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Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 171

I'd love the option... I have wanted any candidate on a national election ballot in... Well pretty much since I first had the ability to vote. I didn't want Clinton, or Bush Jr, Obama, and I hate both party candidates right now for president. I'd love to be able to tell them what I think of them, but...

Sadly the only real means to change it relies on the body that is invested in the current system... So yeah... Never going to happen.

Comment Re: Welcome to why I run an adblocker (Score 1) 406

I usually just open the top several results in their own tabs as is. It's quite often I don't get exactly what I want for a lot of things my parents want my help with for instance. Google and DuckDuckGo have issues answering questions like 'methods for marking property borders' or 'border trees'. I had talked to a law professor about the subject and they wanted to see information on the topic. Even the top 20 results from the search engines gave me lots of stuff that didn't do me a bit of good.

Helping them over the last few years has lead to me getting in the habit of opening as many as 10 or even 15 tabs when searching for stuff and then quickly sorting through them to see if they are useful at all.

Comment Re:Model Airplanes/Rockets (Score 1) 533

I find it ironic that the cameras and better radio guidance were things the R/C airplane and helicopter crowd wanted for years, but when it finally becomes a fairly cheap thing to have... 'Drones' have become a thing and people did stupid things with them and now R/C airplanes get caught up in those issues.

It feels so strange that today someone can't just go pick up a R/C plane as a kid, return home, and fly it on 10 acres of country land like I did as a kid. The worst thing that could happen back then was crashing it into a neighbors dairy cow on accident. Instead they need to get a $5 license from the FAA because they are 'drones'.

In fact my dad still has an R/C helicopter that would seem to fall under these rules that he flies in his backyard. I'll have to remind him that it's a 'drone' now and he'll need a licence or someone may report him.

Comment Um... (Score 1) 412

So people want the headaches of dealing with potentially completely unknown strangers to have conflicts with? I used to work for a college and the dorms were dominated by conflicts between roomies 90% of the time from the sound of it... Regardless of how well they tried to find similar people to put together with surveys and other measures. That's also with thousands of people to work with each year as well.

These sounds like serious headaches.

Comment Re:Dump them as fast as you can (Score 2) 177

All this is fine in a place where you can make enough to do this...

I live in PA and work in IT (I have over 15 years in the field) and when I see say... a 6 month contract. They are paying 10-20k. Figuring you get 2 of those back to back to fir perfectly in a year your take home is 20-40k for a year. Unless you live in your parents basement living on that and then incorporating on top of that is going to be pretty insanely expensive. Certainly it is without benefits. Simple health care is going to run you ~$150-200/month on your own (unless you want to pay for nothing

Heck, I just saw a 2 month contract for Pittsburgh, PA and Strongville, OH... For $4k.The requirements to get the job are awfully high (nearly a decade of experience with Websphere, Windows, and Linux administration). Not including travel costs between locations. Heck they don't even reimburse you for the costs of the interview unless you get the job and they came to me. But... For what they wanted and what they were paying, it wasn't interesting for me.

In my experience in my state, contract work is for suckers because it's used by companies to undercut real employment. It's also used to get workers for much less than full time ones cost. 'Negotiate'? That doesn't happen. They tell you what they are paying and you can take it or leave it.

Locally government contracting is almost all short term programming gigs for the State. As someone who is not a programmer by trade, I haven't spent much time looking at them. I'd need to move to get Federal contracts and with my state not even being able to pass a budget for the last 5 months... Well not a good time to be a State employee.

Comment Re:What interface ? (Score 1) 178

As someone with a Skylake chip when I just last week rebuilt this machine... It may theoretically be able to power 3x 4k monitors, but I seriously doubt it could do much with them once it did. My new gear didn't like my old Radeon HD 6970 I wanted to use with it, so since I built it I've been running it's integrated GPU. Tomorrow a new shiny Radeon R9 390 arrives though and that... I can see doing something with multiple 4k screens.

Comment Re:how much lost really? (Score 2) 279

What I think is a better question is why they think anyone is doing this in the UK... Most cam copies I see are either from Slavic states near Russia or from somewhere in Asia. Most western world copies of movies tend to be screeners and other video sources and are in fact rare since companies started watermarking them. The only good use of a cam copy is pretty much deciding if the movie may be worth the hassle of a real theatre to go so or wait for a release copy.

Comment Re:He chose Democrat because reasons (Score 1) 281

While I don't give him good odds of getting elected, mostly because people can't seem to do more than vote for the candidates that get the biggest media campaigns, he's the only current candidate I'd even think of voting for. Lessig isn't my perfect candidate, but he is far more like it then any primary party candidate could ever be and still be part of their party. The greens and Libertarians have much the same issues as he does. The last good presidential third party candidates to get any traction have all been business people with the sheer money to rival any campaign the big two could field. Most people just can't be bothered to get a feel for candidates outside tv ads and billboards sadly. They hear talking points, see rallies in the local and national news, and then think 'this guy does things I like' or 'this guy is from the party I like' and vote for them. I'm certain this will continue even though I wish it would change.

Comment I don't know... (Score 4, Interesting) 307

I don't know... I barely watch regular tv anymore, but I've never once said 'I can't commit to another show, and I don't have the time to emotionally commit to another show.'. What I usually say is 'There is to much crap I have no interest in on tv', which includes lots of shows with interesting premises that never go anywhere. When I do find a show I like I'm lucky to get 13 episodes before they go on hiatus and run the risk of never being seen again because the metrics say it's not 'popular enough'. As has already been mentioned Firefly falls on this list, but plenty of others do as well. Networks are inherently fickle and wouldn't recognize good tv if it was used to hit them over the head. Thank god they are becoming less and less needed to handle entertainment.

Comment Re:Better power supplies (Score 1) 207

Ironically I just had my Seasonic 80+ gold rated power supply die... While a bunch of PSUs I have in older systems before 80+ was a thing are still running just fine. It was effectively silent, but then GPU and CPU fans have always been louder than PSU fans in all the systems I've built since dedicated graphics cards with 3D became a thing.

Now the reason I bought it at the time was that it had some of the tightest power to the correct ratings for it's rails compared to other brands in testing. And from what my MB reported this was true with highly accurate power to the rails that never really fluctuated. But arguing that as a selling point for most people is probably kinda hard.

Comment Re:Not even wrong (Score 1) 118

When I first saw the article I said 'Just follow the money'. Well duh, most trials proved the newest 'wonder drug' from some big company worked when they had no need to document all of the things that went into the research. Only drugs that couldn't manage in any way to produce significant positive results would fail. That makes perfect sense when the medical scientists in question usually know what side is paying the bills it's always in their best interest.

Comment Still ugly as sin (Score 0) 249

My problem with non Tesla full electrics has been there god awful style... Ok, some crazy people want boxes with wheels and other retarded car concepts... But Most people want a car that looks fun and interesting and most electrics outside Tesla seem to have had designers who wouldn't know a good looking car if it drove over their foot... This car form the single picture looks like more of the same.

Why can't I get an electric car that looks nice outside a Tesla I (so far) cannot afford?

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