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Comment Re:Its always someone else's problem (Score 1) 303

Except it wasn't the officials elected by the people of Flint.
Was the City Manager who was appointed by the governor.
The people of Flynt and elected officials apparently had little to say in the matter since the governor took over the city.
The EPA warnings about the problems with the water went unheeded... and voila!!!!
You now have to pay for the incompetence of the City Manager appointed to run the city instead of the duly elected officials.

Comment Re:He's got his talking points (Score 1) 478

"Try again?".

Virtual Box won't let you run 32-bit XP?? That is too bad.

I use Parallels on my Mac and have a copy of XP and it runs Civ2 vanilla just fine. Also runs some of my more esoteric 32-bit software like TacX i-Magic & Fortius for my VR bike trainer.

I think the link I provided above had a work around to convert Civ 2 Vanilla to Civ2 Multiplayer Gold. It isn't just Civ2 MGE that works allegedly.
Hoops yes... but that is the price of progress. I like that I can still run my Atari 800 software on PC's. I don't really expect 20-30 year old software to just work without having to do a bit of Hoop Jumping.

Comment Re:Wow.Win 10 TP won't boot now. (Score 1) 374

Thanks, That is what I ended up doing following the process below which was on the Microsoft Insider Forums.
I haven't had to do this kind of thing in years. This type of approach was routine back in the day to keep some software working.
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How To Upgrade Windows 10 Build 10074 to Build 10240 If You Get An Error When Attempting To Install (Works 100%, should work for other builds)
**this worked with 10162 as well using my iMac and my Parallels desktop Insider install. I didn't need to activate it since mine was activated already, but not functioning.

It's pretty simple. I figured this out when helping somebody. This also works

Right-click the clock in the taskbar and click Adjust Date/Time.
Turn off internet synchronization.
Change the date to anywhere in the month September (or any time between April 29th and October 1st). The Windows Update error may change if you have gone far back enough, however, this will not matter.
Reactivate Windows by going into Settings, clicking the link that says Activate Windows, and activate using the product key 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF.
Download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool.
DO NOT upgrade directly with the tool. Instead, create a Windows 10 installation media.
Once the tool completes the creation [of the install media], start the setup program. If it asks you to install updates, DO NOT have them installed, because of the same reason as above.
Run the tool. If it tries to install updates and it gets stuck, then things were not done correctly. Close the update window (using Task Manager if neccessary) and follow the directions more closely.
It should now start installing.

Comment Re:Wow.Win 10 TP won't boot now. (Score 2) 374

I had it set to do perpetual updates, but at some point it broke.
It said it would update, but then the update would crap out.
Ah well. I fixed it all and got my new Win 10 Pro working on my VM using the following instructions someone had on the Insider Forums.

(Mine was Build 10162 and the following worked quite well!!!Back in the 90's this approach was fairly standard with dated installs that would expire. In order to update if you messed up on some dated install, you would just roll back your system clock.)
It's pretty simple.
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How To Upgrade Windows 10 Build 10074 to Build 10240 If You Get An Error When Attempting To Install (Works 100%, should work for other builds)

Right-click the clock in the taskbar and click Adjust Date/Time.
Turn off internet synchronization.
Change the date to anywhere in the month September (or any time between April 29th and October 1st). The Windows Update error may change if you have gone far back enough, however, this will not matter.
Reactivate Windows by going into Settings, clicking the link that says Activate Windows, and activate using the product key 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF.
Download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool.
DO NOT upgrade directly with the tool. Instead, create a Windows 10 installation media.
Once the tool completes the creation, start the setup program (from the install media you created). If it asks you to install updates, DO NOT have them installed, because of the same reason as above.
Run the tool. If it tries to install updates and it gets stuck, then things were not done correctly. Close the update window (using Task Manager if neccessary) and follow the directions more closely.
It should now start installing.

Comment Wow.Win 10 TP won't boot now. (Score 2) 374

Went to fire up my Windows 10 VM today. It was a technical preview which allows me to upgrade to a full Windows 10 Pro version, but I am locked out. First it said it was outdated, Then it quite updating altogether.
Now it says a component expired and I need to hit F8 for recovery except nothing happens with F8.

A tad frustrating.

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 1) 286

How exactly does one worship at a alter of state?

Are you saying the state is somehow a surrogate for a divine creature?

What is an alter of state?

Simply thinking the government can do something useful some times does not seem very equivalent to the reverence worshipers bestow on all powerful all knowing deities who created the universe or portions of it at least depending upon ones dogma.
There is a false equivalence it seems to me, but perhaps I just don't understand enough.

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 1) 286

So what regulations are causing the consolidation of media brands?

I have this question too and I'm not sure you were specific on regulations which have resulted in media consolidation.
It seems like the market is resulting in media consolidation.
I would be interested in a regulation that you know of which might cause media to consolidate.

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