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Comment: Re:Cynical of promises.... (Score 1) 69

Dallas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson proposes national park designation to protect moon artifacts

I wish I could say this satire . . .

Comment: Re:What's wrong with you people?!? (Score 1) 203

by fizzer06 (#48079427) Attached to: A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Comment: Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (Score 4, Funny) 249

by fizzer06 (#47894671) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

I use Windows XP as much as I can. I have a lighhouse puppy 4.1.2rc1 with Mariner(KDE 3.5) linux boot disk when I really have to get shit done - like erase recycled or system volume information, or other locked files, also resizing partitions with windows on it - but I use windows because it's more user friendly and faster on a lot of things, plus I don't want Windows to end up like BeOS or Solaris, something that might be really on the horizon given the major fuck ups with Windows Vista and 8 (7 was tolerably decent, though still a massive decay from Windows XP, which itself is like a decay from Windows 2000), and the onslaught of cheap laptoppy-like things at Micro Center from Arm based systems and Chrome OS based x86 systems, neither Microsoft based, back in April, when I last looked around to see if I can find another laptop with a better battery life than this HP Mini 200 Intel Atom thing with 9 hr battery life, and like a 7 Watt chipset+cpu, which is like unheard-of-ly energy efficient, unfortunately it needs XP and can't run Windows 7 well, and even in XP it's a constant constant constant struggle to keep it down, somebody from Microsoft always logs on and restarts services when I kill and keep almost everything disabled, run none of the dotnet/silverlight/new C runtimes/windows live/office crap from microsoft, run the last non-dotnet version of zonealarm to kill every program possible - lsa (export) shell , lsass, Nt Session manager, smss, and the like are not killable, which is bullshit, so I thoroughly hate Windows for the constant struggle I have to put up to kill every useless fucking snooping thing wasting my CPU on it to get decent speed, with the 500 or so services out of which I constantly have to kill 495 and 15 I have to leave up and running simply because the computer won't work without them, when Ideally, I'd like to kill those too, and even then, once in a while the harddrive goes into this churning mode, like somebody from Microsoft or the NSA logged on and set off something, when I have Indexing service and System Restore Service killed, remote assistance killed, windows update service killed, and absolutely nothing should be moving on the computer, but it does, you can see it from the CPU use in task manager, and even that one lies sometimes saying it's 0% when the harddrive is going absolutely crazy.

That was a very long sentence . . .

Comment: Re:Hahahaha (Score 1) 405

I got that when I hired on to the signal department as an assistant signalman on the BN Railway in 1981. A signal inspector told me to get a "Kearney" out of the work van. I told him I'd be glad to as soon as he told me what the hell a Kearney was.

It was a split bolt connector and it was not made by Kearney.

Comment: Re:Get the popcorn (Score 2) 377

by fizzer06 (#47526613) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
From this article:,

Subsidence, as geologists call the phenomenon, is just one of the unanticipated consequences of rapid growth that have come to plague Houstonians. The city's roads, services, and even the very land beneath it, have been unable to sustain it all.

and: Moreover, downtown Houston is sinking fast, too. A recent computer simulation of the process suggested that it could sink 14 feet more by the year 2020 if nothing but ground water was used to satisfy future demand.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.