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Comment If it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Score 1) 350

Simple enough. If something is working well enough for my purposes, then I'll tend to resist change. Actually, going beyond that, if it's working perfectly, then any change is going to make it worse. Doesn't matter that nothing is perfect if I think it is, or perhaps if I have adapted my purposes to fit with what the software is perfect for. (Or perhaps the real problem is that "perfect" is mostly a matter of opinion and the delusion is that there is a better solution for everyone.)

Solution: Don't fix it unless you can convince enough people to pay for the fix. In project form, describe EXACTLY what is going to be done and what success will look like.

Yeah, it's the old charity share brokerage idea again. Can you imagine a funding system so powerful that it could fix Slashdot? Me neither.

Comment Moral Crusaders (Score 1, Interesting) 73

I'm a lot more suspicious of moral crusaders than I am of criminals who are looking to make a buck or just make mischief.

I don't think I have to list the atrocities that have been committed in the name of a "moral crusade". If you really don't know what I'm talking about, then you are probably already a moral crusader.

Comment Re:Costlier lobbying is a good thing. (Score 1) 52

The reality is that we now have the least-corruptible administration in a very long time. Many of the top personnel are quite independently very wealthy, which makes lobbying to them pointless and ineffective.

"Corrupt rich people can't be corrupted" is a very stupid argument. How do you think they got rich in the first place?

The benefit of having government made up of rich, corrupt people is that they're already corrupted, so the little dance around ethical barriers can be dispensed with from the get-go and you can go straight to the quid pro quo.

Comment Meh. What is science but a guess (Score 4, Interesting) 301

CNN has a similar article about disappearing Louisiana coastline. One of the people interviewed has been shrimping for 54 years. His best comment, "It doesn't concern me.What is science? Science is an educated guess," Dotson says defiantly. "What if they guess wrong? There's just as much chance as them to be wrong as there is for them to be right."

Mind you, Louisiana is the top most uneducated state in the nation and this particular area of Louisiana, Cameron county, has the highest percentage of people who do not believe climate change has an effect on plants or animals. Not man-made climate change, but any climate change.

Another person in the article says he likes his AC and gas at reasonable prices so therefore, why, based on a prediction alone, should humans try to limit CO2 production?

Comment Re:Trump is a criminal idiot (Score 1) 353

If you think John Hinckley, Jr. was acting out of a sense of patriotism, then you're the fucking idiot. Hinckley was a batshit-crazy "Taxi Driver" wannabe who was trying to impress the object of his obsession, Jodie Foster. He considered killing Jimmy Carter, then switched to Edward Kennedy, before finally settling on Reagan.

You know what they say, even a stopped clock can be right twice a day.

Comment Re: User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 215

I still don't know how to make my mouse feel right, or stop many applications from looking horrible on a retina display.

I want to know what you use on Linux which makes dealing with resolutions and mice easier than a couple of clicks in OS X. If we accept your mouse thing as a realty, I could even follow along with you; however, saying you have applications which don't look ok on a Retina display is something which I simply cannot fathom.

Please explain.

Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 0) 106

Keep digging your hole deeper.

Why you should use your parking brake

When a car with an automatic transmission is put into park, a device inside the transmission called a "parking pawl" engages. A parking pawl is a metal pin that engages into a notch ring that is attached to the transmission's output shaft. When engaged, the pawl restricts the transmission's output shaft from turning.

Unfortunately, parking pawls can break or possibly become dislodged. While this is not a common occurrence it can happen, and if it does your car may end up rolling down the street.

Use your parking brake

You can use your emergency brake to park your car on level ground, too. When you park your car, put it in neutral, set the emergency brake, then release the brake pedal. With the emergency brake holding the vehicle, put the transmission in gear or "Park," and shut off the car. It reduces pressure on the clutch, transmission, parking pawl and CV joints - and reduced pressure means reduced wear.

Always use your parking brake

This is because the weight of the car is resting on the transmission, rather than the parking brake. By following the above instructions, you're ensuring that the weight of your vehicle is resting on your parking brake, and not your transmission.

Always use your parking brake

Additionally, the constant use of only the parking pawl, especially on hills, subjects the transmission and drive train to constant loads and stress, This will eventually lead to failure of the parking pawl or transmission linkage.

But go ahead, keep insisting you're right and everyone else is wrong.

Comment Re:User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 215

i know apple is easy to blame but it wasn't too long ago when they were at the bottom of the totem pole and IBM, Dell, HP, Nokia all made a ton more hardware and yet were people bitching then?

You bet they were. Extending the usable life-cycle of electronics has been an issue since at least the early 1990s.

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