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Comment Re: The real question is (Score 1) 86

Same here. Our 2100TN is still running like new. I don't know that I'd be able to find a newer model as reliable.

I've had pretty good luck the past 10 or so years with a LaserJet 1320. Quick, built-in duplexer, built-in PostScript, works with everything. A couple years ago, I was given a JetDirect 175x, so it's now on the LAN. (Had some other network-to-USB adapters before the JetDirect that didn't always work as expected.)

Comment Re:How far they have fallen (Score 1) 86

The brand logos have been removed.

In one shot, it looks like they didn't obscure the Apple logo on the printer (upper right corner of the front), though it's so small that you wouldn't have been able to tell that's what it was.

I still have mine from coming up on 32 years ago. It's currently in storage...not sure if it still works, though it did the last time I had it out. It'd almost certainly need a new ribbon, and I think the last of the fanfold paper got chucked a while back. I still have some Apple IIs (and also some Macs now) that can drive it, too. :)

Comment Re: I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 1) 105

I _think_ T-Mobile is planning to drop 2G GSM

It's AT&T that's shutting down EDGE (aka "2G") service in the near future (it may have already happened, as the link says "by the end of 2016"). T-Mobile, OTOH, has committed to keeping its EDGE service going through at least 2020, ostensibly to support gadgets with cellular-data connections that aren't easily updated to newer standards.

Comment Re: Live by the cloud, (Score 1) 101

Why the hell would you "self-host" a cloud service?

There is no cloud...it's just someone else's computer. If you're not comfortable with your stuff on someone else's computer, that would be good justification for self-hosting. I have a FreeNAS box at home providing ownCloud, Plex, and some other services, as well as some Git repositories (currently without a web interface). Some of my Git repos (especially my Portage overlay) are at GitLab for public access (used to be at GitHub, but I yanked everything off of there after they became SJW-converged).

Right now, the Git repos live within their own jail and are accessed over SSH. I tried bringing up GitLab on my server when it was running Gentoo, but didn't get very far...ISTR their packaging and install docs being somewhat Ubuntu- or Debian-specific.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 313

Depending on your needs, there are less-expensive alternatives to that dongle. This one, for instance, provides three USB 3 (type A) ports and Gigabit Ethernet for $40. It's not even the cheapest such device; it's what Fry's had in stock (at $50) when I went looking. I already have micro-HDMI on my notebook (a Latitude 7370...don't know if the XPS 13 has this) and don't foresee much need for VGA.

Comment Re:Grammar (Score 1) 288

Wow. Just by regular 401k contributions and paying my mortgage on time, I have managed to accumulate way more than that. If [Sanders] can't even manage his own finances, how can he manage a 17 trillion dollar economy?

He's never held a proper job in the private sector. He's always sponged off the taxpayers, whether as a welfare leech or a politician.

His lack of familiarity with how wealth is created explains much about him.

Comment Re:Support SD or not? (Score 1) 62

Only full-size SD card slots supported. Massive brick of a phone required.

The Treo 650 I used back in the day had a full-size SD-card slot on top, and it wasn't particularly big (especially compared to your average "phablet"). That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find an Android device, past or present, that does.

Comment Re:I don't any more (Score 1, Informative) 215

Another issue with third party ROMs is that some software builders actively block or sabotage them. For example, the AT&T's Uverse streaming service will detect whether you have a rooted or third party ROM and stops working. The Netflix goes only up to 480p resolution on a non-stock ROM. "Fixing" this probably involves editing build.prop and hiding your root, but I haven't tried it recently.

Android Pay also has issues with rooted phones (and, by extension, custom ROMs), but I have it working on an Asus Zenfone 2 running CyanogenMod 13. A combination of Magisk and phh's Superuser successfully fools Android Pay into full functionality. You might want to give them a try with other root-averse apps.

Comment Re:What about saving Linux? (Score 1) 103

nor one like Gentoo where I have to wait a week for everything to compile

If you're waiting a week for Gentoo to build, either (1) you're doing it wrong or (2) you need more modern hardware. It doesn't even need to be bleeding-edge; the Core 2 Quad Q6600 I bought in 2008 and still use at work (!) could do a complete rebuild (including things like Chromium, LibreOffice, and KDE) in maybe 36-48 hours. You almost never need to rebuild everything at the same time, however, so the typical emerge whatever takes far less time than that.

Comment Re: Amazing (Score 4, Insightful) 375

I've had insurance since I was born, I'm in my 50s, and my cost of insurance jumped 4 times since obamacare. My employer dropped it because insurance rates soared, so I no longer had matching, plus the regular rate better than doubled. And that is for insurance that covers almost nothing until I spend 28,000 because there are virtually NO doctors in the network. And NC has NO options, only Blue Cross. We used to have over half a dozen. My cost of insurance and overall healthcare went from being 5-10% of my income to over 1/3. So fuck your socialized healthcare that says responsible people have to pay insurance for irresponsible people that don't like to work. I'm fine helping those that can't help themselves, but this current bullshit is killing the middle class. You know, the people making 50k a year and pay the highest percentage of their income as tax because they don't make enough to shelter it. But then, that was the original plan, wasn't it? Make a system so god damn bad people would beg for a single payer. Guess what? You got Trump instead, so suck it up Dr. Buttercup. You have no fucking clue the pain this system has caused to hard working, middle American, blue collar people.

Comment Pushing up daisies (Score 0) 285

We don't just want you dead, we want you pushing up daisies. Literally.

Totally stupid. Like someone else said, the role of the military is to kill people and break stuff. Nothing else. Not nation building, not inventing environmentally friendly ways to kill. The goal should be to use the military sparingly, then when you do, use the most effective tools to do the ugly but necessary job.

Comment Re:Heat? (Score 2) 103

Isn't AZ too hot? Do you really want a data center where the temperature quite often approaches 110 degrees?

Las Vegas isn't much cooler than Phoenix (maybe 10 degrees most of the time), yet Switch is doing booming business here with datacenters popping up all over town. The temperature outside hasn't been much of an impediment for them.

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