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Comment: Re:May I be the first to say (Score 2, Insightful) 198

by lawaetf1 (#27865459) Attached to: Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight

Amen. Can you imagine an 8-hour flight with everyone yapping around you? Hideous.

"yeah.. no that's what I said!.. oh he always acts like that HAHAHA... hey are you going to that thing on saturday?....... yeah but Jim will be there!..... oh this flight is taking for-EVER... geez promise you'll come visit me!.... oh hang on, he's calling, I'll call you right back!.. no, it's ok, we don't land for another four hours.. mmkay, bye--kisses!.... hey honey!"

Comment: Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (Score 4, Informative) 821

by lawaetf1 (#27862415) Attached to: Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

Vista is not at all a "bad OS." The upgrade path from XP to Vista may involve a hardware refresh but the OS itself is solid, attractive, and pretty user friendly. I've been running it for about a year and it has yet to full-on crash on me. In fact its ability to isolate faulting apps is excellent.

My Fedora10 system, by contrast, has way more quirks. Yes, it's apples to oranges when comparing the two for all the reasons we know about.

While I don't usually stand up for Msft, this "it's a bad OS" conclusion is not fair. Which isn't to say Msft didn't fumble in so far as not doing enough to get drivers rewritten or having awful, awful marketing (The Seinfeld ad was enough to turn anyone off the OS).

What really sucks is that XP is a just-fine OS as well.. but if you try to config a system on Dell now with XP it is an EXTRA $150 (!!).

Comment: Re:Of course we don't need running shoes (Score 1) 776

by lawaetf1 (#27659903) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

While that wealth - "societal fitness" correlation sounds plausible, it is not supported by any evidence I am aware of.

There is no smarts - riches connection .

More succinctly, the Chinese have a saying -- "wealth does not last three generations." Someone is going to blow it, invest poorly, etc. That would suggest no genetic component worthy of mating with someone.

Comment: Re:Of course we don't need running shoes (Score 1) 776

by lawaetf1 (#27659831) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

Regrettably I can't cite a source for this but I believe it was from something authoritative.. National Geographic or thereabouts.

At any rate, the bushmen of Africa do indeed perform marathon-like feats in order to catch game. Doubtful they do it in the blazing sun but I imagine there is a temperature zone where our lack of fur and sweat-cooled exertion is superior to the systems of an animal.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 330

by lawaetf1 (#27659653) Attached to: Computer Spies Breach $300B Fighter-Jet Project

Which assumes there is a open wifi connection in the area. That alone is unacceptable for any building/office that houses even "sensitive" data. 802.11b/g/n should all be jammed as well as the walls/windows lined with RF blocking mesh.

The guys running the .mil networks are a bit like union folk -- not actively seeking to make things worse but not staying up late to keep the holes plugged either. They'll have some laughably lopsided security approach -- pressurized conduit piping for CAT5 but servers running NT 3.5.

Bureaucracy, bloated budgets, Friday's off, consultants/contractors everywhere, protectionist agendas..

Comment: blue jeans cable, anyone? (Score 2, Informative) 161

by lawaetf1 (#27550897) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Tries To Shut Down Dissident Blogger

Wow, nobody has posted the wondrous story of Blue Jeans Cable?

Monster Cable sent this small cable co a threatening letter with a grab-bag of patents that they claim he violated. Little did they know the owner was a former lawyer himself. His reply to Monster is absolutely priceless.

Comment: Offtopic / troll -- but what about Thunderbird? (Score 1) 360

by lawaetf1 (#27393487) Attached to: Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

The project is stagnant.. yet still has a huge user base. I submitted a bug recently, it was acknowledged as valid, but there was pretty much zero traction on getting a fix despite multiple people submitting confirming logs, etc.

I guess, since it doesn't make money, it's not a priority.

A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem.