been manipulated into thinking he's a traitor when he was really the enemy of powerful bureaucrats instead of the USA.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 96

by dbIII (#48679075) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Yes but none of them actually had time to read it did they?
Even the name was a very low trick, since it implied that anyone rejecting it was not a patriot. In the political climate of the time voting against it looked like a career ending move, and career is what seatwarmers on both sides saw as important above all else.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 96

by dbIII (#48679071) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Because the part that changed is a very small part of the structure of government. When there's a mess dating back to Edgar Hoover it's not going to be cleaned up by a single administration no matter who is in charge. I wrote something similar here when Baby Bush got in, but he didn't even attempt to touch the Clinton era mess since it would have cut into his vacation time.

Comment: Re:But wait,there's more (Score 1) 126

by dbIII (#48679001) Attached to: Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

My brain melts when I watch the Discovery Channel

Offtopic, but I decided to watch a "documentary" made by those guys on Charles Manson. They made him look like some evil genius instead of some loser that tried to kill people out of spite when things went wrong with his music career, got the wrong ones and was caught by Park Rangers for vandalism.

Comment: Re:Jobs is Jesus (Score 1) 126

by dbIII (#48678995) Attached to: Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History
Toaster: Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?
Lister: Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.
Toaster: How 'bout a muffin?
Lister: Or muffins. Or muffins. We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.
Toaster: Aah, so you're a waffle man.

Comment: Re: I doubt it. (Score 1) 51

by whoever57 (#48678981) Attached to: Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

Replaced the Bosch with a Maytag, a model with a grinder, and it's the first dishwasher I've bought that I haven't hated in two decades. Not sure where it's made.

Good luck with that Maytag. I replaced a 20+ year old Whirlpool washer with a Maytag (the Whirlpool was working, but the tub was rusting out). The Maytag failed about 5 years later, and was not economically repairable.

Comment: Re: Let's just cover the earth with nuclear react (Score 0) 53

by dbIII (#48678913) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks
A civilian reactor, to a tried and tested design, with the control systems built by Germans versus a one off secret enrichment plant built by local contractors.
I'd back the former as more secure versus the latter just about everywhere, probably even in the USA given some massive fuckups in defence industry electronics at times.

Comment: They were always there and are in any *ism (Score 0) 96

by dbIII (#48678899) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Tyranny is seen as the "easy way out" by the unprincipled in any *ism. As the "gene pool" of any group shrinks you end up with less people that see concentrations of power as dangerous, and whatever values the group is supposed to represent become irrelevant in the face of increasing personal power.
In far too many situations "cutting red tape" is code for "I want to be a tyrant", and we need to especially beware of those that know little about how society runs that push simple, blanket solutions.
There's one near me whose solution to stopping crime was to lock up all the bikers. Of course that didn't stop crime such as one of his own government attempting to shake down two supermarket chains for money, funny how that one was initially hidden and is still free while the bikers don't get bail for merely meeting.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 217

by dbIII (#48678879) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

And do not mistake me for a conservative or a traditionalist, I am neither.

So, do we have here - a whiney little gay woman hater or a whiney little virgin that thinks he should get a free girl without doing anything to make one think he's worthwhile to be with? Or is there some other reason for the sheer poison above that even people in their 70's would think is too fucking medieval?

Comment: Re:Yet it works for me - and you if you try (Score 0) 158

by dbIII (#48678857) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack
However you wrote:

the only way to get into Offline Mode is to first be online. Apparently you're supposed to know ahead of time when your Internet connection will die for a week.

That is both deliberate misinformation and calling me a liar over my account of how it behaved above.

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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