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Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 2) 322

F-150's not a good comparison. There are a wide range of configurations. You can get a new F-150 for sub $25k or you can spec them out up into the $60k+ range.

For many of them, the F150 is just as likely to be a tool as it is a means of personal transportation. It's not unheard of for a family farmer to have $1MM worth of land, property, and equipment....

Comment ORLY? (Score 0) 394

There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use,

So if there aren't any text editors or office suites, how did they write a letter and publish the PDF?

The lack of user permissions makes them of limited use.

Lack of user permissions, as in the IT department locks down organization's computers, just like most other places? Who has a la carte access to their desktop/laptop computers in a professional environment?

Comment Re:Shocking: a hybrid solution was expensive (Score 2) 316

And while Excel works for those areas which you explain, it is hardly the right tool for that job either, just convenient. Get a real SQL reporting tool

The best camera is the one you have with you. Sometimes, the same concept applies to other tools.

Comment Re:wait a minute... (Score 1) 213

So you're asking us how to prove it's public domain so you can make money with it?
That ofcourse is ridiculous.. If it's public domain, you shouldn't be able to make money off it by republishing it on youtube you lame bastard...

You mean to tell me that all those publishers who are printing copies of Tom Sawyer and Moby Dick are doing so out of their own, big hearts? How kind of them!

Comment Re:blame the caller. (Score 1) 145

As someone on the brink (I'm either a millenial or not depending on what dipshit armchair sociologist is spewing the buzzword)...

Voicemail, I get. It's bullshit. If you call me and I don't answer, I'll call back. Without listening to your voicemail. Because I'm going to call you back. Doing voicemail would be a waste of time for everyone involved.

And what happens when that person is unavailable when you call them?

Comment Re:Where's Trump? (Score 1) 686

I don't think his campaign has anything to do with political strategy.

It's vanity. His money can't buy him the presidency, but it can be him some months of make-believe where he imagines he could be.

How much has he had to spend to get this attention? My armchairing says that he is getting a hell of a lot of publicity and public attention for very little of his own (monetary) expense.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

Free health care: passing doctors money under the table to get them to work on you.

And how much of the Greek economy lives "under the table?" The greater the relative size of a black-market economy is to that of the whole economy, the greater the incentive to perpetuate the black-market economy and destroy any public benefits funded via taxation. See: tragedy of the commons

Comment Re:Surprising to those unfamiliar with mathematici (Score 1) 170

I don't follow football a lot, but my understanding is that players on the offensive line are a lot less susceptible to this problem. They don't tend to tack other players or collide at high speeds. They're almost right next to the opposing player who needs to be stopped and usually just end up grappling with this person. Contrast this with other positions where the player needs to tackle someone or ends up getting tackled a lot.

Players on the front lines have incredibly high rates of TBI because one of the common methods used by both the O and D lines is to whack the opposing player in the head to disorient them. TBI is greatly influenced by the frequent whacks to the head as well as using one's own head as a weapon - one doesn't need to be knocked out to have a concussion or subject to TBI.

Comment Re:Bug in their bug (Score 1) 93

Really, who would be surprised by a blue screen from a Windows 95 box?

The giveaway was probably when the blue screen was replaced with CIA's logo and the text "All your base are belong to us."

Ah yes, the precursor to "I'm all about that bass." Damn you - now I can't get that techno out of my head!

Comment Re:Crossed lines (Score 1) 166

I gotta admit, that caught my eye, too.

But if they can prove it, that goes against claims by many in the state and oil industry. The oil industry would likely try to hound/silence/sue the insurance company.

Not necessarily. Industries and governments are famous for two-faced policies.

If the insurance company says that they were manmade, the government can say, "No, they weren't, but this is a civil matter and we can't interfere." And nothing will happen. Worst case, it will be tied up in courts for the next 20 years. By then, those people currently in charge will have made a ton of money and be retired somewhere outside the US.

It's kind of like the music industry claiming that a 30-second ringtone is enough the song that consumers must pay royalties while, at the same time, claiming that they weren't so they didn't have to pay the artists royalties.

And then there's a giant class-action lawsuit where the insurance and oil companies are held jointly & severally liable. Or there's a lawsuit which crosses state lines & works its way through the federal system up to the supreme court.

Comment Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 1168

Except treat the law isn't put into place for preventing the Baker from having to make gay-themed cupcakes, but allows the Baker to refuse to sell existing, plain ole vanilla cupcakes to a sexual deviant. The question boils down to "What is a protected class?" Given that Indiana (and all states other than Louisiana) follow common law rules, prior cases involving protected classes are relevant. Common law had already established that race and religious beliefs are protected classes. Why sexual orientation has to be a question is something best explained by bigotry and is the whole point of why protected classes are legally exist.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"