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Comment Re:Speaking of crappy ads (paid posts) (Score 1) 210

Where are you seeing that?

I don't see anything like that on my system

I don't think they show up in the RSS feed either. I pretty much never go to /.'s homepage anymore. ttrss grabs the summary for me, and if it's interesting, I'll click through. It and Full-Text RSS have also been useful for some sites with broken layout that won't show up properly in desktop browsers anymore (National Review, I'm looking at you).

Comment Re:Yes, yes, i'll buy a Tesla. (Score 1) 207

In most "high cost of living" areas the higher wages don't make up for the house prices.

QFT. My sister just learned that lesson and is moving back to Dayton, OH after a few months near Boston. She was being paid more, but probably all of the extra pay (and then some) was sucked up by the $1900/month rent for a tiny old house with no A/C and no garage (or even off-street parking). She was previously paying probably a bit more than half as much for something much newer, larger, and better-equipped.

All she has to do now is let the movers pack up and unlearn driving like a Masshole. :-) (Speaking of which, she gets to get away from those. :-P )

Comment Re:Automate trains (Score 1) 96

Union rules required railroads to keep firemen around long after the last steam engines had been retired and replaced with diesel-electrics, even though they had no real job to do. Keeping engineers around when trains can pretty much run themselves sounds like more of the same.

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 1) 349

Note that the weapons the hijackers allegedly used were ILLEGAL TO CARRY ON PLANES before then

Boxcutters? Nothing illegal about those. I think there was a prohibition on long knives (check your Crocodile Dundee knife, or leave it at home), but most folding pocketknives and other short-bladed cutting instruments would've been OK.

The better part of 20 years ago, Best Buy sent me around to its California stores to assist in merchandising resets. I carried a cheap boxcutter on my keychain as it was something I used regularly at work. It was basically an aluminum frame that held a single-edge razor blade that could be slid out for use and slid back in when you were done. I left it on my keychain as we flew from store to store; none of us brought checked baggage so we could avoid the hassle of waiting for bags. Out of maybe a dozen and a half trips, airport security only gave me grief over my boxcutter once at SFO, and even then I told them I'd already been flying with it multiple times and convinced them to let me through with it.

Comment Re:Great 5 stars! (Score 1) 203

They keep forgetting ONE BIG reason people order from Amazon.com.
You don't have to pay Sales Tax on the items.

That'll apply to fewer and fewer people as Amazon builds out its physical presence. Wherever they have facilities of some sort (server farm, warehouse, etc.), they collect sales tax. I live in Nevada, and pay sales tax on Amazon purchases because they have a warehouse up north.

Comment Re:raspberry pi's + NAS with smb shares. (Score 1) 236

I find Kodi/XMBC to be god-awful, UI wise. I use it because it came on a device (http://fiveninjas.com/) but it's a struggle every time I want to do something like add a new source, or correct some incorrect info it's attached to a DVD rip, etc.

The UI is mostly pretty decent (I can testify to it having considerably greater WAF than MythTV), but letting it manage your metadata is a bit of a crapshoot. Tell it to use "local data only" (or however it's worded), and use other software to manage it. Sick Beard handles metadata for TV shows pretty well. For movies, MediaElch takes forever to start up, but once it's running, it's easy to make sure that (for instance) your copy of the original version of The Flight of the Phoenix doesn't get tagged as the remake.

Comment Re:MythTV (Score 1) 236

MythTV for OTA an Dish distributed around the house

Used to use MythTV when I was still interested in capturing stuff from cable, but now that I'm downloading everything, the TVs are driven by OpenELEC (one on an Atom-based nettop, the other on a Raspberry Pi). They get their content from a Gentoo server with 7.5 TB (at this time) of online storage; processor is an AMD A4-3300, which was the cheapest processor that would work with the cheapest motherboard with six SATA ports at the time I bought it. TV shows are managed by Sick Beard, which tells SABnzbd what to download. Movies are ripped from DVD and Blu-ray.

Plex also runs on the server, but it's there mainly for remote access. I snagged a Chromecast a while back that I can bring with me, but the last time I visited my parents, it ended up not getting used because the TV in the spare bedroom only has a composite input. Might need to pick up an HDMI-to-composite converter.

Comment Re:School isn't there to enrich lives (Score 1) 246

I'm rather curious where school is starting at 7 AM as that's rather early.

My senior year of high school started somewhere around that time...maybe 7:30 at the latest. There was a shortage of school buses at the time, so start times were staggered with high schools early in the morning, junior high a little bit later, and elementary schools later still.

One advantage to the early start: more time for your after-school job. That's not much of a concern in the current shitty economy, but in the boom times of the late '80s, it was useful.

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