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Comment Violence problem (Score 1) 429

What I find most troubling is that the vast majority of gun owners are being penalized in a failed effort to control the violence problem in the urban cesspools of America....those very same concentration camps of poverty and violence that have been controlled by the kleptocrats for generations. They take zero accountability for this complete and utter failure and continue to blame the tools used by the criminals bred in their failed political petri dish. The whole "national security" issue is simply a bunch of hand waving to take the attention away from the stark reality of their failure in their own back yard.

And now you expect me to trust that that same incompetent and power hungry lot to not spread this disease to my little corner of the country? No thank you. I'll be hanging on to my firearm and my Constitutionally guaranteed rights, thank you.

Comment Re: Asinine. (Score 1) 429

Do we require folks buying automobiles to pass a psychiatric test to see if they "should be allowed" to own a car or drive a truck? Those are big and dangerous tools that can be used to kill and maim large numbers of people with the press of a pedal.

What about a psych test to buy gasoline? Lord knows what kind of damage one could do with a few liters of gas.

Where does it end?

Comment Who cares? (Score 1) 311

Apple hasn't been at the forefront of phone development for a while. If their target market is willing to go along with "I prefer to be seen with my idevice + my beats accessory" they'll do well. If not, people will buy something else. I'll use my current iphone with headphone jack until it doesn't suit my needs anymore and then I'll just buy a product that does.


Comment Re:Brilliant (Score 2) 274

I currently have an iPhone 6S Plus for everyone in my family (5 devices). I bought them because my company offered an attractive subsidy for them and I get a discount on the company sponsored wireless plan. However, this is a bridge too far. I'm not buying all new headphones "just because" and I won't be beholden to Apple for something so simple and ubiquitous as ear buds and headphones. If they remove the headphone jack, these will definitely be my last iPhones. I won't run out and sell them, but when they outlive their usefulness I'll choose another more sensible vendor.


Comment USB to sata dongle plus 2TB SSD (Score 1) 366

I'm assuming the person thinks the data is important enough to spend a bit of $$$ to make sure it doesn't go .

I'd get one of those USB 3.0 to SATA dongles, connect a 2TB SSD to it and copy the data onto the SSD. Then I'd do a quick checksum to make sure the source and destination copies were the same. Then I'd put that SSD on a shelf somewhere other than where I keep the computer where the data is stored.

Today, that SSD+dongle would likely run you about $700. It's about $500 if you break the backup into a pair of 1TB devices.

A year from now the cost will likely be half that (or less).

Anyhow, that's what I do today, though I only back up about 1TB of pics and important docs. Total cost for me is about $250.


Comment Welcome to the 3rd world (Score 3, Insightful) 71

Welcome to the third world. I suspect this will give some pause to even those corrupt Olympic committee members who accepted the bribes to give the nod to Rio.

People will look fondly back to where the major inconvenience was to put the toilet paper in a trash bin rather than flush it down in Sochi. Brasil has consistently snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at every turn.

I'm all for spreading around the wealth, but there should be some basic litmus test of "you can or cannot achieve even the most rudimentary accommodations for both athletes and visitors. It was pretty clear that Brasil wasn't in a position to pull this off, yet here we are.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 1017

How can anyone be this obtuse? I'm referring to the clown, MightyMartian, not Trump (a high bar for clownhood, indeed). I saw the video of what Trump said. What he clearly is referring to is the complete and utter softball Clinton's carelessness tossed to the Russians/Chinese/skritptkiddies for an espionage target. He's not telling the Russians to hack us. He's basically saying, Clinton made it easy and I'm sure you've got the info. Spare us the theater and just give the folks that want to hold Hillary to account a copy of what she was dangling out there for anyone to take.

I find it even more remarkable that Team Clinton took this bait and now her shenanigans are all over the news again. A more clever approach would have been to ignore Trump. Now he's got the front page again while the Democrats whitewash their nomination process that was clearly rigged to disenfranchise the Sanders crowd from the beginning.

Trump might be an asshole and a windbag, but Clinton is clearly a corrupt politician and a criminal, regardless of how you dance around the facts.

Comment Cisco isn't remotely competitive...their own fault (Score 1) 124

If Cisco was even remotely price competitive, I'd still be a customer. They haven't been remotely close to the best value for ages and that got me looking at alternatives. Adding insult to injury is the rather poor quality of service you get when you place a call to the TAC to have a problem resolved. F that. We probably spend mid-9 figures a year on switch and routing gear. Cisco bids on everything and will show up with an army of sales weens for any meeting, offer to take anyone with a pulse out to dinner/drinks/ and "gentlemen's clubs", but they just don't offer the service or value proposition for anyone who takes the time to make an apples to apples comparison with Arista.

Merchant silicon + decent software stack + stellar customer service works for me.

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