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Comment: Re:Eclipse (Score 1) 439

by alcmena (#49731871) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
Yeah, I'm holding on to Eclipse until the last possible moment. Android Studio is horribly slow for what I'm doing. The UI editor is much nicer, but I almost never use that aspect. Simply typing spikes AS up to 100% CPU and kills my laptop's battery when I try to code off A/C power. The compilation process is even worse. No errors until you compile, as opposed to Eclipse's immediate error-on-save feedback. I find it funny that people consider Eclipse "slow" for Android development. In my experience, Eclipse runs like a coked out rabbit in comparison to Android Studio's three-legged sedated turtle.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 193

by alcmena (#49574259) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft
Apparently you stopped following things back in 2006. California is not bankrupt and is doing quite fine financially. They chose actual economics over the "tickle down" nonsense of the likes of Texas and Kansas. With the massive drop in oil prices, Texas is hurting (their financial "success" during the recession was always due to rises in Oil & Gas rather than any special policy). California has other issues, but they aren't financial.

Comment: Re:Auditing (Score 1) 262

by alcmena (#48948773) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
I don't know... I almost had the power cut at my house because some idiot called up and 1) asked to turn on power at my address and then 2) called back a few days later saying, "oops, I gave the wrong address, please turn power on at my correct address instead." So clearly, the power company went back, looked at the long-running multi-year record that I had with them, figured out the mistake, and silently fixed things; right? No... They marked the account as canceled and promptly mailed a letter saying my power will be turned off in 3 days if I do not call and set up a new account by then. If this can happen with something as critical as electricity, it's entirely possible Comcast really does have no idea who made these changes.

Comment: Re:If support calls you an A, it's a badge of hono (Score 2) 262

by alcmena (#48948729) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
Having worked Tech Support for a dial-up ISP years ago, I can attest to the "100 idiots for every intelligent person" problem. You call and believe the CS rep to be an idiot, but you need to understand that the CS rep probably thinks the same about you. Don't get me wrong, in my experience, most CS reps *are* idiots. But having worked as one briefly, most customers are too.

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330147) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
Mine says it has an 85 mile range on a full charge. However, I make it a point to reset the trip meter every time I charge it. One mile driven != one mile off of the distance countdown. That's probably the most annoying part of the car. I typically charge to 80%. I start with 75 miles. I drive 30 miles. And I end with 35 miles. It's the same commute day after day, and pretty much the same result. I've learned to expect it and pretty much ignore the "miles remaining".

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330079) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
I have a 2012 model and I tend to be closer to the 50-60 range, and my commute is typically 45-55mph on back roads. I live in FL so cold isn't an issue. Granted, I keep the charge at 80% to help the battery last longer, but even with a full charge, I think 80 miles is a fairy tail. The last time I took it to the airport (about 65 mile round trip, mostly freeway @ 65mph), it started with a full charge and made it home with 2 miles remaining on the indicator.

I don't say this to complain about the car. I actually love it. I've been to a gas station about 5 times over the last year. My average commute during my work day is 20-30 miles (depending on where I go for lunch), and a busy day tends to max out at 50 miles. I just recognize the limitations. My second car is a Prius and that's what we use for long hauls.

Comment: Re: Hey US... (Score 1) 650

by alcmena (#44387719) Attached to: US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden
Also, keep in mind that it is the debtor and not the lender who truly holds the power. Don't believe me? Look at the massive losses that banks took during the lending crisis. One single f--k you to the lenders and the lenders have lost their investment. Sure that causes losses for the debtor (see Argentina) but those losses are only real if the lender has the ability to force the issue. Most don't.

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