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Comment Re: This is the Dubai model... (Score 1) 50

you go to the embassy to get a replacement.. not a big deal?

Well, you still have to get to your embassy or consulate. Oh, wait, that's in a city the other side of the country, a nice long trip. You have to travel to that office. If you can get past the armed guards whose primary job is not to let you leave the compound. And replacements cost money. Money that is being withheld from you until you pay certain job "fees" that just never seem to get paid. And you need to show proof of citizenship. Fun thing when you only have the clothes on your back.

Yea, not a big deal...

Comment The Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20 (Score 4, Funny) 235

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

Comment Re:Would they believe (Score 1) 348

I'm 55, only have a Facebook account to keep up with a few family members. Easy to share a photo or a dumb memory that way. Otherwise, Twitter and all the rest of that crap garner not a hint of interest to me. A limit of 140 characters?! And we bemoan the inability of so many millennials from being able to express themselves fully. I just really have no desire to get and keep up with a half dozen or so different such accounts, when I have a bunch of old personal and business accounts I hardly use much, any way.

Comment "Possum-sized"?! (Score 1) 265

Why use a opossum as a size indicator? They are a marsupial, not a mammal like ourselves. An opossum is about the same size as a standard house cat, and a cat is a mammal, same as a human. And very possibly more familiar to folks outside North America.

Only thing I can think is it gives some credence to that link, showing that the opossum's existence is due to the same event that lead to the proto-mammal that later split into simians and felids. Still would have made more sense to a banana.

Comment RIP Kuro5hin *and* my world-famous chili recipe (Score 2, Interesting) 264

Well damn, that's a real shame. When that site was up 'n running, it was such a great site. Yea, a lot of trolling on the front end, but behind that, there were some great technical posters that kept me coming back. Sadly, that death of that site means my world-famous chili recipe may also be gone. There was a call for chili recipes, I posted mine. Meat steamed in beer, no beans, and let the chili stew (ie ferment) overnight. Gawd-dam! was it good.

It was especially good, as I made it all completely up. Loosely based on my mom's recipe, but mostly a total fake-er-roo. Yet people made it, a lot of them. And they all loved it. Yep, I trolled K5 with a bogus chili recipe.

Then Rusty kept doing shit that made it no so much fun to visit as often. Then kept doing more of that shit that made it even less fun to visit. So I quit visiting. Other favorite sites have also disappeared: fuckedcompany.com and stilenetwork.com among them. At least http://everything2.com/ is still going, kind of.

Comment Re:This is not a partisan issue, never has been (Score 1) 420

When I switch from Republican registration to Democratic, it wasn't because I was 'in love with the DNC', but because the GOP had clearly become so 'bat shit crazy',

Then why go Democratic? There are other parties, even if minority. They are minority because people see the numbers and think that party is powerless. True, but it's self-fulfilling. It's like a perfectly great restaurant that's empty, and can't afford a decent advertising budget because it just doesn't have the traffic yet. I'm an old liberal Democrat that's in my mid-50's. I've watched my party go from the party of the people to just a bad clone of the "bad" guys, the Reagan-Bush area Republicans. Neither party has the morals or will to represent the people now. So I've gone over to the party that actually *is* the Democratic party of its golden age, the McGovern candidacy of the early 70's.

My party will probably never win anything not local, but I'll still put my vote there every time: The US Green Party.

Comment Re:monitors (Score 1) 406

I intend one day to haul out the old TRS-80 Model I and see if it still works. If not, I stand a really good chance of successfully repairing it myself, unlike most electronics released in the last couple of decades. (Of course, it's more likely to work than more recent equipment, if only because it predates the biggest capacitor-quality catastrophes.)

Yes, please do check for dry caps on that old mo-bo before powering it on! Even with the old cap-quality being much better 20+ years ago, it can still be a problem. And little is more disheartening that frying an antique mo-bo that probably would have worked fine with a few new caps on it. I say this as a proud owner of an ancient Kaypro 10 who's had to replace a few of its old caps to keep it humming. Gawd, the thrill of 9" green screen CP/M goodness!

Comment Re:How smart? (Score 1) 464

Anyone who has ever cycled the slide on a semi auto can tell you that it's pretty much beyond a "child's" capability.

Hell, it's beyond my wife's capability. Admittedly, she's 65 with a growing osteoarthritis problem. But it's why I had to get her a nice little revolver for her self-defence EDC gun. Even the trigger on it starts to give her finger issues after a few shots, but she doesn't have to worry about racking it.

Comment Re:Make them all Caddys and Priuses (Score 1) 748

Same for Priuses, because it's either Aunt Marge or some granola-head hippy doing his "hyper-mileing" thing.

Actually a lot of company fleets use Priuses as their standard car. It's not just Aunt Marge or hippies, but even a lot of conservative companies. They're great cars with plenty of inside room, and when driven properly also get great gas mileage. While I was an on-site IT server repair tech, I was given a fleet Prius and absolutely *loved* driving the thing. By far the most comfortable car I've ever driven.

Comment Re:Visit your local store. (Score 1) 138

If you go to Orlando, you should visit Skycraft. You can spend a long time browsing in there.

Easy to find, just go "north" (actually west) on I-4 til you get to Fairbanks, look on the right for the building with a flying saucer and rocket on top. You're there!

And don't forget: if you see it and in any way think you'll want to buy it, take it with you! You will not find it there the next time.

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