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Comment Re:Why stop at an interlock? (Score 1) 420

In Minnesota we have "Whiskey Plates". You can easily tell (they start with a W, then another letter, then 4 digits and the plate itself is plain white which is different than the standard one) if somebody has had a DUI. Not everybody gets them, but they are very visible and once you know about them it's scary to see the number of them on the freeway.

Comment Re:Yes, sewer & water issues more than overhea (Score 1) 582

Since you get to post anecdotal evidence as "proof"...

My electrical is underground (so is my cable). In the last 18 months or so, our power has gone out 3 times. Every time it was due to the above ground wiring before it got to our neighborhood where it went underground. It's about 2 blocks away, but above ground. As soon as they fixed that (mostly due to trees falling during a storm), my power came back on without any intervention in my neighborhood.

That suggests to me that above ground lines are not necessarily more reliable.

Comment Re:Wonderful, but... (Score 1) 289

(and the crappy stop-motion Terminator endoskeleton appears for about 30 seconds total).

It was made for $6.4 million, in 1984. At the time (I saw it when it came out) it was terrifying and very new and well done (comparatively). You're comparing a 30 year old movie to what could be done today. Watching it today is kind of cheesy (mono soundrack and all), but at the time it was great (and the story is still good today).

Comment Re:What about those that live in colder climates? (Score 2) 722

I'm going to repeat what the AC posted so others can see it. Evidently nobody else reads the other posts (shocking, I know) since this question has been asked about 10 times already, so one dupe on an answer should be OK.

I live in Minnesota. Those same 8 months you're talking about my asphalt singled roof is covered in snow. It doesn't matter what color it is.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 87

I've been using Harmony remotes (550s) with my 2 XMBC installs (one Mac, one Windows) for about 2 years and have yet to touch a keyboard.xml file. If you select a Windows Media Center setup for the Windows one it just works. The only thing that doesn't seem to work is "page up"/"page down" (which does work on the Mac, but I don't remember what I have that setup as).

Retirement means that when someone says "Have a nice day", you actually have a shot at it.