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Comment Re:The power button (Score 1) 580 580

> 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!

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 580 580

> The numeric keypad tends to be pretty highly valued by typists that are 10key proficient and type a lot of numbers. It's actually more common than you probably believe

That's because a LOT of us spent days keying in program listings from Compute! Magazine in the '80s

Comment Those employees' careers are burned (Score 1) 111 111

If security trumped everything, those employees would all be retrained and reassigned to completely unrelated tasks and their previous access yanked as soon as their replacements could be trained.

Now, that's not going going to happen except in a relatively small percentage of individuals.

Instead, our country is probably going to take the risk that this info will be used to hurt us rather than pay the cost of losing a valuable employee 21 million times over.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 147 147 [] : "An easier way to pay. Google Wallet makes it easy to pay - in stores, online or to anyone in the US with a Gmail address. It works with any debit or credit card, on every mobile carrier".

For Google Wallet, this is true. But NFC and Google Wallet are only tied together in certain Apps and for certain purchases. One of my favorite stores takes Google Wallet / NFC which would be great, except the damn store is a Faraday cage and I can't actually use it there.

Comment Re: Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1029 1029

modern drones don't use a memory card, they stream via an ad hoc connection or as a wifi host to your cellphone. But every once in a while...the drone is actually a dildo...

of course, it's Hillview PD Policy to never imply ownership of said drone...

which is why you basically have to shoot it down if you want something done.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1029 1029


yes, much better to be passive-aggressive. If they wanted to see the 16 year old girl at the swimming pool, perhaps they should have just gone up and talked to her? 16 year olds are generally friendly to new faces when you say hi. That would have been aggressive though, much better to use a drone to do the sneaking so you can see her without having to say hi in person.

Comment Re:Companies Selling Actually Free Software? (Score 4, Interesting) 225 225

a little related, but GE doesn't even bother selling the nuclear power plant plans to the Chinese, because to the Chinese, they don't give a shit about your design or intellectual property, they'll just steal it, because to them, if they can copy it, they shouldn't have to pay for it.

So instead, GE basically gives them the design for free, and then charges them out the ass for 'support'. Which in this case, is the management and oversight necessary for the meticulous implementation that's not going to blow up in their face. They pay for it, because we have the expertise, and it's something they simply can't copy....for now.

So anyways, RedHat and Linux are like that. The logo of the Fedora you see on their software? That's actually a travelling-wave nuclear reactor. When you install Fedora, you're harnessing the POWER OF NUCLEAR REACTIONS inside your VERY COMPUTER. This is what makes Linux, truly so incredible. Microsoft really has nothing on them. Windows 10? More like Windows EXPLOSIEN! Because Microsoft is like the Chinese and Japanese, they simply don't know how to make a nuclear reactor that doesn't EXPLODE. Linux is like the AMERICANS. beecause the MERICANS know how to HARNESS the power of nukulear fission using LINUX.

Just think! 2015! the year of nuclear reactors on your desktop.


ok, so I got carried away, but that's actually how GE is monetizing it.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.