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Comment Re:True quote (Score 1) 292

I use a dumb phone too because I need a phone, not a computer in my pocket. Besides, the dumb phone is far, far, far cheaper and much more reliable. I get a week on a charge. Try that with a smart phone.

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 1) 229

They are showing total cost of employment with what they post but the public is too busy trying to justify their hatred of government employees they read at as only salary then think that the travel and benefits are paid on top of what is shown.

I don't have to worry too much in my position about tax payer backlash. Even with the benefits I get added in I qualify for food stamps!

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PC Plus Packs Windows and Android Into Same Machine 319

jones_supa writes "At the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January, it is expected that multiple computer makers will unveil systems that simultaneously run two different operating systems, both Windows and Android, two different analysts said recently. The new devices will introduce a new marketing buzzword called PC Plus, explained Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. 'A PC Plus machine will run Windows 8.1 but will also run Android apps as well', Bajarin wrote recently for Time. 'They are doing this through software emulation. I'm not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is their way to try and bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem.' Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, suggests that PC Plus could get millions of consumers more comfortable with Android on PCs. 'Just imagine for a second what happens when Android gets an improved large-screen experience. This should scare the heck out of Microsoft.'"

Comment Re:Southern racists (Score 2) 87

There are no UFOs / alien abductions / meteors in the civilized places of New York City, or Los Angelas.

And that's because the last time they tried to land in both New York and Los Angeles they were found in an alley naked and beaten with a garden hose up their ass and their spacecraft stripped on cinder blocks. So much for "civilized places"....

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 5, Informative) 229

Disclaimer: I am a state employee whose salary is publicly posted...

That out of the way, most if not all those salaries posted are very, very misleading. It is gross salary+travel+incentives+any other state money that employee has received including payments made for health coverage and retirement. It doesn't include any deductions such as taxes, co-payments for health and retirement, garnishments, etc...

Comment Re:No respect for employee privacy (Score 1) 229

If the job is shit to begin with, no amount of incentive will keep employees very long. Burn-out is one of the biggest problems in employment with the most "productive" individuals getting abused to the point where they either leave or have health issues related to burn-out like heart attacks.

So salary is a very little part of the equation to keeping employees. Treating them like people instead of expensive commodities to be disposed of is another.

Comment Re:Congress has already given consent (Score 1) 489

That was a fluke just lie the Virginia / West Virginia split at the same time. It was allowed to deny the South manufacturing and resources during the lead up to the insurrection known as the Civil War. I doubt a state could pull it off today just like I doubt they could pull off a succession from the union.

Comment Re: Hmm. (Score 1) 653

Anyway, one goal of civil disobedience is to get arrested and play the martyr and get on the evening news - expect and embrace that aspect if you engage in civil disobedience.

Or to challenge the law that got you arrested in the first place. No other way to challenge such unjust laws without being arrested for violating them. To create even more havoc the best thing for arrested protestors to do is demand a jury trial. Tie up the courts as well.

Comment Re:Do it (Score 3, Interesting) 489

That seems highly unlikely,

You don't even need to go as far as you did. First they have to get by Article IV Section 3 of the US Constitution:

New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 0) 365

It did work but not technically. The true purpose of SDI was to bankrupt the USSR to hasten its collapse. As a propaganda tool it worked perfectly. It also worked in the sense that it put a lot of contractors to work developing technology that would never work and they didn't have to account for it. So basically Ronnie gambled that they would go broke before we did. Of course, he put it all on the government credit card and a reckoning is coming soon but woohoo! The USSR is dead!

Comment Re:How does it come off the build plate? (Score 1) 182

I don't own a 3D printer but I would imagine that cooking parchment would work.

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/parchment-paper-questions.htm

Simply tape it down to the plate and print on it. In theory (yes, my theory) that should allow you to easily remove the ABS and it shouldn't stick to the paper. Of course, I disclaim any and all liability should this fuck up your machine or project.

Comment Re:And the other uses for this are? (Score 1) 252

OK... I'll bite...

Exactly what changes occurred because of OWS? What was the outcome of all those speeches and all that angst besides a possible criminal record for their troubles if they were arrested?

Last I checked, the banks are even bigger than before the crash ensuring another bailout when the next bubble breaks because they truly are too big to fail now. Foreclosures are still continuing albeit at a smaller pace due mainly to the credit freeze and sheer attrition. The wage imbalance and wage stagnation is still as wide or wider than before the protests. And all the measures put into place to assist those that were affected the most, are being defunded by Congress as we speak and even the levels before the crash are being trimmed down. Things like cuts to the food stamp program, unemployment insurance, and other programs for the poor.

So exactly what was accomplished during those protests?

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