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Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 1) 234

I'm hourly and required to carry a work cellphone 24/7 despite ...

Man, my GF and I were just talking about exactly that... all the millions of people in your situation... She's a corporate lawyer, well-regarded, and plugged-in to work practically every minute that she's awake. In her late 60s, and it's burden, but she's well-paid, for sure, but... you're right about the war on unions, and I'd add (what you clearly are already aware of...) the scapegoating of unions, etc., being near the root of all of this horrid work "ethic" that is the American "way." It's an outrage, and unions and the return of organized workers, and encouragement of collective bargaining, is way way overdue...

Comment Re:This whole story line is ridiculous (Score 1) 531

if you exclude far-right liberal California, Trump took the Popular Vote as well. If you are Californian, I don't even feel sorry for you.

Actually, you have to exclude the CA vote, as well as Illinois and New York, and then it's a closer race, and Trump does win.

I figure, since you mentioned it, that only a retard could explain "far-right liberal," so go for it...

We don't need your empathy, pity, or anything from you out here, either, by the way. Stay in whatever shithole you're stuck in. We're happy for you, believe it!

Comment Re:Evidence, please. (Score 1) 531

Obama, love him or hate him, most certainly made appointment choices that were far most consistent to his campaign messages than what Trump is doing.

what? Like keeping Bush's Secretary of Defense? Or maybe you mean that thing about "protecting whistle-blowers?" No? Oh, okay, you must mean his repeated avowals to have "the most open and transparent administration" ever? Yeah?

If you look at extensive polling, Americans, by clear majorities, favor a government-run single-payer health system, criminal charges for bankers responsible for the Wall Street global recession, a $15 minimum wage, breaking up the big banks, much higher taxes on the super wealthy, etc... So how, exactly, was Obama, or Hillary, "mainstream?" You mean like "mainstream" billionaires that want everyone under surveillance while we fight endless wars? "That" mainstream?

Comment Re:Disturbing, but practical (Score 1) 414

Having a ISIS flag hung up in room, when ISIS has declared war on France you are saboteur and spy.

You have repeated this over and over. Well, guess what? Repetition makes it neither logical, nor true...

It does lend credence to the notion that you're a rambling, repetitive, retarded, fuckwad, though. So, uh, keep up the good work, dumbass.

Comment Re:Perfection in an imperfect world (Score 1) 162

I also use light roast beans that I grind fresh.

Light roast, mmmm. I used to use a light brown, dryish, not oily at all, Colombian bean that was supplied by my local market (this was in Montreal, no longer local, unfortunately), in a wholesale fashion (5 kilo bags I think).

My question is: Was yours Colombian and a light french roast, and if so, (or similar) do you have a link whereby it can be gotten in bulk?

Comment Re:Drip Coffee? (Score 1) 162

What's next? Socks? Forks and spoons? Bath soap? Dish soap?

A buddy of mine--a master's degree holder in organic chemistry from McGill--states that the difference between hand soap, dish soap and laundry detergent, is a few molecules at most.

As for the people wondering "haven't they sorted this all out yet?" Yes, they have, the ideal size of the grind (discounting factors like roasting time, roasting heat, origin of the bean, etc) has been sorted out. I found out (in about 5 minutes, yay web) that my french press will put out the best it can with grains that are whittled down to about 400 microns in diameter, using water that is a few degrees beneath 100 degrees (C.), and stirred, rowboat-style, after one minute, before steeping in the covered press for an additional 4 minutes... The only problem being, after an exhaustive hunt it appears that none of the steel or ceramic grinder/mortars actually produce a 400 micron-wide grind. C'est la vie.

Meanwhile the University of California at Davis (renowned in ag) is building a School of Coffee as we read/type.

Comment Re: Nothing of significance (Score 1) 232

If you are still hanging on to, say, a 5S, why would you upgrade to a 7?

Uh... you wouldn't. I realize that's your point, but as a jailbroken 5S owner, dabbling in slightly higher end video, you'd upgrade to an SE, like me.

My external video gadgets slide right over from the 5S to the SE. I get 6S equivalents, almost top-to-bottom, it's the right size as far as I'm concerned, and it's at least a couple hundred bucks cheaper than a 7 (which I don't want anyway, due to size, cost, and the fact that the dual-camera setup screws up my video attachments).

I'll use the jailbroken 5S for as long as possible and the SE for a cam... until an iOS10 jailbreak comes out. Win-win for me. Anybody who's used Apple gear as long as I have (since 79/80, knows that the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone distinctly different/better than the 6. Apple is a creature of habit, just like most "people."

Comment Re:Soft keys with changable keycaps? (Score 1) 524

I won't ever, ever be buying a computer that lacks the function keys. Ever...

Amen, oops, I mean... same here. I wish we could un-map all the "labeled" functions (dim, brighter, volume up/down, whatever), so I could just use the F-keys the way I try to: as shortcuts that are app-specific.

With the Sierra latest update my early-2016 MacBook Pro now "repeats/duplicates" F-keys 1-3 (or maybe 4?) onto F13-19. I had to go back and do some triage in my main text editor and Virtual Box, in order to artificially limit my extended keyboard to 12 function keys. Totally insane!

Comment Re:Something you have, something you know (Score 1) 432

...Don't get me wrong, I love me some good old 'mom and apple pie', but the US makes me very sad these days....

You're lucky you had a place to go back to. Most US citizens, like myself, unless they're rich, unlike myself, are stuck here. Other countries favor rich immigrants, unless you're a sanctioned refugee from some western power-created hellhole, somewhere.

I lived in Canada for nearly 30 years, and never bothered to upgrade my permanent residency to full citizenship, went back to the States for a supposedly "brief" business adventure, and the Trade Center thing went down, our business tanked almost instantly (for no "connected" reason whatsoever), and the next thing I knew I'd overstayed outside Canada, and now I'm still here...

We're selling our house in California, and sliding into either Vermont or Washington... It's a nasty compromise, at worst, and possible launchpad for a little late-life razzle-dazzle border jumping, at best... we'll see...

Comment Re:Good luck to him (Score 1) 195

I wonder, though how likely it is that any regular person would be able to get anyone else to pay their bills.

It is not difficult to find non-celebrities out there in the real world who have overwhelming medical/recovery needs. It does require minimal effort, of course, which stops a huge number of potential donors, but the key word there is *minimal*. I'm on Social Security, myself, and have been contributing to several individuals' funds, for the last couple of years, to allow them to recover from severe medical emergencies.

Sure, I have to think twice about some superfluous outlays (for instance, I'm still happily using an iPhone 5S, with an eye on an SE...), but again, the effort is minimal. I'm in a fortunate position, to be sure, and not all of us can make these types of choices. That's understandable; but to think that only the rich and famous have access to community aid, is an inaccurate oversimplification of the actual situation.

Comment Re:I have a feeling... (Score 1) 495

...that this won't pretty Apple's implementation of Bluetooth (especially in terms of simple connectivity, and dependability) is a world of hurt... Whether it's to my phone, or, more often, my in-ear monitors... their bluetooth radio tech simply blows. I cannot even begin to imagine how many times I've suffered dropped signals and static. Atrocious...

fucking christ, can we get a 5-minute "window" for self-edits???? my post was: I have a feeling... [break] this won't [insert: end] pretty [Insert: period] Apple... blah blah blah...

p.s. and yes, I used "preview" this time...

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