I've traveled a lot in the last 2 years (50+ different airports in multiple countries, mostly the US) and I've never had a security/border experience take more than about 10 minutes. No hassles, no problems. It's easy to smile, be friendly, and give them the answers they want to hear. Or, you can be disapproving and intolerant and get that reaction back from the person you're dealing with. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through American airports every year and you see a few dozen reports of TSA misbehavior, and it's always someone who's either being aggressive back at them, or someone in an abnormal situation who is touchy about it. My diabetic friend with an insulin pump needs a pat-down as the scanning machines may damage her pump. Always easy, never a problem. Not flying because of the TSA or the occasional nasty border guard is like not driving because of he occasional jerk on the road.
Sigh. She went to the airport. What did she think would happen if she refused to use the scanners she knew were there? http://www.flyertalk.com/the-gate/blog/12019-andrea-abbott-revisited.html
A nice long airplane book!
I find a new home elsewhere for every paper book that I replace with a digital copy. Getting rid of unneeded "stuff" makes life so much better!
Except for the sorting. Sorting on ratings is very important. You can still do it on DVDs but not on streaming video. I was sufficiently irritated that I phoned tech support and asked how I can turn sorting back on. The gal was very nice and promised to forward my views to the developers. She said they'd been taking calls for days complaining about the new interface. It has to cost Netflix oodles of money if their tech support people are constantly dealing with complaints about their broken interface.
It's not your problem if someone mis-addresses an email. Eventually, if you keep deleting them, the sender will figure it out.
Still there for me. Not that I need it with Adblock Plus, but still..
What did he spell incorrectly? You're not getting all twisted over the American/British spellings of organi(s|z)e, are you?
FEDEX doesn't bother ringing the doorbell. I've had them basically trip over my car in the driveway so they could walk to the door and stick their sticker on it, when I was inside. Never do they bother to ring the doorbell.
My cell phone provider doesn't send me text alerts after I turned off texting on my account because I was getting $0.20 random crap text. It wouldn't bother me to get the occasional alert from Verizon when there's a legitimate reason, but not at the expense of paying for text spam.
Yawn. I'm an ordinary working person and I have a small (by McMansion standards) house covered with solar panels. And I drive a car that gets 34 mpg. I don't care a bit what gasoline costs ($8-10/gallon would be fine, to encourage SUVs off the roads) and I like not paying for electricity. And the 75% of the cost of my panels covered by various government entities subsidized my panels from other *electric* customers, not gasoline taxes. You too could invest a paltry $15K to avoid electric bills for the rest of your time in your house, ordinary working person though you might be..
Pride is a sin in the context of your special delusional mythology. Don't speak for me, idiot.
phx_zs writes "Last night's mandatory update of AVG 2011 Free edition has caused most 64-bit Windows 7 PCs to fail while loading Windows. On their website they have an FAQ with instructions on how to repair the problem using a boot CD or USB device."
Thanks to Jeff Buske you don't have to be embarrassed while going through the full body scanners at the airport. Buske has invented radiation shielding underwear for the shy traveler. From the article: "Jeff Buske says his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings. Buske of Las Vegas, Nev.-Rocky Flats Gear says the underwear's inserts are thin and conform to the body's contours, making it difficult to hide anything beneath them. The mix of tungsten and other metals do not set off metal detectors."
pryoplasm writes "To help deal with some of the hygiene issues on the battlefield, the US Army worked on a gum to take the place of brushing your teeth. This might be eventually released and marketed to the public. While there are many gums out there that aren't so detrimental to your teeth, this one promises actually to help them out."