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Comment Re:"Feature" has already killed someone (Score 1) 334

A bunch of people died in a fire at the Cook County Administration Building in 2003 due to not being able to open locked doors. They had entered a stairwell that was filling with smoke and couldn't get back on to any of the floors because the door locked behind them. After that incident the city required that stairwell doors automatically unlock when the fire alarm is activated.

It seems crazy that someone would intentionally design a passenger car that you could locked into.

Comment Re:What does Lifelock _do_ ? (Score 1) 41

You can monitor your own credit for free.

Yes, you can. But you can only get one credit report PER YEAR free. You probably could get one free from each of the 3 credit reporting companies, so effectively, you would get 3 reports per year, but who is to say that each report contains the exact same info?

The Equifax, TransUnion and Experian credit reports do typically contain different info and are formatted differently. The information is different because they each acquire it from different places.

Also, once you get a credit report, do you know what to look for? How do you tell what is suspicious, and what is business as normal?

They contain a list of your home addresses, typically with a bunch of bogus entries that are a mix of two valid addresses, or entries where letters or digits were transposed. There's also a list of your credit accounts, current status, account open/close dates, along with entries if you've been 30, 60, 90, etc. days past due. Just have them remove the bad addresses and look for any accounts you didn't open.

Comment Re:Apple has lost its Mojo (Score 1) 478

Which raises the question, why doesn't Lenovo or Dell or maybe Asus take a stab at making the same kind of hardware?

As a Unix and Linux user, I'd argue that Dell's and Lenovo's offerings already are superior to Apple's. You have many more options which means there's a better chance you can get something that closely matches your needs.

The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is nice, but I could do without the touchscreen. If you care about GPU performance you can get something from the Alienware line. You can get a Lenovo with a Xeon processor and ECC RAM so you can safely run ZFS and the chipsets are well supported on BSD and Linux distributions. Most of these laptops can be ordered with UHD IPS displays.

Comment Re:IRS to go after any one that wins in game cash (Score 1) 149

This is legally wrong. According to the IRS, if you, for example, receive something as a gift, you're supposed to declare that as "income", and pay taxes on it based on its fair market value, even if you don't actually sell it.

You do not have to declare a gift as income unless it's over the reporting amount of $16,000 (for 2016).

Comment Re:and yet... (Score 1) 418

They don't check ID at the polls (in states where (D) want those votes), and considering the President of the United States is the most important vote that common folk are privy to, it's going to experience enormous attempted voter fraud. Illegal immigrants always turn out in DROVES to vote for whomever will go lax on immigration for the next 4 years.

How do they register to vote without a State id card? Or are you in a state where they issue driver's licenses to illegals and they register to vote using that?

I don't have to show identification at my polling place, but they do ask my name and address and then compare my signature to the one on my registration signature card.

Comment Re:and yet... (Score 1) 418

The last thing they want to do is something that could reveal their lack of status.

I really don't know how you came to believe this, but where I live the illegal immigrants have no fear of being deported. One of our Senators even brought them to Congress.

Sen. Durbin Introduces Illegal Aliens To Napolitano And Senate Committee

Comment Re: Too Bad the Screen is Crap (Score 2) 535

You can get a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with a 3200x1800 display (276 dpi), Intel HD graphics, and i7-7500U with 16 GB of DDR3 @ 1866MHz and a 512 GB PCIE SSD for $1800 and up. It ships with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and most of the devices should be supported under *BSD as well.

Comment Re:its difficult to dispute the position of Apple. (Score 1) 289

what if any qualifications does a banking institution have that define it as a cogent source for software?

Seriously? You obviously haven't worked for any financial institutions, they employ lots of techies to run their computer systems. They are plenty capable of writing quality software.

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