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Comment Environmental Hypocrisy (Score 1) 224

I found an iPad that had a cracked screen at my local dump. I was able to replace the glass, and got it started. I factory reset it, which was probably a mistake. The serial number is locked to an iCloud account. I can't even take it to an Apple store to have them contact the previous owner to see if they want it (heck, I'll give it back free), or if they'll release the serial number. I haven't bought an Apple product in years. You can tell how well my revenge is working based on what their stock price has done the past decade.

Apple gives us another reason they hate people too. They make the model and serial numbers too small for a human to read.

Comment Re:ESPN affected 'most' by cutting? (Score 1) 155

One additional step in your argument is ESPN also said that if you want any ESPN/Disney programming then you have to put ESPN3 on your internet service at "no additional charge."

They get money from us cord cutters too as long as your ISP also provides television services to any other customer.
I would have gone with Sling, but I would have preferred 5 additional channels instead of one ESPN for the same money..

Comment Re:Phone tag, humph! (Score 1) 303

this is a way to reduce headcount without layoffs and payouts.

IBM payouts for layed off employees is next to nothing. In early 2016 IBM slashed their severance to only one month pay no matter how long the employee was with the company. Before that I believe it was 1 week per year of employment up to 26 weeks.
What they like to avoid is announcing layoffs. That scares away all the new low cost graduates that they hire until they burn them out too.

Comment Remember Midwest Express Airlines (Score 1) 266

A while back there was Midwest Express Airlines. They were formed from the Kimberly Clark internal flight department, and was based in Milwaukee. They flew DC-9 and MD-80 planes with 2 X 2 seating, good legroom, good food, and baked on-board cookies.
The flights I took were only about $20 more than the competition. It was a great way to fly.
Then the internet came along and destroyed them. People will always choose the flight that comes out the cheapest, although there's a little leeway to pay more for a flight that doesn't leave at 4 AM.
Midwest couldn't compete, so they eventually went to standard seating and cut back on services. By then they were just like any other airline, except with a limited route structure that couldn't compete with the big airlines.

I rarely fly, but when I do I try to fly on Airbus narrow body planes, or Embraer regional jets. Those usually have 18 inch wide seats..

Comment There Used to be an Effective Way to Control Them (Score 3, Insightful) 112

Once upon a time there used to be an inexpensive effective way to control mosquitoes, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. As long as it was sprayed in limited areas where there are concentrations of mosquitoes, it was pretty safe. I'm not advocating using it from crop dusting aircraft to cover huge areas. Rachel Carlson is personally responsible for the pain, suffering and death of huge numbers of people through the ban.

I know this will probably bring up a few replies about bird egg shell thinning, but I'm writing about allowing LIMITED use of DDT in areas of mosquito populations to prevent the death of 400,000 people (per webmd.com) per year.

Comment Nothing Like a Sony Large Flat Screen (Score 2) 274

There's nothing like the 36" Sony flat screen glass televisions.
186 lbs. of pure video goodness.
I saw a few of those smashed at the dump after the bulldozer went through them. That's about the only thing that could cause any damage to those.
To hold the atmospheric pressure on the flat screen over such a large area, the glass is about an inch thick.
Those things will be around long after cockroaches are extinct.

Comment Your Samsung Product Isn't Really Yours. (Score 1) 139

I learned back with my Galaxy S4 that no one owns any Samsung product. Samsung really retains control. The so-called customer just has a license to use it for a while.
I wanted to put on a different version of Android, and Samsung's Knox software prevents modifying the bootloader, so I'm stuck with all the Verizon bloatware and limited functions from their stock software, such as no tethering.

That's why I went with the more open ZTE as my current phone since it's made by the more open Communist Chinese.

Comment Re:It's the content providers (Score 1) 209

Even if you only have an internet connection, I've got some news for you. You're still paying Disney / ESPN for programming. They've forced anyone who purchases internet service to have ESPN3 included at what they call "no additional cost." Of course, that means that it's already in the fee you pay every month.

Comment There's Too Much Graft Involved (Score 1) 166

Politicians like this scheme because there's graft involved. They can get contributions from the companies that participate in this.
The so-called environmental politicians would prefer to see something scrapped than for someone to get some use out of used electronics.

I'm typing this right now on a HP laptop that was thrown out. It had HP's infamous lead free solder ball grid array problem. Taking the motherboard out, putting it in a toaster over at 350 for 10 minutes, and then blowing a heat gun on the graphics chip until it reached 200 deg C. got it reattached. I had the same problem with a HP printer.
Every LCD TV in my house has been something that I repaired. I don't strip out the boards from TVs I can't use the make a buck on eBay. I give the extra TVs I fix to friends and to non-profit organizations. But that's really against the law here.

The best thing I got was a Jura coffee maker. It just needed a valve replaced at $28 shipped from Germany. New ones sell for $1400, and used ones are at least $300. (Not that I would pay that much for a coffee maker.)

Comment But There's Record High Ice in the South (Score 0, Flamebait) 206

For every arctic, there's an antarctic.
It was just two years ago that there was record ice in the antarctic area.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/an...
That certainly justifies spending hundreds of billions of dollars on bird-frying solar reflectors, or bird chopping windmills for a guestimated 0.2 degree reduction in the planet's temperature

Comment Government Licensing Prevents Competition Too (Score 1) 321

She forgot to mention that government is in cahoots with big business to stifle competition. Licensing requirements raise the requirements to start a business, or to be hired. The NY Times reports that occupational therapists, manicurists and barbers, fortune tellers, massage therapists, shampoo assistants, librarians, beekeepers, electrologists and movie projector operators all need to be licensed in various states.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03...

Existing business can provide campaign donations, otherwise known as graft, to politicians to make rules to keep out the competition.

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