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Comment: Sad Day (Score 2) 118

by stackOVFL (#48674121) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

It's a said day for me. I served about the USS Ranger while part of VAQ-137, The Rooks. She was a old ship but purpose build. Unlike the newer ships you knew you were on a fighting ship as that's how she was designed. I've several fond and not so fond memories of my westpac cruses aboard her. I salute the fine ship USS Ranger and applaud here many years of service to the United States. Well done old friend you will be missed.

Comment: On the other hand... (Score 1) 700

by stackOVFL (#48213987) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Now consumers are becoming aware that there's a massive counterfeiting problem and can be better educated to ask their vendors "Hey, is my device legit?" I certainly had no idea that this was going on.

How in the hell is the consumer supposed to know that the USB chip in a device is not legally using the FTDI PID? That is the biggest load of crap I've heard. The is NO F'ING WAY the consumer can possibly know that the USB PID is wrong and that's assuming you can copyright a number which btw you can't.

FTDI READ THIS : It is against the law in the USA to intentionally damage private property. You may also be in trouble under the many computer crimes acts we have here. You have no claims to the PID as it is a number and cannot be copyrighted. You do have the right to sue in a court of law to enforce your copyrights but do not have the right to damage private property.

MICROSOFT READ THIS: You are probably subject to culpable liable for any damage as you knew the intent for the damage was called out in FTDI EULA and distributed FTDI's product anyway.

Enjoy the lawsuits and fines.

Comment: Re:Wher is Crimea? (Score 1) 304

by stackOVFL (#46758867) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

I don't know about any of this nonsense. I always thought Crimea was on the continent of Tellius and had been part of the Begnion Empire.

You know I was thinking just the same thing. To me this is like Jaffa Cakes. Are they cakes or biscuits?

The world will never stop arguing about them nor this.

Comment: Re:Grabs popcorn (Score 1) 518

by stackOVFL (#46634925) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

this camera thing won't help. i promise you this. It won't make bad drivers into good drivers. No amount of technology can accomplish that.

This may be partially true but I don't believe that "bad driver" is the only variable in this argument. It also has to do with the cars design. In my car (2014 BMW 428i) the rear window is tiny and does not afford much if any better view than the center rear view mirror does. The seats also don't permit turning around and looking out the rear window, it can be done but boy is it awkward.

The combination of the rear view camera, a front and rear ultrasonic parking distance control (with object detection) coupled with the use of the rear view mirrors make backing up quite safe and easy for this car .

All of the cars I've had prior to this one had none of this equipment. Now that I have used it I'd never buy a car without it. Kinda like heated front seats!

As to other arguments I've read (not in your post but others) about the increasing of technology in cars... Well that battle is long lost my friends. And it's not really about compensating for a lack of driving skill but rather more like life insurance, those system can and do save lives. But, as the owners manual states, no system can compensate of a lack of good judgement on the drivers part. These systems can however help you get maximum performance (like breaking and maneuvering) out your vehicle as long as you operate it within the laws of physics.

A bit of advise, if you can afford it, consider a extended warranty.


Comment: Re:Consider... (Score 0) 490

by stackOVFL (#46588499) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Even in the big city performance on broadband is often pretty bad (comcastic is not a compliment) and I can't count the number of times a person I was gaming with kept lagging out until they discovered a roommate was streaming something and shut down the stream. This is especially prevalent on DSL connections. Worse, all the big providers are moving towards bandwidth caps, so... good luck with that.

Well, that's not the case for me and it's never been no matter where I've lived. A quick check in the cubes says nope, seems to not be the case for anyone except the dude that live in the sticks where there is no broadband at all. I currently get 11-12 Mbps on Cox (what I pay for) and no lag that I can remember. Yeah, I've had really good luck with this for many years. As far as caps Cox will get pissy if you have like 2 Mbps service and start downloading >200 Gigs of data/month. If you have a higher tier of service (that profit thing again) they appear to be OK with it. I stream Netflix and never have had a issue. Hell Netflix is my primary source of TV these days. It would appear your wrong on all counts as far as I can tell. So, yeah, I have and will have good luck with this.

Comment: Re:Consider... (Score 0) 490

by stackOVFL (#46586585) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Thank you... I can't believe how many posts it took before someone mentioned this. "Only" 70-80% of the country has some form of internet or broadband, depending on who you ask... I bet the remaining 20+% account for more than their fair share of DVD users (I can't be sure, but still). Alienating that group is potentially bad for business.

And whose fault is that?! You went to the sticks and decided to live there. You knew the internet was crappy. I say let your streaming suck :P

The rest of us will live in the big city where where the internet flows like profits into the wallets of the DSL, fiber and cable providers! Profit my friend, profit that's the true motivation. Let the Rules of Acquisition guide you

Comment: Hu? (Score 1) 127

by stackOVFL (#46585085) Attached to: NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote
Uuumm why? Our space program seems to lack any usable goals. Why don't we put this cash into a new shuttle design or something else that we can use to get into space again instead? Having to hitch a ride from the Russian's should be motivation (and embarrassment) enough to put a hold on the new space threads. Or maybe better put, Hey NASA it's 2014 where's my freak'n space car I want off this rock!

Comment: Re:Thank fucking Christ... (Score 1) 462

If the boss says "You need to go to America," then your interest might be in keeping your job to, as we sometimes say here, "put food on your family." Of course, if you're independently wealthy, you do have many more choices and lots fewer problems . . .

Exactly. And might I add that any reasonable company will give the employee a "clean loaner laptop" to take to this wonderful country. That way they do not have to risk loosing their computer. Just don't be doing any "funny business" on that machine!

By all means come to the USA (soon to be the USSA) and see what is used to be like when we were free and had rights. I think you'll find a exhibit or something in a museum. It's right next to the diorama showing when this country had a set of balls and wasn't so afraid of it's own shadow that it would create departments like the NSA, TSA and Homeland Security (really, homeland?! sounds like the fucking Nazi's). Don't mind the anal cavity search on the way in and out. That's our way of saying how much we like you!

Comment: Re:What a Stream of Horseshit (Score 1) 511

by stackOVFL (#45802035) Attached to: US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

What people should realize here is that the "Justice" system is in place to, primarily, protect the power structure. If you're still accepting that "justice is blind" and "rule of Law" fairy tale they taught in government schools, it's time to wake up and smell the tyranny.

YEAH! I thought it was just me. It's refreshing to read a agreeing opinion.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

Seems like old time don't it?

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