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Comment Re:Eventually... But not yet (Score 1) 406

The problem is that while most projectors and conference room TVs have VGA, the vast majority of laptops have dropped or are dropping the VGA port in favor smaller options. The trend for the last few years is all about making slimmer machines with as few ports as required. HDMI has been the preferred output for the last five years or so but now Apple is backing Thunderbolt, others are now backing USB C, HDMI Mini, and variants of Displayport.

Most people can get by with adapters, but everything but the oldest legacy equipment has at minimum HDMI compatibility. The conference rooms in my office were all updated about 5-7 years ago and all have HDMI. Even my college presentation halls and classrooms had HDMI (when few laptops had HDMI) and I graduated 6 over years ago.

Comment Dupes are Just Like Starting Over (Score 0) 108

Our life together is so precious together,
We have grown - we have grown,
Although our love is still special,
Let's take our chance and fly away somewhere alone,

It's been so long since we took the time,
No-one's to blame,
I know time flies so quickly,
But when I see you darling,
It's like we both are falling in love again,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Everyday we used to make it love,
Why can't we be making love nice and easy,
It's time to spread our wing's and fly,
Don't let another day go by my love,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Why don't we take off alone,
Take a trip far, far away,
We'll be together on our own again,
Like we used to in the early days,
Well, well, well darling,

It's been so long since we took the time,
No-one's to blame,
I know time flies so quickly,
But when I see you darling,
It's like we both are falling in love again,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Everyday we used to make it love,
Why can't we be making love nice and easy,
It's time to spread our wing's and fly,
Don't let another day go by my love,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Our life together is so precious together,
We have grown - we have grown,
Although our love is still special,
Let's take our chance and fly away somewhere alone.

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 1) 729

Easy for you to say. Some of us like keeping our jobs, the occasional bonus or, god forbid, a raise. Also, when you do leave, don't expect a good reference. I know from personal experience that one of the first questions a company asks a reference is "how many hours a week did they typically work and did they do overtime when told?"

Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 1) 720

In the case of my Grandma, her crappy windows 7 system uses a low end onboard video card that will never be ported to Windows 10. There is no PCIe slot to install a new card, either. The updater service knows this and alerts that Win 10 can't be installed because of it. However, it doesn't stop it from flashing the notification every few hours to upgrade.

In my case, I have a CableCard tuner that requires Media Center in order to record premium channels such as HBO. So until they bring WMC to Windows 10, no upgrade for me, either.

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 2) 729

I don't think it works that way. I get paid a salary for a work week. That salary assumes I only work 40 hours a week, but because it is salary, It doesn't change If I work less than 40 (which I would just be strait-up fired) nor do I get extra money for working more than 40 (no overtime pay for salary workers). Here is how it works. I want to go home at 5, but the boss comes in at 4:50 and says "don't leave until this is done." I tell him "it will probably take another day or two." He says "well, better get working then". I then stay there working until 5 AM where in I go to McDonalds get breakfast and a few cups of coffee, make a quick stop at home to get a shower, change my clothes, and return to work to start another day, thus pulling 12 extra hours which I don't get paid for.

Now assume that this isn't just a one-off thing and happens frequently. You can see how people can work 60+ hours a week and not get paid for it. Not because they love their job but because it's expected. This is how it is, pretty much everywhere in America. The only major difference is usually that some places the boss will order dinner on the companies dime instead of me going hungry because I only brought lunch and I can't leave because my card only gives me access until 6 PM.

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 1) 729

I live in a house built by my own hands on land I claimed after killing the Indians living here. I'm typing this on a telegraph because I'm not the kind of greedy bastard that has to have a newfangled computer. I'm only using the telegraph until I figure out how to make the internet work with an abacus. I keep my food in the root cellar instead of wasting money on one of those refrigerators and keep the house lit by candles made with fat rendered from the animals I raise. TV is shadow puppets on the wall and I ride a horse buggy into town.

YOU sound like the greediest asshole ever with all your modern conveniences! How dare you buy things??

Kettle, meet pot. (neither of which I own because those are such extravagances). First, look at you Mr Moneybags with your horse buggy. Us salt of the Earth types walk everywhere (barefoot, no less) not ride around like royalty! And Telegraphs and abaci?! I have a few remaining fingers and toes that I can use to count on without needing luxuries like abaci. As for communication, I typically just go on a long journey to find a person and babble incoherently to their face, because I don't have lavish things like education or language. The few times that I need to have some high speed messages, I use a magnet that was given to me to induce an electrical current on the telephone lines one hundred miles away from my alcove. I know what you are going to say, that a magnet is such opulence but at least I wasn't greedy enough to actually buy it. Someone chucked it at me while shouting something vulgar, so it's mine now!

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 1) 729

So that today, instead of everybody moving up, at least in the US, there is a new society of haves (1%ers) and have nots (everybody else).

Wrong. We have a society of haves and "soon-to-have's*."

*For various definitions of "Soon" which may or may not exceed the expected lifetime of one or more generations and may be dependent on one or more of the following: hard work, extreme good fortune, unfair business practices, unethical behavior, bribery, choosing to be born of wealthy families of correct skin color in wealthy countries and the correct gender. Offer void where prohibited, see God for details.

Comment Re:Income inequality has *RISEN* under Obama?!?!? (Score 2) 729

One big reason renting is so popular is not being tied down to a single area. Maybe I can afford to settle down when I'm 70 but right now I need to stay flexible. Every 6 months to a year I need to evaluate my options to where the salary hotspots are go there. In the last 5 years, I have lived in Boston, Seattle, 'Frisco, Austin, Portland, Denver, and am soon moving to Manhattan. These are where the high-paying jobs are and I need to be there. Houses and family just make me less flexible thus less employable.

Money never sleeps and neither can I. This is the way of the new economy. The way of our grandparents starting with a company, staying 25-40 years and retiring are dead. Company loyalty is for the stupid. If you can't update your resume every year, you might as well just jump in front of a bus because you don't matter. The only measure of success these days is the number of figures in your paycheck and the number of prestigious jobs on your CV. A flashy car doesn't hurt either but lease, never ever buy.

Comment Re:Game pirating that common? (Score 1) 364

In Developed countries, no. Companies like to bitch and moan that it is the profitable markets like we are doing most of the pirating, but that is just plain false. Claiming that it is the US and Europe is just ways to get stockholder and government sympathy. The piracy rates of developed countries is the lowest in the world [1].

The problem areas are the rest of the world where this stuff is openly sold on the streets and people just don't care. So when people bring up things like Steam Sales and cheap games they are right, stuff is too cheap for the majority of us to pirate, but elsewhere in the world, it is not.

[1] http://www.nationmaster.com/co... info/stats/Crime/Software-piracy-rate

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