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Comment I'm shocked, shocked I tell you! (Score 1) 240

Shocked that it reads almost *exactly* like the report that came out in Reagan's first term, in the early eighties. Oddly enough, the GOP REFUSES to raise taxes to do massive spending on infrastructure. I guess that not only is it not "sexy" (maintenance never is), but it's not big buck profits for their buds.

Comment Well, of course (Score 1) 659

The GOP has been using it as a script, with them as Big Brother, at least since Reagan. It's just now clear to everyone (except the suckers of the alt-wrong), since Trump & co say exactly what the GOP's been saying since Nixon started his Southern Strategy, except they're too narcissistic and stupid to use the Approved Euphemisms.

"You want a view of the future? Picture a boot stomping on a human face, forever." - O'Brian to Winston. And for you on the right, so, how's you're bank account looking?

Comment The right is two-faced (Score 0) 798

Manning's served years, now. From news reports, none of US "assets" were harmed; if necessary, they were moved out of harm's way.

Now, what about Dick Cheney, whose office (or maybe it was him, personally) outed CIA covert agent Valerie Plame to politically attack her ambassador husband, who had proof that Saddam Hussein had no effective WMDs, nor had they tried to get yellowcake uranium. According to news reports, the US *lost* "assets"... meaning imprisoned or killed. Why was Cheney, who WAS where the buck stops for his office as VPUS, not even charged?

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Submission + - slashdot blew it

whitroth writes: The fortune at the bottom today reads "

        "Gort, klaatu nikto barada." — The Day the Earth Stood Still"

Duhhh, perhaps whoever typed that in should rewatch it. Short answer: no, it's Gort: Klaatu barada nikto.

Comment That explains this morning (Score 2) 264

Forget the sites the articles mention. I was having very serious troubles getting to the Guardian's site, pictures not loading, and worse, I couldn't even log onto my hosting provider.

Now, I'm on Verizon FIOS, and my system (Linux, a real o/s) couldn't even ping hostmonster.com, it couldn't find the name, until I manual added nameserver 8.8.8.8 (one of google's) to my resolv.conf. Then it started working.

That tells me that it was overloading nameservers in a *LOT* of places.

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Comment ROTFLMAO! (Score 1) 98

I have just this to say about that: folks, I wouldn't let alpha software out to users.

They brought in "hybrid" phones here last year (VOIP). For voicemail, it sends an mp3, and a "transcription". Frequently, the "transcription", "powered by Microsoft speech technology", resembles early "computer poetry". And by "early", I'm talking 1960s or '70s.... with significant portions bearing zero resemblance to what was said.

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Comment "Innovation"? (Score 1) 342

Horse hockey. The studios don't own the theatres, theatre companies do, and the studios want an arm and a leg to show the films, and the theatre companies want the other arm and a leg for profit... and the theatres pay the staff from the food and drinks.

The result is, what, it was $20/person last year for an IMAX show of Interstellar. $20 for a MOVIE? And another what, $10? $15? $20? for popcorn and sodas?

Gee, I just don' know why fewer people is going to da theatres....

Comment A lot of stupid people (Score 1) 311

1. As of the beginning of this year, the PCI - the organization of credit card vendors section that deals with security, announced, over a year ago, that not having chip readers enabled meant that the store is liable for fraud.. The chip is a *lot* more trouble to clone or steal.
2. What's the big deal? Time them printing out the chit, you signing it, or inputting crap on the screen, then having to sign (I *loathe* "signing" with my fingertip) - as if anyone could read half your signatures - as opposed to shoving the card in and waiting a minute for it to beep.

It's about them not wanting to loose a *lot* of money because users don't care about people stealing their data, or watching you punch in your PIN, or....

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Comment HDDs on the ropes? (Score 1) 161

Ah, not for years yet, at least. Since I've spec'd out a number of servers this year, let me assure you that I can get an 8TB HDD for about the price of a 1TB SSD... if they're even offering SSD's that large; most are 256G or 500G.

HDDs declared dead, film at 11....

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