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Comment: Re:Blame bush! (Score 1) 371

Another Democrat blaming bush for Democratic shortcomings!

God damn, grow some adult pants and take responsibility for your decisions.

You mean that people shouldn't rationalize bad behavior by pointing out bad behavior?

Weird... My kids love to do that. Are we to expect more from the ruling class?

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 371

The same questions Scott Walker would face about county employees using personal email to run campaigns on taxpayer time.

Is there a law in the state of Wisconsin or in those counties forbidding the use of personal email by county employees?

Serious question. I don't know the answer.

Comment: Iomega Zip Drive (Score 1) 460

by acoustix (#49144235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

I used Iomega Zip drives back in the 90s to transfer large files between computers and backup data before I had a network. They made a parallel port drive, internal PATA, SCSI and USB version I think.

If I remember correctly, the drivers were for DOS and had to be loaded before 3.1 was launched. It would be fun to try it again.

Comment: I remember when Slashdot said they would *NEVER*.. (Score 1) 188

by acoustix (#49131817) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

...have flash ads. That promise lasted less than a year. Now the site is full of crappy flash ads. I called the owners out on it and they tried to pass the blame onto the ad network. There was a very easy fix for that...

Too many times crappy flash ads have crashed the flash plugin or spread malware/viruses.

Comment: Re:Obama vetoes jobs (Score 1) 431

by acoustix (#49126465) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

The XL pipeline would provide only temporary jobs for the construction of the pipeline. It might require a few dozen permanent jobs for maintenance and other costs associated with any ongoing concern. Then again, the US firms (if any) charged with maintaining the pipeline once it's built may not hire anyone new for these roles.

Not quite. This is from the US state department:

"The Keystone XL project, if built, would support 42,000 jobs over its two-year construction period. The report notes that building the pipeline would support approximately 42,100 direct and indirect jobs and contribute roughly $3.4 billion to the economy (that's about 0.02 percent of GDP).

About 3,900 of those jobs would be temporary construction jobs. After two years, once built, the pipeline would support 50 jobs."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/31/four-takeaways-from-the-state-departments-review-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/

Also:

"The State Department thinks blocking the Keystone XL pipeline would have only a small impact on tar-sands production and climate change. So what happens if Keystone XL gets blocked? Here the State Department seems pretty confident that the oil will find its way to market anyway — especially by rail."

"Transporting oil by rail carries more environmental risks than by pipeline. The report adds that, if the pipeline gets blocked and producers are forced to ship by rail or truck instead, overall transportation emissions for the oil in question could even increase by 28 to 42 percent. That's because there would be more trains and trucks burning diesel fuel and more rail terminals using electricity."

Comment: Re:Thunderbird? (Score 1) 296

by acoustix (#49001845) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Email is moving towards webmail that scans your emails to do targeted advertising. Doing everything in the cloud makes it way too easy for companies to extract value from users.

This is true, but even if you don't use their webmail interface, the free email service providers can still scan your email. There's nothing to stop them from doing that.

Comment: Re:If they were balancing the federal budget (Score 1) 825

by acoustix (#48955523) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Social Security and Medicare costs are only going to get worse as our population ages. And those costs are what is really tanking the federal budget.

I don't think that SS or Medicare are a part of the annual budget. I think those are separate and fully operate when the government shuts down because a budget has not passed.

Could be wrong though.

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