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Comment: Re:live by the sword (Score 1) 320

by sandytaru (#48764203) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home
Usually the funding for the initial building is done by a real estate investment trust. So the "builder" in this case doesn't refer to the construction company, but to the folks that funded them. Neighborhoods with a HOA are supposed to come with some perks, too - community landscapers, a club house with a pool, that sort of thing. Someone still has to run those things long after the construction crew is gone.

Comment: Re:live by the sword (Score 2, Insightful) 320

by sandytaru (#48760651) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home
These days it's hard to find a new construction home that isn't part of a neighborhood that has a HOA.... unless you build yourself on one of the abandoned PVC farms from 2008. Our house was the show room foreclosed on such a property, and thus we got a new house while escaping the clutches of the HOA that never was.

Comment: Re:They've finally built a 100% uptime cloud? (Score 1) 117

by sandytaru (#48756787) Attached to: The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Bandwidth For Georgia Schools
I would like to see that too. They're across the street from my office, funny enough. I wonder if I go knock on the door and ask, if anyone would talk to me?

Now if they could just make this service available to alumni, I'd be set. Heck, I'd pay them. My house isn't that far from campus, and their service clearly can't be any worse than AT&T or Charter.

Comment: Stupid, stupid, stupid (Score 1) 391

by sandytaru (#48744753) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman
They also discontinued their $50 MP3 headphones with 2 GB of storage. (2GB is plenty if you're swapping in a fresh podcast once a week, after all.) These were also Walkman branded. You can still get the $99 4GB version, but the design is different and it's not as simple to use. Those $50 headphones had surprisingly good sound, they were water resistant, and they survived years of harsh treatment. Mine only finally kicked the bucket when they got stepped on. I was heartbroken.

Comment: Re:Ya, Sure. (Score 3, Informative) 303

by sandytaru (#48727293) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming
I think there is a layer there at which point it's useful, and one at which it's not. It's fine to anthropomorphize a program when explaining to an end user why it's broken, e.g. "The program doesn't know to check for the start date of a new lease when the old one expires, it just thinks it should activate it regardless." (Actual problem we're having to fix right now.) But of course the developer shouldn't think that the program is confused; it's doing exactly what we asked of it in a nightly stored procedure, and not bothering to check start dates because it wasn't programmed to do that in the first place!

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.