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Comment: Re:Most important parameter for men: height (Score 1) 286 286

That's a fair point; Out here in the cowboy-western region of the US where I live, *everyone* wears cowboy boots, with at least 25% of the people wearing them exclusively. Then again, the only locally broadcast radio stations we have are country, and full-sized trucks make up nearly half the vehicles on the road*
I imagine, though, that most big cities would be an odd place to see someone wearing boots on a first date. Unless your dating profile says you're a grammy-winning country star, in which case, anything goes.

*Slightly related tangent: Being both a geek and a gearhead, I've used the downtime at my shop to conduct various car studies. My shop has large glass windows pointed directly out at a busy highway that melds into Main Street in my town just a few blocks away from my shop, and I've tracked all of the vehicles coming & going for multiple days. 46% of the non-commercial vehicles were trucks (as defined as any vehicle with an open bed), and while I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, I believe the ratio of SUVs/CUVs/full-sized vans to cars & minivans for the remainder of the vehicles was about 3:1. Pretending to be macho isn't even optional here, it's mandatory. Being a fan of small Japanese imports puts me in about the smallest automotive minority; I think there are even more European cars in our town than Japanese.

Comment: Re:Most important parameter for men: height (Score 2) 286 286

Wear cowboy boots. They're basically pumps for men, and a lot of people find them sexy.
That having been said, I'm 5'7", and I was always intimidated by women who were taller than about 5'4". My wife is 5'2". If I had lied about my height to get more dates, I would have wound up with plenty hot chicks who would make me feel uncomfortable the whole time. As it is, I'd rather only get replies from a few girls I find attractive, who at least won't intimidate me when we go out.
I tried online dating for a while. I tried in-person dating for a while, with girls I met at work (I was a young guy working in the food services industry.) In the end, the girl I fell in love with and married was someone I met by accident and became best friends with. We met over the Internet, but not through a dating website, and I was rather disinterested in dating when we met. After years of friendship, we realized that we had something more than just friendship, and started making plans to meet in person (she's from Canada, I'm from the USA.) We knew each other for about 4 years before getting married, and we've now been happily married for 7 years. While trying to find girls to date, I met some who were somewhat interesting, and who I might have had an okay life with, but the girl I married is so much better of a match; it's not even a contest. Contrary to what Hollywood teaches you, your friends are the best candidates for love; they like being around you, and share your interests and probably your personality.

Comment: Re:BitDefender (Score 1) 467 467

The fact that it's last year's version is a drawback as compared with the paid version, but even last year's version of Bit Defender is better at what it does than a current copy of Norton or McAfee, so why whine about it? If you want the better version, pay for it. Seems pretty fair to me.
You found it naggy? That really confuses me. As long as you activate and confirm your email address, it will never pop up on your computer unless it finds something. I literally have never seen it appear unannounced on my primary computer. If I do open the interface, I don't even see a "CLICK HERE FOR MORE FEATURES!" banner.
As far as it tripping your other AV, I'm not terribly surprised. There's a reason you're only supposed to use one AV. Most AVs won't even allow you to install if they detect another AV present (not without a lot of kicking & screaming, at least).

Comment: BitDefender (Score 2) 467 467

I'm really surprised more people aren't recommending Bit Defender. I use the free version on my own machines and install it on customer PCs, and have had very good results from it. Never pops up asking to upgrade to a premium version, doesn't audibly announce it's updating/scanning/etc (in fact you'll only know it's there if something goes wrong). It also doesn't impact performance very much at all -- way better than Avast or AVG. According to, they're always at the top of their game.

Comment: Re:Download from the source (Score 1) 324 324

The problem with this is that at least 50% of the people out there (in my experience, anyway) haven't a clue whether they're on the official website or not. They just do a Google search, and click the first result (usually an ad that's practically guaranteed to be something bad.)
I've had very good luck downloading from Softpedia, as they do not add their own installers; the only bundled junk you have to worry about is that which is included by the publisher of the title (which would also be on the download from their own website.) The only problem with Softpedia is that they don't filter out the "CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD" banner ads, which will lead an inattentive person without adblock into lots of garbage.
Heck, even SourceForge bundles garbage. And that one really bugs me, considering their humble roots.

Comment: Re:Minor setback (Score 5, Insightful) 213 213

Exactly. The fact that it landed well enough that they're reporting the "ship itself is fine" means that it was a success. It doesn't take much to damage a rocket/module/anything that flies into space beyond use. They probably just landed on top of a toolbox or something.

Comment: Re:Locked doors (Score 1) 418 418

Many crimes have been committed through the centuries, yet one thing has always been a constant: The perpetrator was breathing oxygen. I move that we ban oxygen, then ration it out on a "not-comitting-a-crime" basis. After all, consuming oxygen is a hallmark of criminals. Do YOU want to support their criminal agendas?

Comment: Re:Ask anyone still on Dial Up (Score 1) 533 533

I have to agree. My local ISP (Vyve Broadband) advertises "up to 8Mbps", but in reality never delivers over 1Mbps. During prime time, it drops to around 150kbps. I've raised heck with them time and again, and it never helps anything. I even called the BBB on them, and they just said "You're out of contract, so if you don't like the service, leave." They cost about $60/month.
The other option here (CenturyLink) does give a better download speed (about 4Mbps, advertised as 10Mbps), but their upload speed is hard-capped at 128 Kbps. I've called and visited with tech support, and that's a hard limit they set. They don't even have a more expensive plan available for those who want more, because "if you want more than that, you must be running a server". It causes disruptions with using webcams, VOIP, and even multiplayer gaming, and makes a YouTube upload take an eternity. They cost about $120/month.
So yeah, I'd love to have someone bring in 4/1 broadband. Especially if it cost under $100/month.

Comment: Re:gullwing doors (Score 1) 136 136

If he wants to be cool *and* revolutionary, he needs something more like this:
Granted, these look like they'd be a nightmare in a blizzard or freezing rain, but I'm sure there's some way to engineer a fix. Or, alternatively, they could just make the doors slide vertically. That would have a similar 'cool factor' to a gullwing, except with the advantage of no clearance space needed, and would avoid the potential issues found with the disappearing door. Only issue would be that they would block the contents of a roof rack while open, but is that really a problem? How many people need the car doors open while retrieving their roof-mounted bicycle?

Comment: Re:Flawed? (Score 0) 187 187

Preach it, brother.
Private school is often significantly higher in performance, while having much lower per-student costs, when compared with public school*. If public school weren't paid through taxes, nobody would be able to afford them; we should remove them from the tax base, and let the parents choose which school gets their money, rather than forcing everyone to pay for public school whether they want it or not. Children would get a superior education, taxes would be significantly less, and schools would have to (gasp!) compete with each other for the students, which would probably mean no more tenured teachers, better facilities, etc. For those who still can't afford private school (after the tax reduction), there could be a program like S.N.A.P. to pay for it. The only people who would lose in this situation are the ones who are corrupt and are already milking the system.

* Wyoming (my home state) spends over $15k per student for annual tuition. While private schools vary on cost, our local private school in my hometown charges $6k/year for tuition. While some (mostly secular private schools targeted at rich kids) have average test scores, religious schools tend to have better than average test scores in all subjects.

Comment: Re:Amen, brother Amen! (Score 4, Interesting) 522 522

Aboslutely. The other thing that should be taken from this is that things need to change less. Change for improvement is one thing, but change for the sake of change is simply not worth the hassle. When XP support ended, this customer was panicked, and felt that she couldn't stay on XP any longer (thanks, CNN), but she is so averse to change that I knew Windows 7 would not be a good change. I set her up with Lubuntu, customized everything to look as close to XP as possible, and still had tons of greif to deal with. In the end, though, it was a very smooth transition; everything she did in XP was possible in Lubuntu, icons were in the same places, programs worked the same. She fussed -- a lot -- about the fact that some of the fonts weren't identical (which would have been worse in Wn 7), and that the desktop icons were slightly larger than in XP, but otherwise things went well.
I definitely appreciate how projects like Lubuntu have given us the ability to 'hold back time', as it were, for folks who simply cannot handle change. And as a bonus, I successfully converted someone to Linux. Man, I prefer supporting Linux boxes over Windows. So much easier to fix.

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