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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.

          mark

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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Comment Was there supposed to be a question? (Score 2) 375

Trump dissolved into a snivelling, incoherent mannerless, classless ass, breaking all the rules (as he has done his whole life), interrupting Clinton when it was her time to talk (which she did not do), running way over his time, and defending every point at great length... clearly taking no responsibility for anything he's ever done (not renting to Blacks? Settled without admitting wrongdoing. Names he calls women? They deserved it.)

Meanwhile, Clinton apologized for the email server, and took full responsibility. Trump takes no responsibility for everything, which seems right, since he *is* irresponsible. He'd start a war over being taunted? Whet is, this, 2nd grade recess?

Trump won? In what bad dystopian movie are you living?

          mark

Comment Hillary "crooked? Trump is a crook, demostrably (Score 1) 136

You're read/heard how he underpays or fails to pay people and small contractors he's hired.

Here's another one: my PT and I were talking this morning, and he told me his father's an industrial contractor - paints bridges, drywall buildings, etc, and more than once, he's done a job for Trump, and then, when it was done, Trump comes in, says yeah, he's satisfied... but that he thinks he's already paid him enough, never mind the signed contract.

Tell me that's not criminal fraud?

He is a crook. And his wife doesn't wear a cloth coat....

                    mark

Comment Re: Frist Psot (Score 1) 136

You're an ignorant idiot. I heard, on the radio, the morning in '93, hours *before* Bill was inaugurated for his first term, a Reptilian Congresscritter saying in so many words we're going to impeach him. Before he'd ever done anything.

The Gross Oligarchic Party seems to not have the ability to understand that not everyone agrees with them 110%, and are shocked, shocked I tell you, when they lose. They think they *own* it, and it MUST BE SOME KIND OF FRAUD when they lose.

              mark

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 1) 579

You are, in fact, a liar.

Did you go to public school? And/or a state university?
Do you drive on *public* roads?
Do you have safe tap water? Sewer?

No, not paying taxes means *YOU* are a thief, stealing from the rest of us who pay for what we get.

You don't like it, find leave the country, whatever country you're in, and go claim an island and be Free! (tm) You aren't a human being, since humans evolved as *social* animals, not lone hunters.

You're an idiot, too.

                    mark

Comment Crap? (Score 5, Interesting) 410

Sounds like both Cook and Apple. They're on overpriced commodity hardware, and playing international games to avoid paying local taxes.

From the US IRS website:
      1972: 16.67% of the federal revenue stream from individual income taxes, 25% from corporate taxes
      Now: 44+% from income taxes, and 10+% from corporate taxes.

We pay more, so he doesn't have to. Let's go back to the 1972 tax structure, and see how you like *that*, Cook - you'd be in the 72% tax bracket....

            mark

Comment I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! (Score 2) 137

Who could have imagined that idiots who ABSOLUTELY MUST RESPOND TO EVERYTHING, OR LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING THE INSTANT THEY DO IT, could have lower productivity....

I wore a pager at one job, and was paged, heavily. (Except for the two months there when I wore two pagers.) I would NEVER TAKE ANOTHER JOB that wouldn't pay me time and a half, at least, to be on call.

a) What do your friends pay you to be on call 24x7x365.25? Nothing? Then WHY do you have to respond *instantly*? (And if you're driving and doing this, I hope you run into a bridge abutment, and soon, before you kill someone else.)
b) This is the same as bosses telling you to multitask. That kind of multitasking, along with you idiots on your mobile devices, is also known as "thrashing", and no, you *ain't* up to snuff.

                mark "why, yes, I have a flip phone. Why? So people can *talk* to me...."

Comment But outsourcing is wonderful! (Score 2) 252

Yeah, everyone who works for the government is incompetent, and business is *always* competent, and libertidiots are *sure* of this.

Btw, I work for a federal contractor, and I know as a matter of fact, not opinion, that my salary and benefits are comparable to the GS level I'd be at (well... except for, say, if the government shuts down, for Republicans, or snow, or whatever, I either have to make it up, burn vacation time, or take it without pay)... AND our tax dollars are not only being spent to pay me, but also my direct manager, and his manager, and so on up, and, oh, yes, however could I have forgotten, for my company to make a good profit.

See? So much saved money..... At least, I, and the folks I work with, actually know what we're doing.

              mark

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