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Comment: Re:not circumnavigation, and not all straight line (Score 1) 496 496

After you have traveled one mile south you would travel west on a rhumb line course. From Wikipedia, "In navigation, a rhumb line (or loxodrome) is an arc crossing all meridians of longitude at the same angle, i.e. a path with constant bearing as measured relative to true or magnetic north." In this case, you would want to measure relative to true north since the north magnetic isn't close and magnetic compasses don't work well at all at that high of a latitude. Wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466 466

If I had Mod points, I would give you bonus points for an extraordinary memory. I've done a lot of upgrading and haven't done anything with RLL or MFM drives for 25 to 30 years. The only reason I remember, was that I was upgrading a friend's computer, had selected a hard drive and controller that was either MFM or RLL and a pushy salesperson tried to get me to select the other type (for a considerably higher cost.) This was back when you looked at print ads in computer magazines and called toll free numbers.

Based on the time-frame I would think that the drive is IDE and a IDE/SATA to USB bridge would be the way to go.

Comment: Just ask for a T-Shirt (Score 1) 131 131

CMU isn't going to do anything about this to those affected by this mistake. Their accrediting agency, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, http://www.msche.org/ will make you jump through numerous hoops before doing nothing. If you can get them to pony up a t-shirt, you'll be doing well. Take the t-shirt and move on to Plan B.

Comment: Re:Use TaxAct instead (Score 1) 450 450

I switched years ago and it is just as easy and convenient as Turbo-Tax. It costs a lot less too. Companies occasionally attempt a massive price increase, not understanding that there are alternatives. A massive loss of sales and market share will be the slap in the face that Intuit needs to be reminded that this is a competitive market.

Comment: Re:Schedule D?! (Score 1) 450 450

Just curious, is he leaving the business? Everything can still be done via web, phone, or ever snail mail. The only thing I could think of is that your state requires a license and he doesn't want the expense. If that doesn't work, maybe he could recommend someone.

Comment: Re:"This is windows support calling... (Score 1) 129 129

I talked with one of them on Saturday. After spending about 25 minutes acting like a total doofus - I asked him if it made any difference which enter key I used because they are shaped differently. It was really fun thinking up stupid things to ask him. After about 25 minutes, we were at the point where he wanted to open an internet connection, I called him out and hung up. (I had also drank a lot of coffee and really needed use the bathroom) He called back 5 times to cuss me out. Name an insult and he used it (I have one, but I'm not one!) After the third call, my wife wanted to talk to them and he asked her for oral sex, she accused him of stalking and said she would notify law enforcement. Perhaps we could start a contest to see how badly the scammers have been annoyed.

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 3, Informative) 135 135

The Packers had games blocked out? You've got to be kidding, every one of the home games was on the Milwaukee station. The average wait for season tickets is 30 years: http://www.packers.com/fan-zon... See bottom of page. I think a playoff game might not have sold out due to some refund policy, but that was an aberration. The 3 biggest religions in Wisconsin are Lutheran, Catholic, and the Green Bay Packers and I'm pretty sure I have them reversed.

Comment: Re:Should be a medal and a discharge (Score 1) 192 192

I think we were talking about two different things. When I wrote my comment I was referring to your comment about the use of Excel for database functions. I think you read way too much into the comment as I was not referring to the examples that you cite or the environment. In fact, for the two examples you cite in your latest post, we agree. The process used by the military for getting software applications is as convoluted and inefficient as the one used for building construction. Viven was talking about using non-approved methods for his support job because of the time factor and my post was written in the same context.

Comment: Re:What's so Hard to Understand? (Score 4, Informative) 192 192

If you have been in the service it's not hard to understand at all. I received an Aerial Achievement Medal during Desert Storm. Some of the things that I did was to write a DOS Batch file that backed up our flight plans (routing etc. was coordinated with other units to prevent midair collisions), fixed a glitch in the Mission Planning software (ANGPLAN forever!), and prepared more mission packages than I can count. This helped our unit earn a Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (we did not miss a single refueling) Everybody has to do their job for a unit to perform at peak level.

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