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Comment Re: work less (Score 1) 723

I have a feeling that the vast majority of people still want to attract a mate and to do that usually requires doing something more than getting the barest minimum amount of money to survive.

Also, I cannot help but wonder how many more people would take a chance and start small businesses knowing that if they fail they would still have a UBI to feed and house themselves.

Comment Re: Supply and demand (Score 3, Interesting) 120

Option "A" is how it use to work pre-internet. Not hours before, but months before the event.

People would go line up at that various music stores that were authorized Ticketmaster resellers. You'd get a numbered wristband and wait (similar to how people line up for Black Friday Sales now). You were allowed to buy up to a certain amount (usually 4) tickets.

The pro scalpers would just pay young adults to stand in line for them and buy the maximum allowed ticket amount.

They would then post ads in news papers and the like for "Event Tickets" and people would call to get the 2nd hand price.

Not much different than how it works today except, surprise, it use to require more actual humans to do before automation.

Comment My experience so far (Score 1) 376

I have done two upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and three fresh installs. Mostly for relatives who didn't want to pass up the free upgrade.

The telemetry stuff still irks me, but a lot of it can be turned off. And the "can't disable/skip updates part is scary because trusting Microsoft to get updates right all the time seems foolish given history.

Having said and accepted all of that though, I am absolutely amazed how smooth and responsive Windows 10 is, especially on older hardware.

I did a laptop that was running Vista (Dell Insperon 1525 with Intel Pentium Dual Core 1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, and 120GB HDD). Fresh install of Vista ran so sluggish it made it a miserable and frustrating experience to boot up and use.

Fresh install of Windows 7 was a little better but not by much. When I installed Windows 10 on it, it now boots to the desktop in under 30 seconds and apps launch and respond virtually instantly again.

It has its warts, for sure, but the performance so far has been remarkable and I haven't had any of the issues mentioned in the original post on any of the five systems I've put Windows 10 on.

My only problem with it was that Cortana stays running even when you turn it off and that process sucked up 35% of my memory until I renamed the Cortana folder to prevent the process from respawning...I am dreading the next update that respawns Cortana despite my fix. was not found on this server.

Comment Re: TMobile.... (Score 1) 145

Actually ATT does offer something competitive with the other carrier's $40-50 semi-unlimited plans - its just that its part of their GoPhone (prepaid) section.

$45/month ($40 with auto refill)
Unlimited calling.
Unlimited texting (including to over 100 other countries).
2GB (they bumped me to 3GB) 4G data and then unlimited 3G after that.

This is better than any of their post-paid plans and the guy at the ATT store couldn't give me a reason why pre-paid had flat rate semi-unlimited when their regular plans did not.

The same thing from their family plan, minus unlimited 3G on their family plan, (last I checked) cost $10 more per month.

Comment And the very last paragraph? (Score 5, Informative) 95

"This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person."

Am I reading that right? A presumption of disclosure is what they claim...but don't hold them to it?

Comment Re: Why not? (Score 1) 619

Actually, I think people know gas/oil companies make obscene profits because ExxonMobile holds the top 5 positions for highest yearly profits for all US companies EVER - over $40B yearly profit most of the last decade (at least).

Gas/oil companies makes up a uniquely sizable chunk of the top 100 largest yearly profit records.

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