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Comment Jeb is lying, or an idiot, or both (Score 2) 494

> Bush says he hasn't seen any indication the bulk collection of phone metadata violated anyone's civil liberties.

That is true of a sensible and benevolent government.

However, your associations, even with casual friends, may land you on no-fly and watch lists with little to no recourse. Why are you on that no-fly list? How can you get off it? I can't help but wonder if casual aquaintances of the Tsarnaevs are on such lists just because they may have been study or workout partners, or casual friends, even though they never knew of their intentions. And yet, those evildoers were not on such lists despite urgent warnings coming from our frenemy Russia, who gave us names and dates.

Time after time I read or hear about those who are on no-fly lists - including infants, and have been unable to learn how and why they came to be on those lists, and how to clear their names, and there is NO due process or accountability, which is REQUIRED by the Constitution, citing "national security concerns" even though the greatest threat to our national security is tyranny within our own government.

And then, we have the "secret courts" which gag you; even if you do manage to clear your name and resolve the issue you cannot go to the media about your experience out of fear of reprisal.

So yes, Jeb (nice white trash name by the way), there are indeed civil liberties volations. Our government is supposed to be transparent and accountable to The People, but it actually in practice is not. Congress makes laws from which they often exclude themselves, treating themselves as royalty.

Are we really supposed to believe you, that our government is benevolent, when all the evidence as shared by Manning, Snowden, and Assange proves otherwise? Why on earth should we believe ANYTHING that you say when you believe the Patriot Act does not infringe upon our inalienable rights?

Comment Re:No microSD slot, no replaceable battery? NO SAL (Score 1) 77

> Now Samsung has come up with the incredible idea that rather than sell to people who wanted something a little bit different, they are going to try to sell to people who already are iphone fans and who will probably never switch from apple even if Jobs rises from the dead and flings poo at them.

You, sir, win at internet today with that comment!!!

Comment Re:No microSD slot, no replaceable battery? NO SAL (Score 1) 77

> I hover between rage and indifference in regards to the SD slot. Yes, I am used to having one, yes it's useful for storage. Is it a make or break feature? It was when I decided on the S4, it's not now as I haven't filled the phone enough to require any additional space and it's only 16 gb to begin with. That feature I could willingly lose and be fine.

It is a deal breaker for me. I have two offline GPS apps with full maps installed and a third with regional maps. It takes a significant amount of space.
Add movies I've purchased and downloaded, my CD collection (which I'd like to re-rip when I can get a large enough capacity phone), and so forth... 64GB total storage doesn't count it, let alone 32. My phone has 96GB worth of storage (32GB phone + 64GB microSD card).

I want an SD slot. Fanbois invariably come back with "buy the larger capacity phone." Um, yeah. I live in NH - so there are two carriers worth a damn: Verizon and AT&T. Verizon won't give me unlimited data, so I'm stuck with AT&T. AT&T never seems to offer the largest-capacity devices - and besides from what I've gathered, the Note 5 maxes out at 64GB, which is less storage than I have NOW.

With the lack of a user-replaceable battery (spare me the you can replace it nonsense; the phones are glued rather than screwed together and I'd rather not bother with that) and lack of storage expansion, what reason do I have not to go back to the iPhone? My 3GS and 4 were great - aside from the battery and lack of storage expansion.

Oh, and I just learned that they dropped Consumer IR, so no more using Samsung phones as a universal remote control.

Samsung, why are you insisting on copying the iPhone's worst defects? Why are you taking functionality AWAY with these alleged "upgrades?"

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 1) 373

Although most instances of obesity is inability to control one's shoveling food into one's mouth (like my fatty of an ex) there are instances where obesity is caused by hormonal or glandular (thyroid, pituitary, adrenal) problems, so that isn't fair. What IS fair is charging someone for two seats if they're oozing into the next seat.

Comment Re:The poor UI limits LIbreOffice. (Score 1) 254

> My first recommendation: The icon for Italics should be a capital letter I, not, as it is now, a lower-case italic A. (An I with a top and bottom line.)

So... still a human factors issue. If I want an I in italics, I need to click the i button? Why can I not continue to use the keyboard to type an i?

Okay, that's a silly example that wouldn't actually happen (I hope), but I just wanted to show you that human factors isn't perfect nor will it be. There will always be people who find stuff confusing. I think using the same character with all the style keys is intuitive IF you use the SAME TYPEFACE... but you are right though, for many people using the first letter of the name of the style would be better. And yet, it still manages to work. If the clusterfuck that is the Microsoft Office Ribbon can work, so can any variety of messed up UI designs. LibreOffice is less messed up than the MS Office UI, IMHO. You don't need to go hunting in LibreOffice to find a style feature - if you can't find it in the toolbar you will easily find it in the menu. Not possible in MS Office any more since the menu is gone, so nothing to make up for a shitty UI.

Comment Re:apache foundation? (Score 1) 236

They can make it "closed source" in the sense that they do not redistribute any changes they make for use within their environment, providing they do not deliver the compiled product to external parties. The GPL only kicks in when you want to redistribute derivatives of the project - not when you want to make changes for external use.

So, you're wrong.

Comment Re:Windows master race (Score 1) 83

> Fact is most users would easily be just as comfortable on a gnu/linux or Mac machine.

OS/X, sure. For me, Mac hardware, not so much. Generally when a new Mac comes out it's already behind the curve... and then the go and cripple them by making them non-upgradable. Hell, aren't they even GLUING the Macbooks together now making them unserviceable? Between that, the chicklet keyboard, and the one-button touchpad (ugh! Don't suggest multitouch as a workaround), and you've completely lost me.

Linux - I work with it all day long, but on my own time it's Windows. Why? Photoshop and Lightroom CC, Adobe CS2 (I still use Illustrator CS2 - haven't had the need to upgrade to Illustrator 2015/CC), my embroidery machine, games, and 3D Vision. What, Steam is on Linux, you say? Well that's just great... how does 3D Vision work on Linux? Yeah I know there are a few different 3D Vision projects going on but I really don't want to spend more time fiddling with and tweaking my PC instead of actually using and enjoying it.

Comment Re:The power button (Score 1) 698

> To extend this discussion - I rarely use my backups. Let's get rid of those!

I did better than that - to save time and also the hassle of cycling through and keeping track of tapes; I just back up to /dev/null now... and you'd be amazed at how quickly the backup job runs!

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth. -- R. Stallman