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Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 1) 251

by ryanmc1 (#47757463) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?
Every laptop sold with Windows also includes a sticker that has a valid Windows key. Just go download an image ( of Windows 8 and install it using the key and you now have a clean install of Windows 8. You will have to gather up your own drivers, but that is the price you pay :)

Also I have been able to install a clean version of Windows using the OEM disks but interrupting the install right after windows is done and before the crapware installs.

Comment: Quite time = successful engineer (Score 5, Interesting) 441

by ryanmc1 (#47729129) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
Here is a study that was done a long time ago (1985). Skip down to section 5. It states that the most productive engineers were given 78 sqft of dedicated floor space, thought of there environment as quiet, private, and could silence or divert calls, were not interrupted, and thought they were appreciated. Skill had nothing to do with whether the engineer could finish the project they were assigned.

Maybe tech companies need to develop culture that encourages good engineers rather than hiring foreign workers.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 1) 228

by ryanmc1 (#47179081) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
No need to pay $20 a month for data if your not going to use it. All you have to do is pick from one of the many pre-paid cell phone providers and you are good to go. I am currently using StraightTalk, but I have used PagePlus in the past. They are both great and they don't charge nearly as much as the regular cell phone companies.

Comment: Nothing new here (Score 1) 115

by ryanmc1 (#46788623) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

The bible has been preaching a similar theory for thousands of years, why is this news today? Here are some verses from the book of Genesis chapter 1

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Comment: Share shipping, share the cost (Score 1) 276

by ryanmc1 (#46482859) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee
Amazon lets you share the 2 day shipping benefit with up to 4 other accounts. You then just have each other account split the cost with you and bam, you only have to pay $20 a year instead of $99. This can be done on the "manage prime membership" page at the bottom where is says "Invite a Household Member".

Comment: Marriage is not a Human Right (Score 1) 1448

by ryanmc1 (#44239399) Attached to: Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For <em>Ender's Game</em> Movie
I think we throw around the term 'Human Right' a little to flippantly. The last time I looked Marriage is not a Human Right. It is a government granted privileged, and what the government gives they can take away.

We need to calm down a bit on this whole Human Rights issue.

Comment: Re:How Much You Wanna Bet... (Score 1) 211

by ryanmc1 (#43877701) Attached to: New York City Wants To Revive Old Voting Machines
Are you kidding me? Where in the article does it say anything about a Union worker saving the machines? If unions were in charge of the machines I think they would have been destroyed based on the quote below (which is actually from the article).

“It’s absurd that in a 21st-century New York, we would go back and vote on machines first used in the 19th century when Tammany Hall controlled the elections,” said Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union. “The voter confusion that’s going to be caused is unfathomable.”

Comment: Re:Obnoxiously... (Score 1) 228

I bought my kids old Android phones (droid incredibles) for $50 on ebay. They have Bad ESNs so I don't have to worry about activating the phone part, but they are able to play any Android game, watch youtube, surf the web, take pictures and video, and listen to music. The phones also have a replaceable battery and an SD card slot. It is a great way to get a inexpensive MP3 player with tons of features.

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