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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 3, Informative) 136 136

>Why is some local county councilman being stupid news?

Not sure if you're being rhetorical, but there's an answer.

In Maryland, the county is the primary local government. There is one "independent city" (Baltimore), and a small number of "incorporated cities" that have a limited amount of "home rule", primarily zoning.

States like New York and New Jersey, you have the State, the County, the Town, and the Village, all providing different levels of services and different levels of government.

In Maryland, you have the State and the County.

Comment Since you asked... (Score 1) 421 421

My employer keeps the time in a specific format: YYYY-DDD-HH-MM-SS UTC

I would really like an app that would

1. Display the current time in both YYYY-DDD-HH-MM-SS UTC and YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM-SS local time (which for me is EST/EDT but nice to be configurable, since I have machines also in MST/MDT)

2. Allow me to enter a time, in either format, and convert it to the other.

I wrote a GTK program for my Linux machine, that I can't get working on my Windoze machines. But having it on the iPhone/iPad would be great.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 190 190

Your robotic, do-everything catbox would've cost substantially more if the company were not figuring on a continuing revenue stream. In fact, it might have cost so much that nobody would've bought it.

It is not my job to provide you with a "continuing revenue stream". It is your job to convince me that your product is worthy of receiving my money.

Comment It's now just a parody of itself (Score 1) 186 186

I enjoyed NetHack a lot in college during the 3.low-numbered-X days. It slowly increased its complexity to the point where it stopped being fun for me. It started becoming more about the meta-game -- how to test your gems, how to mix your potions, how to identify your scrolls -- and less about the dungeons. I gave up on it when they added the Sokoban levels and I switched to Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, although I'm playing that less and less these days as well in favor of Larn. At least Larn has a clearly defined goal and a clear path to get there.

I will fully acknowledge that it's the standard and the baseline. It's just not fun for me anymore.

Comment Third party smarthost (Score 1) 405 405

I subscribe to a service called Dyn Standard SMTP. My home email machine uses this as its smarthost, and all outgoing mail passes through Dyn's server before going out to the internet at large. Problem solved.

I'm sure other hosting companies will offer a similar service.

Comment Re:The name (Score 1) 204 204

My point is that I live in the real world, where "But I know I'm right and Mom told me I'm special" isn't going to sway a judge. A solid legal argument -- based on facts, supporting evidence, and well-researched precedents -- will have far better results.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein