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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.

Comment Re:Surface Pro 4 (Score 1) 283

If I wanted to watch Twitch on my 2013 Nexus 7 without ads, I first had to install the horrible Twitch app, then side-load Adblock Plus (as an app) onto the tablet and set up my internet connection to run through Adblock as a proxy. The problem is that running Adblock as a proxy breaks a bunch of other stuff and so it has to constantly be switched on or off to use different things.

You might want to look into AdAway. It merges adblock lists into /etc/hosts (or wherever Android stores its hosts file). It blocks ads in Chrome (or whatever browser you're using) and in apps without issue. It's been much less of a hassle to use than Adblock Plus.

Comment Re:microSDXC royalties (Score 1) 283

There are SDHC devices that don't read exFAT. By reformatting the SDXC card as FAT32, suddenly they work just fine even though the device doesn't support SDXC cards.

O RLY? I'd think there would be more involved in adding SDXC support to a device than just a filesystem implementation. I would think that trying to read (or worse, write) an SDXC card in a device that only supports SDHC would have the same potentially disastrous effects as trying to read (or write) an SDHC card in a device that only supports SD. I've lost files that way before (nothing that couldn't be replaced, fortunately).

Comment Re:suggestion (Score 1) 283

Why do Apple devices have so little memory?

Because they don't run Java, so they don't have to deal with all that garbage collection crap that massively bloats memory requirements.

They've still come up short from time to time. My first-gen iPad has such a ridiculously small amount of RAM (256 MB) that it's pretty much impossible to keep more than a small handful of browser tabs open. I picked up a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 maybe a year later, and it's been far more usable...still use it nearly daily, with whichever version of CyanogenMod is based on Android 4.4.4.

Comment Re: Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

Bikes are illegal on interstates

Not always. If it's the only road in the area, they might be allowed. While driving down to LA to visit family, I've seen bikes climbing I-15 toward Mountain Pass. They're usually expected to switch to surface streets when passing through town, but out in BFE, the interstate is often the only road available.

Comment Re:kept my Netflix dvd subscription (Score 1) 294

As far as I'm concerned, the DVD subscription has never *not* made sense. I've had a 3-disc-at-a-time subscription since 2002. The streaming service was pretty much useless when it was introduced. That wasn't much of a problem when it was a freebie, but when they started charging $8/month for something I never used, I dropped it pretty quickly.

Don't underestimate the bandwidth of three Blu-rays in your mailbox.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 747

I was under the impression that Gentoo still had OpenRC as default while allowing the selection of systemd as an alternative.

systemd is available as an option, but (as you noted) it's not the default and you're not forced into using it. (Except maybe if you want GNOME, later versions of which depend on systemd? I've never used GNOME, so I'm not 100% positive on that.)

Comment Re: It's not about the crime (Score 1) 265

21 you can finally buy beer, but still cant rent a car

I was 19 the first time I rented a car. Mine was in the shop for collision repair (dumbass backed into me in a parking lot right as I arrived at work). There weren't as many options and they charged more per day than if I had been 25, but I was able to rent a car. It beat biking through the summer heat to get to work.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly