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Comment Magic 8 Ball (Score 1) 209

We have had the technology to replace most management positions since I was a child in the 1970s. I once suggested we try it out in a series of endless meetings that were a Circle Jerk to Nowhere, but people thought I was joking: The Magic 8 Ball. The answers would be no less intelligent than our management team's - more intelligent in most cases, but would at least be consistent.

Comment I use them (Score 0) 121

I can buy 3 for the price of one genuine Apple charger. I can tell you firsthand they run HOT. I don't charge unless I am present, but I don't know that they are all that dangerous, either. They are about as durable as an Apple charger, and I am going to make it a point to buy some ASAP before I can't.

Comment Re:Funny how that works (Score 3, Insightful) 412

The typical liberal is perfectly happy with concentrating power in the state - as long as they are running the state. This is why the American left thinks the right to keep and bear arms is not an individual right.

>>...suggest President Obama begin "declassifying and dismantling as much of the federal government's unaccountable, secretive, mass surveillance state as he can -- before Trump is the one running it..

When Obama got into power, I assumed he'd be the typical liberal. Little did I know he'd get very friendly with the expansion of the police state.

Comment Competition for Comcast (Score 1) 204

I was hoping they would make it to my area simply because the only option I have for fast internet is Comcast, and I would love to have an alternative. We are just up the road from a Google data center and already have the Free Wi-Fi in parts of the city, so I figured we were a lock. Crud.

Comment Biometric Gun Safe (Score 1) 425

I had a gun safe with a fingerprint reader unlocking mechanism next to my bed at one time. When it worked, it was kind of cool. The problem is it turns out a lot of things affect the ability of the scanner to read fingerprints. For instance, humidity. So while the reader might work fine one day, on a drier day, it would not work at all. Or vice versa. This made the gun safe useless. If I needed to get in it in an emergency, I needed to get in it immediately. Being delayed a few minutes - sometimes having to go and get a washcloth to clean the scanner or whatever it took to make the lock mechanism open, was inconvenient. Being delayed in an emergency could prove fatal. So I got a different gun safe, and I will never use biometric verification for anything involving firearms again.

Submission + - EBT Cards Experiencing Outages (

Salo2112 writes: Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system. It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly. So what in the world is going on here? On there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation.

Comment In other news, they have American employees left (Score 3, Insightful) 252

I am an IBM customer, and I am trying to remember the last time I spoke to an American on the phone when calling IBM. Outside of the on-site technicians who physically replace broken parts, I was unaware IBM had American employees, and I figured it was only a matter of time before even they were H-1B-ed out of a job.

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