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Comment Re:Sure it's expensive (Score 1) 160

One thing Michigan has going for it is the 10 cent deposit on carbonated beverage containers (soda, sparkling water, etc). Yes it's a cost up front, but you never see cans with a deposit on the ground. Someone is always scouring the roadsides looking for cans to get a little extra money. Heck, I supported my childhood candy habit by collecting cans that was (construction sites were always a goldmine). In contrast when I go to other states without can deposit laws (like Wisconsin) I see cans everywhere. No one bothers to recycle them because there's no money in it.

I always thought that if they extended the can deposit to other easily recycled items then you might see less trash on the roads. Unfortunately this is basically a tax, and no one will ever go for that.

Comment Re:80GB still being sold? (Score 1) 270

I'd laugh but at my office we still do testing on Windows XP systems with 40GB HD's because that's what they use out in the plants (we're finally phasing them out though). It's sad to see XP being used on a system where security should be of the utmost importance.

Hell, I have a 300GB in my PS2 (yes 2, not 3)! Cost me about $30. While I understand having to go through vendors, it shouldn't cost more to upgrade the drive than it does to go through the hassle of revising the retention policy.

Comment Emulation (Score 1) 123

I was vaguely interested in the Ouya when it was announced as an emulator for other systems. I thought that maybe I could put something like MAME on it and have a cheap and easy way to play arcade games on my TV. I might pick one up eventually when they clearance them out, but for right now $100 seems like a lot of money for an emulator box.

Comment Anyone Else Get Errors When Updating? (Score 0) 494

I updated from 14.10 to 15.04 last night but now I'm getting some weird errors on the start up screen. Stuff like 'sse/media not found', 'ssf/media not found', 'ssg/media not found'. It keeps going on like that for a bit but it eventually boots into Ubuntu. It looks like the system is looking for non-existant drives or something, but I'm not sure how to fix that.

Ubuntu seems to become unstable after updating. The last few times I've updated to the newest version I had weird errors on boot up, but none of them ever seemed to affect the functionality of the system. It makes me wonder how well they test the update feature, or do they think that everyone is going to do a fresh install each time?

Comment My Take on Ubuntu (as if anyone cares) (Score 1) 494

I'll never understand why Unity gets so much hate, I actually like it. My only complaint is the stupid 'search' feature that you're forced to use when you want to find something that's not in the dock. Even though I've managed to filter out all the Amazon crap, it's still slow as molasses (and I'm running a Core i7 with 6GB of RAM). Other than that I've been pretty happy with Ubuntu and Unity although I've considered moving to Mint and using a 3rd party dock of some sort (Cairo or Docky) to mimic the Unity dock.

I can't really weigh in on the Systemd vs Upstart debate since I'm not enough of a power user to really have it affect me. I suppose the only thing that comes to mind is that the 'If it's not broke, don't fix it' argument has merit, it can also hold back innovation. Change is scary, but it's not always bad (although sometimes it does go horribly wrong). This sort of reminds me of when Apple went from 13 to 16 sector disks or even the whole CP/M vs DOS debate.

Comment We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service (Score 1) 1168

So out of curiosity, are those signs that say "We reserve the right to refuse serve to anyone" legal? If they are, then why would they need to pass this law? If not, does a business have the right under ANY circumstance to refuse service to someone outside of where the law demands it (like a bartender refusing to serve an intoxicated customer)? Are businesses considered to be public and therefore must be open to everyone or are they considered private and open only to whomever the owner wants (like a private club)? I've always been curious about this

Comment Re:Who TF is still on Facebook? (Score 1) 79

Same here. I use it to keep in touch with relatives and friends who are in different parts of the country. It's useful when I want to post a quick 'Look at this' kind of thing that doesn't require a phone call. It's also useful for chatting with people in various groups that don't have dedicated websites. I'm not on it 24/7 like some people seem to be, but I check a few times a day.

Comment Re:Parents (Score 1) 784

At seven I was allowed to go up to the corner store (about a mile) by myself as long as I was careful and looked both ways before crossing the street (a mildly busy four lane road). This was a privilege and I was extra careful to make sure I didn't get into trouble or my parents would revoke that right. I wasn't aware I was endangering myself. The closest I ever came to harm was stuffing my face with too much candy.

The way things are going kids are going to either have to be placed in protective bubbles or have an appointed minder with them at all times to 'keep them safe'.

Comment Re:the good old days... (Score 2) 784

Ditto. I was given the standard lectures about not talking to strangers, staying away from dogs, etc. and told to 'go out and play for the day'. I think I turned out just fine. Did I do some stupid stuff that was in hindsight a little dangerous? Sure, but that's part of growing up. I pity today's kids. Sure they have cool stuff that we didn't have like the internet and cell phones, but they also can't just be kids. Playing by yourself without distractions or constant monitoring is something they'll never get to experience. I find that sad. Even now I cherish those times I can 'go off the grid' and be alone with my own thoughts even though that's basically impossible now.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?