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Comment Re:Renault Zoe (Score 1) 433

And then you run across monsters like me. I drive until my fuel tank is close to empty... so roughly about 4 hours non-stop. I fill my tank, use the restroom, etc in under 5 minutes and I am back on the road again. I typically drive 18 hours with stops only for fuel. I have driven 38 hours straight before. I put 30k miles on my new car in the first 3 months I owned it.

I am... a driving maniac. I love driving (not commuting, that is not driving). Oddly, I have been considering getting a Tesla but I have no illusions at all about how far I can go and how fast. I test drove one and it seems like a nice car to drive. I may get one as a 4th vehicle. It will NEVER be a distance vehicle until I can swap battery packs out instead of recharging.

Comment Re: Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 191

Let's face it, folks, we have been bullshitting them for about a century now, I can understand that they're kinda pissed.

I spent a decade in the region and I have given this a lot of thought: Fuck 'em. I do not do religion; however, the Western World has Christianity, which teaches a fundamental lesson of "turn the other cheek". This is why we are civilized and they are not. Don't get me wrong, there are some really good people over there, but as a culture, they teach fighting, retribution, and revenge. Until they learn the "turn the other cheek" lesson, nobody can ever do right by them.

So, fuck 'em. When they are ready to join us at the adult table, they can. Until then, no apologies (as that is just a sign of weakness) and no regrets (another sign of weakness in animals).

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 191

What is REALLY funny is that Al Queada (SP?) in Iraq said they were only doing suicide bombs and car bombs to get Americans out of Iraq. Funny how the same troubles were there with and without American forces present.

Granted, Saddam was keeping that nastiness in check... but we do not need to devolve this into a discussion of Monday morning quarterbacking. A useful conversation to be sure... but not useful between us right now.

Comment Re:a little late, no? (Score 1) 275

While it is nice to have an option for a i7 CPU and 32Gb of RAM for the minority of users that actually need that processing power, most people do not need that kind of performance any more than they need a car that is designed with the 24 hours of Le Mans in mind.

So... are you saying that there i no point in product differentiation? They should just release the Macbook and be done with it? No pro version?

Or... are you implying that making a consumer version and calling it a pro version is not fraud?

I am honestly unsure what you are getting at here, as on its face, what you are saying is nonsense. Either a race car driver needs a race car or the driver just needs to not participate. What Apple has done here is to tell the race car driver that they can not participate in this race... with a car that was previously considered a race car.

What does pro mean again?

Comment Re:Bow to your Amazon overlords. (Score 1) 186

Want to revise your statement? Brown got the budget balance, but only after seeing pretty large bumps in taxes, not cutting spending, now that is slipping away from him.

Reagan Democrat. I'll give you that. Leave people alone is my motto. Socially liberal, economically conservative is close enough.

Hillary is neither of those things. Socially she was lurched back and forth between homosexuals are deviates and blacks are animals to the we must accept and care from both (politician=liar/bullshit artist.)

Putin does need to be checked, but another 4-8 years of Bush/Obama. (Hillary is closer to Bush than Obama) No thanks. If we get into another war, they need to be public, declared, and most importantly violent and brief. We don't need another 4-8 years of Obama/Bush incompetence.

Comment Re:Bow to your Amazon overlords. (Score 1) 186

You live in California and voted for Hillary and voted for Jerry Brown and claim to be a troll ever.

Seriously I don't think there is a medical condition that could reach those levels of mental defect, though the Liberal world has been applying all their resources in attempt to discover it.

Comment Same thing different decade. (Score 4, Interesting) 480

Huh? This is no difference a decade or two ago with most people with PCs using them with services like AOL. They didn't us the "open" hardware or software, they just used what ever locked down crap peddled to them by the gatekeepers. Same goes for 99% of Apple users.

The only difference now is they use a smartphone or a laptop rather than a desktop.

The difference now is you can buy a computer for a few hundred dollars, even less if you just need hardware connected to the internet, along with a firehose of an internet connection, and can pretty much do what ever you want. That is as open as it gets.

The real heart of the matter is that most people could give a flip less about coding up their own solutions, any more than they are willing to change the oil on their car. They never will. The minority that is willing to do that will be the ones selling them solutions.

Comment Re:Bow to your Amazon overlords. (Score 1) 186

I think I will stick with my first comment. You as an IT guy voted for Hillary. Knowing what you know and knowing what the Democrats did, we are not talking about the immoral or illegal or just plain ruthless things they did, but the simple fact that she ran her email the way she did, and how half her staff easily got phished, and you still thought it a great idea to vote for her....... just wow. I weep for what ever company you provide IT support for. Do you work for the DNC?

Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 164

Blowing away the moderations I have done in this thread because everyone is missing something REALLY important here: How do we know that Apple did not simply modify the non-caching mode to ignore the directive and use the cache anyways?

Granted, they probably did just fix a bug... but maybe they didn't. Maybe they just use the cache now even when caching is turned off.

The reason why I am piggy-backing on your comment is because it was deeply insightful and along the same lines.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 562

The hiss. The tape becoming damaged now and then resulting in parts of your songs being screwed up. The poor speed regulation on many tape decks. The felt pad under the tape becoming damaged or falling out and having to replace it, hoping not to damage the tape in the process. The tape getting "eaten" by the deck. The fact that almost all prerecorded tapes were made with the lowest quality tape possible (low bias, non-metal), so you didn't even get the best quality tape could provided from your music purchases.

All true. So very very true. You did forget one thing but I do not blame you for it since almost nobody but me ever did it: Tracking.

If the head was not aligned properly, you would lose lows and highs.

I completely agree. I see no reason for tapes at all. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was remembering all of the hassles associated with tape then in relation to digital files now. No matter what, a digital file ALWAYS sounds the same. It does not fade, there is no concern with tracking, etc etc.

Comment Bow to your Amazon overlords. (Score 5, Insightful) 186

Cool, but Amazon is simply cannibalizing the retail sector. That 100,000 jobs probably represents 1/3 (or more) of the total retail sector jobs that will be lost as Amazon pushes out less efficient players in the market. I'm all for it, I love Amazon, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking this is something that is going to be happy for the "fight for $15" crowd in the country. (They will be unemployed).

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 2) 101

You are insinuating that space money would be best spent on "important" things like social programs (NASA budget $17 Billion, US federal social spending $2,300 Billion), you would be wrong.

Besides socialism only works if we have unlimited resources. There are unlimited resources, but they are in space. All we have to do is go get them.

On a plus side for those people who would "benefit" people who are productive members of society, that have a work ethic, intelligence, and curiosity, will finally have way to ditch all you socialist leaches once and for all. They will leave you behind to starve.

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