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Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.

They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.

Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.

Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Santa Killed My Dog!

They say that Santa's coming,
He comes 'round every year.
He comes he'll meet a shotgun slug
'cause he ain't welcome here.

Five years ago this Christmas
The fatass came around
With jingle bells and ho ho hos
And looking like a clown.

He came in for a landing
As I let out a yawn
My house is pretty little
So he landed on the lawn.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 549

Those were all bad presidents. My grandmother, born in 1903, said Coolidge caused the depression but Hoover was a terrible president, too. Most historians consider Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, .was history's worse.

I never thought I'd ever see a worse president than Carter, but GW proved me wrong.

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 4, Informative) 549

You can always kill the phone's sound before bed, and check messages when you get up. You kids just don't understand that answering your phone, whether talk, text, email, amber alert, or presidential alert is NOT MANDATORY. If you're driving, leave the damned thing in your pocket, whoever is attempting contact can wait until you get where you're going.

Stop being a slave to your phone!

If it looks like there may be tornadoes that night, you might want to let the presidential/amber alerts annoy you.

Previewing this, I laughed; this font makes "tornadoes" look like "tomadoes" (I've seen "tomatoes" misspelled like that before).

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 106

Do you work for Maxtor or something? I've had hard drives for decades, few have failed and the failures weren't brand specific, and all were old when they died.

Did you have it sitting next to a heater vent or something? Solid state electronics hate heat. I've had a 3TB Seagate for a couple of years now.

I do avoid Sony like the plague, because if you buy digital electronics from someone who deliberately vandalized your PC with malware that came on a Sony-BMG music CD your daughter bought in a record store, you're a fucking moron.

Comment Re:This is great! (Score 2) 106

Everyone has one and they are very useful. You should get one too.

Perhaps I'm a victim of Poe's Law, but that sentence is something I'd expect to hear from Trump; the second sentence directly contradicts the first. If everyone has one, nobody needs to get one.

STUPID STUPID STUPID, Annoyingly stupid. And possibly spam.

No, I do not have an Echo for the same reason I have no stores' "rewards cards"--I think being stalked by corporations is even creepier than being stalked by human beings,

There's no way in hell I'll buy a HD that automatically sends my data to someone else's systems. I have a 3TB extranal network drive to back up my computers, when they're full I'll buy another drive.

I don't trust anyone with my data, especially corporations.

Comment Have you "editors" graduated high school? (Score 1) 156

The aliteracy is annoying. "It's" is a contraction for "it is". "Its" is the posessive:
He's there
She's there
It's there
His car is broken
Her tire is flat.
Its OS is screwed up

Do none of you ever read books??? I expect this is comments, but NOT in a summary. If that mistake was in TFA, it is NOT a reputable publication.

Comment Re:Social Media Is Killing Discourse (Score 1) 219

Well part of that is the problem with those sources. Unless you aggress with them watching those sources is highly annoying even on the rare occasion when they are accurate and honest in their reporting.

Fox and Hannity and the rest have their own issues which is why on the people on the other side ignore them as well.

Frankly I find anyone that uses only the mainstream anything as their sources, left or right, to very low information and not very interesting to talk to.

I started out as a younger man on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS as well as various newspapers and magazines and the moved towards Fox etc and more world based news sources/magazines after college. I've left them behind and found plenty of voices on youtube. When they get a little out there or agenda driven or just too repetitive (no new info) I dump them and move on.

There is only one form of narrow minding agenda driven news/opinions that I agree with: Those that push for freedom and liberty. Sorry but people wanting to squash gun rights or free speech or liberty in general, I find they have nothing interesting to say. I'm pretty sure a lot of people feel that way. I think that has a great deal to do with people shunning various outlets and defriending/blocking people. Those pushed to the outside are crying fowl now, but that is only because they used to be able to get away with it and did so to their advantage for most of modern history. The new reality is that the game is up, we are on to you and we can finally drive you from our village, even if it only a virtual one.

Comment The internet is not the really real world. (Score 1) 219

I have two strategies on this one.

The first is I come to the internet to either troll or to learn (sometimes both it , but that is usually not my intent.

really depends on how much alcohol I've consumed). I don't usually try to convince. Sure I a may be arguing points with you, but really all I'm doing is sharping my knowledge and arguing skills with the various fuckwits you find online that socially mean nothing to me. I may accidently point a few lost lamb in the direction of the light.

The second part is to take those skills and knowledge (as weak as they may be) and talk to people I know in the real world. If I convince 1 or 2 people a year on a particular topic I feel pretty successful. The lighter touch of a conversation over beers is usually for more successful than posts online. Most people already know what they know and aren't interested in "new" facts so you don't usually get many converts.

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