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Comment Re:Screen time is not the problem by its self (Score 4, Insightful) 152

As a parent of three kids, I tend to agree with most of what you wrote.. but Smartphones are slighly different then say nintendo DS's of the past.

How many times has some mindless zombie kid almost walked into you as they are walking and using their phone at the same time, clueless of their surroundings? i dont recall kids walking and playing their DS's.

Comment Re:Sue them Immediately (Score 1) 206

Oh.. for the lack of mod points.

Good for you!! people need to stand up, our rights are slowly being eroded and we are rapidly turning into a "rental" society.
They send out these blanket "settle or else" statements and a lot of people just settle vs the hastle/financial burden..

Sort of reminds me of the "419" scams.. email as many as you can and hope for positive results.

Comment Re:Throwing in my vote for a Thinkpad (Score 1) 288

Another vote for thinkpad.

I have a couple old T420's which came with windows 7. Replaced them with Mint/Ubuntu and i cant think of a single negative experience. it is almost like they designed for linux or something. sleep/wake on screen open always works and has never once "hung" as it does on my desktop from time to time.

As someone says below.. they were known as "stinkpads".. but that was long ago and the quality has improved greatly since their "ibm stinkpad" days.

Comment Re:Simple reason.... (Score 2) 310

Was hoping someone would post about the "safety lock enabled" and sure enough.

One of our cars has a built in GPS, the other two dont.

Two cars - Stop at a light or pull over and adjust the after market stick on the window GPS units.
One car - Safety lock enabled... you pretty much have to pull off the road, stop the thing and put it in park before it lets you do ANYTHING with it.
Oddly enough, it will let you adjust the radio.

Half of the systems settings are also "safety locked" and it is a constant source of frusration as everything seems to be at least 3 menus deep. And for this i think it was a $3,000 option... total waste.

Comment Re:iPhone 7 = the new pet rock (Score 1, Troll) 324

I'm with you on this one and have been using bluetooth headphones every day for several years now. I find it interesting to see how many people walk around holding their phone in their hand, wires danging.

Why not just bluetooth to the phone, put the phone away in your backpack and not have to worry about wires being caught on things?
Of course they are not "white ear-buds" so everyone knows i have an iphone (i dont actually have an iphone either).

To those who say bluetooth audio sucks:

You do realise i am using headphones on a busy train using compressed MP3s on a phone... Not in a studio using high quality equipment right?
Yes, i have to charge them, the ones i have last 5 hours (consistently) and i charge them every few days (i charge the phone more often then this and the headset charges in like 30 mins max).

not having to have my phone in my hand and still being able to can change songs, adjust the volume, etc is a huge added bonus (pause, previous, next, mute, and answer are all buttons on the bluetooth headset which are easy to access).

Then again, if you are a hipster you need to be seen walking around with the newest iphone in your hand, how else do others know you have it?

Comment Re:This almost makes me want to move to Canada... (Score 1) 141

I found the US system to be more friendly to be honest. At least there i could see a "specialist" without having to go find a "family dr" and get them to refer me costing me time and several visits.

Here (Ontario, Canada) it really does seem to be around maximizing the number of trips you make. That may be OK, but they waste a huge amount of your time as they book an appointment at 10:00 but wont see you until it is closer to 11:00. If you wanted to see me at 11:00, why not just book the appointment then? Because they double/triple book to make sure they are paid (you swipe your card upon arrival, not upon service being delivered and if you leave because the wait was too long they are still paid). On the few times i went to a US dr, i dont recall the waiting being nearly as bad.

Comment Re:This almost makes me want to move to Canada... (Score 1) 141

Unfortunately there is a lot of truth to this.

Recently i tried to find a family Dr. After being "interviewed" for 10 mins, and flat out told that NO, i may not ask questions.. at the end i was told to book an appointment "next week" to ask the question i had originally went there for. i was also informed that i may ask only one question per appointment. This is a great use of my time.. waited for 25 mins, did a "meet and great" for 10 mins, and told to book two more appointments so i can wait another 25 mins each for a 5 minute discussion??

SWIPE that OHIP card baby.

where else do you effectively "pay first" and get service later? the first thing you do when you go to a medial office in Ontario is wipe the card. then wait in the primary waiting room, move to the secondary waiting room to wait some more.. then they dr enters the secondary waiting room and gives you your 15 seconds.

Comment Re:forget bitcoins for a moment (Score 3, Informative) 150

Ownership of Gold was illegal in the US for a time period as well.

Section 2. All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve Bank or a branch or agency thereof or to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System all gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership on or before April 28, 1933, except the following:

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I'm with you on this one. I make OK money, have no mortgage or car loans. Both of my cars are like 10 years old and they work fine for what they are suppose to do (go from Point A to Point B).

My previous car (cheap Voyager) lasted 10 years and it still had the original battery in it when i got rid of it.

People get hung up on cars as "status symbols". If someone wants to judge me because i have a 10 year old car that is fine, i am not "hung up" on cars... they are just machines to serve a purpose and the old ones i own now do that.

Once they start to cost me money in repairs they will be gone. I just replaced the windshield in one car for $200 due to a 12 inch crack, if i get another few years out of it then my $200 "investment" in the windshield was OK.

Comment Perhaps the MPAA is willing to compensate the ISPs (Score 3, Interesting) 263

MPAA - Your action will lead to another company losing revenue.

Using your maths, each customer lost thanks to your rule is a multiple of the actual loss.

So, again using your rules, how about you compensate the ISP for each customer you terminate to the tune of $250,000?

I mean that is the number you use right? And it is all about lost revenue so I am sure you can appreciate the revenue the ISP has lost and want to compensate them just as you expect to be compensated for your "losses".

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