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Comment: Re:It didn't matter before... (Score 1) 522

The opinions of the media are irrelevant and "the other guy did it too!" is no excuse.

I'm not saying it's an excuse for the behavior. I'm only asking why the punishment is different based on the consonant after the person's name. The law did not change in the interim period; yet we are making a huge deal out of the current example after having quickly brushed the previous one under the rug.

Comment: Re:Jail time (Score 1) 522

So no trial, just execution of punishment? No thought into if the emails were actually stored or not, just punishment because you dont agree with her politics?

That has been the standard approach of the GOP towards all democrats for some time now. Look at all the conspiracy nuts out there who are certain that Obama deserves immediate forceful removal from the white house sans trial over ... well, insert your favorite conspiracy here. They don't care if their favorite conspiracy has already been investigated numerous times by nonpartisan public and private sources. They don't care about rule of law, either. They just grab any flimsy justification they can to force out a democrat, just for being a democrat.

Comment: It didn't matter before... (Score 1) 522

When the administration of the previous guy ... what was his name again? nobody ever talks about him any more ... used personal email instead of government email it was quickly made into a non-issue by our fearless "liberal media". Now Hillary may have done the same and it's a big deal. Why?

Comment: Re:Viewing Launches (Score 1) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49166815) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

With luck, they'll start incorporating our radio transceivers. I hear that SpaceX flies with several USRPs now, so that's not completely unrealistic. That might be as close as I can get. Anyone who can get me a base invitation, though, would be greatly appreciated and I'd be happy to do some entertaining speeches while there. I need a base invite for Vandenberg, too. I got in to the official viewing site for the first try of the last launch (and that scrubbed too), but this next one is on Pad 6.

Comment: Viewing Launches (Score 3, Interesting) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49164783) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

I was in Florida to speak at Orlando Hamcation and went to see the DISCOVR launch at Kennedy Space Center. I paid $50 to be at LC-39 for the launch, an observation tower made from a disused gantry on the Nasa Causeway between the pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. A crawler was parked next door! A hot sandwich buffet, chips, and sodas were served. It was cold and windy! I watched for a few hours and unfortunately the launch scrubbed due to high stratospheric winds.

The next day, Delaware North Corporation, which operates tourism at KSC, decided not to open LC-39 or the Saturn 5 center for the launch. This was the third launch attempt and I guess they decided most people had left. I was annoyed.

The closest beach was going to be closed in the evening, it's a sensitive ecological area. I ended up seeing the launch from Jetty Park. This turned out not to be such a great location, the tower wasn't visible at all and the first 10 seconds of the rocket in flight were obscured before we saw it over a hill.

What's a better viewing location?

Comment: They focused on the wrong bands (Score 1) 159

by damn_registrars (#49153211) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?
When they started releasing band-specific titles I thought maybe they were on to something.

Then they released Green Day. Really? Forget them. I don't want Green Day, I want Dire Straits.

They also released Metallica. Really? No, I don't want Metallica, I want Joe Satriani.

There were other specific titles where they screwed up by focusing on bands that sold out or were overrated as well, but those were two of the most egregious examples.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 5, Insightful) 408

by damn_registrars (#49148635) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
I loved his acting as much as anyone, but I disagree that it was necessarily a sad day. He was, after all, 83 years old. He beat the average life expectancy in this country by a wide margin. He made an impact on a huge number of people, as well. He was ready to check out and move on. Really, what could you reasonably expect an 83 year old man to do beyond this point anyways? I'm happy for him and all he's done.

Comment: Samzenpus reminding you to hate the unions! (Score 4, Insightful) 301

Because it would, of course, be a terrible thing if drivers were well qualified, reasonably paid, and respected by their employers. Really, who doesn't wish they could work 70+ hours a week for 35 hours of pay? And job stability is so 1950s...

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 464

by damn_registrars (#49145875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Don't order it, go to your local computer repair shop.

Who has one of those? Most of the local computer shops have been snuffed out by Best Buy and the Geek Squad. The few that survived that have been killed off by Amazon. You're likelihood of finding one anywhere that can help with older stuff is very very low.

That said, you might have some luck with placing a want ad on craigslist. Every town has old codgers who use to work at (or run) said old computer shops and they have all the adapters for this stuff that you could ever want. Several years ago I used craigslist to acquire what were likely the last 5.25 (and 5.25 / 3.5 combo!) floppy drives in the county I lived in.

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