Care to share your setup? I've tackled Asterisk a few times and it's either prohibitively expensive (for home use, anyway - Digium's cheapest analog card is >$500) or unreasonably complex for someone with little background in telephony.
Smoke and mirrors.
Obviously, submitter doesn't work in healthcare or legal fields. As much as I'd like to see that antiquated technology finally die, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
There are plenty of paid products where you, the consumer and purchaser, are still treated like a commodity. Just because you handed over money for it doesn't mean you won't be sold to the highest bidder. It's easy to just say "wake up", but I suspect that you missed the point.
$650 is "sensibly priced" for a gaming card? That's almost double the cost of a current-gen console and you still have to buy the rest of the computer.
I think the idea is that the taxpayers get fed up and stop voting for the people who are costing them so much money. The Chief of Police is an appointed position (usually by the town council or the mayor), while the Sheriff is elected. Taxpayers have the power to fix the problem, but voter apathy will prevent it from every happening.
You're going to have to cite a source for that ridiculous claim.
Yes, there are bad apples, but I don't think that is the majority.
I think you misunderstand the "bad apple" metaphor. It's important to note the entire phrase or it makes zero sense: One bad apple spoils the bushel. What this means is that if you allow a minor corruption to go unchecked, it will eventually corrupt all of the apples in the bushel. One bad cop allowed to stay on the force will eventually corrupt all of the cops in the department. As soon as someone covers for him, that person is complicit. The bad apples need to be removed IMMEDIATELY before they destroy the department (or the public's trust in that department).
Little corruption begets big corruption until eventually the cops can't tell right from wrong. It starts with fixing a ticket for a friend and the next thing you know, they're planting evidence and falsifying reports "for the greater good".
And that's exactly why Linux will never take over the desktop space. Every time a distro is poised to do it, the linux userbase turns on it for one reason or another. It happened to Redhat. It happened to Ubuntu. It'll keep happening until linux users get over their elitism and start welcoming Grandma to easy-to-use Not Windows.
It never ceases to amaze me the insensitivity with which employers treat the life-changing decisions they make regarding their employees. I get that it's a business decision and that sometimes you have to make the hard call, but that doesn't mean you have to be a douchebag about it. I've seen the gamut, from firing people via text message to inviting them to a "breakfast meeting" and having security box up their stuff while they're in the meeting room (and not giving them breakfast, either).
EA will never get another dime of my money. I don't care if they somehow manage to pull off a miracle and actually deliver a playable game for once.
When the NSA says these kinds of things, it's like they're saying something that they know is completely ridiculous to turn your attention away from something far more insidious that they're up to.
Have you tried foot pedal mice? They don't generally require as fine of control as a regular mouse and they feel very natural to use.
Grand Theft isn't a petty crime. I'm talking about a B&E where they steal your TV or your bike. I've had multiple cops just shrug their shoulders at me.
You ever try to report a petty crime to the police when you've essentially solved the case for them, including the name of the offender with video and photo proof? Yeah.