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Comment Re:Responsibility. (Score 2) 191

There is also a strong correlation between Democrat governance and crime. Think about that the next time you vote.

You had me up to there. It's actually more that 1) There's a strong correlation between population density and Democratic governance (and its emphasis on shared services), and 2) There's a strong correlation between population density and crime. Might as well say something like "ice cream causes violent crime" or something. Yes, you said "correlation", but "causation" was strongly hinted.

Comment Re:With recent experience, I agree (Score 1) 234

You took all that time to create a detailed, well formatted post, but didn't name and shame the manufacturer and model? Please let tell us how to avoid the pain you've gone through.

Agreed. This is the sort of detail that you won't often find on a regular online review. I'd love to have this info, if anything to at least add to a list of manufacturers to avoid for a while, even if the model goes away.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

THIS. It's probably an even more significant issue in terms of mortality stats. We're not just dealing with "Average Joe" here -- these guys were generally chosen because they were in top physical and mental condition... physically probably in the top 5% of the population, if not higher. It shouldn't be surprising at all that most of them live to their mid-80s or more.

Sibling post by someone else points out that they used the low-Earth and grounded astronauts-in-training as a control group, so I now assume that accounted for that. BUT: your/our point still stands that you'd expect astronauts of any mission to generally be in better shape than the general population, and live longer in general.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 157

Just pointing out that life expectancy at age 40, which is when these astronauts flew, is 79.9 years.

No mod points today, so just reinforcing your statement.

The life expectancy figures cited by grandparent are based on a starting age of "zero". A lot of kids don't make it to age five, many due to car accidents. Once you've made it to age five, the "average life expectancy" of the remaining pool has gone up quite a bit.

As you move up the population pool age brackets, you have already lost the people who were going to bring down the average. To state otherwise brings you to the situation where you're introduced to an 85 year old man and say to him "you should have been dead five years ago!" In the case of astronauts, you're also dealing with a bunch of guys who are in relatively good shape - you've already weeded out the morbidly obese, drug addiction, etc.

The IRS actually has tons of tables in the XLS format for figuring this sort of thing out. They're used primarily in figuring out distribution of retirement benefits over time, but have other uses.

Comment Re:lol (Score 1) 443

For example, if you get a speeding ticket in New Orleans, it is ALWAYS advantageous to show up to set a court date, and not pay automatically even IF you are guilty as hell.

As you say, your mileage may vary. In some jurisdictions, you're on the hook for court costs if you get to court, even if you're found in the clear. A $50 parking ticket in Chicago can also run you another $75-$100 in court costs - win-or-lose - if you decide to fight it.

Comment Re:Privacy depends on anonymity (Score 1) 157

At least I can take comfort in the fact that I have been diligent about not having my picture appear on the Web - identifying me using a FindFace-like service would probably be quite difficult.

Similar to web cookies, the aggregation of multiple sightings of you in public will construct an "identity" of you far more detailed than currently exists in the public record today. The sum total of where you live, where you shop, where you work, where (and who!!!) you visit will result in a profile fingerprint that's just as useful, simply lacking your name. It's enough.

Comment Re:"user permissions" != "full control" (Score 3, Funny) 109

Al least in any sane system, and Windows has started, a few decades late, to use sound OS design practices. So no, not "full control".

I haven't had "full control" of my Windows computer in a while. Maybe I can use this 7zip vulnerability to get something back from this beast of Windows 10.

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 4, Informative) 545

Please show me where in the Constitution the federal government is given the power to address such things such as education or children walking to school. I seem to remember that if it isn't listed there, those powers ARE RESERVED BY THE STATES.

A closer reading of the Act (see pages 857-858) says that the parents can't be held criminally or civilly liable if they let their kids - with permission - get to school in an "age appropriate manner." It also says that the Act itself doesn't supersede any local laws.

So: if a state or locality has decided or later decides to specifically make a law specifically against "unattended kids going to school," that law would take precedence over this act. "States rights" are still in effect here.

Comment Re:Is there a downside to upgrading to 10? (Score 1) 665

I found my upgrade to break the existing VMWare Player 6.x.x Bridged Networking. It would just turn off the connection entirely as it couldn't find a valid NIC. NAT networking was unaffected.

A repair installation of Player fixed it, but shouldn't have been necessary. I'm not sure how other VMWare products are affected.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

It hasn't suddenly become a thing. People have been leasing cars forever.

Until this year, Illinois had the distinction of being a state which charged FULL sales tax on the purchase price of a leased car. If you dumped the car after the term, you'd get none of the difference. If you decided to KEEP the car, you'd pay sales tax (again) on the residual. Leasing was only popular with people bad at math and not willing to gamble with reselling a car later.

I remember my first cell phone and contract in the early 90's. Salesman: "the phone is free, and then service is $40/month."

Me: "What if I decide to just buy a phone?"

Salesman: "Then the service is $30/month."

Me: "So, I'm basically financing the phone into the monthly service, but like... forever?"

(awkward pause).

Me: "I think I'll buy the phone."

It was several years later that they all decided to screw the consumer twice: by charging the same monthly charge whether you bought the phone or not.

Comment Re:Another technology to be avoided - Casio F-91W (Score 2) 145

Funny enough, I bought an F-91W because of this press. I was starting to realize that most of the time I was taking my phone out of my pocket, it was to check the time. Every time I did that, I was taking myself away from what I was doing for way too long, and it was one more chance to drop an expensive phone.

So: I went looking for a cheap watch. I first hunted down the F-91W because of the terrorist association press, and the Amazon reviews are awesome. It's also a common watch sold at US military PXs, so I'm surprised that it would also be a watch that could get you picked up in Afghanistan. While looking at that one, I noticed that Casio actually makes a bunch of fairly decent looking analog watches for under $15 (MQ24-1E and MQ-24-1BLK are nice). They last about two years before the battery goes out, at which point you can replace the battery or the watch, and I had bought one of each over the past several years, before settling with the F-91W.

It's a tank. I wear it during martial arts, swimming, showering... nothing seems to phase it.

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