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Comment: Re:Plus RS232 (Score 2) 301

Can we make it an even $200 and get an AT port thrown in too? AT -> PS/2 to PS/2 -> USB converter chains are a pain in the ass on a normal day ... and when one of the converters decides to bite the dust, there's a fair chance of trashing a perfectly good keyboard (of which my stash is dwindling, though I think most of the remainder are PS/2...)

Comment: Gonna have to change their tag line... (Score 1) 82

by N!k0N (#49568687) Attached to: ATT, DirecTV Mega-Merger May Go Through
"We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company" doesn't quite sum it up anymore... and well, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone/satellite company." just doesn't have as nice a ring to it.

death-star or no, AT&T just doesn't have the same flavor of evil as TWC & Comcast. Least not in my experience anyway (now, I've never had them for anything other than landline ... and that was short lived, as they couldn't compete in the "internet" market ... and still can't where I live).

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686

by N!k0N (#49536453) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

They grew up in a time of blind jingoistic nonsense, though people are now growing up in the same, possibly even worse with all of the constant propaganda.

The older generation is smart enough to know that the cold war never ended. Stupid millennials are going to be in for a rude awakening when Russia marches on Europe.

Nah, we (they? stupid non-hard dates for generation lines) partially grew up on Command and Conquer.
I for one await the day that the Allies call upon me to command the forces on the Eastern Front.

Comment: Re:It's not surprising (Score 1) 129

by N!k0N (#49526413) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

What would happen if every single railway company would have different track gauges?

Lots and lots of trans-loading stations ... and increased costs, etc. Probably would cripple the economy (as it seems to run on cheap Chinese goods that're built to break in 3-4 years in the first place ... "They don't build 'em like they used to" and all that).

Comment: Re:I always look at the bad reviews (Score 1) 126

by N!k0N (#49446065) Attached to: Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews
In my case, 1 star and 5 star reviews are filtered out (if possible) from the results I'm reading.

2, 3, and 4 star reviews are where the meat of the "good" reviews are (i.e. the "Look, I'm not a pro, but still I consider myself better than average. Tried using features A,B,C,D that're listed as supported, and work flawlessly on [other brand of same thing], however those features do not work on this device." ). Obviously it's not a flawless system, but usually the reviewers giving it 2-4 stars ALSO include steps for fixing problems as well -- or better ways to assemble it than what the instructions said.

Comment: Re:Drupal??? (Score 1) 29

by N!k0N (#49380419) Attached to: Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition

Wtf, so much better has been built. If if not those, just shut up and install wordpress. But someone wrote a book on it OK

just like all the people still using Sendmail, BIND, SCO Unix, or Windows: apparently being mediocre (or just plain shitty) is a highly effective strategy and will guarantee for a system long life.

I get the idea of moving away from Sendmail, SCO Unix, or Windows ... but for a DNS Server what would you consider "better" than BIND?

Comment: Re:Boxen? WTF? (Score 1) 296

by N!k0N (#49292489) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

In what fucking language. Pretty sure boxes is the pl. of box. But you know with everyone out there making up new spellings left and right how am I supposed to keep up. (I mean really "rediculous"???? why that one pisses me off so much I'll never know)

Hand in your card and get the fuck out.

You assume GP was given a card in the first place. (And would give a king's ransom if I could remember my 5 digit UID :( )

Comment: Re:Transfer the heat to.... where? (Score 1) 51

by N!k0N (#49265805) Attached to: Fujitsu Could Help Smartphone Chips Run Cooler
Presumably the entire expanse (limited though it is) of the back of said phone. I know with mine (GS4), it tends to get hot centered at the CPU, and to a lesser degree, the battery. However, the rest of the case is generally cool. So a heat pipe putting the heat "over there" (and thus, equalizing the temperature across the entirety of the unit) wouldn't be the end of the world.

Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

by N!k0N (#49223495) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

dammit, I really do need a new keyboard. probably another typo he'll crucify me over: 'huts' == 'hurts'.

see, letters get dropped all the time. I'm sure your keyboard is brand new and all keys respond perfectly as you hit them... (rolls eyes).

(Not the GP) ... No, but I have enough IBM Model M's that when the keys start misbehaving, said malfunctioning keyboard goes into the "Beat the [PHB|HR Drone|DamnKidOnMyLawn] to Death" pile, along with a couple of vintage AT&T wall phones (you know, the ones you had to rent from AT&T) and other built to last stuff from the days when America took pride in manufacturing.

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