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Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 364

Here it works where I am. I pump, I end pumping, I go inside and I pay.

Pay-after-you-pump disappeared from the US sometime in the '80s: it was still here when we left in 1984, but was pretty much gone by the time we returned in 1988. Paying cash before you pump an unknown quantity of gas is a pain in the ass as a result. Even if you just want $20 worth of gas and know it's not going to be a fill-up, you're still wasting time going inside unless you happen to need something more than just gas (and if I need to go inside for something, I do that after filling up and moving to a parking space to free up the pump for someone else).

Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 4, Insightful) 364

I pay cash at the filling station, at the grocery store, at restaurants, and more. Why? Because it tends to be faster. While others are waiting for their card to clear through the computer I've got my change and I'm gone.

On what planet do you live? How is going inside, waiting in line, paying for gas, pumping it, and going back inside and waiting again for your change faster than just swiping your card at the pump (or holding your phone up to the NFC reader), pumping your gas, and hanging the nozzle back up when you're done? For the others, you're trusting that the people involved can do basic arithmetic quickly enough and accurately enough to get your change right in a timely manner. On the occasions that I do pay cash, if I hand over $4.10 instead of $4.00 for a $3.85 purchase, maybe half the time I get a blank stare in return. Hand them plastic and you don't burden their feeble minds with having to make sense of that.

There are plenty of good reasons to hang onto cash, but transaction speed isn't one of them.

Comment Re: Why the media blitz over this? (Score 1) 292

Simple solution: The snowflakes should become unemployed.

In considerable measure, they already are not just unemployed, but unemployable. Think about it: for what work is your average women's studies graduate qualified, beyond asking if you'd like fries with that? Even that's asking too much of them, given the likelihood they'd spit in your burger if they accused you of directing your "male gaze" at them for so much as a microsecond.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 235

Yeah, my old Commodore 64 had a blinking cursor, and it somehow managed that remarkable feat with an 8-bit 6510 CPU running at 1MHz!!!

...though, to be fair, keyboard input on those old 8-bitters was usually a busy loop of some sort (looks like /.'s gonna thwart my attempt at indenting the following):

LOOP LDA $C000
BPL LOOP
BIT $C010

That's 100% CPU usage right there, though without a need to share it with other processes (because there were no other processes), the concept is somewhat meaningless in this context.

Comment Re:Awww (Score 1) 11

Even if we accept a limit of scope to the First Amendment, they seem to be a bit choosy. Religious liberty, for instance, always seems to get short shrift from them...unless there are Mohammedans involved.

This vague sentence means nothing without context.

Think of the several cases in this vein, and how the ACLU would likely represent them: https://patriotpost.us/memes/34344 or https://pics.onsizzle.com/Facebook-6a241a.png

Comment Re:Awww (Score 1) 11

The ACLU is rather selective in its alleged defense of the Constitution. Wake me up when they take on a Second Amendment case.

Even if we accept a limit of scope to the First Amendment, they seem to be a bit choosy. Religious liberty, for instance, always seems to get short shrift from them...unless there are Mohammedans involved.

Comment Re:"Old School" (Score 1) 54

I won't buy a phone without a notification LED

They're nice to have when your primary display is an LCD, but kinda pointless with AMOLED displays. I have a Moto Z Play (and used to have a first-gen Moto X until I lost it), and the way they handle notifications while asleep is easier to read, while probably not drawing that much more power than a flashing RGB LED.

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.

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