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Comment: Is that you Judge Smails (Score 1) 262

by Overzeetop (#46827277) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Just for the record, the line is "The world needs ditch diggers, too."

(On a serious note, tradesmen in the difficult trades will make barely and average wage. The ones who make a lot of money go on to own or run businesses either instead of or in addition to their trade. A smart, motivated individual will make good money as a welder by ultimately running a welding or ironworking business. You're average unmotivated wage employee who is a certified welder will simply make an average living.)

Comment: Re:LAW (Score 2) 439

by Overzeetop (#46810843) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

That doesn't mean you have to use it. That's why they make transfer switches. And if you ever want to sell your house, you can be damned sure you'll get a better ROI if it's hooked to the grid.

Here's a juicy tidbit for those not familiar with the Codes: Builders and Fire Marshalls are not the only ones writing the codes. The mortgage underwriters and the insurance companies also have their hands in the pie (in addition to all the manufacturing special interests, like sprinkler manufacturers and hurricane strap companies). The insurance people want to minimize losses in major events, and the mortgage underwriters want to make sure they can resell your house when you default on the loan. Look at the codes with an eye to *who* wants to preserve their business helps to see how some otherwise odd provisions get put in.

Comment: Re:Its Like That Because... (Score 1) 814

by Overzeetop (#46765705) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Most of those who do vote, don't think. If you were to take the R and the D off of the names and eliminate television advertising (which provides generally no insight into policy issues), you would find that most voters would pick whomever was on the top of the ballot or - in a more cynical case - whomever they saw the most yard signs for, because they have no idea who stands for what. Otherwise intelligent people simply follow the masses, taking little or no time to actually read the candidate's positions and records.

This isn't limited to a single party, and both have the bulk of their constituents who would not vote for the candidate with the opposite party designation even if their beliefs lined up perfectly.

Comment: Fly Economy - tragic! (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by Overzeetop (#46756287) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

We're supposed to be surprised that everyone is supposed to fly coach?

And, if you're custom rolling your backend at the scale of AWS, I wouldn't expect anything *but* sourcing yourself. Outsourcing is for organizations that don't have the expertise in house and want a finger to point if things go wrong. Vertical integration is more cost efficient if you have the scale to make it work.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 575

by Overzeetop (#46754999) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

If it's taking *that* long on a fresh install, you've got something else going on wrong on your system, either ram timings, spread spectrum, or something esoterically weird going on.

It sounds like a bad driver or hardware enumeration. But, yes, if windows takes more than a few seconds to get to a login on a SSD based machine (so, what 30-40 seconds on a spinner?) then it's a hardware problem. W8, once I restored the start menu, is no less stable or responsive than my W7 machine. Most of my complaints are over install of OEM versions of the OS that aren't auto-authorized by the bios (most of my machines are Dell, and the Dell OEM OS just installs; no games, no keys, no mess).

FWIW, my favorite version was NT 3.51, and I go back to Win 1.02 days (on windows, at least); I still even have the install disks - though no 8086 or 720k floppy drive to read them.

Comment: No it releases updated for hardware (Score 1) 575

by Overzeetop (#46754959) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

You don't get security updates for 6.1.5, you have to upgrade to 6.1.6, and Apple only provides this because their own hardware won't run 7.x.

MS saying that they won't provide patches for 8.1.0 now that 8.1.1 is out is trivial. The only PR fuck up is giving a date instead of "after reinstatement of 8.1 Update (8.1.1) availability).

And don't get me started on Apple. You know the first thing that happens when you call Apple with a problem? They have you wipe the device clean and reinstall the OS from scratch. Which, I suspect, would work fine on nearly any windows machine except for the annoyance of the reinstall. (I don't bother calling Apple anymore for iOS help - I don't have a couple of hours to reinstall the whole goddamned phone and set everything in it back up)

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