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Comment Re:Centrifuge therapy? (Score 1) 125

If thrill rides were a practical solution to kidney stones (jury is still out wrt human trials), then I can tell you why I'd consider it, pain be damned.

Cost. I have a cruddy high deductible health plan. I get a stipend from work but it's not as good as the old "$100 per inpatient day, $50-250 for many OP procedures" plans of yore. I'd wager my out-of-pocket in a lithotripter is far more than a SEASON pass to Disney. And after I recovered from the ride and subsequent blackout, I'd have 364 more days to forget it all!

Comment Re:New form of measurement? (Score 1) 209

As a former Verizon customer: I used about 15-20 gigs per month on a grandfathered unlimited high-speed LTE plan. Which I would have lost due to needed plan changes for other family members. So I went to T-Mobile. Have been with them three years now and get excellent value for dollar. I pay (out the door) $158 for 6 lines (all phones are already paid for) and my line has the full high speed unlimited add-on. I'm using around 25 gigs a month now.

That said, our experience all over Florida and the east coast is that when you have service, T-Mo is fine. But they have far more dead spots for data than Verizon. Verizon truly has a top-notch network. And crappy policies.

Comment Re: Verizon is smart to do this. (Score 1) 206

It's worth noting that not everyone wants to search for everything. There was definitely a time and a place for curated news and lifestyle site sections. Being able to search in a literate fashion is likely the top needed computer skill for non-CS types, but after that, let people have fun!

Comment Re:Maybe I won't be buying a PS4 (Score 1) 142

Um, what? Are you saying FFXIV *requires* a controller? Why would you say that when Twitch is full of streamers playing KBM? Heck, the PS4 version supports KBM and, aside from the crappy mouse DPI support it's quite good!

FFXI also supports KBM on PC but in a much more limited fashion.

Comment Re:PayPal does something for their 'vendors'? (Score 1) 194

I'm glad PayPal was proactive in your case of SSD fraud. They weren't so nice to me when I bought a "Clean IMEI Cellphone" which wound up on a fraud list less than 2 months after purchase, and within PayPal's purchase security/warranty window. Had to fork over good money after bad to get a new IMEI. Phone was otherwise perfect though!

Comment Re:Both awesome and sad (Score 1) 119

I have no idea if I'm smart or dumb or both, but I have technically unique passwords for over 100 sites and work logins. I have a "core" password which I change rarely, plus 3-5 chars pertinent to that website. Have done this for years on the assumption that eventually a big enough site (like say, Slashdot in 2002) would get hit and the attackers would try my /. password everywhere.

Comment Re:That's just too damn bad. (Score 1) 767

It really depends on the design of the speed bump. They can be made with enough curvature and height to require reducing speed to say 15mph and then be driven over smoothly. There are others that are too "peaked" and must be crawled over to avoid a serious jarring.

But that's beside the point unless your street is posted for a lower than standard 25/30 residential limit. Why should anyone expect speed bumps on a 30-limit outside of a school or pedestrian crossing?

Comment Re:Meanwhile in America (Score 2) 145

I mean if I can go into the little girls room[...]

The only reason you should be going into the ladies' room is if you are female by sex or identity. One assumes you are biologically male, so then we have to assume you've dealt with gender identity dysphoria and maybe are seeing a doctor or therapist.

If you're walking up to the door with a camera crew in tow or a chip on your shoulder, then you might just be a misguided attention whore.

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