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Comment Re:Isn't leaving things out fun? (Score 1) 645

That said, ChromeOS isn't useful for me. It might be useful for my mother, though. All she does is read email and browse the Internet. The only reason her machine, an HP laptop, isn't a reeking virus-infested spyware-riddled useless pile of plastic is because my brother does all the administrative stuff for her. Otherwise it'd be useless.

OK, I'll bite: All my 82 year old dad does with his WinXP HP desktop is read email and browse the Internet, and he's virtually Windows illiterate (sorry, Dad!) Yet the only administrative stuff I've ever done for him is install a free auto-updating anti-virus program. Yet somehow his computer isn't a "reeking virus-infested spyware-riddled useless pile of plastic." In fact it runs fine. (I know because I use it on occasion when I'm at his house.)

ChromeOS may take care of more things automagically than does Windows (backups, etc.) or it may not; I really don't know, never having investigated ChromeOS. But to suggest that any Windows box will crash and burn into an unusable mess without Extreme Admin Intervention is a bit beyond the pale.

And yes, I realize I'm talking issue with the comment of someone with a three digit user ID.

Comment Re:The way to play Commander Keen authentically... (Score 1) 152

Huh, I am pretty sure the machine I used to play Quake on was also a 66 MHz 486DX (my girlfriend's machine; one of several charms she possessed,) and I recall it running decently enough. I'm sure I was running at a pretty low resolution -- no more than 640 x 480, maybe even lower? -- but it ran well enough to keep me up half the night playing through the $5 "demo" CD, then calling some phone number and punching in my credit card info so I could get a code to unlock the rest of the game. Good times.

Framerate was never an issue with Commander Keen :) I could probably play it well enough on my kid's old LeapPad.

Comment Re:Won't anyone think of the animals? (Score 1) 2058

Animal cruelty charges should be brought, they allowed 4 pets to die...frankly I would be more pissed about that than losing my stuff.

I wonder if you're joking. Frankly I don't much care if his house and all his possessions burn, but as a somewhat stereotypical pet lover I think it is wrong to let the animals die in the fire. I mean they wouldn't just stand there and let a *person* die... I wonder what Peter Singer would say.

Of course that raises the question of which animals they should be required to save. Other primates? Yes. Dogs and cats? Sure. Iguanas? Cockatoos? Ant farms?

See? It's just easier all around if the fire department puts out the fire without question in the first place.

Comment Re:You're kidding, right? (Score 1) 2058

because the question there is whether the US federal government has lawful authority under the Constitution to order people to buy things.

Huh? I believe that I'm "forced" to pay for Interstate Highways, Federal Police, the Military, and plenty of other things which are of only indirect benefit. If you don't like the health care proposal, do us all a favor and dislike it for a real reason, ok?

Yes, but you are "forced" to make payments to the government itself for those services. The new health care mandate forces us to pay *private companies* for services they render. Has this ever been the case before in the U.S.?


Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"

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