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Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 320

by TheGratefulNet (#49487713) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

sad but true. testing is often left to the users (hw and sw, alike). only the basic smoke tests go thru in today's 'agile' world.

a funny but also slightly sad example of NO qa at all:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com...

see the spelling of that word at the bottom? COLORAST?

what the hell is that? well, my guess is that its the COLOR adjustment but no one bothered to clear the buffer before it said CONTRAST (as you step thru the menu options).

not a show-stopper but indicative of what we see in the sw/hw world today.

if vendors can't be bothered, why would users?

Comment: Re: Too late; already sold my EVO's on eBay (Score 1) 72

amazon reviews?

other than the occasional smart guy there, amazon is a joke for reviews. I look at the q/a section and someone asks a valid question, some idiot replies "sorry, I don't know the answer to that, but I love this product so much!".

sigh!!!

much worse than AOL ever was. and that says something.

what is it about amazon that draws the lowest iq's to 'respond' to questions saying 'I don't know'? is it some dialog box that pops up saying 'please answer this'? why spend time answering a question (that clearly is meant to help others) with an IDK reply? boggles my mind!

amazon reviews are mostly useless; not even including the ones that are paid shill reviews in broken korean, chinese and hindi.

Comment: Re:Don't establish a precedent. (Score 1) 698

why are religions exempt from taxes, btw? what is the reasoning behind it?

catholics are a rich group of 'folks'; they own more land and gold than many countries. the fact that they continue to be exempt has gone on longer than it should.

third rail, though. can't touch religion! have to let the fools have their fake beliefs to keep them cozy at night. we have science to explain everything the religions tried to - and yet we still have this crutch and worse yet, we allow them to own so much land, control so much power and get off without paying any taxes!

in this day and age when our common infrastructure is crumbling below us, tax dodgers should be attacked as the unamerican entities that they really are. traitors, in fact, as they are ruining our country by stealing riches and giving essentially nothing of value back in return.

Comment: Re:Landed OK but tipped over (Score 1) 117

by TheGratefulNet (#49474321) Attached to: SpaceX Dragon Launches Successfully, But No Rocket Recovery

Of course, this is only worth exploring if there just isn't enough room to further stabilize the rocket during the close approach.

why not both? (as they say).

it would seem that you want extra assurance that things 'work right' when out in extremes (like space or deep sea). why not cover all the bases? work on the precision landing but also allow for 'wiggle room' in the design. the idea of a net catching something is a nice conceptual idea; something that 'gives' or adapts sounds pretty good to me.

hell, if it was my project, I'd want backups on backups. and yes, it costs, which is probably why things are not done as well as they could be; there's always a cost limit that will cut back safety or extra degrees of reliability.

Comment: Re:Been through Denver (Score -1, Flamebait) 294

he wants to be CALLED june, but his real name is JERRY.

(sigh....)

I wonder, though; the CAUSE of this was islamic terror - and that triggered our extreme fear reaction which caused us to go overboard on the 'security theater' checks.

all the while, the muslim extremists who WANTED this done to us, are laughing their asses off.

I wish - and I know this would never 'fly' - that we would make their lives as uncomfortable as ours - or even more so. they are really offended when their women are even looked at by westerners. what I would love to see is that we go OUT OF OUR WAY to fondle and embarass all the muslim women - ALL OF THEM - that enter or leave any western country. yes, its payback and its meant to inflict a return feeling for all that have 'done' for us.

it will piss them off no-end! in a non-violent but VERY clear way. and if we decided to do this under guise of 'making us all safer' then there would be nothing they could do.

the fact that we let them ruin our way of life - and they got away with it - means that they are boldened to keep doing this crap to us.

if we do a tit-for-tat (as childish as that might initially seem) then maybe the escalations and wars would come to a stand-still.

see, killing them does not change a thing. they WANT to die; they have been trained for it and their way of life lets them think that they will have paradise of they do harm to non-muslims. but what would make them more angry than murder is to EMBARASS THEM. saving face is a big deal in the middle east and it would show them that if they do X, we will do Y and Y will be MUCH worse than their X.

we're pussies, though. we are afraid to truly fight them in ways that will give us the desired result. instead, we fight them in ways that would make ourselves angry; and the problem with that is that what makes us angry is not what makes them angry.

the sooner we truly engage in this culture war, the sooner we can end it all and return to sanity again.

I know, we won't do this. I know that. like I said, we're pussies and won't truly fight them in ways that will bring about change.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 4, Insightful) 440

by TheGratefulNet (#49466607) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

the republicans are like children to technology: or worse. the average 5 year old knows more than the shriveled old white guys that wear the R badge.

they are afraid to endorse ANYTHING the 'left' wants. its the grouch marx thing: "whatever it is, I'm against it!". that's one part of it. the other is that they see this as NOT allowing a 'nice' big business to overcharge and profetize twice for the same data.

they are not at all concerned with anyone's quality of life except what lines their own pockets. the D's are not much better, these days, but at least they are not on the wrong side of history on so many modern issues.

they have been quite brazen in how little they care for 'mr. everyman'. if you are not in the top of the rich class, you don't exist to them; and the ultra rich have no need for faster or even reliable internet. hell, they have other people 'do the internet' stuff for them, so they are very detached from reality.

but simply, its the grouch marx thing that really explains it all. too bad that we have such polarization in this country; progress has been a concept that has not been around for decades, now, because of it.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 5, Insightful) 440

by TheGratefulNet (#49466561) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

having the government step in may not be the best solution, but its the ONLY solution we can pick.

are you arguing for the so-called 'free hand' to auto correct?

(wait. you're serious??)

gov has to step in BECAUSE free market (that does not truly exist) keeps screwing the customer more and more. there is no sign of any fix coming from them; quite the opposite.

so, SOMEONE has to step in. the gov is the only other 'power' that can help balance this out of control industry.

Comment: Re:And watch makers everywhere sighed. (Score 1) 289

they don't make 'tube transistors' anymore, but I could probably find some resistifiers and capacitators inside the usual china-made electronics gear of today.

maybe the occasional transistorators, as well, even though they are starting to become rare as chen's teeth.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe

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