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Comment Re:moving all the time is dumb (Score 1) 491

How would they ever own a 75,000 dollar car though? That's the flip side of moving where the salaries are lower, major ticket items are priced for those expensive regions and can easily go over your year income. Cars in particular. Making 'good money' in my area is less than the cost of all, but the cheapest new cars. It's why 'used cars' dominate my region. Other goods though that are like that: PCs, electronics in general, clothes, etc. They just don't usually go above the average salary in cost, instead they can be a big chunk of a salary.

Comment Re:having kids is dumb (Score 0) 491

Seriously? "bringing more people into an already overcrowded world" is a joke., You most likely don't live in India or China. Instead you likely live in Europe or the US who have near neutral birth rates. Complaining about an 'overcrowded world' in places that really are not overcrowded is just stupid.

Comment Re:Generally awful (Score 2) 435

As someone who wears glasses... 3D annoys me a lot. You have to wear these crappy glasses over your glasses and because they weren't ever meant to be worn over other glasses they don't fit right. It annoys me in theaters, I don't even want to think about that at home. Some TVs did tricks to do 3D without the glasses, but those tend to have very limited viewing angles.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 122

It also doesn't take into account that some people, like myself, are introverts. We tend to want small groups of good friends over dozens or hundreds of people we 'know' as 'friends' like facebook deals in. Much like a lot of medical and diet research this assumes everyone is perfectly identical and there are no differences.

Comment Re:The mandate to change passwords every three mon (Score 1) 211

In the meantime no one can remember all these passwords and writes them down, making it super easy for anyone to know the persons password. I have worked at a college with a 90 day password change policy (and long complex passwords) and 75% of people had a sticky note somewhere around their desk with their current password on it because almost no one could remember them all. At the time I worked support and when going onsite I could easily have collected almost everyones passwords if I wanted. Most of IT didn't really remember the (multiple) sets of passwords either and so made use of password keychain programs to remember for them.

I always found concepts like ITSM silly. Very little of it has any proof backing up their 'scores', but yet so much of the industry just accepts it.

Comment Re: What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

Having once worked in retail, that's a sign that they have had theft issues. The whole "Are you finding everything ok?" is not about helping customers, but instead it is about keeping an eye out for thieves. I used to argue that the whole thing was silly and would just piss me off if I was the legitimate customer, but the higher ups seemed to think it was the best thing since sliced bread.

Comment Re: EEE (Score 1) 412

I've never experienced any slower response then I would with any other web browser using it... and heck you don't need the client to buy things as you can use the web site if you want. You do need the client to download the games (& play them), but that interface is pretty simple and not slow (it's all on your PC).

However I've been using steam for... 9 or 10 years...? So I've had issues at times in there, but also found it much better than buying from a store. And among all possible stores, it usually has what I want to buy. GoG still has a limited library (though it is improving), Origin is still mostly EA, Uplay is only Ubisoft, and the Windows Store has what... basic apps and mobile games?

Comment Re:EEE (Score 4, Interesting) 412

I think MS forgot that some of us (like myself) have hundreds of games in Steam. Unless MS plan to do what GoG did and let me have my games on whichever service I use, then I'll keep using Steam because that's where my games are. I have seen nothing in the windows store I want to buy and so I don't own any games there. Maybe they should keep looking at making compelling products that make me want to buy them and not making the largest competing service, where I do own stuff, worse?

Comment Re:Windows 10 isn't done until... (Score 5, Insightful) 377

Ironically Chrome runs just fine for me on Windows 10, however Edge does not. It regularly 'comes up' and then doesn't load correctly. This gives me a useless window that won't connect to sites on the internet. Ever. I open and close it enough it it may eventually open correctly. Chrome? Chrome always opens. Firefox did as well when I had it installed. Opera works fine and all the time as well. No idea why Edge can't work right, but it's the one I won't be using.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 3, Insightful) 639

Your view of farmers and mine seem a bit different. Then again farmers where i live rarely have farm hands... Well a few do, but they aren't immigrants, instead it's typically local teens. Though most of them also probably have ~100 acres of farmland at most in the first place, so maybe the ones you know work on a different scale.

That said, the farmers I knew still were not 'poor'. Farm kids when I went to high school where the ones whose parents bought them brand new cars to drive when they turned 16 and who could go to Florida every year for a few weeks during summer. They were also big supporters of the schools (most notably the sports teams like baseball and football, and their kids usually played on those teams) and made some fairly large donations so school libraries, football fields, and gyms were often named after farmers (at least 20 or so years ago).

I found them to be much like other people: some were kind and generous, some were in between, others were mean and rotten, and lastly were those tightfisted greedy ones. They were however all business people, but that didn't always mean 'greedy and selfish'. It just meant they ran a business and had to take a broader view than most.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 3, Informative) 639

What you don't realize is that tractors are very long term purchases for farmers. Older tractors may go 20, 30, or even 40 years before being replaced. I know a few local farms with tractors older than me. So someone may buy a tractor with no idea how different a newer one is than their old one was. At least in non-physical ways. No, they will hype things like A/C and guidance systems or the raw power of a particular tractor and gloss over the fine print.

On top of this John Deere may have been the tractor brand of choice for 2, 3, or 4 generations of farmers. If your grandfather and father both used John Deere, why would you go elsewhere? Brand loyalty is a strong thing when it can cross generations. Heck I see John Deere mail boxes going down roads, and every county or local fair has John Deere showing off tractors and handing out toys, stickers, booklets, etc. I think someone in my childhood toys my parents still have boxed up you may find toy die cast John Deere tractor models from when I was little and they would take me to the fairs.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 3, Insightful) 639

Living in a small town... I can say your wrong. Though more likely the repo guys would call the local police or state police (the state police act as local police where I live), since the county Sheriff doesn't deal much with anything outside prisoner transport and serving civil papers. And the state police wouldn't really care as they don't really 'live or work' in the community (their office is about 10 miles from the town itself and most actually live in the largest city in the area and commute to work each day).

It may be different in other places, but there are a lot of small farmers still here who aren't part of large agribusiness (though there is a local 'co-op' which has grown to become big agribusiness as well). We even have a John Deere dealership in town (other manufacturers have ones 10-20 miles away), so I see a lot of John Deere equipment in a typical day if I'm out and about.

While I believe John Deere is being stupid, I know the county and state would never go against John Deere since they do a lot of business in my region. It would be more likely to get traction against John Deere if the local agri co-ops had issues with it as they have far more power and money than individual farmers.

Comment My PC... (Score 1) 326

My primary machine is a I5 6600k, 16 GB of DDR4 ram, Asus Z170A mb, Radeon R9 390 gpu, EVGA 850W psu, Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD, 5 sata HDDs, a Blueray/DVD-RW drive... It runs windows 10, because I support windows systems more than anything else. Chrome with Ghostery and Adblock for the browser, though as Edge runs like hot shit on this system (for strange unknown reasons), Opera is my backup. LibreOffice, Notepad++, and google docs as editors depending on what I'm working with.

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