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Comment I may be old, but... (Score 2) 34

At least my Lincoln Logs never spied on me.

And I'm so old that when I was five and told my dad I wanted Lincoln Logs for Christmas, he handed me a hand axe, a piece of flint and some beef jerky and dropped me off in the woods. I was out there in my little jammies in the middle of December and let me tell you, it got so cold I had to kill a deer and crawl inside to keep from freezing to death. It was like something out of The Revenant.

Yeah, I had a rough childhood, let me tell you.

Comment Re:AI will replace your children (Score 2, Funny) 34

AI will replace your children

At least the AI won't bring some fruity hipster with a man-bun over to the house for Thanksgiving like my daughter recently did. I mean, he was a nice enough guy and all, but he seemed a little low-T if you catch my drift. I tried to get him to watch football or go out back and play mumblety-peg or strip down to our briefs and try out some wrestling moves, but he demurred. He also wouldn't eat any of the turducken, saying that he was some kind of vegan or something. I mean, what the fuck is that all about? When I was his age, I lived on raw hamburger and Skoal Long Cut.

I guess my dream of my daughter marrying a first-round draft pick out of Alabama or something is just about gone. Well, it is what it is. Kid's will break your goddamn heart. you know?

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 2) 178

Kansas, BTW, is firmly middle of the pack on both measures. Kansas is #25 of 50 in terms of GDP per capita, and according to the Mercatus rankings, they're #27. So Kansas isn't a perfect example.

Kansas is a perfect example. Forget GSP (the state version of GDP) and Mercatus. Look at the trendlines. Since they've had this experiment in extreme trickle-down economics, they're rapidly heading into the shitter.

http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ks....

http://www.kansascity.com/opin...

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Or Texas which has been doing better than California for the last twenty years.

I'm living in Houston now, so I can have an opinion on the "Texas miracle".

It's horseshit. First, Texas is not "doing better than California". Second, one of the ways Texas has attracted businesses and jobs is by deregulating and lowering taxes. But see, those chickens are starting to come home to roost. The real economic engine of Texas is the Houston/Gulf Coast area which had a big boom when gas was $4/gallon. At $1.85 (which is what I paid to fill up earlier tonight), there are a lot of oil folks out of work, which is hurting everything from trucking to local businesses like restaurants, drug stores, groceries, etc. The big boom in Houston now (and the reason that Houston is still the economic driver for all of Texas), is health care. We have the best medical centers and medical schools around and are building more. And even though Texas is a low-tax state, the state makes up for it by loading up its citizens with fees and licenses and surcharges galore.

By the way, Houston is a liberal city. Blue as blue can be. It's got more in common with Austin and San Antonio than it does in more backward places like Dallas-Ft Worth or the panhandle. Hell, until recently, the mayor of Houston was a lesbian. Think about that. A lesbian mayor in Texas. Up in Dallas, they'd force her into a re-education camp and treat her with electric shock and the Bible.

Without Houston, Texas would be sucking as bad as Kansas, which has the worst economic trend in the United States thanks to one-party Republican control of Kansas state government.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 5, Insightful) 178

1) money will come back into the US and help our economy

It's unproven that money being shifted from an overseas bank to a US bank will "help the economy".

In fact, if it comes back and ends up in the hands of a few or used for one company to buy another it could very well hurt our economy.

Further, it's not "the economy" that needs help. It's people. And for the past 35 years, there's been little proof that helping the former necessarily helps the latter.

Comment But that's the why the bonds even sell. (Score 1) 178

Government bonds don't give a very good return, and honestly at this point I start to question their stability a little bit.

So what reasons would anyone have to purchase such bonds? The fact that you could buy them pre-tax s the key, and the reason why the bonds do not have to have much of a yield to find a lot of buyers.

If you "fixed" this problem you would pretty much have to have the government start paying a much higher yield on bonds which would create an immediate cash-flow disaster for the government.

Comment You know who else we are paying? Nazis. (Score 5, Insightful) 178

Far worse than Apple being given our hard-earned money, is the fact that somewhere, sometime, a real life Illinois Nazi has bought a government bond. Who knows how many DECADES we taxpayers have been paying these loathsome groups?

Clearly what the government needs to do to cut off the funds to monsters like Apple and Nazis is default on all government bonds today and declare no more will we be paying anyone these ill-gotten gains labeled with the seemingly innocent moniker "interest".

Comment Why not have your cake and eat it too? (Score 1) 277

Even if services that offer same-day movie screening as they hit cinemas arrive, I would rather go to a theatre and watch it on the big screen.

So would I. That's why I got a projector.

The actual viewing field is not as big as a (real) iMAX screen, but it's bigger than many smaller theaters, especially when you try to sit back in the middle of the theater.

The sounds system at home is arguably better even with cheap speakers because I can tailor it to hear more details instead of just going for OMG LOUD. As long as you have a subwoofer, close enough.

The only aspect of the theater experience I can't really replicate at the moment is 3D, which is only because something between the PS4, projector, receiver, and the 3D glasses I bought simply does not work and the 3D flickers on and off. But I'm sure if you put more thought to all the components of the system before you bought you could have a home 3D experience that worked quite well.

I do have tickets for RogueOne in a real theater on opening day, but that's really because I don't want to have to avoid spoilers after that day. If I could pay to watch it at home on release day (which I'm pretty sure would cost less or at least about the same than the $19 I paid for my own ticket) I'm pretty sure I would do that - especially since I'd probably be able to watch it a few times.

Watching a movie, in my opinion, isn't just about watching the movie. It's the experience, something I feel I wouldn't be able to replicate on my smartphone or TV at home.

Well you could always put up flyers around downtown and nurseries inviting homeless and children in your area to come to your house for the evening. You could also go to Target, buy some candy then leave your wallet in the parking lot.

Comment Smart defaults from Epson, but bad programming (Score 1) 65

If there is a silver lining in this cloud it's Epson's choice of printer defaults - I just set up a ew Epson printer at home a few days ago and in browsing though the settings I noticed "Google Cloud Print" was set to "off".

"What's that"? I wondered, but made no move to enable it... now I'm rather glad.

So it seems like not nearly as many Epson users will be affected as might have been...

It's interesting to think about where blame should be apportioned in all this. At first you might think it's Google, but honestly can they be expected to test every device that uses an API they publish? It seems more like Epson should have had better safeguards against the API changing or getting responses that were nonsense.

You can just imagine a failure to catch an exception somewhere in the code leading to a code path that shuts the printer down entirely so that turning it on again will reset the system...

Comment Re:Fake! (Score 1) 214

Well if you had read the article you would have noticed the migrants got evacuated to the countryside a month ago.

Well if you had thought at all you would realize that's enough time for camps to re-form.

Furthermore in the pictures you would not have seen any trace of a wood fire because you would just not find any wood to burn in Paris.

I was in Paris this summer, when was the last time you were there?

Never mind the wide abundance of trees everywhere, and in the winter so much dead foliage from which a camp could easily pull material to burn, you could keep a campfire going all night every night simply by burning trash people leave along the river pathways every evening. I imagine that's reduced in the winter but there are still a ton of trashcans everywhere you could raid for flammable material.

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