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Comment: Problems? Yes. Nosedive? Not at all. (Score 1) 598

by Skynyrd (#48740067) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Apple has some software problems for sure; let's just start with iTunes. However, calling it a "nosedive" is simply lame. I feel he's just trying to gain some attention.

I am an OSX and iOS user. While I don't think either one is perfect, I have recent Windows and Android experience, and have no desire to use either on a regular basis. Problems? Yes. Nosedive? Not at all.

Comment: So simple (Score 1) 342

by Skynyrd (#48189259) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Don't buy ice at peak times.

For fuck's sake, Burning Man is about self reliance. Sp rather than be an adult, and deal with his ice chest in the early morning late at night, or some other time with low lines he wants to change the system to suit him.

He simply doesn't understand the event. And guys like him are part of the reason I no longer go.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 600

by Skynyrd (#47902149) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

"3) Many policemen would far prefer that their gun not be useable if someone takes it away from them."

That may be the case, but cops will be the last group to accept technology like this. It may be forced on them buy the department, but the men and women in uniforms, who are actually on the street do not want this tech.

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132

by Skynyrd (#47811571) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

I'm refinancing my house at the moment. Having my card stolen will raise all sorts of flags, and either about or delay the process.

My property won't be missing if I run up a massive credit card bill, but it would potentially cause me hours and hours of work, a bunch of money, and a shit-load of stress. I'd rather that the problem be fixed instead of ignoring it for another bunch of years.

Comment: Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (Score 3, Insightful) 217

by Skynyrd (#47792757) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Are we living in crazy town, or is the will of the people finally being heard?

We are living in crazy town.
Our representatives don't represent us any more; they obey the special interest dollar.

I don't see a positive future for the US. Either the middle class will continue to get fucked until everybody is at the poverty level (except the uber-wealthy) or there will be a civil war. Neither one will end well. We will continue to be distracted with issues like gay marriage, legal weed, NASCAR and celebrity dating (even though two of those actually matter) until one or the other happens. I am glad I have about 40 years of life left, and didn't bring kids into the world.

Comment: Water witching (Score 1) 266

I know it sounds batshit crazy. I know it's not science. I know I'll be moderated to "shutup dumbass". I'll say it anyway.

I grew up in rural Oregon. My family moved there in the early 70's, from California. We bought a big chunk of land, with nothing but trees on it. We pitched two tents, and started searching for the best house site. We filled 5 gallon bottles at the neighbors for a while, until we decided where to build the house.

The neighbor's father was a well witcher. We assumed that it was part of a big joke on the city slickers, but humored him, and let him witch the well. He had a forked stick, and walked around for 30 minutes with it. He said "drill here. at 60 feet, you'll get 10gpm, but keep going to 80. At 80, you'll get 20gpm". We offered him money, and he said this was a gift from God, and he refused any sort of payment.

When the drilling rig showed up, they asked where we wanted to drill. Keep in mind that there are no maps, no charts, *nothing* to tell you where to dig. The guy with the truck will always suggest a spot; the one with the easiest access for his giant truck. So we drilled where the old man suggested. The driller shrugged his shoulders when we told him to keep drilling when he hit good water at 60 feet; he gets paid by the foot, regardless of water output. We got 20gpm at 80 feet (I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was within a foot or tow, and a gallon or two).

20 years later, my folks built another house on the property. They got the well witched again. It was a different guy, but a very similar story. "Gift from God, no payment". Accurate prediction of depth and volume of water.

If I didn't see it myself, I'd call bullshit.

That said, I'm sure there's a million scammers out the now.

Entropy requires no maintenance. -- Markoff Chaney