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Comment: Re:flame away, but... (Score 1) 516

by khr (#47148769) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Except for the system requirement of having a touch screen... if you try using Win 8 without a touch screen for long enough you'll smash the screen anyway.

I've had my Windows 8 desktop machine for almost a year now. I tried the touchscreen a few times early on, but I haven't touched it in seven or eight months. There's no need.

In fact, unlike my other touch devices, with hardware and software from other manufacturers, whatever font or display choices Microsoft and Dell made, smudges make it really hard to read the text underneath.

So... Hands off! No touching my screen!

Comment: Re:We need to fix the root cause (Score 1) 315

by khr (#47012119) Attached to: You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

My older daughter wants to be a princess when she grows up

Well good luck changing that... I only know one princess and she's a mean, nasty horrible woman.

Actually, she's not a princess anymore, not after India's Independence did away with royalty. She was born a princess of some royal house in Rajasthan just before that. Now she's horribly bitter that she isn't "someone" anymore...

Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 2) 341

by khr (#46778275) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still choice.

It's a money issue for me. I screwed up by not saving money starting earlier in my career, so I have nothing to fall back on once I start working. I'm still not doing a good job saving money, despite knowing I probably should.

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 1) 606

by khr (#46345279) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

I cook from scratch most of my meals, and in doing that, I dine much healthier and cheaper than if I were buying junk food and dining out at the usual middle of the road chain type restaurants

As a younger man, I used to cook for myself all the time. I was never very good at it, but I could come up with simple, satisfying meals for myself (I've never mastered getting two dishes to get ready at the same time). That was in Oregon, with an electric range...

But then I moved to India for ten years and had my first experience cooking on gas. Continuing now in New York City it's much the same. With gas I haven't figured out how to cook food. Everything is either undercooked or burnt, and only rare flukes turn out right. After several attempts at baking cheesecakes, which I had mastered long ago in an electric oven, and completely failed in gas, I sort of gave up. It was frustrating to fail, and I was spending a lot of money on expensive ingredients for food that was inedible...

Fortunately Manhattan has lots of restaurants that aren't junk or middle-of-the-road chains... Lots of really good stuff, fresh ingredients and all that... And a variety of prices, so it's possible to eat well for fairly cheap. And in many cases, ordering a full meal is cheaper than buying a similar quantity of the ingredients at the grocery store (Manhattan is seriously expensive...)

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 1) 606

by khr (#46336523) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Yeah, but who actually eats out all that much?

Until recently, me and my wife... Or order in, there's hundreds of restaurants that'll deliver to our address in under an hour...

But she just started learning to cook last month (she grew up in an Indian household with servants and never had to cook before, but now decided it was time). I think our food bills have gone up as we've switched from ordering most meals to home cooked. We order dry and packaged stuff from Amazon to save some money and get it delivered right to our door, but fresh things cost a fortune in our neighborhood...

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky