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Comment So it begins... (Score 1) 405

Given that hate speech these days is defined as "Things I don't agree with", this is simply going to end with those in charge deciding what people can and cannot talk about. I suppose it's a plus if your guys are the ones in charge, not so much if you're on the other side. I would say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but I don't think there are even good intentions here. This is just a power grab by those in charge to shut up people they don't like. They're only using terrorism as a cover.

Comment Re:Really Sad? (Score 1) 551

My current desktop is 8 years old. It dual boots Windows 10 and Ubuntu and works great for what I need it to do. If I ever bothered to update the graphics card I could probably play most modern games (albeit not at the highest quality), but that's what I have my consoles for. I never understood people who had to get a brand new computer every 3 or 4 years. If I need more power I update the weakest part of the system (usually memory or graphics) and go from there.

Apple has really lost their way since Jobs died. They've pretty much given up on their desktops, their laptops are hit and miss, and the iPhone line has seriously stagnated. They need to figure out what their place is in the computer world or they risk becoming irreverent (although they have the cash to wander aimlessly for years I suppose). Today's Apple is starting to look a whole lot like the Apple of the 90's.

Comment Who has the time? (Score 1) 394

Who has the time to comb through page after page on their watch to find an answer? Unless the test is relatively short or the user only needs to jog his memory on one or two questions there's no way you'd have the time to do this.

Back when I was in school most of my teachers gave us either one page of paper or a note card that we could use as a 'cheat sheet'. I used to fill it up with all kinds of formulas and equations, but rarely actually looked at it during the exam because hunting for the info took too much time, and by writing it all down I already memorized it. This was actually a great study tool that I used even when we weren't allowed a cheat sheet (I obviously didn't bring it to the exam). I remember seeing people with the front and back of the paper absolutely crammed with info at a 6 point font (some even brought a magnifying glass to read it) and would consult it for almost every question. They were usually the ones crying for more time to finish.

And no, that pun was not intended. Sometimes they just work out that way.

Comment Re:NSA? (Score 1) 183

>>Well, the reciprocal to that is "why should the rest of the world give a fuck about what Americans want"?

Because we have the internet?

>>You're acting like the guy who invented the wheel gets a vote in how it's used forever ... the internet got created decades ago, get over it. That doesn't mean the US retains control of it forever.

Why not?

Comment Not That Uncommon (Score 1) 332

We have a bunch of old Dell servers where I work that are from the early 2000's (around the time when the Pentium /// was new) that are still chugging away running Windows 2000. They're only used for trouble shooting old versions of software running at plants that haven't updated to newer versions yet, but they still run mostly problem free. They're finally being retired now, but I'm sure some of the database servers will be kept just in case they're needed for some reason or another. The biggest problem we've had with them is that the battery on the RAID card tends to blow up and destroy the motherboard if not caught quickly.

Comment Re:Wouldn't be surprised... (Score 1) 80

It was actually a really powerful computer in terms of graphics and sound, unfortunately IBM decided to cripple it with no memory and lack of DMA. Tandy fixed most of the flaws and made the PCjr into a decent PC and gave the world Tandy Graphics Mode. If you look up the JrIDE, you'll find that someone made a sidecar that allows for 640K, DMA, clock chip, and the ability to use a hard drive. It's some seriously nice hardware.

Comment Re:Sure it's expensive (Score 1) 177

One thing Michigan has going for it is the 10 cent deposit on carbonated beverage containers (soda, sparkling water, etc). Yes it's a cost up front, but you never see cans with a deposit on the ground. Someone is always scouring the roadsides looking for cans to get a little extra money. Heck, I supported my childhood candy habit by collecting cans that was (construction sites were always a goldmine). In contrast when I go to other states without can deposit laws (like Wisconsin) I see cans everywhere. No one bothers to recycle them because there's no money in it.

I always thought that if they extended the can deposit to other easily recycled items then you might see less trash on the roads. Unfortunately this is basically a tax, and no one will ever go for that.

Comment Re:80GB still being sold? (Score 1) 275

I'd laugh but at my office we still do testing on Windows XP systems with 40GB HD's because that's what they use out in the plants (we're finally phasing them out though). It's sad to see XP being used on a system where security should be of the utmost importance.

Hell, I have a 300GB in my PS2 (yes 2, not 3)! Cost me about $30. While I understand having to go through vendors, it shouldn't cost more to upgrade the drive than it does to go through the hassle of revising the retention policy.

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