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Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 48

by ColdWetDog (#48673767) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

They used 'pristine' in an odd context. Possibly 'historically pristine', but certainly not mechanically pristine.

The Ranger had been in pristine condition, but for a week in August volunteers from other naval museums were allowed to remove items to improve their ships.


Flying over it makes it obvious it's not in great shape. Hell, the engines don't work.

Comment: Re: for what i'm paying in taxes and mortgage (Score 1) 48

by ColdWetDog (#48673757) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

I'da payed substantially more to be towed out to the gulfstream and spent a few years trying to keep it from sinking.
The only thing stupider than the US government is the US citizen, notwithstanding stupid illegal aliens tha are too stupid to make it in their own fucked up countries and think it's actually better here.
What group of slimeball politicians got paid under the tablefor this latest episode of fuckme-imamerican?

Well nitwit, you could have bid on it. You generally need to be a telecommunications maganate before you go out buying aircraft carriers and parking them in the middle of the ocean.

Comment: Re:Motive (Score 5, Insightful) 257

by ColdWetDog (#48670011) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Worse than we got? A company that everyone loves to hate got embarrassed. Sony will likely lose a bunch of money. The FBI will get Beltway Cred for it's great Cyber sleuthing work. Hundreds of security consultants will get some nice Christmas bonuses. A few people will have their lives messed up.

What are we supposed to do to NK? Give them a stocking full of coal?

Comment: Re:Patriotic to NOT watch it instead? (Score 4, Insightful) 215

by ColdWetDog (#48668709) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

North Korea is a country who:

- brutalizes the majority of it's citizens for the economic and political benefit of a few.
- threatens other countries with nuclear weapons.
- threatens other countries with Internet hacking.
- uses propaganda and bizarre statements for political gain.
- deifies it leaders and makes a joke of the political process.

Oh. Wait.

Comment: Re: I briefly considered CatGenie... (Score 1) 188

by dfenstrate (#48666217) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM
Well, sometimes your aunt offers you a free cat, and you're like, hey, why not, it's free! and it's still a kitten and it's cute and your girlfriend/later wife loves it. Then the cat runs around maniacally and you're like hey, that cat needs a friend. So you get another cat! It's a feral little barn kitten that came with fleas and ear mites, but it was 'free' too, and it does it's job of making the first cat behave better. So you keep feeding it.
Then your sister in law says, hey, I've got this stray dog I can't keep because of my MS. But I love it and I want her to go to a good home. So then you get a dog, too, because you like your sister in law and don't mind dogs.
So, there you are, two cats and a dog later. And they're good friends and good pets, and no internet crank is going to make you see the error of your ways, because the pets are furry and happy to see you.
What was I saying? Oh, yeah, Merry Christmas!

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

The neat thing about the freighter crews as they were depicted in the shows, was that the crews were often families that would live and reproduce on the ship, spending their entire lives in space on a fairly small and poorly-armed vessel. They would occasionally take on new blood from outside their family unit (this helps combat the immediate idea of gene pool degeneration), but the majority of the crew would be biological relatives.

These crews were much less idealistic than Starfleet personnel, and were very much loyal to their families above and beyond any set of ideals. No doubt they'd encounter all kinds of sticky situations in space with pirates, Klingons, and even Starfleet, and have to defend their family, defend their ship, make ends meet, and survive.

They were Moties !

Comment: Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (Score 2) 259

by ColdWetDog (#48664391) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Or not. The Chinese leadership isn't as all powerful as some make it out to be. They are skating a very fine line between their own interests and the goals and aspirations of an enormous population. Right now, they are keeping the population relatively comfortable and happy by reasonable economic growth. That llows them to continue their current attempts at World Domination. If that falters, then so does most of the goodwill and support the Chinese population gives to the government.

In that sense, it may be more representative that the situation in the US.


The Slow Death of Voice Mail 231

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-the-tone,-please-hang-up-and-send-me-an-email dept. writes: Duane D. Stanford reports at Bloomberg that Coca-Cola's Atlanta Headquarters is the latest big company to ditch its old-style voice mail, which requires users to push buttons to scroll through messages and listen to them one at a time. The change went into effect this month, and a standard outgoing message now throws up an electronic stiff arm, telling callers to try later or use "an alternative method" to contact the person. Techies have predicted the death of voice mail for years as smartphones co-opt much of the office work once performed by telephones and desktop computers. Younger employees who came of age texting while largely ignoring voice mail are bringing that habit into the workforce. "People north of 40 are schizophrenic about voice mail," says Michael Schrage. "People under 35 scarcely ever use it." Companies are increasingly combining telephone, e-mail, text and video systems into unified Internet-based systems that eliminate overlap. "Many people in many corporations simply don't have the time or desire to spend 25 minutes plowing through a stack of 15 to 25 voice mails at the end or beginning of the day," says Schrage.

In 2012, Vonage reported its year-over-year voicemail volumes dropped 8%. More revealing, the number of people bothering to retrieve those messages plummeted 14%. More and more personal and corporate voicemail boxes now warn callers that their messages are rarely retrieved and that they're better off sending emails or texts. "The truly productive have effectively abandoned voicemail, preferring to visually track who's called them on their mobiles," concludes Schrage. "A communications medium that was once essential has become as clunky and irrelevant as Microsoft DOS and carbon paper."

It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.