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Comment: Oh, pleeez. (Score 4, Interesting) 840

I'm 56. I learned how to repair all kinds of crap, including electronics. Just last month the power switch on my lamp broke, so I bought a new one and fixed it in about an hour, which included the time it took to go to the corner hardware place to buy the replacement part. But that's rare these days, and as others have noted, much electronics is integrated circuitry. Occasionally, yeah, a transistor might die, or a a capacitor leaks or fries up, bu that's very uncommon, and many things have such tiny parts that even if you could repair it, you need special tools.

So when my laptop fries up I can't repair it with my Snap-On collection of wrenches. So, when something like a laptop fries, I go buy another one. I never buy new - I buy used ones for cheap. I'm not going to fix my laptop or microwave oven or telephone. To imply that I should is stupid.

If that kind of throw-away society is suboptimal for the professor, then the problem is the *throw-away society*, not some deskilling operation.

Comment: get a damn computer. (Score 1) 190

You can get a used i3 Win7 box that would chew up the chromebook for breakfast for about $200. I bought a used i7 laptop for $560. Computers are cheap, and Chromebooks make no sense. You get a slow computer with a defective by design OS for $200+. You might as well get a real computer with a defective by design OS for $200+...
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Journal: 141029 (breviary)

Journal by HomelessInLaJolla

Today is Wednesday the twenty-ninth day of October in 2014 A.D.

I have written of the Liturgy of the Hours, the practice of Christian Prayer, in the wikispaces material.

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Journal: 141001 (mocking)

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Today is Wednesday the first day of October in 2014 A.D.

"You gotta stop talkin' sh*t to ma' boi"

"to" is in "directed at", or "to" as in "also"

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Journal: 140924 (cookbook)

Journal by HomelessInLaJolla

Today is Wednesday the twenty-fourth day of September in 2014 A.D.

Here's one for the recipe book.

White-Brain Human

Save the poo from several different humans for a few days. Mix it in a large bowl. Allow to dry. Continue to mix and dry but retain consistency. Do not overdry.

Obtain a skin sack from somewhere. Epidermis. Enough for a sack. Like a haggis.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...